ESA’s Copernicus Earth observation programme overlooks UK Space

The European Space Agency (ESA) is expanding its Copernicus Earth observation satellite programme but the UK is being left behind as the organisation decides its six prime contractors for missions. The development contracts are worth €2.5 billion, and companies in France, Germany, Italy and Spain will lead work on the various missions – Thales Alenia ...

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Hong Kong’s status as semiconductor hub under threat

The new law imposed by China on Hong Kong and the subsequent withdrawal of the US preferential treatment for Hong Kong could affect the semiconductor supply chain as where it passes through Hong Kong, says TrendForce. Hong Kong is a big warehousing location for semiconductor manufacturers and distributors. The US government’s action is aimed at ...

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Raspberry Pi adds Khronos vision API

Raspberry Pi is adopting the OpenVX 1.3 API to improve computer vision. The open and royalty-free API  comes from the Khronos Group whose members include AMD, Apple, Arm, Epic Games, Google, Samsung, Intel, Nvidia, Boeing and IKEA. “The Khronos Group and Raspberry Pi have come together to work on an open-source implementation of OpenVX 1.3, ...

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e-peas raises €8m

e-peas,  the energy harvesting specialist, has completed a €8 million funding round. The company has raised an additional €8 million worth of investment from Partech and Airbus Ventures, with KBC Focus Fund, W.IN.G, Noshaq Ventures, LeanSquare, Nivelinvest and Vives also contributing. The money will be used  to accelerate the introduction of new products and intensify ...

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Semcon and Power Cell combine on hydrogen fuel cell production

Semcon of Sweden is deepening its collaboration with fuel cell manufacturer PowerCell by developing a new robotic cell with the use of vision technology that will streamline the production of hydrogen fuel cells for vehicles. The fuel cells use hydrogen to produce electricity and heat, with emissions of only water. Semcon has been engaged to ...

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Rackmount has 16xUSB ports and two Thunderbolt 3 host connections

Saelig has introduced the Cambrionix ThunderSync3-16, a rackmount or desktop charger which provides 16 x USB 3.2 ports and two Thunderbolt 3 host connection, capable of transfer speeds of up to 40Gbits/s. For data transfer, the ThunderSync3-16 delivers the maximum rate possible. Connect 16 x USB 3.2 devices and each port will deliver 5Gbps. Connect USB ...

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1kV isolated voltage sensors meet IRIS for rail traction

LEM is aiming at rail traction and industrial applications with a series of isolated voltage sensors for ac, dc and pulsed use. DVC 1000 series sensors are panel-mount and measure 29 x 51 x 89mm – 131.6cm3– and 57g.  A DIN rail mounting adaptor is an option. “LEM developed the DVC 1000 to be compliant with the ...

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Dc-dc works straight from 400V EV battery

Power Integrations has qualified its 550V LinkSwitch-TN2 dc-dc converter IC to AEC-Q100 for automotive use. Designed for non-isolated down-conversion, and numbered LNK3206GQ, it can deliver 7W in a fly-back circuit or 360mA in buck converter form, from 60 to 550Vdc in either case. Regulation, claims the company, i sbetter than +/-5% across line voltage, load, temperature and ...

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Canada signs up to build Canadarm3 for Lunar Gateway

Canada has formalised its involvement in the Lunar Gateway program by committing to build the space robotics system that is dubbed Canadarm3. Navdeep Bains – Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry – announced Canada intends to enter into a contract with Brampton-based company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) to build the system. It will ...

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