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Date
September 2017

STMicroelectronics has announced the integration of its contactless NFC technology with MediaTek’s mobile platforms which creates a complete solution for handset developers to design next-generation smartphones capable of supporting tightly integrated NFC mobile services. The partnership will help mobile OEMs overcome key technical challenges such as antenna design and integration, antenna miniaturization, and bill-of-material optimization while assuring interoperability with payment terminals in locations like retailers and transportation hubs.

Graphene Transistors
Date
August 2017

An effort to develop faster and more reliable transistors has been fruitful as the scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory were able to successfully manipulate the electronic structure of grapheme. The researchers were able to theoretically calculate the mechanism by which graphene’s electronic band structure could be modified with metal atoms.  

Nanodiamonds
Date
August 2017
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According to a new research, Microscopic diamonds added to lithium-based batteries could help prevent the fires and explosions in the energy storage devices  could also help lay the foundation for lithium-based batteries with pure lithium electrodes that can store up to 10 times more energy than today’s lithium-ion batteries.

 

 

Date
August 2017
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Samsung will invest $7 billion over a three-year period to ramp up a Chinese fab to expand the production of NAND flash memory to meet the strong demand for smartphones and other mobile devices. The investment is for a new fab in Xi’an that would be the second chip facility at the northern China site.

Majorana Particle
Date
August 2017

An international team of researchers has developed a device from nanowires that may prove the existence of long-theorized quasiparticles, Majorana particles. Once these Majorana particles are identified and isolated, they could form the basis of a quantum bit—or qubit—that would process information in a new kind of quantum computer with improved stability. The theorized existence of quasiparticles came into light when researchers saw strong hints of Majoranas when they sent electrons into a semiconducting nanowire placed alongside superconducting material.