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The QLED display can fold similarly to origami into user-defined shapes such as butterflies, pyramids, and a paper airplane. It can also transform from 2D to 3D, providing a dynamic display of information. (Image Credit: Institute for Basic Science Nanoparticle Research Center)   Researchers at the Institute for Basic Science Nanoparticle Research Center unveiled a QLED 3D display capable of folding like origami. The team managed to fold it into different structures, including butterflies, ...
Hello!   Looking for a new dev board to play with or the next SBC to use in your product?  Can't decide what Avnet MPU or MCU board is the best fit for your application?  Avnet has just published a new MPU and MCU Solutions Guide:   Avnet Boards MPU/MCU Solutions Guide   Inside you will find 19 pages of product info, block diagrams, accessories, and information on our other related products and services to accelerate your time to market.   Enjoy! ...
The team developed a new technique to capture atomic motions in a nanoscale switch. (Image Credit: SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)   Researchers developed an extremely fast, new imaging technique that uses an electron diffraction camera to capture atoms' motion in a computer switch while it turns on and off. The results show a short-lived electronic state that could lead to faster and more energy-efficient computers. This newfound technique could also allow researchers to investigate ...
In this example project, you will learn how to use the Cmod S7-25's Spartan 7 FPGA's analog-to-digital core with a Microblaze processor. Xilinx Vivado 2018.2 SDK is used to program the bitstream onto the board and to build and deploy a C application.   Digilent Cmod S7 is a small, 48-pin DIP form factor board, populated with 36 pins, built around a Xilinx® Spartan®-7 FPGA that brings FPGA power and prototyping to a solderless breadboard. The board includes a Quad-SPI flash for pr ...
I've reviewed the Monarch Go LTE/4G modem for a road test. For that exercise, the modem was mounted on an Arduino-style shield. And there was a complete software example. In this post, I am checking the lower levels of the modem. How to directly talk to it and get logging info out. Most of the Monarch Go documentation is available under NDA only. I'm restricting the info here on what's available in public, or what you can find out without the NDA restricted info, by poking at the serial ports ...
ColdQuanta’s 100-quantum processor, named Hilbert, is set to launch later this year. (Image Credit: ColdQuanta)   Quantum computing is fascinating. Some have said they will bring us into a tech revolution of some sort. I’d like to see more practical use of them. Especially this one…   ColdQuanta, a US-based company that specializes in manipulating cold atoms, recently revealed a new 100-qubit quantum processor called Hilbert, forming the company’s 100-qubit g ...
Recently, physicists discovered superconductivity in graphene. (Image Credit: CoolVid-Shows/Pixabay)   In 2018, physicists made a unique discovery: stacking two carbon sheets with a small, 1.1-degree twist between them causes the material to behave like a superconductor. Researchers set out to determine why this was happening with a form of robust superconductivity. Theorists hoped the discovery would redefine how they understood superconductivity and allow the development of materials wit ...
Applied Materials’ new solution involves combining seven process technologies in one system under a high vacuum. This improves chip performance and power consumption. (Image Credit: Applied Material)   Recently, Applied Materials announced it achieved a chip wiring breakthrough, allowing logic chips to be scaled down to 3nm and beyond. As a result, the width between circuits is three billionths of a meter. Existing chip factories produce 7nm and 5nm chips, which means that these 3nm ...
Wiliot’s sticker-mounted transmitter powers devices by collecting radio waves instead of relying on a battery. (Image Credit: Wiliot)   The Internet of Things is constantly expanding with more connected devices. However, more connected longevity challenges arise as many of them are added to the network. Some challenges involve improving device components’ reliance on power. Now, several companies are finding ways to reduce power consumption in devices, allowing them to add inte ...
USB 3.0 and WiFi and Interference, Oh My! We have seen comments and questions in the Ultra96 Hardware Design Forum here on Element14 about how WiFi performance on the Ultra96-V2 is affected if the adjacent USB 3.0 interface is also used simultaneously.  This is not a new phenomenon, and certainly not exclusive to the Ultra96-V2.  Lots of products, especially WiFi network routers, have experienced this issue to varying degrees.  The issue is that the USB 3.0 interface radiates emis ...
Intel and QuTech utilized the Horse Ridge chip to demonstrate two-qubit quantum computing capabilities. The researchers say it could pave the way toward silicon-based quantum computing. (Image Credit: Marieke de Lorijn)   Engineers from QuTech in the Netherlands and Intel designed and tested a cryogenic chip that controls qubits operating at very low temperatures. Their design presents new opportunities to solve the "wiring bottleneck," significantly progressing toward a scalable quantum c ...
Foamin, which consists of a single wire connected to a piece of foam and a microcontroller, detects multiple deformations or touch inputs.  (Image Credit: University of Tokyo)   Tactile sensors provide robots with enhanced movement or improved granularity capabilities. Soft sensors enable human-computer interfaces to have more interactivity. These sensors were difficult to utilize in the past because they needed multiple devices or complex wiring. To overcome that, researchers from th ...
A 2 nm wafer was developed at IBM Research's Albany facility. There are hundreds of chips on this wafer. (Image Credit: IBM)   The semiconductor industry has been striving to produce smaller, faster, more powerful, and energy-efficient microchips for hybrid cloud, AI, and the Internet of Things. On May 6th, IBM announced it developed the world's smallest, most powerful 2-nanometer chip. These 2 nm chips could perform 45% better or consume 75% less energy than existing state-of-the-art 7 nm ...
A 193,1 million USD loss because of a bad conversion December 11th, 1998. The Mars Climate Orbiter blasts off, starting its voyage of over 200 million kilometers to Mars. Its mission was to orbit and survey the red planet, looking at both the atmospheric conditions and any surface changes due to climate. It was part of a project to send several missions to Mars and was to pave the way for future landers.   23rd of September 1999. After a long journey, the Mars Climate Orbiter begins a seri ...
Modifications don't always go right. Yesterday morning I tried to replace the PCB WiFi / BT antenna on a Avnet SmartEdge with an external one. I had to place a fitting connector on a footprint and turn a resistor 90° to route the signal to it.   I got he connector off a launchpad that's no longer supported. That wasn't hard, although it took a decent time to heat up the big ground plane.     The drama occurred when I tried to unsolder the tiny resistor with a hot air ...

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