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96 The PCB Magazine • June 2016 Engineers Take First Step Toward Flexible, Wearable, Tricorder-like Device Engineers at the 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. IBM Makes Quantum Computing Available on IBM Cloud to Accelerate Innovation IBM scientists have built a quantum processor that users can access through a first-of-a-kind quantum computing platform delivered via the IBM Cloud onto any desktop or mobile device. IBM believes quantum computing is the future of computing and has the potential to solve certain problems that are impossible to solve on today's supercom- puters. Introducing the Disposable Laser Since lasers were invented more than 50 years ago, they have transformed a diverse swath of technol- ogy—from CD players to surgical instruments. Top Seven Vendors in the Global Semicon- ductor Packaging Materials Market Technavio has announced the top seven lead- ing vendors in their recent global semiconductor packaging materials market report. This research report also lists 36 other prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period. Printed and Flexible Electronics in Automotive Applications 2016–2026 This report focuses on technologies and compo- nents in automotive applications that benefit from the advent of printed/flexible electronics and al- ready represent a market of a few hundred million dollars in 2016. Latest Advancements in Sensor Technology Examined at SEMI European MEMS Summit After a successful inaugural event in Milan that at- tracted 265 attendees, this year's SEMI European MEMS Summit will convene in Stuttgart, one of the world's major MEMS and Sensor hubs. Self-healing, Flexible Electronic Material Restores Functions after Many Breaks Electronic materials have been a major stumbling block for the advance of flexible electronics be- cause existing materials do not function well after breaking and healing. NREL Theory Establishes a Path to High-Performance 2D Semiconductor Devices Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have uncov- ered a way to overcome a principal obstacle in us- ing 2D semiconductors in electronic and optoelec- tronic devices. In the War against Dust, a New Tool Inspired by Geckos Micrometric and sub-micrometric contaminant particles—what most of us call "dust"—can cause big problems for art conservators, the electronics industry, aerospace engineers, and others. These nanoparticles can prevent a cellphone from work- ing or rob the vitality of a painting's colors. MechSE Researchers Create One-step Graphene Patterning Method Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urba- na-Champaign have developed a one-step, facile method to pattern graphene by using stencil mask and oxygen plasma reactive-ion etching, and sub- sequent polymer-free direct transfer to flexible substrates. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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