• 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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  • Micro Bit reunites BBC and ARM for grand education initiative

    The BBC Micro Bit programmable device for school children was first announced back in March, along with a prototype. And now the finished article was formally launched today at an event in Broadcasting House, London. Around 1 million of the devices will be given to all Year 7 children (11/12 year-olds) in the UK by...
    Alun Williams
  • Video: Hands on with the BBC Micro-Bit user interface

    The BBC has launched its Micro-Bit (micro:bit) programmable device, which will be given free to all Year 7 children in the UK. Here we see a demo of the BBC Micro-Bit user interface. Dara O’Brien was host for the launch event at the BBC, and coincidentally joins me for the the Microsoft Touch Development Environment. There are...
    Alun Williams
  • BBC micro:bit computer launches

    The technical launch of the BBC micro:bit pocket computer that will be given to all Year 7 children in the UK in the Autumn was announced today. ARM, Nordic Semiconductor, Samsung, Microsoft, Freescale, Farnell element14 and Lancaster University were among those supported the project. “Technology is now as much a part of childhood as riding...
    david manners
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  • BBC micro:bit computer launched

    The technical launch of the BBC micro:bit pocket computer that will be given to all Year 7 children in the UK in the Autumn was announced today. ARM, Samsung and Freescale supported the project. “Technology is now as much a part of childhood as riding a bicycle or kicking a football but going from user...
    david manners
  • New project to test flywheel safety

    A research project involving academic and industry partners is using a specially created test environment to improve the safety of flywheel systems.
  • Toshiba develops flash memory embedded process

    Toshiba has developed a flash memory embedded process based on 65nm logic process that uses less power than current mainstream technology, and a single-poly non-volatile memory (NVM) process based on 130nm logic and analogue power process. Applying the optimal process to diverse applications will allow Toshiba to expand its product line-up in such areas as...
    david manners
  • Toshiba develops embedded memory processes

    Toshiba has developed a flash memory embedded process based on 65nm logic process that uses less power than current mainstream technology, and a single-poly non-volatile memory (NVM) process based on 130nm logic and analogue power process. Applying the optimal process to diverse applications will allow Toshiba to expand its product line-up in such areas as...
    david manners
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  • UK-developed Terahertz sensor could improve airport security

    University of Warwick researchers have announced the development of a new type of sensor said to be able to detect and identify hidden objects more rapidly than existing technologies.
  • Last week's poll: Electric vehicle attitudes

    Are attitudes to electric cars beginning to shift, and what are the main factors influencing how people see electric vehicles? 
  • Infineon DC-DC converters for drillers

    Infineon subsidiary IR HiRel is selling hermetic hybrid DC-DC converters rated at 185 ºC in a 1 inch wide package. The devices are designed specifically for oil and gas exploration downhole tools and can withstand the high temperature as well as the high shock environment typically found in these applications. As oil and gas are...
    david manners
  • Wireless will replace wires, says Bells Labs chief

    Phones lines to homes and offices will one day be defunct and we will all one day connect to telecoms networks wirelessly, according to Marcus Weldon, president of Bell Labs and CTO of Alcatel-Lucent. He also believes networks will be rebuilding themselves like connections in the human brain to meet the enormous demand for data communications....
    Richard Wilson
  • Nasa plans to send CubeSats to explore planets

    Low cost miniature satellites could one day be used to orbit and explore distant objects such as planets and comets. Nasa is investigating the feasibility of sending CubeSats out of earth orbit to investigate distant objects. The hope is that this will dramatically reduce the cost of sending probes to investigate such objects as Comet...
    Richard Wilson
  • May semi sales up 5%

    May semiconductor sales were 2% up on April snd 5% up on May 2014, reports the SIA. May sales were $28.2 billion. US sales were up 11.4% year-on-year. “The global semiconductor industry overcame lingering macroeconomic uncertainty to post solid year-to-year growth in May,” says SIA CEO John Neuffer. “Year-to-year sales have now increased for 25...
    david manners
  • Semi capex up 9%

    Semiconductor industry capex will hit a record $68.7 billion this year – beating 2011’s previous record of $63.8 billion – and is up 9% on 2014, reports Semico Research. Samsung has taken a big lead – $15 billion in capex this year ahead of TSMC’s $10.8 billion and Intel’s $8.7 billion. After the Big Three...
    david manners
  • Intersil launches adaptive buck-boost switching regulator

    Intersil Has launched the ISL9120 buck-boost switching regulator for power management of system power supplies and peripherals such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, memory cards or LCD modules. Its adaptive current limit PFM architecture delivers efficiency up to 98%, says the company, with smooth transitions from buck-to-boost to prevent glitches in applications where light load efficiency and fast...
    david manners
  • Arduino shrunk for wearables

    There is now a slimmed down version of the Arduino embedded system development platform which has been down-sized for use in wearable and IoT applications. The Arduino Gemma is a miniature wearable device board based on the ATtiny85 microcontroller. ATtiny85 is Atmel’s 8-bit AVR Risc-based microcontroller with 8kbyte ISP flash memory, 512byte EEPROM and 512byte...
    Richard Wilson
  • Proposed UK satellite mission promises 5 day solar forecast

    A UK consortium, led by Airbus Defence and Space, has proposed a new space mission that could provide Earth with early warning of potentially hazardous solar storms.
  • Rochester to supply 68040s

    Rochester Electronics has been licensed by Freescale to manufacture the 68040 32bit microprocessor product family which Freescale will stop producing in |November. Rochester has original Freescale packaged parts and silicon die from which it will manufacture a variety of device options. Freescale has also provided access to full design and test IP, making it possible...
    david manners
  • More action needed to meet climate targets, says UCL study

    New research indicates that stronger action is required to transform the UK’s energy system and reduce carbon emissions in line with 2050 targets.
  • Micro-pump in the eye could treat glaucoma

    Researchers are developing an implantable microfluid system which they claim can stabilise intraocular pressure in the human eye, a condition which can impair sight. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Microsysems and Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT are working on a  way to treat diseases of the eye such as glaucoma and phthisis bulbi...
    Richard Wilson
  • Qt moves into the world of IoT

    IoT is a new focus for the Qt mobile development environment which works cross-platform which now incorporates Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth Smart). It can be used to write cross-platform code for communicating with smart sensors, wearables and other BLE-enabled peripherals. The latest version of the Qt mobile application and user interface development framework also has support for upcoming Windows 10...
    Richard Wilson
  • Comment: IET “ones to watch” on track to deliver

    In its December 2014 “Ones to Watch” report, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) highlighted six areas that it believed “offer significant promise to the UK and its economy”. The six technology areas were: new power networks, space, cyber security, additive manufacturing, food security and robotics. The question is, six months on, how are...
    Richard Wilson
  • Mighty power in a small space

      XP Power has revealed design features within its latest ac-dc power supply, which can deliver 150W convection-cooled from a 51 x 102mm industrial ‘1U’ footprint package. Only 32.3mm high, this is believed to be a power density record for the 1U open frame format. 225W is available with 10CFM forced airflow (see later). Higher...
    steve bush
  • ELP225 packs mighty power in a small space

    XP Power has revealed design features within its latest ac-dc power supply, dubbed ELP225, which can deliver 150W convection-cooled from a 51 x 102mm industrial ‘1U’ footprint package. Only 32.3mm high, this is believed to be a power density record for the 1U open frame format. 225W is available with 10CFM forced airflow (see later)....
    steve bush
  • MTC1 1W DC/DC converters with wide input range from Murata

    Murata has launched the MTC1 series of 1W regulated single output DC/DC converters with nominal input voltages of 12 or 24 VDC and accommodate a 2:1 input range around the selected nominal which allows for use in designs with different nominal input voltages or in situations where wide voltage deviations might occur. It is aimed...
    david manners
  • 1W DC/DC converters with wide input range from Murata

    Murata has launched the MTC1 series of 1W regulated single output DC/DC converters with nominal input voltages of 12 or 24 VDC and accommodate a 2:1 input range around the selected nominal which allows for use in designs with different nominal input voltages or in situations where wide voltage deviations might occur. The range comprises...
    david manners
  • The strange tail of the seahorse and how it grips

    Using 3D printing helped researchers understand the unusual square cross-section of a seahorse’s tail and suggested uses ranging from armoured robots to medical devices
  • Rolls Royce to head up autonomous ship project

    Rolls-Royce is to lead a new €6.6 million project that could help pave the way for autonomous ships.
  • University embeds RFID chips in yarn

    Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have come up with a way of embedding RFID chips in yarns which can then be woven or knitted to make fabrics for clothing. Professor Tilak Dias of the Advanced Textiles Research Group of the School of Art & Design, claims that the embedded chips “cannot be seen in situ by the...
    Richard Wilson

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