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Volume 1 Issue 1, January 2024

Welcome to the first issue of Nature Reviews Electrical Engineering, a new Nature Reviews journal covering all areas of electrical engineering from electronics and photonics to robotics, telecommunications, energy and signal processing, with a particular focus on applied and industrial research.

Cover design: Sam Whitham


  • Electrical engineering has reached a level of complexity and required knowledge that now, more than ever, good storytellers are needed to amplify the achievements of the community.



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  • The governments of nearly every major economy are pouring tens of billions of dollars into semiconductor industries every year. This Comment explores why governments see semiconductors as a strategic technology, and the tactics governments are using to shape the semiconductor industry.

    • Chris Miller
  • Imagine a future in which your garments are intelligent, expressive and transform the way you perceive and communicate with your environment. This is the promise of e-textiles. E-textiles could revolutionize healthcare, communication and our relationship with technology. However, their sustainable commercialization requires a comprehensive approach that involves scientific advancements and ethical and societal evaluation.

    • Ramses V. Martinez
  • In the process of memristive chip design, the intricate aspects of peripherals, programming, stability compensation and control logic are often neglected. Yet, the ultimate goal for commercial success hinges on new functionalities paired with a reliable chip that markedly surpasses CMOS in hardware performance and cost-efficiency.

    • Alex James
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Research Highlights

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  • Emerging memory electronics is leading to exciting possibilities for radiofrequency switching, which could be important for meeting the requirements of modern communication systems. This Review outlines current RF switch technologies, proposes 2D memristors, and discusses their potential applications.

    • Dahyeon Kim
    • Sung Jin Yang
    • Deji Akinwande
    Review Article
  • Data-intensive and computation-intensive artificial intelligence (AI) workloads require fast and efficient AI hardware accelerators. This Review surveys emerging high-speed memory technologies with the potential to be used as global buffer memories in digital systolic-array architectures.

    • Anni Lu
    • Junmo Lee
    • Shimeng Yu
    Review Article
  • The sustainable integration of electric vehicles into power systems rests upon advances in battery technology, charging infrastructures, power grids and their interaction with the renewables. This Review provides a forward-looking road map and discusses the requirements to address these aspects.

    • Hongcai Zhang
    • Xiaosong Hu
    • Scott J. Moura
    Review Article
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  • Increasing grid penetration of renewables coupled with intensifying climate extremes under climate change presents superimposed risks to future power systems. This Perspective analyses the critical factors influencing the resilience of renewable power systems under climate risks and proposes climate-resilient solutions towards a net-zero future.

    • Luo Xu
    • Kairui Feng
    • Mark O’Malley
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