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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 Au...



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 ult...



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 B...



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 o...



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 ...



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 s...



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 monito...



European semi sales reach record in Q2 2015
23.08.2015 - 13:11

DMASS, the Distributors' and Manufacturers' Association of Semiconductor Specialists, says sales of semiconductors through distribution channels in Q2/CY15 grew by 16% to reach €1.86billion, a record quarter, although a significant part of the increase is provided by exchange rates.  Georg Steinberger, DMASS; chairman, comme...



ams to build fab in New York State
23.08.2015 - 13:08

Analogue and sensor specialist ams says it will create more than 1000 jobs and invest more than $2billion over the next 20 years to support the construction of a fab in New York state capable of running 200 and 300mm wafers. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2016.  Chief operating officer Dr Thomas Stockmeier said: "Build...



Altium adds electronic parts content and search providers to its portfolio
23.08.2015 - 13:05

Altium Limited has announced the acquisition of two electronic parts content and search providers, Octopart and Ciiva. This acquisition aims to expand the Altium product line-up to include an integrated content strategy for enhanced component management workflows. "The acquisitions of Octopart and Ciiva represent a significant step forwa...



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