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Nanocrystal circuits for flexible electronics
New fabrication techniques for CdSe QD FETs Problem: Many researchers are attempting to create flexible electronics, which could have applications for new mobile and wearable devices. However, traditional semiconductor materials are not flexible, so new materials and fabrication techniques are needed to make flexible electronics possible. Solution:...
Published: 3/20/2020   |   Inventor(s): Cherie Kagan
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Category(s): Hardware & Circuits & Sensors, Materials
Non volatile resistance switching Si based thin film devices
Technology Overview: Current non-volatile memory products, a $30B market, are dominated by flash memories. However, flash memory is facing challenges of unable to scale down for future market. Resistance-switching cell is one of the most promising contenders for replacing flash memory. The new member cell developed at Penn is a resistance-switching...
Published: 3/19/2020   |   Inventor(s): I-Wei Chen
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Category(s): Hardware & Circuits & Sensors
VerroTouch: Tactile augmentation for robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery
Providing tactile and audio feedback during robotic surgery produces an immersive experience for surgeons that can lead to safer and more efficient procedures. Technology Overview: Robotic systems allow surgeons to carry out minimally invasive procedures using remote hand controls to guide surgical instruments. While video feeds provide visual...
Published: 3/17/2020   |   Inventor(s): Katherine Kuchenbecker
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Category(s): Robotics, Hardware & Circuits & Sensors
Complementary logic using piezoelectric MEMS switches
Problem: New technologies and approaches are needed to miniaturize logic circuits and reduce power consumption. Solution: Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed low-voltage complementary logic circuits using Aluminum Nitride piezoelectric MEMS switches. These switches have been used to create a low voltage (<1.5V) inverter...
Published: 3/17/2020   |   Inventor(s): Gianluca Piazza
Keywords(s): Semiconductors
Category(s): Hardware & Circuits & Sensors
Nanowire phase change memory
Problem: Phase Change Memory (PCM) is a leading contender to replace flash memory. In PCM devices, a material is heated to undergo glass transition, changing back and forth between the amorphous and crystalline state. However, existing PCM devices have experienced problems with reliability and threshold voltage drift. In order to make commercially...
Published: 3/17/2020   |   Inventor(s): Ritesh Agarwal
Keywords(s): Nanotechnology, Semiconductors
Category(s): IT & Communication & Networking, Hardware & Circuits & Sensors, Materials
Piezoelectric label-free biosensor
Problem: Existing sensors for biological materials or hazardous substances can be very limited in terms of sensitivity, and can typically only detect one substance per device. Solution: A new biosensor developed at the University of Pennsylvania combines label-free detection with high sensitivity. An Aluminum Nitride resonator is functionalized...
Published: 3/17/2020   |   Inventor(s): Gianluca Piazza
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Category(s): Hardware & Circuits & Sensors
Dual beam RF MEMS switches
Problem: RF MEMS switches are an emerging solution for wireless technology, but these devices typically require large switching voltages and have problems with long term reliability. Solution: A new piezoelectric RF MEMS switch design from the University of Pennsylvania could overcome many of the challenges of electrostatic switches. This design...
Published: 3/11/2020   |   Inventor(s): Gianluca Piazza
Keywords(s): Semiconductors
Category(s): IT & Communication & Networking, Hardware & Circuits & Sensors
Single-chip multiple-frequency MEMS resonators
Problem: The increasing use of networked devices is driving a need for smaller, more efficient wireless components. Making RF MEMS filters smaller and easier to integrate with CMOS on-chip fabrication would allow for cost and size savings. Solution: A new resonator design from the University of Pennsylvania allows the co-fabrication of multiple...
Published: 3/9/2020   |   Inventor(s): Gianluca Piazza
Keywords(s): Semiconductors
Category(s): IT & Communication & Networking, Hardware & Circuits & Sensors
Ultrasensitive, mechanically responsive optical metasurfaces via strain amplification
A general platform of microstructured elastomeric substrates that amplifies the mechano-sensitivity of flexible and stretchable devices. The microstructured elastomeric substrates are constructed as a pair of mirror-symmetric, tapered microrods with opposing tips separated by a small distance on the surface of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Technology...
Published: 3/4/2020   |   Inventor(s): Cherie Kagan
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Category(s): Hardware & Circuits & Sensors, Materials
Low cost, mobile, wearable EEG device with high quality nanowire sensors
Mobile, wearable, low cost electro-encephalogram (EEG) devices that offer research grade signals may provide a wealth of information regarding the brain states of individuals. This knowledge can be effectively utilized to develop personalized treatment protocols in medicine and individual customer–based advertisements for marketing. The inventors...
Published: 2/7/2020   |   Inventor(s): Michael Platt, Arjun Ramakrishnan, Naz Belkaya
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Category(s): Business Ideas, Diagnostics, Hardware & Circuits & Sensors, Medical Devices, Research Tools & Reagents
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