• This week’s poll: what is the future of Bloodhound?

    How should the Bloodhound SSC land-speed record project proceed?Take Our PollBloodhound completed low-speed testing a year agoAs The Engineer reported yesterday, Bloodhound SSC, the project to break the world land-speed record and subsequently raise it to 1000 miles an hour, has hit financial trouble and gone into administration. Without an injection of new funding, the project will be unable to take the mostly-completed car to Hakskeen Pan in South Africa for its scheduled high-speed runs next
  • Design thinking: Lack of design data is hampering innovation

    Research from BCGDV and Matmatch has found that 80 per cent of materials research starts with Google. Heiko Wildner asks if this is this preventing engineers from thinking out of the boxEngineers can no longer rely on intuition and experience to solve design problems. With product life cycles continuing to shrink and trends like additive manufacturing rapidly evolving, the pressure for companies to bring cutting-edge products to market is at an all-time high.
    When deciding what materials to use,
  • Lightweight haptic glove gets to grips with virtual touch

    Swiss researchers have developed a haptic glove that weighs just eight grams and can mimic the sensation of touching and grasping objects.(Credit: Marc Delachaux / EPFL)Known as DextrES, the device was designed and built by engineers at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and ETH Zurich. With a thickness of just 2mm, the nylon glove compares favourably to existing haptic devices that are bulky and unwieldy. It is capable of generating up to 40 Newtons of holding
  • Last week’s poll: limiting global warming to 1.5° C

    What should be the priority for action to meet the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recommended maximum temperature rise to minimise the effects of global warming?Last week’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommended “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to limit global warming to 1.5ºC.
    According to the IPCC, this would require changing the way we use and develop land, energy, industry
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  • SleepGuard works with smartwatch sensors for a good night’s sleep

    Software developed in the UK and China could soon help people get a good night’s sleep.SleepGuard software is said to take advantage of sensor data provided by smartwatches to monitor wearers’ sleep patterns. SleepGuard is also claimed to estimate sleep quality and provide users with advice on how to sleep better.
    In use, SleepGuard tracks non-biomedical factors such as body movements, sounds related to sleep disorders, and ambient lighting. So far, the device has been tested on 15
  • Redpine Signals launches multi-core SmartMCU series

    Redpine Signals of San Jose Has launched its RS12000 series of SmartMCUs based on an optimised multi-core IoT processor architecture. RS12000 series features an ARM-Cortex M4 running up to 250MHz, sensor hub DSP offload at 125MHz, a four-threaded security and network processor running up to 160MHz, and a full suite of analogue and digital peripherals. The ...
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  • Harris and L3 form $33.5 billion defence giant

    L3 and Harris are to merge to form a $33 billion defence monolith. It will be called L3 Harris Technologies and will be based in Melbourne, Florida., The combination will be the US’ sixth largest defense contractor after Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics. Together Harris and L3 received $8.3 billion in ...
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  • MagnaChip launches HV Super Junction MOSFET

    MagnaChip Of Seoul has introduced of a  High-Voltage Super Junction MOSFET with a 900V breakdown voltage and low total gate charge (Qg) (““90R1K4P”). The device with two package types, I-PAK and D-PAK, will sample to customers in November 2018 and will be manufactured in high volume in early first quarter of next year. 90R1K4P features ...
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  • element14 launches new design challenge

    element14 has launched its latest Project14 design contest
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  • Kingston tops SSD module makers

    Kingston, ADATA, and Tigo are the top three branded SSD module makers
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  • Socionext launches HDMI 2.1 compatible video processors

    Socionext has developed its new ‘HV5 series’, a family of HDMI 2.1 compatible video processing ICs, designed for transmission and reception of 8K video. The company will start shipping the HV5 products in March 2019. The HDMI 2.1 specifications were defined in 2017. It has 48Gbps bandwidth, 2.7x of conventional HDMI 2.0, and enables the ...
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  • DCMS launches Code of Practice for IoT security,

    The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has launched new voluntary Code of Practice to help manufacturers boost security of internet-connected devices such as smartwatches, virtual assistants and toys. HP Inc. and Centrica Hive Ltd are the first companies to sign up to commit to the code. The code will ensure that businesses continue to strengthen ...
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  • Bloodhound supersonic car project goes into administration

    The company behind Bloodhound SSC, the British effort to build a 1000 mph supersonic car, has announced that the project has gone into administration.  
    Founded in 2007 by Richard Noble and Andy Green (who set the existing land speed record of 763.035 mph with ThrustSSC back in 1997) the project aims  to hit speeds of 1000 mph at a specially built, 18km long, 1500m wide race track at Hakskeen Pan in the deserts of the Northern Cape of South Africa.
    As previously reported by The En
  • Protests in Lancashire as Cuadrilla fracking set to resume

    Anti-fracking activists have attempted to disrupt activities at the Preston New Road site near Blackpool after Cuadrilla operations were given the go-ahead to resume by UK courts.Fracking at Preston New Road has been suspended for the past seven years after initial work caused a serious of seismic tremors. Last Friday saw an environmental campaigner lose his high court battle to prevent Cuadrilla from resuming operations, with work due to begin again on Monday 15 October. The company had planned
  • Autonomous UAVOS pseudo-satellite makes successful test flights

    A solar-powered unmanned aircraft, designed to operate autonomously as a pseudo-satellite for up to a year at a time, has successfully completed its first stage of flight tests.Developed by Silicon Valley-based UAVOS, the High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) ApusDuo features dual parallel wings covered in solar panels, with the wings connected by three struts. The 10m wings on the current porotype can be controlled by on-board algorithms, bending to take advantage of weather conditions and
  • Shortlist Preview: C2I 2018 – a celebration of collaboration 

    The shortlisted finalists for The Engineer’s 2018 Collaborate To Innovate awards highlight the strength and depth of UK engineering innovation 
    Now in its third year, Collaborate To Innovate (C2I) was launched to uncover inspiring examples of UK engineering collaboration and highlight the way in which engineers from different sectors and disciplines are working together to address some of society’s most fundamental challenges.
    It’s fair to say that over the past three year
  • Researchers take inspiration from KGB to develop context aware devices

    Innovative new methods for analysing sound and vibrations could lead to a new generation of context-aware devices able to detect what’s happening around them, according to a research group from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the US.The group’s work – which is being presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s User Interface Software and Technology Symposium in Berlin – centres on two approaches: one which makes innovative use of the microphones presen
  • ROHM re-brands hi-fi DACs

    ROHM has launched a new branding “MUS-IC” reflecting ROHM’s focus on solutions for high-fidelity audio products. This branding covers a range of D/A converter ICs (DAC ICs), optimized for high-fidelity reproduction, and power supply products. The increased adoption of high-resolution audio sources has lately strengthened the demand for audio equipment that can deliver an appropriate ...
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  • I-REACT warns of dangers

    The EC-backed research project I-REACT has launched  a free app to keep citizens safe from floods, fires and extreme weather. The app enables its users to share pictures and other information on natural hazardsand in turn provides essential information about the risks of suffering from these threats. The free app, available through Google Play, aims to provide ...
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  • Revenue per foundry wafer peaked four years ago

    The average revenue generated from processed wafers among the four biggest pure-play foundries (TSMC, GlobalFoundries, UMC, and SMIC) is expected to be $1,138 in 2018, when expressed in 200mm-equivalent wafers, which is essentially flat from $1,136 in 2017, according to IC Insights (Figure 1). The average revenue per wafer among the Big 4 foundries peaked ...
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  • Omron pressure sensor has I²C digital output

    Omron’s D6F-PH Differential Pressure Sensor is a type of MEMS chip with I²C digital output. Using Omron’s proprietary MEMS mass flow technology, the sensor features a redesigned internal flow path that produces low flow, high velocity/high impedance for a differential pressure output. Because the sensor is not sensitive to variations in bypass tube length, it ...
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  • Molex issues white paper on home automation

    Molex has released a white paper for electronics design engineers and product developers addressing growing consumer demand for smart home automation technologies. It examines home technology trends as the IoT continues to drive the evolution from simply connected to truly smart and proactive — and outlines how electronics designers and manufacturers can successfully position themselves ...
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  • BCL expands ABS enclosure business

    BCL Distribution, the specialist UK manufacturer of standard and custom plastic enclosures, has announced the expansion of its ABS enclosure business and the appointment of a new team dedicated to focusing on the BCL Distribution Box business. BCL’s range of enclosures include: multipurpose and small multipurpose boxes with lids in ABS for maximum strength; general ...
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  • Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot performs parkour

    In the latest eye-catching demonstration of its somewhat unsettling technological prowess, robotics specialist Boston Dynamics has unveiled footage of its humanoid Atlas robot performing parkour.  In the video, the 1.5 metre tall battery-powered robot – which was originally developed as part of a DARPA  (United States Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) funded project  – can be seen running, jumping over a log, and powering up a series of 40cm high steps
    Accordi
  • World’s fastest camera captures 10 trillion frames per second

    US and Canadian researchers have used ultrashort laser pulses to develop a camera capable of shooting 10 trillion frames in a second.
    (Credit: INRS)The team, from Quebec University’s Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), claim the camera is the world’s fastest. Known as T-CUP, the device effectively makes it possible to freeze time and see how phenomena such as light itself behaves in hyper-slow motion.
    As a starti
  • Calling engineers: help shape the future of engineering engagement

    Inspiring the next generation of engineers has never been more important, but what does effective engineering engagement look like? Come and find out and join the debate at This is Engineering Engagement, a free one day event on Friday 16th November at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.
    The need to engage and inspire the next generation to consider a career in engineering is one of industry’s most talked about challenges.
    There is widespread agreement on the need to tackle this ch
  • GloFo expands RFwave partner programme

    GLOBALFOUNDRIES has added nine new partners to its  RFwave Partner Program, including Akronic, Ask Radio, Catena, University of Waterloo Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems (CIARS), Giga Solution, Helic, Incize, Mentor Graphics and Xpeedic Technology. They join current RFwave Program members including asicNorth, Cadence, CoreHW, CWS, Keysight Technologies, Spectral Design, and WEASIC. The new ...
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  • Reuters’ most innovative universities

    Reuters have come up with a list of the ten most innovative universities. Eight of them are American. Stanford MIT Harvard Pennsylvania Washington Texas System Leuven Imperial Carolina Chapel Hill Vanderbilt      
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  • micro.bit going to Danish schools

    Farnell element.14 has begun to ship 65,000 micro:bit  computers to schools in Denmark as part of an order from Boarding on behalf of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. The three-year ‘ultra:bit’ programme, will use the micro:bit in the classroom to help transform Danish Year 4 students from passive technology consumers to digital pioneers. “Programmes like this ...
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  • Apple buys Dialog’s PMIC unit

    Apple is buying Dialog’s power management unit in a deal said to be worth $600 million. Dialog has been under pressure ever since Apple said it was working on developing its own PMIC chips. Last year, Apple accounted for 75% of Dialog’s sales. After the sale, Apple will account for 35-40% of Dialog’s sales. Dialog’s ...
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  • Student engineers encouraged to enter Engineering for People Design Challenge

    Engineers Without Borders UK has launched the 2018-19 Engineering for People Design Challenge, a competition that encourages engineering undergraduates to hone their skills in solving real-world problems.
    Taking place at over 30 Universities in the UK and Ireland, the challenge involves over 6,500 engineering students who are required to effectively communicate their ideas as they develop them.
    Katie Cresswell-Maynard, chief executive of Engineers Without BordersKatie Cresswell-Maynard (pictured
  • IMechE Design Challenge sees Durham and Brunel students honoured

    The 2018 Design Challenge has seen Durham and Brunel Universities crowned as champions in their respective categories.
    Middlesex students at the 2017 event (Credit: Middlesex University)Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the event saw more than 2,000 first and second-year engineering undergraduates taking part this year. Teams of up to five were tasked with designing, building, testing and presenting a mechanical device based on a predefined technical specification. This y
  • Omron says USB environmental sensor monitors seven functions

    Omron Electronic Components Europe has introduced a new version of its USB multi-function environmental sensor that that can monitor seven parameters. The 2JCIE-BU01 offers multiple sensors in one unit that has built-in memory and connectivity through beacon communication. It  measures 14.9 x 29.1 x 7.0mm and can monitor temperature, humidity, light, UV, barometric pressure, noise, ...
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  • Spectroscopy technique shines new light on blood glucose levels for diabetics

    Non-invasive technology that monitors blood glucose levels with spectroscopy has been found to work as well as finger prick tests that require a small sample of blood, researchers claim.
    Raman spectroscopy blood glucose monitor (credit: MIT)Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently evaluated the accuracy of the MIT-developed technology.
    The study, Evaluation of accuracy dependence of Raman spectroscopic models on t
  • The engineering challenges of fitting out Crossrail’s stations

    Stuart Nathan looks at the engineering challenges involved in the final part of Crossrail – fitting out the interiors of the Elizabeth Line stations
    The Engineer has followed Crossrail, the mammoth engineering project to connect London’s outer suburbs to the east and west of the city, running through Essex and Berkshire, by driving a new tunnel under the city to connect the mainline stations at Liverpool Street and Paddington, from the moments the enormous tunnel boring machines bega
  • Video of the week: Black Night enters battle for tank contract

    This week’s video comes from BAE Systems, which is leading a team bidding to upgrade the army’s Challenger 2 main battle tank.The Ministry of Defence wants to keep Challenger 2 in service until 2035, so the BAE System-led team have come up with a range of modifications aimed at keeping the battle proven platform viable.
    These include an active protection system that detects and automatically mitigates against incoming anti-tank missiles or armour penetrating rounds; and a laser warni
  • Video of the week: Black Knight enters battle for tank contract

    This week’s video comes from BAE Systems, which is leading a team bidding to upgrade the army’s Challenger 2 main battle tank.The Ministry of Defence wants to keep Challenger 2 in service until 2035, so the BAE System-led team have come up with a range of modifications aimed at keeping the battle proven platform viable.
    These include an active protection system that detects and automatically mitigates against incoming anti-tank missiles or armour penetrating rounds; and a laser warni
  • Hubble placed in safe mode as gyro issues investigated

    The Hubble Space Telescope has entered safe mode after complications with the instrument’s gyroscopes arose last week, according to NASA.
    A statement issued by the US space agency said that Hubble entered safe mode on Friday, October 5, after one of the three gyros currently used to position the telescope failed. Six new gyros were installed during a servicing mission in 2009, three of which have now malfunctioned. According to NASA, the latest failure was not unexpected, as the gyro &ldqu
  • UK engineers develop tiny camera for imaging inside veins and arteries

    In a claimed “watershed moment” for intravascular surgery, engineers at Cambridge Consultants have developed a prototype high-definition camera able to provide a detailed view of the inside of veins and arteries.The advanced imaging technology, called ‘Leap’, builds on the latest generation of sub-millimetre cameras developed by US firm Omnivision.
    The camera is based on a so-called “chip-on-tip” architecture, in which the imaging sensor is located at the dist
  • Jensen Huang: Moore’s law is dead – long live AI

    GPU Technology Conference, Munich: According to Nvidia founder and CEO, Jensen Huang, there are two dynamics controlling the computing industry today – the end of Moore’s law and software that can write itself, artificial intelligence, or AI. The end of Moore’s law, which states that the density of a chip doubles every two years, while ...
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  • Soyuz makes emergency landing following booster failure

    A Russian Soyuz spacecraft has landed safely in Kazakhstan following a mid-air failure of its booster rockets while heading for the International Space Station.
    NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Aleksey Ovchinin of Roscosmos have survived the emergency landing according to Russian media reports. The Soyuz MS-10 took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9.40am UK time.
    According to NASA, the vehicle returned to Earth via a ‘ballistic descent’, which involves a sharper an
  • RoboSense raises $45m

    RoboSense, the Chinese LiDAR specialist, has received $45 million in funding fromg Cainiao Smart Logistics Network, the logistics arm of the Alibaba Group; SAIC Motor Group(Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation), and BAIC Group (Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co.) electric vehicle company. With an over 50% market share of all LiDAR sold in Asia, RoboSense is the ...
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  • GPS padlock doubles as location tracker

    u-blox and Play Inc collaborate on a connected GPS padlock for industrial applications.
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  • GPS padlock

    u-blox and India-based Play Inc have collaborated. on a connected GPS padlock ( http://playgps.in/i-lock.html ) for industrial applications. The lock, which doubles as a location tracker, features a u‑blox M8 GNSS receiver, MAX-M8Q, ( https://www.u-blox.com/en/product/max-m8-series ) and uses the u‑blox CellLocate service ( https://www.u-blox.com/en/celllocate-enhance-gnss-positioning-indoors-0 ) to extend positioning to indoor locations. u‑blox Bluetooth low energy ...
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  • Amphenol RF adds AMC4 connector

    Amphenol RF Has introduced the small form factor AMC4 connector as part of an SMA cable assembly line. This assembly features the SMA bulkhead jack connector and the AMC4 plug connector on 1.13mm cable. The SMA to AMC4 cable assembly is suitable for IoT applications which require space efficient, economical designs. These SMA to AMC4 ...
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  • ST improves debug probe for MCUs

    ST has introduced an upgraded STLINK-V3 probe for programming and debugging STM8 and STM32 microcontrollers. The probe now has mass-storage support, a virtual COM port with multipath bridge, and three-times faster write performance. In addition to providing typical JTAG/Serial-Wire Debug (SWD) and Single-Wire Interface Module (SWIM) connections, STLINK-V3’s Virtual COM Port (VCP) and multipath bridge allow ...
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  • Hua Hong in production on second gen 0.18 micron BCD

    Hua Hong Semiconductor, the Hong Kong foundry, says its  second-generation 0.18um 5V/40V BCD process platform has  moved  into mass production. Featuring low on-resistance, a full high-voltage range and few photo etching layers, the platform is an ideal process choice for industrial control applications and DC-DC converters, among others. This new platform has a 40V DMOS breakdown ...
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  • Volvo takes autonomous vehicles to next level (2+)

    Volvo will use the Xavier AI computing system in its next-generation of autonomous vehicles.
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  • 12-switch matrix manager

    Maxim’s 12-switch matrix manager minimises thermal issues associated with LED matrix lighting applications by offering a 70 mOhm RDS_ON. The MAX20092 provides flexible current management for matrix and pixel lighting driving LED currents up to 1.5A. Twelve integrated switches control LEDs in string voltages up to 56V, saving design time and reducing complexity. The chip ...
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  • Nvidia boosts AI in medical instruments with graphic compute power

    Nvidia is bringing artificial intelligence to medical instruments.
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