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Innovative Medical Sensor implants in biomedical e...

With the advancement in modern electronics technology, eye, ear, lung, heart and brain replacements or enhancements are now becoming possible. Medical sensor implants in biomedical electronics are evolving into practicable options in medicine and biology. It seems that the popular sci-fiction Six Million Dollar Man is becoming a reality. Advanced medical sensors, implants, solar powered devices and major advances in...

EU to pursue leadership in smart system R&D

According to the latest news source from Portland, Oregon, EU targets leadership in the New-Generation “Smart systems Methodology. The European Union is going to initiate $13 million worth effort to develop standards for smart systems in three-years. The whole process will be coordinated by STMicroelectronics. The initiative came as a reaction to the similar move coordinated by the US National Institute of Standards and...

Bacterial ‘wires’– the secret po...

According to a recent research conducted by microbiologist Derek Lovley at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, some species of bacteria may  possess the secret to more powerful electronic circuits to work underwater through their hair-like threads. The threads are known to connect with other bacteria and also conduct electricity. Bacteria uses pili to connect with each other.  Lovely and his team cut off some...

The hurdles to ban conflict minerals from the elec...

It is always difficult to establish a compliance standard for any new regulatory initiative. For instance, it was hard for the EU to establish a baseline for exempt products in its ROHs (restriction-of-hazardous-substances) directive. The same hurdles are being faced by the movement to ban conflict minerals from the electronics products particularly in areas involved in human rights violation. Regions like Congo that ignore...

Apple takes the lead in buying OEM Semiconductors

With the growing demand of iPads and iPhones, Apple takes the lead in buying semiconductors in billions of dollars among the world’s top 10 OEM semiconductor buyers in the electronics supply chain. Apple bought $9.7 billion worth of semiconductors in 2009 and in 2010 it bought a record quantity of over $17.5 billion worth of semiconductors rivaling other brand names like HP, Samsung, Dell and Nokia. IHS noted that the...

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directi...

The restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) directive was implemented by the European Union (EU) on 1 July 2006. As a result of this new legislation, any company found selling electronic or electrical equipment (EEE) which contains a level of hazardous substances could face a court appearance or a certain level of legal enforcement. The EU’s 2006 RoHS directive banned the use of six substances — lead (Pb), mercury...

Considering some of the projects that our top MFR’...

Today a company’s ability to compete and develop is directly or indirectly associated with its research and innovation programs. The important thing is to keep ahead of the competition in an expanding global economy by maintaining a technology edge. Every company in its efforts to get ahead of its competitors has to face a lot of difficulties. The solution lies in a long term investment in cutting edge research technologies...

What is our future in space travel — end of ...

NASA’s space shuttle era officially came to a close on July 21, 2011 at 5:57 am when the space shuttle Atlantis with its crew of four astronauts landed safely at a remote runway of Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This historic incident was watched by a lot of space agency workers and reporters who came out before dawn to witness this memorable moment. It seemed to be an almost unexpected end to the 30-year-old space...