• 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.
  • Microwave system promises end to leaf-induced rail misery

    Keats described autumn as the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ but for Network Rail, train operators and travellers alike it is often the cause of disruption.The source of this interruption to services can be found in the leaves falling onto railway lines and being turned into a Teflon-like mulch by trains passing over them.
    Consequently, this slippery coating requires train drivers to brake earlier when approaching stations and signals, then accelerate cautiously to avoid w
  • Bloodhound Geely deal raises questions for UK industry

    What does the unveiling of a Chinese carmaker as Bloodhound’s prime sponsor say about UK industry?
    The unveiling of China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding (ZGH) Group as the main sponsor for the UK’s Bloodhound supersonic car project has raised more than a few eyebrows.
    Here is a prestige UK engineering project, one of whose chief aims is to put British engineering expertise on the world stage, and yet the main sponsor is an automotive firm that few in the UK will even have heard
  • ARM open source group address IoT software confusion

    An open source software reference design for the design of secure IoT node device such as sensors and ARM controllers has been introduced by Linaro, developer of open source software for the ARM architecture. Linaro has worked with ARM, Canonical, Huawei, NXP, RDA, Red Hat, Spreadtrum, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and ZTE on the new IoT ...
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  • UK’s largest ever marine robot fleet takes to the seas

    A two-week mission involving ten marine robots has got underway off the coast of northwest Scotland in preparation for the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior exercise.
    (Credit: Yannlepage via CC)It is the third in a series of demonstrator missions run by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), and sees the biggest ever robot fleet operating simultaneously in UK waters. A total of seven submarine gliders and three surface Wave Gliders will collect environmental data, feeding it back to the
  • e2v signs GaN deal to cut weight in hi-rel designs

    e2v has signed a supply agreement with gallium nitride power transistor manufacturer GaN Systems which will see the UK firm supplying power transistors to the aerospace and defense sectors. e2v specialises in supplying the hi-rel markets with semiconductors and evaluation boards. According to Mont Taylor, vice-president of business development at e2v: “Our aerospace and defence ...
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  • TDK launches QM series AC-DC power supplies.

    TDK has introduced its QM series of AC-DC power supplies – the first 1200W to 1500W rated modular series to have full MoPPs isolation, and claimed to have the lowest acoustic noise available on the market at that power level. Having both medical and industrial safety certifications, the QM is suitable for a wide range ...
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  • The Lego of computing

    A DIY computer kit is being sold by London-based Kano. Kano has sold 150,00 kits to 80 countries including one to Steve Wozniak. Backers of Kano include Martin Sorrel of WPP, Lord O’Neill formerly of Goldman Sachs and HMG, Marc Benioff of SalesForce, and Index Ventures, Backing amounts to $19 million. Founder Alex Klein shares ...
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  • Memristors provide boost to development of neuroprosthetics

    Nanoscale memristors could provide a significant boost to the development of implants that use electrical signals from the brain to help treat medical conditions.In a study published in Nature Communications, Southampton University researchers demonstrated that memristors could provide real-time processing of neuronal signals – so-called spiking events – leading to efficient data compression and the potential to develop more precise and affordable neuroprosthetics and bioelectronic m
  • Si Labs sampling Gecko wireless module with Thread and ZigBee support

    Silicon Labs is sampling a family of Wireless Gecko modules focused on mesh networking applications with support for ZigBee and Thread software.Read full article: Si Labs sampling Gecko wireless module with Thread and ZigBee support
  • eDrive for plug-in hybrids promises efficiency and power in single package

    GKN Driveline’s complete electric drive system for plug-in hybrid vehicles will enter production with a European carmaker in 2019.The eDrive system, which is smaller and lighter than existing electric drivelines, will allow carmakers to buy a single module, rather than having to source and integrate different components together.
    The module integrates a water-cooled electric motor and inverter, with a single speed eAxle reduction gearbox.
    By integrating the various elements of an electric
  • Artificial intelligence saves time and energy for food processing companies

    An artificially-intelligent cleaning system being developed in the UK could slash the cost of food and drink production, while significantly reducing water and energy usage.The AI system, which precisely monitors levels of dirt on equipment to ensure it cleans them effectively, could save the UK industry £100m, its developers claim.
    Existing technology used by the food and drink industry to clean processing equipment without disassembling it cannot measure exactly how dirty the vessels are
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  • Thales awarded for grad programme

    The Graduate Development Programme (GDP) of Thales’ UK arm has received recognition from the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (IKE).
    (Credit: Thales)Taking into account how Thales’ GDP was designed, structured and delivered, the IKE award is based not only on the impact on graduates, but also the business units and line managers they are attached to. The programme involves up to 200 grads each year, who undergo a 24 month training assessment across 12 business units, in
  • UltraSoC licenses Imagination

    Imagination Technologies has licensed the full range of UltraSoC semiconductor IP and software. The agreement allows Imagination customers to incorporate UltraSoC’s real-time trace and control capabilities into their SoC products, providing intimate visibility of the internal operation of the device with very little silicon overhead. It also enables Imagination to significantly enhance its development flow, ...
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  • Last week’s poll: What’s the best way to improve the practical knowledge of engineering students?

    With engineering students returning to their studies, we asked our readers how best to address the the practical skills deficit many believe is lacking in those entering the workplace.Perhaps unsurprisingly, the overwhelming majority (65%) believed that work placement to coincide with academic study was the preferred option. The joint second most popular responses (14% each) were changes to university syllabuses and on-the-job training once employed.
    Just 3% of respondents fe
  • This week’s poll: Should Britain be doing more to kickstart its shale gas industry?

    With Ineos due to receive its first shipment of ethane derived from US shale gas, The Engineer asks whether the UK should be doing more to kickstart its own shale gas industry?
    The US ethane will be used as a supplementary feed for Ineos’ KG ethylene plant in Grangemouth, Scotland, which was successfully recommissioned following its mothballing in 2008.
    Ineos will covert the ethane for use in a variety of products including plastic piping, food packaging and medical tubing.
    The Scottish go
  • New fabric harvests solar and wind energy

    Researchers from Georgia Tech have been working on a fabric that harvests energy from both sunshine and motion, which could be used to generate power in the field.
    (Credit: Gerogia Tech)The textile combines solar cells constructed from lightweight polymer fibres with fibre-based triboelectric nanogenerators. The nanogenerators use a combination of the triboelectric effect – a type of contact electrification – and electrostatic induction to harvest power from physical motion such as r
  • Imec solar module has 17.8% conversion efficency

    Imec, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, ZSW), today announced that they have fabricated a thin-film solar module stack made up of perovskite and Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) with a conversion efficiency of 17.8%. The module surpasses the highest efficiencies of ...
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  • State-owned China foundry HLMC to build second fab

    Shanghai Huali Microelectronics (HLMC), the foundry company majority-owned by Shanghai’s local government, is to build a second fab, reports Digitimes. The fab is expected to start running 28nm wafers in 2018 and be capable, when fully equipped, of running 40k wpm. HLMC’s Fab 1 is a 35k wpm fab running 65nm, 55nm, 40nm and 28nm ...
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  • e-peas launches first chip

    Power semiconductor start-up e-peas of Liege, whose ICs are aimed at increasing the amount of energy harvested by energy scavenging devices and reducing the energy consumption of power consuming blocks within wireless sensor nodes, has put its first chip on the market. The AEM10940 aims to maximize the efficiency of power-scavenging devices. The chip has ...
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  • Antenova tackles GNSS with FR4 antenna

    Antenova of Hatfield has introduced a miniature antenna for global navigation systems (GNSS) such as GPS. Called Beltii (part SR4G013), it is 15.6 x 3.3 x 4.4mm and covers 1,559-1,609MHz. “The antenna has been cleverly designed to work over a very small ground plane on a small PCB, where it can be placed in a corner ...
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  • Geely named as Bloodhound SSC’s prime sponsor and official automotive partner

    China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has been named as The Bloodhound Project’s prime sponsor and official automotive partner.Signed in August, the three-year agreement will see Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (ZGH) provide technical and financial support to the Project, which aims to break the world land speed record in 2017 by travelling on Hakskeen Pan, South Africa at 1,000mph.
    ZGH owns Volvo Car Group as well as London Taxi Company and is the parent company to Geely Auto, which has
  • Chaos-based microchips propose a challenge to Moore’s Law

    Moore’s Law is being challenged by new, nonlinear, chaos-based integrated circuits that enable computer chips to perform multiple functions with fewer transistors.
    Credit: Behnam KiaDeveloped by researchers at North Carolina State University, the integrated circuits can reportedly be manufactured with off the shelf fabrication processes and could lead to novel computer architectures that do more with less circuitry and fewer transistors.
    Moore’s law states that the number of transist
  • China powers up world’s largest radio telescope

    The world’s biggest and most powerful radio telescope has been switched on for the first time, following five years of construction in southwestern China’s Guizhou Province.
    (Credit: CAS)The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) contains 4,450 reflecting panels across its half kilometre aperture, and has a combined total area equivalent to 30 football pitches. Over the next two years it will undergo a debugging and testing phase to calibrate its instrumentation, afte
  • SiTime launches MEMS-based Elite Platform oscillators

    SiTime is launching MEMS oscillators which claim to deliver: • 30 times higher dynamic performance for small cells, microwave backhaul, Synchronous Ethernet and optical equipment • 10 times better dynamic stability, 1 ppb/°C, which replaces costly OCXOs in IEEE 1588 applications • 20 times greater vibration resistance which ensures continuous system operation • 30 times ...
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  • Join us in November when we shine the spotlight on engineering collaboration

    We’re delighted to announce that Airbus UK Research &Technology chief Mark Howard and Stratasys’ VP of Consulting Dr Phil Reeves will be speaking at The Engineer’s Collaborate To Innovate conference on November 17th.
    Mark Howard, one of the UK’s leading aerospace engineers, will be looking at the challenges facing the aerospace sector, and will give some fascinating insight into how these challenges are driving innovation at Airbus.
    Meanwhile, Dr Phil Reeves, one of t
  • US team claims solar cell efficiency breakthrough

    Research carried out at Columbia University in the US could lead to the development of solar cells with double the efficiency of conventional silicon-based technology.
    The team’s work – reported in the journal Science – focused on a class of materials known as Hybrid Organic Inorganic Perovskites (HOIPs).
    Silicon panels, which currently dominate the solar energy market, must have a purity of 99.999 percent to be effective and even microscopic defects can dramatically affect the
  • Fujitsu streamlines GPUs to double deep learning accuracy

    Fujitsu Laboratories has streamlined the internal memory of GPUs to support neural networks in a development which has doubled the accuracy of machine learning. Recent years have seen a focus on technologies that use GPUs for high-speed machine learning to support the huge volume of calculations necessary for deep learning processing. In order to make ...
    Read full article: Fujitsu streamlines GPUs to double deep learning accuracy
  • US team develops water-propelled satellite

    A team of US students are developing a small satellite that they hope will achieve a remarkable first for a so-called Cubesat: an orbit around the moon.
    But perhaps even more remarkably the Cornell University team, lead by former NASA chief technologist and associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Mason Peck, hopes to achieve this with a spacecraft propelled by nothing more than water.
    The team are now in phase 3 of the four-phase Ground Tournament portion of the Cube Quest Ch
  • The value of remanufacturing

    Caterpillar Inc is recovering 2.2 million products, or 63,000 tonnes, through its Reman programme for remanufacturing parts. And new EPSRC-funded robotics disassembly research could make the case to remanufacture in the UK even stronger, says Will Stirling.
    If you run the world’s biggest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment and diesel engines, controlling costs is pretty important. At Caterpillar Inc, 35% of total costs are in overheads and 65% lie in material costs. Which one

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