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Chip scale optics for LEDs set to reduce cost, increase flexibility
23.09.2015 - 23:36

Plessey says it has developed a patented technology for chip scale optics (CSO) based on its GaN on silicon MaGIC LEDs. According to the company, CSO permits the design of light emission angles as low as 10° directly from the LED, reduces cost and brings more design freedom for secondary optics. Plessey says it has developed a patented te...



What will the rise of intelligent, connected machines mean for the human element in work?
23.09.2015 - 23:33

Last week, the BBC took a look at the impact intelligent machinery, or robots, is having and could have on the way in which people work and reported on what jobs were most likely to be affected. Intelligent machinery has been employed across a huge swathe of industry, but what is new is the growing variety of industries and occupations that a...



As the sensors market expands ams takes advantage
22.09.2015 - 22:40

Analogue and sensor specialist ams is looking to become a €1billion company by 2019, according to CEO Kirk Laney,who will be succeeed by Alexander Everke in March 2016. The company has seen a significant increase in revenue this year, with Q2 profit up by 59% to €170m, compared to Q2 2014, while H1 profit is up by 68% to €323m....



Three in one test and measurement package
22.09.2015 - 22:36

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Belgian company LabNation has launched SmartScope, an open source USB test equipment package said to be the first such system designed to run on multiple operating systems and platforms. Chief technology officer Riemer Grootjans said SmartScope is targeted at a new range of users. “Developmen...



IoT applications set to revive ‘stagnating’ MCU market
22.09.2015 - 22:34

Internet of Things applications, such as connected cars, wearable electronics and building automation, are boosting demand for microcontrollers. According to the latest Microcontroller Market Tracker report from market analyst IHS, sales of MCUs into IoT applications is expected to grow from $1.7billion in 2014 to $2.8bn in 2019. By contrast, th...



Evolutionary approach to circuit design demonstrated
22.09.2015 - 22:31

Researchers at the University of Twente have demonstrated working electronic circuits produced using methods which they say resemble Darwinian evolution. The team has moved away from conventionally designed circuits, using instead an approach that resembles those found in nature. By using such a ‘designless’ approach, the team say...



Scaling up production of 2D electronic materials
22.09.2015 - 22:22

An MIT-led group of researchers has claimed to have determined a way to make large sheets of molybdenum telluride. The team says their method is also likely to work for many similar 2D materials, and could make widespread applications in electronics feasible. “This material has a similar bandgap to silicon and in single-layer form it ha...



Dialog buys Atmel for $4.6billion
22.09.2015 - 22:19

Dialog is to acquire Atmel in a cash and stock transaction that values the latter at $4.6bn. According to Dialog, the deal will create a global leader in power management and embedded processing solutions. According to Dialog’s CEO Jalil Bagherli, pictured, the rationale for the deal is clear. “The potential this combination holds...



£10m fund to develop dual-use technologies
20.09.2015 - 23:49

The Dual Use Technology Exploitation (DUTE) cluster is a £10million project jointly funded between government and industry aiming to back technologies and research which can have a ‘dual use’ in defence and civil sector businesses. The project will help boost growth by linking UK manufacturers, particularly SMEs, from the ci...



Micro:bit rollout delayed
20.09.2015 - 23:47

The BBC has announced its micro:bit computer, due to be given to one million schoolchildren in October to boost interest in coding, has been delayed. An issue with its power supply means it will now be sent out after Christmas. The pocket-sized codeable computer is the BBC's most ambitious education initiative for 30 years. In the 1980s, ...



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