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Some announcements from the recent embedded world exhibition, including Freescale's launch of the KV5x MCU family
10.03.2015 - 21:39

Freescale used embedded world to launch the Kinetis KV5x MCU family, targeted at digital motor control. Geoff Lees, pictured, general manager of Freescale's MCU business, said: "The Cortex-M7 provides the opportunity for a significant step in performance. While the M4 core is already competent for motor control, M7 cores takes that furt...



embedded world saw developers and decision makers converge en masse to Nuremberg last month.
10.03.2015 - 21:35

This year's embedded world in Nuremberg was dominated, as was to be expected, by the Internet of Things. But the show also saw a growing acceptance that security, as an issue, needed to be taken far more seriously. Robert Day, vp of sales and marketing, Lynx Software Technologies agreed. "There has certainly been a tendency for secur...



Infineon licenses Panasonic's GaN power switch technology
10.03.2015 - 21:32

Panasonic has licensed its normally-off GaN transistor structure to Infineon, which will supply the power switches in its SMD packages. The agreement will enable each company to manufacture GaN devices, with customers having two sources for compatible packaged GaN power products. Both will showcase samples of a 600V 70m? device in a dual small o...



Intel launches Xeon based SoC, targets microserver designs
10.03.2015 - 21:28

Intel has released the Xeon processor D family, its first SoC featuring the Xeon. Built on Intel's 14nm process technology, the D family is said to combine the performance and intelligence of Xeon processors with the size and power savings of an SoC. "The growth of connected devices and demand for more digital services has created ne...



MEMS sensors feature integrated DSP
09.03.2015 - 22:42

Bosch Sensortec has launched MEMS sensors with an integrated DSP. The devices, designed for use in Android based phones – are said to provide a low power solution to motion sensing and data processing. "In modern smartphones, sensors are a key component and are often switched on all or most of the time for motion sensitive applicat...



Thin films and silicon electrodes could improve Li-ion battery performance
09.03.2015 - 22:39

Researchers at Arizona State University are exploring a new energy storage technology that could give lithium-ion batteries a longer life cycle. Led by Professor Dan Buttry, the work also involves University of Colorado at Boulder, Sandia National Laboratories, Boulder Ionics and Seoul National University. Prof Buttry is focusing the work on ...



Akustica adds two analogue MEMS microphones
09.03.2015 - 22:35

MEMS microphone specialist Akustica has added two robust analogue devices to its portfolio. The AKU151 is a top port device boasting a high SNR and high acoustic performance density (SNR/mm3). Meanwhile, the AKU350 has a bottom port configuration and an SNR of 67dB. According to the company, both devices take advantage of its MEMS, ASIC and pack...



Signal analysis bandwidth boosted to 2GHz
06.03.2015 - 23:29

Communications test specialist Rohde & Schwarz has expanded the analysis bandwidth of the FSW signal and spectrum analyzer to 2GHz with the FSW-B2000 hardware option. This enables users to demodulate extremely wideband signals and to analyse them in detail. To analyse large bandwidth signals, the FSW downconverts the input to an intermedi...



US certification specialist acquires NQA, creates global certification organisation
06.03.2015 - 23:26

US based test, inspection and certification specialist National Technical Systems has acquired National Quality Assurance, a leading ISO registrar. US based test, inspection and certification specialist National Technical Systems has acquired National Quality Assurance, a leading ISO registrar. Dunstable based NQA maintains more than 32,000 ...



Science teaching in primary schools 'less of a priority', says CBI report
06.03.2015 - 23:21

A survey conducted by the CBI has concluded that science has become less of a curriculum priority in primary schools. Its survey, conducted in association with Brunel University, found that more than a third of schools now provide less than the recommended two hours of science education a week. The survey, called Tomorrow's World, is said...



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