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Be wary of wireless modules, TUV SUD warns
12.11.2014 - 22:01

Manufacturers integrating wireless modules into their products may be at risk of selling non-compliant goods, product compliance firm TÜV SÜD has warned. The company says it is seeing a significant growth in the number of non-compliant products entering its laboratories due to the rising trend for wireless modules being added into p...

Hauser calls for long term expansion of Catapult network
11.11.2014 - 22:56

Technology entrepreneur Hermann Hauser has called for a long term expansion of the Catapult network he helped to establish four years ago. In a follow-up review to his original 2010 report, Hauser called on the government to create one or two new elite technology and innovation centres each year, which would lead to 20 by 2020 and 30 by 2030,...

Developer platform offers 85Gflops performance
11.11.2014 - 22:52

Non-profit development board community GizmoSphere has announced the availability of the Gizmo 2 DIY platform. With 85Gflops performance, the open source platform is said to combine the power of a high performance computer with the I/O capabilities of a microcontroller.  Drawing only 9W, it features an easy to customise, open hardware...

electronica 2014: Infineon has embedded power modules for intelligent motor control
11.11.2014 - 22:48

Infineon has taken the wraps off a new ARM based embedded power family at the electronica trade fair in Munich. The automotive qualified bridge drivers are said to deliver 32bit performance in an application space typically associated with 16bit. They have been developed to address the growing trend towards intelligent motor control in automo...

Ambiq Micro secures $15m for SPOT power platform
11.11.2014 - 22:45

Texas based power electronics firm Ambiq Micro has closed a $15million Series C funding round to accelerate the development of its SPOT (subthreshold power optimised technology) platform. The funding round was led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), and supported by existing investors, including...

Plessey expands LED capability, moves into packaging
11.11.2014 - 22:42

Looking to bolster its existing solid state lighting business, Plessey has announced its expansion into chip scale packages and wafer level packaging. "Our most recent advancements in performance to greater than 50% wall plug efficiency coupled with our unique semiconductor technologies and manufacturing capabilities have pushed us to ou...

Southampton joins with Singapore for $100m Photonics Institute
11.11.2014 - 22:38

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore has established the Photonics Institute, developed from a partnership between NTU and the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton. The $100m Photonics Institute will comprise five research centres, addressing: optical fibre technology; disruptive photonic techn...

Oxis claims 300Whr/kg for Li-S
11.11.2014 - 22:35

Battery specialist Oxis Energy says it has achieved an energy density of 300Whr/kg for lithium sulphur cells and adds that it has increased cell capacity to 25Ahr, which it describes as 'a world first'. The cell capacity of 25Ahr is said to represent a twelve fold improvement in 18 months and Oxis believes it will be able to make a 33...

Raspberry Pi gets smaller and cheaper with the Model A+
10.11.2014 - 21:05

A smaller, lower cost Raspberry Pi has been unveiled. Like the Model A, the A+ is powered by a 700MHz Broadcom BCM2835 CPU and has 256MB RAM, but it is significantly smaller (65mm in length, versus 86mm for the Model A), and consumes less power. Yours for just £15.51, the A+ packs more GPIO (the GPIO header has grown to 40 pins), a push...

What to expect at this year's electronica
10.11.2014 - 20:57

This year's electronica takes place in Munich from 11 to 14 November and will see some 2,700 exhibitors presenting their products and services. More than 70,000 visitors are expected to attend. Key themes for this year are automotive, embedded systems, medical electronics and lighting, as well as security and energy efficiency.  &...

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