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'Comb' created to detect terahertz waves
27.04.2015 - 21:58

Terahertz waves are beginning to be used in everyday applications within the security sector, for security screening, and the medical field to replace the more harmful X-ray. Now, chemists at Caltech have created a frequency comb that precisely generates and detects terahertz waves. The device uses ultrafast pulsed lasers, or oscillators, to ...

Freescale continues to grow revenues
24.04.2015 - 22:06

Freescale, soon to be part of NXP as a consequence of the deal announced in March 2015, continues its slow recovery from its previously troubled financial position. In its latest statement, the company says it grew Q1 sales to $1.17billion, a 6% increase over the same quarter in 2014. "First quarter results marked another quarter of s...

Closing the gaps in carbon nanotube transistors boosts performance
24.04.2015 - 22:02

While silicon based transistors have been the foundation of modern electronics, carbon nanotube wires show promise in replacing silicon because the technology can operate ten times as fast and is more flexible. However, the approach has some problems caused by gaps at the junctions between the nanotubes. Now researchers at the University of Illi...

Reconfigurable chip defends against memory access attacks
24.04.2015 - 21:58

Researchers from MIT have designed a reconfigurable chip that is said to defend cloud based applications against memory access attacks. The concept is that, whenever a chip needs to fetch data from a particular memory address, it should also query a number of other addresses so an observer can't determine which one is of interest.  R...

Palm sized device features quad core Atom processor
24.04.2015 - 21:54

Intel has launched the Compute Stick, a palm sized computer featuring a quad core Atom processor. The device is available now to support Windows 8.1, while a version which supports Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is expected shortly. The Windows version includes 2Gbyte of memory, 32Gbyte of on board storage and McAfee Antivirus Plus. The Ubuntu version will...

DSP core set to meet IoT, wearables processing requirements
22.04.2015 - 23:04

Looking to meet the growing need for processing data acquired by sensors, Cadence has launched the Tensilica Fusion digital signal processor (DSP). Based on the Xtensa Customizable Processor, the scalable DSP core is said to be suited to applications requiring DSP computation, ultra low energy consumption and a small footprint. Gerard Andrews...

69% of people want to connect themselves to the internet
22.04.2015 - 23:01

More than two thirds of those responding to a recent survey said the 'thing' they most wanted to connect to the internet is themselves. The survey, conducted by Premier Farnell's online design engineer community element14, was sent to 3500 adults from Australia, China, France, Germany, India, the UK and the US to find out what eme...

Drop in replacement boosts performance, cuts power consumption
22.04.2015 - 22:58

Broadcom has unveiled the next generation of its StrataXGS Trident Ethernet switch portfolio. Called the Trident-II+ series, the parts are said to be optimised to meet the bandwidth, scalability and efficiency demands of 10GbE virtualised data centres. The company adds the parts can also replace ASICs. Supporting data rates of up to 1.28Tbit/...

Semi sales see 'best growth since 2010'
22.04.2015 - 22:52

Market analyst IHS says worldwide semiconductor revenues grew by 9.2% in 2014, reaching $354.5billion. According to the company, the year ended on a strong note, with fourth quarter revenues showing 9.7% improvement over Q4 2013. "While 2014 marked a peak year for semiconductor revenue growth, the health of the semiconductor supply base ...

ST expands automotive MCU range with safety oriented parts
22.04.2015 - 21:12

In a move intended to make cars even safer, STMicroelectronics has expanded its range of multicore microcontrollers and is building them using a proprietary 40nm embedded flash process.  In a move intended to make cars safer, STMicroelectronics has expanded its range of multicore microcontrollers and is building them using a proprietary ...

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