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48 The PCB Magazine • July 2016 Engineers Take First Step toward Flexible, Wearable, Tricorder-like Device Engineers at University of California San Diego have developed the first flexible wearable device capable of monitoring both biochemical and elec- tric signals in the human body. The Chem-Phys patch records EKG heart signals and tracks levels of lactate, a biochemical that is a marker of physi- cal effort, in real time. Fast, Stretchy Circuits Could Yield New Wave of Wearable Electronics Fabricated in interlocking segments like a 3D puz- zle, the new integrated circuits could be used in wearable electronics that adhere to the skin like temporary tattoos. Because the circuits increase wireless speed, these systems could allow health care staff to monitor patients remotely, without the use of cables and cords. Flight of the RoboBee One of the more unexpected robotics applications in recent years comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported "RoboBees" project, which aims to create autonomous robotic insects capable of sustained, independent flight. The Inverter Industry in China: Local Players are Gradually Becoming Unavoidable Chinese players have become leaders in diverse inverter market segments, forcing foreign players to collaborate with each other. The rail traction leader was created by the merger of CSR and CNR to form CRRC, which controls more than 40% of the market. Discovery Could Energize Development of Longer-Lasting Batteries A UT Dallas researcher has made a discovery that could open the door to cellphone and car batter- ies that last five times longer than current ones. Over 8 Billion Connected Devices Globally The current IHS Technology Connected Device Market Monitor report examines key trends and data for global devices, over the top (OTT) and pay TV multiscreen markets. International Partners Provide Science Satellites for America's SLS Maiden Flight NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) will launch America into a new era of exploration to destina- tions beyond Earth's orbit. On its first flight, NASA will demonstrate the rocket's heavy-lift capability and send a crewless Orion spacecraft into deep space. Graphene-based Transparent Electrodes for Highly-Efficient Flexible OLEDs The arrival of a thin and lightweight computer that even rolls up like a piece of paper will not be in the far distant future. Flexible organic light-emit- ting diodes (OLEDs), built upon a plastic substrate, have received greater attention lately for their use in next-generation displays that can be bent or rolled while still operating. Better Combustion for Power Generation In the United States, the use of natural gas for electricity generation continues to grow. The driv- ing forces behind this development? A boom in domestic natural gas production, historically low prices, and increased scrutiny over fossil fuels' car- bon emissions. Tiny Lasers Enable Next-Gen Microprocessors to Run Faster, be Less Power-Hungry A group of scientists from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, University of Califor- nia, Santa Barbara, Sandia National Laboratories, and Harvard University were able to fabricate tiny lasers directly on silicon—a huge breakthrough for the semiconductor industry and well beyond. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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