Bioinformatics: How Electronics Can Inform Biomedicine
DNA letter patterns and protein sequences essentially form the ‘language’ of the human body. This metaphor simplifies bioinformatics, which deals with reading information hidden in biological processes and drawing evolutionary conclusions about their possible functions). We look at the vital research area.
Geothermal Energy: The Challenges and Developments
Given its high costs and risks, geothermal energy harnessing is far from the most popular energy solution. Nevertheless, engineers have been developing new and improved methods of tapping into our underground resources. We consider geothermal energy developments and their overall potential.
Exploring Cooling Technologies for Electronic Systems
Increasingly, today’s electronic equipment and devices integrate additional functionalities, but this inadvertently results in greater heat flux. We explore the various techniques used to adequately handle heat flux to ensure that electronic systems operate with efficiency.
Various Wireless Power Transfer Techniques in Neural Stimulators and Other Implantable Medtech
Wireless power transfer technologies are being extensively studied and developed for use in implantable medical devices, the advantages of which include the early detection of diseases and the treatment of specific defective organs. This article will explore wireless power transfer in neural stimulators and outline the key benefits and design challenges.
AI Accelerators And How Engineers Can Utilise Them
Understanding the role of AI accelerators in artificial intelligence gives an insight into its benefits in the world of electronics and computing, particularly as our collective interests in human-level intelligence increase. We look at the technology and how it may benefit engineers.
The Scientific Instruments of the Mars Perseverance Rover
The successful landing of the Mars Perseverance Rover was not just a breakthrough for the world: it also marked the first time that the very latest sensor technologies may be used outside our planet. We look at the ground-breaking designs and other details behind the instruments on the rover.
How a Novel LED Chip Has Minimised a Common Chip Problem: ‘Efficiency Droop’
LEDs may be a leading light source, but their traditional chip architectures are subject to a form of inefficiency known as ‘efficiency droop’. We look at how a new chip architecture developed by IBM, NIST (the National Institute of Standards), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Maryland, has minimised such inefficiency.
Various Sensors and Their Applications for Smart Farming and Robotics
Smart farming is a form of agriculture that is informed by robotics and smart sensors, whose data acquisition capabilities enable them to feed crops with precisely what they need to ease the farmer’s job of cultivation. We look at the various sensor technologies required for modern, IoT-based agriculture.
What NYU and IBM’s Research May Tell us About Spintronics in Computing
In early 2020, NYU (New York University) and the magnetic memory development team at IBM Research revealed a potential method to improve data storage using the motion of electrons in magnetic materials. In view of the partnership’s breakthroughs, we discuss the clear potential of spintronics in modern computing.
Technical Ceramics and What They Could Mean for the Electronics Industry
Electronic devices we use daily, including smartphones, computers, and portable cameras, owe much of their functionality to the unique properties of semiconductors and ceramic materials. We look at technical ceramics, which are emerging as one of the electronics industry’s materials of choice due to their unique physical properties.
Combining 3D Printing, Robotics, and Other Innovation in Smart Building Construction
Additive manufacturing, already an innovative electrical design approach, is now crossing over to the field of construction—making it possible to manufacture 3D-printed buildings. Now, the next step for electrical engineers (EEs) is becoming clear: the development of embedded devices for the robotics-based construction of 3D-printed automated smart homes.
The Progress and Current State of UK Renewable Energy
Following the UK government’s interests in going ‘net zero’ by 2050, we look at some of its major options for renewable energy generation and discuss the country’s growing interests in sustainable solutions. This is particularly in view of the country’s reduced emissions, owing much to its COVID-19 lockdowns.
Regenerative Braking: an Increasingly-Promising Technology for EVs and More
Regenerative braking systems are able to charge automobiles through the energy developed by their friction, thus promising a future of safer, longer, and greener commuting—particularly for EVs, or electric vehicles. We look at the technology behind this promising solution to vehicle battery charging on the go.
When GPS Fails: Advantages of Quantum Navigation with Quantum Gyro Sensors
High-precision, high-risk, costly moving objects lack a backup navigation solution. Mostly reliant on GPS—or the Global Positioning System—they present two major weaknesses: low accuracy and poor security. Such problems can be improved with quantum gyro sensors and other elements of quantum positioning systems.
Intel’s ‘Horse Ridge’ Chip and What It Could Mean for the Future of Quantum Computing
During the last couple of years, corporations in collaboration with researchers have been working in the field of quantum computing. Notable examples are IBM Quantum, Microsoft’s Azure Quantum, and Google’s Sycamore, to name just a few. The category also includes Intel’s partnership with QuTech in their research and development into quantum computer control circuitry.
An Overview of Near-Field Communication
Near-field communication (NFC) is a connectivity technology that enables wireless communication between two NFC-enabled devices. Communication via NFC occurs at short range, low bandwidth, and at a high frequency between devices. We discuss NFC’s components, its operating modes, and more.
An Overview of Neuromorphic Computing and Its Latest Advances
Realising brain-like synapses using artificial intelligence has, for several decades, been a dream of scientists all over the world. Although we don’t have human-level AI yet, humans have made significant strides in the design of innovative technologies for neuromorphic computing. This article delves into some of the most promising innovations in this field.