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Automotive consultancy takes Grand Prix at 2014 BEEAs
09.10.2014 - 21:58

Leading engineering consultancy and driveline solutions provider, Romax Technology, has won the Grand Prix prize at the 2014 British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs), held today in London. Now in their sixth year, the BEEAs promote the quality of engineering design in the UK and celebrate those companies that have demonstrated the skills...



Lab-on-a-chip could speed cancer diagnosis
08.10.2014 - 21:14

A tiny biomedical device has been created which, according to its developers, could detect cancer more quickly and in a less invasive way than before. The lab-on-a-chip works by detecting minuscule membrane vesicles called exosomes, which are found in most cancer cells,  Until now, exosomes have been hard to separate out and test beca...



RFEL wins second Square Kilometre Array development contract
08.10.2014 - 20:58

The University of Oxford, a member of the Low Frequency Aperture Array consortium, which is working with the Square Kilometre Array Organisation to build the world's largest radio telescope, has signed the second phase of a study contract with RFEL. This new contract focuses on the design of an FPGA based signal processing architecture for b...



Integrated devices said to solve RF problems
07.10.2014 - 23:31

Peregrine Semiconductor has introduced two integrated products – a True DC switch and an X-band core chip, both built using the company's UltraCMOS technology.  "Peregrine has introduced a broad range of industry leading integrated products and technologies over its more than 25 year history," said Duncan Pilgrim, vic...



Nobel Prize for blue LED inventors
07.10.2014 - 23:27

The 2014 Nobel Prize for physics has been awarded to the three scientists responsible for the invention of blue LEDs. Professors Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamurs were told the good news at a press conference in Sweden today. They will share prize money of eight million kronor (£0.7m).  "What's fascinating...



Cortus launches new processor cores, instruction set
07.10.2014 - 23:22

Processor IP developer Cortus has launched new cores– the APS23 and 25 – based on its V2 instruction set. The V2 instruction set extends functionality by adding 24bit instructions to the existing 16 and 32bit instructions. Roddy Urquhart, pictured, vp of marketing, noted: "This instruction set will provide for better code densit...



Learn from the experts at the Electroncis Design Show
07.10.2014 - 23:11

The design process and the speed of design – especially within electronics – has never been more critical. The demand for shorter design schedules and faster development from concept to production reality impacts all engineers regardless of their area of expertise.  In a dedicated workshop at the Electronics Design Show, w...



EU semi sales up 10.9%
06.10.2014 - 20:42

European semiconductor sales reached $3.231billion in August, a 10.9% increase over the same period in 2013. According to the European Semiconductor Industry Associations (ESIA), the highest performing category was the logic market, which continued the upward trend started at the beginning of this year.  Elsewhere, revenues in the MOS...



Microchip turns to LDRA for PIC and dsPIC functional safety compliance
06.10.2014 - 20:29

Standards compliance specialist LDRA has become a partner and trusted adviser to Microchip Technology in a move that will enable the latter's customers to meet functional safety requirements.  The partnership will see the LDRA tool suite being integrated with Microchip's MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment and MPLAB XC com...



Design project seeks ultimate dev kit
06.10.2014 - 20:19

Engineers are being asked to create the 'ultimate' development kit as part of a design challenge launched by element14. The Dream Board project allows users to create and brand their own virtual development kit using an interactive tool.  They can select from a range of technical options relating to board size, processor, memo...



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