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BBC launches micro:bit, claims it's the 'BBC Micro for the digital age'
07.07.2015 - 23:00

The BBC has officially launched micro:bit, a codeable computer that will be distributed free of charge in October to every child in year 7 or the equivalent across the UK. The device, part of the BBC's Make It Digital initiative, is intended to build on the heritage of the BBC Micro by inspiring young people to get creative and to develop...

End-of-life support for Freescale MC68040 MPUs
07.07.2015 - 20:27

Freescale has licensed Rochester Electronics to provide a continuing manufacturing solution for its MC68040 32bit microprocessor product family. The agreement between Freescale and Rochester provides customers of the legacy MPUs with access to a secure and reliable source of parts for continued product supply after Freescale announced the discon...

Plasmon wakes can be controlled, claims Harvard team
07.07.2015 - 20:17

Harvard researchers have created surface plasmon wakes on a metallic surface and claim they can be controlled and steered. The team believes their work could lead to new types of plasmonic couplers, as well as lenses that could create two dimensional holograms or focus light at the nanoscale. "The ability to control light is a powerful o...

Peregrine launches UltraCMOS11, moves to 300mm wafers
07.07.2015 - 20:13

RF silicon on insulator (SOI) pioneer Peregrine Semiconductor has announced UltraCMOS 11, said to be the industry's first RF SOI technology. By moving to 300mm wafers, the company says it is opening the door to new enhancements and advanced features in future generations of the UltraCMOS technology platform. "For more than 25 years, ...

Setting cybersecurity standards
07.07.2015 - 20:09

Cyber attacks are said to cost UK businesses £18billion in lost revenue and £16billion in increased IT spending per year as a result of breaches. This causes reputation and brand damage due to customer data loss and lost revenue due to down time. According to the Information Security Breaches Survey, put together by the Centre of Eco...

Accelerating accessibility of silicon photonics
05.07.2015 - 23:32

Imec has announced that it and its partners have completed a three-year programme to make a variety of silicon photonics technologies accessible for industry and academia worldwide. Within the ESSenTIAL programme, funded by the European Commission, imec has worked to develop advanced multi-project-wafer services (MPW) and packaging services for ...

Altera joins the OPNFV Project
05.07.2015 - 23:29

Altera has joined the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), a community-led, industry-supported, open-source reference platform for network function virtualisation (NFV). NFV uses IT technologies to virtualise entire classes of network node functions into building blocks that may be connected, or chained, to create communication services. Joining wo...

Pumpkin shaped molecules boost lithium-ion battery performance
05.07.2015 - 23:25

Looking to improve performance and reduce the risks of overheating, South Korean researchers at Pohang University have created a lithium-ion battery made from a porous solid. The new battery is built from pumpkin shaped molecules called cucurbit[6]uril – or CB[6]. These molecules are organised in a honeycomb like structure. The molecule...

3D printing set to speed complex optical fibre production
02.07.2015 - 23:14

University of Southampton researchers are to trial new techniques to produce optical fibre using additive manufacturing. This new way of making fibre could pave the way for more complex structures capable of unlocking applications in a range of industries, from biotechnology to aerospace and telecommunications. Current techniques used to prod...

Xilinx tapes out MPSoC on TSMC's 16FF+ process
02.07.2015 - 23:10

Xilinx has taped out an UltraScale+ MPSoC on TSMC's 16FF+ process, an event that appears to be adhering to the schedule outlined by the company earlier this year. The part integrates seven user programmable processors, including a quad core 64bit Cortex-A53 application processing unit, a dual core 32bit Cortex-R5 real time processing unit...

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