Qi wireless charging power transfer system explained


This is an interesting article about how mobile phones and other devices use the wireless charging system called Qi. New chips developed allow up to 50 W of power transfer and have safety circuits to prevent overheating foreign objects that might come between the energy source and the load.

Source:
https://www.allaboutcircuits.com/news/how-does-qi-wireless-charging-standard-work/

Processor power efficiency, beyond Moores Law


This article focuses on improving processor power efficiency by a process of heterogeneous multicore design that switches off transistors that are not being used, and assigining individual specialised cores of a multicore processor to work at specific kinds of tasks so the unneeded functions at any specific time can be switched off so they aren’t using power.
Source: https://www.evaluationengineering.com/applications/embedded-system-design/article/21161575/heterogeneous-cores-turn-off-transistors-to-save-power

Australian Consumer Law (ACL) guarantees to increase to $100K AUD


From 2020-07-01, the mandatory minimum consumer guarantees specified in the ACL (and also financial services) will apply to goods and services costing up to $100k. Presently the upper limit is $40k. Goods must be fit for purpose (which includes safety as well as function) and of reasonable quality. Professional services must be provided with skill and proper care. Minimum guarantees provided in law cannot be excluded in contracts. While there are certain exclusions for some business transformation type transactions, a business can be classed as a “consumer” also.

For further information see:
https://www.mondaq.com/australia/consumer-law/977602/threshold-for-acl-consumer-guarantees-set-to-increase-to-100k?email_access=on

Improving the Effectiveness of the Consumer Product Safety System (Australia)


The Commonwealth Treasury (Treasury) is undertaking this assessment and public consultation on behalf of the Commonwealth, states and territories. This Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) provides an overview of the current product safety system, explains identified problems and outlines some potential reform options for feedback, including options for a GSP.

See the link to obtain the document.

Closes 30 Nov 2019 (Opened 8 Oct 2019)

Source: Improving the Effectiveness of the Consumer Product Safety System – The Treasury – Citizen Space

Study Identifies Main Culprit Behind Lithium Metal Battery Failure


Researchers have discovered the root cause of why lithium metal batteries fail, challenging a long-held belief in the field. The study presents new ways to boost battery performance and brings research a step closer to incorporating lithium anodes into rechargeable batteries.

Source: Study Identifies Main Culprit Behind Lithium Metal Battery Failure

Industry’s first trillion transistor chip


Cerebras Systems unveils the industry’s first trillion transistor chip

The Cerebras Wafer Scale Engine, the largest chip ever built, transforms the artificial intelligence landscape with unprecedented compute density.

400,000 cores, and 18 GB on chip, low power, super fast data, optimized for AI.

Source: https://www.evaluationengineering.com/industries/semiconductors/article/21093429/cerebras-systems-cerebras-systems-unveils-the-industrys-first-trillion-transistor-chip?utm_source=EE+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS190821009&o_eid=5668A6163445B3Y&rdx.ident%5Bpull%5D=omeda%7C5668A6163445B3Y&oly_enc_id=5668A6163445B3Y

Measuring human exposure to 5G | IEC e-tech | Issue’ 03/2019


Measuring human exposure to 5G:

IEC TC 106 is playing a key role with the recent publication of a new IEC Technical Report on evaluating human exposure to radio frequency fields in the vicinity of base stations…

IEC 62232 provides methods for determining the radio-frequency field strength near radio-communication base stations with the intention of evaluating human exposure. It takes into account the mmWave frequencies to be used for 5G networks.”

Source: Measuring human exposure to 5G | IEC e-tech | Issue’ 03/2019

New website for EESS (Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme – Australia)


The new EESS website now stands alone to support regulatory activities across multiple states. The safety of household electrical equipment in Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania is regulated using the Electrical Equipment Safety System (EESS), which now has a new online presence at: http://www.EESS.gov.au.

EESS.gov.au removes functions previously found on the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) website and presents them with enhanced and improved layout and structure, based on feedback from industry.

Source: New standalone website for EESS (Electrical Equipment Safety Scheme)

TGA Australia proposes regulations for Software As A Medical Device (“SaMD”)


TGA is proposing to treat software as a medical device in its own right. Presently it’s only regulated as part of another medical device used to treat patients if it could cause harm to patients. The new reforms would treat the software as a medical device directly if it’s used by medical practitioners to diagnose patient conditions (different levels for critical outcomes diagnosis or just screening). The new proposed regulations are based on
International Medical Devices Regulators Forum (IMDRF) guidelines.

See the following Source for further details.

Source: http://www.mondaq.com/article.asp?articleid=791862&email_access=on

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