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World record efficiency set by organic tandem solar cell

May 3, 2012 7:34 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Heliatek has claimed another new world records for organic solar cells: the company has had its organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells measured at 10.7 % cell efficiency on 1.1 cm2. Measurements also confirm superior low light and high temperature performances of … Continue reading ...

Electric car racing team gets sponsorship

May 3, 2012 7:33 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Kemet is sponsoring the TUfast e-Technology Racing Team at the Technical University of Munich for the 2012 racing season. The company will assist with the development of the 2012 Formula Student Electric Competition race car as well as provide financial … Continue reading →

Farnell introduces TT electronics’ ABCIRP connectors

May 2, 2012 4:17 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Farnell has added a large range of ABCIRP connectors from TT electronics to its portfolio.  The high performance modular bayonet ABCIRP connectors feature a low fire hazard thermoplastic insulator, which is removable for repositioning and reorientation.  Contacts are retained in … Continue reading

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New development platform for automotive motor control announced

May 2, 2012 4:16 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced an evaluation and development platform for embedded systems targeted at automotive motor control applications where compliance with the ISO 26262 functional safety standard is required. The new IAR KickStart Kit is designed for rapid development, … Contin...

Nokia files patent lawsuit against HTC

May 2, 2012 10:07 am | News | Comments

Nokia filed lawsuits against HTC in the United States and Germany, claiming that the Taiwanese smart phone maker was infringing its patents. Nokia said it also filed claims against BlackBerry maker Research In Motion and ViewSonic, citing patents related to navigation, data encryption and other mobile technologies.

Follow online: International Space Station symposium in Berlin

May 1, 2012 2:09 pm | News | Comments

Senior scientists and heads of the five International Space Station partners will present ground-breaking research and discuss future projects in Berlin on 2–4 May. Follow the first International Space Station symposium live on the web through its dedicated website.

Icy Alpine caves setting for Mars mission tests

May 1, 2012 1:59 pm | News | Comments

Scientists were out of this world on Tuesday about tests in icy Alpine caves of the technology needed for a mission to Mars one day. "We have learned an infinite amount in the past three days," project leader Gernot Groemer from the Austrian Space Forum said of the 11-nation field test in the Dachstein region near Salzburg.

Membership to ECSN opens new collaboration opportunities

May 1, 2012 5:35 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

UK distributor Gateway Electronic Components has joined the Electronic Components Supply Network (ECSN) UK trade association. As a full member, Gateway will bring a breath of industry expertise and best practice in supply chain solutions and in return will benefit … Continue reading

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Amantys software simplifies design-in of IGBT modules

May 1, 2012 5:33 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Following the launch of Amantys’ Power Drive in November, the intelligent power switch company has launched its Amantys Power Insight software, delivering real-time power switch performance metrics through the existing control interface. Amantys Power Insight enables the export of six … Continue reading

UK court tells service providers: Block Pirate Bay

April 30, 2012 2:35 pm | by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's High Court has ordered the country's Internet service providers to block file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, the U.K.'s main music industry association said Monday. A High Court judge told Sky, Everything Everywhere, TalkTalk, O2 and Virgin Media on Friday to prevent access to the Swedish site, which helps millions of people download copyrighted music, movies and computer games.

Future mobile augmented reality and location services to be powered by 4 billion MEMS sensors by 2016

April 30, 2012 11:18 am | News | Comments

A new report from Juniper Research finds that future mobile augmented reality and location based services will be powered by over 4 billion MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) sensor devices including accelerometer, gyroscopes, magnetometers and others such as pressure, humidity & temperature sensors.

Harting get a visit from Angela Merkel and Wen Jiabao

April 30, 2012 5:58 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao paid a visit to Harting’s booth at the Hannover Messe last week. China is the partner country of the Hannover Messe this year and a large Chinese delegation accompanied the … Continue reading →

Neul launches world’s first city-wide white space network

April 30, 2012 5:17 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Neul has deployed the world’s first city-wide, fully-functional wireless network in white space in Cambridge, UK. To demonstrate this network Neul, in collaboration with Bglobal Metering, showcased the world’s first-ever smart electricity meter reading over a white space network. The … Continue reading...

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Invisibility field cloak a reality

April 27, 2012 2:03 pm | News | Comments

Science fiction fans are one step closer to having their dreams realised thanks to Slovak and Spanish electrical engineers who have developed a prototype invisibility field. The researchers used simple materials, such as a superconductor, and ferromagnetic materials that are freely available on the market to create an invisibility field...

Robotic arm with tact and finesse, the EU way

April 27, 2012 1:56 pm | News | Comments

Europeans are strong innovators, and the latest example of their hard work is a robotic hand able to hold and grasp bottles and cups. The novel 'helping hand' is an outcome of the DEXMART ('Dexterous and autonomous dual-arm/hand robotic manipulation with smart sensory-motor skills...

First Mars Express gravity results plot volcanic history

April 27, 2012 1:25 pm | News | Comments

Five years of Mars Express gravity mapping data are providing unique insights into what lies beneath the Red Planet’s largest volcanoes. The results show that the lava grew denser over time and that the thickness of the planet's rigid outer layers varies across the Tharsis region.

TTI named ‘Distributor of the Year’ by Molex

April 27, 2012 11:49 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

TTI has been named Distributor of the Year 2011 by connector giant Molex. At the ceremony to present the trophy, Mark Davies, Molex’s Distribution Corporate Account Manager – Europe commented: “At the end of our financial year Molex reviews the … Continue reading →

Silica plans biggest European MCU training roadshow so far

April 27, 2012 11:46 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Silica has announced its largest European training series so far, visiting twenty venues throughout Europe. Joining forces with Cypress, Freescale, Infineon, Intel, Microchip, NXP, Renesas, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and ARM, around 1000 design engineers are expected to attend between June …

Swiss scientists demonstrate mind-controlled robot

April 26, 2012 2:51 pm | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss scientists have demonstrated how a partially paralyzed person can control a robot by thought alone, a step they hope will one day allow immobile people to interact with their surroundings through so-called avatars. Similar experiments have taken place in the United States and Germany, but they involved either able-bodied patients or invasive brain implants.

UK calibration service covers all EMC test products and antennas

April 26, 2012 2:22 pm | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Teseq now has UKAS accreditation for on-site calibration of all EFT, PQT, Surge, pulse generators, Harmonic & Flickers analysers and offers “no down time” antenna calibration in its new purpose built chamber, avoiding delays caused by weather on open-field test … Continue reading

OLED microdisplays enable enhanced digital image fusion

April 26, 2012 11:50 am | 3M Electronics Solutions Division | Product Releases | Comments

MicroOLED today announces that the company will demonstrate, at SPIE DSS in Baltimore, two prototype 5.4M dot 0.61-inch diagonal OLED microdisplays in bicolor and tricolor. The microdisplays are designed to enhance image resolution and lower the power consumption of digital image fusion used in defense, security and medical applications.

NXP and ON Semi to offer KNX eval board for building automation networks

April 26, 2012 5:14 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

ON Semiconductor and NXP have introduced an evaluation board and complete reference design for power efficient Twisted Pair (TP) networks. The evaluation board, which will be available in May, is undergoing the final phases of formal KNX certification. “This new … Continue reading

Harting breaks ground on new 8-million-Euro Quality and Technology Centre

April 26, 2012 5:11 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Harting has held a ground breaking ceremony for its new Quality and Technology Centre (HQT centre) in Epelskamp, Germany. The site has historical significance for the Harting family since company founder Wilhelm Harting built the company’s first production hall in … Continue reading

Camera platform features USB3.0 and latest CCD sensor-based camera

April 25, 2012 5:09 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Image processing specialist Framos has announced its new Visiosens VF camera series – a flexible and customisable image capture platform with more than 140 camera variants per image sensor. Its new key features include the Mini-B USB2.0 and the latest … Continue reading

Methodology supports ISO 26262-compliant design of mixed-criticality automotive electronics

April 25, 2012 5:07 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Symtavision’s SymTA/S methodology now supports the design of ISO 26262 compliant mixed-criticality automotive electronics systems. SymTA/S overcomes inherent safety versus efficiency conflicts, especially when ‘freedom from interference’ must be realised between software partitions with different criticality levels. The SymTA/S methodology …

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