New 3D printing technique integrates electronics into microchannels to create flexible, stretchable microfluidic devices

The injection of liquid metal into 3D-printed microchannels allowed forming electrical connections between 3D conductive networks and the embedded electronic elements, enabling the fabrication of flexible and stretchable microfluidic electronics such as skin-attachable NFC tags and wireless light-emitting devices. Credit: SUTD The transition from traditional 2D to 3D microfluidic structures is a significant advancement in […]

New quantum random number generator achieves 2 Gbit/s speed

Implementation of a deployable OEC with integrated photonics. Credit: Nature Electronics (2024). DOI: 10.1038/s41928-024-01140-0 The reliable generation of random numbers has become a central component of information and communications technology. In fact, random number generators, algorithms or devices that can produce random sequences of numbers, are now helping to secure communications between different devices, produce […]

Inside the race to train more workers in the chip-making capital of the world

Credit: AI-generated image Build the technology of the future. Protect the nation from attack. Buy a sports car. These were some of the rewards of working in the semiconductor industry, 200 high school students learned at a recent daylong recruiting event for one of Taiwan’s top engineering schools. “Taiwan doesn’t have many natural resources,” Morris […]

Flexible pseudocapacitor defies climate extremes, packs energy punch

Areal capacitance of the device at different operational temperatures. Credit: Wiley-VCH In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, the demand for reliable energy storage solutions has never been greater. With our reliance on electronic devices growing, especially in aviation, space exploration, and satellite operations, the need for energy storage that can withstand extreme temperatures is paramount. […]

AI approach enhances efficiency of material multiscale simulation for wearable electronics

An illustration of the machine learning model framework, showing its application in predicting the electro-mechanical behavior of CNTs/PDMS composites. Credit: Science China Press The integration of microscale and macroscale simulations has long been a computational challenge in material science. Addressing this, researchers have developed AGAT, a machine learning model that efficiently predicts the behaviors of […]

Microcapacitors with ultrahigh energy and power density could power chips of the future

Microcapacitors made with engineered hafnium oxide/zirconium oxide films in 3D trench capacitor structures—the same structures used in modern microelectronics—achieve record-high energy storage and power density, paving the way for on-chip energy storage. Credit: Nirmaan Shanker/Suraj Cheema In the ongoing quest to make electronic devices ever smaller and more energy efficient, researchers want to bring energy […]

SK Hynix says high-end AI memory chips almost sold out through 2025

SK Hynix is one of the world’s biggest semiconductor companies. South Korean semiconductor giant SK Hynix said Friday its entire 2024 production of high-end memory chips was sold out and most of next year’s line was gone too, reflecting the huge demand for cutting-edge AI hardware. SK Hynix is the world’s second-largest memory chip maker, […]

Team develops efficient stochastic parallel gradient descent training for on-chip optical processors

(a) Conceptual diagram of the on-chip optical processor for optical switching and channel descrambling in MDM communication systems. (b) Schematic configuration of the integrated reconfigurable optical processor. θ and ϕ mean the phase shift of the phase shifters. MDM: mode-division multiplexing; MUX: multiplexer; DEMUX: demultiplexer. Credit: Opto-Electronic Advances (2024). DOI: 10.29026/oea.2024.230182 A new publication in […]

A strategy to boost the efficiency of perovskite/organic solar cells

Device structure and cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy image of the perovskite/organic TSCs. Credit: Zhang et al. In recent years, researchers have been experimenting with a wide range of solar cell designs in the hope of facilitating their widespread deployment. Organic solar cells based on perovskite materials have been found to exhibit various advantages over conventional […]

New circuit boards can be repeatedly recycled

A team led by researchers at the University of Washington developed a new PCB that performs on par with traditional materials and can be recycled repeatedly with negligible material loss. Researchers used a solvent that transforms a type of vitrimer—a cutting-edge class of polymer—into a jelly-like substance without damage, allowing solid components to be plucked […]

Researcher develop high-performance amorphous p-type oxide semiconductor

Superior output and transmission properties are demonstrated in tellurium oxide-based amorphous p-type thin-film transistors (Se:Te = 1:4) processed with an optimal selenium alloying ratio. The optimized thin-film transistor showcases a hole mobility of 15 cm2/Vs and an on/off current ratio of 107, closely resembling key electrical attributes of early n-type oxide thin-film transistors. Additionally, the […]

Researchers increase storage, efficiency and durability of capacitors

Design of multilayer capacitor according to design rules for optimizing the breakdown field and energy storage capacity in the BZT/BST multilayer system. Credit: Advanced Materials (2024). DOI: 10.1002/adma.202402070 Pacemakers, defibrillators, radar technology and electric vehicles all need electrical components called capacitors that can store and release a lot of energy in a matter of a […]

Rubber-like stretchable energy storage device fabricated with laser precision

Highly deformable MSC. Credit: POSTECH Researchers have achieved a significant breakthrough in developing a small-scale energy storage device capable of stretching, twisting, folding, and wrinkling. Their study is published in the journal npj Flexible Electronics. The advent of wearable technology has brought with it a pressing need for energy storage solutions that can keep pace […]

A simple ‘twist’ improves the engine of clean fuel generation

Credit: University of Cambridge Researchers have found a way to super-charge the ‘engine’ of sustainable fuel generation—by giving the materials a little twist. The researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, are developing low-cost light-harvesting semiconductors that power devices for converting water into clean hydrogen fuel, using just the power of the sun. These semiconducting […]

Holographic displays offer a glimpse into an immersive future

Experimental demonstration of neural étendue expansion. Credit: Nature Communications (2024). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-024-46915-3 Setting the stage for a new era of immersive displays, researchers are one step closer to mixing the real and virtual worlds in an ordinary pair of eyeglasses using high-definition 3D holographic images, according to a study led by Princeton University researchers. Holographic […]

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