Big Bang UK STEM fair cancelled over Covid-19 concerns

The ongoing coronavirus Covid-19 situation in the UK has led Big Bang UK to cancel its annual Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, which was due to take place 11-14 March. Explaining their decision, the fair’s organisers said “We have been actively monitoring and following advice about the novel coronavirus Covid-19 over the past weeks. “The unique ...

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Xilinx announces addition to ACAP platform with Versal Premium

Xilinx has announced Versal Premium, the third series in its Versal ACAP portfolio. Versal is an adaptive compute acceleration platform (ACAP), a heterogeneous compute device with capabilities that the firm claims “far exceed” those of conventional silicon architectures. Added to the Premium series are 112Gbps pam4 transceivers, multi-hundred GBe and Interlaken connectivity, cryptography, and PCIe ...

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£179m government grant awarded for STEM and DTPs

The government has announced forty-one universities will host doctoral training partnerships (DTPs) funded by a £179m investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The DTP investment was announced alongside the first nine Stephen Hawking Fellows, who will “continue Professor Stephen Hawking’s legacy” through research and ...

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Nexperia USB4 ESD clamp adds only 100fF

Nexperia has managed to achieve 100fF load capacitance in devices designed to protect USB4 signal lines. “Of special interest to engineers designing USB4 and Thunderbolt interfaces, the new device uses Nexperia’s TrEOS ESD protection technology with active silicon-controlled rectification,” according to the firm. “It delivers a combination capacitance down to 0.1pF), dynamic resistance down to 0.1Ω ...

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Reed relay switches 1kV in compact SIL package

Pickering has created a high voltage reed relay, that can stand off 1.5kV and switch up to 1kV. Called Series 131, they are single pole (normally-open) single-in-like devices with a 12.5 x 3.7mm footprint and 6.6mm height. The high voltage rating is specified with resistive loads. “At these high voltages, even stray capacitance can generate ...

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Marvell announces dual 400GbE PHY for high density implementations

Marvell has launched the 88X9121P, a dual 400GbE (gigabit Ethernet) PHY transceiver with 100GbE serial electrical I/O capabilities, designed for secured high-density optical infrastructure. The device offers 256-bit MACsec encryption, class C compliant precision time protocol (PTP) timestamping and Marvell’s 112G pam4 serdes technology for high-density 400GbE and 100GbE deployments. 100G serial electrical signaling optical ...

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When portable batteries get big

Mobile High Power Charger, is a large battery on wheels. There are two of them, built in into lorry trailers, together capable of delivering a total of 3.2MW – 320kW to each of 10 electric vehicles simultaneously. “Considering the availability of grid connections, which are often only limited, it is a unique opportunity to provide ...

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Infineon gets CFIUS clearance

Infineon has received US clearance for its takeover of Cypress Semiconductor. A statement from Infineon reads: ‘On 9 March 2020, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS”) concluded its review under Section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, of the planned acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation as announced by Infineon Technologies ...

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Stackable DC/DC buck converter

TI has brought out  its 40-A SWIFT DC/DC buck converter, offering  stackability of up to four ICs. The TPS546D24A PMBus buck converter can deliver up to 160 A of output current at an 85°C ambient temperature. The device’s efficiency allows engineers to reduce power loss by 1.5 W in high-performance data center and enterprise computing, medical, ...

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