‘Clear market need’ claimed for 8bit MCUs
26.11.2015 - 23:03
Many think that 8bit microcontrollers are things of the past, replaced by 32bit devices, often ARM based. But publishing the 8bit MCU’s obituary may have to wait for a bit longer; at least in the view of Steve Drehobl, vp of Microchip’s 8bit MCU business.“There remains a clear market need for 8bit,” he contended, pointin...
£92m investment in UK manufacturing hubs
24.11.2015 - 22:42
Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson has announced two £10million manufacturing research hubs that will address major, long-term challenges facing the UK's manufacturing industries, and capture opportunities from emerging research.The Hubs will be based at the University of Southampton and Brunel University in London and will...
Collaboration to boost the UKs IoT industry
24.11.2015 - 22:40
Cambridge Wireless (CW), CENSIS, Data City and Sunderland Software City have been chosen by IoTUK to deliver its Boost programme, a series of Internet of Things (IoT) innovation challenges and rapid incubation activities taking place over the next five months aiming to convene and amplify the UK’s IoT industry to help business and economic gr...
Toshiba announces next generation RF SOI process
22.11.2015 - 23:30
Toshiba has developed a next generation TarfSOI (Toshiba advanced RF SOI) process optimised for radio-frequency (RF) switch applications.According to Toshiba RF switch ICs fabricated using the new TaRF8 process are able to achieve an insertion loss of just 0.32dB at 2.7GHz. Compared to products using Toshiba’s current TaRF6 process, the i...
NGI and Alpha collaborate to develop next generation electronic materials
22.11.2015 - 23:27
Electronic soldering and bonding materials supplier, Alpha has announced a collaborative partnership with the National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester to develop the next generation of graphene-based electronic materials.James Baker, graphene business director at The University of Manchester said: "This collaborati...
Acquisition of CMOSIS expands ams’ optical sensor portfolio
22.11.2015 - 23:24
Analogue and sensor specialist, ams has acquired CMOSIS in a €220million deal. According to ams, the acquisition will expand its optical sensor portfolio and market leadership in the Industry 4.0, IoT and medical diagnostics markets.CMOSIS’ image sensors serve a range of high-end applications in diverse markets including machine visi...
Digi-Key and Accelerated Designs partner to provide symbols and footprints for millions of components
22.11.2015 - 23:21
Digi-Key Electronics has announced an exclusive, global agreement to distribute software and design data from Accelerated Designs. Accelerated Designs focuses on providing EDA-tool-neutral software and data to engineers and electronics manufacturers that improves the efficiency of adding and managing new parts when designing circuits and printed ci...
Silicon photonics project says three platforms available to fabless companies
22.11.2015 - 23:18
At the halfway stage of a four year project intended to build a European-based supply chain in silicon photonics, PLAT4M says it has now developed three technology platforms and adds these are available to a range of fabless companies.PLAT4M, which has received €10.2million of EC funding, brings together 15 companies, including European R&...
Wireless MCU for sub GHz applications
22.11.2015 - 23:16
Texas Instruments has added the CC1310 wireless microcontroller to its SimpleLink portfolio. The sub GHz device is said to enable extended battery life, longer range and enhanced integration.Featuring an ARM Cortex-M3 core and a sensor controller, the device is said to have the ability to communicate over distances as far as 20km.Running at...
Manufacturing 3D nanostructures provides new opportunities for chips
22.11.2015 - 23:13
Scientists at the University of Twente's MESA+ research institute have developed a manufacturing method to create 3D nanostructures. This discovery is claimed to make it possible to produce chips with additional functions for mobile devices, computers and other applications.The conventional method for manufacturing 3D nanostructures consist...
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