Xerox Corporation, the American global corporation which offers business services as well as document technology products, has recently made the decision to improve techniques for production of smart devices through the use of 3D printing.  The Xerox Corporation is currently working on developing the necessary electronics in order to utilize 3D printing processes to create smart devices. According to the lead of the Novel and Printed Electronics program at the Xerox Corporation’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Janos Veres, the company is diligently working to create electronics 3D printing technologies which will enable for the creation of smart devices of any size or shape.

Most electronics devices that you have today, they are electronics that we build on a board which is rigid. Once we made that board we put it in a box. Every single electronics piece looks like that.

Veres said.

We should be able to make electronics to the shape we dream of.

The company believes that 3D printing will allow for their designers to produce new configurations of electronics with complicated shapes. This room for creativity means that the common design of electronics will no longer constrain placement of sensors. The goal of the Xerox Corporation is to create a 3D printing process which will allow for the production of any device, regardless of complexity, to be equipped with batteries as well as sensors. Such devices may include smart phones, computers, wearable devices, and components in aerospace and automotive industries.

There is an incredible opportunity for printing and it truly opens an entirely new field, and make production on demand and local instead of being the privilege of large factories. That’s the power of printing.

added Veres.

According to Wikipedia,

Xerox is the world’s leading enterprise for business process and document management. Examples of some of the company’s services include: Transaction Processing Services - Xerox manages and streamlines day-to-day processes such as insurance claims, debit card swipes, benefits distribution and payroll. Managed Print Services and Centralized Print Services - Xerox reduces costs and optimize clients’ print and digital document infrastructure.

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Intel Corporation, one of the globe’s highest valued and largest semiconductor chip maker headquartered in Santa Clara, California, has recently announced that they will be exiting the tablet mobile as well as smartphone SoC business as the company has decided to end its struggling Atom chip product family. The Intel Corporation made this announcement in early April as the company continues to progress with a significant restricting plan. Some of the discontinued products include the Cherry Trail, the Broxton, as well as the SoFIA.

The chip maker’s focus has begun to shift towards “Cloud, IoT, memory/programmable solutions, 5G and Moore’s Law,” suggested Brain Krzanich, the CEO of Intel Corporation, in his most recent blog. The resources that were previously focused on SoFIA/Broxton will now be transferred onto “products that deliver higher returns and advance our strategy,” according to a spokeswoman at Intel Corporation. The spokeswoman confirmed that effective immediately, the SoFIA 3GX, LTE, as well as LTE2 commercial platforms are cancelled. She also verified that effective immediately, the Broxton platform for tablets and phones has also been cancelled.

Intel Corporation’s plans to divert away from the mobile SOC battle seems to make sense, considering that there has been a gradual decrease in demand for both tablets and smartphones. Although, Intel Corporation is not giving up on its connectivity business. Many analysts have agreed that it makes sense for the Intel Corporation to shift its focus onto its 5G and modern technology efforts.

Only 18 months ago, Intel was trying to use alliances with Spreadtrum Communications and Rockchip to make deeper inroads in China where the smartphone market was then growing by leaps and bounds.

stated Junko Yoshida from EE Times.

With Spreadtrum, Intel made a $1.5 billion investment in Tsinghua Unigroup, resulting in the acquisition of 20 percent of China’s combined Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics. At that time, Intel appeared to be using Spreadtrum to pry open the Chinese market, asking Spreadtrum to market Intel’s SoFIA SoCs in addition to Spreadtrum’s own chips.

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Imagine multiple stacks of active layers of transistors without through-silicon bias. Years ago this was an impossible sight, but today two of the largest industry leaders, CEA-Leti & Qualcomm have collaborated in developing the newest 3D chip of its kind.

CEA-Leti is a French research-and-technology organization that focuses on creating value and innovation through technology transfers and specializing in nanotechnologies.  They have been actively working on new 3d Technology in recent years.

Qualcomm is an American semiconductor company that designs and markets wireless telecommunications.  The company headquarters is located in San Diego, California and has 224 locations around the world. Qualcomm was founded in 1985 with its first service provided satellite locating and messaging.

These two giant industry leaders were able to develop technology that allows stacking process of transistors. Leti experts state that this technology does not lower the performance of transistors or between the layers of stacked transistors. CEO, Marie Semeria believes with the collaboration of Qualcomm to their “CoolCube” that the industry is headed in the right direction.

Semeria states that,
Together, we aim to build a complete ecosystem with foundries, equipment suppliers, and EDA and design houses to assemble all the pieces of the puzzle and move the technology into product-qualification phase.

This partnership between Qualcomm and Leti is not new. They have been working together for the past 2 years developing and advancing the true potential of nanotechnology, and 3d chip designing.  Many are optimistic that this technology will be able to answer the many issues in regards to scaling.

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A group of US and Israeli scientists were brought together to help develop with the world’s tiniest diode. The diode is formed from the size of a single molecule of DNA that is unseen by a conventional microscope.

Diodes are a specialized electronic component that allows the flow of current in one direction. This is discovery allows for a better insight into electronic transport mechanisms. Yoni Dubi, developer from Ben-Grunion University of the Negev states that this breakthrough discovery is “a significant milestone in the development of molecular electronic devices”.

Students from the University of Georgia and Ben-Grunion University of the Negev are coming together to establish similar properties of molecular components and electronic elements to help aid the growth of nano-scale electronics. Dbui and his students were able to construct a theoretical model of DNA, getting a better understanding on how this diode works.

The University of Georgia’s REU program allows for research of micro-/nano-technology, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. The Ben-Grunion University of Negev is a public research university that was established in 1969 and named after Israel’s founder and first prime minister.

The process of developing the tiny diode began by constructing a single DNA molecule from 11 pairs, and connecting an electronic circuit. At first, the DNA molecule was not functioning as a diode, but after inserting another molecule the circuit was immediately altered. Students found that when inserting a molecule between the layers of DNA the current was 15 times stronger.

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Intelligent PCB

Printed Circuit Boards are primarily designed to mechanically support and connect electronic components electrically thus making them a fundamental part of almost all electronic systems. PCBs are also crucial for thermal management by acting as a heat sink. This allows transfer of heat away from the high-powered components that are likely to overheat as a result of overworking.

As the needs of users grow exponentially each year, manufacturers  and design engineers are looking for increasingly complex ways to squeeze greater capabilities from smaller devices to dissipate heat and reduce the risk of overheating in their products. The design of the PCB is paramount to effective and efficient thermal management of the devices. Thermal simulation is a process widely used in the industry to predict temperature and airflow of a device which in turn is utilized to improve the thermal design of a device.

The simulation results allow engineers to identify issues early on with the thermal design of a device and assists engineers to optimize their designs with the ultimate goal of reducing costs and minimizing overheating. Even the simplest boards require to some degree thermal simulation to ensure that the PCB can withstand the amount of heat and airflow that it is subjected to.

Simulation software back in the 1990’s could only represent PCBs as simple thin blocks and the simulation could only dump the heat into the first adjacent air cell thus providing an inaccurate portrayal of heat transfer from the surface of the PCB. With today’s technology it is possible to model PCBs and components as thick as solid blocks, properly accounting for their layered structures and today’s modern modeling systems boasts a combination of high speed computing and processing power. This has enabled the simulation to represent each individual layer in a PCB design and even include details of layout traces as well as vias and on-board copper content.

An additional advantage of modeling solutions is to analyze how power is best utilized. The copper content of a layer can be analyzed to figure out the best balance between granularity and processing time. The data collected can provide a much less resource-intensive thermal simulation at the cost of a slightly less accurate reading. In the end the thermal management process is the most important as the early stages can provide designers the opportunity to catch issues at the onset and allows them to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their devices. This will go a long way towards saving energy and costs to areas they might have overlooked.

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Lumileds Lighting, a worldwide leader in light engine technology, has recently developed and designed a lighting led which is equipped with robust materials and packaging which allows it to be protected from harsh environments, such as Sulphur and chlorine, and is capable of maintaining output at 105 degrees Celsius for 100,000 hours. This lighting led, called the Luxeon HR30, was specifically engineered and tested with intentions for using it in the most demanding conditions and environments. Potential applications of the Luxeon HR30 include swimming pool buildings, power generation facilities, and chemical plants.

The Luxeon HR30 uses the best materials in the industry to provide for an upgraded packaging, making it the only product in its class which can offer long lifetime and robustness in chemical vapor and high temperature environments. The Luxeon HR30 is an effective solution for a large range of harsh and extreme indoor applications, such as natatoriums, as it offers leading performance and exceptional reliability. Its chemical resistance is partially due to Luxeon HR30’s gold-plated lead-frame package with high reflectance SMC housing, which has been tested for proven resistance to chemical environments after 21 days to IEC68-2-43 (15 ppm): DLOP < 10%, Du’v’ < 0.006.

Engineering for chemical resistance is all about selecting the best materials and then testing those materials under harsh conditions.

said Matthew Everett, the director of mid-power product.

We have leveraged our expertise in materials science and lumen maintenance to produce the industry’s most robust mid power LED.

70CRI and 4000K output is 125 Im at 134 Im/W driven at 150mA. At 70CRI, options include 5,700, 5,000, and 4,000K. At 80CRI, options include 5,700, 4,000, 3,000, and 2,700K. The Luxeon HR30’s 1/5th micro-color binning allows for tight color control. The targeted lifetime of the Luxeon HR30 is in excess of 100,000 hours at 150mA, Ts=105 degrees Celsius.

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On April 5th The husband and wife team of Marvell Technology Group founder and Chief Executive Officer Sehat Sutardja along with President Weili Dai announced they will be stepping down from both of their respective management posts. Although Sehat Sutardja and Weili Dai have both resigned from their active management posts they will still remain on the Board of Directors with Sehat Sutardja continuing to hold his position as chairman.

Subsequently, the Board will spearhead and conduct a search for a new CEO and president in conjunction with a leading executive search firm, the company announced in a press release. The dismissal of Sehat and his wife Weili came on the heels of a Marvell board audit committee which issued management edicts that identified “tone at the top” problems. Marvell’s sales and finance personnel have recently failed to meet revenue targets and the edicts have put undue pressure on everyone involved to produce.

Financial analysts though have openly applauded Marvell’s change in management which leads most to believe that this change will actually improve Marvell’s financial performance and/or will lead to the eventual sale of the company. Sehat and his wife’s forced resignation is nothing new as they follow suit in a long line of technology oriented company founders that have been deposed by CEOs that are more financially-tuned and the writing is on the wall for the dismantling of the company according to the Wall Street Journal.

In fact, since the deposing of Sehat and his wife, Marvell’s stock price has jumped 13% no doubt in response to the new turn of events. Over 20 years ago, Sehat and his wife started their company in the hard disk drive (HDD) market. They were the first to introduce digital read channels (Serial data stream decoders) utilizing high-speed sampling and DSP filtering in order to increase disk drive data densities.

To this day Marvell remains the market leader in disk drive controllers even ahead of rival Avago. Despite the proliferation of solid state drivers, Marvell reported no downsizing of their disk drive business and is reporting the increasing penetration of the China cell phone market with its baseband controllers. Though the old vanguard of leadership has been lead quietly into the night, it looks as though Marvell’s future is still very bright indeed.

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Sensors are so widely used in today’s society that one would be hard-pressed to not be around some sort of Micro-electromechanical sensor in our everyday endeavors. From mobile phones, tablets, and medical devices to games, your alarm system, even your car! The list of sensors impacting our daily lives is endless.

In fact, the application for these MEMS are only bound by our own imagination. From your home to the office, sensors on your phone, your house alarm, the automatic light that turns on in your office room, constantly monitor your every movement. Your doctor has a monitoring device to assess the rhythm of your irregular heartbeat, your car has sensors to alert you when you drift from your lane or when you’re about to hit something backing up.

MEMS is essentially a mechanical extension of the physical senses you were bestowed at birth. A new startup has announced some riveting news about how they are using a gyroscope to effectively reduce hand tremors in patients due to affliction from Parkinson’s disease. Patients are fitted with a glove embedded with the gyroscope which will monitor the shaking and a motor counterbalances the motion.

Although, it is still in its testing phase, the ability to have steady hands will allow for patients to assume some semblance of a normal life. ST-Microelectronics is one such company that is at the forefront of this sensor revolution. With more than 10 billion MEMS shipped all the while maintaining one of the industry’s most comprehensive and extensive MEMS portfolio which include gyroscope, accelerometer, MEMS microphone, magnetometer, and UV/pressure/temperature/humidity sensors.

ST-Microelectronics designed their product line to guarantee optimal performance even in the most challenging of environmental conditions. This is due to ST-Microelectronics’s patented “Golden Flow” specifications for manufacturing which equips each sensor with uniquely and precisely factor regulated calibrations. This ensures that the sensors are highly stable under almost all conditions and in will in almost 99% of cases eliminate the need for re-calibration at the time of consumer use. Ultimately this robust and extensive quality control allows ST-Microelectronics  to guarantee the highest level of performance, reliability, accuracy and safety all the while reducing the cost of ownership for the consumer’s final application. Talk about the total package!

Here at ASAP Semiconductor, we have a dedicated and expansive array of ST Microelectronics products. If you are interested in a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com call us at toll free at 1-714-705-4780.

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EM Microelectronics has staked the claim of having manufactured a chip that starts on 300mV and operates on only 100mV making it the lowest figures in terms of voltage for solar harvester chips. The Swiss chip company is owned by Swatch and has a long storied background in being a power player for ultra-low power electronics. The EM8500 energy harvester chip work can work form TEGs as well as photo-voltaic cells, and on-chips are two peak power tracking algorithms  with one for solar cells and one for TEGs.

The two modes are set by programming the built-in eeprom and comes with two control bus options which are SPI or L2C. Recently exhibited at the Wearable Technology Show in London, the EM8500 retains its edge on competitors by boasting a low quiescent current. The firm’s sales manager Jean-Noel Divoux was as usual tight-lipped and would not reveal to Electronics Weekly if the EM8500 chip utilizes EM Microelectronics’ patented sub-threshold technology.

For as great as the EM8500 is however it will not start up on 20mV while Linear Tech’s LTC3107 can which gives it the edge when it comes to working from small thermo-electric generators or TEGs. However an edge that EM does hold over Linear Tech is having two capacitive storage elements, a large and small one, which means that should the operating voltage reach max capacity, the input power is initially channeled to the small capacitor.

One when that capacitor is charged fully the input power is then funneled into the larger capacitor which can also be a super-cap or rechargeable battery. The 125nA with the dc-dc converter running produces the Quiescent current of 15nA in the lower power mode. At the Wearable Technology Show in London earlier this week, the focus was on ultra-low power processing and ultra-low power sensing chips. More and more original equipment manufacturers are moving towards technology that are ultra-efficient and minimalist in terms of operating cost all the while offering more and more features and power output. The applications for these chips can range from leisure, well-being, medical, automation, and smart textiles. Alongside the chips were also plenty virtual reality headsets.

Here at ASAP Semiconductor, we have a dedicated and expansive array of low power microchips and microprocessor Parts. If you are interested in a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com call us at toll free at 1-714-705-4780.

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Aircraft Design Alleviate Jet Lag
When in an aircraft flying for long flights, many people experience jet lag after they touchdown in their final destination. Qatar Airways claims that they developed new designs in its plane models to reduce jet lag from lengthy flights. This will relieve one of the many headaches of flying like luggage, delays, and turbulence. After investing over $15 Billion of research and 2,600 hours of continual testing, Qatar Airways has created an outstanding new technology with their commercial flights that reduces jet lag. This new technology will be used commercially very soon with all of Qatar Airways standard flights. Qatar Airways has coined the first jet lag reduced plane, the A350 XWB. This plane is said to be “equipped with LED lights that automatically adjust to flyers’ circadian rhythms and the warmth and glow of the sun”. Chief Engineer at Airbus, Alain De Zotti states that
The aircraft also automatically filters the air every few minus, provides more space and offers a smoother ride.
The first flight of this astonishing technology was from Qatar to New York, which took place last week. Also, it plans to fly to and from hubs in Europe and Asia.

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