• GE metal process improves MEMS RF switches

     General Electric's research labs have developed a MEMS RF switch that can be engineered to handle up to 1kW or scaled to provide up to provide less than 0.3dB of insertion loss carrying 3GHz signals.
  • January 1880: Edison’s electric light

    A certain formality is often the hallmark of articles in the Victorian editions of The Engineer; but in the case of the now-celebrated American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, that formality gives way to a finely-honed scorn.Edison, along with many others, had for some years been trying to develop a practical electric light, and our predecessors were reacting to a report in the New York Herald that he had finally succeeded. It’s fair to say that they were not persuaded.
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  • RAEng announces new intelligence and security fellowships

    The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) has revealed details of four new fellowships that will look to advance UK intelligence & security research.
    Offered by the Government Office for Science and administered by the RAEng, the UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships will investigate online behaviour patterns, rechargeable batteries for wearables, quantum & optical sensors, and advanced x-ray scanning.According to the RAEng, the programme is based on a similar s
  • Cruden simplifies hardware driving simulator design 

    Dutch firm Cruden has developed a simulation tool for automotive R&D that combines hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) set-ups and driver-in-the-loop (DIL) simulators. As an example, Cruden installed a driver simulator merged with a dSPACE HIL set-up at the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences in Germany, where students can integrate hardware into the driving simulator. HIL set-ups, for ...
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  • Airbus helps PMR networks meet new EU security directive

    A European directive on network and information security (NIS) comes into force next year. The aim of the NIS directive is to improve the member states’ cooperation and protection against attacks. The European Union’s directive on network and information security (NIS), was adopted in summer 2016, and national governments will have to implement the legislation ...
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  • Project looks at gecko grip for handling in high-precision industrial settings

    Humans have long admired the ability of the gecko to climb walls and numerous attempts have been made at replicating the adhesive qualities of the lizard’s feet.
    Now, a Georgia Institute of Technology (GATECH) researcher is looking into how gecko-grip could be applied in a high-precision industrial setting, such as in robot arms used in manufacturing computer chips.
    “There are numerous ways that gecko adhesion could be used in an industrial setting, especially in handling delica
  • Teledyne e2v expands business ties with China

    Teledyne e2v has opened a new healthcare and security facility to support its growing business in China. The facility in Chaoyang District, Beijing will be customer facing for radiotherapy, security and other high-power RF applications. Ewan Livingstone, President RF Power: Commercial, officially opened the site on 4 December 2017, and Teledyne e2v is looking forward ...
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  • Panasonic offers single-side stable 16A LZ-N relay

    Panasonic’s latest electromechanical switch is a single side stable 16A relay. The normally open contact as well as the change-over contact can switch loads up to 16A/250V at ambient temperatures of up to 105°C. The clearance and creepage distance between contact and coil is min. 10mm despite the relay’s very compact dimensions of 12.5 x 28.8 ...
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  • Speed up approvals and embrace new technology to ensure UK’s nuclear future, says IMechE

    The UK urgently needs to address the implications of Brexit on the nuclear sector and ensure the future pipeline of nuclear technologies, the IMechE says in a new report.
    Hinkley Point CThe report, Nuclear Power: A Future Pathway for the UK, assesses the state of nuclear policy in the wake of the announcement last week of more support for the development of small modular reactor (SMR) technologies. It identifies three immediate and urgent roadblocks to the progression of nuclear projects in Brit
  • Pan-European drone project detects toxic gases in disaster zones

    A multimillion-dollar, multi-partner European drone project is using photonics to detect toxic gases in the atmosphere following events such as wildfires, chemical explosions and volcanic eruptions.
    Going by the slightly laboured acronym FLAIR (FLying ultrA-broadband single-shot Infra-Red Sensor), the fixed-wing drone will be able to reach speeds of 120km/h, an altitude of 4,000m, and cover a radius of 80km. Onboard will be a super-continuum laser capable of detecting tiny concentrations of a ra
  • Maxim’s integrated USB Type-C charger

    Maxim’s USB Type-C charger for 2-series Li-ion battery packs integrates a charger, USB Type-C charger detection, 28V over-voltage protection, and power path onto a single chip. The MAX14748 supports legacy USB BC1.2-compliant and other non-standard chargers and enables USB Type-C charging at twice the power of Micro USB solutions. A programmable Automatic Input Current Limiting ...
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  • C2I 2017: The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project

    The Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project, which uses a breakwater wall to harness the power of the tides, is the first of its kind and could provide a scalable blueprint for adoption worldwideCollaborate To Innovate 2017Category: Energy, efficiency and sustainability
    Winner: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
    Partners: Tidal Lagoon Power; Atkins; LDA DesignThe winner in the Energy, Efficiency and Sustainability category is a ground-breaking project that promises to be a world first and could help pave th
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  • Toshiba and Western Digital settle

    Earlier today, Toshiba and Western Digital announced that they had agreed to withdraw all lawsuits and arbitration claims they had filed against each other. The companies ‘have entered into a global settlement agreement to resolve their ongoing disputes in litigation and arbitration, strengthen and extend their relationship, and enhance the mutual commitment to their ongoing ...
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  • Components market grows 17% in 2017

    Growth in the 2017 UK electronic components market is set to continue into 2018 and for years to come, distributors forecast. The UK market for electronic components is likely to continue its stellar 2017 growth well into next year, according to forecasts from the Electronic Components Supply Network (ECSN). The organisation, which represents distributors, has ...
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  • Digi-Key moves to double its capacity

    US distributor takes aim at the European market with a proposal to extend its Minnesota site. US distributor Digi-Key Electronics is planning to break ground on a new $300m extension to its distribution centre that will more than double its capacity in a move to increase its market share in Europe. The business, which sends ...
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  • York suspends Uber licence

    York has followed in the footsteps of London, Brighton and Sheffield in not renewing Uber’s licence to operate. Grounds given for the decision were the recent data breach and complaints received by the licensing body – the City of York Council’s Gambling, Licensing and Regulatory Committee. Uber has 21 days to appeal. If it doesn’t ...
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  • ST buys Atollic

    ST has bought software-development tools specialist Atollicm the supplier of TrueSTUDIO, for $7 million. TrueSTUDIO is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for the embedded development community focusing on Arm Cortex-M microcontrollers. ST reckons the addition will strengthen its 32-bit MCU line TrueSTUDIO is an  open-source Eclipse-based IDE platform which already  supports the STM32 family of Cortex-M ...
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  • A very haphazard Christmas

    Project management is second nature to our anonymous blogger, apart from when it comes to Christmas. The secret engineer wonders why we rarely apply workplace-honed management skills to our daily lives. 
    Well it’s that time of year again and, as I write this, most of the country appears to have been brought to a traditionally festive standstill by snow. There are still a couple of weeks to go to the gala of conspicuous consumption that is Christmas Day itself but here at Chez S-E we r
  • Auto suppliers – don’t get left out in the cold with Industry 4.0

    Most major vehicle manufacturers have started on their journeys toward Industry 4.0 with great enthusiasm. Their suppliers need to act now to ensure they are not left out in the cold when it comes to digital manufacturing, says Harry Chana of Daifuku.
    While most automotive manufacturers and their key suppliers are actively evangelising the benefits of Industry 4.0, many businesses further down the supply chain are in danger of being left behind. Understandably, a lot of automotive production eng
  • Nanoscale device could create new chemicals and speed up electronics

    A nanoscale device developed in the UK could be used to help synthesise new chemicals and improve the speed of electronics equipment.The device, developed by researchers at King’s College London and published in Nature Nanotechnology, uses quantum effects to convert electrons flowing around a circuit into a controlled stream of “hot electrons” and light.
    Hot electrons are highly energetic, making them very useful in chemical research, according to Dr Pan Wang, the paper’s
  • Comment: Post-Brexit UK will depend on engineering

    Never has the future of the technology sector been so important to the whole country’s success. The government’s industrial strategy for a post-Brexit economy seems to depend on UK companies making a success of emerging technology markets such as artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous vehicles and big data. It also puts a new urgency into pressure ...
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  • Leti wristband monitors sleepers

    Leti has developed a wristband that measures physical indicators of a range of conditions, including sleep apnea, dehydration and dialysis-treatment response. APNEAband provides real-time detection of sleep-apnea events caused by pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. The wristband measures heart rate, variation in the time interval between heartbeats, oxygen saturation levels in the ...
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  • Battery based on metallic lithium claimed to treble electric vehicle range

    Canadian chemists devise method to protect lithium metal anodes from corrosion and prevent fires and explosions
    Formation of dendrites (left) can lead to fires and explosions in lithium metal batteriesUsing metallic lithium as the negative electrode in a battery has the potential to boost the battery’s performance by increasing the amount of charge it can store.
    The team, based at the University of Waterloo in Ontario Province, has devised a method to get around two problems that have, unt
  • Work experience key to bridging grad employment gap

     David Docherty, CEO of the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and chairman of Placer, explains how work experience can help tomorrow’s engineers transition from education into the workplace.
    A recent CIPD report ‘The graduate employment gap: expectations versus reality’ revealed that talented engineering graduates, alongside their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) peers, are more likely to be unemployed than other graduates.Despite
  • Video Interview: Sir Vince Cable talks industrial strategy and Brexit

    The Engineer spoke to the former Business Secretary and current leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable about industrial strategy, Brexit, and the power of engineering collaboration at the Engineer’s annual C2I conference in Coventry (December 7th, 2017)Sir Vince Cable was a keynote speaker at The Engineer’s 2017 Collaborate To Innovate Conference. 
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  • C2I 2017 shines spotlight on collaborative engineering innovation

    The Engineer’s annual Collaborate To Innovate (C2I) campaign came to a fascinating conclusion at its recent conference.Now in its second year, Collaborate To Innovate was launched to celebrate and highlight the role that collaboration plays in developing the technological solutions to some of our biggest problems.
    We wanted to champion the depth of the relationship between the UK’s businesses and its academic research community. And – perhaps most importantly – we wanted
  • Simplified technique deposits magnetic iron oxide onto gold nanorods

    A simpler method of depositing magnetite nanoparticles onto silica-coated gold nanorods could lead to multifunctional nanoparticles with numerous applications in industry.Mixing silica-overcoated gold nanorods (left) and iron oxide nanoparticles (center) yields iron oxide-overcoated gold nanorods (right). Credit: Brian ChapmanThe method for depositing magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles was developed by researchers from North Carolina State University and MIT and is described in Chemistry of Mater
  • Sweat-charged batteries woven into fabric

    Seokheun Choi, a researcher at Binghamton University,  researcher has woven microbial fuel cells charged by bacteria into a flexible fabric which could be used for clothing. Choi’s microbial fuel cells (MFCs) use bacteria to trigger reduction/oxidation reactions, which swap electrons between molecules to generate electricity. “Humans possess more bacterial cells than human cells in their ...
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  • This week’s poll: Trump orders NASA to concentrate on the moon

    What do Engineer readers think of Donald Trump’s order for NASA to focus on returning humans to the Moon and developing a crewed mission to Mars?Take Our PollAfter recreating the US National Space Council last year, President Donald Trump yesterday signed a policy objective formally ordering NASA to focus its efforts on a new crewed lunar landing programme and to develop a future mission to Mars. In response, the agency has now cancelled its plans to land robotic probes and eventually astr
  • The Engineer poll: 69 per cent of respondents back remain

    According to The Engineer’s latest poll on Brexit, readers are now more strongly in favour of remaining in the EU than they were on the eve of the 2016 referendum.
    Running from the 5th to the 11th of December 2017, the publication’s latest poll on the topic attracted votes from 1467 respondents, 69 per cent of whom said that they would vote remain if the referendum were repeated.
    Although responses are anonymous, and the sample group will not exactly match that of The Engineer&r

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