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Can Imagination rival Raspberry Pi with its £50 MIPS board?
05.12.2014 - 23:30

In August this year, Imagination Technologies took the wraps off the MIPS Creator C120; a dev board it said would rival the Raspberry Pi and help provide low cost development systems for users looking to create applications based on its IP technologies. Nearly four months on, the company has announced that the board is now available to pre-or...



Graphene's mighty strength confirmed
05.12.2014 - 23:25

Graphene's exceptional strength has been confirmed by a team of Rice University researchers, who have tested the material's properties by peppering it with microbullets. Led by materials scientist Edwin Thomas, the team used less than 1lb of graphene to prove that the material is on average 10 times better than steel at dissipatin...



ETSI and NGMN to develop relationship, explore 5G standardisation
05.12.2014 - 20:21

Following successful collaboration in the areas such as LTE and the Open Radio Equipment Interface, ETSI and NGMN have agreed to develop their joint cooperation beyond the existing Memorandum of Understanding framework.  Peter Meissner, CEO of NGMN, said: "The new agreement honours the good and long standing relationship between ETS...



Driverless cars get ready for UK roads
05.12.2014 - 20:18

Innovate UK has announced the four UK locations picked to test driverless cars. Bristol and Greenwich will each host a project of their own, while Coventry and Milton Keynes will share a third.  The news was announced yesterday after George Osborne's Autumn Statement, who pledged an additional £10million for the work.  ...



Bluetooth SIG ratifies version 4.2, has new profile ‘ready to go’
03.12.2014 - 17:05

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has officially adopted version 4.2 of the Bluetooth core specification. The upgrades included in v4.2 are said to improve privacy and increase speed.  "Bluetooth 4.2 is all about continuing to make Bluetooth Smart the best solution to connect all the technology in your life – from per...



Ants know best when it comes to routing electronic circuits
03.12.2014 - 17:01

Michael Hsiao, Professor of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Tech in the US, has developed mathematical formulae that simulate the methods used by the ants to find the best route to food sources and plans to use these algorithms to improve the accuracy of electronics design.  According to Prof Hsiao, as electronics designe...



Smartphone battery recharges in 30 seconds
02.12.2014 - 22:41

  An Israeli company has developed a battery technology that can charge a mobile phone in just 30 seconds and couold charge an electric car in minutes. Created by researchers from Tel-Aviv based technology firm StoreDot, the battery can store a much higher charge more quickly, in effect acting like a sponge to soak up power and re...



Cambridge Consultants opens £6m extension
02.12.2014 - 22:38

British Engineering Excellence Awards headline sponsor Cambridge Consultants has opened a £6million wireless facility, designed to help it to keep pace with its rapid growth. The company has grown by 25% in 2014, taking its global workforce to 450.  The new facility is called the Auton Building, in recognition of Dr Paul Auton, who...



Qt expands partner programme
02.12.2014 - 22:35

Six designers and suppliers of embedded chipsets have joined the Qt Partner Program. The partners will be cooperating with Qt to facilitate the creation of new solutions for the embedded device market.  According to Qt, the new partners – ARM, Boundary Devices, Freescale, Silica, Texas Instruments and Toradex – will make a si...



Smartwatch made entirely from e-paper
02.12.2014 - 22:32

Using a company called Fashion Entertainments as a cover, Sony has developed a smartwatch created entirely from e-paper – the display technology used in some e-readers.  With 24 selectable patterns, the watch is said to change its appearance as the user moves their wrist, from being blank to showing what seems to be a conventional ...



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