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All in a whirl over potential of skyrmions in magnetic memories
04.02.2015 - 21:44

Skrymions – small magnetic whirls – may revolutionise future data storage and information processing if they can be moved rapidly and reliably in small structures, according to a European research team comprising scientists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and TU Berlin, together with colleagues from the Netherlands and...

Silicon Labs buys Bluegiga for its wireless hardware and software expertise
04.02.2015 - 21:41

Silicon Labs has bought Bluegiga Technologies in a cash deal which values the Finnish connectivity specialist at around $60million. According to Silicon Labs, the strategic acquisition expands its wireless hardware and software solutions for the IoT. "With Silicon Labs' wireless, microcontroller and sensor portfolios gaining consider...

UCL researchers double the error free transmission distance for subsea optical cables
04.02.2015 - 21:37

A new way to process fibre optic signals has been demonstrated by UCL researchers, who claim the approach could double the distance over which data travels error-free through submarine cables. Because the new method does not require signals to be boosted, it has the potential to reduce the costs of long-distance optical fibre communications. ...

Spansion launches MCUs to address emerging HMI applications
04.02.2015 - 21:34

Looking to address emerging human machine interface applications, Spansion has added two ARM Cortex-M4 based MCUs to its product line. The FM4 S6E2DH features an integrated graphics display controller, while the S6E2CCxxF/MB9BF568F series comes with self contained voice command control. "These new product families deliver tremendous valu...

UK company launches dual band GSM/GPRS modem for M2M and IoT applications
04.02.2015 - 21:30

A dual band GSM/GPRS terminal from UK designer and manufacturer Siretta is said to set a new price point for such devices of less than £40. The cellular modem is intended to allow the deployment of wireless communications in M2M and IoT applications without the need for specialist wireless design skills, long design in cycles or complex wi...

Design consultant installs EMC chamber, offers test service
03.02.2015 - 21:27

ByteSnap Design has expanded its capabilities by launching an early EMC testing service and investing in a testing chamber. Dunstan Power, ByteSnap's director, said: "The chamber is great news for clients as, through our EMC testing services, they'll get an even more cost effective production service. Our clients will gain a clea...

Power analyser integrates oscilloscope characteristics
03.02.2015 - 21:24

Keysight Technologies has introduced a power analyser that combines power measurement with a touch driven oscilloscope. The IntegraVision power analyser is said to make it easy for R&D engineers to access dynamic views of current, voltage and power so they can see, measure and prove the performance of their designs. According to Keysight,...

Raspberry Pi with six times the power
02.02.2015 - 23:07

Raspberry Pi 2 - the next generation of the hugely popular single board computer – has been launched by its distributors and features upgraded capabilities, faster processor cores and a doubling in memory capacity to 1GB. Raspberry Pi 2 incorporates the Broadcom BCM2836 application processor, containing a powerful ARM Cortex-A7 quad-cor...

'Designer materials' set to enable ultra thin, flexible displays
02.02.2015 - 23:03

Research published in Nature Materials by the University of Manchester and University of Sheffield shows that new 2D 'designer materials' can be produced to create flexible, see-through and more efficient electronic devices. Research published in Nature Materials by the University of Manchester and University of Sheffield shows that n...

Intel buys Lantiq in connected home move
02.02.2015 - 23:00

In a move targets the connected home, Intel has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Lantiq, a leading supplier of broadband access and home networking technologies. "By 2018, we expect more than 800million broadband connected households worldwide," said Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel's Client Computing Group. "...

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