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Can ESCO 'sell' apprenticeships to its industry?

The news that the Electronics Systems Community (ESCO) has obtained permission from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to develop a new apprenticeship standard is certainly to be welcomed.

The news that the Electronics Systems Community (ESCO) has obtained permission from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to develop a new apprenticeship standard is certainly to be welcomed.Although an undeniably small step, it is, as ...

Vanguard 1 completes 57 years in orbit

There are millions of bits of space junk orbiting the Earth, many of them less than 10cm in size. But one object only slightly larger is Vanguard 1, launched on this day in 1958 from Cape Canaveral – the oldest artificial satellite in orbit.

Solid state battery researchers attract attention

Consumers continue to push for longer operating times between charges for the various devices they own. Meanwhile, device manufacturers continue to look to create smaller – or at least more elegant – battery powered products. These interests combine to put even more pressure on those developing battery technologies.

Will Micro Bit emulate the BBC Micro?

The BBC is looking to emulate the success of the legendary BBC Micro with the launch of a device similar to the Raspberry Pi. Called Micro Bit, the board is intended to get schoolchildren interested in coding and then to take up a career in technology.

Suddenly, IoT security is all the rage

Visitors to the recent embedded world exhibition in Nuremburg could be forgiven for thinking they'd turned up at a different event, such was the focus on security. It was all to do with the Internet of Things – or whatever the particular vendor was calling the technology. Already, clarity is disappearing from the sector: one company says it's the IoT; another says it's the Internet of Tomorrow; others ignore the words 'internet' and 'things' altogether.

NXP, Freescale bosses 'very excited' about the future

As you might have predicted, Rick Clemmer – NXP's boss – told an audience of analysts on a conference call today that he was 'very excited' about the deal to acquire Freescale. "Both companies are strategically aligned and have similar cultural values."

What shape will the merged NXP, Freescale company take?

Spun out of Motorola in 2004 and acquired by private investors in 2006, the latest chapter in the often troubled history of Freescale has just opened. In a deal which see it become the junior partner, it has been acquired by NXP in a deal which values it at $17.6billion, including its debt. The companies say they will be the leading supplier of semiconductors to the auto industry and the number one general purpose MCU supplier.

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