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Who can we trust?

It would seem that in the aftermath of the VW emissions scandal, a Pandora’s Box has been opened in the world of efficiency tests.

The European Commission says it will investigate two reports that raise concerns over software used in televisions that may be altering their power output to affect their energy rating scores. In one report an EU-funded research group, ComplianTV, suggests that Samsung’s televisions appear to use less energy during official testing ...

Apprenticeships – back to the future?

Back in the summer Chancellor George Osborne announced a new levy to help reach a target of 3million new apprenticeships by 2020. Funded by business the levy, due to be introduced in 2017, is intended to tackle the UK’s skills shortage.

EPSRC puts £12m into quantum research

The quantum world, as this writer has mentioned many times, is inclined to make your brain hurt. And it’s a topic that led legendary scientist Richard Feynman to claim, in 1964, that: “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.”

Could wearables be the key to improvements in healthcare?

Healthcare systems around the world are under mounting pressure. Public expectations are growing; changing demographics are leading to increased demand for services; at the same time as average lifespan is increasing, unhealthy lifestyles are causing an escalation in the prevalence of chronic conditions.

ESD suppression design guide

Choosing the most appropriate ESD suppression technology requires a balance between equipment protection needs and operating requirements. This 18-page ESD Suppression Design Guide from Littelfuse summarises some of the solutions available and helps designers choose the most appropriate solution for their end applications.

Dialog is latest to join the acquisition club

Dialog Semiconductor has been looking for an acquisition for some time. Having failed last year to reach agreement to buy sensor and analogue specialist ams, it said it remained committed to exploring opportunities to enhance its product portfolio and to expand its addressable market through strategic transactions.

Model-driven development for safety-critical software components

Software platforms are becoming an increasingly important part of electronics development in the automotive industry. Software-driven functionality such as ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), external connections to the Internet of Things (IoT), and autonomous driving is increasingly being integrated in todays and future cars, which can have a major impact on safety and also certification. On average, a typical car has 30 dedicated Engine Control Units (ECUs) today and some higher-end vehicles have as many as 120 or more. This means a significant bill-of-materials as well as taking up an increasing amount of space with all the associated cabling and housing, in addition to drawing power and adding weight that will decrease energy efficiency of the vehicle.

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