C2MI and Varitron inaugurate first Advanced Manufacturing Centre in Canada dedicated to electronic card assembly and printed electronics


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C2MI and Varitron have officially announced the opening of the first Advanced Manufacturing Centre in Canada dedicated to electronic card assembly and printed electronics. Set in the C2MI research centre facility in Bromont, Québec, the Advanced Manufacturing Centre will offer state-of-the-art equipment in the printed electronics, circuit assembly, nano protection and advanced cooling fields, as well as an integrated supply chain leading to high-volume production. This announcement was made during CPES2019, the largest Canadian conference on printable, flexible and hybrid electronics (FHE), hosted in Bromont on 16 and 17 May by intelliFLEX.

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Saule Technologies’ large scale, printed, flexible, perovskite module (photo: Saule Technologies)

EPKI: New European initiative in the field of perovskite-based solar technology


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Perovskite-based  solar  cells  have made tremendous progress over the last decade achieving  outstanding lab-scale efficiencies of 24.2% early 2019 in single-junction architecture and to an astonishing 28% in tandem (perovskite associated with crystalline silicon), turning it into the fastest-advancing solar technology to date.

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A smart card with flexible fingerprint sensor (photo: Japan Display)

Japan Display unveils flexible fingerprint sensor


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Japan Display Inc. (JDI) has developed a capacitive-type flexible fingerprint sensor by integrating its capacitive-type glass-based fingerprint sensor technology and flexible display technology. JDI has been developing large-sized sensors and transparent sensors that enhance product design by taking further advantage of the features of glass-based fingerprint sensors currently being mass-produced.

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A shirt with DES for posture monitoring to prevent critical posture or load (photo: Fraunhofer ISC)

Fraunhofer ISC: Elastic sensors for smart textiles


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Smart materials and embedded electronics create the conditions for innovative design and new applications in the field of intelligent textiles, electronic interconnections, controls and displays. The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC (Würzburg, Germany) with its Center Smart Materials is working on silicon-based materials, adapted printing pastes and efficient production technologies in order to exploit the application potential of expandable sensors and conductors, to inspire new product ideas and to accelerate the implementation.

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The monitoring of fetal health could become more comfortable and accurate thanks to Bloomlife’s technology (photo: imec)

Imec and Bloomlife showcase prototype of wearable chip to monitor fetal heartrate


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Imec (Leuven, Belgium), a leading research and innovaton hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, and its spin-off Bloomlife have unveiled a prototype of the world’s first wearable 5-channel electrocardiogram (ECG) chip to continuously and accurately monitor fetal heart rate and mobility, two important indicators of a baby’s wellbeing. With the development of this chip, a major hurdle has been taken in the creation of a wearable ECG system that can accurately measure the fetal ECG as early as week 20 in a woman’s pregnancy.

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