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India-Sri Lanka: Cabinet approves MoU between for promoting cooperation in IT and Electronics

The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) inked between India and Sri Lanka for promoting cooperation in field of Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E). The MoU was signed in January 2018 during the visit of Minister of Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad to Sri Lanka.

Key Facts

The MoU intends to promote closer co-operation in areas of e-Governance, e-Public Services Delivery, m-Governance, cyber security, software technology parks, start-ups ecosystem etc. It will also enhance bilateral cooperation in ICT domain both B2B and G2G. It will be implemented by establishing Working Group on IT&E composed of representatives of two countries.

Background

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has been mandated to promote international cooperation in emerging and frontier areas of ICT under bilateral and regional framework of cooperation. Under this mandate, MeitY has entered into MoUs/Agreements with counterpart organizations and agencies of various countries to promote close cooperation and exchange of information in field of ICT.

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Researchers develop first stretchable integrated circuit using an inkjet printer

Researchers from US based Michigan State University have developed the first stretchable integrated circuit (IC) made entirely using an inkjet printer.

This elastic material is made up of several materials fabricated from nanomaterials and organic compounds.  These compounds are dissolved in solution to produce different electronic inks, which can easily run through printer to make devices.

Key Facts
  • Using the ink, the researchers have successfully created the elastic material, the circuit and the organic light-emitting diode (OLED). The next step is combining the circuit and OLED into a single pixel.
  • Benefits: As the material is produced using a standard printer, it has a major potential cost advantage over current technologies that are expensive to manufacture.
  • Besides, stretchable electronic fabric can be easily folded and put in one’s pocket without breaking.
  • Potential applications: The new stretchable ICs can be used in smart tablet that could be stretched in size, from small to extra-large.
  • Besides, it can be used in wearable electronics like rubber band-like wrist monitor that measures the wearer’s heartbeat, soft robotics applications and wallpaper that turns an entire wall into an electronic display.

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