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Intel rolls out 14nm processors at CES
06.01.2015 - 22:34

Intel has launched a raft of 14nm processors at CES, with the devices targeted at PCs and tablets.The roll out of 5th Generation Intel Core technology includes 10 processors with Intel HD Graphics consuming 15W and four 28W products with Intel's Iris Graphics. Intel also announced that it is shipping 14nm processors for tablets. The SoCs, pr...

MCUs for low power, high performance IoT applications
05.01.2015 - 21:57

Atmel has expanded its SAM G series of ARM Cortex-M4 based MCUs with the addition of the SAM G54 and SAM G55 devices, targeted at Internet of Things (IoT) applications requiring higher performance, lower power consumption and smaller form factors.  "Designers are looking for simple to use solutions with an edge to help bring their d...

congatec launches Fifth Generation Core processor based boards
05.01.2015 - 21:54

Embedded computing specialist congatec has added 5th generation Intel Core processor based platforms to its portfolio. The company says the processors – being manufactured on a 14nm process – bring better graphics and performance, with power consumption as low as 15W.  The conga-TC97 is a COM Express compact Type 6 module wit...

Sales up 10% says SIA, with demand remaining strong
05.01.2015 - 21:50

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) says worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $29.7billion in November 2014, an increase of 9.1% over the same month in 2013. Meanwhile, year to date sales in 2014 were said to be 10% higher than at the same point in 2013.  "Global semiconductor sales through November have matched the to...

USB 3.0 scope range offers 200MHz bandwidth
05.01.2015 - 21:45

A range of oscilloscopes from Pico Technology is said to be suited to use by mainstream electronics design engineers. Called the PicoScope 3000D Series, the devices offer bandwidths of up to 200 MHz bandwidth, two or four analogue channels plus 16 digital channels on the mixed signal models. With memory sizes ranging from 64 to 512Msamples, the ...

Nitrogen vacancy centres may bring quantum computing closer
05.01.2015 - 21:36

Researchers from Harvard, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Chicago have enhanced the fluorescent light emission of diamond nitrogen vacancy (NV) centres, a move said to have promise for quantum computing.  NV centres contain an unpaired electron that can store information using spin. The electron's s...

'High rise' 3D chips are ready for Big Data
22.12.2014 - 20:10

In a development which could help address the current data processing limitations of today's technology, a team of Stanford engineers has pioneered a scalable 3D computer chip that interconnects logic and memory. The researchers believe that with further work, the advance could enable large amounts of data to be processed quickly and more...

Qualcomm, EE and Huawei test LTE Category 9
22.12.2014 - 20:05

Huawei, EE and Qualcomm have partnered for an LTE category 9 interoperability trial, claiming to have achieved download speeds of up to 410Mb/s. According to the partners, this represents a significant step forward in the industry's attempt to improve download speeds and reliability.  Testing was conducted using QTI's Qualcomm...

Radical approach brings ‘breakthrough’ in optical communications
19.12.2014 - 22:43

Academics from the University of Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have collaborated with Eblana Photonics to develop an approach that enables advanced modulation format signals to be generated by the modulation of laser currents.  The research, published in Nature Communications, explores a new approach to the gene...

£32million for functional materials R&D
19.12.2014 - 22:40

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for 10 research projects that are expected to develop new and exciting functional materials, as well as accelerate the application of the materials. The projects, which will involve 17 universities, are receiving funding of £32.1million.  Welcoming...

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