STMicroelectronics collaborates on MEMS mirrors for AR and sensing

STMicroelectronics has signed a deal with German MEMS mirror start-up OQmented to develop technology for augmented reality and 3D laser scanning. ST already makes MEMS sensors, actuators, drivers and controllers. OQmented has a patented way to vacuum-encapsulate MEMS using hermetic glass bubbles to eliminates environmental contaminants with minimal light-refraction – branded Bubble MEMS. “Vacuum sealing ...

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£1.3m for printed electronics in UK recycling pilot scheme

Cambridge-based flexible electronics company PragmatIC has been awarded a £1.3m by the UK Government Sustainable Innovation Fund for a recycling scheme based on NFC tags. “PragmatIC consider this to be a commercial pilot, with the next step being commercial rollouts with global partners,” company chief commercial officer Alastair Hanlon told Electronics Weekly. In the year-long scheme, ...

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Vehicle lighting RGB driver

Melexis has introduced a 16 channel RGB LED driver for vehicle interior lighting, capable of real-time colour drift compensation to a delta UV of <0.01% “to eliminate any distinguishable differences between LEDs”, claims the company. What measurement technique does the device, called MLX81117, use to get such close compensation? “It is basically a very exact ...

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Xilinx interview: Responding to platform-based embedded design

Clive Couldwell, the group-editor of Electronics Weekly, talks with Chetan Khona, Director Industrial, Vision, Healthcare & Sciences at Xilinx. They discuss how the semiconductor industry is responding to customer demands and the trends around platform-based embedded design. Listen to the interview » Complexity The trend of platform-based embedded design has been rapidly accelerating and the reason ...

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Computer lip-reading could improve hearing aids

Lip movement and hand gestures could be combined with sonic information to improve hearing aids, according to a research project led by University of Wolverhampton and Edinburgh Napier University. As well as collecting information from a range of sensors to improve speech intelligibility, sensors embedded within the hearing aid could estimate listening effort, and its impact ...

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Top ten fabless grew 26% last year

The top three fabless  companies (Qualcomm, Broadcom, and Nvidia) all posted YoY increases in their revenues, says TrendForce, with Nvidia registering the most impressive growth, at a staggering 52.2% increase YoY, the highest among the top 10 companies. Qualcomm overtook Broadcom because of the demand surge for network devices and Apple’s decision to once again ...

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Melexis RGB LED driver supports MeLiBu comms IP

Melexis, the Belgian auto fabless specialist, has introduced the MLX81117, its latest multichannel RGB LED driver. This new product supports the MeLiBu high-speed communication licence-free IP which enables intelligent animated automotive lighting concepts. The technology is already being leveraged by leading global car manufacturers to enhance the safety features of their latest models. The MLX81117 ...

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Satellite-based laser altimeters to capture accurate terrain models

A collection of Japanese organisations are to jointly conduct research to enhance the precision of three-dimensional mapping using laser altimeters (LIDAR) mounted on a satellite or other spacecraft. Specifically, those involved will be the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the Japanese national aerospace and space agency, and NTT DATA Corporation, an IT services provider. They ...

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