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MegaChips buys SiTime for $200m in cash
29.10.2014 - 13:15

MEMS timing pioneer SiTime is being bought by Japanese fabless semiconductor company MegaChips for $200million in a cash deal expected to close in November 2014. According to SiTime, the deal will see two complementary fabless semiconductor companies uniting to provide solutions for the wearables, mobile and Internet of Things markets.  ...

Best MoS2 transistor performance yet claimed by UCLA team
28.10.2014 - 20:27

Materials such as graphene and molybdenum sulphide are exciting scientists with their potential to revolutionise transistors and circuits. One of the problems with graphene is the lack of a band gap. However, MoS2 has a band gap that enables it to be used to create atomically thin transistors with high on-off ratios and high voltage gain.&nbs...

Will CSR help Qualcomm capture the Internet of Everything?
28.10.2014 - 20:22

That move was made in 1998, with the formation of Cambridge Silicon Radio, which then floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2004, with a big pay out for some of its founders.  Amongst the technical challenges for the industry in the 1990s was not only offering Bluetooth functionality on a single chip, but also enabling that functionali...

ARM extends scalability of CoreLink SoC interconnects
28.10.2014 - 20:18

ARM has extended its cache coherent network offering with the addition of the CCN-502 and 512. Both interconnects have been developed in response to increased numbers of connected devices and a consequent increase in the amount of data flowing across networks. Ian Smythe, director of marketing for the company's CPU Group, noted: "We&...

Cadence prepares automotive designers for ISO26262
28.10.2014 - 20:14

Cadence Design Systems has announced an automotive functional safety verification solution, which is said to reduce by 50% the effort required by automotive designers to prepare for ISO26262 compliance. The approach, an expansion to its Incisive functional verification platform, offers fault injection and safety verification technologies to h...

Freescale processor has four A53 cores
28.10.2014 - 20:10

Freescale has launched the QorIQ LS1043A comms processor, said by the company to be the most power efficient 64bit ARM based device. The device features four Cortex-A53 cores, each running at 1.5GHz. This is said to result in a performance of 16,000CoreMarks, with a power consumption of 6W.  Senior product marketing manager Eric Dudle...

Digi-Key 'encouraged by growth'
28.10.2014 - 20:06

Digi-Key continues to be encouraged by the growth in its turnover and customer numbers in Europe and, in particular, in the UK. Chris Beeson, executive vice president of sales and supply development, said it was continuing the transformation from what he called being 'Thief River Falls centric' to having local conversations with sales...

Advanced Power Monitoring Solution
27.10.2014 - 23:03

27th October 2014 – Aware of the growing need throughout the industry to conduct thorough energy audits and gain more comprehensive knowledge of power efficiency levels, test sourcing specialist Livingston now offers its customer base the Dranetz HDPQ series for intelligent logging of detailed power quality data. Boasting 8 independent ana...

DNA breakthrough could enable molecular computing
27.10.2014 - 20:51

An international group of scientists claims it has made the most significant breakthrough in a decade towards the development of electrical circuits based on DNA.  The work, published in Nature Nanotechnology, is believed to be a useful contribution to the development of technology that might enable the electronics industry to move beyon...

Electronics Design Show exceeds expectations
27.10.2014 - 20:45

The second Electronics Design Show has proved even more popular than the first, attracting over 4,000 engineering professionals to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry between Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd October. The Show, which this year was co-located with the inaugural Embedded Design Show and Engineering Design Show, featured more than 200 ex...

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