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 is...
£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 civil...
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, the...
Leti demos MEMS fabrication on its 300mm line
20.09.2015 - 23:44
CEA-Leti claims to have manufactured micro-accelerometers on 300mm wafers, a development that could lead to lower MEMS manufacturing costs.“This demonstration that our 200mm MEMS platform is now compatible with 300mm wafer fabrication shows a significant opportunity to cut MEMS production costs,” said Leti CEO Marie Semeria. “...
RDM Group showcases first self-driving ‘pod’
20.09.2015 - 23:41
The LUTZ Pathfinder, the first of three electric-powered ‘pod’ vehicles, was unveiled outside Milton Keynes Central train station as part of a project to trial automated vehicles in pedestrianised areas.The event marked the completion of the first project vehicle by Coventry-based manufacturers RDM Group. The two-seater pod was then...
Medical-grade motion sensor for implantable applications
20.09.2015 - 23:38
STMicroelectronics has introduced the MIS2DH, a three-axis accelerometer specifically designed for medical applications. The MIS2DH can enable functions such as activity monitoring and posture sensing to be included in a range of medical applications.There is a growing interest in the medical world in exploring how implantable devices could hel...
Flexible display incorporated into A-pillar
20.09.2015 - 23:35
Flexible electronics specialist FlexEnable is showing the first integreated automotive application for a conformed LCD at the IAA 2015 automotive event. The demonstration will be part of a display integrating several new automotive technologies, coordinated by its EMS company Flex.The FlexEnable demonstration is of a flexible display incorporat...
FPGA logic architecture extended
20.09.2015 - 23:32
Flex Logix has extended its core FPGA logic architecture to include block RAM (BRAM) and DSP cores. According to the company, adding low latency memory and signal processing capabilities broadens the range of applications its EFLX embedded FPGA in SoC architecture can address.EFLX technology allows SoC designers to embed FPGAs into their design...
48 devices in new series added to PIC32 MCU family
20.09.2015 - 23:29
Microchip has added a new series to its PIC32MZ family of 32bit MCUs. Th 48 member PIC32MZ EF series also offers a 12bit, 18Msample/s A/D converter alongside an integrated hardware floating point unit. According to the company, the PIC32MZ EF also supports an extensive DSP instruction set.Designed around an Imagination MIPS M-Class core running...
Freescale launches controller for 14V Li-ion battery packs
20.09.2015 - 23:26
Looking to help automotive manufacturers meet stringent functional safety requirements for battery systems, Freescale has launched the MC33772, a device which can control from three to six Li-ion cells. According to the company, the device’s performance and functional safety features have been optimised for 14V Li-ion battery packs, allowing...
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