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EU semi sales continue to rise
02.12.2014 - 22:29

European semiconductor sales showed signs of 'encouraging' growth in October, the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA) has said. Sales were up 5.2% from the previous year, reaching $3.2billion. In addition, combined sales from January to October were up 1.5% compared to September and up 9.6% compared to October last year...



Cypress, Spansion to merge in $4bn deal
02.12.2014 - 22:26

Cypress and Spansion have signed a definitive agreement to merge in an all stock transaction said to be worth $4billion.  "This merger represents the combination of two smart, profitable, passionately entrepreneurial companies that are number one in their respective memory markets and have successfully diversified into embedded proc...



Technology helps colour blind tell red from green
01.12.2014 - 21:11

Technology that helps colour blind viewers to differentiate between red and green when watching TV programmes has been made available  for integration into consumer set top boxes (STBs).  Called Eyeteq, the technology developed by Spectral Edge allows colour blind viewers to see details they previously could not. It is said to have...



UK SiC fab to supply 650V MOSFET for electric vehicles
28.11.2014 - 20:19

Raytheon UK's semiconductor business unit in Glenrothes has been selected by a leading automotive manufacturer to develop a silicon carbide (SiC) based MOSFET for use in electric, hybrid electric and plug in hybrid electric vehicles.  John Kennedy, head of Raytheon UK's Integrated Power Solutions, said: "SiC overcomes many o...



NPL sets up Quantum Metrology Institute
28.11.2014 - 20:16

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is setting up a Quantum Metrology Institute (QMI) at its Teddington site. The Institute – part of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme – will cover the NPL's quantum science and metrology research and provide the expertise and facilities needed for academia and industry to test, va...



Manchester, 2-DTech sign graphene research agreement
28.11.2014 - 20:11

Graphene specialist 2-DTech has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Manchester that will see the two organisations sharing their resources and expertise. Once the agreement is finalised, 2-DTech will become a partner in the National Graphene Institute (NGI).  "Through closer connection with The University of ...



Infineon expects to grow revenue by 8% in 2015
27.11.2014 - 22:04

Infineon's fourth quarter 2014 revenues grew to €1.175billion, a 6% increase over the previous quarter. Revenue growth was said to be particularly strong in the Industrial Power Control (IPC), Power Management & Multimarket (PMM) and Chip Card & Security (CCS) segments.  "We have made good use of the opportunities o...



Lime looks to shake up RF market with FPRF device
27.11.2014 - 22:01

Lime Microsystems has started shipping the second generation of its field programmable radio frequency (FPRF) devices. The fully programmable, low power chips contain dual transceivers that cover the frequency range 0.1 to 3800MHz. In addition, they cover all the cellular bands used in 2G, 3G and 4G networks, as well as many commercial and mi...



EPSRC puts £120million into four quantum research centres
26.11.2014 - 21:38

Greg Clark, Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities, has announced a national network of Quantum Technology Hubs that will explore the properties of quantum mechanics and how they can be applied.  The network will be funded by the EPSRC with £120million of the £270m investment in quantum technologies announced ...



Microchip enhances dsPIC family for harsh environments
26.11.2014 - 21:34

The latest addition to Microchip's dsPIC family is said to bring improved noise immunity and robustness for applications operating in harsh environments, as well as the ability to run from a 5V supply. The parts offer a capability of 70MIPS and feature DSP acceleration for high speed control algorithms.  Called the dsPIC33EV family, ...



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