Tuesday, November 13th 2012 at 18:15
A burgeoning world population can only be sustained by an abundant supply of food and water that is safe for humans at the point of consumption.
What a grim gambit of grandeur for a website so electronically inclined, I hear you cry! – Alas, whilst providing a constant supply of food may lie beyond the realms of electronics, our as yet taciturn field has a vivacious role to play in the future of food safety…
The increased levels of global food production so required must be met by increasingly stringent means of food safety control. The United States is subject to 76 million cases of food borne illnesses per annum – a figure that is conceivably worse in lesser-developed countries and will only increase if we become complacent in this matter.
The article ‘Biosensors as innovative tools for the detection of food borne pathogens’ cited below provides an excellent review of the exciting new methods of detection and identification of food borne pathogens. These include optical biosensors, piezoelectrics sensors, surface plasmon resonance biosensors, electrochemical sensors, amperometric biosensors and DNA-based biosensors.
As well as addressing the impending issue of the future of food safety on a large scale, this article is yet another testament to how harmonious the marriage of biology and electronics can be and how inextricably linked they are destined to become.
Arora, P. et al. Biosensors as innovative tools for the detection of food borne pathogens. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 28 (2011) 1-12.
Saturday, April 7th 2012 at 11:08
Samsung Electronics today announced that it is now mass producing Ultra High Speed–1 (UHS-1) interface microSD cards that support the highest performance levels required on advanced LTE (Long Term Evolution) smartphones and tablets..
Read the whole article:Samsung
Saturday, April 7th 2012 at 09:54
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.
Read the whole article:Raspberrypi
Friday, November 18th 2011 at 14:05
Whilst Moore's Law has proven to be uncannily accurate over the last decades, there is ultimately a limit to how far one can shrink a transistor; the size of an individual atom possibly being the absolute end. Current research seems to point to the future of chip miniaturisation resting within the formidable fields of biology and chemistry, perhaps more specifically within the ubiquitous DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). The inherent properties of DNA, including its double stranded and antiparallel nature render it a viable option for the future of DNA circuits. Central to this idea is the concept of 'DNA strand displacement' (DSD) which is able to provide a framework for molecular computing; currently being explored by scientists within Microsoft Research (Cambridge). Watch this space!
Monday, August 22nd 2011 at 12:42
BS EN ISO 9001/14001
Kontotronics has been striving to follow the principles of ISO 9001 regulations for some time and is finally proud to announce that it has just been awarded full ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 compliance.
Sunday, August 7th 2011 at 15:14
Health and Safety
Kontotronics has recently unveiled its latest Health and Safety policy, Issue 002. New Risk Assessments, Methods Statments and a Complaints Procedure have also been drawn up as part of a bureaucratic re-vamp, which Kontotronics hopes will bring its clients closer to the company.
Wednesday, May 25th 2011 at 17:47
Improve semiconductor manufacturing yields
Looking to improve semiconductor manufacturing yields, Semiconductor Research Corporation and researchers from University of California, Los Angeles have developed a method of monitoring semiconductor wafers that may lead to less expensive chips with higher performance.
Read the whole article:newelectronics Information
Sunday, May 22nd 2011 at 14:08
Facebook and Twitter
After a period of some cyber-drought and long deliberation Kontotronics has finally acquired a Facebook page and a Twitter account. Through these new mediums Kontotronics aims to encourage swifter communications with its future clients.
Sunday, April 25th 2010 at 09:46
Capacitive touch controller enables 'smoother' way to wake devices from sleep modes
STMicroelectronics has released details of a touch-sensor controller which it claims improves the performance and styling of products such as mobile phones, portable consumer products and appliances.
Read the whole article:NewElectronics
Wednesday, July 8th 2009 at 09:14
Paper thin battery
Researchers from the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Electronic Nano Systems ENA in Chemnitz, Germany, together with colleagues from TU Chemnitz and Menippos GmbH have claimed a paper-thin battery that can be produced cost-effectively through a printing process.
Read the whole article:EDN