WBG Semiconductors to Take Spotlight at Power Conference

The power electronics community will gather in Munich in December to network with peers, learn from experts, and take a deep dive into designing with wide-bandgap power devices. MUNICH — Power electronics is rapidly moving to wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors as the gateway to more-efficient designs for a host of high-growth applications. WBG materials such as…

Procurement ‘Acts Local’ but ‘Thinks Global’

AspenCore’s first Global Purchasing Survey finds that procurement executives must be more nimble than ever. Luckily, they are well-suited for the job. Electronics purchasing executives want to engage with supply chain partners that can support their operations around the world. Unfortunately, a truly global supply network doesn’t yet exist. “Think global, act local” is the…

Cyber Security Gets Recognition in UK Tech Awards

In a week when a new group formed to deliver the first ever open source silicon root of trust (RoT) design, the UK tech industry has recognized security companies in its annual awards, with five out of 13 awards going to security-related individuals and organizations. Hosted by TechWorks – the UK industry association for ‘deep…

A New Chip For Quantum Computing

The race for quantum technology is increasingly intriguing. Google and IBM are beginning to develop quantum computers that would revolutionize computing at speeds now inconceivable. A much-awaited strength of quantum technology lies in cryptography. With the proliferation of IoT and the next 5G, it is extremely important to create secure channels. In contrast, quantum channels…

Power Factor Correction Increases the Efficiency of Industry

Energy usage and efficiency levels are being placed under closer scrutiny than ever before, as consumers become more concerned about the size of their utility bills and business owners look to curb their spiraling operational expenses. All this is being further exacerbated by the increasingly important environmental aspect, with the widespread recognition that inefficient devices…

Why Medical Devices Need Security — and How to Achieve It

The internet of things (IoT) brings together billions of devices every day, with exponential growth that is changing the way we carry out our daily activities. Smart homes reduce overall energy consumption. New developments will allow cars to be connected with smart-city infrastructure to create an entirely different ecosystem for the driver. And connected health…

AI Holds the Key to Decoding the Brain

In an age where we can construct complex electronic chips with feature sizes in the single-nanometer range, it’s easy to forget that we still don’t know everything about how the human brain works. The exact nature of the brain’s signal transfers to other body parts via the central nervous system is a code we have…

Countering Drones with Animal-Inspired Robots, Acoustic Sensors, AI and More

The UK Ministry of Defence’s innovation hub, the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), has awarded a total of £2m to 18 separate projects that aim to develop new capabilities to detect, disrupt and defeat the hostile and malicious use of drones. The contracts are the result of the Countering Drones competition launched earlier this year.…

SiC Hits the Performance Marks for xEV Systems

The market for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and fully electric vehicles (EVs) continues to grow. Vehicles in these categories, sometimes collectively referred to as xEVs, incorporate numerous power electronic devices, most of which are based on silicon technology today. The most advanced xEV designs, however, require power electronics solutions that can achieve higher efficiency…