Electronics News and Product Design Updates
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. &...
Current generated by rotating magnetisation
10.11.2014 - 20:54
An international research team, including the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the University of Cambridge, has demonstrated that it is possible to generate an electric current in a magnetic material by rotating its magnetisation. This link between magnetism and electricity may have applications in electronics, says t...
Imagination beefs up GPU performance in latest cores
10.11.2014 - 20:49
Imagination Technologies has announced the PowerVR Series7, the latest generation of its Rogue GPU architecture. There are two versions: the 7XE range, aimed at cost sensitive applications; and the 7XT range, tuned for power/performance. Each has optional feature packs for optimisation. Kristof Beets, director of PowerVR business development,...
Broadcom looks to become IoT leader
10.11.2014 - 20:45
With the addition of more than 40 new partners and channel distributors, Broadcom says it is positioning itself as the 'go to' vendor for developers and OEMs in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. "As the IoT market continues to evolve, we're seeing increased demand from thousands of emerging developers wanting to get their h...
MEMS group looks to promote open source development
09.11.2014 - 12:07
The MEMS Industry Group (MIG) has announced the Accelerated Innovation Community (AIC), an open source algorithm cooperative intended to collaboration across the MEMS/sensors supply chain. MIG executive director Karen Lightman said: "When companies are developing products that use MEMS/sensors, they often have to develop algorithms...
Discovery holds promise for optical computers
09.11.2014 - 12:03
Researchers in the UK have found a way to manipulate glass to create a material that allows computers to transfer information using light – a development which could significantly increase computer processing speeds. A team led by the University of Surrey, in collaboration with the Universities of Cambridge and Southampton, found a way ...
Globalfoundries signs design services deal
09.11.2014 - 12:00
Invecas, a newly formed design services provider, has signed a deal under which it will provide exclusive support for Globalfoundries' customers. The partnership is intended to support companies of various sizes operating in a range of markets who are looking to differentiate their products through customised silicon. Invecas will f...
Connectivity modules support 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi
06.11.2014 - 17:30
Looking to help engineers add Wi-Fi and dual mode Bluetooth to their embedded designs, Texas Instruments has announced the WiLink 8 family of connectivity modules. The devices support Wi-Fi in the 2.4 and 5GHz bands. They offer high throughput and an extended industrial temperature range, and are suitable for applications such as home and bui...
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