30 Nov 2021
The Most Significant Advanced Materials News from 2021
With the pandemic still raging, supply chain disruptions, the chip shortage, climate catastrophes, and geopolitical turbulence, it is safe to say 2021 has not been smooth sailing. The materials and chemical sector provides the backbone of every industry and remains under pressure from all these challenges. In this article, IDTechEx highlights the key news from their independent perspective on this crucial industry.
15 Nov 2021
Canatu is a Finnish carbon nanomaterial developer, delivering engineered solutions based on carbon nanotubes and its proprietary carbon nanobud (carbon nanotube and fullerene hybrid) material. The company's focus is in the automotive and semiconductor industries. It is able to manufacture freestanding carbon nanotube films at thicknesses in the tens on nanometres.
23 Sep 2021
EV Power Electronics: Driving Semiconductor Demand in a Chip Shortage
Semiconductors are the lifeblood of the modern age. From your watch to a washing machine, everything these days seems to be 'smart', 'connected' and therefore enabled by semiconductors. Unsurprisingly then, a massive shortage of chips present 'across all categories', according to some industry executives, is having a profound impact.
14 May 2021
Tiny, Wireless, Injectable Chips Use Ultrasound to Monitor the Body
Columbia have developed the smallest single-chip system that is a complete functioning electronic circuit; implantable chips visible only in a microscope point the way to developing chips that can be injected into the body with a hypodermic needle to monitor medical conditions.
12 May 2021
Insight LiDAR is a spinout of Insight Photonic Solutions (USA), developing lidar modules.
1 Mar 2021
3 Key Growth Drivers for the Aerogel Market
The aerogel market is forecast to exceed $700m within the next decade. This may appear modest for a unique material family that has been known for nearly a century, but after long periods of stagnation and several market failings this would represent a significant growth from the market status in 2020. This article will look at what will be driving this growth.
15 Feb 2021
CVD Graphene for Electronic Applications: 2021 Status and Outlook
Given the exciting properties, graphene has always been linked as a revolutionary material for the electronics industry. CVD graphene is cited as the ideal solution in providing a perfect single layer produced in a low cost continuous R2R process, but the manufacturing and commercial reality have proved very different. After a long period of research, and with players regularly exiting and entering the field, we are only now starting to see this technology mature and the dawn of the commercial reality.
28 Nov 2020
Apple Inc. (Micro-LED display)
The initial interests in µLED displays from the industry were largely generated by Apple. LuxVue is one of the companies with most complete µLED patents and the company was acquired by Apple in 2014.
12 Jun 2020
mmWave electronics: towards AiP (antenna-in-package) technologies
Electronic packaging will play an important role in enabling higher frequency - e.g., mmWave - electronics. In particular, as the frequency goes up, the antenna spacing shrinks, the need to have large antenna arrays for gain as well as beam forming purposes increases; and the imperative to cut down transmission loss including by placing components closer together inside a package dramatically grows
13 May 2020
GaN Systems are leading suppliers of GaN on Si for power conversion applications. As the 5G market grows, this presents a potential new market for GaN Systems to demonstrate their GaN devices and wireless power transfer technology.
11 Mar 2020
PragmatIC manufacture flexible integrated circuits (termed FlexICs) which are targeted first at RFID tags and also other applications that require constrained complexity. Their main selling point is their low cost (< $0.01, depending on complexity and volume), making them an attractive alternative to silicon. PragmatIC have also developed a revolutionary approach to fabrication that, when compared to conventional silicon ICs, requires much less capital expenditure and a design-to-production cycle-time of less than one week.
31 Dec 2019
IDTechEx analyst Nadia Tsao spoke with a Helios Bioelectronics representative.
30 May 2018
Ingestible bacteria on a chip could help diagnose disease
Researchers have built an ingestible sensor equipped with genetically engineered bacteria that can diagnose bleeding in the stomach or other gastrointestinal problems. This "bacteria-on-a-chip" approach combines sensors made from living cells with ultra-low-power electronics that convert the bacterial response into a wireless signal that can be read by a smartphone.
21 Feb 2017
Low-power chip could make speech recognition ubiquitous
Whereas a cellphone running speech-recognition software might require about 1 watt of power, the new chip requires between 0.2 and 10 milliwatts, depending on the number of words it has to recognize.