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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...



IoT gateway reference design unveiled
06.10.2014 - 20:09

Freescale has launched an IoT gateway reference design, said to support applications such as building/home management, smart cities, networked industrial services, where performance and reliability are critical.  The design is based around the company's QorIQ LS1021A processor which was announced in October 2013. According to Nick Sa...



Strain set to improve silicon’s performance in optoelectronic applications
03.10.2014 - 23:46

Researchers, led by the Southampton University's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), believe they have made a breakthrough in the use of silicon detectors in telecommunications.  The research, reported in Nature Materials, describes how the team has engineered the electronic band structure of laser crystallised silicon photonic de...



Tiny camera module alerts sleepy drivers
03.10.2014 - 15:43

Researchers in Germany have created a miniature camera module for driver assistance systems, which they say could help to reduce the number of road accidents each year caused by sleepy drivers. Unlike conventional driver assistance technologies, the tiny camera relies on an integrated image sensor and processor to record and evaluate images.&...



Driverless cars: The future of transport?
03.10.2014 - 15:34

Google's driverless car is still attracting headlines and all the fuss has tightened the focus on the increasing amount of automation being applied in vehicles. But what is driving the trend to the driverless car and what issues will be encountered along the way?  Will this increase in complexity force automotive manufacturers to ...



Auto MCU integrates 2D and 3D graphics for next gen clusters
02.10.2014 - 23:41

Spansion has expanded its Traveo range of automotive MCUs with the addition of a device which combines 2D and 3D graphics with a Cortex-R5 core.  Matthias Bräuer, director of automotive MCU marketing, said: "We are combining a traditional MCU with graphics capability. The device is aimed at hybrid clusters with pointers and a dis...



Toshiba shrinks NAND flash memory modules
02.10.2014 - 15:21

Toshiba has used its 15nm process technology to fabricate what it claims to be the world's smallest embedded NAND flash memory modules. The 16GB memory devices are compliant with the latest e·MMC standard and are designed for applications such as smartphones, tablet PCs and wearable devices.  Sample shipments are available ...



Oscilloscope series provides bandwidth range up to 750 MHz
02.10.2014 - 09:34

Teledyne LeCroy (Chestnut Ridge, NY) introduces the WaveSurfer 3074, extending the bandwidth range of the popular WaveSurfer 3000 series of oscilloscopes to 750 MHz. WaveSurfer 3000 oscilloscopes feature the MAUI advanced user interface, previously available only on higher-end oscilloscopes. This advanced user interface seamlessly integrates a d...



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