August 27, 2014

Competition for Graphene: Researchers Demonstrate Ultrafast Charge Transfer in New Family of 2-D Semiconductors

A new argument has just been added to the growing case for graphene being bumped off its pedestal as the next big thing in the high-tech world by the two-dimensional semiconductors known as MX2 materials.Illustration of a MoS2/WS2 heterostructure with a MoS2 monolayer lying on top of a WS2 monolayer. Electrons and holes created by light are shown to separate into different layers. (Image courtesy of Feng Wang group) An international collaboration of researchers led by a scientist with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has reported the first experimental observation of ultrafast charge…

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IPC-8701 – First Manufacturing Acceptability Standard for Photovoltaic (Solar) Module Assemblies Debuts

IPC-8701 Acceptability specs will help provide infrastructure for solar panel assembly Solar panels have been in volume production for quite some time, but there are still just a limited number of standards to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electronics manufacturing service (EMS) companies determine whether completed modules meet design and assembly requirements. IPC recently published the first document to set common acceptance criteria for finished assemblies.

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FOD Prevention in Electronics Assembly

The reliability and functionality of electronic devices can be severely affected by foreign objects and debris (FOD). To help industry eliminate FOD issues, IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries®  has released a training video, DVD-172C, “FOD Prevention in Electronics Assembly.”  The training video provides information and techniques to help eliminate FOD during electronics assembly, including hand soldering, surface mount technology and plated-through hole assembly processes and box build/wire assembly. In addition, DVD-172C explains the six steps of proper housekeeping, and covers tool control, hardware control, material handling as well as electrostatic discharge prevention.             “It’s a manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure that all…

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Global Sale of Hybrid and Pure Electric Cars Will Triple to $178.9 Billion in 2024

E-cars are oversupplied and changing in all respects but in this frenzy of birth and death the future is being created with hybrid cars rapidly gaining market share now and sale of pure electric cars likely to take off in the second half of the coming decade as certain technical and cost challenges are resolved. Toyota and Tesla have hugely benefited from correct market positioning but now Toyota is betting strongly on fuel cell hybrids and Tesla on mainstream pure electric cars – both graveyards for many companies in the past. A vicious shakeout of car and battery manufacturers has…

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Printed and Flexible Sensors Market Opportunities

Opportunities in established and emerging markets Printed and flexible sensors market already represented a value of $6.3 billion in 2013. The biggest market is currently biosensors, where disposable glucose test strips are used to improve the lives of diabetics. However, other types of printed sensors are emerging, taking advantage of the latest materials. By 2024, these emerging applications will take a significant share of the total printed sensor market: Relative market size for printed and flexible sensors in 2024 Source: Printed and Flexible Sensors 2014-2024: Technologies, Players, Forecasts IDTechEx research group expects new hybrid CMOS image sensors to quickly become the…

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Robotics Market Shares And Market Forecasts

Robots — Markets Reach $171.7 Billion By 2020. — ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS announces the availability of a new study “Robotics Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2014 to 2020″. The 2014 study has 1191 pages, 607 tables and figures. Worldwide robotics markets are increasingly diversified, poised to achieve significant growth as every industry segment adopts mobile automated process new companies get more businesses test for substance abuse. The robots are taking over, they have remote control to control a device to make it do what you want.

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Global Photonic Integrated Circuit (IC) Technology Market

The global photonic integrated circuit (IC) technology market is expected to grow to nearly $866.4 million by 2018, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33.2%. The Optical signal processing category, the fastest-growing segment in the overall market, is moving at a tremendous 35% CAGR. Ongoing limitations of electronic integrated circuits in pursuit of more transistors over a single silicon substrate has spurred the industry to find alternatives that provide high speed with decreasing size and high-end functionality. Optical communications represent the single largest segment in this market, expected to reach $506.5 million by 2018. However, optical signal…

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Mobile Sensing Wearables Market to Reach $47 Billion in 2018

ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS announces the availability of a new report entitled “Mobile Sensing Wearables – Market Dynamics Report”.  Annual revenues for mobile sensing wearables – fashionable devices that perform sensing and location functions—will be $47 billion in 2018 driven by widespread adoption of advanced mobile sensing smart watches. Wearable sensors enabled by low power wireless components, mobile apps, cloud computing and a receptive fashion industry has created a technology tsunami for developers and investors.

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MEMS Applications For Medical, Automotive, Industrial And Defense Are Showing Healthy Growth

MEMS market forecast

ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS, the electronics industry market research and knowledge network, announces the availability of a new report entitled “Status of the MEMS Industry 2014“. According to this report, MEMS industry is expected to grow at a CAGR a 13% CAGR through 2019, resulting in a $24B MEMS market. Of the aforementioned applications, medical will have the largest individual CAGR (24%).

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Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Markets

The global solid oxide fuel cell market is estimated to reach $3.32 billion by 2018, with a projected CAGR of 8.7%, signifying an increase in demand for a clean and emission free power source that is fuel cells. Solid oxide fuel cells are emission free power sources, which run on electrochemical conversion reactions. SOFC use ceramic electrolytes that are hard and non-porous in nature. As the electrolyte is a solid, the cells are not necessarily constructed in a plate-like configuration as seen in other fuel cell types. Electrical efficiency provided is around 50% to 60%. In applications designed to capture…

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