• A brief history of placement: how one student helped Stephen Hawking find his voice

    Stephen Hawking is arguably the world’s most famous scientist, and a student at Huddersfield University has made sure he keeps his famous synthesised voice plus the ability to communicate his ideas.
    Paweł Woźniak & Prof Stephen HawkingPaweł Woźniak, who is completing his Bachelor of Engineering degree at Huddersfield University, earned a year’s work placement year with Intel in Swindon and his varied responsibilities included an assignment to visit Prof Hawkin
  • Optical receiver promises super-fast broadband in every home

    Super-fast broadband speeds of over 10,000 megabits-per-second to every home could be made possible with new optical receiver technology developed in the UK.Broadband speeds in the UK consistently lag behind other countries, averaging just 36 Mbps. By 2025, speeds up to 100 times faster will be needed to meet the bandwidth demands of technologies such as ultra-high definition video and online gaming.
    The receiver is designed to be used in optical access networks, which link internet users with t
  • Designing a mechanical rover to explore the surface of Venus

    Our hellish nearest planetary neighbour could help us determine where life might exist in the universe. But to explore Venus, we’ll need to go back to basics. Stuart Nathan reports
    Artist’s impression of the hellish surface of VenusSuch is our fascination with Mars that it’s easy to assume that it’s our closest neighbour. The subject of songs, books and films, the Red Planet has been intensely studied by orbiting probes, landers and rovers. It’s currently the only b
  • View from the Academy: Looking ahead to the year of engineering

    A series of events next year will build on efforts to engage the next generation of engineers, says Hayaatan Sillem
    At the end of September, some 30,000 people visited London’s ExCel to get a sneak peek into the future. With talks and exhibitions on everything from the practicalities of moving to Mars to the prospects of using DNA for data storage, New Scientist Live set out to challenge, puzzle and entertain its audience in equal measure. This show, now in its second year, is just one ex
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  • Smartphone diagnosis via card-mounted lab-on-a-chip differentiates similar viruses

    A multidisciplinary US team develops a system to rapidly, cheaply and accurately diagnose diseases with similar symptoms
    Infectious disease is still the biggest causes of human death and disability worldwide, and are a particularly acute problem in developing countries where easy access to clinics equipped with up-to-date diagnostic equipment is often limited. But the rapid spread of smartphones has put advanced technology into the hands of many more people, and leveraging their capabilities for
  • Good vibrations: wearables add security to voice activated devices

    Vulnerabilities in voice authentication could be eradicated with wearable devices that register speech-induced vibrations on the user’s body and pairs them with the sound of that person’s voice.
    VAuth voice verification technology (credit: Joseph Xu)Voice activated systems in mobile devices, homes and vehicles are becoming more widespread but sound is an open-channel and such systems can be breached by third parties via mediocre impersonators and sophisticated hackers alike.
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  • NI radar test system targets autonomous vehicle design

    NI has introduced a system for testing car radar technology. The system is designed around millimetre-wave (mmWave) front end technology to test 76–81GHz radar systems which are being used in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The system, dubbed VRTS, uses a 76–81GHz vector signal generator/analyser designed for dynamic obstacle generation and comprehensive RF characteristic measurements. ...
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  • Audio chip brings context aware processing to voice-activated smartphones

    An audio processor which aims to improve the quality of voice-activated smartphones has been developed by US-based firm Knowles. It does this, says the firm, by improving recognition especially in far-field and high noise environments. Increased data processing adds context awareness to voice recognition. The design of the IA8508 audio processor achieves this with four ...
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  • Renesas expands e² studio for ADAS

    Renesas will issue an expanded e² studio integrated software development environment in Q1 which ugrades  e² studio for R-Car V3M with various features to boost the performance of ADAS and automated driving applications. e² studio  is an integrated development environment (IDE) based on the open-source Eclipse C/C++ Development Tooling (CDT) software and supports other Renesas devices ...
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  • Video of the week: meet China’s answer to Big Dog

    Engineers at Chinese robotics startup Unitree Robotics have unveiled a four legged robot that bears an uncanny resemblance to the Big Dog and Spot technologies developed by US robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics.Named Laikago (after the Soviet space dog Laika) the robot is able to walk on surfaces ranging from stony ground to grassy slopes, and also boasts a neat stability system that enables it recover from being kicked.
    Despite the outward resemblance, the Chinese robot is a simpler device than B
  • Tiny open-frame medical supply gets equally tiny fan kit

    EOS Power has introduced a fan and cover kit for its (M)WLP225 series of 225W medical open-frame power supplies. The total size of the module is under 110 x 80 x 50mm. Outputs ranging across 12-58V, and the supply is approved to EN60601-1 4th edition (2xMOPP) and EN60950 2nd edition. Efficiency is up to 94% ...
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  • Mouser signs Auvidea

    Mouser has signed embedded systems specialist Auvidea. Mouser will stock Auvidea’s J1xx family carrier boards for the NVIDIA Jetson TX1 and TX2 compute modules. The J100 board matches the Jetson TX1 module’s 50 × 87 mm footprint and connects to form a very compact processing unit to meet the compact size requirements of target applications such ...
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  • IoT dev kit has security, Bluetooth, touch and zero-power display

    Cypress has released a development kit for low-power high-performance IoT devices. It is based around a programmable logic chip that includes a 150MHz ARM Cortex-M4 core and a 100MHz Cortex-M0+ core. “Active power can be as low as 22µA/MHz on the Cortex-M4 and 15µA/MHz on the Cortex-M0+ cores, and dynamic voltage and frequency scaling ensures ...
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  • Bosch 48V battery targets hybrid vehicle growth in China

    Bosch has developed a 48V battery for use in hybrid vehicles. Bosch says the 48V battery has been designed to offer a comparatively inexpensive way of cutting fuel consumption in hybrid vehicles through use of a boost recuperation system (BRS). This involves storing the energy normally lost when braking and applying it when the driver ...
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  • Denso licenses Cortex-R52 to automated driving

    Denso is licensing ARM's Cortex-R52 for automated driving systems and vehicle control reference platforms.
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  • Denso licenses Coretex-R52 to automated driving

    Denso is licensing ARM’s Cortex-R52 for automated driving systems and vehicle control reference platforms. The core allows high functional safety levels (ASIL D) to be achieved, providing hardware-enforced separation of software tasks to ensure safety-critical code is isolated – which decreases the amount of code that needs to be safety-certified. Denso used ARM ‘cycle models’ ...
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  • Connector and cable battles in high tech

    Connector and cable technology is being transformed to meet new requirements as military systems improve
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  • Comment: ST’s low-power fabs are just what Europe needs

    Plans for new fabs in France and Italy lay solid foundations to develop IoT chip production, writes editor and publisher Josh Brooks. Europe will get a solid foundation for IoT chip making if ST’s plans to build two new 300mm fabs in France and Italy, producing sensors, imagers, photonics and MEMS, bear fruit (see ST ...
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  • DRAM ASP to rise in Q1

    Nanya president Lee Pei-Pung expects DRAM prices to rise in Q1. – usually a down quarter. “DRAM prices still have room to go up in the first quarter of 2018, a traditional low season for memory chips, thanks to healthy demand and tight supplies,” says Lee. Lee reckons that the price will stay high all ...
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  • GaN Systems offers evaluation board

    GaN Systems has an evaluation board available which uses the world’s fastest combination of GaN power transistors and power drivers. Combining best-in-class GaN transistors with the fastest commercially available GaN transistor driver on the GS61004B evaluation board, the GS61004B-EVBDC evaluation platform is now available with the latest in high-speed GaN E-HEMT drivers from Peregrine Semiconductor. ...
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  • Antenova launches antennas for ISM and cellular frequencies

    Antenova, the Hatfield antenna manufacturer,  is introducing two antennas for the ISM and cellular frequencies. These antennas are designed to be used on the exterior of a product, and are built to an ergonomic blade design to blend into the outside of the design. The first antenna, named Draco (P/N SREL036) is a terminal antenna ...
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  • Chip market to grow 22%, says IC Insights

    Strong growth driven by a 74% surge in the DRAM market and 44% jump in the NAND flash market, will see the IC  market grow by 22% this year, says IC Insights.. IC Insights has raised its IC market growth rate forecast for 2017 to 22%, up six percentage points from the 16% increase shown ...
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  • UK Led opens UK factory

    Lighting maker UK Led has opened a factory in the Wirral, despite already owning one in China, and there are more to come. “We are proud that it’s the first manufacturing facility of its type in the UK,” said the firm. “We chose to invest in the UK factory for a number of reasons. [One ...
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  • Mars explorers could breathe oxygen made by plasma

    Existing cold-plasma technology could convert Martian CO2 atmosphere into breathable oxygen for astronauts, says Portuguese study.
    Astronauts on Mars could breathe air made from the local atmosphere using cold plasmaResearchers from Lisbon and Porto Universities believe that future crewed missions to Mars could make their own oxygen for exploring the surface from the local atmosphere. “Sending a manned mission to Mars is one of the next major steps in our exploration of space. Creating a b
  • Skills and automation dominate industry talk at party conferences

    Paul Jackson trawled the Labour and Conservative party conferences for signs of a joined-up and coherent industrial strategy. 
    Industrial strategy, a dodo of public policy at the end of the 20th Century, is back very firmly in the political dictionary but do we really know what it means?
    I went to the two big party conferences to search for the substance behind the rhetoric when Labour gathered in Brighton and the Conservatives hit Manchester, trawling the fringe meetings for substance from
  • Aerospace Integration Research Centre officially opened at Cranfield

    The £35m Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) has been officially opened at Cranfield University.
    Cranfield AIRC centreThe new facility has been co-funded by Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Cranfield University, plus the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
    According to Cranfield, the Centre will conduct research into ways of integrating advanced technologies to reduce the time from academic innovation to industrial application.
    To enable this, the AIRC has been equipped w
  • World’s first floating wind farm delivers electricity to grid

    The world’s first floating wind farm has started to deliver electricity to the Scottish grid.Comprising six 5MW floating turbines, the 30MW Hywind Scotland project is located 25km offshore from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and will provide power for approximately 20,000 households. The £190m Hywind project is operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar.
    “Hywind can be used for water depths up to 800m, thus opening up areas that so far have been inaccessible for offsh
  • Commercial use of small satellites is the new space race

    The commercial use of small satellites in low earth orbit is changing the design dynamic of the space industry, says Roger Tall.
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  • The Engineer drives: Honda Civic Type R is a fast piece of work

    Chris Pickering gets to grips with the Honda Civic Type R, the fastest front-wheel-drive production car to lap the fearsome Nürburgring Nordschleife
    Decked out with more vents and spoilers than a Friday night in a McDonald’s drive-through , the new Honda Civic Type R could never be accused of hiding its light under a bushel. But what you see here is the real deal. It’s the fastest front-wheel-drive production car ever to lap the fearsome Nürburgring Nordschleife. Find a lon
  • Highest-power biological solar cell offers potential for medical devices in remote regions

    Based on bacteria, paper and carbon fibre, the biological solar cell generates energy in a similar way to the Earth’s ecosystem
    Choi’s micro-BSC assembly is compact and self-maintainingThe cells were developed by a team at Binghampton University, part of the State University of New York, and is intended specifically for powering lab-on-a-chip diagnostic devices, said research leader Seokheun Choi.
    Such devices need a self-contained clean power source, and miniaturised biological sola
  • Flexible sensor skin gives robots a sense of dexterity

    Robots could soon handle objects with the same dexterity as humans thanks to a flexible sensor skin developed by engineers from the University of Washington and UCLA.
    Bio-inspired sensor skin wraps around a finger or any other part of a robot to help convey touch (credit: UCLA Engineering)The skin can be stretched over any part of a robot’s body – or prosthetic – to accurately convey information about shear forces and vibration that are critical to grasping and manipulating obj
  • Socionext ups video transcoding speed 10X

    Socionext’s “Media Cloud” is designed to deliver a 10-fold increase in video transcoding speeds and efficiency, resulting in unprecedented levels of performance and optimal user streaming experience. The Media Cloud addresses the ever-growing mass consumption of high-quality video, specifically the need for efficient and dense live transcoding for today’s standards and tomorrow’s 4K AVC/HEVC requirements. ...
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  • Intel to ship first neural network processing silicon in two months

    Intel says it will ship its first silicon for neural network processing before the end of this year. This will be the Nervana neural network processor (NNP) and Intel’s target is the growing interest in artificial intelligence (AI) computing in areas such as medical diagnosis and autonomous vehicles. Behind the development of a range of ...
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  • MasterChef inspires Highways England funded self-healing road project

    An episode of MasterChef inspired a researcher from the University Nottingham to develop a new technology for repairing cracks in road surfaces.After watching a contestant on the Spanish version of the show use a technique known as spherification (the controlled jellification of a liquid to form spheres), Dr Alvaro Garcia, from the Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre (NTEC), began exploring how the addition of microcapsules of oil to asphalt could be used to create self-repairing road s
  • Surface mount circuit protection device runs at high temperatures

    Littelfuse says it can supply a silicon-controlled rectifier (SCR) thyristor circuit protection device with a junction temperature of 150°C in a surface-mount package. The SJ series thyristors have a low gate current trigger level of 6mA or 15mA maximum at approximately 1.5V. The most sensitive devices feature a gate trigger current of less than 200μA, ...
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  • Comment: Dyson is equipped to drive into a new market

    Dyson is well‑placed to hijack the bandwagon set rolling by Google and Tesla when they moved into the electric car market.
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  • Canyon Bridge reveals aim to expand in UK

    The new owner of Imagination, Canyon Bridge, will look to grow both in UK and across Europe presence after buy-out.
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  • Samsung readies 8nm foundry process

    Samsung says it has finished its development of an 8nm process for foundry. The 8nm process is a straight shrink from the 10nm process which delivers 10% more dendity with 10% less power. The 8nm process is a low-power plus (LPP) process acting as a half-node interim process between Samsung’s 10nm and 7nm process. 7nm ...
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  • Denso and FotoNation collaborate on image recognition

    DENSO Is to sstart joint technology development of cabin sensing with the Silicon Valley image recognition specialist  FotoNation. The partnership will help DENSO improve the performance of its Driver Status Monitor, an active safety product currently used in commercial vehicles. Improvements of such products also will accelerate the development of next-generation products to be used ...
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  • Synopsys buys Sidense

    Synopsys has bought Sidense – the one-time programmable (OTP) non-volatile memory (NVM) IP specialist. The acquisition complements Synopsys’ existing DesignWare Multi-Time Programmable (MTP) NVM IP solution with OTP NVM IP in 16-bit to 1.28-Mbit configurations. With this acquisition, Synopsys gains access to proven OTP NVM IP in process technologies from 180- to 16‑nm along with ...
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  • Farnell element14 gets scary

    Farnell element14  has announced a new competition to celebrate the season of frights and scares. Engineers and element14.com members are asked to get involved with the chance of winning one of two Cel Robox 3D Printers. To get involved engineers can: Build and document their past or present Halloween projects on the element14 community. Tweet ...
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  • Farnell element 14 gets scary

    Farnell element 14  has announced a new competition to celebrate the season of frights and scares. Engineers and element14.com members are asked to get involved with the chance of winning one of two Cel Robox 3D Printers. To get involved engineers can: Build and document their past or present Halloween projects on the element14 community. ...
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  • Armour-plated protection through the ages: five innovations from The Engineer archive

    The prospect of imminent annihilation is a great motivator and the correlation between warfare and technological advance is well known and documented.
    The development of armour is no different in this respect and The Engineer has taken a keen interest in the materials and processes used to afford protection to the weapons of war, be they horses, boats, tanks or trains.
    Here, we look back at five developments designed to give armoured protection to combatants on land and at sea.
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  • Amour plated protection through the ages: five innovations from The Engineer archive

    The prospect of imminent annihilation is a great motivator and the correlation between warfare and technological advance is well known and documented.
    The development of armour is no different in this respect and The Engineer has taken a keen interest in the materials and processes used to afford protection to the weapons of war, be they horses, boats, tanks or trains.
    Here, we look back at five developments designed to give armoured protection to combatants on land and at sea.
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  • Scifi Eye: The imaginary prospects of future money

    Scifi novelist Jon Wallace looks at the vital role that an imagined currency can play in a future alternate world
    Money is a simple method by which scifi writers establish the world of their stories. Our dependence on and hunger for currency has helped define human history since around 700BC; we can hardly imagine society without it, and so naturally it plays a crucial role in story, as corrupting motive or hunted treasure.
    Crucially, creating an entirely new, imagined currency helps to establi
  • FTDI Chip launches Chinese Web-Site

     FTDI Chip is taking further steps to gain greater traction in the Far East. The company has made major investment into a creating a capacious, easy-to-navigate website that focusses specifically on the needs of customers located in the increasingly important markets that have emerged out of China. This comprehensive new online resource not only covers ...
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  • China to be biggest semi manufacturing equipment buyer in 2019

    15 new fab projects in China are underway or have been announced since 2017, says SEMI, boosting spending on semiconductor fab equipment  to more than $12 billion, annually, by 2018. As a result, China is projected to be the top spending region in fab equipment by 2019, and is likely to approach record all-time levels ...
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  • Chromatography techniques yield rare earth elements from coal ash

    New chromatography separation techniques could extract rare earth elements from waste coal ash and help introduce the US to a market worth $4bn.
    Linda Wang, Purdue University’s Maxine Spencer Nichols Professor of Chemical EngineeringRare earth elements (REE) consist largely of Lanthanides (Lns) – a series of 15 metallic elements – and the value of products requiring them is estimated at over $4 trillion per year.
    “REEs have many important applications in things such as pe
  • 63rd IEDM promises variety

    The 63rd IEDM to be held December 2-6, 2017 at the San Francisco Hilton promises to be a memorable IEDM for its variety. Among the talks are presentations by Intel and Globalfoundries, which will each detail their forthcoming competing FinFET transistor technology platforms in a session on Wednesday morning.   “Those who attend IEDM 2017 ...
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  • NXP launches scalable auto compute architecture

    NXP has come up with a scalable automotive computing  architecture. Called S32,  it offers a unified architecture of microcontrollers/microprocessors (MCU/MPU) and an identical software environment across application platforms. Automotive industry estimates reveal there are more lines of code in an advanced vehicle than a modern passenger aircraft. This complexity places carmakers and automotive suppliers under pressure ...
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