• 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.
  • Tandem organic solar cells reaches 15% efficiency

    Researchers at the University of Michigan have found a way to stack solution-processed organic solar cells on top of vacuum-processed cells, creating an tandem solar cell with 15% efficiency. “For the last couple of years, efficiency for organic photo-voltaics was stuck around 11 to 12%,” said Michigan physicist Xiaozhou Che. The top solution-processed non-fullerene-acceptor cell ...
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  • Goldeneye AI system promises end to car park chaos

    There is nothing worse than driving round and round a car park, unable to find a free space when the sign at the entrance tells you there should be 33.Now Cambridge Consultants has developed a deep learning and machine vision system that can not only tell you how many spaces are left, but where in the car park you can find them. The AI system, dubbed Goldeneye, uses information from 12 security cameras to continuously monitor the availability of parking bays, in what the company dubs the world&r
  • Manchester thin-film oxide transistor hits 1GHz

    The university of Manchester has made a 1GHz thin-film transistor from amorphous IGZO – indium gallium zinc oxide. The devices, created with Shandong University in China, are made on a high-resistance silicon substrate using Ta2O5 gate dielectric. The material is 80% transparent, opening the door to display applications. “Making a high performance device, like our GHz ...
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  • Picture Gallery: PA’s Raspberry Pi Competition 2018, in picture form

    The theme for this year’s PA Consulting’s Raspberry Pi Competition 2018 was Sustainability. More than 100 schools were challenged to build projects around the credit card-sized computer that could help to ‘save the planet’. And these entries were whittled down to the nine finalists judged at the IET, at Savoy Place, last week. The imaginative ...
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  • Liver transplant tech shows life-saving potential

    The number of livers available for transplant could be increased significantly using a new technology that preserves the organs at body temperature.In a paper in the journal Nature, Oxford-based OrganOx has published the findings of a randomised, multinational clinical trial, in which transplanted livers were shown to function better when preserved with its metra device.
    When a liver is donated for transplant, it is stored in an ice box. This slows the liver’s metabolism, helping to preser
  • Sound shaping technology to be funded by RAEng

    A professor at the University of Sussex has been given the job of making the UK a world-leader in sound shaping technology. Professor Sriram Subramanian has been named a Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) chair for the development of novel acoustic interfaces. This is one of a ten areas of development emerging technology being created ...
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  • Ultra Long Range Airbus A350 XWB makes maiden flight

    Airbus’ new Ultra Long Range variant of its A350 aircraft has taken to the skies for the first time, ahead of entering service on the world’s longest passenger route.The Ultra Long Range Airbus A350 XWB made a short maiden flight from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport as part of a test programme that should see a range of efficiency improvements certified. These modifications to the standard A350-900 include a fuel system that increases capacity by 24,000 litres without the need for
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  • Internal magnet means Hall sensor IC detects plain steel

    A sensor IC that includes differential Hall elements and an internal rare-earth magnet
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  • Internal magnet means Hall sensor detects plain steel

    Allegro MicroSystems precision programmable Hall sensor IC that includes differential Hall elements and an internal rare-earth magnet to allow it to detect ferrous targets that are not themselves magnetic. Called ATS344, it is intended for automotive applications requiring high resolution detection of long stroke (>5 mm) linear motion. “The ATS344 is well-suited for applications that require ...
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  • This week’s poll: does the UK still have a problem with commercialising technology?

    The UK has historically let many promising “home-made” innovations slip through its fingers to see other countries reap the benefits. Have we now learned our lesson?Take Our PollThe UK missed out on commercialising lithium-ion batteries, which are now big business in electric vehiclesIn her most recent View from the Academy column, Royal Academy of Engineering chief executive Hayaatun Sillem discusses the recent establishment of chairs for emerging technologies to help identify and c
  • Blighter wins first radar sale into India

    Cambridge-based Blighter Surveillance Systems has made its first sale into India for its Blighter B400 series ground surveillance radar. The contract was awarded by system integrator Tata Power following a trial organised by India’s border management organisation in Gwalior in 2016. Blighter radars will be deployed by Tata during 2018 as part of the Indian ...
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  • Last week’s poll: Has the industry 4.0 era finally dawned?

    In the wake of MACH 2018, where Industry 4.0 was a prominent theme, we asked our readers for their thoughts on the ‘new industrial revolution’. The results were fairly damning. 
    The poll attracted just 250 votes, compared to over 1,000 for the previous week’s poll on fracking. This disparity in interest seems to reflect a general antipathy towards the term ‘Industry 4.0’, backed up by the responses of those who did take part. Almost two-thirds (6
  • Glowing contact lens could prevent blindness

    Engineers in the US have developed a glowing contact lens technology that they claim could help prevent blindness in millions of people with diabetes.
    A glowing contact lens could help prevent blindness in millions of people with diabetes. Credit: CaltechDeveloped by a team at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) the innovative technology – which uses similar technology to luminous wrist-watches – is designed to emit low levels of light into the wearers eye at night, redu
  • 1,200W Class-D audio amplifier has 130dB SNR and built-in mains PSU

    Designed with a whisper-quiet noise floor – <30μV (130dB SNR), 1200AS is a family of high power Class-D audio amplifiers from ICEpower of Copenhagen. Intended for PA speakers, line arrays and professional single or dual sub-woofers, they are based on the firm’s own ICEedge chip-set and include a universal mains switch mode power supply with ...
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  • Scientists propose huge European AI push

    Scientists have written an open letter proposing the establishment of a huge European initiative to develop AI. They write: “We are at a crossroads where machine learning is at the heart of a technological and societal artificial intelligence revolution involving multiple sister disciplines, with large implications for the future competitiveness of Europe, Europe is not ...
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  • The Arduino Challenge

    Arduino has launched a global contest that challenges users of its open-source electronics platform to create innovative products that help advance the development of Industry 4.0 automation and robotics applications. The contest is being run in partnership with electronics and automation distributor Distrelec, ( https://distrelec.com/global/ ) and is hosted at the Arduino Project Hub. ( ...
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  • China to turn on memory tap in Q1

    China’s three main memory companies will be in trial production in H2 with mass production in Q1, reports DRAMeXchange. They are: Yangtze River Memory Storage owned by Tsinghua Unigroup, Fujian Jin Hua IC (JHICC) a jv between the city of Fujian and UMC, and Hefei Chang Xin also called Innotron. They intend to make, respectively: ...
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  • ST’s 3x3mm low-voltage motor driver.

    ST’s STSPIN233 is a  low-voltage motor driver suitable for both single-shunt and three-shunt brushless-motor driving integrating a 200mΩ 1.3Arms power stage in a  3mm x 3mm package. The chip’s  standby current is less than 80nA. It can be put into standby mode under logic control, making it suitable for extending operation from batteries in equipment ...
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  • AMS hit by iPhone X slowdown

    AMS says that Q2 sales may fall to $220-250 million from $452.7 million in Q1 because of lower orders and lower forecast orders from a major customer which is believed to be Apple. AMS supplies the image sensor used to provide face recognition in the iPhone X which, it  is rumoured, will be discontinued. AMS ...
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  • Queen’s Awards recognise Cambridge IC, and others

    This year Queen’s Awards for Enterprise as usual feature many electronics companies. One such is Cambridge IC, maker of rotary and linear position sensing chips, which was awarded a ‘Queen’s Awards for Enterprise – International Trade’. “Our international trade has increased 5x over the last four years,” founder David Ely told Electronics Weekly. “Almost all ...
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  • Wolverhampton uni team kicks F3 season off with a bang

    University of Wolverhampton Racing (UWR) got off to a flying start in the 2018 F3 Cup, finishing on the podium in all three races of the opening weekend at Donington Park.(Credit: @UWRacing)
    The team, made up of engineering students from the university, has taken second place in the cup for the last two seasons. As well as being the only university team that participates in F3, UWR also competes in Formula Student, the British Hillclimb Championship and the AR Morgan Challenge.
    Driver Shane Kell
  • Tiny PC spectrum analyser for serial busses

    Ikalogic has introduced four-channel USB logic analysers, primarily for debugging serial data busses. Protocol decoding for 30 busses including I2C, SPI, RS232, CAN or 1-Wire are available. Called ScanaQuad, the devices are 50x50mm in size and operate with the firm’s ScanaStudio software running on a host Windows PC, Linux PC or Mac. “The software lets you ...
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  • Q & A: What does blockchain actually mean for manufacturers?

    It’s the new buzzword on the block. But what does blockchain actually mean for manufacturers? Graeme Wright, CTO Manufacturing & Utilities, Fujitsu UK & Ireland, explains. 
    Isn’t Blockchain just a fad?
    Put simply – No.   Blockchain is all too often confused with crypto-currencies; they just are one solution built on the technology.  Blockchain offers a fundamentally new approach to sharing information between people and organisations – one that
  • Smart implants: Improving outcomes with patient-specific data

    Smart implants, created with tomography data or by incorporating sensors, are changing the way bone diseases and injuries are treated, writes Matt Parkes
    Since the early 1900s, surgeons have been using metal implants in healthcare, typically to treat bone diseases including osteoarthritis and inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis, as well as in reconstruction therapy.
    Though a long-established technology, traditional implants often cause challenges for patients and surgeons. One area being worked on
  • UK project aims to enhance the detection and early diagnosis of breast cancer

    A project designed to enhance the detection and early diagnosis of breast cancer whilst bringing down costs to health service providers is set to begin in Newcastle.Funded with £1.4m from Innovate UK, the three-year programme will see Kromek, a Sedgefield-headquartered developer of radiation detection technologies, partner with Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a Low Dose Molecular Breast Imaging (LDMBI) technology.
    The LDMBI will be based on Kromek’s CZT-
  • House of Lords raises space concerns

    The House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee has written to Sam Gyimah MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, to raise concerns about the progress of, and the Government’s commitment to UK space programmes after Brexit. The letter calls on the Government to act quickly to achieve an agreement that preserves UK ...
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  • Volkswagen unveils electric beast to tackle Pikes Peak

    German auto giant Volkswagen has created a brand new electric supercar in an attempt to break a speed record on Pikes Peak, an iconic hill climb in the Rocky Mountains.
    The I.D. R Pikes Peak features two electric engines that generate a system capacity of 500 kW, capable of taking the vehicle from 0-100 km/h in 2.25 seconds. That power will be put to the test on the infamous Pikes Peak route, a 19.99km ascent that features 156 turns and climbs almost 1.5km to the summit of the Colorado mountain.
  • RS launches DesignSpark Marketplace

    RS Components (RS) has unveiled a beta version of a new platform called DesignSpark Marketplace which enables makers, pro-makers, start-ups and small businesses to promote and sell their own inventions and product creations to a wide audience of fellow makers and engineers, including more than 650,000 members of the RS DesignSpark engineering and maker community. ...
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  • Spacecraft cooling technology could keep astronauts cool on mission to Mars

    Innovative spacecraft cooling technology designed to help keep astronauts cool on long missions has been successfully trialled aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
    The US-developed technology is being trialled on the International Space StationDeveloped by engineers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts the system uses electrically charged fluids to absorb and carry heat away from electronics and other heat-generating equipment.
    With no moving parts, the technology&r

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