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Lesley Rohrbaugh, CTA’s director of research, presents tech trends to watch (photo: CES)

CES 2020 opened with innovations that could change the world

CES 2020 opened on 7 January unveiling the next generation of innovation that is expected to redefine industries, create jobs and solve many of society’s challenges. With more than 4400 exhibiting companies, including 1200 start-ups, CES 2020 featured the latest transformative technologies, including 5G, artificial intelligence, vehicle technology, digital health and more.

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Holst Centre shows next step towards cheaper flexible electronics

Researchers from Holst Centre (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) have become the first to use spatial atomic layer deposition (sALD) to create both the semiconductor and dielectric layer in a thin-film transistor (TFT) backplane. Using a low-temperature, large-area process for the backplane, the team created a 200 ppi QVGA display demonstrator. The process allows TFTs to be produced on cheaper, transparent plastic foils, significantly reducing the cost of flexible electronics applications such as displays and image sensors. To showcase the technology, Holst Centre has produced a display demonstrator using a backplane of top-gated self-aligned TFTs on a PEN foil.

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The optoplasmonic sensor for milk testing (photo: Fraunhofer FEP)

Fraunhofer FEP – Rapid test to ensure high milk quality

Standards of food safety and food quality have never been higher in Germany and throughout the European Union. This is especially true in the dairy industry. Yet despite such high standards, traces of impurities, pesticides and antibiotics can find their way into milk, with sometimes serious consequences for consumer health. In the EU-funded project MOLOKO, Fraunhofer researchers have teamed up with partners to develop a new optoplasmonic sensor designed to provide fast, on-site analysis of safety and quality parameters for milk. This early-warning system is expected to bring the industry substantial savings in time and money as well as a drastic reduction in wasted product, thereby helping to improve performance along the entire supply chain.

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