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Qualcomm to develop ARM based server chips
20.11.2014 - 22:08

Qualcomm has announced plans to develop ARM based chips targeted at the burgeoning market for data centres. Company CEO Steve Mollenkopf, pictured, said at its latest investor meeting the server market is 'an interesting opportunity' and will be worth more than $15billion a year by 2020. "We will have a server product," he said...

Metal oxide clusters could provide an alternative to flash memory
20.11.2014 - 22:05

While flash memory is a widely used storage medium, manufacturers are facing challenges when it comes to making the devices on leading edge processes. Although flash manufacturers are looking to 3D arrangements to avoid these problems, researchers from the University of Glasgow and Rovira I Virgili University in Spain believe molecular electroni...

Demand for automotive ICs rockets
20.11.2014 - 22:03

The automotive IC market is forecast to experience the highest annual growth rate of the six major end use applications for ICs during the next few years. Between now and 2018, the sector is expected to experience growth of 10.8%, four percentage points greater than the next closest category – communications – at 6.8% and ahead of...

€1bn contract to kit Typhoon with leading electronic radar system
19.11.2014 - 23:17

A €1billion contract signed by defence ministers from a number of countries will lead to what is being called a 'world leading' electronic radar system for the Eurofighter Typhoon. The deal will see the Captor E-Scan Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar System (AESA) integrated onto the Eurofighter Typhoon.  The fighter...

Intel to build HPC processor on 10nm process
19.11.2014 - 23:14

Looking to meet the challenges of future high performance computing (HPC) systems, Intel says it will build the third generation of its Xeon Phi product family on a 10nm process technology. The chips, codenamed Knights Hill, will feature the company's Omni-Path Fabric technology, rather than the Infiniband interconnect.  According to...

Graphene used to create cheap, flexible solar cells
19.11.2014 - 23:10

A team from Rice University, led by materials scientist Jun Lou, has created a novel cathode from nanotubes that were bonded to graphene.  The method extends a stream of nanotechnology research carried out at Rice previously that began with the invention of a technique to grow very long bundles of aligned carbon nanotubes.  In th...

Low cost, high pin count 32bit MCUs
19.11.2014 - 23:07

Microchip has launched a new range of what it describes as low cost, high pin count 32bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs). The company says that, by bringing together key features from its PICM32MX1/2 and PIC32MX5 MCU families, it has created a device suited to applications with complex code requirements.  The MCUs in the PIC32MX1/2/5 MCU ...

Unite calls for government action to tackle skills gap
19.11.2014 - 23:04

The UK economy is facing a dire engineering skills gap and needs 87,000 new engineers a year over the next decade, a report by Unite the union has warned. Launched in parliament, the Engineering excellence - a charter for UK engineering report urges the government to do more to support engineering and calls for an 'engineered in Britain, ...

Pico has beta drivers for Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Black
19.11.2014 - 23:00

Pico Technology has released beta drivers for its oscilloscope and data logging devices, which run on both the BeagleBone Black and Raspberry Pi development boards. The drivers give programmers access to a range of USB oscilloscopes and data loggers, including high speed oscilloscopes with bandwidths up to 500MHz, 12 and 16bit oscilloscopes, ...

Technique could bring photonic chips to light
18.11.2014 - 20:51

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a way to produce more reliable and robust photonic chips. Until now, testing and characterising optical chips has been difficult as the light travelling in them is confined in the silicon and therefore cannot be seen or measured.  The new method developed by the Southampton team ...

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