• Mipsology launches Zebra FPGA

    Mipsology launches Zebra FPGA
    In Q3, Mipsology will ship Zebra FPGA IP which accelerates the development and deployment of FPGA and adaptive SoC-based machine learning systems.. The Zebra neural network accelerator can be combined with ARM CPUs and GPUs, and video decoders on Xilinx multiprocessor systems on chips (MPSoCs) to deliver complex processing. Zebra FPGA IP uses only a ...
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  • Toshiba shrinks solid-state lidar for transport infrastructure

    Toshiba shrinks solid-state lidar for transport infrastructure
    Toshiba has updated its solid-state lidar, claiming the world’s smallest physical volume. A key improvement is within the silicon photo-multiplier (SiPM) light receiving integrated circuits which have light-receiving cells controlled by transistors. The new chips have smaller transistor modules, replace buffer layers protecting the transistors with newly-developed insulating trenches between the transistors and the light-receiving ...
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  • More on: China’s lunar comms satellite

    More on: China’s lunar comms satellite
    Chinese scientists have revealed details of Queqiao, the lunar communications satellite that relays data between the Chang’e-4 moon lander and Earth. Needed because the lander is on a part of the Moon which does not have direct line-of-sight with the Earth, Queqiao has been placed in orbit around the second Lagrange point in the Earth-Moon system. ...
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  • Intel said to have offered $2bn for SiFive

    Intel said to have offered $2bn for SiFive
    Intel is reported by Reuters to have offered $2billion to buy six year-old RISC-V chip designer SiFive. When it last raised money – a $61 million Series E last year – SiFive was valued at $500 million. Its 2019 series D raised $65.4 million and its Series C, in which Intel took a major share, ...
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  • UK and US agree science and technology partnership

    UK and US agree science and technology partnership
    As part of US President Joe Biden’s visit, the UK and US  have agreed to develop a science and technology partnership to strengthen the UK-US relationship. The partnership will explore a number of areas for cooperation including research, innovation and commercialisation; defence, security, law enforcement and intelligence; and making sure technology is used as a ...
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  • Quantum encryption via satellite

    Quantum encryption via satellite
    Arqit, the quantum encryption specialist, has formed an international consortium of companies and government organisations to provide governments with its quantum encryption technology called Federated Quantum System (FQS). The UK, USA, Japan, Canada, Italy, Belgium and Austria are now represented. Arqit’s system uses satellites to distribute quantum keys to data centres. These keys are delivered ...
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  • Chip sales up 21.7% y-o-y

    Chip sales up 21.7% y-o-y
    April chip sales of $41.8 billion were 1.9% up on the March figure of $41 billion and 21.7% more than the April 2020 total of $34.4 billion. The figures are compiled by WSTS which forecasts sales will increase 19.7% in 2021 and 8.8% in 2022. “Global demand for semiconductors remained high in April, as reflected by ...
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  • Relativity announces 3D-printed, reusable Terran R rocket

    Relativity announces 3D-printed, reusable Terran R rocket
    Relativity Space has announced plans for its Terran R, a fully reusable, entirely 3D-printed launch vehicle. The Long Beach-based company describes it as a two-stage, 216-foot-tall rocket with a 16-foot diameter, and a 5-meter payload fairing Terran R will be designed to be entirely reusable and capable of launching 20,000 kg to low Earth orbit ...
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  • Test the cable and the network in one instrument

    Test the cable and the network in one instrument
    Fluke has introduced a cable and network tester for installers and maintenance technicians. Called LinkIQ Cable+Network, it makes frequency-based cable measurement and shows the maximum data rate the cable can support, up to 10Gbit/s. It also displays information on the cable distance-to-fault and, if connected, details of the nearest switch port, including its name, VLAN ...
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  • Arrow bobs and weaves with ROOQ

    Arrow bobs and weaves with ROOQ
    Boxers can monitor and review their performance in the ring, using data gathered by sensors worn on wrist straps. This data was only previously available under laboratory conditions, says German sports analysis company, ROOQ which has developed ROOQ Box with Arrow Electronics. The sensors record movements and the data is analysed using the ROOQ app and ...
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  • Versal AI Edge ACAP drives up ML compute and adds memory for AI

    Versal AI Edge ACAP drives up ML compute and adds memory for AI
    Xilinx has enhanced its Versal AI Edge adaptive compute acceleration platforms (ACAPs) with the introduction of AI Engine-ML which increases machine learning by a factor of four, compared with the earlier AI Engine architecture. It has also integrated an accelerator RAM with enhanced memory hierarchy to accommodate AI algorithms. According to the company, these enhancements quadruples ...
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  • 4 channel 1Gsample/s USB 3.0 oscilloscope with 240µV of noise

    4 channel 1Gsample/s USB 3.0 oscilloscope with 240µV of noise
    Netherlands-based TiePie has introduced a 1Gsample/s four-channel USB 3.0 oscilloscope with 0.25% accuracy, 240 µVrms noise and 250MHz analogue bandwidth (-3dB at 75% full scale) per channel. Resolution is adjustable 8 to 16bit and bandwidth can be limited 150, 100 or 50MHz. As is usual with PC scopes, sampling rate, number of active channels, bit width and memory depth are all traded ...
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  • ABB gets power converter contract for Dogger Bank wind farm

    ABB gets power converter contract for Dogger Bank wind farm
    ABB has a contract to deliver 95 medium voltage converters to GE Renewable Energy for the Dogger Bank Wind Farm – ABB’s first major order under its long-term supply agreement with GE. The PCS6000 voltage converters will be installed in 220m diameter 13MW GE Haliade-X wind turbines. “Currently, the most powerful offshore wind turbines in ...
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  • Auto chips lose market share and fall in price

    Auto chips lose market share and fall in price
    Despite the shortage of  automotive chips,  the ASP of automotive application-specific ICs in 1Q21 was less than it was in 2020, reports IC Insights, while the percentage of the total IC sales taken by auto IC sales fell to 7.5% last year from 8.7% in 2019. Figure 1 shows that since 1998, only the automotive and communications ...
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  • Siemens buys Nextflow Software

    Siemens buys Nextflow Software
    Siemens Digital has bought  Nextflow Software, an independent provider of advanced particle-based computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solutions. Nextflow Software will become part of Siemens Digital Industries Software, where its offering will expand the Simcenter software portfolio, part of the Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio of software and services, with rapid meshless CFD capabilities to accelerate the analysis ...
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  • Digi-Key partners Rochester Electronics for component supply

    Digi-Key partners Rochester Electronics for component supply
    Rochester Electronics is joining the Digi-Key Marketplace, which started last year to widen access to more product lines. The partnership is intended to address concerns about the ongoing semiconductor shortages. Digi-Key says it anticipates the overall component shortfall in the industry will likely last into 2022, but the Rochester Electronics partnership will help continuity of ...
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  • Skylo, Inmarsat team up for satellite-based IoT connectivity

    Skylo, Inmarsat team up for satellite-based IoT connectivity
    Inmarsat has agreed to provide the capacity backbone to deliver the IoT systems of Skylo, a satellite-based narrow-band IoT specialist. The agreement pairs the UK-based Inmarsat’s satellite network with Skylo’s IoT services for connecting machines and sensors. It will, they claim, provide “even the most remotely located application users with real-time, actionable insights”. The companies ...
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  • EPC launches rad-hard GaN family

    EPC launches rad-hard GaN family
    Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) of El Segundo has brought out a family of rad-hard GaN transistors and ICs. The EPC7014 – a 60 V, 340 mΩ, 4 APulsed, rad–hard eGaNFET in a  0.81 mm2 footprint – is the first in the family. The EPC7014 has a total dose rating greater than 1 Mrad and SEE immunity for LET ...
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  • EPC launches GaN family

    EPC launches GaN family
    Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) of El Segundo has brought out a family of rad-hard GaN transistors and ICs. The EPC7014 – a 60 V, 340 mΩ, 4 APulsed, rad–hard eGaNFET in a  0.81 mm2 footprint – is the first in the family. The EPC7014 has a total dose rating greater than 1 Mrad and SEE immunity for LET ...
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  • Mythic launches analogue processor

    Mythic launches analogue processor
    Mythic, the analogue processor developer, has launched its M1076 Analog Matrix Processor(Mythic AMP). To address a wider range of designs, the M1076 AMP comes in several form factors: a standalone processor; a PCIe M.2 card; a PCIe card with up to 16 AMPs. The M1076 AMP can support up to 25TOPSof AI compute in a ...
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  • 3.3kW on-board charger for small electric vehicles

    3.3kW on-board charger for small electric vehicles
    Delta-Q Technologies of Vancouver is combining a 3.3kW charger, a 500W d-dc converter and an electric vehicle charging station interface into one unit for building into vehicles with low-voltage batteries. Called XV3300, it will be available in 58.8V, 65V, and 120V models and can be combined in multiples up to 20kW. “Our team included a dc-dc converter ...
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  • Photovoltaic generators drive isolated mosfet gates in as little as 100μs

    Photovoltaic generators drive isolated mosfet gates in as little as 100μs
    Panasonic has introduced a pair of photovoltaic drivers for operating mosfet gates with voltage isolation. Each consists of an LED and a stack of photodiodes, plus output control circuity. APV1111GVY has a comparatively high output current – 45μA (or 8.5V) – for fast gate charging leading to fast mosfet turn-on. APV3111GVY has a comparatively high ...
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  • UK made: Pimoroni switches to larger Sheffield base

    UK made: Pimoroni switches to larger Sheffield base
    Electronics manufacturer Pimoroni has doubled its production, research and development and warehousing space by relocation within Sheffield. The company, founded in 2012, supplies 2,500 educational, industrial and hobbyist products through over 100 distributors worldwide. It has £6m turnover and 40 staff, and has brought all its operations under one roof with a 10-year lease in ...
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  • Updated: ‘Industry’s fastest 18bit ADC’

    Updated: ‘Industry’s fastest 18bit ADC’
    TI is claiming “Industry’s fastest 18bit ADC for its 65Msample/s ADC3683. The dual channel device has a 900MHz bandwidth and will accept signal sup to 3.2Vp-p. Signal to noise ratio is 84.2dB* and noise spectral density -160dBfs/Hz Effective number of bits (ENOB) and spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) are 13.7 and 89dB respectively. All for a typical ...
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  • Photoacoustic spectroscopy ambient CO2 sensor smaller than a sugar cube

    Working with Sensirion, Alps Alpine has turned to photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS) to create a compact ambient CO2 concentration sensor in which the level of CO2 is determined by the sound of CO2 molecules make when illuminated with infra-red. “Because detection accuracy is not dependent on the distance travelled by the infrared light, we managed to ...
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  • Sponsored content – Semiconductor relays by Celduc, SSR solutions for every field of automation

    Sponsored content – Semiconductor relays by Celduc, SSR solutions for every field of automation
    In control systems applied in modern electromechanics, solutions based on discrete components and digital electronics are becoming increasingly common. In addition to speed and absence of mechanical components, semiconductor alternatives to traditional components have a number of practical advantages – e.g. they are smaller, more durable and silent. These are the main reasons why we ...
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  • Benedetto Vigna leaves ST to be CEO of Ferrari

    Benedetto Vigna leaves ST to be CEO of Ferrari
    Benedetto Vigna, President of  ST’s Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group, has is to leave the company on August 31, 2021 to become the CEO of Ferrari. “Benedetto started his career in ST 26 years ago,” says ST CEO Jean-Marc Chery, “He established ST’s leadership in MEMS sensors and then in a wider range of sensors ...
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  • Benedetto Vigna leaves ST

    Benedetto Vigna leaves ST
    Benedetto Vigna, President of the Analog, MEMS and Sensors Group, has informed the company that he will step down from his position on August 31, 2021 to become CEO of another company. “Benedetto started his career in ST 26 years ago,” says ST CEO Jean-Marc Chery, “He established ST’s leadership in MEMS sensors and then ...
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  • Cambridge Quantum Computing merges with Honeywell

    Cambridge Quantum Computing merges with Honeywell
    Honeywell and Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) are to form a jv consisting of Honeywell’s quantum operation and CQC. Honeywell will own 54% of the jv and CQC and it’s investors, which include IBM, will own 46%. Honeywell CEO Darius Adamczyk will be chairman of the jv and CQC CEO Ilyas Khan will be CEO. Honeywell, ...
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  • Siemens Digital buys proFPGA prototyping technologies

    Siemens Digital buys proFPGA prototyping technologies
    Siemens Digital Industries Software has bought the proFPGA desktop prototyping technologies product suite from Pro Design Electronic. proFPGA technology is already part of Siemens’ Xcelerstor portfolio as part of its EDA IC verification products. Bringing the proFPGA technology and team in-house can allow Siemens to more fully integrate and optimize the scalable, high-performance prototyping platform ...
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