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Companies announce AI partnership

CEVA, a licensor of signal processing IP and Brodmann17, a developer of deep learning technology, have announced a partnership with the aim at accelerating the deployment of deep learning computer vision in mainstream applications.

Anglia distributes Renesas microcontrollers

Anglia Components has extended its relationship with Intersil and will now distribute Renesas’ advanced embedded semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, mixed signal ICs and system in chip devices in the UK and Ireland.

RS stocking new pi-top modular laptop

RS Components (RS) has announced that it is now stocking the latest-generation pi-top modular laptops,  launched today by the pi-top organisation, featuring new enhancements intended to assist learning and boost usability.

XP Power acquires Comdel

XP Power has acquired Comdel, a US-based designer and manufacturer of radio frequency (RF) power supplies. The $23 million deal expands XP Power’s product offering into RF power, complementing its range of AC-DC and DC-DC power supplies.

Primed for growth

Over the past few years ams has changed radically having significantly reduced its historically broad portfolio of product to now specialise in the design and manufacture of advanced sensors solutions that can be found at the heart of many different products and technologies, from smartphones and mobile devices to smart homes and buildings, industrial automation, medical technology and connected vehicles.

Dialog buys Silego for $276million

Dialog Semiconductor has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Silego Technology, a provider of configurable mixed-signal ics (CMICs). The deal values Silego at $276million.

LED technology developer named overall winner of this year’s British Engineering Excellence Awards

Plessey Semiconductors has won the Grand Prix at this year’s British Engineering Excellence Awards for its development of GaN on silicon technology and using it to create LEDs which enable new types of lighting product. According to Plessey, GaN on Si LEDs not only emit more lumens per unit area, but also dissipate heat more quickly. The result, it claims, are smaller, more reliable LEDs.

ByteSnap gets the nod from NXP

Birmingham based electronics consultancy ByteSnap Design has become the first UK based Approved Engineering Consultant for NXP Semiconductors. According to the company, NXP Approved Engineering Consultants are trusted design contractors, software service providers, and training centres that offer experienced consulting or design services to implement NXP technology solutions.

Amazon set to release Alexa-powered smartglasses

Industry reports suggest that Amazon is planning to launch glasses featuring Alexa, the company’s voice assistant. The glasses will connect to Alexa through a bone-conduction audio system that will transmit sounds into the user’s head, vibrating their skull.

UK and US reach research agreement

The UK and US have agreed to develop a special relationship for science. The agreement between the two countries is intended to make it easier for researchers to travel, collaborate and share facilities.

Toshiba sells memory business for $18bn

Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding on 13 September, Toshiba has apparently concluded a deal to sell its semiconductor business to Bain Capital for $18billion. Bain is thought to have support from Apple, Dell and SK Hynix, as well as other memory consumers.

electronica 2018 to occupy 16 halls

Announcing plans for 2018, the organisers of electronica say the world’s largest electronics exhibition will occupy 16 halls at Messe Munich; three more than in 2016. One of the new halls will see SEMICON Europa running as a co-located event.

ePaper collaboration agreement extended

E Ink is renewing its master supply agreement (MSA) with Plastic Logic in a move intended to speed the market adoption of ePaper displays. The latest MSA is said to provide a commercial framework for the two companies to operate, strengthening their relationship and providing more choice and flexibility to their respective customers.

UltraSOC expands after $6m investment

UltraSoC has announced what it calls a ‘significant global expansion’ to address demand for more sophisticated chips in a range of electronic products. Rupert Baines, pictured, UltraSoC’s CEO, said: “We’re seeing the emergence of ‘self-aware’, self-optimising systems, including technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence.”

Anglia outgrows market by 5x as it hits milestone

UK distributor Anglia Components, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary, continues to report an impressive rate of growth. According to figures from the company, it has outgrown the market by a factor of five over the last ten years with turnover ahead 52.4% between 2006 and 2016.

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