• 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.
  • IBM emerging technology specialist to speak at IoT Design 2016

    We are very pleased to announce that IBM will be presenting a paper at the IoT Design 2016 event, organised by Electronics Weekly.
    IBM emerging technology specialist to speak at IoT Design 2016
  • TDK adds to DC-DC converter series

    TDK Corporation has added two models to the TDK-Lambda i6A series of step-down, non-isolated DC-DC converters. The i6A4W is capable of supplying currents of up to 20A, and the i6AN allows the creation of negative voltages delivering currents up to 8A. Both can be used in conjunction with the previously announced 14A rated i6A series ...
    TDK adds to DC-DC converter series
  • RAEng MacRobert award goes to Blatchford’s smart rosthetic leg

    The Royal Academy of Engineering has awarded its top innovation prize, the MacRobert Award, to a team of engineers which has developed the world’s most advanced commercially-available prosthetic lower leg.
    The Linx smart lower-limb prosthetic reduces users’ fatigue and increase their confidence and ability to tackle a variety of terrain and activitiesProf Saeed Zahedi, Nadine Stech, Andy Sykes, David Moser and Rob Painter, who all work for Basingstoke-based clinical rehabilitation eq
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  • Last week’s poll: Are you in or out?

    Readers of The Engineer did not reflect the national poll for membership of the EU, narrowly backing remaining within the Union.
    The results of our poll, which had 1,364 respondents, were almost exactly the reverse of the national result, with 53 per cent backing remaining within the EU and 43 per cent backing Brexit. Just 4 per cent of respondent were undecided.
    Uncertainty is still dominating the picture nationally, with Sterling and shares both losing value steeply on the markets and Prime Mi
  • Brexit: UK reminded to implement EU Directive on EMF

    The EU has reminded member states that they are required to implement EU occupational health & safety directive 2013/35/EU on electromagnetic fields in national law no later than 1 July 2016. Despite the Brexit vote, it is expected that this EU Directive will be implemented in the UK. Directive 2013/35/EU defines minimum regulations for the ...
    Brexit: UK reminded to implement EU Directive on EMF
  • Industry calls for stability and safeguards following Brexit vote

    As the news of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union sinks in, organisations representing the engineering and manufacturing sectors have been calling for as much stability as possible in the coming months, while research institutions having been trying to quell panicConcerned over the futue for UK trade, they also called for the government to strive to safeguard as many of the trading advantages the UK enjoyed from its EU membership s possible in its negotiations to sever ties with the
  • Brexit: electronics supply chain can get through this, says ECSN head

    The electronics supply chain is strong enough to get through the period of business uncertainty which will follow the UK decision to leave the EU, says Adam Fletcher, chairman, ecsn. The head of the body which represents UK electronic component distributors and suppliers believes the sector should  “keep its heads down” and try to continue ...
    Brexit: electronics supply chain can get through this, says ECSN head
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  • Brexit: Tech sector must play its part to prepare, says techUK

    Julian David, CEO of techUK, representing the technology and IT sector has said that the UK vote to leave the EU was not the outcome that the majority of techUK members were hoping for. “It opens up many uncertainties about the future. However, the UK tech sector will play its part in helping the UK ...
    Brexit: Tech sector must play its part to prepare, says techUK
  • ARM and Marvell develop ARMADA networking board

    ARM and Marvell have developed the ARMADA 8040 networking community board, targeting OpenDataPlane (ODP), OpenFastPath (OFP) and ARM network functions virtualization (NFV) ecosystem communities. The board is based on a quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 processor and includes full CPU and I/O virtualization, an advanced networking packet processor and rich state-of-the-art connectivity. Collaboration with the software ecosystem ...
    ARM and Marvell develop ARMADA networking board
  • COM Express gets Intel Xeon quad-core 14nm processor

    Embedded board design kits for COM Express Type 6 modules based on the 6th generation of Intel Core processors, these are the previously codenamed Skylake U and H processors, have been introduced by Avnet Embedded. The Skylake H CPUs range from Celeron dual-core, Core i3, i5 and i7 all the way up to Xeon quad-core 14nm ...
    COM Express gets Intel Xeon quad-core 14nm processor
  • STM32 developers get access to low-layer APIs

    STMicroelectronics has added low-layer application program interface (LL API) software to its STM32 development tool set. This is for experienced designers and will allow them to work with the ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers (MCUs) down to register-level code, to controlling device peripheral and to optimise performance and run-time efficiency. The LL APIs are integrated into the STM32Cube ...
    STM32 developers get access to low-layer APIs
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  • Solar powered aircraft crosses Atlantic in one go

    Solar impulse 2, the solar-powered aircraft that is currently attempting the first renewably powered circumnavigation of the globe, has successfully crossed the Atlantic.The aircraft, which was being flown by pilot Bertrand Piccard, landed in Seville, Spain at 7.30 am on Thursday June 23rd after leaving New York on Monday 20th. The total flight time was 71 hours and 8 minutes.
    The aircraft has now crossed both the Pacific and the Atlantic, the world’s two biggest oceans, and is nearing the
  • Royal Academy honours engineers’ early career achievements

    Ahead of its announcement of the MacRobert Award winner, the Royal Academy of Engineering has announced five special awards for engineers at an early stage in their careers.
    The RAEng Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year award is a new competition recognising outstanding achievement in early-career engineering. Each of the five winners receives a £3000 prize.
    Sithamparanathan Sabesan, whose work on tracking RFID chips will be useful in factories, warehouse and airportsThe overall win
  • Women engineers needed to address skills shortage

    UK head of a leading engineering company believes women have the potential to solve some of the world’s biggest engineering problems and address the skills shortage in the sector. On National Women in Engineering Day, the president of Bosch UK believes the internet of things (IoT) could be an opportunity to encourage more woman to ...
    Women engineers needed to address skills shortage
  • GPS chip adds inertial dead-reckoning for car tracking

    u-blox of Switzerland has introduced a GPS receiver that works with inertial sensors to add dead-reckoning navigation when satellites signals are weak or before the receiver has locked-on. It requires an external MEMS inertial sensor and flash memory, and also works with other satellite navigation (GNSS) systems (list below). “EVA-M8E adapts automatically to installations anywhere ...
    GPS chip adds inertial dead-reckoning for car tracking
  • Danish firm creates “first” IoT hearing aid

    A Danish company has created an internet connected hearing aid. The designer, Oticon says it will allow the hearing aid to communicate directly with connected devices such as door bells, smoke detectors and baby alarms. Called Opn, the hearing aid is compatible with the web-based service IFTTT (If This Then That) for communicating with other ...
    Danish firm creates “first” IoT hearing aid
  • Zeolites could make LEDs cheaper and more efficient

    Researchers from KU Leuven (Belgium), the University of Strasbourg, and CNRS have discovered a new phosphor that could make next-generation fluorescent and LED lighting even cheaper and more efficient. The team used highly luminescent clusters of silver atoms and the porous framework of minerals known as zeolites. Silver clusters consist of just a few silver ...
    Zeolites could make LEDs cheaper and more efficient
  • Instantaneous movement planning for robots

    Planning the motion a robot can make safely without colliding with other objects is a complex task that can take up expensive processing time.
    Engineers at Duke University in North Carolina have devised a system using Kinect controllers and custom chips that can predict possible clashes in milliseconds and create movement plans in real time, saving both processing time and energy, and possibly making it safer for robots t work with humans.In this video, George Konidaris and Daniel Sorin explain
  • Ekinops transponder/muxponder line doubles network capacity

    Ekinops is introducing a flexible rate transponder/muxponder line which allows network operators to quickly and easily double their transport capacity. Using an advanced digital signal processor (DSP) combined with Ekinops’ enhanced T-Chip (Transport-on-a-Chip) technology to support both DP-QPSK and 16QAM modulation formats on a single line card, Ekinops is able to deliver a low-cost, programmable ...
    Ekinops transponder/muxponder line doubles network capacity
  • TT Electronics launches SiC power MOSfet.

    TT Electronics has launched a SiC power MOSFET for high temperature, power efficiency applications with a maximum junction temperature of +225°C. As a result of this operating potential, the package has a higher ambient temperature capability and can therefore be used in applications, including distribution control systems with greater environmental challenges, such as those in ...
    TT Electronics launches SiC power MOSfet.
  • The fabulous feats of female engineers

    One of the most fascinating things about engineering is how it influences change across countless other industries. The theories, designs and mechanisms created to solve one problem can often provide the solution to so many others and in turn, inspire more ideas, generate more models and influence the creation of more instruments.
    To help inspire today’s engineers, I wanted to reflect on some key feats of engineering achieved over the past 160 years. And, in honour of Women in Engineering
  • White Paper: Panasonic’s infrared array sensor explained

    Recently, the progress of uncooled infrared (IR) sensors has been remarkable due to microelectronic systems (MEMS)-based pixel structure, in which free standing thermal isolation structures are adopted with thin film IR absorbers. Many applications are being developed, such as thermography, human detection, night vision and so on. Quantification of this energy allows users to determine ...
    White Paper: Panasonic’s infrared array sensor explained
  • Call for more support for London’s IoT start-ups

    With London Technology Week taking place this week, Jim Bowes, CEO and co-founder of digital consultancy Manifesto, suggests ways London can encourage future growth in its internet of things (IoT) technology sector. The capital has been successful at attracting digital technology and software start-ups, but Bowes says more can be done to support research in ...
    Call for more support for London’s IoT start-ups
  • Testing the RF circuit for IoT success

    Buzzwords like Industry 4.0, the internet of things (IoT), mobile computing, and cloud computing can currently be found in many headlines in magazines. The common theme throughout is the development of RF communications systems, writes Wolfgang Bartels. Behind all these applications you will find the technologies like LTE, 3GPP, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, RFID, NFC, and ...
    Testing the RF circuit for IoT success
  • FTDI Chip adds to support for USB implementation

    FTDI Chip has introduced two new board level products and a new IC to support engineers with comprehensive support when implementing USB into their embedded systems. The UMFTPD3A programmer module is designed specifically for use with the company’s development hardware and ICs containing either internal one-time programmable (OTP) memory or eFUSE logic (which are both ...
    FTDI Chip adds to support for USB implementation
  • Unions and employers unite to back remain

    The head of the TUC and the chief of Britain’s manufacturing employers’ organisation have joined together to warn that leaving the EU would be a “terrible gamble”.
    Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC, and Terry Scuoler, CEO of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, are publishing today (Wednesday) a joint statement that sets out the potential loss in manufacturing trade, and the knock on effects for business and employees, should Britain leave the EU.
  • Liquid nitrogen engine makes debut on Sainsbury’s delivery lorry

    UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has become the first company in the world to introduce a refrigerated delivery lorry cooled by a liquid nitrogen-powered engine.
    The technology, which is being deployed during a three-month trial, is expected to eliminate emissions associated with refrigeration.
    Dearman’s liquid nitrogen engine is to undergo trials with Sainsbury’sDeveloped by UK firm Dearman Engine, the cooling unit replaces the traditional diesel engine used to chill the vehic
  • Comment: Risks of buying off the internet

    As purchases are increasingly made via the internet, never before has the packaging of electronic products and components, and their successful delivery through the supply chain, played such an important role in brand loyalty, writes Jean-Louis Evans As the delivery environment can be quite harsh, if a product or its packaging arrives damaged, this can ...
    Comment: Risks of buying off the internet
  • June 1878: Automation, metalworking and specialisation

    An important change in the nature of the engineering industry in the UK was buried in an article about understanding how forging techniques influence the properties of metal articles
    Edward Clarke’s pressure forging apparatus changed the shape of metal items gradually, preserving their strengthOne of the joys of ferreting through the Engineer archives is in stumbling upon an article that, while it appears prosaic from its heading and even the accompanying illustration, turns out on closer

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