- 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.
- Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. has manufactured complementary Tunnel FETs (C-TFETs) that operate at 0.4V using a CMOS baseline technology.
- Nemotek Technologies SA (Rabat, Morocco), which has been performing wafer-level packaging of lenses and camera modules, is leaving the business and putting its production equipment up for sale.
- I am just back from Dresden, in east Germany. The weather was sunny and warm during the day but the temperature fell in the evenings and became uncomfortably chill. But the chill I experienced was mainly due to an ominous feeling as I watched the Pediga protest march.
- With a number of seriously interesting results these days the UR:BAN research project has been finalised. 31 partners OEMs, tier ones, research institutes and other entities jointly presented new approaches and algorithms for future driver assistance systems. ADAS systems clearly get more intelligent, and they increasingly interact with traffic management.
- US defence giant Lockheed Martin is to begin manufacturing a new generation of high-powered laser weapons.
- This week’s video comes from Lexus, which has commissioned a vehicle that won’t meet Euro NCAP standards and will probably fall apart in the rain.
- Researchers at Mitsubishi have created custom mosfets for an all silicon carbide 3.3kV 1.5kA dc to three-phase traction inverter for railway trains, claiming the inverter to be a world first.
The company has already operated a hybrid design with silicon IGBTs and 1.7kV SiC Schottkys on an underground train, which demonstrated 38.6% power savings compared with the conventional system.
Custom 3.3kV 1.5kA SiC mosfets and Schottky diodes were created for the all-SiC project, and built into modules w
- BMW, Honda and Yamaha are forming a consortium to bring intelligent connectivity to two-wheelers.
- The three-month average of global chip sales for August declined by 3 percent in comparison with the same month a year ago, according to numbers from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) and reported by the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA).
- LED bulbs are fast encroaching on incandescent light sources because of their far higher efficiency when producing visible light.
But Junichi Takahara, director of photonics at the Advanced Research Center (PARC) of Osaka University, points out that incandescent bulbs are actually very efficient electron to photon converters if you take both visible and infra-red emissions into account.
And that they would be efficient visible light emitters if the surface of the filament could be nano-structure
- The Nexuss centre will train students in the use of innovative autonomous observation systems
The University of Southampton is to lead a new collaborative organisation set up to train environmental scientists and engineers to use smart technology to make scientific observations.
Funding of £2.5m has been provided by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for the Centre of Doctoral Training in ‘The use of Smar
- Infineon has launched the Infineon Security Partner Network (ISPN) to make proven semiconductor-based security accessible to the growing number of manufacturers of connected devices and systems.
ISPN partners are security experts selected according to their specific competence. They contribute their know-how and capabilities through use cases as well as reference designs presented in the virtual showroomwww.infineon.com/ispn and deliver solutions for secured devices and systems in different fiel
- Representatives from electronic map provider HERE and companies active along the automotive value chain have met in Auburn Hills (USA) to push their joint activities to create a global interface format for vehicle sensor data. Such a standard would speed the development of automated driving worldwide.
- A spin off from French urban furniture provider Récréation Urbaine - www.recreation-urbaine.com, Blocparc was created in 2009 to promote a rugged and reconfigurable urban furniture made of heavy concrete blocks (over a ton each). The tainted concrete blocks come in different shapes, with integrated metal corners to withstand the harshest of city abuses, including skaters' grinds and BMXers pegs.
- Nanoelectronics research center IMEC and EDA company Cadence Design Systems Inc. have announced that they have completed the first tape out of a test chip to be built using a 5nm manufacturing process.
- Nanoelectronics research center IMEC and EDA company Cadence Design Systems Inc. have announced that they have completed the first tape out of a test chip to be built using 5nm manufacturing process.
- On Semi has issued a reference design implementing Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 protocol – which supports High Voltage Dedicated Charging Port (HVDCP) Class A and Class B specifications.
It is based around the firm’s NCP4371 secondary side charge controller, which allows charger USB-bus voltage to be varied in steps from 3.6 to 20V based on requests from the phone or tablet.
Also on the secondary side of the reference design is On’s NCP4305 synchronous rectification
- Ingenic has introduced ‘X Series’, a family of 1GHz MIPS-cored microcontrollers aimed at the more complex end of human-machine interfacing – face, voice and fingerprint recognition, as well as audio and security.
The core has what MIPS describes as a “mobile-level” feature set with a double-precision floating-point unit and multimedia/audio acceleration instructions for lossless audio decoding. There is also a multimedia processing block, and security subsystem for
- Potassium can work with graphite in a potassium-ion battery, claims Oregon State University, which said the last time this possibility was explored was in 1932.
“For decades, people have assumed that potassium couldn’t work with graphite or other bulk carbon anodes in a battery,” said chemist Xiulei Ji. “That assumption is incorrect. It’s really shocking that no one ever reported on this issue for 83 years.”
That said, potassium is a big atom to get into graph
- Analog and RF chip vendor Skyworks Solutions Inc. will pay $2 billion in cash to acquire to acquire network and storage mixed-signal IC provider PMC-Sierra Inc., the company said Tuesday (Oct. 6).
- Addressing what Silicon Labs perceives as a growing demand for voice control in the connected home, this reference design is presented as a cost-effective solution for voice-enabled ZigBee remote controls that reduces the need for external hardware by implementing a high-quality, software-based audio codec into a single-chip wireless SoC.
- In Silego Technologys range of single-channel, self-contained, reverse-blocking integrated power-switches, the SLG59M1600V is optimised for high-current, low-voltage power-rail distribution, power-rail sequencing, or any other power-rail application where power flow from load to source cannot be tolerated.
- Cypress fully-certified EZ-BLE PSoC module represents the highest level of integration currently available, Cypress asserts, and provides an end-to-end solution to reduce time-to-market and costs for IoT products and a wide range of wireless applications
- Tektronix has introduced eight programmable DC power supplies to the Keithley Series 2260B power supply family, including six 250V and 800V high voltage models, a 108A high current model and a 80V/40A 1080W high power model.
- Kemet says it has the smallest high voltage surface mount multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) with internal arc protection. The EIA 0603 case size has been added to its High Voltage ArcShield product portfolio with voltage ratings up to 1 kV.
- The Weightless SIG has launched a Weightless-N development environment for low power wide area network connectivity in IoT projects.The development kits include a desktop base station with the same functionality as a commercial grade base station packaged in a non-ruggedised casing, a base station antenna, an end product module mounted on a development carrier board with external connections, a module antenna and a cset of cabling.The SDK incorporates an ARM Cortex-M3 MCU with 128KB of flash mem
- Technology originally developed to aid communication with robots in space could lead to major improvements in car to car communications back on earth, researchers have claimed.
- Cellulose found in plants algae and trees is being used to develop more sustainable capacitor devices.
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