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September 2014 Tattoo biobatteries produce power from sweat Control from the light perspective An inflexion point for energy harvesting and IoT is nigh 20 22 25 - PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC Implementing FPGA design with the OpenCL standard The initial era of programmable technologies contained two different extremes of programmability. Beating the mobile barcode block The problem that barcode readers have with screens on most mobile devices can be overcome using a simple FPGA-based reference design. FlexTiles European project hints at reconfigurable 3D chips Launched in 2011 by a consortium of industries, universities and research and technology organizations, and co-funded by the European Union, the three-year FlexTiles project is coming to fruition this year. Pixel local storage on ARM Mali GPUs 28 30 34 36 - OPTOELECTRONICS A roadmap for cool and lossless lasers, with Bismuth From the 21st to the 23rd of July took place the 5th international workshop on Bismuth-containing semiconductors, unveiling promising III-V material combinations for the design of very efficient lasers and record-breaking multi-junction solar cells. Startup raises funds for organic semiconductors VTT depth cameras interpret shoppers’ behaviour Copenhagen starts large-scale smart LED lighting experiment The Danish capital is planning to roll out a large-scale pilot project featuring smart LED lights, aimed to save money, cut carbon emissions and alert police about suspicious activities. 38 39 40 42 Reader offer This month, Trinamic Motion Control is giving away four TMCM- 1043 development kits for its NEMA 17-compatible TMCM-1043 stepDancer stepper motor module. 46 distribution corner opinion Uncommon Market: Cutting down on personal data leaks Last Word: IoT: sensor fusion or confusion? 4 50 news & TECHNOLOGY “Desktop PCB factory” churns out working circuit in 30 minutes MEMS leaders under pressure, says Yole Iconic Insights: in conversation with Hanns Windele With more than 45 years of experience in electronics, computers and communications, Sir Peter Bonfield discusses the role Europe can play on the world semiconductor stage. What’s that smell? An app for that soon, says Sensirion With the licensing of cloud software developed by neighboring company Koubachi AG, Zurichbased company Sensirion is gearing up for cloud-based sensor data management and services. mCube forms indoor navigation subsidiary Infineon closes technology gap through International Rectifier takeover Infineon has announced to swallow International Rectifier for the amount of $3 billion. BMW invoke fast battery chargers to spark EV sales Tronics’ Langlois makes moves in MEMS Pascal Langlois has been CEO at Tronics for nine months. He discusses plans for the company and directions for the complex and diverse MEMS technology sector. Google Glass’ killer app: surveillance 6 8 10 12 13 14 14 16 18 DESIGN & PRODUCTS SPECIAL FOCUSES: - ENERGY HARVESTING Spray-on solar cells reduce solar power costs Scientists at the University of Sheffield fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process which could help cut the cost of solar electricity. 20 49 3 Electronic Engineering Times Europe September 2014 www.electronics-eetimes.com


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