Electronics News and Product Design Updates
24.03.2015 - 21:49
XMOS has announced the launch of the XCORE-200, a Gigabit Ethernet enabled family of multicore MCUs. The devices integrate 16 32bit RISC cores and are said to be the first 10/100/1000 Ethernet solutions which offer a programmable MAC layer and webserver support. Mark Lippett, general manager of the xCORE business unit, said: "This genera...
Consumer electronics set to drive demand for flexible batteries
23.03.2015 - 18:40
A market report from IDTechEx has determined the big consumer electronics companies are set to drive demand for flexible batteries such that the market will grow from $6.9million in 2015 to more than $400m in 2025. The company recognises that while flexible or printed batteries have been available commercially for more than 15 years, no appli...
BIST creation service said to speed time to market
23.03.2015 - 18:36
According to Escatec, several companies usually have to work together to create a production test solution that links into NI LabVIEW/TestStand PC test software – often a slow and process expensive that is prone to mistakes. Looking to overcome these difficulties, the Swiss based contract manufacturing services specialist has launched a...
Polystyrene packaging waste used to create carbon electrodes for Li-ion batteries
23.03.2015 - 18:33
The polystyrene used in packaging has proved a headache when it comes to disposal. There are few recycling options, which means the material usually ends up in landfill. However, a team from Purdue University in the US has developed a way to convert polystyrene from waste packing into carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries a...
Quantum states observed in silicon wafer, measured with a voltmeter
20.03.2015 - 21:58
A European research team says it has demonstrated laser control of quantum states in an ordinary silicon wafer and has observed these states using conventional electrical measurement. The move is said by the team to be a crucial step towards future quantum technologies A European research team says it has demonstrated laser control of quantum...
Investment set to boost UK's cybersecurity capabilities
19.03.2015 - 21:07
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK are making a £5million investment, enhanced by £9m core funding from Queen's University Belfast, to boost the development of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) to create what they expect to be a leading hub for cybersecurity research...
Cadence, ARM sign 'broad IP interoperability agreement'
19.03.2015 - 21:03
Cadence and ARM have signed what has been described as a 'broad IP interoperability agreement'; a multiyear deal which allows each company to access relevant IP portfolios from the other. The two companies will also be allowed to manufacture test chips containing the other's IP and to provide development platforms to customers. Th...
Scientists build a dodecahedron with 20 silicon atoms
19.03.2015 - 21:00
Chemists from Goethe University have synthesised a compound featuring 20 silicon atoms in a dodecahedron. According to the team, the development opens up new perspectives for the semiconductor industry. The Si20 dodecahedron is roughly as large as the C60 molecule – or Buckyball – discovered in 1985. However, while the carbon atom...
Microsemi buys Vitesse for $389million
18.03.2015 - 20:54
Microsemi is acquiring Vitesse Semiconductor in a cash deal for $389million. "This acquisition is further evidence of Microsemi's continuing commitment to grow as a communications semiconductor company," said James Peterson, Microsemi's chairman and CEO. "Vitesse's highly complementary technology suite will expand o...
Graphene production process could 'open new doors'
18.03.2015 - 20:50
A process developed by researchers at Caltech in the US could enable the production of large areas of graphene at low temperatures and more quickly. "Previously, people were only able to grow a few square millimetres of high mobility graphene at a time and it required very high temperatures, long periods of time and many steps," sai...
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