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Two Asia innovations to revolutionise mobile devices

Ross O. Storey | Dec. 1, 2010
Could this weeks announcements be the future of fashion, news media and hand-held computers?

The other point of the project is to move to brilliant colour screens such as Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED), in the future, from the monochrome flexible screens that will be made for e-readers.

The developers say converting the AU factory to produce the thin, flexible screens is a project that will eventually lead to AMOLED and other kinds of paper-thin screens.

Paper-thin digital screens that serve the daily news at breakfast every day; could this be the next generation for newspapers and magazines, currently struggling with readership because their periodicals use dead trees and deplete the worlds shrinking oil supply?

You can find the full thin display story on the MIS Asia magazine Web portal here:

100 times faster than wi-fi

The second breakthrough that made me sit up and pay attention came from the Singapore governments A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics (IME); interesting, isnt it, that both these research breakthroughs come from government-sponsored research and development programmes?

They announced that they have had a milestone breakthrough, producing high-speed chips able to communicate data up to 100 times faster than present-day wi-fi.

To put this breakthrough into a laypersons perspective, the A*STAR researchers say the new millimetre-wave communication system will allow three Blu-ray movies (each of 25 GB capacity) to be wirelessly downloaded in a minute.

This is really exciting stuff. The researchers believe IMEs research - which is exploiting high radio frequency to develop future high-speed wireless communication products will open up a myriad of consumer applications for home entertainment, mobile electronics and can potentially eradicate messy cables for communicating information between multiple devices.

Two years of work

In very under-stated academic style, IME executive director, Professor Dim-Lee Kwong, said: After two years of intensive research and development, we have developed critical building blocks for receivers and transmitters based on our established millimetre-wave and terahertz platform that will enable millimetre-wave chips to be produced cost-effectively.

Our team will be carrying out 3D circuit structure design study for increasing the strength of signals for better communication performance.

So, in just one week, we have two dramatic innovations from Asia that could accelerate the usability of mobile, hand-held devices and take us great leaps ahead of what we see on the IT store shelves today.

Will we be wearing clothes that surf the Web by the end of 2011? Will we be reading next generation e-readers for our daily news? Will lightning fast movie downloads hurt the traditional cinemas?

There seems to be no doubt that the forthcoming Year of the Rabbit 2011 is going to be one of more amazing IT innovation, perhaps driven by Asia, just as the worlds economic recovery is being pushed from here.


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