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UK rocket firm plans space tug to clean up orbiting junk

 Skyrora, the Edinburgh rocket company, has completed a successful test firing of  the upper stage of its rocket Skyrora XL. The rocket is intended to be a ‘space tug’ that could tow satellites into different orbits, replace old satellites and clean up space junk.  Skyrora’s plan is to launch a rocket in 2022/3 which will ...

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TT Electronics and Thales in cyber security initiative

TT Electronics today announced a collaboration agreement with Thales to enable future development of operational technology (OT) based cyber security initiatives and research. These programmes will be delivered out of the National Digital Exploitation Centre (NDEC) in Ebbw Vale, South Wales – a project cofounded by the Welsh Government, Thales and University of South Wales. ...

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MPS and EPC target data centre with eGaN transistor-based products

Monolithic Power Systems (MPS) has launched a new family of 48 V – 6V digital DC-DC power modules for 48 V data  centre products using eGaN transistors from Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Corporation. These power modules target applications for high density computing and data centers, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and multi-user gaming. The MPC1100-54-0000 is the ...

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Semi industry grew 7.3% in 2020

The semiconductor industry grew 7.3% in 2020, reports Gartner, to reach $449.8 billion. “In early 2020, the expectation was that COVID-19 would have a negative impact across all end equipment markets, but the actual effect was more nuanced,” said Gartner vp Andrew Norwood, “automotive, industrial and some areas of the consumer market were hit hard by ...

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Insight SIP signs Steliau

Insight SiP,  the miniature RF module specialist, has signed a distribution agreement with Steliau Technology, a French distributor of electronic components. The agreement allows Steliau Technology to sell RF modules with integrated antennas and combining several technologies: UWB / BLE and LoRa / BLE. Insight SIP’s multiradio modules allow customers to focus on their core ...

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Qualcomm buys Nuvia

Qualcomm is to buy the two year-old processor IP startup Nuvia for $1.4 billion. Nuvia was founded in 2019 by former Apple and Google executives to design chips for data centres. It raised nearly $300 million in venture capital. Qualcomm says it plans to incorporate Nuvia’s CPUs across its portfolio, using them in smartphones, laptops, ...

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Intel to outsource Core i3s in H2

Intel is planning to begin mass production of Core i3 CPUs on TSMC’s 5nm node in 2H21, says TrendForce, while its mid-range and high-end CPUs are projected to enter mass production using TSMC’s 3nm node in 2H22. TrendForce believes that Intel will keep in-house production lines for chips with high margins. TSMC offers a diversity ...

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OmniVision and Nextchip combine on auto vision

OmniVision and Nextchip – the automotive vision specialist – have come up with a product that is pre-tuned to provide high quality images for rearview cameras (RVCs), surround-view systems (SVS) and e-mirrors in low-end and midrange vehicles. The board includes OmniVision’s OX03C10, which combines a 3.0 micron pixel, high dynamic range (HDR) of up to 140dB ...

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RISC-V Beagle board

Seeed, BeagleBoard and StarFive have created BeagleV – a  RISC-V board designed to run Linux for $149. The board will be available for early access in March with larger availability in September. Starting from the release on January 13th, there are limited quantities at release, with all customers for the first batch of the 8GB ...

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