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What will it take for skills to get to the top of the agenda?

SEMTA is calling for an 'industrial revolution' when it comes to equipping people with the skills needed by advanced manufacturing and engineering companies in the near future. It's the latest in a long line of similar demands and one which, in all likelihood, will receive the same treatment – some kind of bland Government statement, followed by nothing.

There appears to be little new in SEMTA's document – Skills Vision, an 8000 word distillation of a sector ...

How to make your head hurt

Process technology is fine until you start to think about the dimensions involved. I suspect it's something like being scared of heights and being told not to look down – you're OK until you do.

Circuit protection technologies safeguard automotive electronics from damaging load

Safety is critical in automotive design. Cars aren't cheap, so it's necessary to protect the investment of the vehicle's owner. Most important, people's lives are at stake. That's why modern automobile manufacturers incorporate various safety features, including airbags, stability control and tire pressure monitoring. But safety in design goes beyond those obvious protective systems. Safety is a central design consideration for any piece of electronics within the automobile – no matter how large or small.

Over-delivering on thin promises

As this issue of New Electronics goes to press, the 2015 General Election campaign has ended. The smoke and mirrors of the past few weeks have given way to … well, we don't really know: a hung Parliament looks to be favourite.

Do you know what the Internet of Things is?

Blanket use of the term 'internet of things' appears to have rendered it all but meaningless. Its widespread use means people have no concrete idea of what it is. And research conducted recently in the US appears to confirm that.

There's a lot of innovation going on at the 28nm node, says ARM exec

While there is a lot of activity at what might be seen as the 'bleeding edge' – such as the royalties ARM is now receiving from a device made on a leading FinFET process – there remains a more than healthy business at less aggressive nodes. Evidence, should it be needed, comes from the addition of another 16 licenses for Cortex-M devices, taking the cumulative total to 300.

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