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New electrode technology enables ultra-low cost version of EPIC sensor

June 6, 2012 8:03 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Plessey Semiconductors has announced an ultra-low cost version of its award winning EPIC sensor that provides remote sensing for high volume consumer markets. A novel electrode design has been devised to replace the expensive titanium dioxide electrodes currently used for … Continue readi...

Energy sector expected to drive growth in the screw jack market

June 5, 2012 9:41 am | News | Comments

IMS Research forecasts continued stable growth in the screw jack market over the next five years. The global screw jack market is mature and has had a low single digit growth profile in recent years. Screw jacks perform important handling and lifting functions in industry, civil transport and energy sectors. According to the IMS Research report,

Deutsche Telekom launches M2M marketplace

June 4, 2012 3:32 pm | News | Comments

Deutsche Telekom launched its M2M Marketplace. It is a platform for manufacturers and dealers from around the world to offer their hardware, software, apps and full-package solutions relating to M2M communication. In future, Deutsche Telekom will also offer the requisite SIM cards and SIM chips via the M2M Marketplace. The Marketplace provides


Graphics processing instrumental in automotive semiconductor growth

June 4, 2012 12:04 pm | News | Comments

Dedicated graphics processing units (GPUs) are forecast to become increasingly prevalent in automotive instrument clusters and infotainment systems according to IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc. This uptake of technology and the associated silicon will drive semiconductor revenue growth, with the combined instrument cluster and infotainment semiconductor market reaching

EnSilica’s processor selected for NIST’s Atomic timekeeping electronics

June 1, 2012 5:51 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Xtendwave has licensed EnSilica’s high-performance eSi-3200 32-bit processor core to power Everset, its time code receiver solution for the next-generation WWVB atomic timekeeping signal. The new signal, broadcast by NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology), a US Government …

Nordic to join Norwegian startup event and run Bluetooth workshop

June 1, 2012 5:11 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Nordic Semiconductor is sponsoring and participating in a first ‘Startup Weekend’ event to be held on June 15-17 in Trondheim, Norway. At the event, entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs will get an opportunity to fast-track their startup ideas into viable commercial … Continue ...

Automatic partitioning tool boosts FPGA prototypes’ performance by 10x

May 31, 2012 5:35 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Paris, France-based Flexras Technologies has announced its Wasga Compiler, a software tool that boosts multi-FPGA design performance. The company says Wasga Compiler is the first timing-driven, multi-FPGA partitioning software for ASIC and SoC prototyping. It typically delivers a 10X clock …

Murata to showcase Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi modules at Fortronic RF & Wireless Design Forum

May 31, 2012 5:33 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Murata will be presenting its Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi wireless modules at the forthcoming Fortronic RF and Wireless Design Forum held near Oxford, UK. Fortronic’s one-day RF & Wireless Design Forum is being held on 26th June at the … Continue read...


Seven rookie mistakes made by med dev companies

May 30, 2012 10:41 am | by Paul Brooks, SVP for BSI Healthcare Solutions | Blogs | Comments

For U.S.-based medical device start-ups, speed to global markets is often the most pressing concern, but trying to move too fast often leads to preventable mistakes that could take the CE Marking process back to the drawing board, according to healthcare experts at BSI Group America, a leading Notified Body that helps companies comply with the essential regulatory requirements of the European Union.

Tanner brings 5x-10x faster nm SPICE accuracy to its customer base

May 30, 2012 7:17 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Tanner EDA’s Analog FastSPICE (T-AFS) is now available, offering the Berkeley Design Automation Analog FastSPICE Platform as an add-on to Tanner EDA’s full-flow HiPer Silicon design suite. HiPer Silicon gives designers a complete analogue design flow from schematic capture and … Continue read...

No-PCB magnetic sensing module features passives in IC package

May 30, 2012 7:15 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

The MLX90364 Triaxis high accuracy position sensor from Melexis eliminates the need for inclusion of a PCB within sensing modules. This device is based on a dual mould package construction, which integrates a 12-bit resolution position sensing die together with … Continue reading

Technology for technology’s sake

May 29, 2012 12:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It has been done a thousand times, in museums, government buildings and schools: ancient, lumbering institutions using technology in an attempt to become cutting-edge—and falling flat in the process. We’re not talking about the smart-grid, which shows great potential for consumers and governments alike, or even smart boards, which take education to a different level.

Nineteen-inch, rack-mount, cPCI and VME64x chassis are available in 1U, 2U and 3U heights

May 29, 2012 11:09 am | News | Comments

Verotec’s H family of horizontal chassis provide a “plug ’n ’play” environment for hardware and software developers and system integrators using either cPCI or VME64x architectures. The chassis, which mount PCBs horizontally, are complete with a PSU, thermal management and have


Mobile test equipment moves from van to motorbike to navigate London traffic

May 29, 2012 6:10 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Livingston is providing ATS-Group with the hardware and software needed to enable a more streamlined approach for testing the performance of mobile communications networks (commonly known as drive testing). ATS-Group has been contracted by a leading mobile operator to execute … Cont...

Mouser to represent Taoglas antennas globally

May 29, 2012 6:00 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Mouser has signed a new global partnership with Taoglas Antenna Solutions, an M2M antenna provider for external and embedded antenna solutions. Taoglas offers antenna solutions for ISM, cellular, and GPS applications. Mouser says that Taoglas’ expertise in antenna solutions contributes … Continue reading

Successive awards for RS mark quality of service for FCI

May 28, 2012 2:03 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

RS Components has been awarded the ‘Outstanding Performance in High Service Level Distribution within Europe’ accolade for a second consecutive year by FCI. RS has received the award for its unparalleled quality of service throughout the year. Since the two … Continue reading

High-temperature high-shock oscillator meets even downhole requirements

May 28, 2012 1:58 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

IQD has launched a newly designed high-temperature clock oscillator. The new LHAT series is housed in a 7x5mm dual hermetically sealed ceramic package with gold plated kovar leads attached using a robust eutectic brazing process. The oscillators are capable of … Continue reading

Module provides affordable FPGA performance and flexible I/O

May 25, 2012 6:37 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

CommAgility has announced the AMC-V6L, a competitively-priced FPGA processing module. The new board provides high performance in an AdvancedMC form factor, and an extensive set of high speed I/O for maximum flexibility in interfacing. The module is suitable for a … Continue reading

Half-pitch package option offered for transistor optocouplers

May 25, 2012 6:36 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its family of general purpose transistor optocouplers with its first devices in a small, low-profile SO4 half-pitch package. The TLP290 and TLP291 can be used up to the maximum permissible operating isolation voltage of 707Vpk … Continue reading

Analysis: Hard-up telcos get stingy with mobile give-aways

May 24, 2012 4:56 pm | by Leila Abboud, Reuters | News | Comments

Save up now for that new iPhone: the era of free or cut-price phones when signing a new mobile phone contract may be soon be over in Europe. Telecom companies, facing a profit squeeze from fierce competition and regulatory pressures, are taking the knife to the generous subsidies that allow new mobile customers to get the latest smartphones on the cheap.

Microsoft wins ruling against Motorola over texting

May 24, 2012 4:54 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

A German regional court ruled in a hearing on Thursday that Motorola Mobility infringed Microsoft patents by offering the option on its mobile phones to send a longer text in a batch of several messages. "We're pleased the court agreed today that Motorola has infringed Microsoft's intellectual property, and we hope Motorola will be willing to join other Android device makers by taking a license to our patents," Microsoft said in a statement...

IMU combines triaxial acceleration sensor and gyroscope in single package

May 24, 2012 12:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Bosch Sensortec has integrated two triaxial MEMS sensors in a single package. This combination of an acceleration sensor and a gyroscope yields the BMI055, said to be the smallest Inertial Measurement Unit in the market. The IMU is designed to

Scotland Yard deploys handheld fingerprint devices to identify suspects on the go

May 24, 2012 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Scotland Yard says it's equipping its police officers with handheld fingerprint devices, something the force says will help identify suspects in a matter of seconds.

MAS Barometer shows English manufacturers are increasing sales, creating jobs, and investing

May 24, 2012 8:54 am | News | Comments

Manufacturing SMEs in England are bucking sluggish growth forecasts with encouraging reports of increased sales and new jobs. Over half of respondents (54%) to the first ever Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) National Barometer had seen turnover rise in the last six months, with 60% expecting further growth between now and the end of the year.

Digital voice scrambler for analogue two-way radios now available

May 24, 2012 6:58 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

The CMX7011 digital voice scrambler from CML Microcircuits is now available through its UK distributor, Solid State Supplies. The CMX7011 is a flexible, half duplex, digital voice processor specifically designed to implement a digital voice scrambler for use with conventional … Continue readin...

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