• Frontier Silicon picks Coderus for multi-room audio streaming software

    UK DAB radio chip firm Frontier Silicon has selected mobile media playback software from Suffolk-based Coderus’ to streaming user media to products using Frontier’s Undok multi-room audio system. As a part of this agreement, Coderus also provided the integration services of their ‘local media playback’ capability into Frontier Silicon’s existing Undok audio streaming app – ...
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  • Government confirms UK commitment to fusion research

    Alternative ways of participating in fusion research following the withdrawal from the Euratom treaty are being sought
    Science Minister Jo Johnson has reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to nuclear fusion research and has stated that efforts are being made to ensure the future of the Joint European Torus (JET) project and participation in ITER when the UK withdraws from the Euratom treaty as part of the Brexit process.
    In a statement issued by the UKAEA, Johnson confirmed that the withdrawal fr
  • Liquid metal printing key to 2D electronics

    A process based on printing with liquid gallium or indium could help power the next generation of high-power mobile electronics
    Electronics engineers have been searching some time for a technology that will allow them to increase the processing power of electronic components. Researchers in Australia believe that the answer may lie in ultra-thin components made by a process that starts with printing with liquid metals.
    “The fundamental technology of car engines has not progressed since 192
  • MWC: Rohde & Schwarz drives 5G test in the 28GHz band

    It seems likely that the first 5G network deployments will be in the 28GHz band in the US and South Korea. This jump in frequency, bandwidth and complexity for design of the radio access network  will require new test capabilities, says Rohde & Schwarz, which will show its 5G coverage measurement demonstrator at Mobile World ...
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  • 8th Annual Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management Conference Europe, 24-25 May 2017

    Venue: The Point Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, UK
    Back for its eighth year, the Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management Conference Europe is Europe’s premier platform to unite the industry’s leaders. An unavoidable increase in reactor retirement combined with a lack of experience in decommissioning projects leads to numerous challenges for the European industry. This event is designed to help your organisation navigate through this complex and fast-changing industry, and s
  • Kaspersky warns on connected cars

    The connected car makes it possible to remotely obtain the location coordinates of a vehicle as well as its route, to open doors, start the engine and control additional in-car devices, says Kaspersky Labs. Kaspersky has come up with four recommendation for connected car users to protect themselves from cyber-interference: · Don’t root your Android ...
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  • Warwick-led research optimises electronic heterostructures

    An international collaboration has helped in the development of a new technique to measure the electronic structures of heterostructures, an advance that could lead to smaller, more efficient electronic devices.
    (Credit: Gabriel Constantinescu)Two-dimensional materials are flat, atomically thin, highly conductive, and extremely strong. When stacked together they form heterostructures that can be used to create highly efficient optoelectronic devices with ultrafast electrical charges, which in tu
  • Hurdle to cheap printed solar cells ‘cleared’ by Canadian researchers

    A method for fabricating a crucial component of photovoltaic cells based on perovskites could clear the way to printing these low-cost cells
    Hairen Tan and his low-temperature perovskite cell. Image: Kevin SoobrianComplex crystalline minerals known as perovskites have been a matter of interest in solar cell research for some years, as they have the potential to be far cheaper than cells made from pure silicon. However, although perovskites are efficient at freeing electrons when struck by photon
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  • Origami Kevlar shield stops .44 Magnum

    Engineers at Brigham Young University have developed an origami-inspired ballistic shield that can protect multiple people from gunfire.
    (Credit: Jaren Wilkey/BYU)Designed to be portable, the device weighs 25kg and folds almost flat when not in use. It has 12 layers of Kevlar surrounding an aluminium core and uses a Yoshimura origami crease pattern to expand. Deployment takes approximately five seconds, with the shield providing protection from the side as well as the front.
    “We worke
  • MWC: Cobham to demo first software-defined 5G phone simulator

    Cobham Wireless will demonstrate what it claims is industry’s first software-defined 5G user equipment (UE) simulator, based on Verizon’s open 5G standard and down-linking at up to 10Gbit/s, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona – and it has an IoT simulator – see below. “Virtualising the solution provides operators with the flexibility to test technology and ...
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  • Infineon-Wolfspeed deal looks off

    Infineon CEO Reinhard Ploss says he does not expect the company’s $850 million bid for Cree’s SiC and GaN power semiconductor unit Wolfspeed to go ahead. There is “a very significant risk that we will not be able to complete the takeover as planned or possibly even at all”, said Ploss at Infineon’s results meeting ...
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  • China foundry ponders FD-SOI

    China silicon foundry Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC) is considering whether to adopt FD-SOI reports Digitimes. HLMC, owned by the Shanghai local government, has a CMOS development programme with Imec and makes ICs for MediaTek. It views FD-SOI as a low-cost alternative to finfet. Consumer applications, where China fabless design companies typically focus, are often more ...
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  • Chairman for Cardiff Cluster Catapult

    President of SPTS, Kevin Crofton, has been appointed chairman of the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult. “I look forward to helping to guide the Catapult’s vital contribution to the compound semiconductor industry in the UK,” says Crofton, “we expect the Catapult to bridge some of the primary research, development and test challenges that exist in the ...
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  • Panasonic moots terahertz space links for satellites and aircraft

    Japanese researchers have built a transmitter capable 105Gbit/s over a single 290-315GHz channel. Last year, the same group demonstrated QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) at 300GHz to enhance data rate. “This year, they showed six times higher per-channel data rate, exceeding 100Gbit/s for the first time as an integrated-circuit-based transmitter,” said Panasonic, which worked with Hiroshima ...
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  • ISSCC: Panasonic moots terahertz space links for satellites and aircraft

    Japanese researchers have built a transmitter capable 105Gbit/s over a single 290-315GHz channel. Last year, the same group demonstrated QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) at 300GHz to enhance data rate. “This year, they showed six times higher per-channel data rate, exceeding 100Gbit/s for the first time as an integrated-circuit-based transmitter,” said Panasonic, which worked with Hiroshima ...
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  • Internet attacks more than double in a year

    Large-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) internet attacks increased 140% year-over-year from Q4 2015, according to the Q4 2016 ‘state of the internet’ security report from Massachusetts content delivery network firm Akamai Technologies, which carries a significant proportion of global web traffic. It uses data gathered by its own software to analyse threats to cloud ...
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  • EU staff get reassurance over Brexit

    Paul Mullen, managing director of Anders Electronics, tells Electronics Weekly how he has had to reassure his staff from the EU that Brexit will not affect their right to work for the company.
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  • Panasonic introduces small, low-loss metallised polypropylene film capacitors

    The small low-loss metallised polypropylene film capacitors for active filters, high frequency circuits and high current circuits.
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  • Lemo launches right-angled broadcast connector

    Lemo will launch the Anglissimo range of rotatable right-angled connectors at the Broadcast Video Expo 2017. The connectors are intended to simplify assembly when they are plugged in by offering eight different cable exit angles, selected by partially dismantling the plug. They incorporate the firm’s ‘push pull’ action is included – pushing to mate, but ...
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  • Ultrafast camera will improve autonomous vehicle safety

    Singapore researchers develop prototype optical sensor that sees and processes images in high contrast at nanosecond speeds.
    Prof Shen (centre) with the Celex camera. His students Li Wanlong (left) holds the processing circuit-board, while Yang Wenlai (right) holds an enlarged mock-up of the sensorDigital camera technology is becoming increasingly important in a wide variety of applications. Machine vision systems in industry depend upon it, and it is also a vital component of autonomous vehicle
  • Warwick helps re-engineer Queen’s wedding cake

    3D scanning technology employed by Warwick University has been instrumental in restoring a replica of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding cake.
    (Credit: WMG)The six-tier, six-foot tall confectionary was originally designed by Peek Frean in 1947. A replica of the cake was displayed in the Peek Frean & Co factory until its closure in 1989, then later housed in a South-East London museum. But vandals almost completely destroyed the model in 2015, leaving Warwick and a team of sugar craftsmen to
  • Micro LED record claimed at Photonics West

    French research lab Leti is claiming a micro-LED pixelation and resolution record at Photonics West: 873 x 500 and 10μm pixel pitch. Designed for augmented-reality, virtual-reality and wearables, the blue or green GaN/InGaN µLED arrays use Leti’s proprietary self-aligned technology. This article was first published on 6th Feb, without images, which Leti has now sourced for ...
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  • Lethal spider’s web sheds light on material strength

    A transatlantic team of researchers has discovered the secret behind the immense strength of the brown recluse spider’s silk.
    (Credit: Oxford University)Known as one of the world’s most venomous arachnids, the brown recluse’s silk is also the strongest found anywhere in the spider kingdom. Now, scientists from Oxford University’s Department of Zoology and the Applied Science Department at Virginia’s College of William & Mary have revealed the source of the mater
  • Browser-based PCB review from EasyLogix

    EasyLogix has enabled browser-based PCB design optimisation in version 8 of its PCB-Investigator – CAD/ CAM software developed specifically for review of electronic assemblies during development. For the first time, it can be accessed via a browser interface without the need for local installation. “By using the ODB++ data format, the PCB-Investigator creates a common ...
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  • Cypress makes HDMI over USB-C possible

    Taiwan’s Elka International has announced the first HDMI Alternate Mode cable, which allows phones, cameras and set-top boxes with USB-C video outputs to connect with HDMI port-equipped displays, including HD and 4K TVs, according to Cypress Semi. “All HD and 4K televisions include HDMI connections, but previously connecting USB-C enabled source devices required adapters or ...
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  • Video of the week: Biped robot promises to deliver

    This week’s video comes courtesy of the robotics programme at Oregon State University’s College of Engineering, which has just unveiled a new bipedal bot named ‘Cassie’.
    Smaller in stature than Boston Dynamics’ Atlas – which we saw take a beating from its creators around this time last year – Cassie can stand, steer, and endure a reasonable fall without breaking. According to its developers, the long-term goal for robots like Cassie will be home del
  • Renesas joins industrial Linux organisation

    Renesas has joined the Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) project, which provides a base layer for industrial-grade open-source software for civil infrastructure. CIP was launched in April 2016 as a cooperative project of the Linux Foundation. By participating in the project as a semiconductor supplier, the first to do so, Renesas aims to reduce development and ...
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  • Toshiba may delay chip sale for a year

    Toshiba has now decided to accept being insolvent at the end of its financial year in March and delay the sale of its chip business. The insolvency would have implications for its stock market status. Apparently Toshiba feels it will get the most money if it delays the sale beyond April because the best bids ...
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  • Trillium raises Series A for driverless car security

    Two year-old, Tokyo-based start-up Trillium which aims to close the cyber-security gap threatening  self-driving cars, has completed its Series A financing round with investments by Global Brain, Mizuho Capital and DBJ Capital. Trillium designs and provides custom, multi-layer adaptive cyber-security systems, focused on automotive – but applicable  to IoT in general “With funding now in ...
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  • Atomico raises $765m VC fund

    Atomico  has raised a $765 million VC fund  – Atomico IV – which will focus on European start-ups from Series A onwards. ‘Raising a fund of this size is testament to the growing confidence in European tech,’ says Atomico. There are 4.7 million professional developers in Europe and more than 20% of European MBA graduates ...
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  • FIDO replaces passwords

    Fujitsu Labs has developed a technology that enables safe use of cloud services using the biometric authentication functionality of smartphones and near-field wireless functionality. With existing ID and password systems, users have to manage multiple IDs and passwords which make the authentication process cumbersome. FIDO technology enables biometric authentication of a cloud service’s user without ...
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  • KPMG semi survey rather gloomy

    Semiconductor industry executives see 2017 growth of 1-5%, concludes the annual KPMG survey of the industry. This is below the expectations of industry analysts like Malcolm Penn who forecasts 11% growth, Bill Jewell who forecasts 8% growth and Mike Cowan who forecasts 6.1% growth but is in line with the 2% growth forecast of WSTS ...
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  • Airbus aids America’s Cup yacht design

    Airbus provides the control system that keeps Oracle Team USA's Americas Cup sailing boat on its hydrofoils.
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  • Conference calls can be hacked via Android OS

    Criminals can gain a treasure trove of sensitive information by listening in to board meetings, suggest security researchers at Context Information Security, who have shown that some conference phone systems might be at risk from hackers. The Context team managed to gain root access and take full control of a voice and video conference setup, ...
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  • ‘Formation flying’ engineering trains reduce delays in rail works

    Network Rail is pioneering new methods for completing engineering works that help reduce delays and cut costs
    Tandem tamping: two 09 4 engineering trains carrying out simultaneous dynamic track stabilisation and ballast tampingJoining engineering trains together so that they can complete engineering works faster could help save £250,000 per week in costs by eliminating the gap between completing the works and train services running at full speed, according to Network Rail. The company has
  • Dubai to launch self-flying taxis this summer

    Driverless passenger drones could take to the skies above Dubai as soon as July 2017 according to the city’s transport chief.The plans were unveiled by Mattar Al Tayar, Chairman of Dubai’s Road & Transport Authority during a speech at the UAE’s annual World Government Summit.
    Al Tayer revealed that the city plans to use an autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) produced by Chinese drone specialist Ehang. “RTA will spare no effort to launch the AAV in July 2017,” he sai
  • It’ll be tricky to launch a new Defender

    Stuart NathanFeatures editor
    The UK’s newest automotive manufacturer faces an uphill – but not insurmountable – task, according to Stuart Nathan.
    Simplicity and robustness is at the heart of the DefenderThe news that chemicals manufacturer Ineos plans to launch an automotive arm to make a successor to Land Rover’s iconic Defender model is welcome, but somewhat perplexing. It’s not a situation that we at The Engineer can recall happening before, and with solid detai
  • Bumpy road ahead for Defender pretender

    Stuart NathanFeatures editor
    The UK’s newest automotive manufacturer faces an uphill – but not insurmountable – task, according to Stuart Nathan.
    Simplicity and robustness is at the heart of the DefenderThe news that chemicals manufacturer Ineos plans to launch an automotive arm to make a successor to Land Rover’s iconic Defender model is welcome, but somewhat perplexing. It’s not a situation that we at The Engineer can recall happening before, and with solid detai
  • India launches 104 satellites in a single shot

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is claiming a record: 104 satellites launched on a single rocket. Taking off this week, it was the 39th flight for the country’s India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) design, with ISRO’s own 714kg Cartosat-2 earth observation satellite as its primary payload. Sharing the ride were 103 nano satellites ...
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  • Doped graphene foam shows super strength

    Researchers at Rice University have developed a graphene foam reinforced with carbon nanotubes that can support up to 3,000 times its weight without deforming.
    (Credit: Tour Group/Rice University)Known as ‘rebar graphene’, the substance is described in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. As well as exhibiting extreme mechanical strength, it was also successfully tested as a highly porous, conductive electrode in lithium ion capacitors. Ric
  • Chip isolates 3Φ motor for automotive safety

    Allegro has introduced an n-channel mosfet driver intended to isolate a three phase load in safety-critical automotive systems such as electronic power steering and electric braking. It is called A6862, aimed specifically at Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) requirements, and is supplied with what the firm describes as ‘detailed safety documentation’. “In safety critical applications ...
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  • Ineos aims to build “world’s best” 4×4

    Chemical company Ineos is branching into the automotive sector with plans to develop an “uncompromising” 4×4 off-road vehicle.
    Production of the Land Rover Defender ceased in the UK in January 2016 and Ineos chairman Jim Ratcliffe believes a gap now exists in the market for a similar vehicle with comparable qualities and consumer appeal. The company said it would invest ‘many hundreds of millions’ into developing the vehicle.
    The decision to pursue the new vehicle f
  • SoftBank diversifies into private equity

    SoftBank, the heavily indebted majority owner of Sprint which paid $32 billion for ARM last year, has paid $3.3 billion for a US private equity company called Fortress Investment Group. At its IPO in 2007, Fortress was valued at $7.4 billion and its valuation has been as high as $14 billion, but it has been ...
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  • DRAM price going through the roof

    The DRAM market grew 18.2% Q4 on Q3 with contract prices for supply-squeezed PC DRAM growing 30% q-o-q in Q4 and expected to grow another 40% in Q1, says DRAMeXchange. “Rising demand for mobile DRAM kept squeezing the industry’s production capacity for PC DRAM,” says DRAMeXchange’s Avril Wu. Samsung, the No.1 player with 47.5% market ...
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  • RAEng launches new competition for young engineers

    The Royal Academy of Engineering and startup accelerator Entrepreneur First have launched a new competition open to engineering students and recently qualified graduates.
    Known as The Future of Engineering, the competition will see the winner awarded £10,000 towards developing their business or idea, with a £5,000 prize going to the runner-up. Applicants are required to have been between 18 and 26 as of the end of 2016. They are not necessarily required to be studying an engineering
  • Liquid metal turns elastomer into a heatsink

    Adding a liquid metal to a silicone elastomer can create a rubbery heatsink, which has been nicknamed ‘thubber’. The important characteristics are: <100kPa stiffness 9.8W/mK conductivity 6x extension capability electrical insulation “Our combination of high thermal conductivity and elasticity is especially critical for rapid heat dissipation in applications such as wearable computing and soft robotics, ...
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  • Consumers will see a plastic revolution

    A new report says it is possible that plastic electronics technology is set to revolutionise parts of the consumer electronics industry, with lower costs, lower energy consumption during manufacture and increased sustainability. InnovationDB, the licensable IP technology database company, has carried out a study of the production, development and application of plastic electronics. CEO of InnovationDB, Gerald Law, writes: ...
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  • Ultra-portable spectrum analyser works with a tablet

    Anritsu introduces an ultra-portable millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum analyser range.
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  • MIT recognises speech for

    MIT researchers build a low-power chip for automatic speech recognition, requiring 200μW to 10mW depending on the number of words it has to recognise.
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  • MIT recognises speach for

    MIT researchers have built a low-power chip for automatic speech recognition, requiring 200μW to 10mW depending on the number of words it has to recognise, said the University, which is looking at IoT applications. “Speech input will become a natural interface for many wearable applications and intelligent devices,” said Professor Anantha Chandrakasan, whose group developed ...
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