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picoChip raises another $27million

In its largest funding round to date, picoChip has secured a further $27million of investment. Highland Capital Partners led the round, together with undisclosed key strategic investors. The proceeds will be used to fund future growth.

Wibree merges with Bluetooth

The Wibree Forum, a group promoting the ultra low power wireless technology originally developed by Nokia, is to merge with the Bluetooth SIG. Wibree will now become the ultra low power part of the Bluetooth specification.

A need for speed

New MS269X series streamlines signal analysis, increases measurement speed and combines multiple test features in one module.

Sensing opportunities

An advanced motion sensor from Analog Devices is set to address applications previously served by more expensive parts. In a move which extends its iSensor range, the ADIS16355 inertial measurement unit delivers performance and functionality previously reserved for defence, aerospace and other high end applications at approximately one tenth of the cost.

M3 based mcu 'meets UK design needs'

STMicroelectronics has announced a new family of 32bit flash microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M3 core. According to the company, the combination of high performance, low power and low cost will make the range attractive to existing 8 and 16bit users looking to upgrade.

Academics get Silver Medals

Two of the UK’s leading electronics academics have been presented with the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal, recognising outstanding personal contribution to UK engineering.

Camcon eyes global expansion

Cambridge Consultants has made three senior management changes and unveiled plans to expand global operations over the next five years, creating more than 200 new jobs.

Intel processors go lead free

Intel has announced that all future processors, beginning with its 45nm family, will be lead free. The 65nm processor family will be moved to lead free status next year.

ST, Intel form independent flash company

Confirming the recent speculation, STMicroelectronics and Intel – with further investment from Francisco Partners – are pooling their flash memory interests to create an independent semiconductor company.

ST opts for foundries

ST Microelectronics plans to deliver micro fuel cells to the market in 2009, as well as samples of plastic electronics devices next year.

A frank exchange of views

A panel of experts assembled by distribution trade body afdec suggests there still remains a tremendous amount of opportunity for UK electronics. Mike Richardson reports.

TRIPS into the future

The University of Texas at Austin (UT-A) has unveiled a prototype processor based on a post risc instruction set architecture (ISA) which, it claims, better addresses software roadblocks for multicore general purpose processing.

Adding more value

Whilst UK companies improve wealth generation, electronics continues to lag. The Scoreboard is produced by Dr Mike Tubbs, senior industrialist within the DTI’s Business, Finance and Investment unit (pictured). He said that as wealth creation has been increasing, the UK has remained well ahead of France and Germany. “UK companies also do well in the sectors they’re in,” he added.

ARM grows processor revenues by 25%

ARM’s latest financial statement shows the company’s Q1 revenue reached £66.5million ($129.2m). Highlights of the statement include processor licensing dollar revenues up by 25% and revenue from physical IP up by 23%.

Hive spins out of Philips

Royal Philips Electronics has spun out Silicon Hive, its technology incubator, as an independent company. The move was led by New Venture Partners, TVM Capital and Philips, who have invested $10million in the new company.

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