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Comment: Will AI be more than a marketing tool?

The government thinks there’s more to AI, like improving public services and boosting productivity, writes Richard Wilson. Artificial intelligence (AI) may be one of the most interesting developments in computing in recent years. But can we be certain its impressive capabilities will give us what we really want? Do we want AI to be used ...

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Digi-Key ready to ship first Cypress PSoC 6 BLE kits

First samples of the Cypress Semiconductor PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer kit will soon be shipped by Digi-Key Electronics. The distributor confirmed this week that it has received their stock of the PSoC 6 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) development kit and have begun processing and shipping customer pre-orders. Cypress has designed the PSoC 6 MCU, which has built-in security features,for integration ...

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UK specialist in TI silicon wins Korean LTE deal

UK-based LTE specialist CommAgility has been selected by Korean wireless broadband equipment developer Eucast to supply its LTE physical layer software for use in the development of small cells. Eucast has licensed Loughborough-based CommAgility’s LTE physical layer software, called SmallCellPHY, for small cells. The software is designed forTexas Instruments’ KeyStone II silicon and will be ...

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London’s high tech success story has a cost-of-living problem

London’s technology sector may be competing with the world’s best-known tech city, San Francisco when it comes to job opportunities, but can the good times last? London could be “stopped in its tracks by the restlessness of its tech workforce”, according to research by recruitment website Indeed. The research found that 10.8% of all jobs ...

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PragmatIC develops RF tag for consumer packaging

PragmatIC, the flexible electronics firm, claims it has developed a printable tag technology which will bring RFID and near field communications (NFC) to mass market consumer goods applications. The basis of this is PragmatIC’s FlexLogIC “fab-in-a-box” that has the capability to scale production to meet such high-volume use cases, with the first system on track ...

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PTP’s LabVIEW Architect to speak at NI Days

A specialist in LabVIEW at Cambridgeshire-based Product Technology Partners will be  presenting at this year’s NI Days national conference at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, on Tuesday 28th November. David Barr, a Senior Systems Engineer at PTP, is one of a few LabVIEW Architects in the country and he will be offering a chance to discuss ...

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Green Hills ups spec for safety-critical C/C++ compilers

Green Hills Software is now offering its optimising C and C++ compilers for 32-bit and 64-bit embedded processor architectures, including ARM, Intel and Power Architecture. The Compiler 2017.5 also supports Renesas RH850, MIPS, ColdFire and TriCore embedded processor architectures. Features of the compliers include C/C++ functional safety certification, higher performance and greater compatibility with third-party tools. ...

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EE takes big step in 5G with 2.8Gbit/s data speed

BT’s mobile operator EE has demonstrated 2.8Gbit/s download speeds across an end-to-end 5G test network in its UK mobile lab. EE described this as an important breakthrough test in the work to deploy 5G networks  implementing 64×64 Massive MIMO active antenna unit broadcasting. Massive MIMO is believed to be crucial for successful deployment of 5G ...

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Leti claims 3D chip breakthrough on 300mm wafers

Leti, an institute of CEA Tech, has announced the world’s first successful 300mm wafer-to-wafer direct hybrid bonding with pitch dimension connections as small as 1µm and copper pads as small as 500nm. This was achieved in partnership with EV Group, a supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment. “To our knowledge, this is the first ...

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Toshiba sells TV business to Hisense of China

Toshiba has sold its TV manufacturing business to Hisense Electric Co of China in a deal valued at 12.9 billion yen ($114m). Hisense will purchase a 95% shareholding in Toshiba Visual Solutions, and Toshiba will retain the remaining 5%. The deal includes the TV businesses including production, research and development, and sales functions. The company ...

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