• Production thrives when data supersedes intuition

    Predictive analytics, powered by AI and IoT, can help you avoid planned downtime and pre-empt the kinds of problems that cause unplanned downtime, says Wael Elrifai, VP for Solution Engineering at Hitachi Vantara
    They say you should trust your instincts. If you’ve worked in the same factory for years, you’ll know the machinery like the back of your hand and have an idea of when it’s likely to go on the fritz. But such guesswork could cost a business huge amounts of money in uns
  • UltraSoc adds features to on-chip analytics

    UltraSoC, the Cambridge on-chip analytics IP company, has extended its embedded analytics architecture. The new features allow SoC designers to build on-chip monitoring and analytics systems with up to 65,000 elements, allowing seamless support for systems with many thousands of processors. Future iterations will allow even higher numbers of processors for Exascale systems. In addition ...
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  • 10% distie growth for Germany’s Q4

    Unusually high sales growth of almost 10% in the last quarter of 2018 brought a happy ending of the year for the German electronic component distribution market, reports the  Fachverband Bauelemente-Distribution (FBDi). Sales by FBDI members collectively grew 9.8% to 928 million euros. Conversely, orders fell 4.2% to 933 million euros, equating to a balanced ...
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  • Pico-ITX board has DSP for voice processing

    Estone Technology has announced pico-ITX embedded processing board which includes DSP for voice control applications. Called EMB-2238, it is based around quad Arm Cortex-A53 cores in an NXP i.MX8M, plus a single Cortex-M4. “This board takes the advantage of NXP’s latest i.MX8M application processor with up to 15 year longevity, advance audio and 4k video ...
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  • Sub-terahertz sensor could help autonomous cars see through fog

    A new sub-terahertz sensor developed at MIT could help autonomous vehicles and robots identify objects in foggy conditions where LiDAR fails.  
    (Credit: Pixabay)Sub-terahertz wavelengths are between microwave and infrared radiation on the electromagnetic spectrum and can be detected through fog and dust clouds. A sub-terahertz imaging system sends an initial signal through a transmitter, then a receiver measures the absorption and reflection of the rebounding wavelengths. That sends a signa
  • Nobel-winning gravitational wave detectors to get major upgrade

    The observatories that made the first detection of gravitational waves are to be upgraded thanks to funding from the US, UK and Australia.
    Aerial view of LIGO Hanford Observatory. (Credit: LIGO Laboratory)The upgraded facility, known as Advanced LIGO Plus (ALIGO+), will probe the origins and evolution of black holes and help scientists learn about extreme physics from the first seconds after the universe’s birth.
    The project will improve the two existing Laser Interferometer Gravitational
  • Strain sensor offers wearable solution for monitoring lung disease

    Strain sensor devices developed could provide people with a wearable, disposable respiration monitoring solution that helps them manage chronic pulmonary conditions.
    Paired sensors track the rate and volume of the wearer’s respiration by measuring the local strain on the application areas (Pic: Josh Kim/UCI)Developed by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, the new device has been designed to provide high-fidelity readings on a continuous basis to children with asthma and c
  • Guerrilla adds to auto amp line

    Guerrilla RF, the Greensboro, North Carolina MMIC specialist, has added to its AEC-Q100 automotive-qualified amplifiers. The GRF2073-W ultra-low noise amplifier is targeted at high-volume applications, with first-stage satellite radio LNAs and GPS modules being prime examples. It cones in an industry-standard, ultra-small 2.0 x 2.0 mm DFN-8 package thus sharing a common pin out with ...
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  • J P Morgan to issue crypto-currency

    J P Morgan is to issue a prototype crypto-currency operated over its in-house blockchain network known as Quorum. Unlike Bitcoin and most other crypto-currencies the value of JP Morgans crypto-currency will be pegged to the US $ which stops it becoming a vehicle for highly volatile speculation. As a means of exchange, the J P ...
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  • JPR Electronics upgrades portal

    JPR Electronics, the Dunstable distributor which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has launched a new website. Many key component and enclosure manufacturers are among the 70 plus brands stocked by JPR Electronics, and available on https://www.jprelec.co.uk. All are supported by their experienced Sales Team and securely shipped from their EN ISO 9001:2008 approved warehouse. Product ...
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  • Pi-Casso Design Challenge for digital artists

    Farnell element14 has launched the Pi-Casso Design Challenge to encourage the creation of  digital artwork showcasing the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ which surpasses conventional thinking of what electronics projects can be. “The world’s most famous artists from Van Gogh to Picasso broke barriers and created artwork that made a profound impact on the world, and ...
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  • ST launches MCU development tool for motor-control applications

    ST has launched a single entry point  for access to all resources for motor-control application development  with STM32 and STM8 MCUs called ST-MC-SUITE. The tool lets users gather tutorials and documentation, store project setups (HW and SW), get links to download software solutions including the newly updated X-CUBE-MCSDK package, and buy evaluation hardware online. Intuitive ...
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  • Sponsored Content: Electrolube – Conformal Coatings versus Potting Compounds

    Which is better to protect a PCB, a coating or a resin? asks Phil Kinner and Alistair Little of Electrolube
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  • Interview: Mark Sealy, Tata Motors’ head of engineering and technology

    Tata Motors’ top UK engineer Mark Sealy explains to Jon Excell how British expertise is driving innovation for the Indian car market
    Fuelled by the spending power of its rapidly expanding middle class, the Indian automotive sector has changed beyond recognition in recent years to become one of the largest and fastest-growing markets on the planet.
    And few firms have more direct experience of this transformation than the country’s biggest and best-known car maker, Tata Motors, which &
  • Interview: Mark Sealy, head of engineering at Tata Motor’s European technical centre

    Tata Motors’ top UK engineer Mark Sealy explains to Jon Excell how British expertise is driving innovation for the Indian car market
    Fuelled by the spending power of its rapidly expanding middle class, the Indian automotive sector has changed beyond recognition in recent years to become one of the largest and fastest-growing markets on the planet.
    And few firms have more direct experience of this transformation than the country’s biggest and best-known car maker, Tata Motors, which &
  • Arm adds neural networking instructions to Cortex-M

    Arm has added neural network processing instructions to its Cortex-M architecture, aiming at products at the outside edge of IoT networks, such as devices that can recognise a few spoken words without connecting to the cloud – vocal wake commands for example. The ‘M-Profile Vector Extensions’ (MVEs) have been announced under the brand ‘Helium’, and ...
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  • Smart buildings can be a leading light in the IoT

    Lights are the most prevalent electrical components in any commercial building, and that makes them the most logical devices for smart building sensors, according to Russ Sharer, vice president of global marketing and business development at Fulham. “In new construction you can plan to use standalone smart building control sensors, but only 8% of commercial ...
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  • UK manufacturer doubles work space in Yorkshire

    Yorkshire-based Contract Production Ltd (CPL) has acquired its current head office and production facilities in Pickering North Yorkshire, and expanded into a third adjoining unit almost doubling its work space. The firm produces a range of sub-contract electronic products and PCB assemblies. Its shareholders purchased 9,600 sq ft, spread across the three units on the ...
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  • Dstl drone hackathon targets global wildfire problem

    The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is hosting a hackathon that will challenge industry and academia to develop drone solutions for tackling wildfires.
    (Credit: Pixabay)Scenarios for the 2019 Fire Hack will be run in parallel with the US via a continuous video link with the Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) in Dayton, Ohio which is hosting a US arm of the event. The hackathon aims to find new ways of using drones for global search and rescue in defence and the publ
  • Airbus to cease production of A380 superjumbo by 2021

    Airbus is to cease production of the A380 once final deliveries are made to Emirates, which has reduced its order book from 162 to 123 superjumbos.
    Emirates Airbus A380 (Pic: Airbus)The airline, which today announced a $21.4bn heads-of-agreement with Airbus for 40 A330-900 and 30 A350-900 aircraft, will take delivery of 14 A380s over the next two years and will operate the aircraft into the 2030s.
    “As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to susta
  • Graphene-based wearable supercapacitor powers prosthetic hand

    Engineers at Glasgow University have developed a flexible and wearable solar-powered supercapacitor capable of powering the motors in a prosthetic hand.
    Made from a graphene–graphite polyurethane (GPU) composite, the supercapacitor harvests energy from integrated flexible photovoltaic cells. According to the research, published in Advanced Science, the ‘e-skin’ device can deliver up to 2.5 volts, making it significantly more powerful than similar wearable energy storage devices
  • Telonic Instruments ships Kikusui’s compact SMPS

    Compact switching power supplies designed to reduce power consumption and cost for a range of markets, the PCR-WE/WE2 series by Kikusui are now available from its authorised UK and Southern Ireland distributor, Telonic Instruments. The multi-functional switching AC power supplies range from 1kVA to 36kVA AC/DC output with frequency conversion from Hz to 5kHz. They ...
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  • Dc-dc converters handle 12:1 inputs for railway equipment

    From Polytron Devices or New Jersey, OFQC40 and OFQC60 are 40 and 60Watt series of quarter-brick dc-dc converters with a 12:1 input range for railway equipment. Input options are 9-75Vdc or 14-160Vdc, according to EN50155, the the supplies meet that standard for railway applications, as well as being compliant to EN55032. Output options are: 5, ...
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  • Sensor measures wireless IR tyre temperature

    Believed to be the only sensor available that can perform wireless infrared (IR) tyre temperature measurements, the IRN8WS4 transmits data to a generic master receiver in 868, 902 or 920-MHz frequencies. This, says the Texense Renvale Group, gives users the option to pick the best one frequency, depending on the location.  It uses a reliable, ...
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  • Takwan leads in wafer capacity

    Taiwan has more installed wafer capacity than any other country, reports IC Insights. IC Insights has taken the actual geographic location of the fabs irrespective of the nationality of their owner, so a Samsung fab in the US is counted as part of US capacity. ROW  consists primarily of Singapore, Israel, and Malaysia, but also ...
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  • Taiwan leads in wafer capacity

    Taiwan has more installed wafer capacity than any other country, reports IC Insights. IC Insights has taken the actual geographic location of the fabs irrespective of the nationality of their owner, so a Samsung fab in the US is counted as part of US capacity. ROW  consists primarily of Singapore, Israel, and Malaysia, but also ...
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  • CML’s 50th

    CML, the Essex fabless chip company, is celebrating 50 years in the semiconductor industry. The company was founded in December 1968 by George Gurry who was succeeded by his son, Mike who, with his brother Chris (pictured), remains part of today’s management team. CML was founded to pursue systems, or sub-systems, on-chip, rather than single ...
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  • InnoPhase integrates wireless IoT-on-a-chip

    InnoPhase, the six tear-old San Diego low a new fabless power wireless start-up, has brought out Talaria TWO –  a complete wireless IoT solution on a single chip. It contains a full functionality multiprotocol transceiver, MAC/PHY, digital power amplifier and an embedded ARM processor for lightweight applications. The Talaria TWO chip is designed for battery-based IoT ...
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  • ON launches sensor dev kit

    ON Semiconductor has introduced its RSL10 Sensor Development Kit, designed to provide engineering teams with a  platform for developing IoT applications with  smart sensor technology, and enabled by BLE. The RSL10 Sensor Development Kit brings together the RSL10 System-in-Package (RSL10 SIP) with a range of advanced low power sensors from Bosch Sensortec. The development platform provides ...
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  • Intel’s USB stick for developing deep neural networks

    RS Components is stocking Intel’s Neural Compute Stick 2, for fast deep-learning IoT development. “As well as for use by data scientists and academics, the device is ideal for developers and engineers looking at integrating computer-vision and artificial intelligence capabilities into their IoT,” according to RS. Like the earlier Movidius Neural Compute Stick, NCS 2 ...
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  • Protected load switch handles 4A for USB

    AP22815 is a single channel 3A-limited high-side power switch from Diodes, with output over-voltage protection, optimised for USB and other hot-swap applications which need to have over-voltage protection. AP22615 is similar, but with output current adjustable over 400mA to 4A – Internal Rds(on) is 40mΩ. Input range is 3V to 5.5V. USB PD3.0 fast role swap is supported, ...
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  • 40V 3x3mm mosfets handles 300W for car powertrains

    Nexperia is aiming at automotive powertrain applications with a 40V 3 x 3mm mosfet Called BUK7M3R3-40H (or BUK9M3R3-40H for logic level), the AEC-Q101 devices feature an Rds(on) of 3.3mΩ and are intended to switch 30W to 300W – allowing them to replace larger DPAKs in some applications. The firm has used its Trench 9 super-junction technology inside ...
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  • The Engineer Car Review: Honda NSX

    Three decades on from its launch, can the original Honda NSX really live up to its reputation? The Engineer drives an icon
    The legend of the original Honda NSX precedes it. An automotive icon built by a mainstream Japanese manufacturer to take on the European supercar elite. It was famous for its ruthless application of technology at a time when most supercar makers were still rooted in the dark ages. Suddenly you could buy a mid-engined rocket ship that wouldn’t steam up, break down or al
  • Ordnance Survey readies Astigan solar-powered aircraft for Earth observation

    Ordnance Survey is working with aeronautic engineers to develop Astigan, a solar powered, High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) that will fly at 67,000 ft to acquire images of the Earth.
    Astigan readies for take-off at dusk (Pic: Astigan Ltd)With a wingspan of 38m and weighing 149kg (including a payload of up to 25kg), the aircraft will be positioned to view any part of the Earth and collect data for 90 days at a time over wider areas compared to conventional aerial imagery capture. The air
  • New policy centre to drive engineering’s dialogue with government

    The newly launched National Engineering Policy Centre will help engineers talk to policymakers with one voice writes Royal Academy of Engineering President, Professor Dame Ann Dowling.Engineering not only provides the backbone of the UK’s industry and economy but also benefits our everyday lives. The sector generates 23% of the UK’s total turnover and accounts for nearly half our exports. Engineers have insights and skills that can help address many of the country’s biggest cha
  • AI predicts material properties after straining

    Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore),  MIT and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Russia, have developed a machine learning approach that can predict changes to the properties of materials from straining the material. This work could lead to the possibility of engineering new materials with tailored properties for potential use in ...
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  • Projects aims for self-powered railway track monitoring in real time

    EPSRC-funded project aims to develop a self-powered, wide-area track condition monitoring system for the railways
    New track at North Wembley junction (Pic: Network Rail)The UK’s rail passengers make 1.7 billion train journeys each year, while 400,000 tonnes of freight are transported over the network every day.
    Delays and disruption to the rail network as a result of failures and unplanned maintenance work can have a significant impact on the economy.
    Detecting damage to the track in real
  • Project aims for self-powered railway track monitoring in real time

    EPSRC-funded project aims to develop a self-powered, wide-area track condition monitoring system for the railways
    New track at North Wembley junction (Pic: Network Rail)The UK’s rail passengers make 1.7 billion train journeys each year, while 400,000 tonnes of freight are transported over the network every day.
    Delays and disruption to the rail network as a result of failures and unplanned maintenance work can have a significant impact on the economy.
    Detecting damage to the track in real
  • AI technique could lead to development of new materials

    Scientists from Russia, Singapore and the US have used AI to predict changes to material properties under strain, which could lead to the engineering of new tailored materials.(Credit: NTU Singapore, MIT, Skoltech)Strain engineering has wide implications for technology in general. It has previously been demonstrated that it has the potential to improve the performance of silicon chips by as much as 50 per cent, as well as manipulate nanoneedles made from diamond.In the new study, published in in
  • Ethical AI must resolve tensions

    An ethical approach to the development and deployment of algorithms, data and AI (ADA) requires clarity and consensus on ethical concepts and resolution of tensions between values, says a report from the Nuffield Foundation and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge. This report sets out a broad roadmap ...
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  • 650V SiC Schottky diodes

    Littelfuse has introduced two 650V, AEC-Q101-qualified SiC Schottky Diodes. The LSIC2SD065CxxA and LSIC2SD065AxxA Series SiC Schottky Diodes are available with a choice of current ratings (6A, 8A, 10A, 16A or 20A). They offer power electronics system designers a variety of performance advantages, including negligible reverse recovery current, high surge capability, and a maximum operating junction ...
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  • ST integrates machine learning into inertial sensors

    ST has integrated machine-learning technology into its advanced inertial sensors to improve activity-tracking performance and battery life in mobiles and wearables. The LSM6DSOX iNEMO sensor contains a machine-learning core to classify motion data based on known patterns. Relieving this first stage of activity tracking from the main processor saves energy and accelerates motion-based apps such as ...
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  • Dassault Systèmes and Rize forge additive partnership  

    European software company Dassault Systèmes has partnered with additive manufacturing firm Rize in a move designed to make 3D printing faster and more accessible.(Credit: Rize)Boston-based Rize uses a patented additive technology known as ‘Augmented Deposition’, which combines material extrusion and material jetting. Its machines can deliver production-ready polymer parts with minimal pre- and post-processing, which the company claims helps engineers to iterate more quickly. R
  • Engineering students master space with European Space Agency

    Engineering students have been learning valuable skills including project management, system engineering principles and space science at the European Space Agency Academy’s Training and Learning Facilities in Belgium.
    PHP Cubed at ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Facilities (Pic: University of Brighton)The three aeronautical and two mechanical engineering masters degree students spent four days at ESEC-Galaxia in Redu, Belgium, in preparation to test their technology in zero-gravi
  • 3W and 5W ac-dc PSUs mount in many ways, including DIN rail

    CUI has announced a couple of encapsulated ac-dc PSUs with multiple mounting options – 3W and 5W models. The single output PSK‑S3 types are housed in packges down to 37 x 24.5 x 18mm, and PSK‑S5B is the other type. PSK‑S3‑L and PSK‑S5B‑L have wire leads PSK‑S3‑T and PSK‑S5B‑T chassis mount PSK‑S3‑DIN and PSK‑S5B‑DIN mount ...
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  • Inventors of GPS win engineering’s most prestigious award

    The pioneering US engineers behind the development of GPS (the first global satellite based positioning system) have won the 2019 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.
    Announcing the winners of the prestigious £1m award, which was established to celebrate the global impact of engineering on humanity, Lord Browne of Madingley, chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation said: “We’ve awarded this prize to a set of people who’ve invented a system to ena
  • Inventors of GPS win 2019 Queen Elizabeth prize for Engineering

    The pioneering US engineers behind the development of GPS (the first global satellite based positioning system) have won the 2019 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.
    Announcing the winners of the prestigious £1m award, which was established to celebrate the global impact of engineering on humanity, Lord Browne of Madingley, chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation said: “We’ve awarded this prize to a set of people who’ve invented a system to ena
  • Subterranean roads could cut pollution and congestion levels in urban areas

    The number of cars on the world’s roads is expected to reach two billion by 2040, significantly increasing pollution and congestion levels in urban areas.
    The concept of Deep Roads (Pic: Saffa Riffat)Now researchers at Nottingham University have developed a concept to alleviate environmental and traffic problems associated with the greater use of vehicles, based on a network of subterranean roads.
    Unlike tunnels, which can be difficult and expensive to build, particularly over large distan
  • 20 – 40A DIN rail redundancy module shares load between two PSUs

    TDK has introduced the DRM40 series of DIN rail mount redundancy modules. Two 10V to 30Vdc inputs are rated at 20A each and the output at 40A. 150% peak load is available for four seconds for capacitive and inductive loading, and the internal (reverse current protection) mosfets have a 200mV drop, reducing power losses in ...
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  • Richard Wilson, our friend and former editor, has died

    This is a sad day at Electronics Weekly, as we just learned that our former editor Richard Wilson died over the weekend, with his family alongside, after a long illness. I can’t say enough nice things about Richard. At work, he was incredibly hard-working, wise, effortlessly intelligent and dedicated to keeping Electronics Weekly on an ...
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