• 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.
  • European project to boost electric vehicle performance

    Better drive-trains for third-generation electric vehicles is the target of a European Horizon 2020 project, to be headed by French research lab Leti. Called ModulED, the three-year, €7.2m project will consist of 10 European research institutes, selected from the automotive-industry and universities (see below), and will cover boosting drivetrain performance, efficient manufacturing, reduced environmental impact and vehicle cost. ...
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  • Mercedes Benz debuts truck platooning system with automated runway snow clearance demo

    Truck platooning system allows a convoy of commercial vehicles to operate with only one human driver
    The four Arco tractors were operated as a semi-autonomous platoonIn what it describes as a “step forward on the road to the fully connected and autonomous commercial vehicle”, Mercedes Benz parent company Daimler has for the first time demonstrated its system for operating a convoy of vehicles working in a coordinated task with only one of the vehicles controlled by a human driver. Kn
  • Mercedes Benz debuts truck platooning system with automated airfield snow clearance demo

    Truck platooning system allows a convoy of commercial vehicles to operate with only one human driver
    The four Arco tractors were operated as a semi-autonomous platoonIn what it describes as a “step forward on the road to the fully connected and autonomous commercial vehicle”, Mercedes Benz parent company Daimler has for the first time demonstrated its system for operating a convoy of vehicles working in a coordinated task with only one of the vehicles controlled by a human driver, wi
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  • Software bugs fixed automatically with AI and Big Data

    Fujitsu Laboratories has created artificial intelligence that automatically creates patches for software bugs after learning from archived bug reports and bug patches. It works on bugs in object-oriented programmes, typically used for business application software development, and reduces average time to diagnose and fix single-fault-location bugs by 28.8%, claims Fujitsu, compared to the conventional heuristic-search-based patch generation ...
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  • UK developed heart disease detection technology is set for US trials

    A UK technology designed to scan patients for signs of heart disease quickly and non-invasively is to undergo clinical trials in the US, following clearance by the Food and Drug Administration.The Vitalscan device, which is already two-thirds of the way through a clinical trial in four UK hospitals, will now be tested in a number of emergency departments in the US.
    In the UK, over five per cent of visits to accident and emergency departments, and up to 40 per cent of emergency admissions, are th
  • Green Hills verifies multicore OS for future airborne systems

    Green Hills Software is to verify conformance of its Integrity-178 operating system with the technical standard for Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) edition 2.1. Certon, the critical systems certification firm, will help carry out the verification Time-Variant Unified Multi Processing (tuMP) operating system for three different multicore architectures, or Units of Conformance (UoC): Intel, ARMv8 and PowerPC/QorIQ. ...
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  • Custom mosfets help to simplify hot-swap design

    Infineon releases a family of custom mosfets targeted specifically for hot-swap, e-fuse and battery protection.
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  • UK government awards £51m to driverless car testing infrastructure projects

    Four UK projects have been awarded a total of £51m of government funding to develop testing infrastructure for autonomous cars.
    One project to win a share of funding is WMG’s Central CAC TestbedThe four projects, which are led by HORIBA MIRA; Millbrook Proving Ground; TRL and the Warwick Manufacturing Group are the first to be funded from the government’s £100m Connected and Autonomous Vehicles testing infrastructure programme which was announced in November 2016.  T
  • Aerospace electronics reach the height of cool

    Aerospace electronics demand higher standards of reliability for their thermal design than other industries, writes Tom Gregory of 6SigmaET.
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  • Boeing HorizonX makes first investment in autonomous technologies

    Boeing’s venture capital arm has made its first foray into autonomous technologies with an investment in Near Earth Autonomy, a company that developed the world’s first full-size autonomous helicopter flights.Boeing and Pittsburgh-based Near Earth Autonomy have also entered into a partnership to explore future products and applications for emerging markets, including urban mobility.
    “This partnership will accelerate technology solutions that we feel will be key to unlocking eme
  • Intel invests in 15 Big Data start-ups

    Intel Capital has invested $60 million in 15 start-ups in the big data area which takes the amount of start-up capital it has invested this year to $566 million. “The world is undergoing a data explosion,” says the president of Intel Capital Wendell Brooks (pictured) , “by 2020, every autonomous vehicle on the road will ...
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  • September SEMI billings take a dive

    SEMI’s September billings report shows billings of $2.03 billion which is 6.9% lower than the August level of $2.18 billion, and is 36% higher than the September 2016 billings level of $1.49 billion.   “Global semiconductor equipment billings of North American headquartered suppliers for September were $2.0 billion, down 12% from the peak level set ...
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  • Qualcomm joins China AI unicorn SenseTime to develop mobile AI

    Qualcomm is to get together with China’s AI specialist unicorn SenseTime to develop AI for mobile. ‘The companies expect to drive the popularity and development of on-device AI in areas such as innovative vision and camera-based image processing,’ says the announcement, ‘implementing AI on the mobile device provides a number of advantages over cloud-only implementations, ...
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  • How an initiative in Leicester is inspiring youngsters about STEM

    There are around 30,000 STEM Ambassadors in the UK whose voluntary work encourages and inspires the nation’s young people to achieve more and progress further in STEM, including those involved in the Leicester based Creat-A-Con.
    Counted among them is Jason Boomer, one of the organisers of Creat-A-Con which is a day of activities aimed at stimulating young – and not so young – minds with STEM-based activities.
    Ahead of the next edition of Creat-A-Con on October 21, 2017, Boomer
  • A brief history of placement: how one student helped Stephen Hawking find his voice

    Stephen Hawking is arguably the world’s most famous scientist, and a student at Huddersfield University has made sure he keeps his famous synthesised voice plus the ability to communicate his ideas.
    Paweł Woźniak & Prof Stephen HawkingPaweł Woźniak, who is completing his Bachelor of Engineering degree at Huddersfield University, earned a year’s work placement year with Intel in Swindon and his varied responsibilities included an assignment to visit Prof Hawkin
  • Optical receiver promises super-fast broadband in every home

    Super-fast broadband speeds of over 10,000 megabits-per-second to every home could be made possible with new optical receiver technology developed in the UK.Broadband speeds in the UK consistently lag behind other countries, averaging just 36 Mbps. By 2025, speeds up to 100 times faster will be needed to meet the bandwidth demands of technologies such as ultra-high definition video and online gaming.
    The receiver is designed to be used in optical access networks, which link internet users with t
  • Designing a mechanical rover to explore the surface of Venus

    Our hellish nearest planetary neighbour could help us determine where life might exist in the universe. But to explore Venus, we’ll need to go back to basics. Stuart Nathan reports
    Artist’s impression of the hellish surface of VenusSuch is our fascination with Mars that it’s easy to assume that it’s our closest neighbour. The subject of songs, books and films, the Red Planet has been intensely studied by orbiting probes, landers and rovers. It’s currently the only b
  • View from the Academy: Looking ahead to the year of engineering

    A series of events next year will build on efforts to engage the next generation of engineers, says Hayaatan Sillem
    At the end of September, some 30,000 people visited London’s ExCel to get a sneak peek into the future. With talks and exhibitions on everything from the practicalities of moving to Mars to the prospects of using DNA for data storage, New Scientist Live set out to challenge, puzzle and entertain its audience in equal measure. This show, now in its second year, is just one ex
  • Smartphone diagnosis via card-mounted lab-on-a-chip differentiates similar viruses

    A multidisciplinary US team develops a system to rapidly, cheaply and accurately diagnose diseases with similar symptoms
    Infectious disease is still the biggest causes of human death and disability worldwide, and are a particularly acute problem in developing countries where easy access to clinics equipped with up-to-date diagnostic equipment is often limited. But the rapid spread of smartphones has put advanced technology into the hands of many more people, and leveraging their capabilities for
  • Good vibrations: wearables add security to voice activated devices

    Vulnerabilities in voice authentication could be eradicated with wearable devices that register speech-induced vibrations on the user’s body and pairs them with the sound of that person’s voice.
    VAuth voice verification technology (credit: Joseph Xu)Voice activated systems in mobile devices, homes and vehicles are becoming more widespread but sound is an open-channel and such systems can be breached by third parties via mediocre impersonators and sophisticated hackers alike.
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  • NI radar test system targets autonomous vehicle design

    NI has introduced a system for testing car radar technology. The system is designed around millimetre-wave (mmWave) front end technology to test 76–81GHz radar systems which are being used in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). The system, dubbed VRTS, uses a 76–81GHz vector signal generator/analyser designed for dynamic obstacle generation and comprehensive RF characteristic measurements. ...
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  • Audio chip brings context aware processing to voice-activated smartphones

    An audio processor which aims to improve the quality of voice-activated smartphones has been developed by US-based firm Knowles. It does this, says the firm, by improving recognition especially in far-field and high noise environments. Increased data processing adds context awareness to voice recognition. The design of the IA8508 audio processor achieves this with four ...
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  • Renesas expands e² studio for ADAS

    Renesas will issue an expanded e² studio integrated software development environment in Q1 which ugrades  e² studio for R-Car V3M with various features to boost the performance of ADAS and automated driving applications. e² studio  is an integrated development environment (IDE) based on the open-source Eclipse C/C++ Development Tooling (CDT) software and supports other Renesas devices ...
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  • Video of the week: meet China’s answer to Big Dog

    Engineers at Chinese robotics startup Unitree Robotics have unveiled a four legged robot that bears an uncanny resemblance to the Big Dog and Spot technologies developed by US robotics pioneer Boston Dynamics.Named Laikago (after the Soviet space dog Laika) the robot is able to walk on surfaces ranging from stony ground to grassy slopes, and also boasts a neat stability system that enables it recover from being kicked.
    Despite the outward resemblance, the Chinese robot is a simpler device than B
  • Tiny open-frame medical supply gets equally tiny fan kit

    EOS Power has introduced a fan and cover kit for its (M)WLP225 series of 225W medical open-frame power supplies. The total size of the module is under 110 x 80 x 50mm. Outputs ranging across 12-58V, and the supply is approved to EN60601-1 4th edition (2xMOPP) and EN60950 2nd edition. Efficiency is up to 94% ...
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  • Mouser signs Auvidea

    Mouser has signed embedded systems specialist Auvidea. Mouser will stock Auvidea’s J1xx family carrier boards for the NVIDIA Jetson TX1 and TX2 compute modules. The J100 board matches the Jetson TX1 module’s 50 × 87 mm footprint and connects to form a very compact processing unit to meet the compact size requirements of target applications such ...
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  • IoT dev kit has security, Bluetooth, touch and zero-power display

    Cypress has released a development kit for low-power high-performance IoT devices. It is based around a programmable logic chip that includes a 150MHz ARM Cortex-M4 core and a 100MHz Cortex-M0+ core. “Active power can be as low as 22µA/MHz on the Cortex-M4 and 15µA/MHz on the Cortex-M0+ cores, and dynamic voltage and frequency scaling ensures ...
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  • Bosch 48V battery targets hybrid vehicle growth in China

    Bosch has developed a 48V battery for use in hybrid vehicles. Bosch says the 48V battery has been designed to offer a comparatively inexpensive way of cutting fuel consumption in hybrid vehicles through use of a boost recuperation system (BRS). This involves storing the energy normally lost when braking and applying it when the driver ...
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  • Denso licenses Cortex-R52 to automated driving

    Denso is licensing ARM's Cortex-R52 for automated driving systems and vehicle control reference platforms.
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