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Today, we might take it for granted that mobile-phone cameras, desktop printers, medical equipment, automobile parts and other everyday items will continue to get smaller, lighter and more reliable.These enhancements seem so natural and gradual that we might not even realise it on a day-to-day basis.
Published: 12 September 2014
Counterfeit electronic components are a growing problem for the electronics industry, often resulting in failures, product recalls and serious safety issues. They also cost industry billions of euros each year. The EU-funded ChipCheck project has developed a new inspection system to establish in under a second whether electronic components are legitimate or counterfeit - helping to eliminate costly product recalls and protecting consumers. The result could be commercially available in under a year.
Published: 13 August 2014
As our increasingly computer-driven world creates more and more data, the need for enhanced processing power to store, retrieve and analyse that data is significantly growing. In fields ranging from science and medicine to finance and business, security and defence, it is now commonplace to talk about 'big data' and the challenge of managing such vast quantities of information.
Published: 4 June 2014
EU-funded researchers have developed novel technology for treating cancer patients that could deliver drugs exactly where they are needed in the human body. The potential breakthrough, which combines diagnosis and treatment, could significantly boost the effectiveness of the drugs currently used against cancer - giving patients a better chance of surviving.
Published: 28 May 2014
Published: 13 May 2014
Although science is often seen as a discipline concerned with hard facts, it can be difficult to separate research from its ethical, social and political setting. Researchers struggling to balance science with ethics can now count on advice from a European project, EGAIS, that looked at how best to handle the wider ethical context.
Published: 28 April 2014
Small means big business these days. Consumers are demanding ever smaller, more portable devices, with extra features, better performance and energy efficiency. But squeezing everything into smaller packages is a huge manufacturing challenge. To help, European researchers have developed ways to produce the micro components needed for these smaller devices.
Published: 27 March 2014
The integrated circuits that have been driving the information technology revolution are reaching their physical limit. EU-funded scientists are now looking at light as a replacement for electric signals. In their search for smaller, faster, low-energy alternatives, they are reporting promising work on light particles called 'polaritons', paving the way for next-generation circuits for use in devices such as computers and smartphones.
Published: 25 March 2014
It sounds implausible, but European researchers are deadly serious about their aim to create reliable, low-energy microchips from what have traditionally been viewed as unreliable components. The skill is to correct the errors to turn low-powered parts into efficient, reliable and, above-all, fault-tolerant chips. They propose to use nano-scale integration to build these next-generation chips.
Published: 12 February 2014
Researchers in Europe have succeeded in presenting an integrated tuneable transmitter on silicon the first time this has ever happened. This results are an outcome of the HELIOS ('Photonics electronics functional integration on complementary metal oxide-semiconductor, CMOS') project, which is backed under the 'Information and communication technologies' (ICT) Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) to the tune of EUR 8.5 million. The team presented the results at the recent Optical Fiber Communication conference in Los Angeles, United States.
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Published: 29 March 2012