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Semiconductor sales boosted by currency effects, but growth is 'strong'

Demand for semiconductors through European distributors grew strongly in the first quarter of 2015, continuing the positive trend shown in the last half of 2014, according to DMASS – the Distributors' and Manufacturers' Association of Semiconductor Specialists. Sales of semiconductors through distribution channels in Q1 grew by 13.3% year on year to €1.82billion, the highest recorded quarterly sales since the introduction of the Euro in 2002, said DMASS.

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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.

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.

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