• Low ohmic resistors sense current in inverters and appliances

    Rohm has announced a line-up of high power wide terminal thick-film chip resistors intended for current detection in applications including inverters and home appliances. Ranging from 10 to 910mΩ in 48 values, the parts are called LTR50. “A thorough review of the resistive material allowed Rohm to improve rated power to 2W in the 2.5 x ...
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  • Aston Martin’s Valkyrie V12 engine lets rip at 11,100 RPM

    Aston Martin has released technical details for the 6.5-litre V12 engine that will sit at the heart of its Valkyrie hypercar, due to hit the streets in 2019.Developed in partnership with Cosworth, the naturally aspirated engine will produce 1,000 bhp and deliver a maximum rpm of 11,100. Despite these heady figures, the powerplant weighs in at just 206kg and complies with all relevant emissions standards, according to Aston. Peak torque from the combustion engine will be 740Nm at 7,000 rpm, but o
  • A new route to self-heating clothing

    As a way to turn cloth into heating elements for self-warming clothing, engineers at Rutgers University in the US have used high-intensity light pulses to fuse silver nano-wires onto polyester fibres – something called intense pulsed-light scintering. While delivering sufficient energy to bond the silver wires to the cloth fibres, the underlying polymer is not ...
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  • UK researchers hope to bring rotary friction welding to the manufacturing mainstream

    Engineers at The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) are exploring the use of rotary friction welding to help reduce materials wastage and production time.One of AFRC’s two rotary friction welding machines. Image: AFRCRotary Friction Welding is a solid-state technique that works by rotating one part at high speed whilst pressing it against another stationary part. The resulting friction heats the parts and “welds” them together.
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  • Subcon co-locates with The Engineer Expo and Advanced Manufacturing Show in 2019

    Photo: Aidan Synnott PhotographySubcon – the UK’s premier manufacturing supply chain show returns 4-6 June at the NEC
    2019 set to feature expanded exhibition space as Subcon co-locates with Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Expo for the first timeSubcon, the UK’s premier subcontract manufacturing supply chain show, has confirmed it will return to the NEC for Subcon 2019, spanning 4-6 June.  Now in its 43rd year, Subcon is the must-attend event for subcontract ma
  • Electrolysis catalyst could produce fuel from waste CO2

    Water electrolysis catalyst is cheaper than platinum compounds and operates under pH-neutral conditions
    The so-called hydrogen economy – based around storage and usage of hydrogen rather than oil products as an energy carrier – has always stumbled because of lack of availability of hydrogen. Currently, its major sources all use fossil fuels as their source, which is counter-productive. Splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen uses electricity, which must be carbon neutral if the goal
  • Folding drone flies through small holes

    A drone that can fold-up during flight to get through narrow gaps has been created by the University of Zurich. Servo-driven sideways folding hinges allow it to adopt normal, long-thin and compact configurations and, crucially, its real-time control system adjusts rotor thrust to retain controlled stable flight as morphing shifts the center of gravity. “Our ...
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  • Binary Bots from Farnell

    Premier Farnell is to distribute the Binary Bots range of educational robots. BinaryBots specialise in developing educational robot starter kits to help teachers make Physical Computing and core STEM principles simple and fun for children aged eight years old and above. With a strong focus on accessibility and affordability, their products include a ‘Cardboard2Code’ beginners range<https://uk.farnell.com/search?st=binarybots%20binary>, ...
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  • Why we should all be concerned by Bloodhound’s demise

    The demise of Bloodhound SSC is a worrying sign that we no longer dare to dream writes our anonymous blogger. 
    Everything was going fine for the run up to Christmas in the Secret Engineer household; at least until I received the news that Bloodhound SSC had, after a few rocky years, finally come to an end as a project.
    Final checks before Bloodhound’s first public run in October 2017. Image: BloodhoundBreaking records has always been difficult so the odds were stacked against them (ju
  • SST embeds NOR flash in Hynix 110nm foundry process

    Silicon Storage Technology (SST) is to work with Hynix System IC on embedding NOR memory in Hynix’s 110nm CMOS process. SST, now a subsidiary of Microchip,  calls its embedded NOR ‘SuperFlash’. SST claims that SuperFlash delivers low-power, high reliability, fast erase, and superior data retention and endurance for a range of applications, such as IoT, smart ...
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  • Intel debuts Foveros

    Intel has cone up with a packaging technology called  ‘Foveros’. Foveros ‘paves the way for devices and systems combining high-performance, high-density and low-power silicon process technologies,’ says Intel, ‘Foveros is expected to extend die stacking beyond traditional passive interposers and stacked memory to high-performance logic, such as CPU, graphics and AI processors.’ Intel adds that ...
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  • AVX adds 2.55mm profile IDC

    AVX has added a new part to its 9176-800 Series low-profile insulation displacement connectors (IDCs) — the first and currently only industrial IDCs available in a 2.55mm profile — to accommodate an additional wire gauge and further expand application suitability. Now available in one to four positions in each of four wire gauges, the series’ ...
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  • Southampton sub team works with Igus for gearbox gains

    A team of young engineers from Southampton University is working with Igus to improve the gearbox of its underwater sub.The Southampton University Human Powered Submarine Society (SUHPS) was founded in 2014 to compete in the International Submarine Races (ISR), created to encourage young people to fill the shortfall in marine engineers. Each team designs and builds a unique flooded submarine from scratch to compete in the races every year. The pilot (a single scuba diver) pedals and steers the s
  • Jacarem signs franchise for EDAC connectors

    Connector distributor and cable assembly manufacturer, Jacarem, has signed a franchise distribution agreement with interconnect specialist, EDAC. The latter provides card edge, rack and panel, RJ45 and telecomms jacks, USB and FireWire, waterproof connectors and PLCC sockets. MH Connectors, which manufactures connectors, hoods and covers, is also part of the EDAC group. The D-sub hoods ...
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  • 600V super-junction mosfets optimised for soft switching

    STMicroelectronics’ MDmesh M6 600V super-junction transistors are aimed at medium-power resonant and hard-switching converter topologies. There are 37 part numbers covering 13 to 72A, with threshold voltage optimised for soft switching, suiting the transistors LLC resonant converters and boost-PFC converters. Rds(on) to as low as 36mΩ. For hard-switching topologies, the capacitance profile is claimed to enhance ...
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  • Putting the boot into Industry 4.0 education

    Students in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at University College Dublin can learn production technologies for Industry 4.0, or the smart factory, with hands-on experience via an automated factory demonstration unit, donated by Maxim Integrated Products. The football factory demo was popular at exhibitions around Europe, where it was used to showcase the ...
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  • Gyrfalcon launches AI accelerator with eMRAM.

    Gyrfalcon Technology, the 11-month-old Milpitas specialist in AI accelerator ICs, has announced commercial availability of a 22nm ASIC with embedded MRAM called the LightspeeurÒ 2802M. Gyrfalcon claims the chip is the industry’s first AI Accelerator to use MRAM. The chip has a density of  50 F and and a read speed of 45-60ns. It has 40MB of memory, which can support ...
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  • What to expect from the budding quantum industries

    Dr Rhys Lewis, director of the Quantum Metrology Institute (QMI), outlines the various quantum industries expected to benefit from this new technological frontier.For many, quantum technologies are synonymous with quantum computing. But quantum technologies are much more than this, and many are much closer to becoming commercial products.
    Quantum technologies harness the surprising properties of single atoms, electrons and photons, and how they interact. The behaviour of quantum systems gives r
  • Passive solar heat device could be hygiene boon in remote regions

    Using solar heat to turn water into superheated steam without optics, MIT discovery hopes to enable sterilisation and provide clean drinking water
    Hygiene is a persistent problem in remote regions of poorer countries. Medical facilities require sterilisation, and clean drinking water is often in short supply. A device developed by MIT engineers has the potential to provide both, using only the sun as a power source.
    The suspended heating device being tested at MIT, where it generated steam at 14
  • Picture Gallery: Elektra Awards 2018 Attendees – The after-party (III)

    Check out the last of our Elektra Awards 2018 galleries, featuring the the after-dinner party.
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  • Bionic bumblebee backpacks to collect data for IoT smart farms

    Researchers at the University of Washington have developed tiny sensor-loaded bumblebee backpacks to collect data as the insects go about their day on farms.
    (Credit: Mark Stone/University of Washington)The bionic backpacks weigh just 102 milligrams, with rechargeable batteries making up the bulk and around 30 milligrams left over for sensors and memory storage. Temperature, humidity and light intensity readings can all be made, but onboard data is severely limited to around 30 kilobytes. The ba
  • Picture Gallery: Elektra Awards 2018 Attendees – The awards dinner (II)

    Check out our gallery of Elektra Awards guests – can you spot yourself or your colleagues among this year’s party people? More to follow shortly.
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  • Compound semiconductor Catapult gets CTO, and likely location

    A CTO has been appointed for the fledgling Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult growing in Cardiff. It is Martin McHugh, who most recently headed up business and technology development for Microsemi’s (now part of Microchip) advanced packaging business. “He brings with him a wealth of technology experience having worked in technical and commercial roles with responsibilities covering the ...
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  • Compound semiconductor Catapult gets CTO

    A CTO has been appointed for the fledgling Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult growing in Cardiff. It is Martin McHugh, who most recently headed up business and technology development for Microsemi’s (now part of Microchip) advanced packaging business. “He brings with him a wealth of technology experience having worked in technical and commercial roles with responsibilities covering the ...
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  • Folding drone holds promise for search and rescue applications

    An experimental folding drone, able to retract its arms during flight and make itself small enough to fit through narrow gaps and holes, could have great potential for search and rescue operations it is claimed.
    When faced with a narrow passage, the drone can switch to a “H” shape, with all arms lined up along one axis. (Image: UZH)Developed by a team from the Robotics and Perception Group at the University of Zurich and the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at EPFL (Ecole polytechni
  • LED for crop scanning

    Osram is aiming at farmers, horticulturists and viticulturists with a broad-band near-infra-red LED for in-field reflection spectroscopy. “One of the most important decisions that farmers and vineyard owners have to make involves getting the timing right for the harvest,” it said. “Simply scanning fruit or cereal crops with the near-infra-red LED installed in a smartphone ...
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  • Toshiba adds to dual H-bridge motor driver ICs

    Toshiba has added to its line-up of dual H-bridge driver ICs for DC brushed motors and stepping motors. The TC78H653FTG delivers the low voltage (1.8V) and high current (4.0A) essential for motor-based equipment powered by dry-cell batteries such as mobile devices, electronic products for the home and USB drives. The chip suitable for applications including ...
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  • Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2019

    February 5th to 7th 2019 | Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre | Farnborough, Hants
    Southern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to Hall 1 at Farnborough International, Hampshire from February 5th to 7th 2019. Over 800 exhibitors from around the world will participate, making it the UK’s largest annual engineering show. Entry is free, there’s free on-site parking and a free technical seminar programme running continuously over the three days of the show.
  • Power trends according to GaN Systems.

    GaN Systems identifies four trends for the power industry in 2019. Electric Vehicles and Autonomous-Driving Vehicles Mobility as a Service (MaaS) will gain more mind share. Change in the social relationship between individuals and vehicles will continue to move from individual ownership to convenient on-demand use. On-demand itself will start to evolve to increasingly include fleets ...
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  • 2018 SEMI equipment sales hit record $62bn but set to fall 4% in 2019

    Sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment are projected to increase 9.7 percent to $62.1 billion in 2018, says SEMI, exceeding the historic high of $56.6 billion set last year. The equipment market is expected to contract 4.0 percent in 2019 but grow 20.7 percent to reach $71.9 billion in 2020 – an all-time high.   ...
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  • Imec makes progress on GAA transistors

    Imec reports significant progress in process enabling the introduction of gate-all-around (GAA) transistors with vertically stacked nanowires and nanosheets for the N3 technology node. Results include improved Si GAA devices, better understanding of strain engineering in Ge nanowire pFETs, and a comprehensive understanding of reliability and degradation mechanisms of nanowire FETs. GAA MOSFETs are promising ...
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  • Mouser signs MonoDAQ

    Mouser has signed the data acquisition products specialist MonoDAQ to a global distribution agreement. The MonoDAQ product line  includes four data acquisition products. The MonoDAQ-U-X data acquisition tool is designed to help engineers with daily measurement tasks, serving as any of several discrete tools, such as a strain gauge amplifier, thermocouple interface, and voltage input, with ...
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  • Bath’s EV aces fly high at Formula Student Electric China

     Despite being tested to the limits by technical misfortune, Team Bath Racing Electric pulled out all the stops to make its trip to Formula Student Electric China a success. Elizabeth Maclennan, Team Bath Racing Electric Project Manager, provides the inside track. 
    (Credit: TBRE)Formula Student Electric China finished on 1st December and the team from the University of Bath are now safely back in the UK. The trip was a whirlwind of action, a rollercoaster of emotions and a true once-in
  • Crossrail racks up £1.4bn bailout as overuns delay opening of Elizabeth line

    Plans to open Crossrail’s Elizabeth Line in 2019 have been dealt a blow with project overruns adding an extra £1.4bn to the project.
    Image: Bryden WoodStretching over 60 miles from Reading in the west to Shenfield in the east, the Elizabeth Line was scheduled to open in December 2018 but was put back in August this year to autumn 2019.
    “Since I joined Crossrail Ltd in November I have been reviewing the work still required to complete the core stations and rail infrastructure an
  • afdec/ecsn predicts 3.4-8.5% growth in 2019

    The  UK & Ireland electronic component market will grow between 3.4% and 8.5% in 2019, forecasts afdec, which is part of  the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn), with a mid-point of 5.9%. The 2018 market is likely to have grown by 9.2% in 2018,  with distribution taking 41% of the TAM. The afdec/ecsn consensus opinion is that ...
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  • Tiny solar cells integrated into cloth at Nottingham Trent

    Nottingham Trent University has developed a way to embed miniature solar cells into yarn that it said allows them to be knitted and woven into textiles: “The cells are encapsulated in a resin which allows the textile fabric to be washed and worn like any other form of clothing.” “Clothing would look and behave like ...
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  • Siglent 2Gsample/s scope offers 350MHz bandwidth

    Siglent is aiming at analogue circuit design and service departments with 2Gsample/s oscilloscopes. Available with a choice of 200 or 350MHz bandwidth, the SDS2000X-E – where the trailing E stands for economy models, said the firm. 28Mpoint of acquisition memory is available as standard, as is an update rate of up 110,000waveform/s. “Low noise front ...
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  • Industrial grade cellular comms SIM is 2.5 x 2.7mm for IoT and M2M

    Infineon is claiming a first, with an industrial-grade embedded SIM (eSIM) in a 2.5 x 2.7mm wafer-level chip-scale package (WLCSP). It is aimed at machine-to-machine comms and IoT applications, for example vending machines, remote sensors and asset trackers. “Providing robust quality on a miniature footprint that works even under harshest conditions remains a challenge for silicon ...
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  • This week’s poll: Brexit endgame

    What is the most likely outcome of the current situation regarding Brexit?Take Our PollWe honestly don’t envy herToday should have marked the beginning of the end of the ongoing saga of Brexit with parliament’s “meaningful vote” on the exit agreement negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May. However, as readers will no doubt have heard, the vote has been delayed to an unspecified date (although probably before 21st January) while May returns to Brussels for “clarifi
  • Three teams shortlisted for new Type 31e frigate contract

    BAE Systems, Babcock and Atlas Elektronik UK have each been awarded £5 million to develop their plans for the new Type 31e frigate, with the winner of the contract to be decided by the end of 2019.
    BAE Systems’ Type 31e ‘Leander’ design (Credit: BAE Systems)Five new Type 31e warships are due to be built under the first part of the contract, worth a total of £1.25 billion. The Ministry of Defence says it wants the first ship to be delivered to the Royal Navy by
  • Three teams shortlisted for new Type 31e frigate contact

    BAE Systems, Babcock and Atlas Elektronik UK have each been awarded £5 million to develop their plans for the new Type 31e frigate, with the winner of the contract to be decided by the end of 2019.
    BAE Systems’ Type 31e ‘Leander’ design (Credit: BAE Systems)Five new Type 31e warships are due to be built under the first part of the contract, worth a total of £1.25 billion. The Ministry of Defence says it wants the first ship to be delivered to the Royal Navy by
  • Mouser signs NDK

    Mouser has signed a global distribution deal with NDK,  the manufacturer of crystal timing devices. The NDK product line includes NX1612AA and NX3225SA crystal timing units. The NX1612AA devices are 24 MHz to 80 MHz surface-mount units that consume just 10µA with a load capacitance of 8 pF. The 1.6 mm × 2.1 mm devices are suitable ...
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  • Last week’s poll: the Galileo affair

    What should be the UK’s response to being shut out of the secure systems of the Galileo satellite constellation?
    The prospect of Brexit has presented myriad difficulties, including what to do about the UK’s imminent exclusion from the development of EU’s satellite navigation system, Galileo.With EU members states ruling that the UK will not be able to be involved in the development of Galileo’s secure public regulated service (PRS), an encrypted military grade signal, onc
  • Georgia Tech team demonstrates tuneable origami inspired antennae

    A team at the Georgia Institute of Technology has devised a method for using an origami-based structure to create radio frequency filters with adjustable dimensions, able to change which signals they block throughout a large range of frequencies.
    Silver dipoles are arranged across the folds of a Miuri-Ori pattern to enable frequency blocking. Image: Rob FeltThe group claims the method could be used for a number of applications, from antenna systems capable of adapting in real-time to ambient con
  • Qualcomm data centre business withers away

    Qualcomm’s data centre chip business, which had over 1000 employees earlier this year, is now down to 50 after the latest round of cuts of 269 people in San Diego and Raleigh, North Carolina, reports The Information. “Qualcomm is reducing our investments in the data center business but remains committed to business obligations and upcoming ...
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  • Imec demo-es 3D stacked finfets

    Imec has demo-ed 3D stacked FinFETs on 300mm wafers using a sequential integration approach with a 45nm fin pitch and 110nm poly pitch technology. The top layer consists of junction-less devices fabricated at a temperature below 525 degrees Celsius in a silicon layer transferred by wafer-to-wafer bonding. The excellent performance of the resulting stack demonstrates ...
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  • Vayyar launches Walabot-60GHz mmWave EVK.

    Vayyar Imaging, the 3D radar imaging specialist, technology​, has launched of its new mmWave Evaluation Kit (EVK), Walabot-60Ghz. Walabot-60Ghz provides users with the groundbreaking capabilities of Vayyar’s high-resolution 3D imaging chip, alongside an SDK/API, facilitating development, integration and scaling of products. The kit includes a chip with a 40 Transceivers array (40 Tx/Rx), complete with ...
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  • How collaborative robots will usher in the era of Industry 5.0

    No sooner than the concept of Industry 4.0 becomes established in common parlance along comes its bigger and better sibling, writes Lee HibbertThere’s a contradiction at the heart of manufacturing.
    On the one hand we are told that increasing automation will lead to higher production rates and improved efficiencies.
    And yet, at the same time, there’s supposed to be a trend towards mass personalisation, with consumers expecting greater variety of products without a corresponding increa
  • UK motor company installs instrument-grade torque sensors

    Devon-based Ashwoods Electric Motors has chosen torque sensors from Isle-of-Wight-based Datum for its suite of automated dynamometers, which Ashwoods designed in-house. “The team wanted a relatively small torque sensor that could fit into their existing dynamometers to ensure the electric motor operate at optimal efficiency,” claimed Datum. Chosen was the M425 sensor, which has a wide-enough operation ...
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  • ST puts phase-change memory in MCUs

    ST is sampling automotive MCUs containing phase-change memory made on a 28nm FDSOI process. Full technology qualification is expected in 2020. “Having applied ST’s process, design, technology, and application expertise to ePCM, we’ve developed an innovative recipe that makes ST the very first to combine this non-volatile memory with 28nm FD-SOI for high-performance, low-power automotive ...
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