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38 The PCB Magazine • October 2017 Insect Eyes Inspire New Solar Cell Design Packing tiny solar cells together, like micro-lens- es in the compound eye of an insect, could pave the way to a new generation of advanced photo- voltaics, say Stanford University scientists. Scientists Move Graphene Closer to Transistor Applications Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory successfully manipulated the electronic structure of graphene, which may en - able the fabrication of graphene transistors that are faster and more reliable than existing silicon- based transistors. Scientists Create World's First 'Molecular Robot' Capable of Building Molecules Scientists at the University of Manchester have created the world's first 'molecular robot' that is capable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules. Convergence of Big Data, IoT and AI to Drive Next Generation Applications Disruptive technology innovations in the infor - mation and communication technology (ICT) space, such as artificial intelligence (AI), Inter- net of Things (IoT), self-service visualization and structured query language (SQL), have deeply permeated various applications and markets. Medical IoT Enabled by Convergence of Sensor Technology and Connectivity Healthcare is facing one of its major turning points in decades. After penetrating the consum- er market, the digital revolution and its related IoT concept is rapidly changing health models. A New Way to Print Electrical Circuits Within 15 minutes of meeting Mark Hersam, PhD, a renowned nanotechnology expert and professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University, Ethan Secor knew he wanted to work with him. Secor, a fifth-year ma- terials science and engineering PhD candidate, didn' t have a project in mind at the time, but when Hersam had an opening in his research group, he jumped right in—and hasn't looked back. Highly Flexible, Wearable Displays Engineers have created wearable displays for vari- ous applications including fashion, IT, and health- care. Integrating OLED (organic light-emitting diode) into fabrics, the team developed some of the most highly flexible and reliable technology for wearable displays in the world. Thin, Flexible Device for Efficient Cooling Engineers and scientists from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sci - ence and SRI International, a nonprofit research and development organization based in Menlo Park, California, have created a thin flexible de- vice that could keep smartphones and laptop computers cool and prevent overheating. Flexible Hybrid Electronics and Sensors Impacting the Automotive Industr y FlexTech, a SEMI strategic association partner, will host a one-day Flexible Hybrid Electron - ics and Sensors Automotive Industry workshop in Detroit, Michigan on September 13, 2017 to explore how FHE adds functionality, decreases weight and impacts design. Nanocarbon Materials are Challenging Silicon, from Transparent Electronics to Bendable 3D Displays The superior characteristics of nanocarbon make it an extremely promising material for numerous current and future applications. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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