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MCU features multimode radio, targeted at home applications
15.10.2015 - 22:12

Freescale has launched the Kinetis KW41Z, said to be the first multimode radio MCU to support concurrent operation of IEEE802.15.4 Thread and Bluetooth Smart/BLE while hosting associated applications.  The KW41Z features up to 512k of flash and 128k of RAM, allowing multiple networking stacks to run on one device. It also supports Blueto...

Sensor platform has 12 degrees of freedom, Bluetooth connectivity
15.10.2015 - 22:10

Dialog Semiconductor has collaborated with Bosch Sensortec to create the world’s lowest power 12 degree of freedom smart sensor reference platform for gesture recognition. Applications are said to include wearable computing devices, immersive gaming, augmented reality and 3D indoor mapping and navigation. The platform combines Dialog&rs...

Free Weightless-N IoT development kit launched
15.10.2015 - 22:06

The Weightless SIG has announced the launch of a complete Weightless-N development environment for low power wide area network connectivity in IoT projects. Weightless technologies offer open standard access to IoT connectivity IP with substantive competitive advantage over alternative proprietary LPWAN technologies. The development kits incl...

Low cost of money fuelling ‘M&A frenzy’, but will there be a longer term cost?
15.10.2015 - 21:57

So far this year, semiconductor companies have spent around $85billion on acquiring other companies, something which Wally Rhines – Mentor Graphics’ chairman and CEO – notes is ‘dramatically more than in previous years’. Included in the $85bn are three record breaking deals: Intel’s acquisition of Altera; N...

Qualcomm demos server technology, including SoC with 24 ARM v8 cores
11.10.2015 - 23:46

Qualcomm Technologies has demonstrated a Server Development Platform (SDP), which the company says is sampling to Tier 1 data centres. The system includes a pre production version of 24 core SoC based on the ARMv8-A instruction set. “The release of our evaluation system is a major milestone for Qualcomm Technologies. As data centres evo...

£11m programme to research autonomous vehicles announced
11.10.2015 - 23:44

An £11million research programme to develop fully autonomous cars, ‘Towards Autonomy - Smart and Connected Control’, is being jointly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). The research, which will take place at ten UK universities and the Transport Research Labo...

One step closer to quantum computing
11.10.2015 - 23:41

A team of Australian engineers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), in Sydney, has taken the first step towards making quantum computers a reality by building a quantum logic gate in silicon for the first time. “What we have is a game changer,” said team leader Andrew Dzurak, Scientia Professor and director of the Australi...

Theorist suggests topolariton could boost photonic device efficiency
11.10.2015 - 23:37

A professor of theoretical physics and condensed matter theory from Caltech has suggested that a new type of quasiparticle could help improve the efficiency of photonic devices. While electrons travelling through semiconductors lose energy via heat because of resistance, a similar effect can be seen with light transmission, caused by factors ...

UK collaboration seeks to develop new ultra-barrier materials based on graphene interlayers
11.10.2015 - 23:34

The Centre of Process Innovation (CPI) has announced that it has joined a UK based collaboration called ‘Gravia’, to develop the next generation of ultra-barrier materials using graphene for the production of flexible transparent plastic electronic based displays for the next generation of smartphones, tablets and wearable electronic...

Scientists discover new approach to creating secure computer memory
11.10.2015 - 23:30

A research team, including scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has developed a straightforward method to create magnetic skyrmions under ambient room conditions. The achievement brings skyrmions a step closer for use in data storage and could be the basis for a new type of computer memory that never loses t...

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