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Software could make chip design more manageable – and cheaper
23.01.2015 - 17:03

IT researchers working at the University of Twente say they have developed a programming language which could make the cost of designing hardware more manageable. For the last 20 years, chip manufacturers have been using the same chip design techniques in which extensive testing is required after each design step. The newly developed function...

Stable long term operation of graphene devices achieved
23.01.2015 - 17:00

Although graphene based devices have shown outstanding electrical and optical performance, they are sensitive to environmental factors, such as humidity or gas composition. This, says a research team, has made reproducible operation in a normal atmosphere impossible. Generally, adsorbates from the ambient (such as moisture or oxygen) and re...

ARM backs Cortex-R5 core with safety documentation package
22.01.2015 - 22:18

In a move intended to boost adoption of the Cortex-R5 processor in safety critical applications, ARM has delivered a comprehensive safety document set that will allow semiconductor companies to demonstrate their chips are compliant with new functional safety standards. Richard York, vice president of embedded marketing, noted: "As long a...

Top 10 buy 37% of all semiconductors
22.01.2015 - 22:14

The top 10 consumer electronics companies bought $125.6billion worth of semiconductors in 2014, equivalent to 37% of all semiconductor purchases and 9.4% more than in 2013, according to a report from market analyst Gartner. Together, Samsung Electronics and Apple bought $57.9bn of semiconductors in 2014, $3.9bn more than in 2013 and equivalen...

ORC team combines semiconductor lasers for precise pulses
21.01.2015 - 23:19

Scientists from the University of Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have unveiled a technique that will allow more powerful, more energy efficient and low-cost pulsed lasers to be developed. The approach is said to have a fundamentally different principle to that of existing pulsed lasers, relying upon the coherent c...

Scientists say graphene allows control of light emission
21.01.2015 - 17:48

Lasers, displays and other light emitting depend upon the electrically controlled modulation of photons. But, says a research team, electrical control of the light emission pathways opens up the possibility of novel types of nano photonics devices, based on active plasmonics. Scientists from ICFO, MIT, CNRS, CNISM and Graphenea have demonstra...

TDK-Lambda wins patent for power supply heat sink design
21.01.2015 - 17:43

TDK-Lambda UK has been awarded a patent by the UK Intellectual Property Office for a novel power supply heat sink arrangement. According to the company, the various components in a power supply that dissipate heat require different cooling arrangements and a combination of both surface mount and leaded components is generally required. ...

DMM is 'first of a new class' of instruments
21.01.2015 - 17:40

Keithley Instruments has unveiled Model DMM7510, a 7½ digit graphical sampling multimeter, said by the company to be the first of a new class of digital multimeters. It integrates a high accuracy digital multimeter, a digitiser for waveform capture and a capacitive touchscreen user interface. The device is designed to give users conf...

Signal amplification process to spawn new electronic and photonic devices, says team
20.01.2015 - 22:09

A new signal amplification process discovered by a team from the University of California, San Diego is poised to underpin new generations of electrical and photonic devices, according to the researchers. "For many years, the semiconductor industry has relied on photodetectors for optoelectrical conversion, followed by low noise electron...

Achronix' FPGAs used in 100GbE PCIe card
20.01.2015 - 22:06

Telesoft Technologies has selected Achronix' Speedster22i HD1000 FPGAs for use in its MPAC6200 dual 100GbE PCIe card for cyber security, monitoring and analytics. "Use of Speedster22i FPGAs has accelerated our product development cycle time," said Rob Downham, Telesoft's chairman. "In previous FPGA projects, the integra...

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