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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SEMI billings up 27.7% y-o-y

The SEMI billings report for August showed sales of $2.18 billion which was 3.9% down on July’s $2.27 billion and 27.7% better  than the August 2016 level if $1.71 billion.   “Equipment billings in August declined relative to July, signaling a pause in this year’s extraordinary growth,” said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI, ...

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IoT sensors serve and protect

 A range of IoT‑ready sensors allow remote automated response systems to be implemented, writes Gabriele Fulco. The number of unattended and remote facilities has increased, thanks to the internet of things (IoT). Isolated and rough terrain locations as well as sites that require minimal attention can now be given fully automated and connected protection. The ...

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