- 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.
- Osram turns to quantum ‘phosphor’ for TV backlight LED
Osram is using quantum wavelength converters in a white LED for TV display backlighting. “For many years manufacturers of televisions have been demanding an ever-broader colour space and the TV standard is once again moving to a larger colour triangle with Ultra HD,” said the firm. “To get a wide colour space, well-separated red green and ...
- Leti to reveal post-7nm process technology
CEA-Leti will give details about post-7nm CMOS device architectures, materials and computing-system paradigms at a LetiDay event on Dec. 6 and at IEDM 2015. “Our tradition is to take a broad, production-oriented approach to technology development, to reduce risks and accelerate the transition into high-volume manufacturing, and this is our approach for the post-7nm realm,” said Olivier Faynot, manager ...
- Grid-connected solar power is the most effective solution the world has at its disposal to help cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, according to a report published by Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.
- UltraSOC adds Bare Metal Security
UltraSOC, the on-chip monitoring and analytics specialist, has added a security function called Bare Metal Security. Bare Metal Security features are implemented as hardware running below the operating system, so are non-intrusive and remain robust even if the system’s conventional security measures are compromised. This adds an entirely new level of protection to the SoC ...
- Q-carbon is distinct from graphite and diamond, and has unusual properties such as being ferromagnetic.
- Games machine helps x-ray humans
US researchers have re-purposed a Microsoft Kinect gaming peripheral – which has visible image sensing and infra-red sensing – to measure people before x-ray imaging. The aim of the feasibility study was non-contact measurement of body thickness using custom software running on the Kinect 1.0 – Kinect was originally developed to add motion sensing, facial ...
- The UK government’s latest defence review has included the announcement of increased spending on aircraft and special forces units. Meanwhile, the latest HM Treasury Autumn Statement was expected to include deep cuts which might hit health, industry and science. Which of these statements is closest to your feelings?
- Compound Semiconductor cluster launches in Cardiff Castle
What is described as the world’s first Compound Semiconductor technology cluster has been launched in South Wales. It’s a joint business venture between Cardiff University and IQE, a supplier of advanced semiconductor wafers. The cluster, which aims to attract other European partners, has the potential to create 5,000 new jobs in Wales, believes Cardiff University. ...
- Calibrate your testers for measuring energy efficiency
Instrument calibration is even more important in today’s energy conscious world with the need for accurate, high-frequency power measurement, writes Clive Davis and Erik Kroon As system design focuses on energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy resources, engineers are increasingly demanding accuracy and precision from their power measurements. At the same time, new ...
- Low cost scopes get fast Fourier transform analysis
Rohde & Schwarz has added a series of mixed-signal oscilloscopes to its HMO1002 oscilloscope family of lower cost instruments. The supplier describes these as true mixed-signal oscilloscopes which can analyse serial SPI buses on digital channels, using the HO3508 logic probe, while simultaneously monitoring two analogue signals referenced to the transmitted SPI data. Another feature ...
- NASA’s efforts to send astronauts to Mars have advanced with the structural test model for Orion’s service module being delivered for testing.
- Rohm cuts inductance in SiC power module
Rohm has introduced a 1,200V 300A all-silicon carbide half-bridge power module, with reduced inductance compared with its first devices – claimed stray inductance is 13nH. Rohm began mass production of all-SiC power modules in March 2012 – the 120A and 180A 1,200V products continue are selling into industrial and power sectors. “Although further increases in current ...
- One week left to register for IoT Design event
There is now less than one week to register for our IoT Design conference, taking place on 3 December at the Brewery Conference Suite, near the Barbican. It’s London’s first design conference and exhibition for the Internet of Things, and its aim is to present real-world information about designing hardware and software systems for the IoT. You’ll hear from ten ...
- JST opens wet processing lab
JST Manufacturing has opened an applications laboratory where end-users can develop wet chip fabrication processes. The Idaho firm manufactures wet processing equipment, and the lab allows experiments with various chemistries tests on real equipment ranging from immersion and spray tools to dryers. Metrology equipment including a scanning electron microscope and Tencor particle counter is available. ...
- Samsung targets wearable IoT devices with bio-processor
Samsung is aiming for a slice of the wearable health and fitness device market with a multi-function processor which will be introduced early in 2016. Dubbed the bio-processor, the system-on-chip device will carry out various body monitoring functions including PPG, ECG, skin temperature, GSR and body fat. It is essentially a processor with integrated DSP ...
- Compliance is vital with new electromagnetic field exposure rules
The EU Directive 2013/35/EU on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (electromagnetic fields) published in mid-2013 is due to be transposed into UK law by July of next year, 2016. Howard Venning, managing director of Aspen Electronics, lifts the lid on the subject and ...
- ROBORACE will feature driverless electric cars, and will form part of the support package for the Formula E Championship.
- Super low power microcontroller gets design kits
Ambiq Micro has introduced evaluation kits for its low power Apollo sub-threshold microcontrollers. A feature of the first EVB board is the integration of an on-board hardware debugger together with a complete software development kit. It also comes with FreeRTOS, along with the necessary hardware drivers. The Eclipse-based graphical software integrated design environment (IDE) and ...
- Tiny lens makes LED lights shine brighter
Escatec has designed a miniaturised TIR (total internal reflection) lens for mounting on high brightness LEDs. The TIR lens is mounted directly onto the bare LED and secured in place using clear glue with no air gap for optimal optical coupling. The aim is to ensure that the light is transferred from the LED to ...
- Boundary scan can be used for chip design
XJTAG has introduced the latest version (3.4) of its boundary scan development system, which improves the visibility into complex systems during product development and manufacture. According to the company, because of its ability to interrogate and control JTAG-enabled devices, boundary scan is being used to develop and debug products as well as test them. As ...
- Vishay welds 24kW resistor for reliability
Vishay has gone for welded constriction, ceramic insulators and stainless steel plate elements for robustness in its GRE2 ‘Milwaukee’ resistors, which can dissipate up to 24kW. The double-insulated devices can operate at up to 400°C and are aimed at capacitor pre-charge, capacitor discharge, dynamic braking, load testing, heating, and neutral grounding applications in locomotives, transit systems, harmonic filters, re
- LTC adds wireless power transmitter
Linear Tech has introduced a wireless power transmitter to complement its wireless receiver ICs for the wireless charging market. The LTC4125 is a simple, high performance monolithic full bridge resonant driver, capable of delivering up to 5W of power wirelessly to a companion receiver. It functions as the transmit circuit component in a complete wireless ...
- IoT Design focus: Rohde & Schwarz’s Reiner Stuhlfauth
In the next of our series focusing on speakers at the IoT Design Conference, taking place on Thursday 3 December at the Brewery Conference Suite near the Barbican in London, we focus on a communication technologies specialist from Rohde & Schwarz. The aim of the one-day IoT Design Conference is to present real-world information about ...
- Slim and affordable Raspberry Pi Zero flies off UK shelves
Welcome the mini sized Raspberry Pi Zero. The Raspbery Pi Foundation describes it as "half the size of a Model A+, with twice the utility".
- ‘Spencer’ will navigate around Schipol using lasers and maps, helping passengers get to their gates on time.
- Raspberry Pi shrinks to $5 Pi Zero
Raspberry Pi just got smaller and ridiculously cheap. Raspberry Pi Zero measures just 65mm x 30mm with a height profile of 5mm, it is the smallest form factor Pi available. And it costs just $5. It is a slimmed down Raspberry Pi Zero so there is only one Micro USB data port and a Mini HDMI port which ...
- Researchers in the US have made a breakthrough that could speed the development of improved LED displays.
- Scientists have developed a graphene-based microphone membrane that is claimed to be more sensitive than those made from nickel.
- E2v super ADC is “free of non-harmonic spurs”
UK-based specialist chip firm e2v says it has produced its most powerful ever ADC. It is a 12-bit resolution analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) which has a sampling rate of 5.4Gsample/s, an instantaneous bandwidth in excess of 3GHz and latency as low as 26 clock cycles with a noise of -150dBm/Hz. According to the supplier, it will ...
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