• Sulphur-resistant thick film resistors for automotive

    Bourns has announced a sulphur-resistant AEC-Q200 compliant thick film resistor family. Model CRxxxxA-AS chip resistor series is offered in eight different footprints from 0201 (0603 metric) to 2512 (6432 metric) with rated power from 50mW to 1W, and a resistance range from 1Ω to 20MΩ. “Bourns designed these resistors to operate in certain harsh environments ...
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  • Bridgetek expands EVE graphics chip toolchain

    Bridgetek has broadened the human-machine interface (HMI) development toolchain that accompanies its Embedded Video Engine (EVE) product portfolio. Several extra elements have been added, and there are upgrades to the existing tools. A core aspect of this toolchain is the EVE Asset Builder (EAB). This conversion utility is said to make HMI construction much more ...
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  • INWED Profiles: Arundathi Shanthini, UCL graduate

    To mark International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2019, The Engineer is profiling some outstanding females from across UK STEM. Arundathi Shanthini has just finished her undergrad degree at UCL and is currently doing a year in industry. Here, she explains what drew her to science and the benefits of a career in engineering. 
    What exactly do you do?I am currently pursuing my MEng (Electronics with Computer Science) degree in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • pi-top adds functionality to Raspberry Pi 4

    pi-top [4] adds functionalities to Raspberry Pi 4. “There are areas of endeavour that pi-top has been involved in, particularly around displays, keyboards, batteries and the like which we haven’t explored,” says Raspberry Pi founder and CEO Eben Upton, “it’s ’s been wonderful to see an organisation do that, take on those challenges and vanquish ...
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  • UltraSoC raises £5m; expands into safety and security.

    UltraSoC has raised £5 million in an equity funding round in which eCAPITAL and Seraphim Capital joined previous investors Indaco Venture Partners, Octopus Ventures, Oxford Capital, Techgate, and business angel Guillaume d’Eyssautier. The funding allows UltraSoC to recruit hardware and software engineers at its headquarters in Cambridge, and design centre in Bristol. Asked by Electronics Weekly if there would be other funding rounds, Ultra
  • UK project to develop 5G satellite technology for vehicles

    “Project Darwin” will test high-speed data connections using 5G network and satellites to keep vehicles connected in rural areas
    5G communications relies on satellite links, such as those provided by Avanti Communications’ Hylas 2. Image: Avanti CommunicationsConnected autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will rely on fast and high capacity data networks to operate properly, streaming information both to and from infrastructure, online cloud services and other vehicles. In towns and citi
  • Non-invasive brain tech controls robotic arm

    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI) to control a robotic arm.BCIs have exhibited much success in recent years, translating the brain’s activity into robotic manoeuvres and showing potential to assist disabled people with everyday tasks. However, measuring brainwaves for precision control has, until now, only been possible by surgically placing implants in the brain, which brings issues of cost and patient risk.
    BCIs that us
  • Survey finds average salaries higher for professionally registered engineers

    For the second consecutive year, professionally registered engineers and technicians have reported higher average salaries than their unregistered colleagues according to The Engineer’s 2019 Salary Survey
    The mean average salary for professionally registered respondents is £55,968, whilst it is £45,809 amongst respondents who are not professionally registered. In last year’s survey, the mean average salary for professionally registered respondents is £51,930, whilst
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  • Low cost blood test for Alzheimer’s improves diagnosis

    Alzheimer’s disease could soon be diagnosed and monitored with a low-cost blood test developed by researchers from the National University of Singapore.
    The APEX system could open doors to more effective detection of Alzheimer’s diseaseThe advance has been possible with a so-called APEX (Amplified Plasmonic EXosome) system that detects aggregated amyloid beta (Aβ), an early-stage molecular marker of AD.
    According to NUS, the chip technology is comparable to brain PET imaging, th
  • Raspberry Pi 4: far more powerful, tuned for industry

    Raspberry Pi 4 has been revealed, as a far more powerful machine than even the Pi 3 Model B+. Three times the processing power and four times the multimedia performance are claimed. It has quad 1.5GHz Arm Cortex-A72 cores, Gbit Ethernet, 4Kp60 HEVC video decode and dual HDMI outputs to run twin 4K monitors – ...
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  • Raspberry Pi 4: far more powerful, better for industrial

    Raspberry Pi 4 has been revealed, as a far more powerful machine than even the Pi 3 Model B+. Three times the processing power and four times the multimedia performance are claimed. It has quad 1.5GHz Arm Cortex-A72 cores, Gbit Ethernet, 4Kp60 HEVC video decode and dual HDMI outputs to run twin 4K monitors – ...
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  • Raspberry Pi 4: far faster, better multimedia, and Gbit Ethernet

    Raspberry Pi 4 has been revealed, as a far more powerful machine than even the Pi 3 Model B+. Three times the processing power and four times the multimedia performance are claimed. It has quad 1.5GHz Arm Cortex-A72 cores, Gbit Ethernet, 4Kp60 HEVC video decode and dual HDMI outputs to run twin 4K monitors – ...
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  • US adds China supercomputer bodies to Entity List

    Chinese organisations involved in supercomputing have been added to the US Entity List of bodies barred from buying US technology. They include: Sugon, the Wuxi Jiangnan Institute of Computing Technology, Higon, Chengdu Haiguang Integrated Circuit and Chengdu Haiguang Microelectronics Technology. They all have alias names which have also been put on the Entity List. Four ...
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  • SEMI May billings up 7.4% on April

    Billings among North American manufacturers of semiconductor production equipment registered another sequential increase in May. North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted US$2.06 billion in billings worldwide in May 2019, says SEMI. The billings figure is 7.4% higher than the April 2019 level of US$1.92 billion, but is 23.6% lower than the May 2018 billings ...
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  • Stretchy heart monitor tattoo measures electrical and mechanical body signals

    Electrocardiograph and seismocardiograph readings can be taken simultaneously by an e-tattoo, according to the University of Texas at Austin – seismocardiography (SCG) is a measure of chest vibrations associated with heartbeats. “We can get much greater insight into heart health by the synchronous collection of data from both sources,” said Austin engineer Nanshu Lu. The active ...
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  • INWED Profiles: Miriam Nweze, biomechanical engineer

    To mark International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2019, The Engineer is profiling some of the top females making an impact in STEM across the UK. In this interview, Miriam Nweze gives an insight into her work as a biomechanical engineer. 
    What exactly do you do?
    My current area of research is in the field of biomechanical engineering. Specifically, I address visual impairment and sight loss. The aim of my work is to develop a spraying device to treat retinal degenerative diseases
  • INWED Profiles: Jane Butler, UCL faculty of engineering

    To mark International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2019, The Engineer is profiling some of the top females making an impact in STEM across the UK. Here, UCL’s Jane Butler tells us about her role as Vice-Dean of Enterprise at the university’s faculty of engineering sciences.
    What exactly do you do?I look after defining and delivering the Enterprise strategy across the Faculty of Engineering at UCL which includes everything from the large corporate partnerships to the entrepr
  • Compound semi transistor stores data with less energy than DRAM or flash

    Researchers at the University of Lancaster have created a non-volatile memory that might eventually store data for 1% of the energy required by DRAM and 0.1% that of flash – both modelled at 20nm. “Our device has an intrinsic data storage time that is predicted to exceed the age of the Universe, yet it can ...
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  • Transforming the future of engineering

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    Lauren Ertl of Alpheus Environmental explains why the link between the pure sciences and engineering is so important in widening the appeal of the engineering industries and maximising the talent pool to fill the expected future skills shortfall in the sector
    This Sunday, 23rd June, marks International Women in Engineering Day. Its aim is to raise the profile of women in engineering and encourage more girls and young women to consider engineering as a career, highlighting the amazing o
  • SMD toroidal common-mode chokes work up to 10A

    Coilcraft’s surface-mount common-mode chokes include 16 sizes for power line circuits up to 10A, suppressing noise up to 100MHz with >40dB attenuation in some cases. Consumer electronics and industrial applications are foreseen. “All EMI chokes feature a low-profile, toroidal construction in a surface-mount, magnetically-shielded package with footprints as small as 13 x 13 mm,” said ...
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  • Stretchy e-tattoo measures ECG and SCG heart activity

    Engineers from the University of Texas at Austin have developed a new flexible e-tattoo that measures two different types of heart activity.
    (Credit: Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin)The graphene-based device is the just the latest incarnation in flexible, wearable cardio electronics to come from the university’s Cockrell School of Engineering, led by Nanshu Lu. According to the researchers, the e-tattoo is the first of its kind to measure electrocardiograp
  • Medical 3D printing utility extends to flexible devices

    Personalised flexible medical devices, such as joint braces or implantable supportive meshes, are among the applications for new additively manufactured material developed by MIT
    Additive manufacturing techniques are becoming increasingly established in the medical arena, with their ability to produce highly personalised objects proving invaluable manufacturing such things as hearing aids, dental crowns and implants, and components of prosthetics.
    However, up until now use of the techniques has
  • UK on track to achieve historic zero carbon milestone

    The UK is set to generate more electricity from zero carbon sources than fossil fuels this year, according to the latest figures from the National Grid.
    (Credit: Pixabay)The zero-carbon milestone, which marks the first time since the industrial revolution that renewable generation has overtaken fossil fuels, has been hailed as a tipping point in clean energy generation, made possible by a decade of investment in clean power sources.
    In May – as reported by The Engineer – Britain cloc
  • Robotic capsule inspects colon for cancer

    A tiny robotic capsule that can be guided through the colon to take micro-ultrasound images of the gut is being developed by a UK-led consortium.
    The robotic arm uses magnetic forces to guide the Sonopill through colon.
    Picture credit: Leeds UniversityDiseases of the gastrointestinal tract, including some bowel cancers, account for approximately eight million deaths a year worldwide.
    The Sonopill, being developed by researchers at Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt and Dundee Universities, a
  • Process rapidly develops bespoke liners for prosthetics

    Liners for lower limb prosthetics can be designed and built in less than a day thanks to advances in computer science and an innovative manufacturing process.
    Dr. Elena Seminati, John Roberts, Matt Young and Dr. Vimal Dhokia display a bespoke prosthetic liner (Image: Bath University)This is the claim of a team of researchers from Bath University who’ve combined advanced 3D scanning to create digital models for affordable and potentially life-changing personalised prosthetic liners.
    In Engl
  • Nokia Bell Labs and AMBER extend battery life.

    Researchers at Nokia Bell Labs and AMBER, the Centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research at Trinity College Dublin, have created a  formula for battery composition that claims to make batteries last 2.5 times longer than anything currently on the market. Increasing the energy storage capability of lithium-ion batteries necessitates maximization of their areal capacity. This requires thick ...
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  • BCL offers enclosure customisation with no MOQ or set up fee

    A specialist customisation service for ABS enclosures with no minimum order quantities or set up fee is offered by BCL Enclosures, the 47 year-old Harrogate, UK-based specialist manufacturer of standard and custom plastic enclosures. The company prides itself on the breadth of its standard product range, which it is then able to customise to suit ...
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  • Seeed delivers the full Grove System to Raspberry Pi

    Seeed Studios delivers the Grove Base Hat for Raspberry Pi and Grove Base Hat for Raspberry Pi Zero, in other words, the whole Grove System of sensors, actuators and displays is now available for Raspberry Pi. The Grove Base Hat for Raspberry Pi Zero provides Digital/Analog/I2C/PWM/UART port to meet all your needs. With the help of ...
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  • RS cycle ride raises £230,000 for cancer charity

    Staff from RS Components have completed an epic charity cycle ride, covering 1,100 miles from Aberdeen to London, raising £230,000 for Children with Cancer UK. . More than 60 employees took part in the ‘Tour de Branch’, which called at the firm’s 16 UK branches over 12 days, finishing at its London HQ where participants were greeted ...
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  • New test method could accelerate UK driverless car adoption.

    A new method for rapidly testing and validating autonomous vehicle technologies could help accelerate the adoption of driverless cars in the UK.   
    A member of Move_UK fleet next to the Cutty Sark in Greenwich. Image: Move_UKThe technique has been developed through the Bosch-led Move_UK initiative, a three year long government funded project (launched in 2016) that also involves Jaguar Land Rover; Telematics specialist The Floow; the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL); Direct Line ins
  • Research network set to electrify UK transport system

    The challenges of electrifying the transport network, including its impact on the National Grid, will be tackled as part of a research network being created in the UK.The EPSRC-funded network, known as Decarbonising Transport through Electrification (DTE), plans to identify and address some of the challenges holding up the implementation of an integrated, electrified transport system across the automotive, aerospace and rail sectors.
    The project, which is being led by Dr Liana Cipcigan, co-direc
  • Leeds ladies take top spot in community design challenge

    Two young female engineers from Leeds Beckett University have won the grand Engineering for People Design Challenge prize.Lydia Williams and Charlotte Sutherland (left) – both civil engineering students at Leeds Beckett – designed a women’s community hub for people living in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, using locally sourced natural and affordable materials. The annual competition is organised by Engineers Without Borders UK, a charity dedicated to inspiring the engineering
  • UK-led Comet Interceptor set to launch in 2028

    A new ESA mission led by UK scientists will attempt to get up close to a pristine comet, untouched by our sun, for the very first time.
    (Credit: ESA)Due to launch in 2028, Comet Interceptor will initially sit at the L2 Lagrange point, 1.5 million miles from the Earth in the opposite direction to the Sun. It will lie in wait at L2 until a suitable pristine comet – or interstellar object such as Oumuamua – is spotted travelling inward from the outer realms of the solar system.
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  • Smart speakers detect signs of cardiac arrest

    Smart speakers such as Amazon Alexa could soon alert emergency services to individuals experiencing cardiac arrest, which results in around 500,000 US deaths per year.
    Researchers at the University of Washington have developed an algorithm for a smart speaker or smartphone lets the device detect the sound of agonal breathing and call for help (Image: Sarah McQuate/University of Washington)People experiencing cardiac arrest will either stop breathing or gasp for air, a sign called agonal breathin
  • Raspberry Pi powers Pixxl Cube

    A clever Hungarian adaptation of  that great Hungarian invention, Rubik’s Cube, uses Raspberry Pi to power a six-sided display. The creators call it the Pixxl Cube. Each 32×32 pixel surface is capable of creating anything from words to scenes. It could be used as an advertising display orbas a party prop. Budapest startup Pirategames programmed ...
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  • Western Digital extends RISC-V involvement

    Western Digital is extending its involvement in RISC-V with two initiatives. First is a partnership with PlatformIO Labs to engage in RISC-V development tools. The second is adding enhancements to its open-sourced RISC-V SweRV Core and cache-coherent fabric, OmniXtend. Together, the moves  further the company’s support of  RISC-V and boost its development of compute architectures ...
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  • TI adds comms to MCUs

    TI has added communications capabilities to its C2000 MCUs. C2000 F2838x 32-bit MCUs enable designers to use a single chip to implement connectivity, including EtherCAT, Ethernet and Controller Area Network with Flexible Data Rate (CAN FD), in AC servo drives and other industrial systems. Systems with communication interfaces often require an external application-specific integrated circuit ...
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  • SiP contains accelerometer and gyroscope for gaming, sports.

    ST’s LSM6DSR MEMS SiP contains a 3-axis digital accelerometer and a 3-axis digital gyroscope with a specially extended full-scale angular rate of 4000 degrees per second for fast-moving gaming and sports applications. Compliant with major mobile OSes, and supporting S4S Synchronization for Sensors, the LSM6DSR is compatible with popular mobile platforms and provides real, virtual, ...
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  • European photonics project targets girls for STEM

    An EU outreach project focusing on photonics claims to have engaged more than 1,000 young women across 10 countries in STEM activities.Backed by the European Commission and with funding from Horizon 2020, the Phablabs 4.0 initiative saw 1,221 girls attending events since last year. The programme involved a series of 33 workshops and 11 Photonics Challenger projects across 10 European countries in a bid to tackle the underrepresentation of women in science.
    Workshops created innovative problems f
  • Boaty McBoatface reveals insights into Antarctic heating

    Southampton University research with autonomous submarine uncovers new link between winds and sea level rise
    The autonomous submarine to be housed on the UK’s new Antarctic research vessel, RSS Sir David Attenborough, has shed light on a key process linking increasing Antarctic winds to rising sea temperatures.
    Boaty McBoatface aboard RSS James Clark Ross. Image: Povl Abrahamsen, British Antarctic SurveyThe Autosub Long Range (better known as Boaty McBoatface after the phrase won a competi
  • Apple prepares to turn its back on China

    According to the Nikkei, Apple has asked its supply chain to cost a move of 15-30% of its China production to other Asian countries. Apple has declined to comment. Although the immediate catalyst for the move is the trade war, the Nikkei reports several people saying Apple has been worried about its over-reliance in China ...
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  • Farnell celebrates Women in Engineering at Leeds office tomorrow

    Tomorrow, Thursday June 20th, Farnell is celebrating  International Women in Engineering Day by hosting a ‘Women in Engineering’ event at its offices in Leeds, on Thursday 20 June. The event is free to attend, from 11.15am – 2pm, including a networking lunch – attendees must register in advance. Students and professionals from the engineering industry ...
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  • Process brings more aluminium alloys into automotive

    The automotive industry could make more use of high-strength aluminium alloys made from powders thanks to a new, single step advanced manufacturing process.
    PNNL’s ShAPE process combined with a unique aluminium alloy produced high-strength, high-ductility rods in one single process (Image: Andrea Starr/PNNL)The process, which produces nano structured rods and tubes directly from high-performance aluminium alloy powder, has been demonstrated by a team at the US Department of Energy’s
  • Solar desalination makes efficiency gains with ‘hot spots’

    A team from Rice University has used nanophotonics to focus light and boost its solar desalination process by 50 per cent.
    (Credit Pratiksha Dongare/Rice University)Rice’s “nanophotonics-enabled solar membrane distillation” (NESMD) technology was first demonstrated in 2012. It uses light-absorbing nanoparticles to turn a desalination membrane into a solar-driven heating element, enabling water purification without electricity. Recently, the team discovered it could boost the pe
  • Nano knowledge could improve catalysis

    Improvements to catalysis and additive manufacturing techniques could be made possible following UK research into the way nanoparticles melt.
    Shape changes in Au nanoclusters, indicating cluster surface melting at high temperatures. Images of two individual clusters containing 561 and 2530 atoms are shown (Image: Swansea University)Although melting behaviour is known to change at the nanoscale, the way nanoparticles melt has remained an open question.
    Now, in a paper published in Nature Communic
  • Imec advances batteries; seeks partners

    Imec has developed a solid-state Li-metal battery cell with an energy density of 400 Wh/liter at a charging speed of 0.5C (2 hours). Imec has started to upscale the materials and processes in a pilot line for fabrication of solid-state pouch cells at the EnergyVille Campus in Genk (Belgium) and is set-up in collaboration with the ...
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  • Infineon and Zwipe in biotech collaboration

    Infineon and biotech specialist Zwipe  have extended their partnership through a long-term non-exclusive agreement. The agreement outlines technical and commercial collaboration between the two companies. The two parties will co-define and develop SoCs  and card systems for the mass deployment of biometric smart devices, including payment cards and wearables. The cooperation is concentrating on so ...
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  • Melexis claims world’s smallest medical grade FIR sensor

    Melexis claims to have produced the world’s smallest medical grade FIR sensor. The device is assembled in a surface mount package for use in a variety of applications, including wearables and, in particular, in-ear-devices and clinical point-of-care applications where highly accurate human body temperature measurement is required. The MLX90632 is based upon Melexis’ established FIR ...
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  • DRAM ASPs to take a 40% hit this year, says Yole.

    DRAM prices are projected to decline by around 40% this year and  are not likely to increase again until 2020, says Yole Développement. For NAND, hopes of a second-half 2019 market rebound are shrinking as the anticipated demand recovery continues to be elusive and supplier inventory levels remain elevated. DRAM and NAND account for 97% of the ...
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  • 5340-pixel by 3-line colour CCD has 24 lines per mm resolution

    Toshiba has launched a lens reduction type, 5340-pixel by 3-line colour CCD linear image sensor for office automation and industrial equipment that realizes 24 lines per millimetre resolution for an A4-size document. More and more users want A4-size multifunction printers that can deliver the same high image quality and high-speed operation as A3-size models. This ...
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