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Astute launches emech division, offers EMI filter inserts for connectors
26.11.2014 - 21:31

Astute Electronics has launched a franchised electromechanical division to complement its existing activities, including brokerage, electronic components and value added services.  The division has launched with five franchises – Amphenol, Airborn, Delphi, Fischer and Quell. Gary Evans, manager of the Emech division, said the five ...

Infineon takes stake in PCB manufacturer, looks to develop ability to embed chips
26.11.2014 - 21:26

Infineon Technologies has taken a 9.4% stake in German PCB manufacturer Schweizer Electronic, but both companies have agreed on strict confidentiality on the terms.  The move is said by Infineon to underline its intention to integrate power semiconductors into PCBs and to address the potential for embedding chips into boards targeted at ...

Milliband vows to boost number of female engineers
25.11.2014 - 22:49

Thousands of female engineers will be trained up as part of a national mission to get Britain building again, Ed Miliband announced today. Writing on Facebook, the Labour leader said Britain's lack of female engineers should be a "matter of national embarrassment", as he called for an extra 400,000 people to be trained in the pr...

When it comes to the IoT, what are the opportunities for the semiconductor industry?
25.11.2014 - 22:44

One of the problems with the Internet of Things (IoT) is its definition; it means different things to different people. And NXP's CEO Rick Clemmer hit the nail on the head during this year's CEO Roundtable at electronica. "Nobody knows what the IoT is," he asserted. His interpretation? "We should be thinking about the IoT ...

New technology brings better isolation and immunity
25.11.2014 - 22:41

Texas Instruments has announced a development of its analogue processing technology which enables higher levels of isolation and immunity. Called reinforced isolation, the technology is said to meet increasing demands for more integration and increased efficiency in industrial applications. Harald Parzhuber, product line manager, said the tec...

Graphene could enable new type of laser, researchers claim
24.11.2014 - 21:20

Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), in partnership with researchers from Berlin, France, the Czech Republic and the US, believe that graphene, when exposed to high magnetic fields, could enable a new type of laser.  According to the team, it has been known for some years that the energy states of graphene in a ...

Particulate sensor developed using open source approach
24.11.2014 - 21:17

A New York based start up company has used an open source approach, as well as funding from Kickstarter, to develop AirBeam – a handheld sensor which determines the concentration of particles in the air measuring 2.5µm or less.  According to AirCasting, PM2.5 is one of the six air pollutants monitored and regulated by the US ...

Silicon variant could find use in solar cells and LEDs
24.11.2014 - 21:13

A completely new form of silicon has been created which, according to its developers, holds promise for use in next generation solar cells, LEDs and other semiconductor technologies. Developed by a team of Carnegie scientists from the US, the silicon is a so-called allotrope, which means a different physical form of the same element, in the s...

Web based study programme to provide insight into graphene
22.11.2014 - 20:58

Chalmers University of Technology is launching a web based programme which will introduce engineers to the world of graphene science and technology.  "This is a new and different way for us to take on the role of knowledge disseminator in our society", says Maria Knutson Wedel, vice president for undergraduate and master&...

Imagination’s CEO wins Contribution to Industry Award
22.11.2014 - 20:52

"Quite often that person is someone we regard as an unsung hero, but, this year, our winner is very highly regarded. This person is one of the busiest men around but still makes time to serve on the ESCO Council."  Meanwhile, Dyson won the award for Company of the Year. Judges commended the company's plans to double the siz...

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