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58 The PCB Magazine • August 2016 Artificial Muscle for Soft Robotics: Low Voltage, High Hopes Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a dielectric elastomer with a broad range of motion that requires relatively low volt- age and no rigid components. Graphene Could Revolutionize the Internet of Things EPFL researchers have produced a tunable, gra- phene-based device that could significantly in- crease the speed and efficiency of wireless commu- nication systems. Their system works at very high frequencies, delivering unprecedented results. Asia Pacific Dominates Global Consumer Electronics Market The global consumer electronics market features several players dominating the market for a par- ticular type of electronic device. Engineers Integrate Nano-scale Sensors, Electronics and Microfluidics into Threads For the first time, researchers led by Tufts Univer- sity engineers have integrated nano-scale sensors, electronics and microfluidics into threads, ranging from simple cotton to sophisticated synthetics, which can be sutured through multiple layers of tissue to gather diagnostic data wirelessly in real time. A New Generation of Electron Devices Makes Waves No one has managed to push radiofrequency technology into the trillions of cycles per second, or Terahertz (THz), range. With the Terahertz (THz) Electronics Program, however, DARPA has begun to make it possible. Military Airborne Collision Avoidance System Market to Grow 4.5% by 2020 Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Military Airborne Collision Avoid- ance System Market 2016–2020" report to their offering. The report forecasts the global military ACAS market to grow at a CAGR of 4.5% during the period 2016–2020. IoT Communication Protocol Market Worth $15.8B by 2022 The market size, in terms of value, is expected to grow from USD 11.44 billion in 2015 to USD 15.80 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 4.7% between 2016 and 2022. World Record: 248,000 Industrial Robots Revolutionizing the Global Economy The worldwide sales of industrial robots achieved a new record number of 248,000 units in 2015, ac- cording to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). New Detector Overcomes Key Challenge in Using Light for Wireless Communications Today's high-speed wired communication net- works use lasers to carry information through optical fibers, but wireless networks are currently based on radio frequencies or microwaves. Automotive LED Market has a Bright Future with the Rise of Replacement Products The value of the global LED market has been grow- ing at a crawling pace as demand for backlight LEDs contracts. Automotive LEDs, however, are one of the few sizable application markets that are developing rapidly along with other smaller mar- kets for niche industrial LED products. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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