• Materials Testing 2017

    International Centre, Telford, UK5-7 September
    Materials Testing – the world’s most comprehensive exhibition of non-destructive testing (NDT), materials testing, condition monitoring and diagnostic technologies – returns this year with a new range of features and industry speakers.
    Materials Testing 2017 will take place from 5-7 September in Telford, UK and will showcase the latest innovations from companies around the world.The show comes at an exciting time fo
  • Optical phased array replaces camera lens

    California Institute of Technology creates a planar optical phased array that can form images without a lens.
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  • Entrepreneur hits the right notes with Soundbops

    Michael Tougher, CEO of Spark and Rocket, was named the ‘brightest young engineering entrepreneur’ last year in the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Launchpad Competition. Here he talks about how he’s bringing his product to market, and lessons learned since graduating with an idea and the desire to succeed in 2015.
    How did you get started?
    I always knew I wanted to be an inventor. Even as a child, I was always making things. Couple that with a musical upbringing and a love
  • Liquid metal makes flexible heat harvester reliable

    Using liquid metal connections, North Carolina State University engineers have designed a flexible thermoelectric energy harvester. The proof-of-concept is intended to provide energy for wearables. “We wanted to design a flexible thermoelectric harvester that does not compromise on the material quality of rigid devices yet provides similar or better efficiency,” said Professor Mehmet Ozturk. “Using ...
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  • AMRC develops world’s most accurate large volume machining robot

    The most accurate large volume machining robot in the world is being developed in the UK.The highly accurate robot milling system could take some of the workload off expensive machine tools, alleviating a bottleneck on the production line, its developers say.
    Researchers at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing, with support from the Aerospace Technology Initiative (ATI), have modified an off-the-shelf KUKA Titan robot to develop the robotic millin
  • Design engineering plots course to redress gender imbalance

    To mark International Women in Engineering Day 2017, Dr Leila Sheldrick considers design engineering’s role in encouraging more women to study engineering.
    When I started my undergraduate degree in 2003 I was one of only seven women in a class of 50. It’s an experience many will recognise, and even today many engineering courses have a stark gender imbalance.
    Yet this autumn when our new undergraduate students turn up for The Dyson School of Design Engineering’s 2017 MEng Desig
  • ‘Moth eye’ structure banishes reflections from display surface

    Moth eyes have once again been the inspiration for an anti-reflection coating, this time at the University of Central Florida where anti-reflection of <0.23% luminous reflectance and <1% haze has been achieved with “indistinguishable image quality deterioration”, according to the researchers. Unlike multi-layered anti-reflection coatings, this one is inherently broadband, and works at a wide ...
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  • Engineering leaders call for action over lack of women in sector

    Leaders of the UK’s top engineering businesses are calling for urgent action on tackling the sector’s shortage of women at an event to mark today’s International Women in Engineering day.
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  • JTAG Technologies module brings PXI into play for hi-rel test

    JTAG Technologies has introduced a JTAG/boundary-scan test hardware interface for multiple interconnects in ATE systems using MAC Panel connection systems. The module provides an interface between the test firm’s PXI and PXIe DataBlasters to the MAC panel ‘Scout’ connection system. Designated JT 2147/eDAK, the module employs the firm’s QuadPod active interface. It provides four independent ...
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  • Roma the engineer wins top academy Award

    Engineer and broadcaster Roma Agrawal has won one of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s most prestigious awards in recognition of her tireless efforts to promote careers in the profession.The Rooke Award for public promotion of engineering, named after industrialist and past Academy President Sir Denis Rooke, honours people who have brought engineering to life for the public.
    Previous winners include TV engineering experts Professor Danielle George and Professor Mark Miodownik FREng.
    Agraw
  • Proof-of-concept points to flexible wearables

    Engineers have designed a flexible thermoelectric energy harvester that could rival the effectiveness of existing wearable electronic devices that use body heat as an energy source.In the proof-of-concept study from North Carolina State University (NC State), researchers acknowledge that the performance and efficiency of flexible devices is inferior to rigid devices, which are used to monitor a variety of health and environmental measures.
    “We wanted to design a flexible thermoelectric har
  • Women engineers can reap future rewards

    Women engineers have a key role in helping to bridge the UK’s burgeoning skills gap 
    Over the years, the UK has been hailed as the ‘workshop of the world’ and a world leader in engineering and innovation. But despite this history of success, today it has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, women still only make up around just 8 per cent of engineers.
    This is at a time
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  • Promoted content: Protect your instrumentation with software

    By Adri Kruger, LabVIEW Product Manager
    For over 50 years, test engineers have been taking a PC-based approach to automating stand-alone instrumentation. With so much investment tied up in capital assets for test equipment, engineers are looking for reassurance that they can satisfy current and future testing needs. While capital expenditure on hardware is often the easiest cost to associate with test, the importance of a good software investment is commonly overlooked. Instrumentation wil
  • ST to raise $1.5bn

    ST is to raise $1.5 billion in a convertible bond issue. The company will also redeem its 2019 convertible bonds and buy back shares. The new bonds will mature in five and seven years. The five year bonds will not pay interest. The seven year bonds will pay interest of 0.5%. Settlement is expected to ...
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  • Wearables on a roll, says IDC

    125.5 million wearable devices will be shipped this year, says IDC, marking a 20.4% increase from the 104.3 million units shipped in 2016. IDC expects the  wearables market will nearly double before reaching a total of 240.1 million units shipped in 2021 – a five-year CAGR of 18.2%. Watches: IDC  anticipates that watches will account ...
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  • EPYC enthuses AMD investors

    AMD’s EPYC server chip is driving a rise in AMD shares. EPYC out-performs Intel’s server processors in performance and power and has managed to create an EPYC ecosystem containing server OEMs, ODMs and cloud infrastructure providers. EPYC, which is a scaled up version of its PC CPU Ryzen, beats Intel’s best server processor in memory ...
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  • Infineon extends PROFET power switch family

    Based on its SMART7 thin wafer process , Infineon has introduced  two high-side power switch families PROFET+2 and High Current PROFET. The SPOC+2 multichannel SPI high-side power controllers will follow within a year. “In this decade, we have delivered one billion PROFET+ switches, the predecessor family to PROFET+2,” says Infineon vp Andreas Doll, “the SMART7 ...
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  • Arc angle sensor simplifies measurement inside machines

    CambridgeIC has launched a range of arc position sensors, measuring the angle of a rotating ‘target’ relative to a fixed arc-shaped sensor built from a PCB. CambridgeIC’s R48mm 100° Arc Sensor The UK fabless chip company specialises in angle sensing chips. “The arc position sensors use the same technology behind our linear sensors, and are ...
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  • ESA clears path for LISA gravitational wave mission

    The mission, involving three spacecraft flying in formation, is currently scheduled for 2034
    The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission, aimed at detecting gravitational waves in space, has been approved by the European Space Agency at a meeting of its Science Programme Committee. After many years of development and delays, the mission is now scheduled to go ahead in 2034.
    The LISA mission will see three identical spacecraft fly in formation, 2.5million km apartGravitational waves are
  • Bluetooth 5 chip for cost-sensitive applications

    Nordic Semi has introduced a Bluetooth 5 chip for cost-sensitive applications. Called nRF52810, it is a sub-set of the nRF52 Series. “This new product offers essential performance benefits of Bluetooth 5 to the most cost-sensitive and high-volume applications by offering: two times the data bandwidth [2Mbit/s] of the Bluetooth low energy implementation of Bluetooth 4.2, and ...
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  • Imagination Technologies for sale

    The Imagination Technologies Group is up for sale. It put its MiPS business up for sale recently and has now decided to put the whole company on the block.
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  • Imagination for sale

    Imagination is up for sale. The company put its MiPS business up for sale recentky and has now decided to put the whole company on the block. The downtrun began with Apple saying it would stop being a customer in two years’ time. Apple accounts for half Imagination’s revenues and has recently been recruting Imagination GPU ...
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  • Speedy CO2 sensor takes little power

    Gas Sensing Solutions of Cumbernauld is claiming a speed record for its SprintIR6S ‘non-dispersive infra-red (NDIR) CO2  sensor: up to 20 reading/s for a 0-10% step change in CO2 flowing at 0.1 litre/min, said the firm. www.gassensing.co.uk Inside, the sensor measures differential light absorption between light at 4.2 and 4.4μm. The device is 23.8mm in diameter and 24mm tall ...
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  • Multiband transceiver supports Bluetooth 5

    Silicon Labs has introduced a multiband version of its Wireless Gecko system-on-chip device which now supports full Bluetooth 5. Designated EFR32xG13, the device family supports all Bluetooth 5 features which means twice the speed and eight times greater broadcasting capacity than Bluetooth 4. The chips feature a 2Mbit/s PHY and also integrate a new 125kbit/s ...
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  • Need to mix pneumatics with electrical connections?

    Harting has developed a way to mix electrical and compressed air up to 10bar in the same connector, aiming it at production lines. The pneumatic module (‘Pneumatic Module Metal’) is rated to be plugged and unplugged at least 10,000 times. “It means that users can exploit the benefits of compressed air technology in frequently converted production ...
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  • NXP’s entry-level 32bit IoT processor

    With the LPC84x family of 30MHz ARM Cortex M0+ processors, NXP is pitching for entry-level IoT design-ins. “Upon power-up, its ‘fast access initialisation memory’allows the clocks to be started in a low frequency mode, keeping start-up current consumption to a minimum. Additionally, its input and output ports can come up immediately and in its desired ...
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  • Decelerating stray electrons could hasten fusion reactor development

    A technique for solving a problem that can destroy the inner walls of nuclear fusion reactors could bring the elusive technique one step closer
    Runaway elexctrons couild damage the inner walls of fusion reactors like JET in Culham, OxfordshirePlasma physicists from Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden, have devised a new method for decelerating stray electrons inside nuclear fusion reactors; a problem that can destroy the interior of a reactor without warning. Using plasma simulation and ma
  • New catalyst “makes carbon neutral fuel from CO2 a viable option”

    Australian scientists have developed a catalyst that converts carbon dioxide from the air into synthetic natural gas using solar energy.
    The research, carried out at the University of Adelaide in collaboration with CSIRO, Australia’s national agency for scientific research, could validate a process that has the potential to replace fossil fuels and continue to use existing carbon-based fuel technologies without increasing atmospheric CO2.
    The catalyst drives the process of combining CO2 wi
  • Autonomous and connected cars get set for UK road trials

    Members of the UK Autodrive consortium have been demonstrating connected and autonomous vehicle technologies prior to road trials in Coventry and Milton Keynes.
    Project partners Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) assembled at the HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton today, June 22, 2017, to demonstrate a series of car technologies that have been successfully demonstrated in test track trials. Jaguar Land Rover also presented the latest version of their au
  • Jaguar Land Rover to recruit 1,000 electronic and software engineers | Video

    Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has revealed plans to recruit 1,000 electronics and software engineers as part of a huge recruitment drive.
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  • 4DS makes ReRAM as fast as DRAM

    4DS Memory, the Australian ReRAM specialist, says it has improved its ReRAM through architectural changes which now make its read times comparable to DRAM. 4DS calls its memory Interface Switching ReRAM and claims it needs minimal error correction. That delivers the faster read speed. 4DS has scaled its technology to 40nm and is now focussed ...
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  • Intel to sponsor Olympics

    Intel is to sponsor the Olympics in a bid to promote VR which will probably cost Intel around $100 million. “We’ll allow people online to feel like they are there,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich (pictured)!0. The Olympics have their own internet-based Olympic Channel and the IOC has been keen to make it mire appealing ...
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  • Silego power splitter has 130V surge protection

    Silego, the configurable mixed signal specialist,  has brought out a single-input, dual-output power splitter with 130V surge protection. It is designed for mid- and high-end smartphones and tablet PCs. In these applications, system-level, over-voltage protection (OVP) has become a standard requirement. Its  OVP response time protects sensitive downstream components from possible damage. Even though designed ...
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  • Industrial semis grew 3.8% year-on-year

    Sales of industrial ICs  grew  3.8% year-on-year in 2016, to $43.5 billion, according to IHS Markit. Industrial electronics equipment demand was broad-based, with continued growth in commercial and military avionics, digital signage, network video surveillance, HVAC, smart meters, traction, PV inverters, LED lighting and various medical electronics such as cardiac equipment, hearing aids and imaging systems. ...
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  • Industrial semis grew 3.8% y-o-y.

    Sales of industrial ICs  grew  3.8% y-o-y in 2016, to $43.5 billion, according to  IHS Markit Industrial electronics equipment demand was broad-based, with continued growth in commercial and military avionics, digital signage, network video surveillance, HVAC, smart meters, traction, PV inverters, LED lighting and various medical electronics such as cardiac equipment, hearing aids and imaging systems. ...
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  • Vishay 0603 green led shines up to 2.8cd

    Using what it calls the “most recent ultra-bright InGaN chip technology”, Vishay has announced green 0603 leds producing up to 2.8cd (or 2,800mcd as it puts it). The devices are 1.6 x 0.8mm and 0.55mm high and called VLMTG1400. Various 525nm outputs are available across 1.2-2.8cd at 20mA, dropping 2.75-3.2V. Viewing angle is 146°. Available in 8 ...
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  • Clearing the path for tomorrow’s female engineers

     Helen Jackson, senior consultant for Ove Arup and Partners Limited, reflects on some of the hurdles she’s faced in her engineering career, and what can be done to remove them for the next generation. 
    Whenever I see the statistics about the proportion of women in UK engineering I am no longer astonished; I am resigned to a gender imbalance in engineering, even in these modern and otherwise diverse times. Only 8 per cent of professional UK engineers are women, and the figure
  • Heavy duty connector snaps on

    In its R6 generation, Amphenol has increased the capacity of its 8mm Radsok terminals, creating the Radsock NG whose single circuit can carry 220A at 40°C ambient. It can also work with 160A at up to 100°C. Both of these figures are with 35mm² cable ( 35-50mm² cable is the range) and without the housing (housing is installed ...
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  • Deadline looming for entrants to James Dyson Award

    The clock is ticking for students of product design, industrial design or engineering to submit their entries to the 2017 James Dyson Award.
    Entrants have until July 20, 2017 to put forward an idea that conforms to a brief that asks for the ‘design of something that solves a problem, big or small.’ A £30,000 prize is available for the winning project’s future development.
    “There is normally a better solution to a problem. Engineers challenge convention and have bril
  • Dubai set to trial electric Volocopter as air taxi

    Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that flying taxis will soon be taking to the emirate’s skies.A five-year trial due to start later this year will see the all-electric Volocopter undertaking test flights in the UAE city. Designed and built in Germany, the Volocopter can fly autonomously using 18 individual rotors powered by nine swappable batteries. The aircraft has a top speed of 100km/h and maximum flight time of around 30 minutes.
    “The test will start
  • TDK claims ‘smallest’ choke for automotive

    TDK claims to have created the smallest common-mode choke for automotive Ethernet applications. Its dimensions are 3.2 mm x 2.5 mm x 2.5 mm. The ACT1210L choke, which is qualified to AEC-Q200, retains the Scd21 mode conversion characteristic of the previous generation product, the ACT45L. According to the supplier, this key parameter expresses the amplitude ...
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  • NXP and Samsung ink connected car deal

    NXP and Samsung subsidiary Harman are to collaborate on connected car technologies such as over-the-air updates, secure V2X communication and software-defined radio. The two companies will further expand their partnership in technologies supporting the connected in-car, including tuners, digital signal processors, amplifiers and applications processors. As a lead customer for NXP’s latest generation of NXP infotainment ...
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  • NXP moves solid-state RF energy design to new level

    NXP Semiconductors has developed a power transistor for 915MHz applications which is its highest power device in this frequency class. The 50V silicon LDMOS power transistor has been designed to deliver 750W continuous wave (CW). It is intended to move microwave generator design out of the vacuum tube-era where technologies such as magnetrons are the ...
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  • Photoacoustic technique reduces waiting time for breast cancer diagnosis

    The time taken to receive a breast cancer diagnosis could be significantly reduced, thanks to an imaging system designed to cut the various stages of tumour detection down to a single scan.Breast cancer diagnosis can take a number of weeks, involving a visit to the GP, followed by an x-ray mammogram and an ultrasound or even an MRI, before the patient finally undergoes a biopsy.
    The new system, being developed by researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, uses light and sound to
  • Qualcomm business model illegal, claims Apple

    Qualcomm’s business model is illegal, claims Apple in its legal scrap with Qualcomm in thevfederal court of the Southern District of California. Apple is asserting that Qualcomm’s practice of charging both for its chips and for a technology licence to use the chips is illegal. Apple cites a US Supreme Court case involving Lexmark where ...
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  • Uber CEO resigns

      After saying last week he would take a temporary leave of absence, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick (pictured) has now resigned as CEO following shareholder pressure. He remains on the board. Five large investors are said to have insisted that he go following an investigation into workplace practices at Uber. Kalanick’s shares in Uber are ...
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  • French extend influence over ST

    The French could be taking control of ST away from the Italians. Frenchman Nicholas Dufourcq (pictured) has been elected Chairman of ST’s supervisory board to succeed the Italian Maurizio Tamagnini. Dufourcq is an Enarc –  a graduate of France’s elite Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). He is chairman of the French state-owned bank Bpifrance. Two months ...
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  • NXP partners software provider for automated driving

    NXP has teamed-up with Elektrobit to create a platform for those developing automated driving systems. The aim is to combine NXP’s BlueBox automated driving reference hardware with Elektrobit’s Robinos automated driving software framework. “They combine two powerful building blocks for enabling self-driving robots on wheels,” said NXP autonomous platform architect Davide Santo. “We look forward to ...
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  • Toshiba picks bid winner

    Toshiba has decided on who should buy its chip business but the decision is being contested by losing bidder Western Digital. The successful bid is by the consortium of two government bail-out funds – the Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ) and the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) – plus Bain, the US private equity ...
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  • Processing innovation opens up new pathway for specialist steel

    A method for making low-weight, high-strength steel more manufacturable could have important implications for the automotive sector
    Car manufacturers, trying to reduce the weight of vehicles, are interested in low-weight, high-strength grades of steel. But some of these metals have properties which make them difficult to manufacture and process in large quantities. Material scientists at the University of Warwick have now found a way to control the properties of these materials so they can be ro

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