• 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.
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  • Southampton scanning system will detect composite aircraft flws

    Innovate UK has provided funding for a project to develop imaging technology used in the design, manufacture and maintenance of current and future carbon composite aircraft.
  • Imagination Creator CI20 hits production

    Imagination Technology has revealed the production version of its Creator CI20 single board computer. Compared with the developers version, available for a few months, on-board flash is doubled to 8Gbyte and the PCB is now a rather striking purple. CI20 is Imaginations attempt to popularise the MIPS architecture (which it owns) against ARM, and is...
    steve bush
  • Qualcomm drops ARM for premium CPU

    Qualcomm is dropping ARM for its next top-of-the-range mobile processor. “With the 810 (Snapdragon 810) we made a conscious decision to use licensed cores to accommodate the accelerated shift to 64 bit,” says Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf, “our next premium processor will use our own 64 bit custom CPU architecture as well as the most...
    david manners
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  • NI to help CERN adopt 64bit Linux

    European lab CERN is working to standardise 64bit Linux as the operating system for all if its control systems, according to test firm National Instruments (NI). NI has been involved with CERN for many years, and NI’s LabView system design tool was used to develop control software for, amongst other things, the Large Hadron Collider’s...
    steve bush
  • CERN helped NI to help CERN adopt 64bit Linux

    European lab CERN is working to standardise 64bit Linux as the operating system for all if its control systems, according to test firm National Instruments (NI). NI has been involved with CERN for many years, and NI’s LabView system design tool was used to develop control software for, amongst other things, the Large Hadron Collider’s...
    steve bush
  • ST out of IBM Common Platform Alliance

    STMicroelectronics is pulling out of the IBM Alliance for semiconductor process technology and is now, apparently, without a source of core CMOS technology. “Our agreement with IBM provides us the right to end the participation in this Alliance under certain condition,” says Jean-Marc Chery, COO of ST, “and we made the decision during the quarter...
    david manners
  • Osram laser chip simplifies fibre optic power

    Osram Opto is claiming cleaner laser injection into optical fibres with its most recent laser bar. The device is 5mm wide and consists of five emitters, each 100μm wide with a 4mm long cavity. Called SPL BF98-40-5, it creates 976nm infra-red at 3W/mm.mrad at an optical output of 44W. Lateral divergence is between 6° at...
    steve bush
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  • 500W convection-cooled medical-industrial PSU

    Typical efficiency of 92% has allowed Excelsys Technologies to design a convention-cooled 500W power supply. XS500, as it is known, carries dual safety certification: EN60950 2nd Edition for industrial applications and EN60601-1 2nd and 3rd Edition for medical applications, meeting the stringent creepage and clearance requirements. Input to output isolation is 4kVac and “this can...
    steve bush
  • Profit up 46 %; revenues up 15% at Infineon

    Infineon’s calendar Q4 profit was up 46% y-o-y at at €169 million on revenues of €1,128 million up 15% y-o-y. Infineon’s revenues have increased for seven straight quarters. The company expects 2015 revenues of of between €4.75 billion and €4.92 billion with an operating margin of 14-15%. However, the contribution of International Rectifier, whose acquisition...
    david manners
  • A model for nanocrystal solar cells

    An electron flow model of nano-crystalline solar cells has sprung from work at Swiss university ETH Zurich. Nano-crystal cells are important because the crystals give designers a way to tune material characteristics outside their bulk behaviour, opening a door to increased efficiency and thinner cells. “These solar cells contain layers of many individual nano-sized crystals,...
    steve bush
  • Jaguar Land Rover to add Bike Sense to road safety

    Jaguar Land Rover is developing a range of new technologies that use colours, sounds and touch to alert drivers to potential hazards, preventing accidents involving bicycles and motorbikes.
  • Ancient Earth-size planets found, by a little bit of Essex

    University of Birmingham scientists have found a solar system with Earth-sized planets from the dawn of the Galaxy – 11 billion years ago. They used data from sensors on NASA’s Kepler space telescope, made by E2V of Essex. Kepler’s telescope stares fixedly at a +/-6° cone of space with the largest NASA image sensor ever,...
    steve bush
  • Toshiba launches two ARM-based microcontrollers

    Toshiba has added two ARM Cortex-M4F based TX04 series microcontrollers. Both the TMPM470FDFG and TMPM475FDFG are capable of operating two brushless DC motors simultaneously. The microcontrollers aim to satisfy demand for more energy efficient motors and incorporate vectoring technology to ensure highly efficient motor control. The TMPM475FDFG further integrates a CAN (Controller Area Network) controller...
    david manners
  • Start-up develops vitamin measurement pen

    A start-up has developed a non-invasive device which allows users to check 30 most important vitamins and minerals and has secured substantial financial backing on the Indiegogo crowd-funding website. The pen-like device is called Vitastiq and uses a smartphone as an interface. The device uses a method called electro-acupuncture (EAV), a traditional technique for measuring vitamin and...
    Richard Wilson
  • Electronics patent of the month: Contact profiles for landline telephones

    Michael Jaeger, patent attorney at leading UK patent and trade mark attorneys Withers & Rogers LLP, writes: GB Patent Number: GB2488459 Granted to:  BT PLC We increasingly use technology to connect our lives.  Like me, many of you will have a plethora of online accounts and a sometimes confusing array of login and passwords for these.  Recently...
    Alun M Williams
  • Low Switching Frequency IGBTs From Infineon

    Infineon is shipping a new class of low saturation voltage V CE(sat) IGBTs specifically optimised for low switching frequencies ranging from 50Hz to 20 kHz. It calls it the L5 family. Typical applications are Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), inverters for photovoltaic and welding systems. The L5 family is based on the TRENCHSTOP 5 thin wafer...
    david manners
  • ST revenues fall 9%

    STMicroelectronics reported 2014 sales of $7.4 billion for a net profit of $128 million and Q4 sales of $1.83 billion for a Q4 net profit of $43 million. It expects a 5% drop in revenues in Q1. 2014 revenues were 9.2% lower than 2013 revenues. CEO Carlo Bozotti said that ST’s main objective for this...
    david manners
  • Dyson recruits engineers for UK electronics campus

    Dyson is expanding its electronics design capabilities to support current and future product developments. A new robotics development centre at the consumer manufacturer’s facility at Malmesbury in Wiltshire is planned to open this year. The level of electronics and software design necessary for products such as the Dyson 360 Eye robotic cleaner, which was unveiled...
    Richard Wilson
  • Heriot-Watt videos laser light moving directly in air

    Researchers have created the first video of a laser bouncing off a mirror. Watching laser beams fly through the air makes for dramatic battles in sci-fi films, but they’re not so easy to see in real life. In order to observe a laser, or any other light source, photons from it must directly hit your...
    Alun M Williams
  • Sensor system saves time and money by rapidly isolating network faults

    A new sensor system could allow energy and telecoms companies to quickly isolate network faults, reducing the length of service cuts and minimising fines by regulators.
  • Glass for battery electrodes

    Swiss scientists have developed a glass that can be used as a cathode material in lithium-ion batteries The material is vanadate borate glass, made from vanadium oxide (V2O5) and lithium-borate (LiBO2) precursors, and coated with reduced graphite oxide (RGO) to enhance its electrode properties. Vanadium is the key to energy storage – it is a...
    steve bush
  • Comment: The Internet of Silly Things

    Sagar Jethani, Head of Content at element14, has contributed this insightful comment to Embedded Computing Design: “When Samsung CEO BK Yoon delivered the keynote speech at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, he pronounced a grandiose vision of the Internet of Things (IoT): IOT technology is not about things. Instead, it is about people…...
    david manners
  • Lattice buys Silicon Image

    Lattice Semiconductor has bought HD connectivity specialist Silicon Image for $600 million which is 23.7% over yesterday’s Silicon Image share price. “Lattice created the market for programmable connectivity solutions in the consumer market,” says Lattice CEO Darin Billerbeck, “Silicon Image has established numerous global technology standards, and built a highly valued intellectual property portfolio in...
    david manners
  • Kevlar is key to fire-preventing lithium ion battery membrane

    New battery technology should prevent the incidents that grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2013, claim researchers at the University of Michigan. 
  • Comment:IoT business is services not things

    Among all the internet of things (IoT) designs that we’ve been working on, some clear patterns are starting to emerge. Customers start by looking at point-point M2M (machine-to-machine)connections and move to full IoT implementations. The driver for adopting M2M is the opportunity to eliminate the user interface, and many customers are replacing it with a...
    Richard Wilson
  • Easy-mount discharge resistors, made in the UK

    Cornwall-based Arcol Resistors has released a wirewound discharge resistor for large capacitors. Shaped to screw straight onto the capacitor, there are three power ratings in the RW series: 10W (1-15kΩ), 13W(1-2kΩ) and 22W (1-33kΩ), all with ten times overload or over-voltage for 5 seconds. Operation is over -55 to +200°C, de-rating 80 to 175°C linearly....
    steve bush
  • EU VC-backed IPOs triple in 2014

    €7.9 billion of VC money was invested in Europe last year, up from €6.3 billion in 2013 but doen from the record-breaking €10.6 billion of 2001, says Dow Jones VentureSource. Last year’s investments were driven by a tripling of VC-backed IPOs to 55 raising €3.7 billion compared to the 18 VC-backed IPOs of 2013 which...
    david manners
  • Fujitsu starts mass GaN production

    Fujitsu’s 150mm wafer fab in Aizu-Wakamatsu has started mass production of GaN power devices for Transphorm’s power modules. Transphorm has a 600V GaN device platform which delivers photovoltaic power conditioners, AC adapters, power supplies for PCs, servers and telecom equipment, and motion control systems. “The start of mass production in a CMOS-compatible fab is a...
    david manners
  • Biosensors are target of UK organic chip licence deal

    NeuDrive, the bidding to commercial organic electronics production technology in the UK, has completed the acquisition of a portfolio of organic semiconducting material patents and the FlexOS trade mark from CPI Innovation Services (CPIIS), the commercial arm of the government-funded Centre for Process Innovation (CPI). As part of the deal NeuDrive has taken licences relating...
    Richard Wilson

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