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DesignSpark Mechanical upgraded with optional modules
12.06.2015 - 23:27

RS Components has expanded DesignSpark Mechanical with two optional modules – Mechanical Exchange and Mechanical Drawing – that are said to extend the tool's functionality. "The advanced capabilities of the essential and free version of DesignSpark Mechanical will meet the 3D design requirements of the large majority of u...



Cypress wins ISSI battle, sells touchscreen business
12.06.2015 - 23:24

Although it had previously agreed to accept an offer from a Chinese investment group, memory developer Integrated Silicon Solutions (ISSI) has now accepted an increased offer from Cypress that values the company at $670million. ISSI is a fabless semiconductor company that designs and markets products for the automotive, communications, indust...



OLED display panels to enhance consumer experience
12.06.2015 - 23:21

Samsung has unveiled its Mirror and Transparent OLED display panels at a retail exhibition in Hong Kong. When Samsung's OLED display is integrated with Intel's Real Sense technology, a 'virtual fitting room' can be created and used to help consumers see themselves wearing clothing or jewellery. The Intel technology combines co...



Microsemi automotive devices raise the bar for security and reliability
12.06.2015 - 23:17

Microsemi has announced the release of its automotive-grade FPGAs and SoC FPGAs. The next-generation low power, flash-based SmartFusion2 FPGAs and ARM Cortex-M3 enabled IGLOO2 SoC FPGAs are said to have achieved AEC-Q100 grade 2 qualification. "Security and reliability are major concerns in automotive applications, and these devices assu...



Playground adds functional verification from Synopsys
11.06.2015 - 22:49

Following its acquisition of EDA Playground earlier this year, Doulos has added support for Synopsys' VCS Functional Verification Solution. Acquired by Doulos early in 2015, EDA Playground allows engineers to simulate small amounts of code written in SystemVerilog, Verilog, VHDL, C++, SystemC and other HDLs via a web browser. The goal is ...



Synopsys targets automotive applications with latest IP
11.06.2015 - 22:45

Synopsys is set to accelerate automotive SoC development with the launch of a broad new portfolio of silicon-proven IP. Its DesignWare IP portfolio for automotive applications includes: Ethernet AVB, LPDDR4, MIPI CSI-2 and DSI, HDMI, PCI Express, USB, Mobile Storage, Logic Libraries, Embedded Memories, NVM, Data Converters, ARC EM processors, EV...



Southampton team makes 11km length of hollow core fibre
10.06.2015 - 22:59

Researchers at the University of Southampton's Zepler Institute have manufactured a 11km length of hollow core photonic bandgap fibre. According to the team, this type of fibre has only been made in lengths of hundreds of metres previously. Hollow core photonic bandgap fibre supports bandwidths in excess of 200nm, with a longitudinally un...



Frontier adopts Google technology for next generation audio products
10.06.2015 - 22:55

Frontier Silicon has signed an agreement with Google that will see the inclusion of Google's Cast for Audio technology in the next generation of Frontier's audio solutions, which are planned to ship in the first half of 2016. Anthony Sethill, CEO of Frontier's parent company Toumaz Group, said: "Our agreement with Google will...



TV signals could be used to track aircraft
10.06.2015 - 22:52

Air traffic control company NATS is exploring the possibility that TV signals could be used for tracking aircraft, following a proof of concept conducted in conjunction with Thales ATM and Roke Manor. The two year trial was carried out primarily over London, with a Thales concept demonstrator using signals from the Crystal Palace transmitter....



EC projects get €67million for electric vehicle development
10.06.2015 - 22:47

Three research projects announced by the European Commission are looking to make electromobility cheaper, more efficient and more reliable. The projects, which will run until 2018, have received €67million in funding. Infineon will lead the projects, which bring together 120 researchers from 15 countries. According to Infineon, the proje...



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