Government 'must do better on export support', says independent commission
26.06.2015 - 23:23
A report published by the Cole Commission recognises that the Government has put in place a number of welcomed initiatives to boost the UK's export performance, but is pushing for further action. However, it notes that, if the Government is serious about exports, it needs to commit resources and, most of all, the highest possible political lead...
Imec, Toshiba and SanDisk expand partnership
26.06.2015 - 23:21
Imec has announced that Toshiba and SanDisk have joined imec's industrial affiliation programme on advanced patterning. The programme tackles the challenges in bringing extreme ultraviolet lithography to high volume manufacturing. The program also develops other technologies for extending 193nm immersion lithography.Toshiba and SanDisk have...
Advanced smart garments
26.06.2015 - 23:18
Imec and Holst Centre are demonstrating what is claimed to be the most advanced smart garment to date at the imec Technology Forum in Brussels. The smart t-shirt features an electrocardiogram and motion sensing which monitors data such as the wearer's heart rate, activities performed and energy expenditure. The information is stored on the clou...
Freescale launches MCU to support secure embedded applications
24.06.2015 - 22:32
As part of the product roll out at its Technology Forum, Freescale has unveiled the Kinetis K8x MCU family, said to deliver the highest levels of integrated security available on an ARM Cortex-M class platform."Broad market MCUs are the critical enablers of innovative new end node applications and, for the IoT to evolve, these MCUs must en...
Robotics and autonomous systems network launched
24.06.2015 - 22:30
The UK's ability to develop and exploit the potential of robotics and autonomous systems is said to have been given a major boost with the formal launch of the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS). According to the network, the market for such devices is likely to rise to $59.5billion by 2020.Professor Guang-Zhong Yang,...
Arduino board set to support IoT project development
24.06.2015 - 22:27
The Arduino M0 Pro board, available from RS Components, is designed to help the development of smart IoT devices, wearable technologies and similar projects. The board can also help users to learn about 32bit application development.Featuring the Atmel SAM D21 MCU running at 48MHz, the Arduino M0 Pro board is said to offer increased performance...
GaN power pioneer raises €5.7million for power switching device manufacture
24.06.2015 - 22:24
Gallium nitride pioneer Exagan has raised €5.7million from a range of French organisations and will use the cash to produce high speed power switching devices on 200mm wafers. Exagan was spun out from French research body Leti and materials specialist Soitec in 2014."This significant first round of financing validates our efforts over...
Gas sensing platform for IIoT applications
24.06.2015 - 22:20
In response to growing concerns around health issues arising from poor air quality in cities, imec and Holst Centre claim to have developed small, low power and high quality autonomous NO2 sensors that have low power consumption, in the mW range, can detect NO2 at less than 10ppb and wirelessly communicate with the environment and the cloud.Air...
The good, the bad and the power hungry
23.06.2015 - 22:53
While FinFET based chips have finally begun to enter the market, the technology may be too rich for many companies' tastes as the cost-per-function decreases promised by Moore's Law bottom out.Speaking at a panel during the Design Automation Conference, Scott McCormack, Freescale's director of SoC design, said the team approached it...
Smallest module for IoT applications
23.06.2015 - 22:50
Freescale says it has introduced the smallest single chip module (SCM) for IoT applications, integrating components which would otherwise have been housed on a 6in board in a package measuring 17 X 14 X 1.7mm.Called the i.MX 6Dual SCM, the device is enabled for DDR memory and integrates an i.MX 6Dual applications processor, power management int...
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