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Oxford signs microscope probe deal with Chinese tech firm

Oxford Instruments NanoScience has signed a technology collaboration agreement with a Chinese firm to jointly develop high precision scanning probe microscopes (SPM). The UK firm will work with CASmF Science and Technology (CASmF) to apply its superconducting magnet system known as TeslatronPT, to  a physical probe that scan 2D materials, nano-structures and superconductivity. Dr Junyun ...

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Expanding silicon IP firm opens HQ in Plymouth

Moortec, the developer of silicon IP for monitoring chip performance, has opened a new UK headquarters on the Plymouth Science Park. Moortec’s IP monitors on-chip parameters such as process, voltage and temperature (PVT) in CMOS devices fabbed on 40nm down to 7nm process technologies. In this way designers can optimise chip performance. Ramsay Allen, v-p ...

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Vicor adds 20A device to 48V buck regulators

Vicor has extended its Cool-Power range of 48V buck regulators with a 20A output device. The PI352x range of 20A devices as to the existing 10A 48VIN PI354x products. The PI3523 is a 48VIN, 3.3VOUT nominal buck regulator capable of supplying up to 22A. This family of regulators enables 48VIN to 20A point-of-load voltages spanning ...

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Comment: Lorry convoys are the beginning of a long road-trip

The technology driving the move towards autonomous vehicles will change more than just cars and lorries, writes Richard Wilson. The government’s ambitious plan to explore the running of convoys of semi-autonomous lorries on UK motorways took everyone by surprise. Not least because autonomous vehicle technology is still very much in the development phase. So can ...

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SnapEDA part models can be searched in PCB123 design tool

An internet parts library for printed circuit board design has now been adapted so that it can be searched inside the PCB123 design environment of Sunstone Circuits, the US-based design tool firm. These are the models created by SnapEDA and they conform to the latest IPC standards (IPC-7351B). This is intended to help PCB designers in ...

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Feabhas offers graduates free C skills assessment

Writing good code is an important skill for new embedded designers. Graduates can now have their skills in embedded C, C++ or UML assessed for free by software training company Feabhas. Creating reliable code for C and C++ in embedded applications is not always straight-forward and does require expertise. Jo Cooling, director at Feabhas: writes: ...

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Government project aims at atomic clock production in the UK

A government-funded research project to develop semiconductor lasers for the design of miniature atomic clocks (MacV) has received new funding. Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC) in Cardiff leads the £705,000 project, which also involves CST Global, the Glasgow-based III-V opto-electronic, semiconductor foundry and Cardiff University and the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington. The aim of the ...

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Scottish team makes digital printing breakthrough for mass storage

Scientists at the University of Glasgow say they have developed a new form of high-resolution ‘printing’ which could have wide-ranging applications in data storage, anti-counterfeiting measures, and digital imaging. The research, published in the journal Advanced Functional Materials, describes the development of nano-scale plasmonic colour filters that display different colours depending on the orientation of ...

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French research looks to improve in-flight Wi-Fi

French researchers at Leti have developed a technique for testing high-speed wireless communications on airplanes that allows different system deployments in cabins. In a joint research project with Dassault Aviation, Leti, which is a research institute of CEA Tech, demonstrated a channel-measurement campaign over Wi-Fi frequency in several airplanes, including Dassault’s Falcon business jet. A ...

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DRAM supply to remain tight in 2018, says DRAMeXchange

Global DRAM supply is forecast to grow by less than 20% next year, according to DRAMeXchange. DRAMeXchange points out that the big three DRAM suppliers – Samsung, SK Hynix and Micron – have opted to slow down their capacity expansions and technology migrations. This is likely to keep prices at high levels as during this ...

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