• TSMC to equip Nanjing fab this year

    TSMC will start moving equipment into its Nanjing fab in H2, reports Digitimes. The fab will kick off on 16nm. Pilot production is scheduled for H1 2018 with volume production in H2. It is being equipped to run 20k wpm. First 7nm tape-outs at TSMC Taiwan are set for H2 2017. 10nm is already in production. ...
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  • Samsung takes on Apple Pay

    Samsung has launched its answer to Apple Pay – a contactless payment system it calls  the Contactless Companion Platform (CCP). CCP was built with  Smartlink and Ingenico.  Users can make digital cash payments via any enabled contactless device of their choice, such as a dedicated smart card, wristband, key fob, or even a mechanical watch or a ...
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  • Infineon increases outlook

    Infineon has  increased the outlook for revenues and Segment Result Margin for its fiscal Q2 2017  and increased the outlook for revenues and Segment Result Margin for the full 2017 fiscal year. The outlook for investment for the full 2017 fiscal year has also been updated. Increased outlook for the second quarter of the 2017 ...
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  • Ultrahaptics hooks up with MIT

    Ultrahaptics, the mid-air haptic touch specialist,  is collaborating with MIT  on a haptics teaching programme. The course, which has been running since January 2017, is based on Ivan Sutherland’s vision of an “Ultimate Display” – a room that could render data so realistically that it would allow users to interact with information as if it ...
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  • Cambridge IC reveals sensing detail, on 10th brithday

    Rotary sensing firm CambridgeIC has further lifted the lid on its technology by rendering its coil-based sensing system for 3D viewing. Its sensors require two PCBs, one on the rotating shaft and a static one though which the shaft passes. The two PCBs only need to be made to conventional tolerances – with 0.2mm track ...
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  • Cambridge IC reveals sensing detail, on 10th birthday

    Sensing firm CambridgeIC has further lifted the lid on its technology by rendering one of its coil-based rotary sensing systems for 3D viewing. This sensor requires two PCBs, one on the rotating shaft and a static one through which the shaft passes. The two PCBs only need to be made to conventional tolerances – with ...
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  • New catalyst promotes artificial photosynthesis

    Scientists have created an oxygen-evolution catalyst that combines with semiconductors for solar water splitting, an advance that assists the conversion of solar energy to chemical energy in the form of hydrogen and oxygen.When evenly applied to a semiconductor, the film catalyses solar water splitting for energy production and other applicationsThe discovery was made in the lab of Kenton Whitmire, a Rice University professor of chemistry, with assistance from researchers at the University of Ho
  • Laser-fired gold pyramids could help tackle cancer

    Harvard researchers have been able to harmlessly penetrate cancer cells using laser-activated gold nanopyramids.(Credit: Harvard SEAS)
    By heating the tips of the pyramids to 300°C with nanosecond laser pulses, the team created tiny bubbles that could push into cell membranes without causing damage. The brief opening of cell pores allowed surrounding molecules to diffuse into the cell. Published in the journal ACS Nano, the work has wide-ranging implications for healthcare.
    “Being able
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  • Graphene helps tactility of solar powered prosthetic skin

    Synthetic skin powered by the sun could give the sense of touch to robots and amputees fitted with prosthetic limbs.
    Dr Ravinder DahiyaResearchers at Glasgow University have developed a new way of generating solar power for robotic and prosthetic limbs using graphene.
    Graphene is an atom-thick layer of material, which includes high conductivity as one of its numerous properties. The researchers have previously used graphene to build a pressure-sensitive electronic skin for prosthetic hands.
    Now,
  • Knowles caps tackle EV charging challenge

    Knowles is aiming at electric and hybrid vehicle charging with a range of X7R multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). “The big change being seen in automotive applications is the voltage rating and size of components now being used,” said the firm. “This revolution in MLCC technology, used in control electronics, is being driven by modern on-board ...
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  • Leti un-picks 5G indoor mm-wave propagation

    French lab Leti has modelled indoor V and E Band millimeter-wave propagation to identigy space for 5G comms. Classic frequency bands for mobile communication below 6GHz cannot meet throughput requirements projected for future needs due to network congestion and limited bandwidth. However, the majority of demand could be met using millimeter-wave (mm-wave) spectrum – with ...
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  • Four-leg robot spontaneously trots, canters, then gallops

    In an example of emergent behaviour, researchers at Tohoku University have created a control technique that allows a walking robot to spontaneously break into a trot, and then a gallop, as it is commanded to increase speed. The resulting energy-efficiency profile matches horses. There is no central algoritm. Instead, the team, led by Professor Akio ...
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  • Graphene-based sensor has potential for high-resolution thermal imaging

    Cambridge researchers break record for sensor thermal sensitivity
    The unique electronic properties of graphene can be harnessed in a sensor that could be used for highly sensitive security screening to detect explosives and other hazardous substances, according to research from the Cambridge Graphene Centre. Combining the single-atom-thick carbon with pyroelectric materials, which generate electric fields when heated or cooled, the team has produced a sensor that can detect temperature changes d
  • Rolls-Royce charts course for autonomous shipping

    Rolls-Royce is increasing its investment in technologies for remote and autonomous shipping, after receiving a grant for a research centre in Finland.The company has secured the grant from Tekes, the Finnish funding agency for innovation, which it plans to invest in an R&D centre in Turku, Finland.
    Engineers at the site will carry out development projects focusing on land-based control centres and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in remote and autonomous shipping.
    There is still very
  • Rolls-Royce chart course for autonomous shipping

    Rolls-Royce is increasing its investment in technologies for remote and autonomous shipping, after receiving a grant for a research centre in Finland.The company has secured the grant from Tekes, the Finnish funding agency for innovation, which it plans to invest in an R&D centre in Turku, Finland.
    Engineers at the site will carry out development projects focusing on land-based control centres and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in remote and autonomous shipping.
    There is still very
  • Quantum dot solar inefficiency source found

    Quantum dot solar cells could become more efficient, now that the Los Alamos Lab has uncovered a mechanism that has been holding them back. The dots are made form electro-optically active materials whose size as well as composition controls the photon energy that they interact with, allowing their absorption (and emission) wavelength to be tuned ...
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  • Vault7 upside for the electronics industry

    The Vault7 dump of hacking recipes used by the CIA could be a very positive thing for companies who can now check if their equipment is compromised.
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  • 3D printed nanomaterials punch above weight

    Researchers from New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College have found a way to 3D print microscopic nanorings into smart materials capable of working on a macro scale.
    Described in the German Chemical Society’s Angewandte Chemie, the technique involves 3D printing gels made from mechanically interlocked molecules (MIMs) – a type of nanomachine composed of rings on a molecular axle. Nobel Prize-winning research has previously shown how MIMs can be induced into nanoscale work using
  • Video of the week: Lean Manufacturing in the digital age

    In this first episode of a new series of videos brought to you by The Engineer and key industry partners, we talk to Damian Hennessey, director of advanced manufacturer Proto Labs, about why that decades-old buzz-phrase Lean Manufacturing has been made doubly relevant by the advent of digital manufacturing techniques and processes.
    To view the Spotlight interview click here or on the picture below.
  • Electric plane company works with Easyjet.

    Wright Electric, which is developing electric passenger aircraft, is working with Easyjet on a plan to develop a 737 type plane for short-haul flights. “Depending on how it’s designed, you can have an electric plane that’s substantially less loud than a fuel plane,” said Jeff Engler, Wright Electric’s co-founder. “the way we’ve designed our plane ...
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  • Mythic aims to bring AI to the device

    Texas start-up Mythic has raised $9.3 million in VC money to bring a chip to market which will deliver local processing of AI functions like voice control and computer vision. That is a similar ambition to ARM’s new DynamIQ microarchitecture which, among other things, aims to take AI processing out of the cloud and onto ...
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  • More on: Arctic Sand’s novel dc-dc converter technology

    MIT spin-out Arctic Sand has created plenty of interest in the dc-dc converter world – so much so that Murata has just bought the company. But exactly what the firm’s unique technology is, has remained under wraps. Now Electronics Weekly has been given a peep behind the scenes by company CEO Gary Davison. It transpires ...
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  • Viewpoint: 3D printing a sustainable future

     George Brasher, MD of HP UK & Ireland, explains why 3D printing has the potential to significantly reduce the waste and emissions of manufacturing. 
    We are on the brink of a 3D printing revolution as it is fast shifting from being used for niche applications, such as developing prototypes or creating specialist parts, into the mainstream. According to PwC, 67 per cent of manufacturers are already using 3D printing in their production systems and this is set to grow exponentially w
  • Southern Manufacturing 2017: Quartz crystals target wireless and IoT

    Crystals announced by Jauch Quartz (J103) - in the JXSxx-WA quartz crystal series - are designed for wireless applications in a variety of settings.
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  • Microchip launches mobile ordering app

      Microchip has brought out a mobile app for ordering microcontrollers.   microchipDIRECT, which sells parts directly to customers, has been updated with several mobile-accessible features including high-volume quotes, custom programming, ordering flexibility, numerous languages, worldwide currency options and global support.   “microchipDIRECT is providing a B2C-like experience that allows our clients to check product ...
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  • Gallium oxide power device firm gets £5m in second-round funding

    Japanese gallium oxide power device start-up Flosfia has raised Y750m (£5m) in series B funding. http://flosfia.com The firm, a spin-out from the Kyoto University, is aiming to commercialise crystalline α-Ga2O3 (corundum/sapphire/ruby structure) in power transistors and Schottky diodes – with the intention of manufacturing 600V TO-220 diodes in 2018 to compete against silicon carbide power ...
    Read full article: Gallium oxide power device firm gets £5m in second-round fun
  • £300m black cab plant opens in Midlands

    A new facility for manufacturing next generation electric black cabs has been officially opened by the London Taxi Company (LTC).
    The new plant, at Ansty Park near Coventry, is the first all-new vehicle manufacturing facility to be built in Britain for more than a decade and the first dedicated electric vehicle factory in the UK.It will be used to produce range-extended electric vehicles including the next generation London taxi – TX5 – the world’s first purpose-built, mass-mar
  • Falcon flight inspires next generation aircraft

    The Peregrine falcon’s status as elite predator has been enabled in part by its ability to adjust flight patterns at high and low speed, qualities that engineers want to replicate.Scientists at BAE Systems and City, University of London have studied falcon flight and believe that evolution has given Falco peregrinus attributes that could be replicated and applied to aircraft within the next 20 years.
    The scientists say they have developed several concepts following research into how the pe
  • Falcon flight inspires next-gen aircraft

    The Peregrine falcon’s status as elite predator has been enabled in part by its ability to adjust flight patterns at high and low speed, qualities that engineers want to replicate.Scientists at BAE Systems and City, University of London have studied falcon flight and believe that evolution has given Falco peregrinus attributes that could be replicated and applied to aircraft within the next 20 years.
    The scientists say they have developed several concepts following research into how the pe
  • Interview: Southern Manufacturing and market trends, Brexit, and the future

    Electronics Weekly asks Phil Valentine - MD at European Trade & Exhibition Services - about the Southern Manufacturing show, its future and UK manufacturing’s post-Brexit prospects.
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  • Serendipitous bug discovery could slash drinking water energy usage

    A chance discovery made by researchers at the University of Glasgow could dramatically reduce the cost of treating water for drinking
    World water day aims to highlight the importance of conserving drinking waterThe team, led by Ameet Pinto, is working on an EPSRC-funded project in collaboration with the University of Michigan. Analysing bacteria found in drinking water system in the US, they detected a previously-unknown strain that is capable of transforming ammonia into nitrates in a single st
  • Bug discovery could slash costs and cut carbon footprint of water treatment

    A chance discovery made by researchers at the University of Glasgow could dramatically reduce the cost of treating waterWorld water day aims to highlight the importance of conserving drinking waterThe team, led by Ameet Pinto, is working on an EPSRC-funded project in collaboration with the University of Michigan. Analysing bacteria found in drinking water system in the US, they detected a previously-unknown strain that is capable of transforming ammonia into nitrates in a single step.
    In existin
  • Autonomous Knifefish minesweeper goes to sea

    Knifefish, an autonomous minesweeping vessel being developed for the US Navy, has successfully undertaken tests in the waters off the coast of Boston.Led by General Dynamics Mission Systems, the Knifefish programme is intended to replace the dolphins and sea lions that the US Navy has used to detect mines since the 1960s. The propeller-driven vessel is a derivative of Bluefin Robotics’ Bluefin-21, which was used in the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocea
  • Ubuntu Core ported to NXP quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 SoC

    NXP and Canonical have ported Ubuntu Core to NXP’s quad ARM Cortex-A53 core LS1043A SoC, aimed at IoT gateways and networking equipment. “Embedded networking products can run standard Linux applications such as Quagga or Sonic,” said NXP. “Ubuntu Core therefore makes full use of the LS1043A network and IO features, such as packet acceleration, to ...
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  • Ultrasound-based tech measures fluid in the lungs

    A US-developed ultrasound monitoring technique could help dramatically improve the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary edema, a condition in which fluid builds up in a patient’s lungs, severely affecting the ability to breathe effectively.
    The new approach, demonstrated by a team at North Carolina State University, works by using special algorithms to carefully analyse the echoes of multiple ultrasound waves and thereby build up a picture of the fluid levels in the lungs.
    “Historica
  • Robotics at the heart of UK government plans

    Prime Minister Theresa May singled out robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) in her blueprint for a ‘modern’ industrial strategy for the UK. This comes as Edinburgh’s Centre for Robotics hosts the European Robotics Forum (22-24 March). Earlier this month the Prime Minister welcomed Sir James Dyson’s plans to build a 500 acre campus in Wiltshire ...
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  • X-FAB to IPO tomorrow

    X-FAB will IPO tomorrow on Euronext Paris. The price range is €8-10.50 per share. Based on the price range, the size of the IPO will range between €440 million and €492 million and the implied market capitalisation of X-FAB will range between €1,046 million and €1,295 million. X-Fab is majority-held by its Belgian founders, including ...
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  • MACOM integrates lasers with Si photonics for 400G optical links

    MACOM has production ready MAOP-L284CN, MACOM’s 100G CWDM4 transmitter L-PICTM (Lasers integrated with a Silicon Photonic Integrated Circuit) and supporting driver and controller IC chipset. To meet the bandwidth demands, resiliency and data redundancy requirements of today’s Cloud Data Centers, data center optical interconnects are transitioning from 100G to 400G, driving  demand for high-speed optical ...
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  • Premier Farnell signs EAM

    Premier Farnell has signed  a distribution agreement with EAM, the manufacturer of  precision RF & Microwave interconnect products. Under their ConductRF brand, EAM offers interconnect products operating from DC to 110GHz. ConductRF’s products go into the Defense, Aerospace, Industrial, Medical Infrastructure, Instrumentation & Test, and Telecommunications. The agreement will provide ConductRF Solutions for RF & Microwave ...
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  • Lab2Moon competition winners revealed

    Italy’s Team Space4Life has been named the winner of the Lab2Moon competition and will see its experiment travel to the lunar surface.The competition was created by India’s TeamIndus, one of five teams involved in Google’s Lunar XPRIZE, which is challenging private investors to reach the moon and complete a series of tasks. Later this year, TeamIndus plans to land a rover on the moon which is able to travel 500m and send HD images back to Earth. Part of TeamIndus’s remit
  • When is it best to use LDO regulators?  

    LDOs can offer the low noise and PSRR performance to be used in wide voltage range applications such as in test and measurement systems, write Amit Patel and Steve Knoth Linear Regulators are integrated circuits that step a voltage down from a higher voltage to a lower voltage without the need of an inductor. The ...
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  • LHC’s exotic particle discovery may shed light on nucleus mystery

    Large Hadron Collider finds new particles that may shed light on the forces that bind atomic nuclei together
    The world’s largest physics experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has detected a group of five sub-atomic particles whose existence has long been predicted by theory but had never before been observed. The particles, which are composed of unusual forms of the even smaller particles that make up most of matter, are hoped to provide insight into the mysterious “strong nucl
  • Free DO-178C / ED-12C handbook

    AdaCore has published a handbook covering its technologies for DO-178C / ED-12C. Written by Quentin Ochem of AdaCore and certification expert Frédéric Pothon, aside from describing the firm’s own products, it puts the DO-178C / ED-12C standard and its technology supplements  into perspective and explains many of their more subtle aspects in the context of several ...
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  • This week’s poll: Electric cars and the UK grid

    Electric vehicles – not so long ago something of a fringe pretender – are now heading firmly into the automotive mainstream, with on-going improvements in battery and powertrain systems putting to bed some of the concerns over range and charging time that dogged the technology in its early days.
    According to industry body SMMT registrations of electric cars have risen dramatically over the past two years, from around 500 per month in 2014 to an average of 3000 per month by the end of
  • Show Preview: Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017

    Caroline Hayes introduces some of the innovations and highlights promised for this year’s manufacturing and electronics show, Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2017.
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  • Open-source camera takes sting out of eye examinations

    A team in the US has developed an inexpensive, portable Raspberry Pi 2-based camera that can photograph the retina without the need for pupil-dilating eye drops.
    Dr Bailey Shen has his retina photographed using a camera based in the Raspberry Pi 2 computerThe prototype camera – developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School – is made up of readily available parts that can be assembled for arou
  • Southern Manufacturing: Say hello to Electronics Weekly at M133

    The Southern Manufacturing and Electronics & AutoAero 2017 show is now underway - running 21 - 23 March 2017 - at Five, Farnborough.
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  • Murata buys Arctic Sand for power convesion technology

    Murata has bought MIT dc-dc converter spin-off Arctic Sand Technologies, through Murata’s RF SoI chip subsidiary Peregrine Semiconductor. “Its technologies deliver industry-leading power conversion efficiency,” said Murata. “Combining them with Murata’s modular technologies will make it possible to provide solutions with high integration and excellent conversion efficiency in not just the telecommunications market, but also ...
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  • Rohde & Schwarz makes RF spectrum analyser software upgradable

    Rohde & Schwarz’s latest RF spectrum analyser starts with a 1GHz model, and it can be upgraded to 2- or 3GHz with a software keycode. Upgrades can be purchased as needed and are available as soon as the keycode is entered. Recalibration is not required. Noise performance can also be upgraded by software. The R&S ...
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  • Last week’s poll: coping with robots

    In the current edition of The Engineer Prof Noel Sharkey and Aimee van Wynsberghe look at how increasing use of robots in manual and routine, repetitive tasks might have detrimental effects on society.
    They note that Bill Gates has suggested that users of robots should pay some sort of levy which would then be used to compensate workers made redundant by this automation.
    Is it time to consider a universal basic income, partly funded by such a levy? Should we accept that some jobs are now firmly

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