• 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.
  • Multi-sensor Bluetooth 5 node for IoT app development

    Roki is a wireless multi-sensor node, designed for the evaluation of Bluetooth 5 communication in IoT applications. On-board are: 3-axis accelerometer Combination 3-axis accelerometer + 3-axis magnetometer Combination 3-axis accelerometer + 3-axis gyroscope 3-axis magnetometer Barometer And the following can be added: Optical heart rate sensor Ambient light sensor RGB colour sensor Magnetic hall effect ...
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  • Intel CEO resigns

    Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned following a relationship with an employee. Here is Intel’s statement: “Intel Corporation today announced the resignation of Brian Krzanich as CEO and a member of the Board of Directors. The Board has named Chief Financial Officer Robert Swan Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. “Intel was recently informed that ...
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  • Wolverhampton opens new academy with Morgan Motor Company

    The University of Wolverhampton and Morgan Motor Company are extending their partnership by establishing a new academy for aspiring engineers.Automotive Engineering students at Wolverhampton’s Telford Innovation Campus will spend one day a week at the factory, working alongside Morgan employees who will share their skills and facilitate learning and practice in a business environment. The two organisations have already been working closely since signing a partnership agreement back in 2016
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  • INWED18: Bringing engineering careers to life is required to inspire young women engineers

    Boeing’s HR Director for Europe & Israel, Sally Hoyle (top), and Cranfield’s Prof Helen Atkinson CBE FREng (below) explain how showing young women what a career in engineering can look like is the best way to inspire the next generation of women engineers.
    STEM industries are at the heart of the UK’s economic, intellectual and historical life. We have a proud history of industrial and engineering powerhouses across the country that carry world-leading industrial legacies th
  • Walk the Li-ion: Students develop energy harvesting backpack for hikers

    A team of students at Bath University was tasked with designing an energy harvesting system that could charge a battery through the power generated by walking. The Student Engineer caught up with team leader Alex Kyriakides to find out more.The team at the Bath University Design Exhibition
    Hi Alex. Firstly, can you tell us what you’re studying at Bath?
    I am currently studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Bath. I have just completed my third academic year or my
  • Repowering with electricity brings bin lorry back from the dead

    Greenwich claims world first in repowering end-of-life refuse vehicleResurrection: 14 years old and still running, the repowered bin lorry is now nearly silent in operation
    In a striking example of recycling, a refuse lorry working the streets of the Royal Borough of Greenwich has been retrofitted with an electric motor, replacing the diesel engine which had propelled the vehicle for 14 years during its operating lifetime. The lorry, which now estimated to have another 14 years of useful life, w
  • Industrial monitors have 4K resolution at Amplicon

    Amplicon of Brighton has introduced a range of industrial monitors, including high performance Full-HD and 4K displays.  Called Senses Industrial Monitors, that range comprises of SD displays for low-cost, less demanding applications, as well as, both Full-HD and 4K high-end displays. The Full-HD and 4K monitors are available with either resistive touch or 10-point projected ...
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  • UK adults becoming happier about robots

    Robots and their potential to make an impact on society may be beginning to enter the psyche of the UK population. As UK Robotics Week begins, a new survey has found that nearly a quarter of respondents believed that there is potential for more robots to be included in everyday society. But robot-friendliness is taking ...
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  • Chalmers researchers develop graphene film

    A Chalmers University spin-off is about commercialise a graphene assembled  film technology. Researchers at the Swedish university have developed a graphene assembled film that has over 60% higher thermal conductivity than graphite film – despite the fact that graphite simply consists of many layers of graphene. The graphene film shows potential as a novel heat ...
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  • E-dermis gives sense of touch to fingertips of prosthetic hands

    Engineers at Johns Hopkins University have created e-dermis, a form of electronic skin that brings a sense of touch to the fingertips of prosthetic hands.
    (Credit: Larry Canner/JHU)Made of fabric and rubber laced with sensors to mimic nerve endings, e-dermis is claimed to recreate a sense of touch – and pain – by sensing stimuli and relaying the impulses back to the peripheral nerves. The work has been published in Science Robotics.
    “This is interesting and new, because now we
  • Video of the week: super-sewer tunnelling machines lowered into place

    The Thames Tideway tunnel – a huge project to build a new super-sewer beneath London – reached a key milestone this week (June 20th ) as the first two of its six giant tunnel boring machines (TBMs) were lowered 53m into the ground.The two TBMs, Millicent and Ursula, named after pioneering women who lived and worked in London close to Tideway’s sites, will be used to dig the central section of the 25km tunnel, which is being constructed to tackle the problem of sewage pollution
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  • Nottingham prints molecular 3D memory

    The University of Nottingham has 3D printed materials that contain molecules that reversibly change state in response to stimuli – demonstrating the concept by developing a photo-active molecule that changes from colourless to blue when irradiated with light, then back by exposure to oxygen from the air, and a tailor-made polymer to support it. “We ...
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  • Laser tunes like chameleon skin

    A team from the US Northwestern University has developed a laser that changes colours using the same mechanism as chameleons. “Chameleons can easily change their colours by controlling the spacing among the nano-crystals on their skin, which determines the colour we observe,” said Professor Teri Odom. “This colouring based on surface structure is chemically stable ...
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  • What is the average salary for an engineer in the UK in 2018?

    According to The Engineer‘s 2018 Salary Survey, the average salary for all engineers is £47,896, a slight decrease on last year’s survey average of £48,197. The average salary in the oil and gas sector, the highest-paid sector in engineering, is £53,900. 
    Each year, The Engineer surveys professionals from across the industry, to find out how much they earn, where in the UK they work and in which sector, and how they feel about their jobs. With 2,864 engineers t
  • PTC and Ansys come together to integrate simulation and design

    Engineering software companies PTC and Ansys have joined forces to integrate the former’s Creo 3D CAD solution with the latter’s real-time simulation product, Discovery Live.Announced this week at PTC’s annual LiveWorx event in Boston, the partnership will enable users to visually assess the impact of design changes as they are made. CAD and simulation are generally discrete processes that happen in isolation. By bringing them together, the companies claim design engineers will
  • Melexis integrates sensing and motor drive functions

    Melexis, the Belgian automotive IC specialist, has launched a two chip chip-set incorporating the  sense and brushed motor drive  functions for primarily automotive applications such as seat movement, window lift and sun roofs. The chip-set has the ability to integrate sensing directly into the drive electronics, thereby simplifying and shortening the design task for engineers designing low cost, ...
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  • Samsung launches 8TB NGSFF SSD

    Samsung has launched an 8TB  NVMe SSD based on the Next-generation Small Form Factor (NGSFF). The drive  has been optimized for data-intensive analytics and virtualization applications in next-generation data centers and enterprise server systems. The new SSD is built with 16 of Samsung’s 512-GB NAND packages, each stacked in 16 layers of 256 Gb 3-bit ...
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  • LTM step-down DC/DC µModule

    The Power by Linear LTM8002  is a step-down DC/DC µModule (power module) regulator with a 40V input voltage rating (42V abs max) and 2.5A of continuous (3.5A peak) output current, housed in a 6.25mm x 6.25mm x 2.22mm BGA package. The LTM8002 includes a switching regulator controller, power switches, inductor and other supporting components. Only the bulk input,output ...
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  • This is what a crypto currency mining machine looks like

    Coolisys Technologies has announced a line of crypto-mining units, called ‘SuperMiner’. The first of the line, built around a 10nm mining chipset jointly developed by Samsung and Innosilicon, is called ‘AntEater’ and can operate at 17.2T hash/s. “We wanted to push the envelope by developing the AntEater based on a 10nm chip because it was the ...
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  • #INWED18: tackling stigma through engineering change

    Paula Ruiz, Proposals Engineer, Alpheus Environmental, talks about tackling stigma through engineering change
    This Saturday, 23rd June, marks International Women in Engineering Day (INWED18). Its aim is to celebrate women in engineering and encourage more girls and young women to consider engineering as a career.
    As a proposals engineer with Alpheus Environmental, water and wastewater Management Company, part of the Anglian Water Group, it is great to see such events taking place, which are crit
  • Smart stent feels the squeeze to alert doctors and keep patients safe

    Engineers have developed a so-called smart stent that detects changes in blood flow through an artery, an advance that could help doctors monitor their patient’s health more easily.The smart stent device uses medical-grade stainless steel and looks similar to most commercial stents
    Stents are implanted to keep arteries open and prevent heart attack, but a third of patients experience restenosis – or renewed narrowing of the artery – which can lead to complications and the need
  • US team controls robot with brainwaves and hand gestures

    Researchers in the US have developed technology for controlling robots with brainwaves and hand gestures
    The group, from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), claims that its system could pave the way for a new, more intuitive way of programming robots and allow users to instantly correct robot mistakes with nothing more than brain signals and the flick of a finger.The system allows a human supervisor to correct mistakes using gestures and brainwaves (Credi
  • 3D printing takes a quantum leap

    UK researchers devise method for 3D printing at molecular scale to fabricate electronic components with quantum technology potential
    The photochromic composite was printed into a variety of shapesUntil now, 3D printing or additive manufacturing, has only been able to manipulate matter in powder form. New research from Nottingham University has shown that it can also work on the molecular scale, opening up possibilities for making electronic components that could have applications in quantum comp
  • How to take a practical approach to smart manufacturing

    Rockwell Automation’s Richard Sturt offers some practical advice on how manufacturers can understand and exploit the benefits of digital technologiesFrom the Industrial Internet of Things to The Connected Enterprise we’re not short of buzzwords and phrases in industry at the moment. But what do they really mean? A quick internet search will produce a huge amount of information but it can be difficult to see the real business benefits. However, with the right approach and a focus on b
  • Toshiba changes the SSD game

    Toshiba has unveiled what it describes as a ‘game-changing’ category of SAS SSDs expected to replace SATA SSDs in server applications. The RM5 12Gbit/s value SAS (vSAS) series features capacity, performance, reliability, and manageability and data security advantages – at a price that obsoletes SATA SSDs, claims Toshiba. A homogeneous SAS environment has long been ...
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  • Staying in charge: super- and ultracapacitors and hybrid electricity storage

    Stuart Nathan continues his exploration of the technologies which are set to improve the storage of electricity in an era of EVs and increased renewables deploymentIn our April cover feature, “Charging into the future”, we looked at developments in battery technology aimed at storing large amounts of charge for long periods; the main application for this is in storing intermittent renewable energy when it is available, so that it can be sent to the grid when the sun is not shining, t
  • INWED18: Creating innovative engineering solutions to societal challenges

    To mark International Women in Engineering Day 2018 (INWED18), Emilia Apostol, Principal Electrical Engineer at Edinburgh-based Faraday Grid, discusses her career and the ways in which more women could be encouraged into STEM careers.
    What is your job title and how long have you been in that role?
    I am a Principal Electrical Engineer focussing on computational electromagnetics, including numerical and analytical modelling of electromagnetic field problems. I’ve been in this position since
  • SEMI billings up 19.2% y-o-y

    SEMI’s May billings were 0.6% higher than April’s at $2.70 billion and 19.2% higher than the May 2017 billings level of $2.27 billion. “May 2018 monthly global billings of North American equipment manufacturers exceeded last month’s level to set yet another record,” said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI. “Demand for semiconductor equipment remains strong on ...
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  • Rugged LTC RS485 transceiver

    The LTC2879X is an extreme temperature, 175°C, ±60V fault tolerant RS485/RS422 transceiver that is engineered to operate in demanding temperature ranges and is 100% tested to specifications at 175°C. Features such as enhanced overvoltage fault protection and extreme electrical overstress protection ensure reliable data communications against the most common threats in electrically noisy environments. The ...
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