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32-bit core is aimed at low energy embedded applications

May 24, 2012 6:56 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Montpellier, France-based Cortus has announced a newcomer to its processor family, the APS3R, offering energy efficiency with improved computational performance. Building on the company’s experience with its APS3 core, a dual core configuration is possible for demanding embedded applications. The … Con...

Energy efficient LED lighting provides 1-2 year payback

May 23, 2012 11:17 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Marl International has released its most efficient range of high performance white LED lights, providing energy savings of 20% to 60% against conventional lighting technologies in applications like industrial, office and warehouse internal lighting, security and event floodlighting, street lighting … Co...

ON Semiconductor expands R&D centre in Czech Republic

May 23, 2012 11:15 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

ON Semiconductor has expanded its operations in Roznov, Czech Republic, with the opening of a new 4,000 square meter state-of-the-art research and design (R&D) facility. The centre, located on the company’s Roznov campus, is focused on the development of energy … Continue reading


Pollution-hunting robot fish take to the sea

May 23, 2012 10:22 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

Robot "fish" developed by European scientists to improve pollution monitoring moved from the lab to the sea in a test at the northern Spanish port of Gijon on Tuesday.

China, Russia and India to generate most business for power transformer market

May 22, 2012 11:44 am | News | Comments

Power transmission networks across the world are being given with much-needed attention from utilities, as rising populations and economic growth encourage substantial investments in grid expansion and strengthening, according to a new report by energy experts GlobalData. The new report states that

Low-cost biometric sensor for automotive can monitor drivers’ alertness

May 22, 2012 10:44 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Plessey Semiconductors will be launching an automotive version of its EPIC sensor technology for acquiring biometric data such as heart rates, the PS25203, at the Chicago Sensor Expo 2012. The technology has been creating considerable interest with car manufacturers as … Continue reading ...

48-button remote uses 2.4GHz radio for Smart TV connectivity

May 22, 2012 10:41 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Qingdao Haier Intelligent Electronics Co., Ltd, of Shandong, China, is using Nordic Semiconductor’s wireless technology in its advanced QWERTY keypad-equipped RF/Infrared (IR) remote control. The remote is designed for use by consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers of emerging ‘connected’ products such …

Tablet speaker concept boosts iPad audio by over 300%

May 22, 2012 10:37 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

HiWave’s HiAM-SS2S SoundSleeve reference platform, a tablet PC case with built-in stereo speaker, has been adopted and customised by Nordic Enterprise’s ‘onanoff ‘ for its Sound Cover iPad case. Launched in February 2012, ‘onanoff’s Sound Cover uses HiWave’s SoundSleeve excited …


Cyntech seeks distributors for low-cost Raspberry Pi box

May 21, 2012 1:15 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Cyntech Components has designed a compact, low-cost enclosure for the Raspberry Pi computer. The enclosure, which is available in bright pink or black, has openings for the connectors – including a recessed slot to protect audio and video connections, windows … Continue reading

Power Integrations completes acquisition of CT-Concept Technologie

May 21, 2012 1:13 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Power Integrations has completed the acquisition of CT-Concept Technologie AG, effective May 1. Founded in 1986 and based in Biel, Switzerland, Concept is a developer of highly integrated, energy-efficient drivers for high-voltage IGBT modules. Concept’s products are used in a … Continue read...

UK surveillance could yield window into lives

May 18, 2012 11:14 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

British officials have given their word: "We won't read your emails." But experts say that its proposed new surveillance program, unveiled last week as part of the government's annual legislative program, will gather so much data that spooks won't have to read your messages to guess what you're up to.

A robot in mind

May 18, 2012 10:30 am | News | Comments

It’s a new kind of robot, designed for some of the most delicate operations a surgeon can perform. Giancarlo Ferrigno is Professor at Politecnico di Milano. He said:“This is a robotic system for assisting a surgeon during neurosurgery operations. It has been designed for the insertion of instruments like biopsy probes or electrodes for deep brain stimulation through small holes in the head of the patient.”

Sony cameras and video analysis advance road tunnel safety in Sweden

May 18, 2012 6:38 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Road tunnels are a particularly dangerous environment. Not only do fires burn more violently in enclosed environments, as happened in the 1999 Mont Blanc tunnel disaster, the low lighting and confined reaction space mean accidents are more likely to happen. … Continue reading


Edinburgh-based indoor location company secures £600,000 grant

May 18, 2012 6:37 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Sensewhere has secured a further £600,000 research and development grant as part of the Scottish Enterprise Smart:Scotland scheme. Sensewhere’s technology, which was developed at The University of Edinburgh’s School of Engineering, overcomes the technical challenges of indoor positioning by ‘crowdsourcing’ …

‘The Rocket Man’ greets the ‘Rocket Men’

May 17, 2012 11:21 am | News | Comments

Continuing the celebration of André Kuipers’ music in space, British rock legend Sir Elton John sent a special message to ESA, André and the crew of the ISS on the 40th anniversary of his classic song ‘Rocket Man’. The accompanying video was recorded during Sir Elton’s Million Dollar Piano Show in Las Vegas, on 17 April, 40 years to the day after his single Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time) was released around the world.

Zytronic touch screens get Japanese vending machines contract

May 17, 2012 6:35 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Through its Japanese distribution Minato, Zytronic has secured another major contract for its ruggedised touch sensor products in Asia. The company’s ZYBRID sensors, based on its proprietary Projected Capacitive Technology (PCT), have been specified by the beverage dispensing division of … Continu...

HDMI bridge IC streamlines mobile HD connectivity

May 17, 2012 6:21 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Toshiba Electronics Europe has introduced the TC358743 HDMI to CSI-2 bridge, which overcomes the limited video-input capabilities of many application processors by allowing an incoming HDMI video/audio stream to be connected to the processor’s MIPI CSI-2 camera input. When connected … Continue reading

UK climate experiment canceled on patent concerns

May 16, 2012 2:04 pm | by Nina Chestney, Reuters | News | Comments

British scientists have abandoned an experiment to test the possibility of spraying particles into the upper atmosphere to stem global warming, largely due to concerns over a patent for some of the technology, the project's leader said. Scientists and engineers from the universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford are behind a three-year, 1.6 million pound ($2.5 million) geo-engineering project...

Google to meet French regulator on privacy policy

May 16, 2012 2:02 pm | by Leila Abboud, Reuters | News | Comments

Google will meet with France's data protection watchdog next week to answer questions about its new user privacy policy as part of a Europe-wide investigation being led by the French regulator. France's "Commission Nationale de l'Informatique" (CNIL) is examining Google's new approach to privacy on behalf of data protection regulators of the 27 European Union member states to determine if it conforms with European law.

Fast-acting Electronic Nose uses QTC technology

May 16, 2012 7:54 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Peratech is developing an Electronic Nose using its Quantum Tunnelling Composite material. This new sensor technology detects the presence of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) very rapidly and can recover equally quickly, in a matter of seconds. QTC materials change their … Continue reading

3D CAD drawings available for entire Omron range

May 16, 2012 7:52 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Omron has made 2D and 3D CAD drawings for most of its electromechanical solid state relays and switches as well as its connectors and sensors available for instant download online. The drawings are published on the portal run by Traceparts … Continue reading →

White space M2M standard makes ‘huge progress’ in first plenary session

May 15, 2012 10:19 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Weightless, the body behind the machine-to-machine communications standard for white space spectrum, has held its plenary session at The Technology Partnership in Melbourn near Cambridge, UK. The main purpose of this event was to discuss the ongoing evolution of the … Continue reading

Seminar series on combining MCUs and FPGAs comes to UK

May 15, 2012 10:18 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

MSC Gleichmann UK, Lattice Semiconductor and Atmel have announced a series of workshops aimed at helping engineers to develop systems that combine microcontrollers (MCUs) and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). In addition to the latest developments in MCU and FPGA … Continue reading

Tester targets photovoltaic modules and strings

May 14, 2012 9:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

MC Technologies’ PROFITEST-PV allows the measurement of I-U-parameters as well as photovoltaic-modules and strings. A new patented procedure enables the test unit to read peak power, serial resistance, parallel resistance at the same time. All information can

ITAC brings industrial trackballs and joysticks to Europe

May 14, 2012 6:01 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

ITAC Systems Inc., a Texas, USA manufacturer of industrial desktop and panel-mount trackballs, joysticks and other rugged human-machine interfaces (HMI), has opened its first European facility, located in Milton Keynes, UK. Dave Mellor is heading ITAC Systems Limited, offering direct … Continue readin...

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