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Silicon carbide and gallium nitride set to oust silicon circuits

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14 April 2014

Silicon's long-held dominance as the IC material of choice is being challenged. Novel new compounds, such as silicon carbide and gallium nitride, are enabling electronics power switches that will not break down quite so easily.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

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14 April 2014

The bankruptcy of bitcoin's famous Mt. Gox exchange has raised doubts about the cryptocurrency's future. We look at the latest developments in the world of cryptocurrencies and visit the world's first Bitcoin Embassy in Montreal.

Analysis: printed electronics stalled by lack of integration?

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02 April 2014

Printed electronics is being held back by too close a focus on component technologies when potential users are more interested in being able to buy readymade processes that they can incorporate more easily. In response, some of the technology suppliers have begun to recast themselves as technology integrators.

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