Electronics News and Product Design Updates
07.08.2015 - 23:48
Qualcomm Atheros has acquired Ikanos Communications, a developer of broadband networking semiconductor and software, in a deal that values it at around $47million. According to the company, the deal will broaden Atheros' presence in the carrier fixed line segment through the addition of high performance broadband access and modem technologie...
Radio module targeted at implantable medical devices
07.08.2015 - 23:45
Microsemi has launched the smallest radio module it has yet produced. Called the ZL70323 and measuring 5.5 x 4.5 x 1.5mm, the device is said to be optimised for use in implantable medical devices such as pacemakers, cardiac defibrillators and neurostimulators. Martin McHugh, Microsemi's product line manager for the new module, said: "...
Wearable device measures pulse and respiration
07.08.2015 - 23:18
Cambridge Design Partnership has developed a wearable device that can measure and monitor the vital signs of multiple trauma patients. According to the company, the low cost device – called the First Response Monitor – bridges the gap between manual measurement and more expensive patient monitoring systems The low cost wearable biom...
Plessey launches GaN on Si LED dice
07.08.2015 - 23:14
Plessey has announced the MaGIC LED dice range. Manufactured on the company's patented GaN on silicon technology, the so called 'blue dice' are said to be the latest innovation in high brightness LED dice for medium to high power applications. Plessey's CTO Dr Keith Strickland said: "We have developed LED die for a number...
Highest Q2 semi sales hides dip in June
07.08.2015 - 23:10
Worldwide semiconductor sales in June 2015 amounted to $28billion, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA). This represents a 0.4% decrease from May. In Europe, semiconductor sales were $2.826bn, down 1.7% from May. Despite the overall decline there were – compared to May – areas of growth in Europe, in...
Turing Institute opens for business
07.08.2015 - 23:06
The Alan Turing Institute – a joint venture involving the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL and Warwick, as well as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) – has started operations and named Professor Andrew Blake as its first director. Prof Blake, currently a Microsoft Distinguished Scientis...
Nanomagnets could enable high density on chip storage
04.08.2015 - 22:47
A team from the University of California, Berkeley, says it has discovered a new way to switch the polarisation of nanomagnets. The move is said to pave the way for high density storage to move from hard disks onto integrated circuits. The team, led by Sayeef Salahuddin, has found that a slight tilt of the magnets makes them easy to switch wi...
Piezo materials developer raises £2m for commercialisation
04.08.2015 - 22:44
Ionix Advanced Technologies has closed a £2million funding round, with backing from IP Group, ParkWalk and private sources. The cash will help the company to accelerate the commercialisation of a range of devices based on its high temperature piezoelectric materials. A spin-out from the University of Leeds, Ionix is targeting applicatio...
Graphene enables femtosecond laser pulses
04.08.2015 - 22:42
Graphene Flagship researchers have developed an optical fibre laser that can emits pulses just a few wavelengths of light in duration. The device, based on graphene, is thought to be suited to ultrafast spectroscopy and in surgical lasers. "When engineering light to travel in ultrashort pulses, it is important to understand its wave natu...
Toshiba unveils 48 layer 256Gbit flash memory
04.08.2015 - 22:40
Toshiba has unveiled the latest generation of BiCS FLASH, its 3D stacked cell structure flash memory. The 256Gbit 48 layer device features triple level cell technology and will sample in September. Scott Nelson, senior vice president of Toshiba America Electronic Components' memory business unit said: "[This announcement is] signific...
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