• Samsung extends lead over Intel to 22%

          Samsung extended its lead over Intel to 22% in H1, reports IC Insights. All but four of the top 15 companies had double-digit year-over-year growth in 1H18. Moreover, seven companies had ≥20% growth, including the five big memory suppliers (Samsung, SK Hynix, Micron, Toshiba/Toshiba Memory, and Western Digital/SanDisk) as well as Nvidia ...
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  • PCB connectors with a 2.54 mm pitch

    Phoenix Contact has extended its range of PCB connectors, with a pitch of 2.54 mm. The single and double-row MCC 0,5 and DMCC 0,5 connectors are suitable for conductor cross sections from 0.14 mm² to 0.75 mm².  The 2-pos. to 16-pos. connectors are designed for currents up to 6A and voltages up to 160V.  Corresponding crimp contacts with ...
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  • 20A dc-dc converter is only 1.82mm thick, and can operate as twin 10A converters

    An impressively thin dual 10A dc-dc converter, that can also be used as a single 20A converter
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  • What goes up . . . . .

    After nine quarters of consecutive growth the DRAM price is finally on the way down, reports DRAMeXchange. Q4 contract  ASPs are expected to fall 1-3% due, says DRAMeXchange, to “increasing supply yet fairly limited growth in demand.”  Contract prices for PC DRAM and server DRAM memory have risen 1-2% sequentially in Q3, while mobile DRAM and ...
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  • Flexible AMOLED shipments to overtake rigid in 2020

    Shipments of flexible AMOLED panels are expected to account for more than 50% of total AMOLED panel shipments by 2020. Shipments of flexible AMOLED panels are expected to reach 335.7 million units by 2020, topping those of rigid AMOLED panels at 315.9 million units. Flexible AMOLED panels are predicted to make up 52% of  total ...
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  • Semis soaring

    Q2 semiconductor sales were up 6% q-o-q and 20.5% y-o-y at $117.9 billion, says the SIA. June sales increased 1.5% on the month and 20.5% from June 2017 to $39.3 billion. “Halfway through 2018, the global semiconductor industry continues to post impressive sales totals, notching its highest-ever quarterly sales in Q2 and record monthly sales ...
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  • Humidity/temperature sensor works with MCU in deep-sleep mode

    TI’s  HDC2080 humidity and temperature digital sensor is a capacitive-based device that uses an integrated heating element to dissipate moisture and condensation. The sensor allows for the use of programmable input thresholds to deliver system wake-ups and alerts without needing to rely on a microcontroller to monitor the system. Developers can place their MCUs  in ...
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  • Lazy ants make better robots

    The way ants dig tunnels could help prevent collaborative robots accidentally slowing each other progress, according to Georgia Tech. The study, published August 17 in Science, shows that not all nearby ants attempt to dig a tunnel simultaneously. “We noticed that if you have 150 ants in a container, only 10 or 15 of them ...
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  • IBC: Densitron adds mechanical touch alongside displays

    Aiming at broadcast racks, Densitron has will be showing its UReady range of high-resolution rack-mount displays at IBC in Amsterdam (14-18 September, Hall 8, Stand C07). Intended to bring phone-like quality to rack displays, there are options with up to 212ppi resolution and IPS technology for wide viewing angles. With versions for 1U and 2U ...
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  • Warwick lab moots Formula 1 technology for certifying autonomous vehicles

    Formula 1 training simulation technology could be used for testing and certifying autonomous vehicles, according to the University of Warwick which has funding from the Government’s Innovate UK agency to examine the potential. “Several manufacturers are already testing their vehicles on public roads, with mixed results,” said the University. “One of the problems is the ...
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  • Updated: Fully printed flexible display offers low power for simple IoT devices

    Electrochromic materials are the key to low-cost simple displays, according to Swedish firm Rdot Displays, which claims wide viewing angles and high contrast for its reflective technology. Mass-production of flexible displays is possible on plastic substrates without needing metal or ITO layers – by either sheet-to-sheet or roll-to-roll printing. The underlying technology involves organic materials ...
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  • Arm discloses two-year roadmap for CPUs

    Breaking with tradition, Arm has announced a roadmap for its client CPUs, and plans for a new CPU later this year and the company’s plans to meet the demands of 5G and always-connected devices. Following the release of Cortex-A76 in May this year, Arm will deliver a CPU, codenamed Deimos to partners later this year, ...
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  • Apple to launch car in 2023-5, says analyst

    Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to launch a car between 2023 and 2025. “We expect that Apple Car, which will likely be launched in 2023–2025, will be the next star product,” says Kuo, “the reasons for this are as follows:  Potentially huge replacement demands are emerging in the auto sector because it is being ...
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  • Infineon enables open source TSS ESAPI layer

    Infineon  has enabled a new open source software stack which aims to make work easier for developers who want to use the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 – a standardized hardware-based security solution for securing industrial, automotive and other applications such as network equipment. This is the first open source TPM middleware that complies with ...
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  • Applied outlook gloomy

    Applied Materials grew net sales by 19% to $4.47 billion in the quarter to the end of July. On a GAAP basis, the company recorded gross margin of 45.4% and grew operating income by 23%  to $1.26 billion or 28.1% of net sales. GAAP EPS) grew 38% to $1.17. On a non-GAAP adjusted basis, over the ...
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  • Mouser adds Microchip’s dual-core DSCs for motor control

    dual-core digital signal controllers (DSCs) for motor control applications. The  dual-core DSCs combine two dsPIC DSC cores in a single chip, with optional support for the control area network flexible data rate (CAN-FD) protocol. The communications characteristics with increased bandwidth make the DSCs suitable for embedded applications with algorithms, such as  motor control, server power supplies, automotive sensors, industrial ...
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  • Keysight offers its smallest solder-in scope probe

    Keysight has introduced its smallest solder-in probe head for use with high-end oscilloscopes. Designated the MX0100A InfiniiMax, the micro probe head is a micro solder-in head for use with the company’s InfiniiMax I/II probe amplifiers. With the small scale of devices in mind, the lead wires can be adjusted to accommodate targets from 0 mm ...
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  • China makes self-drive car move with road-test standards

    China has made a big move toward the introduction of autonomous vehicles with the roll-out of national standards for testing smart autonomous cars on roads. A report in the China Daily said the move is expected to facilitate the development of autonomous driving in the country, which is already the world’s largest car market and ...
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  • Another solid electrolyte promises to fix metallic lithium batteries

    Lithium metal batteries can be stabilised using ceramics, according to the University of University of Michigan, following the University of Texas announcement last year that glass can be used for stabilisation. Using lithium metal has the potential to increase the capacity of lithium-based rechargeable cells significantly compared with lithium-ion cells – Michigan claims doubling capacity. ...
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  • Mazda home-brews industry first hardware-in-loop car system verification rig

    Mazda has used hardware-in-the-loop, including a robot, to test and verify the function of a complete car electronic system. This is in addition to the traditional practice of testing and verifying individual units and sub-systems separately. “Increasingly, one system’s operation is dependent on results from other systems. In addition to testing systems individually, multi-system tests ...
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  • NAND market grows as ASP falls

    The Q2 NAND market grew 3.5% q-o-q despite a 15-20% drop in ASP, says DRAMeXchange, which expects a 10% decline in Q3 NAND prices due to over-supply. There is upside to the ASP fall for the NAND guys – while it denies them revenue, it encourages users to increase the NAND content of their products ...
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  • UniQorn pursues quantum photonics for affordable secure communications

    The hybrid photonic integration platform PolyBoard, developed at Fraunhofer HHI, enables the flexible and efficient combination of various optical functionalities on a single chip. This toolbox will be further developed in the coming years as part of the “Quantum Flagship” of the European Union to meet the specific requirements of novel quantum technologies. The project ...
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  • Uber urged to scrap all driverless efforts

    Uber is being urged by investors to scrap its autonomous driving unit called its Advanced Technologies Group, reports Reuters. The unit is reported to have lost between $750 million and $1.2 billion in the last six quarters. Earlier this month Uber announced it was withdrawing from its autonomous truck driving operation.  Two years ago Uber ...
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  • GaN IFF avionics transistor with 120W peak output power

    Integra Technologies, the El Segundo  RF and microwave transistor and amplifier specialist, is offering an IFF avionics transistor offering 120W peak output power using GaN  technology. Designed for IFF avionic applications, IGN1011L120 is a high power GaN transistor, specified for use under Class AB operation. This transistor operates at 1.03 – 1.09 GHz, and supplies a ...
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  • Fully printed flexible display offers low power for simple IoT devices

    Electrochromic technology is the key to low-cost simple displays, according to Swedish firm Rdot Displays. According to the firm, it can mass-produce reflective flexible displays on plastic substrates without needing metal or ITO layers – by either sheet-to-sheet or roll-to-roll printing. Viewing angles are wide and contrast is high for reflective technology. The underlying technology involves ...
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  • Kyocera ceramic UHF RFID tag works for aerospace

    Kyocera has developed tiny ceramic UHF RFID tag that can be attached to metal tools in the aerospace industry for identification and tracking.  RFID tags will be attached to workshop tools of maintenance and repair service providers. The attached tag will withstand harsh environments which are typical for workshops, including impacts and dirt (e.g. oil, ...
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  • Purdue re-designs FETs

    Purdue University researchers have created a  design for FETs which makes them promising candidates for next generation nanodevices. The re-engineered Purdue FET can offer better switching behaviour for computers and devices than traditional FETs. “Our technology merges lasers and transistors,” said Purdue’s  Tillmann Kubis, “there is traditionally not a lot of overlap between these two ...
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  • 64th IEDM takes shape

    The theme of  the 64th  IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) is “Device Breakthroughs from Quantum to 5G and Beyond”. The meeting will be held from December 1-5 2018 is at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel. The progress on EUV will interest many. “In terms of industrial applications, the evening panel session on EUV will ...
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  • Three more Intel processor flaws,

    Intel has said it has found three new flaws in its processors. ‘When a program attempts to access data in memory, the logical memory address is translated to a physical address by the hardware, says Intel, accessing a logical or linear address that is not mapped to a physical location on the hardware will result ...
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  • Nut spins for assembly, and can’t be lost

    Need a nut that can be rotated, but can’t get lost? If it has to hold sheet metal, Pen Engineering is offering PEM SFN, a ‘spinning flare nut’ that can be made captive in thin metal. If two sheet metal assemblies have to be held together, it can be paired with a self-clinching stud in ...
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  • Toshiba aims Cortex-M3 MCUs at motor control

    Toshiba is aiming at motor control in consumer and industrial applications with a set of Arm Cortex-M3 microcontrollers with 64 – 144pin packages, 256 – 512kbyte flash programme memory, and 32kbyte data flash memory. Licensed from Silicon Storage Technology, the flash is ‘Super Flash, where the code flash is rewritable up to 10,000 times and the ...
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  • Comment: How AI and convergence turns electronic engineers into invention developers

    Julian Nolan of Iprova explains how AI could affect electronics and how electronic engineers can take advantage to innovate.
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  • Differential amps have 94dB minimum CMRR

    Analog Devices has released a set of differential-in differential-out amplifiers win a minimum CMRR (common-mode rejection ratio) of 94dB. Based on the existing LTC6363 differential amplifier which needs external resistors, they have built-in matched resistors. “Resistor matching is equivalent to a 0.002%. Initial gain accuracy is 45ppm maximum and varies by only 0.5ppm/°C maximum over temperature,” ...
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  • Apple to launch AMOLED phones

    Apple will launch three new iPhones this autumn, says TrendForce, all with FaceID and two premium versions with AMOLED screens. TrendForce expects the initial production volume of the three phones to be 83-88 million units. The AMOLED versions are expected to be 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch and the cheaper, LCD version is expected to be 6.1 ...
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  • UltraSoC selects MosChip to support its growth in India

    Cambridge, UK – 14 August 2018 - UltraSoC today announced that it has appointed MosChip as its technical sales representative in India, as part of a program to support the rapidly developing global market for its embedded analytics technology.UltraSoC’s modular IP allows chip design teams to embed very powerful monitoring and analytics capabilities inside any system-on-chip (SoC). This benefits not only the SoC’s performance and functions, but also significantly speeds developm
  • Battery charger dev kit

    The ST plug-and-play wireless battery-charger development kit (STEVAL-ISB045V1) lets users build ultra-compact chargers up to 2.5W with a space-saving 20mm-diameter coil, for charging small IoT devices and wearables such as smart watches, sports gear, or healthcare equipment. Built around the STWBC-WA wireless charging-transmitter controller, the kit comprises a charging base unit containing a transmitter board ...
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  • Mouser signs Micron

    Mouser has signed  a global distribution agreement with Micron. “By adding Micron to the Mouser line card, we are providing the design engineering community with proven solutions,”says Mouser’s Jeff Newell. Micron is the third largest DRAm producer with 21.6% market share and is the fifth largest NAND supplier with 12.2% share. Mouser is now stocking the ...
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  • EE remains best network performer

    EE has confirmed its position as market leader in mobile network performance across the UK, according to RootMetrics. EE has won the last 10 half yearly national reports produced by RootMetrics, confirming five consecutive years as the UK’s leading network in terms of overall performance. This is measured by a combination of reliability and speed ...
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  • Bürklin signs Rochester

    Bürklin Elektronik, the Munich components distributor, has signed an  agreement with Rochester Electronic that allows Bürklin to offer an additional 200,000 products from over 70 semiconductor manufacturers. These  include both end-of-life and regularly available products for applications in the fields of industrial automation, transportation, military, medical, energy, civil aviation, the automotive industry and telecommunications. ”We are honored ...
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  • Infineon sampling 650V TRENCHSTOP IGBT6

    Infineon is sampling its latest  TRENCHSTOP IGBT6 technology with a 650 V blocking voltage. The trench and field-stop technology co-packed with a soft, fast recovery anti-parallel Rapid 1 diode translates into reduced losses. The building block for motor drives up to 1 kW is marked by a good thermal performance, especially at higher switching frequencies ...
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  • Rospedzihowski steps up at Premier Farnell

    Premier Farnell has appointed Rob Rospedzihowski as vice president for sales for the EMEA region. Rospedzihowski has held the position of regional sales director with the distributor since 2015.  In this role he led the company’s sales, marketing and e-commerce operations in Eastern Europe, Nordics and key International Market territories in Russia, Turkey and Israel. Rospedzihowski re-joined ...
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  • Compound Semiconductor Catapult gets its cash, but still hides its location

    The Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult has received the £51m money ear-marked for the creation of its headquarters, at a location in South East Wales that its management will not reveal. It is thought that an existing building will be leased, and that the secrecy is for commercial reasons. Currently, Catapult staff are based in Cardiff. These ...
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  • Infineon forms China IoT jv

    Infineon  and  China e-commerce company Jingdong (JD) have signed a strategic partnership agreement aimed at creating an efficient and secured smart IoT ecosystem. The two companies will combine Infineon’s  expertise in semiconductors with the local market insight and network of JD, China´s largest online retailer. Infineon will provide the jv with underlying technology such as IoT ...
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  • Glasgow researchers embed nanowires in flexible surfaces for bendable electronics manufacturing

    A new form of electronics manufacturing which embeds silicon nanowires into flexible surfaces could lead to radical new forms of bendable electronics,  say engineers from the University of Glasgow who have been able to affordably ‘print’ high-mobility semiconductor nanowires onto flexible surfaces to develop high-performance ultra-thin electronic layers. Those surfaces, which can be bent, flexed and twisted, ...
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  • Q2 DRAM market up 11.3% on Q1

    The Q2 DRAM market grew 11.3% q-o-q, reports DRAMeXchange. Prices of most DRAM types rose 3% in Q2 and prices of graphics DRAM rose 15% pushed by crypto demand. DRAMeXchange reckons prices have peaked because new capacity is coming on-stream in H2. The Koreans had 73.5% of the market with Micron holding 21.6%. China’s monopoly ...
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  • Samsung considering stopping phone production at China plant.

    Samsung is reported by the Korean newspaper Electronics Times to be considering ending production of mobile phones at one of its two China plants. Samsung’s market share in China has gone from 20% to 1% in five years as local brands Huawei, Oppo and Vivo have taken over the market. The plant where phone production ...
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  • Arm failing

    Arm’s Q2 EBIT  fell 99% y-o-y from £82 million in Q2 2017 to £1 million in Q2 2018. Revenue was down from £329 million in Q2 2017 and from £330 million in Q1 2018 to £281 million in Q2 2018.  Licensing revenue fell 43% y-o-y from £111 million to £64 million. Royalty revenues and software/services ...
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  • Researchers make 6D measurement of an accelerator beam

    Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville announce that they have made the first-ever 6D measurement of an accelerator beam. Taking measurements in 6D includes the same dimensions of a 3D measurement, plus additional data points for the velocity in each direction along the x, yand z axes.  Until now, scientists stitched together three 2D ...
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  • 17.3% is organic solar cell efficiency record

    Chinese researchers are claiming an organic solar cell record – 17.3% efficiency under standard sunlight conditions from a solution-processes structure – as opposed to more-complex vacuum processing. The cell is a tandem device, where wavelength coverage is increased by using two different junctions. In this case the materials were tuned so that the junctions complement ...
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