• 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.
  • US report highlights fracking spill risk

    A study from the US suggests that two to 16 per cent of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells discharge hydrocarbons, chemical-laden water, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other substances.
    Over 5,000 gallons of spillages from pipeline leaks in North Dakota over 10-years (credit: Science for Nature and People Partnership)The analysis, published in Environmental Science & Technology, is said to have identified 6,648 spills recorded across Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Pennsylvani
  • Hydronium-ion battery mooted for grid storage

    Hydronium-ion batteries show promise for sustainable high-power energy storage, according to scientists at Oregon State University, which claims to have developed the world’s first battery to use only hydronium (H3O+) ions as the charge carrier. The hydronium ions are reversibly stored in an electrode made from the organic crystalline solid perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydridem (PTCDA). Dilute sulphuric acid is the electrolyte. ...
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  • MWC: Modular 5G antenna stacks for high data rate

    Taoglas has unveiled its series of modular 5G massive MIMO antenna arrays. The new antennas – including the 5-6GHz Adaptrix CMM200.A (pictured) – feature a patent-pending, modular interlocking system (not shown) to help operators scale capacity  – when more capacity or speed is needed at a location, another module is clipped to the side of ...
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  • More grid flexibility urgently required

      Andrew Wade, senior reporter
    Whenever we write about renewables at The Engineer, there are inevitably voices decrying their intermittency. The sun does not always shine and the wind does not always blow, we are reminded.
    Renewables have many benefits, but their intermittency does indeed carry a cost. That cost is something the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has been examining, and a new report published this week looks at where those costs are and how they can be minimised.
    The study i
  • Toshiba sampling 64-layer 512Gbit 3D NAND

    Toshiba is sampling 64-layer 3-bit-per cell 512Gbit 3D NAND. Mass production is scheduled for H2. In April Toshiba plans to sample a  1Tbyte product which stacks 16 512Gbit die in a package. For the 512Gbit device, Toshiba deployed a 64-layer stacking process to realize a 65% larger capacity per unit chip size than the 48-layer 256Gbit ...
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  • Plymouth scholarship seeks talent from challenging backgrounds

    Plymouth University has launched a mentoring and scholarship programme to help counter the shortfall of engineering graduates from socioeconomically vulnerable sections of society.
    The Tamar Engineering Project will offer an annual bursary and one-to-one professional mentoring from leading industry figures to high-performing students from such backgrounds.
    Launched with a £500,000 donation from an anonymous benefactor, the Tamar Engineering Project is being supported and championed by Plym
  • EEF to lead calls for five year Brexit transition period  

    Walking away from the EU with no deal in place will leave UK manufacturers on a cliff edge of uncertainty that will damage jobs and investment.
    This stark warning will be made by Dame Judith Hackitt CBE, Chair of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation at the National Manufacturing Dinner in London on Wednesday evening (February 22).
    Hackitt will tell guests: “Uncertainty and confusion will result in business being left on a cliff edge. While the Prime Minister has warned of walking awa
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  • Additive expertise helps maturation of Roboy the humanoid robot

    Additive manufacturing specialist EOS has announced its support for the Roboy project, which is developing humanoid robots with a musculoskeletal system designed to mimic that of the human body.
    Roboter Roboy am AI-Lab der Uni ZürichThe project, a European collaboration led by the Swiss Devanthro Society and the Technical University of Munich, has previously built a four-foot tall humanoid robot – Roboy Junior – in just nine months, complete with a set of artificial muscles and
  • Project looks at human eye to sharpen sight of robots and drones

    Robots, surveillance cameras and drones could one day detect changes to their environment far more quickly and efficiently, using a vision system based on the way the human eye and brain process information.
    The EPSRC-funded Internet of Silicon Retinas (IOSIRE) project, led by researchers from Kings College London and also involving University College London and Kingston University, is aiming to develop advanced machine-to-machine communication systems that capture and transmit images from highl
  • ARM invests in Blu Witeless

    Blu Wireless Technology, the Bristol WiGig specialist, has received a significant investment from ARM and other strategic and private investors. This will allow the companies’ mutual customers to deploy high performance mmWave and software defined networks (SDN) demanded for the cost-effective deployment of the forthcoming 5G standard. 10Gbps-class mmWave modems based on the Blu Wireless ...
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  • ARM invests in Blu Wireless

    Blu Wireless Technology, the Bristol WiGig specialist, has received a significant investment from ARM and other strategic and private investors. This will allow the companies’ mutual customers to deploy high performance mmWave and software defined networks (SDN) demanded for the cost-effective deployment of the forthcoming 5G standard. 10Gbps-class mmWave modems based on the Blu Wireless ...
    Read full article: ARM invests in Blu Wireless
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  • Intel reveals Atom processors with up to 16 cores

    Intel has release some details of its forthcoming C3000 Atom processors. Designed for network and storage products, the family provides up to 16 compute cores for a claimed increase of up to 2.3x compute performance compared with the previous-generation C2750 Atom. In addition, up to 19Mpacket/s of Layer 3 forwarding is available. “Unique features for the intelligent network edge ...
    Read full article: Intel reveals Atom processors with up to 16 cores
  • Q1 server DRAM price up 40% q-o-q

    The Q1 contract price for server DRAM modules is 40% up on Q4, reports DRAMeXchange. The price is expected to rise another 10% in Q2. The price of 16GB DDR4 RDIMM modules will hit $130, says DRAMeXchange. Demand was unexpectedly high in H2, says DRAMeXchange. With the number of major suppliers down to only three ...
    Read full article: Q1 server DRAM price up 40% q-o-q
  • Opto drives GaN says Yole.

    Optoelectronics applications, particularly GaN-based laser diodes and GaN-on-GaN LEDs, are expected to drive the bulk GaN substrate market from 2016 – 2022, says a report on Bulk GaN from analysts Yole Developpement. Specific to the laser diode market, the Blu-ray segment, which in the past was the GaN-based laser industry’s main driver, continues to decline. ...
    Read full article: Opto drives GaN says Yole.
  • CFIUS approves Renesas-Intersil merger

    Renesas and Intersil announced today  that they received notification by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States on February 21, 2017 PST; February 22, 2017 JST that the investigation of the merger transaction under which Renesas will acquire Intersil is complete and that there are no unresolved national security concerns with respect to the ...
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  • Ajit Manocha to head SEMI

    Former GloFo boss Ajit Manocha is to succeed Denny McGuirk as CEO of SEMI on March 1st. Manocha was formerly CEO at GloFo, EVP of worldwide operations at Spansion, EVP and chief manufacturing officer at Philips/NXP Semiconductors, and held senior management positions at AT&T Microelectronics. He began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a research ...
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  • SEMI January billings up 52% y-o-y

    SEMI reports January billings of $1.86 billion, 0.5% down on the December level of $1.87 billion, and 52.3% higher than the January 2016 billings level of $1.22 billion. “Global billings reported by the North American equipment makers begin the New Year at high levels,” says SEMI CEO Denny McGuirk, “we expect strong spending growth in ...
    Read full article: SEMI January billings up 52% y-o-y
  • Secure Systems Summit 2017 – Designing in security

    Connecting millions of electronic devices is creating significant security risks, and designing in security from day one is becoming ever-more crucial.Read full article: Secure Systems Summit 2017 – Designing in security
  • Ultrahaptics teams up with HARMAN for automotive haptic-touch

    Mid-air touch-free haptics company, Ultrahaptics, has announced a collaboration with HARMAN  to incorporate mid-air gesture haptic feedback technology into a range of infotainment and audio systems.  HARMAN  is involved in connected car technology, lifestyle audio innovations, design and analytics, cloud services and IoT. There are more than 30 million vehicles currently equipped with HARMAN’s connected car ...
    Read full article: Ultrahaptics teams up with HARMAN for au
  • GloFo 45nm RF SOI PDK available

    Globalfoundries has announced the availability of PDKs for its 45nm RF SOI (45RFSOI) to support next mmWave beam forming applications in future 5G base stations and smartphones. The technology is optimized for beam forming front-end modules (FEMs), with back-end-of-line (BEOL) features including thick copper and dielectrics that enable improved RF performance for LNAs, switches and ...
    Read full article: GloFo 45nm RF SOI PDK available
  • Xilinx integrates analogue RF into MPSoCs

    Xilinx has integrated RF-class analogue technology into its 16nm MPSoCs resulting in a family of RFSoCs which eliminate discrete data converters resulting, claims Xilinx, in a 50-75% power and footprint reduction for 5G massive-MIMO and millimeter wave wireless backhaul applications. Large scale 2D antenna array systems will be key to the increase in spectral efficiency ...
    Read full article: Xilinx integrates analogue RF into MPSoCs
  • Siemens teams up with Salford on new degree

    Salford University and Siemens are launching a new BEng degree focusing on control and automation.
    (Credit: Siemens)Hosted at Salford’s campus, the honours degree will feature a range of academic models, combined with Siemens’ Approved ‘PLC Programmer Certification’. It will be available to both apprentices and anyone with an existing appropriate Level 5 engineering qualification.
    “At Siemens we have long championed the role of apprentices and the importance of trai
  • Toshiba now looking for $8.8bn+ from chip sale.

    Toshiba is now looking to raise $8.8 billion plus from the sale of a stake in, or all of, its chip business, reports Reuters. Although Toshiba’s preference would be to retain 30% of the business, it is prepared to sell all of it because Toshiba’s priority is to raise the $6.3 billion needed to cover ...
    Read full article: Toshiba now looking for $8.8bn+ from chip sale.
  • The route to commercial fusion electricity by 2030

    ViewpointMelanie Windridge and David Kingham
    Tokamak Energy’s contribution to putting fusion power into the grid by 2030: the ST40 prototype of a compact fusion reactor
    The world is facing a deep decarbonisation challenge, and major organisations such as the Breakthrough Energy Coalition and the newly-announced Breakthrough Energy Ventures are seeking bold new technologies, like fusion, as the solution. Decarbonising all our energy requires a novel approach, but with engineers, scientists
  • Last week’s poll: Rolls-Royce and the weak pound

    Post-Brexit reports indicate that manufacturers in Britain are benefitting from the drop in sterling but that hasn’t been the case for Rolls Royce, which recently posted a £4.6bn loss.
    The engineering giant announced its biggest pre-tax loss on February 14, 2017 with the decline of sterling accounting for a £4.4bn hit on the value of the investments that it uses to protect itself from currency fluctuations.
    With most international aerospace contracts priced in dollars, these he
  • This week’s poll: closing the skills gap

    Who needs to make the most effort to close the engineering skills gap in the UK?
    This year’s Status of Engineering report from Engineering UK draws attention once again to the continuing problem of the engineering skills gap, caused by a shortfall between the number of people retiring from profession and the number of new recruits. The report states particularly that there was a problem with the number of graduates entering engineering. This week, we would like to know which of the stakeho
  • Altreonics ports VirtuosoNext DesignerRTOS to Sundance OpenVPX SBC.

    Altreonic’s multicore VirtuosoNext Designer embedded RTOS has been ported to Sundance Technology’s VF360 3U OpenVPX single board computer (SBC). The Sundance board integrates a TI C6678 Keystone multicore DSP alongside an Altera Stratix V FPGA. VirtuosoNext Designer is Altreonic’s fifth generation embedded RTOS which is small enough to fit in on-chip caches. It also supports ...
    Read full article: Altreonics ports VirtuosoNext DesignerRTOS to Sundance OpenVPX SBC.
  • Altreonics ports VirtuosoNext Designer RTOS to Sundance OpenVPX SBC

    Altreonic’s multicore VirtuosoNext Designer embedded RTOS has been ported to Sundance Technology’s VF360 3U OpenVPX single board computer (SBC).
    Read full article: Altreonics ports VirtuosoNext Designer RTOS to Sundance OpenVPX SBC
  • Hydronium battery could help unlock grid storage

    Scientists at Oregon State University have developed the world’s first battery to use hydronium ions as the charge carrier.
    Hydronium, or H3O+, is a positively charged ion produced when a proton is added to a water molecule. The researchers discovered that hydronium ions could be reversibly stored in a crystalline electrode material consisting of perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydridem, or PTCDA.
    According to their work, published in the German Chemical Society’s Angewandte Chemie

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