• Gresham Power sponsored skier wins

    Teenage skier Nicole Shering, sponsored by Gresham Power Electronics, has had 20 wins out of 28 individual races in this season’s dry-slope competition. She was the fastest under-18 female in 20 races, and fastest female overall in 18. ”We are very proud to be able to play our part in the development of a local athlete and ...
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  • Infineon launches IPOL family

    Infineon Is in production of its latest Integrated Point-of-Load (IPOL) which is a fully integrated regulator offering PMBUS, SVID and PVID functionality for powering Intel CPU POL rails, chipsets and ASIC/FPGA. The IR38163/5 and IR38363/5 are tailored for powering Intel V ccio and V cmp rails, and Intel-based Server applications which require SVID support. The ...
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  • $3.7trn 2018 IT market

    IT spending is projected to total $3.7 trillion in 2018, an increase of 4.5% from 2017, says Gartner. The $3.7 billion spend is split: Datacentre systems $179 billion; enterprise software $389 billion; Devices $704 billion; IT Services $985 billion; Communications services $1,427 billion. “Global IT spending growth began to turn around in 2017, with continued ...
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  • Osram Opto lights up next generation LED car headlights

    Smart headlighting technology being developed by Osram Opto Semiconductors is its first LED product based on the results of the µAFS research project. Headlight development now uses LED chips with micro-structured pixels, which can shine, or be turned off individually. The high resolution systems now use 84 pixels to more than 1000 pixels. The development ...
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  • USA ratchets up trade spat with China

    US-China trade friction has been ratcheted up by political pressure to ban Huawei, China Mobile and ZTE from the US market. A Bill has been put before Congress that bars the US government from buying ZTE or Huawei equipment. Politicians are saying that companies which deal with ZTE and Huawei will not get business from ...
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  • Cambridge Design Partnership trials smart packaging for Avon

    Cambridge Design Partnership is working on a smart packaging development with beauty brand Avon. It is part of a trail for a new anti-ageing product and uses a user insight service developed by CDP to support a new product launch. To optimise use of the anti-ageing product users needed to remember to rotate the double-ended ...
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  • Qt and Green Hills integrate HMI for digital auto cockpits

    The Qt Company and Green Hills Software are working on HMI development platforms for integrated automotive digital cockpits. To tackle this challenge, Qt has integrated its cross-platform Qt Automotive Suite framework with Green Hills safe and secure INTEGRITY Multivisor virtualisation offering to enable the integration of disparate HMI interfaces across multiple operating systems at different ...
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  • Rohde & Schwarz’ 10bit scopes reach up to 1GHz

    Rohde & Schwarz has announced 10bit oscilloscopes spanning 100MHz to 1GHz bandwidth. There are two series: RTM3000 and R&S RTA4000. RTM3000 scopes have two or four channels and offer bandwidths of 100, 200, 350 or 500MHz, or 1GHz. At its heart is a proprietary 5Gsample/s 10bit ADC, and each model includes 40Msample (80Msample interleaved) per channel ...
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  • And a low-end scope from Rohde & Schwarz, for education and hobbies

    Rohde & Schwarz’ RTC1000 series are compact scopes that start at €835, and are intended for education, engineers with tight budgets, makers and hobbyists. It can double as: eight-channel logic analyser four-channel pattern generator protocol analyser (I2C, SPI, UART, RS-232, CAN or LIN) digital voltmeter component tester spectrum analyser counter “Our engineers set out to design a ...
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  • Semi market to grow 7.5% this year, says Gartner

    The semiconductor market is forecast to total $451 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.5% from $419 billion in 2017, according to Gartner. “Favourable market conditions for memory sectors that gained momentum in the second half of 2016 prevailed through 2017 and look set to continue in 2018, providing a significant boost to semiconductor revenue,” ...
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  • Xilinx has auto-qualified Zynq

    Xilinx is making available an automotive qualified Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC family, enabling development of safety critical ADAS and Autonomous Driving Systems. The family is qualified according to AEC-Q100 test specifications with full ISO 26262 ASIL-C level certification. The product integrates a  64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 and dual-core ARM Cortex-R5 based processing system (PS) and Xilinx ...
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  • Moortec PVT monitoring IP available on TSMC 12FFC

    Moortec’s Embedded In-Chip Monitoring Subsystem is now available on TSMC 12FFC. Within the new 12nm subsystem the Process Monitor provides the means for IC developers to detect the process variation of 12nm core digital MOS devices. The subsystem also includes a Voltage Monitor which is a low power self-contained IP block specially designed to monitor ...
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  • Moortec process monitor IP available on TSMC 12FFC

    Moortec’s Embedded In-Chip Monitoring Subsystem is now available on TSMC 12FFC. Within the new 12nm subsystem the Process Monitor provides the means for IC developers to detect the process variation of 12nm core digital MOS devices. The subsystem also includes a Voltage Monitor which is a low power self-contained IP block specially designed to monitor ...
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  • Clive Couldwell joins selection panel for EW BrightSparks

    Electronics Weekly's new Group Editor, Clive Couldwell, will take his place on the EW BrightSparks 2018 selection panel.
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  • Four new series of 1200V SiC Schottky diodes from Littelfuse

    Littelfuse has  introduced four new series of 1200V SiC Schottky Diodes from its GEN2 product family, which was originally released in May 2017. The LSIC2SD120A08 Series, LSIC2SD120A15 Series, and LSIC2SD120A20 Series offer current ratings of 8A, 15A ,20A, respectively and are provided in the TO-220-2L package. Additionally, the LSIC2SD120C08 Series offers a current rating of ...
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  • Ford plans 40 EV models by 2022

    Ford is to spend $11 billion on EVs by 2022 with the aim of having 40 EV models – 16 all-electric and 24 hybrid – by then, reports Reuters. “We’re all in on this and we’re taking our mainstream vehicles, our most iconic vehicles, and we’re electrifying them,” says Chairman Bill Ford, “if we want ...
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  • In-display fingerprint sensors to make breakthrough this year

      In-display fingerprint sensors are expected to make a market breakthrough this year, with  Samsung, LG, OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi, Huawei  likely to use the technology in phones, says Trendforce. Phome  makers recognize that there is insufficient space on the front of smartphones for a standard capacitive fingerprint sensor and have turned to in-display fingerprint sensors. ...
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  • Huawei excluded from US phone market

    Huawei has been excluded from the US smartphone market. US politicians told the policically acquiescent FCC to lean on AT&T which had planned to sell HUawei phones in the US. The politicians said they had “long been concerned about Chinese espionage in general, and Huawei’s role in that espionage in particular”.   Whether this is ...
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  • Mouser Formula E team heads for Morocco

    In the third race of the 2017–18 FIA Formula E racing season, the Mouser Electronics-sponsored Dragon Racing team heads to Morocco for the Marrakesh E-Prix on Jan. 13 after kicking off the season in a double header last month in Hong Kong. The 1.86-mile Marrakesh circuit will follow Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan before ...
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  • London dominates tech start-up investment in Europe

    UK tech investment is on a high and London-based firms attracted the lion’s share of funding, according to a market survey by London & Partners. British tech firms attracted more venture capital funding than any other European country in 2017. According to data compiled for London & Partners by PitchBook, venture capital investment into the ...
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  • Car firms and connectivity firms group for trials

    Continental, Ericsson, Nissan, NTT DOCOMO,  OKI and Qualcomm Technologies are to carry out their first Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) trials in Japan. The objective is to validate and demonstrate the benefits of C-V2X using direct communication technology defined by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) in their Release 14 specifications. The trials are designed to show ...
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  • SMD resistors shrug off big pulses

    TT Electronics has announced the HPWC (high pulse withstanding chip) range of high energy surge resistors, designed to maximise surge performance in a thick-film single-sided flat chip design. The product is essentially an evolution of the firm’s PWC (pulse withstanding chip) resistors, but where the resistance value is adjusted by precise process control rather than ...
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  • Intel’s patches have bugs

    Intel’s patches for its processor bugs are themselves buggy. It is reported that datacentres have been told to delay installing them, while Intel issues patches to patch the patches. “We are working quickly with these customers to understand, diagnose and address this reboot issue,” says Navin  Shenoy, GM of Intel’s data centre groupsaid in the ...
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  • Analogue market is fastest growing

      Sales of analogue ICs are expected to show the strongest growth rate among major integrated circuit market categories during the next five years, according to IC Insights’ 2018 McClean Report. The McClean Report forecasts that revenues for analogue products—including both general purpose and application-specific devices—will increase by a CAGR of 6.6% to $74.8 billion ...
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  • Server DRAM price to keep rising

    Server DRAM prices will continue to rise as the supply remains tight in 1Q18, says DRAMeXchange. 2133MHz products will be overtaken by higher clock rate (2666MHz and 2400MHz) production, so high-bandwidth server modules will become the mainstream products. Datacentre demand and constricted supply kept server DRAM supply tight las year leafing to a 40% price ...
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  • Q4 PC sales up for first time in six years

    Q4 PC sales were up for the first time in six years, reports IDC. 70.6 million PCs were shipped in the quarter compared with 70.1 million in Q4 2016. Q4 shipments were 0.6% up on Q3. in Q2 the market shrank 3%. “Enticed by a growing array of products that promise all-day battery life, high ...
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  • Imec study links stress and physical symptons

    Imec says it has collected the world’s largest multisensor dataset on stress detection. Imec’s Stress in the Work Environment (SWEET) study captured data from more than 1,000 people and is the first large-scale study that used clinical-grade wearables to establish the link between mental stress and physiological symptoms in daily life. Work-related stress is common ...
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  • Juniper, Cisco, Huawei and Nokia lead Ethernet router market

    The leading router and carrier Ethernet switch (CES) manufacturers continue to be Juniper Cisco, Huawei and Nokia, according the latest service provider survey from IHS Markit. For providing next-generation routing technologies, Cisco topped the ranking for 100GE, followed by Juniper and Nokia. “Juniper, Cisco, Huawei and Nokia form the top tier of service provider router ...
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  • York EMC Services rebrands as Eurofins York

    Following purchase by the Eurofins Group last July York EMC Services has changed its name to Eurofins York. The name change also reflects the increased range of regulatory compliance products and services Eurofins York will offer. The change will see the introduction of a new company logo alongside the established York EMC Services logo. All ...
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  • Synopsys buys Kilopass Technology – OTP NVM IP becomes part of DesignWare

    EDA and IP company, Synopsys, has bought Kilopass Technology. The antifuse one time programmable (OTP) IP provider’s non volatile memory (NVM) IP has been incorporated into the DesignWare IP portfolio of logic libraries, embedded memories, embedded test, analogue IP, wired and wireless interface IP, security IP, embedded processors and subsystems. The OTP NVM IP for ...
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  • Fujitsu shrinks FRAM process; launches 2Mbit chip

    Fujitsu’s first product of a FRAM process die shrink  is the MB85RS2MTA. The chip is a 2 Mbit FRAM device with SPI interface. Apart from the commercial benefits, IC offers a series of technical advantages. The maximum operating frequency has been increased from 25 MHz up to 40 MHz at 3 V supply. The  device ...
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  • Altek unveils 3D-depth sensing chip at CES 2018

    Machine vision and AI-specialist Altek is showing its latest 3D-depth sensing chip, the AL6100, at CES 2018. It is aimed at smartphones, surveillance cameras and VR/AR cameras. The real-time depth information provided by the AL6100 allows a more accurate perception of an application’s surrounding environment, says the company. For example, the posture and gesture of ...
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  • 3D printed parts avoid production meltdown

    Disaster was averted at the Chocolate Factory in Rotterdam and production continued through the busy period in the run-up to Christmas. Hook-shaped metal machine parts on the conveyor belt have been replaced by FDM Nylon 12CF carbon-filled thermoplastic versions, created by Visual First, using Stratasys additive manufacturing. The hook-shaped parts lift the wrapped bars onto ...
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  • Schurter: Remember the new fuseholder standard

    Don’t forget new fuseholder safety regulations, is the message from Schurter. “Tests of devices with built-in fuseholders have shown that their installation position has a major influence on heat generation and fire development,” said the firm. “The fuseholder standard IEC 60127-6 has been revised with the aim of improving fire protection. Accordingly, since October 2017, ...
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  • Qualcomm produces employee protection plan

    Qualcomm has produced a plan to protect its employees if Broadcom’s bid for it succeeds. The plan will also make it more difficult and expensive to shed employees after a takeover. Broadcom CEO Hock Tan says Broadcom typically sheds 30% of the staff of companies it acquires either through unit disposals or lay-offs. Under the ...
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  • Imec EEG headset measures emotions

    Imec and Holst Centre have developed a prototype of an electroencephalogram (EEG) headset that can measure emotions and cognitive processes in the brain. The headset is a major breakthrough in emotion measurement for therapeutic, learning and gaming applications. Traditionally, EEG brain scans are used to diagnose medical conditions such as epilepsy or sleep disorders. More ...
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  • OmniVision and ASTRI develop AR glasses reference design

    OmniVision and the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) to develop a reference design for production-ready augmented reality (AR) glasses. The AR glasses designcombines OmniVision’s  OP02220,  single-chip, 1080p high definition (HD) liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) display with integrated driver and memory buffer, with ASTRI’s reference design, which integrates optics and system ...
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  • ON sampling BSI 4MP CMOS sensor

    ON Semiconductor has bare die engineering samples of a  1/3.2-inch Back Side Illuminated (BSI) 4NP CMOS digital image sensor and intends to be in full production later in Q1. The AR0430 delivers 120 frames-per-second (fps) performance supporting slow-motion video in 4 MP mode. The sensor’s embedded functionality allows customers to capture a colour image and ...
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  • Bosch to launch IMU for drones in May

    In May, Bosch Sensortec will launch an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) specifically designed for drone and robotics applications. The BMI088 IMU features an gyroscope derived from Bosch’s automotive technology. The IMU delivers low noise and low drift despite fluctuating temperatures. “Challenging applications, such as drones and robotics, demand extremely stable and high-performance IMUs,” says Dr. ...
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  • M3 threads speed assembly for Cliff’s FeedThrough connector range

    Connector maker Cliff has announced M3 threadded versions of its FeedThrough connector rage. “All models of their metal housed connector can be ordered with M3 threaded mounting holes facilitating simple panel assembly without the need for securing nuts and washers,” said the Surrey-based firm. The FeedThrough range fits into cut-outs for the industry-standard XLR connector format. ...
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  • Half-bridge reference design allows IGBTs, GaN hemt, SiC mosfet and compound cascode switches to be compared

    Power supply maker Recom has introduced a universal half-bridge development board and reference design  – “a design that can be used to compare the real-life performance of various high power IGBT, 1st and 2nd generation SiC, GaN, mosfet and cascode switching technologies”, said the firm. “As the gate driver and PCB layout is the same ...
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  • Qualcomm to launch smart speaker development kit

    In H1, Qualcomm is to launch a smart speaker development kit to help audio manufacturers in streamlining the development process. Qualcomm is to  offer development kits for smart speakers at a  range of price points and is based on Qualcomm’s Smart Audio Platform. It  will combine silicon with voice user interfaces, connectivity features, and premium ...
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  • White paper advises on secure switching design

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) controls the way in which personal data is processed. Companies will have to implement the data protection rules set out in the regulation by 25 May, 2018, when the regulation becomes legally enforceable, or face fines of up to €20m euros or 4% of their global turnover. Distributor Rutronik ...
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  • Harting recognises Northern Connectors for design-in work

    Connector maker Harting has awarded Northern Connectors with its Specialist Distributor of the Year Award of 2017. The St Helens-based specialist distributor of connectors and cabling products has been distributing Harting’s products for more than 20 years. Scott Jones, general manager at Northern Connectors believes the key is the firm’s design-in capabilities. “This is the ...
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  • Qualcomm and Ford accelerate C-V2X technology

    Qualcomm and Ford are accelerating the development of  connectivity systems for Ford vehicles and Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technology testing. C-V2X is a wireless connectivity technology for safety-conscious and automated driving solutions, which has the potential to help cities create more capable infrastructure as they look at how to connect vehicles to their surroundings, and to ...
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  • First GaN power consumer application

    GaN power devices have entered the consumer market for the first time, claimed transistor-maker Transphorm, as gaming PC firm Corsair has used them in an ac-dc power supply to boost efficiency. The AX1600i 115V PSU apparently achieves 99% efficiency, “increasing power output by 6.5% in an 11% smaller [20mm shorter] package at the same temperature”, ...
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  • Intel could license 3D NAND tech to Tsinghua

    Intel could be teaming up with China on 3D NAND, reports Digitimes, following its exiting of its flash jv with Micron. Intel already has links with the Tsinghua Unigroup subsidiary Spreadtrum in mobile ICs. Now it is reported that Intel may transfer 3D NAND technology to Tsinghua whose subsidiary,  Yangtze River Memory,  is hoping to ...
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  • 760Vac X1 capacitor for industrial apps also meets Y1

    Murata has started production of X1 leaded ceramic safety capacitors rated at 760Vac(rms) for high voltage industrial applications such as 3-phase power supplies, inverters and motors. Called DE1, the series can also be used as a Y1 class capacitor for connection between an ac power line and ground, for which it is rated at 500Vac(rms). It ...
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  • Mouser to stock full LTC portfolio

    Mouser to stock the full line of Linear Technology products, including all power products from the new Power by Linear division. “Design engineers around the world can now take advantage of this large, comprehensive portfolio of high-performance signal chain, RF, and power management products from Analog Devices, including the entire Linear Technology product portfolio,” says ...
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  • PoLTE LTE IC is a Riot

    PoLTE Corp and Riot Micro are collaborating to enable ultra-low power LTE IoT chips with  accurate location positioning for indoor and outdoor applications. The collaboration combines the advantages of Riot Micro’s RM1000 with those of PoLTE’s Lite-Touch location architecture. Riot Micro will support PoLTE’s location interface in the RM1000, the industry’s lowest power baseband modem ...
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