• Huawei Q1 up 39%

    Huawei’s Q1 revenues were up 39% at $26.81 billion for a net profit of ‘around’  8%. Huawei says it has signed 40 contracts with telcos to supply 5G equipment and has shipped 75,000 base stations. By the end of the month it expects to have shipped 100,000. Q1 network equipment sales rose 15%.  Q1 consumer ...
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  • On Semi buys GloFo East Fishkill fab.

    ON Semiconductor has bought  GloFo’s East Fishkill 300mm fab for $430 million, of which $100 million has been paid at signing of the definitive agreement, and $330 million will be paid at the end of 2022, after which ON Semiconductor will gain full operational control of the fab, and the site’s employees will transition to ON ...
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  • Foxconn Wisconsin deal to be re-negotiated

    The planned $10 billion 20 million square foot Foxconn investment in Wisconsin is once again in question with Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers saying he wants to re-negotiate the contract. The reason is that the amount of jobs the scheme is now expected to to create is less than the 13,000 originally envisaged. The State’s previous ...
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  • Product Development in Motion | 13 June 2019

    13 June 2019 | The Manufacturing Technology Centre | Coventry, UK
    Product Development in Motion will set out the trends and technologies you need to know today across a programme of keynote speeches, workshops and a connected expo to support the development of future mobility across all sectors, including:
    Electrification• ADAS and Connected Vehicle Development• Virtual Validation• Future of the combustion engine• Motorsport
    Powertrain development and validation have be
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  • Data repeater extends links for PCIe 4.0, as well as 3.0, 2.0 and 1.0

    For long data cables, Diodes has introduced aPCIe 4.0 compliant equalising repeater for use between 2.5Gbit/s and 16Gbit/s. Called PI3EQX16904GL, and branded a ReDriver by the firm, the device supports four 100Ω differential current mode logic (CML) data I/Os, providing programmable linear equalisation, output swing, and gain to reduce inter-symbol interference over a variety of physical ...
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  • The cut and thrust of history

    Stuart Nathan looks back 5000 years to discover the links between engineering and politics. Also, he’d like you to know he made a sword.
    One of the most common complaints we receive from certain readers, particularly on our weekly poll articles, is that engineering should steer clear of politics. However, I recently discovered (via a somewhat roundabout route) that politics developed in human history as a direct result of engineering – or at least, the development of technology.
    The
  • An unintended consequence of self-driving cars?

    The benefits of self-driving cars are likely to prompt vehicle owners to drive more, and that extra distance could partially or completely offset the potential energy-saving benefits that automation may provide, according to a University of Michigan study. “Much higher energy efficiency targets are required for self-driving cars” It considers the expectation that self-driving cars ...
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  • Printing energy storage at the touch of a button

    A novel type of conductive ink for printing super capacitors in any shape or size
    The ink, developed by a collaboration between Drexel University in Philadelphia and Trinity College, Dublin, is based on a highly-conductive two-dimensional material called MXene, which was invented by Yury Gogotsi and colleagues at Drexel in 2011. According to Gogotsi, who has also led the current research, it is more conductive and more easily applied to a range of different surfaces than previous conductive inks
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  • Cubesat carries first 3D-printed space antenna

    A cubesat containing the first commercial microwave radiometer and 3D-printed antenna for space has launched from the US.
    Image: Orbital Micro SystemsDubbed IOD-1 GEMS, the miniaturised weather observing and forecasting technology is the first of the Satellite Applications Catapult’s In-Orbit Demonstration (IOD) Programme, which is funded by Innovate UK. It is also the first satellite in Orbital Micro Systems’ (OMS) Global Environmental Monitoring System (GEMS) constellation.
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  • 4x2mm chips senses ambient light and proximity

    Vishay has announced VCNL4040, a combined optical proximity detector and ambient light sensor, that includes infra-red LED, two photodetectors, signal processing and a 16bit ADC in a 4 x 2 x 1.1mm package. “The three-in-one sensor features an interrupt function and supports an I²C bus communications interface, which simplifies window and sensor placement, According to ...
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  • Hydrogel patch mitigates heart attack damage

    An international team of scientists and engineers has developed a hydrogel patch specifically modelled to reduce damage to the heart in the aftermath of a heart attack.Hearts with the computer optimised patch (second column from the left) remodelled less than those with no patch at all (far left column) and hearts patched with suboptimal properties (right columns) Credit: Brown/Fudan/Soochow UniversitiesPublished in Nature Biomedical Engineering, the work is a collaboration between China’s
  • Low-cost radar could help visually impaired

    Researchers in Saudi Arabia and Finland have created a compact, low-cost radar with potential applications in healthcare and personal security.The new device fits into a 10cm box, weighs less than 150g and is powered by a 5V battery (Pic: KAUST)Developed by a team at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and VTT Technical Research Center, the radar is said to provide detailed information about the size, distance and speed of moving objects. However, for close-range applicati
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  • Robotic dogs pull truck

    Boston Dynamics has demo-ed  a pack of its robotic dogs  pulling a truck.   Boston Dynamics say that the dogs, called Spot, are being made on a production line and could be sold in the market this year. Boston Dynamics didn’t say how much Spot might cost. Spot is just under three feet tall and ...
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  • Murata launches noise filter ferrite beads

    Murata is shipping its BLM18DN_SH series of noise filter ferrite beads. The devices are specifically designed for automotive networks using Power over Coaxial (PoC) with high impedance, high frequencies and supporting large currents, up to 1400 mA. As vehicles become more complex and sophisticated and especially as a result of increased image sensing, data communication ...
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  • Mouser signs ODU

    Mouser has  signed a global distribution agreement with connector specialist ODU. The ODU product line includes the ODU MINI-SNAP, ODU MEDI-SNAP, and ODU MINI-MED connector series. The ODU MINI-SNAP K Series and ODU MINI-SNAP L Seriesare push-pull circular connectors keyed by pin and groove. Both series offer 5,000+ mating cycle durability and are available in a wide variety of sizes, ...
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  • 1.2kV Si rectifiers close on SiC

    Vishay has introduced FRED Pt Gen 5 1,200V hyper-fast and ultra-fast rectifiers rated at 30A and 60A for hard-switched and soft-switched (resonant) designs “offering the best conduction and switching loss trade-off for devices in their class”, according to the firm. Matched to operate with mosfets of fast IGBTs, the diodes are optimised for PFC and ...
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  • Tact switch is small for IoT

    C&K has announced a sub-miniature J-lead surface-mount tact switch aimed at home automation and IoT devices. Called PTS815, it is 2.5mm thick, with a 4.2 x 3.2mm footprint while retaining a relatively large actuation surface (3 x 2.2mm oval). For compatibility with production processes, the actuation surface is hard and flat. “With PCB space at ...
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  • JLR challenge targets next generation of coders

    Jaguar Land Rover has been unearthing tomorrow’s software engineer’s by challenging them to write code for self-driving vehicles.The Land Rover 4×4 In Schools Technology Challenge saw teenagers writing around 200 lines of code in just 30 minutes, to successfully navigate a scale model Range Rover Evoque around a 5.7-metre circuit. This year 110 students from 14 countries qualified for the world finals at the University of Warwick, with NewGen Motors team from Greece lifting the
  • Dstl online game targets new cyber recruits

    The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is using an online game to help recruit more than 60 new members for its Cyber and Information Systems team.Know the Unknown challenges users to think quickly and allocate resources to neutralise incoming cyber threats. Dstl is the science and technology arm of the Ministry of Defence. The organisation is hoping the game and the supporting microsite will attract inquisitive minds and act as a recruitment aid for those seeking a career in
  • Quantum material may help detect brain disease

    Part of a project to develop a synthetic material that “thinks” like brain matter, the material can “listen” to brain functions
    The black rectangle beneath these gold rungs is a new quantum material capable of “listening” to the brain by grabbing ions, which the brain naturally uses to communicate. Image: Purdue University/Hai-Tian ZhangResearchers at Purdue University in Indiana believe the material, which is based on a perovskite mineral, may help in early d
  • Lockheed tests 360-degree vision system on Bell V-280

    Lockheed Martin has tested a new pilot vision system that uses sensors to deliver a 360-degree view around the aircraft.Known as Pilotage Distributed Aperture Sensor (PDAS), the system consists of six infrared sensors positioned around the aircraft, all linked to aircrew helmets and cockpit displays via an open-architecture processor (OAP). It is being developed specifically for vertical lift vehicles and has previously been tested on UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The latest tests, which took pl
  • Vanadium disulphide stabilised for faster charging batteries

    Researchers have overcome an obstacle hindering the use of vanadium disulphide in lithium-ion batteries, an advance that could lead to quicker charging without compromising capacity. Materials research makes possible lithium-ion batteries that can charge in a matter of minutes but still operate at a high capacity (Pic: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)The breakthrough from a team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) could improve battery performance for consumer electronics, solar grid
  • There’s still time to take part in The Engineer’s 2019 salary survey

    Readers have until Tuesday 23rd April to take part in our annual engineering salary survey and enter a prize draw for £250. 
    Last year, in our fourth annual engineering salary survey, we asked UK engineers from across industry to tell us how they felt about their jobs and how much they get paid.
    Image: monsitj via istock.With almost 3000 engineers from across 11 sectors of UK industry taking part, the survey provided an illuminating picture of life in engineering, from levels of job s
  • Intel pulls out of 5G smartphone modems.

    Intel says it will no longer pursue 5G modems for smartphones following the peace deal between Qualcomm and Apple. Intel will assess the opportunities for 4G and 5G modems in PCs, IoT and other data-centric devices and will invest in its 5G network infrastructure business. “In the smartphone modem business it has become apparent that ...
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  • Wood based solar evaporator could provide safe water

    An inexpensive solar evaporator made of wood could provide safe drinking water to people in regions where desalination systems are too expensive to install and operate.
    A self-cleaning device made of wood aims to make small-scale desalination more practical (Pic: John T. Consoli/University of Maryland)Developed and demonstrated by researchers at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, the evaporator is said to generate steam with high efficiency and minimal need
  • Huawei expects double digit telecoms growth in 2019

    Huawei chairman Ken Hu (pictured)  says that the company’s telecom business will see double digit growth this year despite the political attacks on it led by the USA. Demand is strong in China, Europe, South America, Middle East and Africa, says the company. “We’ve seen an overall optimism and acceleration in the industry regarding 5G ...
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  • Samsung says 5nm ready for prototyping

    Samsung says its 5nm FinFET EUV process technology is complete  and ready to run customer samples. Compared to 7nm,  the 5nm process is claimed to be 25% denser with either 20% lower power consumption or 10% higher performance. All  7nm IP can be used on 5nm, says Samsung. Samsung Foundry says it has been providing ...
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  • Intel buys Omnitek

    Intel is to buy Omnitek, the 20 year-old Basingstoke designer of intelligent video and vision systems  on FPGAs and SoCs.  It also designs and manufactures a suite of video test & measurement equipment. The price is not disclosed. Omnitek’s 40 employees will join Intel’s programmable solutions group based around its $16.7 billion Altera business which ...
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  • Mouser signs Futaba

    Mouser has signed a global distribution agreement with Futaba Corporation.  Mouser now stocks a range of Futaba’s display modules, including vacuum fluorescent, organic light-emitting OLEDs and LCDs.  Futuba AH Series modules offer a complete display solution in a slim design. The modules are available in vacuum fluorescent display (VFD) or film compensated Super Twisted Nematic ...
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  • Qualcomm and Apple bury the hatchet

    Apple and Qualcomm have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies worldwide and enter a six-year licensing agreement and a multiyear supply agreement. Apple will pay an unspecified amount to Qualcomm. The announcement came on the second day of  a court case in San Diego expected to last for several weeks. “The two ...
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  • Vigortronix signs Anglia for UK and Ireland

    UK manufacturer, Vigortronix has signed a distribution agreement with Anglia, for the UK and Ireland. Vigortronix manufactures transformers and power supplies; its AC-DC converters, power transformers, toroidal transformers, pulse transformers and wound component lines will be added to the distributor’s linecard. The signing adds specialist products, explains David Pearson, technical director at Anglia. “[The signing] ...
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  • Hifideluxe: Rohm’s super-Fi DAC

    At Hifideluxe in Munich next month, Rohm will be pre-viewing an audio DAC claimed to have a 131.6dB signal-to-noise ratio. Called BD34301EKV it is a 32bit, two channel ΣΔ converter with -115dB THD+N, taking inputs as 2.8 / 5.6 / 11.2 / 22.4MHz DSD or 32kHz to 768kHz PCM (pulse-code modulation) – DSD is direct ...
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  • Why Boeing’s 737 trouble could mark a watershed moment for aircraft design

    Our anonymous blogger ponders the possible reasons behind Boeing’s 737 MAX troubles and what this might mean for the future of civil aircraft design.
    I feel it only fair to point out at the start that I am commenting on this matter from a position purely based on what has been reported in the mass media so far, undoubtedly there is still more yet to come to light.
    As you are all no doubt aware there has been a crash involving a Boeing 737 Max, sadly with no survivors. This has been the sec
  • TÜV SÜD supports industry 4.0 with UK IoT cellular test service

    Technical service provider, TÜV SÜD, has launched its IoT cellular testing service. The service will be accommodated within the existing facility, claimed to be the only laboratory in the UK to offer a dedicated Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT) test and certification service. Explaining the rationale for the service, TÜV SÜD explained that NB-IoT enables multiple machines, devices ...
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  • £20m dementia centre to develop tech for the home

    A new research and technology centre will explore a range of innovations for monitoring and treating dementia in the home, potentially easing the burden on patients and the NHS.
    Based at Imperial College London’s White City campus, the £20m centre is a multi-partner collaboration that includes Surrey University, with financial backing coming via the Medical Research Council, Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. Using a combination of sensors, AI, robotics,
  • Kyocera and Vicor create ‘power-on-package’ for AI processors

    Kyocera and Vicor will develop power-on-package (PoP) technology for high-performance and artificial intelligence (AI) processors. Kyocera will integrate processor power and data delivery with organic packages, module substrates and motherboard designs – using its design technology, simulation tools and manufacturing experience to route I/O, high-speed memory and high-current power. Vicor will provide current multipliers ready ...
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  • Toyota’s royalty-free windfall could stimulate EV market

    Toyota’s patent giveaway highlights the value of intellectual property assets and the critical role they can play in stimulating markets, says Diego Black, partner and patent attorney at Withers & Rogers
    Recent news that Toyota is planning to make a portfolio of nearly 24,000 of its electrification patents available to the wider market has caused shockwaves across the automotive sector. Whilst an undeniably bold move, the car manufacturer’s motives remain unclear. Could this
  • Low cost endoscope could transform developing world cancer diagnosis

    A new type of endoscope that can be produced at a fraction of the cost of existing systems promises to revolutionise cancer screening in low income countries.
    The device’s inventors estimate that it could be produced for just £40, a fraction of the cost of existing systems. Image: Leeds UniversityDeveloped by a Leeds University led consortium, the prototype device – which is designed to detect cancers within the upper part of the digestive tract, is claimed to represent a funda
  • EPSRC funds UK Robotics Week to 2022

    The UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is to fund UK Robotics Week through to 2022, with a grant to its organiser Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Network (UK-RAS Network). “The UK Robotics Week is a prime example of how those working in the field are demonstrating what the future will bring and encouraging ...
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  • This week’s poll: future UK rail strategy

    With rail policy up for scrutiny in an upcoming review of government investment projects, what would be the best strategy to proceed?
    Current HS2 plans will see London’s Euston station completely transformed
    Take Our PollThe chief secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, is to conduct a review of all the government’s major investment projects this autumn. This brings a project that has dominated investment plans for several years, HS2, back under scrutiny, Truss confirmed in an intervie
  • Small triple display embedded PC boards support AMD Ryzen embedded R

    Sapphire of Hong Kong has announced Mini-ITX and ‘5×5’ PC motherboards for AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 processors with Radeon Vega 3 Graphics – where 5×5 (see photo) is actually 5.8 x 5.5inch or ~150x140mm. They are suited for applications requiring a high speed communications front-end like a mini-server or high resolution display products such as ...
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  • Last week’s Poll: London’s new ULEZ

    London doesn’t have a monopoly on poor air quality, but it does have a mayor prepared to make radical changes to improve it.Here in the capital we’re a week into the implementation of an Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), which has been rolled out in central London and will gradually expand across the whole of inner London between the north and south circular roads in 2021.
    London mayor Sadiq Khan makes no apologies for the ambition of ULEZ, determined as he is to eradicate poor health
  • Scientists create 3D printed heart using patient cells

    In a world first, scientists have 3D printed a heart containing blood vessels, cells and chambers, using patients’ own biological material.
    A 3D-printed, small-scaled human heart engineered from the patient’s own materials and cells (Credit: Advanced Science. © 2019 The Authors)The research, carried out at Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel, could have major implications for cardiology, with heart disease one of the leading causes of death worldwide. While heart structures have
  • Terry Gou to run for President

    Terry Gou, founder and chairman of Foxconn (pictured with President Tsai) may challenge Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen for the country’s presidency in the January 2020 presidential elections, reports Bloomberg. President Tsai is rather anti mainland China and, if he runs, Gou says he was will seek the nomination of the more pro-China Kuomintang (KMT) party ...
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  • TSMC to make HiSilicon mobile processor in volume on EUV 7nm process in Q2

    During this current quarter, TSMC will  move the HiSilicon Kirin 985 processor into volume production on an EUV-based version of its 7nm process called N7+, says Taiwan’s Commercial Times as reported by Digitimes. Also in Q2, TSMC will have a 7nm EUV-based process called N7 Pro running in volume producing Apple’s latest processor, the A13. ...
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  • Q4 EDA sales down 3.1% y-o-y

    Q4 EDA revenues fell 3.1% y-o-y  to $2570.1 million, compared to $2652 million in Q4 2017. “While CAE and PCB & MCM categories reported an increase, the EDA industry overall reported reduced revenues in Q4, partly due to accounting and reporting changes by IP providers. The decrease is also in comparison to a particularly strong ...
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  • Arm invests in Ampere

    Arm has invested in a new funding round for Arm-based server processor specialist Ampere Computing. Ampere’s technology derives from the Arm-based server processors  of Applied Circuit Corp (AMCC) which was taken over by MACOM in 2016. In October 2017, MACOM sold the computing business of AMCC, including the IP for AMCC’s X-Gene Arm-based processors, to ...
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  • 100mA opto-triacs for 120, 240 and 380Vac

    Vishay introduces DIP-6 and SMD-6 opto-triacs rated at 800V 100mA for home appliances
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  • Tool simplifies configuration in machine learning IMUs

    STMicroelectronics aims to ease the configuration of the finite state machine (FSM) and machine learning (ML) logic that exists in some of its inertial measurement units (IMUs). “The FSM logic lets users run gesture and motion-recognition algorithms directly in the sensor for always-on convenience and low power consumption,” explained the firm. “The ML core implements ...
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  • UK made: vented sensor enclosures

    UK manufacturer BCL Enclosures, has introduced enclosures for sensors – designed to keep the air flowing around temperature, gas and humidity probes as well as thermostats. Manufactured from ABS, and called the BCS Series, there are different models. Three measure 80 x 80 x 21mm and are made in ABS HB. BCS30W is a white sensor ...
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