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68 The PCB Magazine • May 2016 A Flexible Camera: A Radically Different Approach to Imaging A team led by Shree K. Nayar, T.C. Chang Profes- sor of Computer Science at Columbia Engineer- ing, has developed a novel sheet camera that can be wrapped around everyday objects to capture images that cannot be taken with one or more conventional cameras. Researchers Use Single Molecule of DNA to Create World's Smallest Diode Researchers at the university of Georgia and Ben- Gurion university in Israel have demonstrated for the first time that nanoscale electronic compo- nents can be made from single DNA molecules. Manufacturing Overcapacity Constrains Industrial Robot Market Growth in China The Chinese market for industrial robots reached an estimated $1.3 billion in 2015. This market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20%, reaching $3.3 billion in 2020, according to IhS Inc. Collaboration to Build New Brain-Inspired Supercomputer Chip-architecture breakthrough accelerates path to exascale computing and helps computers tackle complex, cognitive tasks such as pattern-recogni- tion sensory processing. Hannover Messe: New Hybrid Inks Permit Printed, Flexible Electronics without Sintering Research scientists at INm have combined the benefits of organic and inorganic electronic mate- rials in a new type of hybrid ink. In one example, electronic circuits may be applied to paper directly from a pen. Producing Electronics without Semiconductor is a Reality A new study by an international team of research- ers, affiliated with uNIST, has found a new way to produce electronic devices, such as diodes, logic gates and sensors without the need for semicon- ductors. 3D Printing: The Next Industrial Revolution, 2016 Update 3D printing is an additive manufacturing process. In recent years, 3D printer prices have dropped substantially, and a wide variety of printable mate- rials is available. Enterprise Adoption of Wearable Devices is Expanding into Larger Deployments Enterprise adoption of wearable technology is be- ginning to move beyond pilot projects and tech- nology trials and into full-scale deployments, ac- cording to a new white paper published by market intelligence firm Tractica. Researchers Develop New Semiconducting Polymer for Flexible Electronics Polymer semiconductors, which can be processed on large-area and mechanically flexible substrates with low cost, are considered as one of the main components for future plastic electronics. PC Shipment Decline Continued in First Quarter as Expected Worldwide PC shipments totaled 60.6 million units in the first quarter of 2016, a year-on-year decline of 11.5%, according to the International Data Cor- poration (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Electronics Industry News market Highlights

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