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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...



Energy harvesting wireless sensor node operates from 1.2µW source
23.08.2015 - 13:01

Looking to address the growing need for solar powered wireless sensors for IoT applications, Cypress has launched a family of energy harvesting power management integrated circuits that can be used with solar cells with capture areas as small as 1cm2. The S6AE101A PMIC, the first device in the new family is integrated with the EZ-BLE PRoC mod...



Manchester team works out how to stabilise 2D materials for further research
21.08.2015 - 19:21

Research by University of Manchester scientists is said to have made 'dozens' of 2D materials with unusual properties available to those developing new products. According to the team, the problem has been that most 2D materials are unstable in air, so react and decompose before their properties can be determined. However, by prote...



Industry's smallest energy-friendly touch sensing MCU
21.08.2015 - 18:58

Silicon Labs has introduced the latest member of its EFM8 eight-bit MCU portfolio designed for ultra-low-power, small-footprint IoT applications with capacitive touch sensing requirements. The EFM8SB1 Sleepy Bee MCUs, available in a 1.78 x 1.66 mm wafer-level chip-scale package, are claimed to be the industry's smallest MCUs. The MCUs are...



Microchip expands PIC MCU series
21.08.2015 - 18:55

Microchip has announced an expansion within its PIC32MX1/2 32-bit MCU family that features a 256KByte Flash configuration and 16KByte of RAM in small-footprint packages down to 6 x 6mm. These latest additions to its MCU family are said to provide flexibility to low-cost applications that need complex algorithms and application code, as well as s...



Quantum dot research lights the way
21.08.2015 - 18:52

Advances in manufacturing technology for quantum dots at Oregon State University may lead to a new generation of LED lighting that produces a more user-friendly white light, while using less toxic materials and low-cost manufacturing processes that take advantage of simple microwave heating. Researchers say the cost, environmental, and perfor...



Stadium Group acquires Stontronics
21.08.2015 - 18:44

Stadium Group Plc has acquired Stontronics in a deal following a sequence of technology acquisitions by the company as it pursues a growth strategy in the electronics arena. "This exciting acquisition supports our Group strategy to build a leading design-led electronic technology solutions group with a portfolio of value-adding complemen...



Summer school succeeds in informing students about careers in electronics
21.08.2015 - 18:40

More than 70 students took part in this year's electronics and computer science summer school organised by Dr Geoff Merrett and Dr Reena Pau of the University of Southampton. The annual summer school aims to attract prospective undergraduate students from across the UK and beyond to experience university living and learning. The week-long...



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