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72 The PCB Magazine • February 2016 New Stanford Battery Shuts Down at High Temperatures and Restarts When Cool Stanford researchers have invented a lithium-ion battery that turns on and off depending on the temperature. The new technology could prevent battery fires that have plagued laptops, hover boards, and other electronic devices. Largest Flexible X-ray Detector Made with Thin Film Transistors The Flexible Electronics and Display Center (FEDC) at Arizona State University and PARC, a Xerox company, announced today that they have suc- cessfully manufactured the world's largest flexible X-ray detector prototypes using advanced thin film transistors (TFTs). Automotive Display Systems to Grow to $18.6B by 2021 Driven by continued innovation in vehicle connec- tivity and safety technologies, global revenue from automotive display systems will grow at a com- pound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 11% to $18.6 billion by the end of 2021. A Different Way to Make a Cathode May Mean Better Batteries lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide, or nMC, is one of the most promising chemistries for bet- ter lithium batteries, especially for electric vehicle applications, but scientists have been struggling to get higher capacity out of them. Intel's 3D XPoint to Shake High-End SSD Market in 3Q16 Aiming to enhance the efficiency of oEM system products and widen the lead over trailing compet- itors in the SSD market, Intel plans to ship its next- generation SSD memory products in the third quarter of 2016. Breakthrough Achieved in Ceramics 3D Printing Technology Researchers at HRl laboratories llC have achieved a new milestone in 3D printing technology by demonstrating an approach to additively manu- facture ceramics that overcomes the limits of tra- ditional ceramic processing and enables high-tem- perature, high-strength ceramic components. Engineers Demo First Processor that Uses Light for Ultrafast Communications Engineers have successfully married electrons and photons within a single-chip microprocessor, a landmark development that opens the door to ul- trafast, low-power data crunching. Satellites Find Sustainable Energy in Cities Underground heat islands in cities have an enor- mous geothermal potential. Warm groundwater can be used to produce sustainable energy for heating and cooling. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now developed a new meth - od to find underground heat islands: They estimate groundwater temperature from surface tempera- tures and building densities measured by satellites. New Acoustic Technique Reveals Structural Information in Nanoscale Materials Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diag - nostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simul- taneously map these phenomena at the relevant length scales. Graphene Proves a Perfect Fit for Wearable Devices Cheap, flexible, wireless graphene communica- tion devices such as mobile phones and health- care monitors can be directly printed into clothing and even skin, University of Manchester academics have demonstrated. Electronics Industry News Market highlights

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