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————————————————————————05 Mar 12. The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN – www.nanoKTN.com), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, is pleased to announce details of a product developed by a UK-based semiconductor manufacturer, as part of a project co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board. Through support offered by the NanoKTN and JEMI UK, Plessey Semiconductors has been able to promote its product directly to key audiences and potential end-users, vital in the early stages of the product’s marketing. The aim of the Precision Passive Component Design and Manufacture in Micro Module Electronics project (PPM2), which was co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, was to encourage the integration of precision passive components into advanced packaging schemes, enabling improved product performance. Plessey Semiconductors, one of the UK-based companies that has benefited from the project, used the funding to support the development of its latest product range, the award-winning Electric Potential Integrated Circuit (EPIC) sensor which, optimised for use as an ECG sensor, promises to save money and provide a resolution as good as or better than conventional electrodes. To promote the product and outcomes from the project, Plessey Semiconductors and JEMI UK, organised a technical visit to its facilities in Plymouth to disseminate outcomes from the PPM2 project and to launch the EPIC sensor which enables ECG monitoring in mobile phone applications. The meeting enabled delegates to discuss opportunities for the UK supply chain and IC manufactures to utilise these techniques in their own devices. The NanoKTN played a key role in disseminating results from the PPM2 project and encouraged a number of potential end-users for Plessey’s products developed through the programme, to attend the event and hear more about the potential benefits. By disseminating the outcomes to key audiences via the NanoKTN’s website and the NanoKTN’s extensive database of contacts, key target audiences were brought together in a personal setting to network and develop business relationships. The NanoKTN’s primary aim is to encourage collaboration and knowledge transfer between key players in industry, as well as start-ups and SMEs. The NanoKTN is dedicated to helping its members understand how to write a successful proposal and identify suitable partnerships for collaborative work.

13 Mar 12. Sonardyne announces collaboration with WHOI engineers to launch a unique subsea optical communication technology – BlueComm
At Oceanology International, Sonardyne International Ltd (Stand G300) announced the creation of a new joint venture company with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The spinout company, called Lumasys, is to launch the first commercially available subsea optical communication system, BlueComm. The two organisations are working in collaboration to bring BlueComm to market. This unique wireless communications technology promises to enable subsea data to be transferred at speeds equivalent to broadband. Optical communications can be used to provide ultra high data rates in typical deep water environments where there is little or no ambient light and turbidity is minimal. It is best suited to applications where significant user bandwidth is required or high levels of ambient noise preclude the use of traditional acoustic technologies. This emerging technology uses high power light emitting diodes as the transmitter with a receiver based on photomultiplier technology that is so sensitive it can detect light energy at the level of a few photons.

09 Mar 12. While for an ordinary civilian the automatic geotagging of your photos or check-ins might be convenient, in the military it can be a lethal mistake. In 2007, geotagged photos of a new fleet of helicopters allowed enemy fo

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