• This is what a crypto currency mining machine looks like

    Coolisys Technologies has announced a line of crypto-mining units, called ‘SuperMiner’. The first of the line, built around a 10nm mining chipset jointly developed by Samsung and Innosilicon, is called ‘AntEater’ and can operate at 17.2T hash/s. “We wanted to push the envelope by developing the AntEater based on a 10nm chip because it was the ...
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  • Toshiba changes the SSD game

    Toshiba has unveiled what it describes as a ‘game-changing’ category of SAS SSDs expected to replace SATA SSDs in server applications. The RM5 12Gbit/s value SAS (vSAS) series features capacity, performance, reliability, and manageability and data security advantages – at a price that obsoletes SATA SSDs, claims Toshiba. A homogeneous SAS environment has long been ...
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  • SEMI billings up 19.2% y-o-y

    SEMI’s May billings were 0.6% higher than April’s at $2.70 billion and 19.2% higher than the May 2017 billings level of $2.27 billion. “May 2018 monthly global billings of North American equipment manufacturers exceeded last month’s level to set yet another record,” said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI. “Demand for semiconductor equipment remains strong on ...
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  • Rugged LTC RS485 transceiver

    The LTC2879X is an extreme temperature, 175°C, ±60V fault tolerant RS485/RS422 transceiver that is engineered to operate in demanding temperature ranges and is 100% tested to specifications at 175°C. Features such as enhanced overvoltage fault protection and extreme electrical overstress protection ensure reliable data communications against the most common threats in electrically noisy environments. The ...
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  • 4D Systems has Raspberry Pi displays

    4D Systems has announced immediate availability of its gen4-4DPI series of LCD display modules specifically designed to support the Raspberry Pi family of single board computers. The display modules are available for the Raspberry Pi A+, B+, 3, Zero and Zero W with resistive or capacitive touch control options and provide a compact and elegant ...
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  • RF signal generators stretch to 6GHz

    Describing them as mid-range and compact, Rohde & Schwarz has introduced the SMB100B analogue RF signal generator and the SMBV100B vector signal generator, aiming them at RF semiconductor development, telecommunications, aerospace and defence. They are available in various configurations, with frequency ranges from 8kHz to 1GHz, 3GHz or 6GHz, customers can choose among three different ...
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  • Functional safety position sensor has two devices in one package

    Magnetic angle sensing with 12-bit resolution, and a maximum non-linearity error of ±1° is available from either or two completely separate sensors in a common package for use in functional safety systems, such as in the gear shifters and pedals in automotive electrified power-train applications such as shift-by-wire, as well as potentiometer replacement in knobs and ...
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  • TI aims at automotive and industry with high-performance ~30V op-amps

    TI has revealed early fruits from the latest in its long-running series of BiCom advanced bipolar processes: the 27V 200MHz low-noise OPA2810 and the 36V zero-drift 14MHz OPA189, which are aimed at signal conditioning in automotive and industrial environments. “These are the first few of many other amplifiers focussed in this area, the beginning of ...
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  • MIPS bought by Wave Computing

    MIPs, which was bought by Imagination and had to be divested when Imagination was sold to Chinese interests, has been bought by Wave Computing. ’The acquisition will accelerate Wave’s strategy of offering AI acceleration from the Datacenter to the Edge of Cloud by extending the company’s products beyond AI systems to now also include AI-enabled ...
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  • IEEE publishes IRDS roadmap

    The IEEE has published the  2017 edition of the International Roadmap for Devices and Systems (IRDS). “Over the past decade the structure and requirements of the electronics industry have evolved well beyond the semiconductor’s industry requirements,” says Paolo Gargini, (pictured), IEEE and Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP) Fellow, and Chairman of IRDS, “in line with ...
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  • Purdue connects surveillance cameras to smartphones

      Purdue University  researchers havevcreated a technology that allows public cameras to send personalized messages to people without compromising their privacy. The team developed a real-time end-to-end system called PHADE to allow process, known as private human addressing. While traditional data transmission protocols need to first learn the destination’s IP or MAC address, this system ...
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  • German disties report 7% y-o-y Q1 growth

    Despite the poor supply situation affecting numerous electronic components, German distributors reported continued growth during the first quarter of 2018. For the period January to March 2018, the distribution companies organised under the Fachverband Bauelemente Distribution (FBDi e.V.) reported sales of 978 million euros – up 7% compared with Q1/2017. Orders rose 8% to 1.09 ...
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  • Laser scan mooted as alternative to x-ray mammography

    Novel laser scans could scan breast for cancer without x-rays, if research at Caltech proves fruitful. Photoacoustic computed tomography, or PACT, works by shining a near-infrared laser pulse into the breast tissue, which is absorbed by oxygen-carrying hemoglobin molecules in red blood cells, causing the molecules to vibrate ultrasonically. Those vibrations travel through the tissue and ...
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  • Flexible micro-LED array could open door to TV screens

    Korean research lab KAIST has created a flexible array of thin-film blue micro-LEDs, following-on form a similar red array. The team transferred thousands of <2μm-thick blue vertical micro LEDs onto plastic in one go. Electrical connections are via silver wires. Optical power density around 30mW/mm2 was demonstrated. claimed by KAIST to be three times higher that ...
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  • iCIRRUS project completed

    The EU iCIRRUS project to develop various solutions for the intelligent cloud-Radio Access Network (RAN) in the new 5G mobile communications standard has been completed. This approach puts handovers into effect faster and makes the system more robust against interference; it also enhances the security of communication by preventing unauthorized interception and external attacks. The ...
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  • iCIRRUS EU 5G project completed

    The EU iCIRRUS project to develop various solutions for the intelligent cloud-Radio Access Network (RAN) in the new 5G mobile communications standard has been completed. This approach puts handovers into effect faster and makes the system more robust against interference; it also enhances the security of communication by preventing unauthorized interception and external attacks. The ...
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  • Lightwave Logic buys Brazilian IP

    Lightwave Logic, which is developing photonic devices and non-linear optical polymer materials, has bought the polymer technology intellectual property assets of BrPhotonics Productos Optoelectrónicos of Brazil. The acquisition advances Lightwave Logic’s patent portfolio of electro-optic polymer technology with 15 polymer chemistry materials, devices, packaging and subsystems patents. It further strengthens the company’s design capabilities as it ...
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  • Grim report for computing studies

    The University of Roehampton has released its latest Roehampton Annual Computing Education Report (TRACER) which provides an analysis of the provision of GCSE and A-level computing qualifications in schools in England, considering factors such as student gender, ethnicity and geographic spread.  Removal of GCSE ICT and failure to approve equivalent qualifications looks likely to result ...
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  • Jitter Clock Generation (4.5GHz) & Clock Distribution (7.5GHz) Family

    The  LTC6952, LTC6953, LTC6955 and LTC6955-1 are a family of low jitter, high performance clock generation and distribution devices supporting JESD204B subclass 1 clocking applications up to 7.5GHz. These products are ideal for high-speed data converter clocking applications, with a scalable architecture to provide thousands of synchronized low jitter clocks, each with a complementary SYSREF signal. ...
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  • Guerrilla RF launches LNAs/linear drivers

    Guerrilla RF has added two devices to its family of low-current, low noise amplifiers and linear drivers. Both are tunable over 100 to 3800 MHz with a typical bias condition of 3.3 volts and 15 mA. The devices integrate low noise figure, good linearity and low-loss bypass functionality into our small DFN-6 (1.5mm x 1.5mm) application ...
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  • ROHM offers sensor expansion board for Arduino

    With the SensorShield-EVK-003, ROHM is offering a new sensor shield expansion board equipped with eight sensor boards designed for use with existing open platform MCU boards such as Arduino and mbed. The SensorShield-EVK-003 is the latest sensor evaluation kit offered by ROHM. The updated kit bundles eight sensor boards with various sensors produced by the ...
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  • Broadcom lays off 1,100; may lay off more

    Broadcom has laid off about 1,100 employees and will very likely lay off more. “Management is in the process of further evaluating our resources and business needs and may eliminate additional positions, which would result in additional restructuring costs,” says the 10-Q regulatory filing in which Broadcom announced its lay-offs. The current lay-off follows Broadcom’s  ...
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  • The state of the forecasts

    Bill Jewell’s Semiconductor Intelligence has looked at this year’s forecasts for the industry and has come up with this analysis. In February 2018, projections ranged from 5.9% from Mike Cowan to our 12% at Semiconductor Intelligence. Forecasts released in March to June range from Gartner’s 11.8% to our 16%. The latest forecasts average an increase ...
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  • Anritsu claims first for 5G downlink carrier aggregation test certification

    Anritsu has announced that the LTE-Advanced RF Conformance Test System ME7873LA has obtained PTCRB certification for RF Conformance Tests of 5 Downlink Carrier Aggregation (5DL CA) forming a key LTE-Advanced technology. With 5 Downlink Carrier Aggregation (5DL CA) when used with MIMO downlink throughput speeds of 1Gbit/s will be possible as 5G enters commercial service ...
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  • Yuasa industrial Pb-acid batteries from Gresham

    Gresham Power Electronics of Salisbury is stocking two series of high-reliability low-maintenance industrial Pb-acid batteries from Yuasa. ENL range is suited to general use and has a 15 year design life in standby conditions. EN series provide high rate discharge performance and a life of over 12 years. Both are part of Yuasa’s Endurance Range, which ...
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  • Firmware tool aims to speed STM32-based IoT sensor design

    STMicroelectronics’ AlgoBuilder tool is designed to simplify firmware development by letting users build sensor-control algorithms graphically with library modules, ready to compile and run on an STM32 microcontroller. To build algorithms designers can drag and drop selected functions, connecting the blocks, and configuring properties. The tool validates all design rules and automatically generates C code ...
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  • Comment: Measure distance with ST’s VL53L1X distance sensor

    Tam Hanna considers STMicroelectronics' VL53L1X laser-based distance sensors, which are ideally suited for drone landing.
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  • Drones co-operate to defend against adversaries

    Non-centralised mutual control is key to a team of drones that can defend a place against attack, according to researchers in Saudi Arabia. Performance of the scheme was judged in a capture-the-flag game, where the team of defender drones worked together within a defined area to intercept a human-controlled intruder drone and prevent it from reaching ...
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  • Computer predicts human behaviour minutes ahead

    Computer scientists from the University of Bonn have developed software that can predict human behaviour a few minutes into the future, demonstrated by asking ‘what happens next’ when people make salads. The training data included 40 videos of people making different salads, each around six minutes long and containing 20 different actions on average, lasting ...
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  • Woman engineer debunks myths about working in industry

    The theme for International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2018, which takes place on 23 June, is to raise the bar for women in engineering.  It sees a need to heighten expectations for female engineers, there are still a plenty of myths and misconceptions to quash about working in the industry.  So Emma Cygan, design ...
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  • Smiths Interconnect has space-qualified coaxial cable assemblies

    Smiths Interconnect has introduced a range of flexible coaxial cable assemblies which are pre-tested and qualified for the space orbit environment. The SpaceNXT Q series are available as cut to length and dual-terminated assemblies. The range currently consists of the 105Q, 190Q, and 200Q cable models which cover key performance characteristics at various frequency bands ...
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  • Samsung commits to 100% renewable energy by 2020

    Samsung Electronics has  announced today its plan to commit to 100% renewable energy in the United States, Europe and China by 2020. This major commitment – the first by an electronics manufacturing company in Asia – comes after months of campaigning and global protests calling on Samsung to urgently set a clear renewable energy goal ...
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  • Farnell kicks off World Cup competition

    Farnell has launched a five-week competition for customers in Europe to celebrate the summer of football 2018. Customers in Europe can visit football.farnell.com to guess the score in key games, test their football predictions against friends and colleagues on a live leader board and tell Farnell element14 about their top-scoring products to get the chance ...
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  • Dutch start-up IPOs and gets $15bn valuation

    Adyen, the 12 year-old Dutch PayPal, IPO’d on the Amsterdam exchange yesterday and saw its shares soar to nearly double the IPO pricing valuing the company at $15.8 billion. Adyen processes payments. Customers include Netflix, Facebook and Spotify. It also supplies sales systems for shops for physical transactions. It processed $127 billion worth of payments in ...
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  • ADI launches SOI 44GHz single pole, double-throw switches

    ADI has launched two 44 GHz single-pole, double-throw switches made on an SOI process. The switches are broadband, with the ADRF5024 yielding flat frequency response from 100 MHz to 44 GHz, while the ADRF5025 from 9 kHz to 44 GHz, with repeatable characteristics better than 1.7 dB insertion loss and 35 dB channel to channel ...
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  • Harwin adds to Sycamore Contact line

    Harwin has added to its Sycamore Contact (https://www.harwin.com/product-highlights/sycamore-contact/) product offering. While this series was initially capable of accommodating 1mm and 1.5mm diameter contact pins, it now covers pin sizes from 0.80 to 1.90mm. There are a wide variety of scenarios where electronic devices/modules will require replacement over time (such as depleted gas sensors or worn-out ...
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  • IGBT power interfaces have electro-optic conversion for high isolation

    Harting develops range of miniaturised IGBT power interfaces with integrated electro-optical conversion
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  • Keysight offers USB-based VNA, AWG and InfiniiVision scopes

    Including a vector network analysers (VNA), oscilloscope and an arbitrary waveform generator (AWG)
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  • Recom has 385VDC surge protector has railway specs

    Recom has added the RSP-168 surge protectors to their portfolio, which allow DC/DC converters to meet both RIA12 and NF F 01-510 surge immunity specifications for railway applications.  Three versions cover a range of railway certified DC/DC converters from 20W up to 240W.  The modules are designed to protect railway DC/DC converters from excessive voltage ...
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  • DCMS adds Brazil and South Africa to tech hubs

    New tech hubs to connect businesses in the UK with those in emerging digital markets will be launched in Brazil and South Africa, DCMS Secretary of State Matt Hancock announced during London Tech Week. The Brazil and South African tech hubs will be formed of locally-engaged teams based in the respective British Embassy and High ...
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  • Supercaps used in Powerbox 2.5kW UPS

    Powerbox used 29F of supercapacitors to deliver 2.5kW of back-up power to an industrial controller
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  • Supercaps used in 2.5kW UPS

    Powerbox has used 29F of supercapacitors in a 2U chassis to deliver 2.5kW of back-up power to an industrial controller, as an example of its S-Cap Boost technology which uses supercaps as the main storage element of un-interruptable power supplies for special environments. S-Cap Boost is intended for industrial and medical applications, offering “a solution ...
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  • GloFo to cut 5% of workforce

    Globalfoundries is to cut 5% of its 18,000 global workforce. “In the coming weeks, we will be initiating a targeted workforce reduction specifically designed to improve our global cost structure and minimize redundancies that have accrued from previous mergers and acquisitions,” says a GloFo statement, “this limited action will impact approximately 5 percent of our global headcount, ...
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  • 4.5GHz real-time spectrum analyser from Rigol

    Rigol has introduced a 4.5GHz spectrum analyser with 10MHz of real-time analysis bandwidth, which can be upgraded to 40MHz at any time, and there is an optional tracking generator. The instrument is part of a new family, called RSA3000, which also includes a 3GHz version and follows on from the higher spec RSA5000 family announced earlier ...
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  • Arm buys Stream

    Arm has bought Stream of Glasgow the 18 year-old M2M connectivity specialist for an undisclosed sum. “Stream’s core products and services can be split into two parts,” says Nigel Chadwick, CEO of Stream (pictured). “One is the connectivity part, which enables data to be transferred from sensors and devices, out there in the environment, on ...
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