One third of Government procurement to be placed with SMEs by 2020
28.08.2015 - 22:12
Government departments and the Crown Commercial Service will have to lay out how they plan to increase the level of procurement business they place with UK based small and medium sized enterprises.While figures show that 26% of procurement in 2013/14 went to SMEs, Matt Hancock, pictured, Minister for the Cabinet Office has announced that, by 20...
Power MOSFETs approach perfect switching performance
26.08.2015 - 23:45
STMicroelectronics (ST) has extended its MDmesh M2 series of N-channel power MOSFETs by introducing devices that are claimed to offer the industry's highest power efficiencies in power supplies for servers, laptops, telecom, and consumer applications. With these devices, designers can create switching power conversion solutions that are lighter...
Microchip expands industrial Ethernet switch portfolio
26.08.2015 - 23:42
Microchip has announced the addition of the LAN9353, LAN9354 and LAN9355 Three-Port, 10/100 Industrial Ethernet Switches to its portfolio of Ethernet solutions, which includes Ethernet switches, controllers, bridges and PHYs.Featuring the IEEE 1588-2008 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) standard for clock accuracy in the sub-nanosecond range, these...
Distribution deal adds Bluetooth modules to portfolio
26.08.2015 - 23:40
Following an agreement with German company Stollman, Acal BFi will distribute the latter's Bluetooth modules. According to Acal, the German company has specialised in the development of Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy modules for years and notes the modules can be quickly and cost-effectively integrated into a range of products.Lee Austi...
Toshiba expands ARM Cortex-M-based MCU line-up
26.08.2015 - 23:37
Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced it will enhance its portfolio of ARM Cortex-based microcontrollers (MCUs). The TXZ series of MCUs are said to support low-power consumption and high-speed operation for IoT and M2M ecosystems.The TXZ series has been designed to meet market needs for low power consumption systems by integrating the ultra-...
3D printed robotic hand wins James Dyson Award
26.08.2015 - 23:34
Joel Gibbard, winner of the Young Engineer of the Year Award at last year's British Engineering Excellence Awards, has become the UK winner of the James Dyson Award for his prototype 3D printed hand. Gibbard claims the hand can be made faster and at lower cost than current artificial limbs.The prosthetic, designed by Gibbard's Open Bion...
Photonic logic gate could be quantum computer building block
26.08.2015 - 23:31
Physicists from the University of Toronto say they have taken a step toward making a logic gate using single photons, something they suggest could be an essential building block of quantum computers.While photons are said to have many advantages in quantum computing, the challenge is to get them to interact. "We've seen the effect of a...
XBee Wireless Connectivity Kit introduced by Digi International and Digi-Key
26.08.2015 - 22:27
Digi International and Digi-Key Electronics have announced the Digi XBee Wireless Connectivity Kit (XKB2-AT-WWC).Initially available through Digi-Key for 90 days, the platform provides a resource for developers to better understand how XBee RF modules can be used for wireless device connectivity and sensor networking solutions."This is ano...
Ultra-thin fingerprint sensors for handheld devices
25.08.2015 - 23:25
Norway's NEXT Biometrics has unveiled an ultra-thin fingerprint sensor designed for smartphones and tablets which the firm says could eliminate the need for large bezels, or metallic frames.Tore Etholm-Idsoe, ceo of NEXT Biometrics, said, " Removing the bezel enables industrial designers at NEXT customer companies to determine the size...
Comfortable EEG headset achieves high signal quality
25.08.2015 - 22:21
Imec, Holst Centre and the Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) faculty of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) have announced the introduction of a wireless electroencephalogram (EEG) headset that can be worn comfortably and achieves a high-quality EEG signal. The headset is said to enable effective brain-computer interfacing and can monitor e...
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