• Test suite carries out CE compliance tests

    Test suite carries out CE compliance tests
     Electric and electronic products destined for sale within the European Economic Area have to bear the CE mark - which in turn requires that they comply with the relevant EU legislation in particular with regards to electromagnetic compatibility. The LMG Test Suite from ZES Zimmer GmbH enables uses to test their products according to the relevant standards.
  • A simpler source of THz radiation

    A simpler source of THz radiation
    Plasmon-coupled semiconductor surface states can down-convert 1550nm optical wavelengths to terahertz frequencies four-orders of magnitude more efficiently than non-linear optical methods, according to UCLA. When a crystal is a semiconductor – p-doped InAs in this case – the ‘surface states’ created by the left-over bonds that are inevitable at the surface of a crystal lattice ...
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  • Musk’s Neuralink raises $205m Series C

    Musk’s Neuralink raises $205m Series C
    Elon Musk’s five year-old implanted brain chip unit, Neuralink, has raised another $205 million of venture capital. Vy Capital of Dubai led the Series C funding round which was also supported by Google Ventures, Valor Equity Partners, Craft Ventures and Founders Fund. Musk has said the first Neuralink product will enable someone with paralysis to use ...
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  • Q2 shipments of silicon wafers up 12% q-o-q

    Q2 shipments of silicon wafers up 12% q-o-q
    Q2 silicon wafer area shipments increased 6% to 3,534 million square inches beating the record set in Q1 says  SEMI’s Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG). Q2 2021 silicon wafer shipments grew 12% from the 3,152 million square inches recorded during the same quarter last year. “Demand for silicon continues to see strong growth driven by multiple ...
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  • Micron shipping 176-layer 512GB UFS mobile NAND

    Micron shipping 176-layer 512GB UFS mobile NAND
    Micron has begun volume shipments of  a 176-layer NAND UF 3.1 mobile memory in 128GB. 256GB and 512GB densities, Engineered for high-end and flagship phones, Micron’s discrete UFS 3.1 mobile NAND unlocks 5G’s potential with up to 75% faster sequential write and random read performance than prior generations, enabling downloads of two-hour 4K movies in as little as 9.6 ...
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  • Elektra Awards 2021: Deadline extended

    Elektra Awards 2021: Deadline extended
    The entry deadline for the 2021 Elektra Awards has been extended by two weeks. You now have until Thursday 26 August to enter. Enter Now » Returns to offices As we begin to return to our offices, we appreciate that working on awards entries is a significant additional pressure on your time. As a result, ...
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  • Toshiba adds to motor control MCUs

    Toshiba adds to motor control MCUs
      Toshiba is in mass production of 12 new motor control MCUs in their M4K group of devices. These will be the first products in the TXZ+ family. Additionally, Toshiba announced that they have started mass production of a further 10 motor control MCUs in their M4M group this month. All of the new devices ...
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  • Single chip synchronisation for 5G radio access equipment

    Single chip synchronisation for 5G radio access equipment
    Microchip has announced its first single chip frequency synchroniser for 5G packet switching, which needs ten times more accurately than 4G networks, it said. “Our ZL3073x/63x/64x network synchronisation platform implements measure, calibrate and tune capabilities, significantly reducing network equipment time error to meet the most stringent 5G requirements,” said the company’s v-p of timing components Rami ...
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  • Eval board for FTDI USB Power Delivery ICs

    Eval board for FTDI USB Power Delivery ICs
    FTDI Chip has now announced a development board for USB Power Delivery, centred around its FT4233HP multi-channel interface ICs. The 138 x 77mm board has a pair of Type-C power delivery ports – one that can both sink (receive) and source (provide) power, and another that can only sink power. “The FT4233HP high-speed USB serial and ...
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  • Power bipolars in DPAK

    Power bipolars in DPAK
    It is not often you see a new bipolar transistor introduced, and Nexperia has just revealed not just one, but nine of them. All in surface-mount DPAK (TO-252, SOT428C) packaging, they are intended for automotive (in AEC-Q101 qualified form) and industrial applications, and fill out the company’s MJD to span 2 – 8A and 45 – ...
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  • 28V-capable MCU includes USB Power Delivery 3.1

    28V-capable MCU includes USB Power Delivery 3.1
    Infineon has introduced a high-voltage microcontroller with USB Power Delivery 3.1 support, claiming it to be an industry first. Branded EZ-PD PMG1-S3, it can be fed at up to 28V and is aimed at embedded systems consuming up to 140W. “The device supports higher power capabilities defined in the USB PD 3.1 specification and leverages ...
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  • ST expects 2021 revenues of $12.5bn

    ST expects 2021 revenues of $12.5bn
     ST had Q2 net revenues of $2.99 billion for a gross margin of 40.5%, an operating margin of 16.3% and net income of  $412 million. H1 net revenues were $6.01 billion with a gross margin of 39.7%, an operating margin of  15.5% and net income of $776 million. The Q3 forecast  is for net revenues ...
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  • Samsung Q2 profit up 73%

    Samsung Q2 profit up 73%
    Samsung’s Q2 operating profit was up 54% y-o-y at $11 billion on revenues which were up 22% y-o-y at $55 billion. Net profit was up 73% at $8.4 billion. Q2 semiconductor revenues were $20 billion up 24.7% y-o-y for an operating profit up 27.6% y-o-y  to $7 billion.  “We expect that memory chip demand for ...
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  • 21% leap in IC unit shipments this year, predicts IC Insights

    21% leap in IC unit shipments this year, predicts IC Insights
    After a 6% drop in IC unit shipments in 2019, and an 8% increase in 2020, IC Insights forecasts a huge 21% jump in IC unit shipments this year. Unit shipments in 2021 are forecast to reach 391.2 billion, more than 11x the 34.1 billion units shipped over 30 years ago in 1990. The 2020-2025 ...
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  • Quantum Computing: the video

    Oxford Instruments has created a video about quantum computing with contributions from PsiQuantum, Intel, IBM, SeeQC and other leaders in the field. Called  ‘Quantum Technology: Our Sustainable Future’ the video can be seen on YouTube here. Speakers are: ·                 Alan Ho: Head of Product, Google Quantum AI ·       &nbs
  • binder takes M12 and M12 Power from the cabinet to the field

    binder takes M12 and M12 Power from the cabinet to the field
    binder, the circular connector specialist, has announced M12 and M12 Power control cabinet feed-throughs, to help ensure a secure connection between modules in the cabinet and automation components in the field. Specifically, new control cabinet feed-through connectors will be available for the M12 product series 713, 813, 814, 823 and 824, which are available with ...
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  • China and Europe dominate base station market

    China and Europe dominate base station market
    Chinese and European suppliers of base station equipment are expected to maintain a global market share of more than 70% in 2021, says TrendForce. The  top three suppliers (along with their respective market shares) are: Huawei (30%), Ericsson (23%), and Nokia (20%). Remarkably, although Huawei remains banned by the US government, the company still manages ...
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  • Top Ten (less 5) Base Station Vendors

    Top Ten (less 5) Base Station Vendors
    Thanks to TrendForce for this one – the top five base station vendors:
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  • Re-use and recycle Raspberry Pis

    Re-use and recycle Raspberry Pis
    Distributor OKdo has partnered with Raspberry Pi and the Sony Technology Centre in a scheme to re-use certain Raspberry Pi boards in the UK, with plans for it to become global later this year. OKdo Renew, as it will be know, is open only for later Rapberry Pis: 3b, 3b+ and 4. “In return, they ...
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  • PoE power injector works up to 5Gbit/s

    PoE power injector works up to 5Gbit/s
    Advantech has a DIN-rail power-over-Ethernet injector for industrial grade Wi-Fi 6 infrastructure. Called EKI-2701MPI-5G, it supports data rates of 10M, 100M, 1G, 2.5G and 5G, and IEEE802.3bt 90W output. It is”an excellent choice for obsolete infrastructure applications requiring heavy network connectivity,” said the company. It further serves as a PoE PSE – delivering up to 90W ...
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  • Disinfection LEDs from Anglia

    Disinfection LEDs from Anglia
    Anglia Components has begun stocking UV-C ultra-violet LEDs from Bolb. “UV-C LEDs are gaining attention because they provide robust, toxic-free disinfection,” said Anglia marketing director John Bowman. “The addition of Bolb’s products to Anglia’s line up is an important step as we look to offer customers solutions for sterilisation that will play an important role ...
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  • 2MW Orkney tidal turbine hooks into the grid

    2MW Orkney tidal turbine hooks into the grid
    Orbital Marine Power’s O2 has begun feeding power into the national grid from the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. The floating turbine, claimed by Orbital to be the worlds largest, has been fabricated using ship-building technology in Dundee, and is anchored in the Fall of Warness. 74m long O2 is Orbital’s first commercial turbine, ...
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  • Made-up BNC cables from Amphenol

    Made-up BNC cables from Amphenol
    Amphenol RF is aiming at test, measurement and industrial applications with a line of BNC cable assemblies using low-loss Times LMR‐UF cable. LMR cable is designed with improved shielding compared to standard RF coaxial cables and is intended to achieve low attenuation at high frequencies – bandwidth is up to 3GHz. The 50Ω ohm assemblies are ...
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  • £1.5m for UK silicon anode li-ion project

    £1.5m for UK silicon anode li-ion project
    Innovate UK has approved funding for the £1.5m ‘Silicon anode battery for rapid electrification’ (Sabre) project, intended to improve energy density in electric vehicle grade lithium ion batteries. The money, via Faraday Battery Challenge at UK Research and Innovation, will go to Nexeon, Britishvolt and University College London (UCL) to deliver Li-ion test cells with a silicon ...
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  • Voice-control of embedded vision AI for IoT and the edge

    Voice-control of embedded vision AI for IoT and the edge
    Renesas is developing voice-controlled AI for contactless image processing in IoT and edge systems, giving self-checkout machines, security cameras, video conference systems and smart appliances such as robotic cleaners as example applications. To do this, it has teamed up with Californian deep learning chip company Syntiant, and is combining Renesas’ RZ/V vision AI MCUs with ...
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  • Test paper for disaggregated O-RAN components

    Test paper for disaggregated O-RAN components
    Small Cell Forum (SCF) has released a paper outlining the key test configurations for 3GPP TS38.141 compliance testing of split 6 products using the SCF nFAPI 2.0 interface. Led by Forum members Keysight Technologies and Picocom, the paper aims to inform operators and integrators on how split 6 products can be tested, with specifications derived ...
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  • PsiQuantum raises $450m Series D to build million qubit quantum computer

    PsiQuantum raises $450m Series D to build million qubit quantum computer
    PsiQuantum has raised $450 million in Series D funding to build a quantum computer with one million qubits – the level at which quantum computers become commercially viable. The funding round was led by BlackRock with participation from  Baillie Gifford and M12 (Microsoft’s venture fund), Blackbird Ventures and Temasek. PsiQuantum has now raised a total of ...
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  • Blaize raises $71m Series D

    Blaize raises $71m Series D
    Blaize, the AI processor specialist, has raised a $71m Series D funding round. Franklin Templeton, a new investor, and Temasek, an existing investor, led the round, along with participation from DENSO and other new and existing investors. “With substantial power advantages making EVs more efficient and economical,Blaize SoCs offer best in class performance with lowerpower ...
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  • Ofcom consults on licensing changes for NGSO constellations such as OneWeb

    Ofcom consults on licensing changes for NGSO constellations such as OneWeb
    Ofcom is proposing rule changes around its regulation of satellite constellations operating in non-geostationary orbits (NGSO), such as those of Amazon, SpaceX, Telesat and the UK government-owned OneWeb. It has announced a consultation period ahead of new proposals for its licensing of the NGSO systems. In order to ensure the quality of such satellite broadband ...
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  • Element 14 eBook covers IoT security trends

    Element 14 eBook covers IoT security trends
    Element14 has released a new eBook for its members providing an overview of IoT Security trends, relevant algorithms and cryptography for security use, along with a rundown of the latest in communication, edge device, gateway server, and cloud level security. The IoT allows millions of servers, devices, and people across the world to communicate, share ...
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