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Government funding to attract researchers to the UK

A £100million Global Talent Research Fund to attract highly skilled researchers to the UK has been named after the Nobel Laureate Ernest Rutherford. The fund will provide fellowships for early-career and senior researchers and be administered by Innovate UK and the Research Councils until UK Research and Investment (UKRI) is formed in 2018.

Raspberry Pi wins MacRobert Medal

The team behind Raspberry Pi has won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s MacRobert Medal, one of the most prestigious engineering awards made by a UK organisation. Along with the gold medal, the team also won £50,000.

Power specialist expands production facilities

Stadium Stontronics has added a dedicated manufacturing cell equipped for the production of custom power supplies at its Reading site. Other moves include additional warehouse space and a large ESD controlled test facility. The moves mean the company now has more than 25,000sq ft of space at the site.

Making a business out of virtual reality

?Last year was widely described as the breakthrough year for Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), driven in no small part by the sheer amount of hype surrounding these two technologies and the arrival of devices such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vide and PlayStation VR.

Imagination announces MIPS collaboration agreement with Sequans

Imagination Technologies is to extend its agreement with Sequans Communications for MIPS processor IP. Sequans has chosen the MIPS CPU for a number of its LTE chip platforms which are used to power a variety of products such as tablets, mobile routers and CPEs. The agreement enables Sequans to develop future StreamrichLTE solutions based on MIPS.

NXP invests in the future automotive

NXP has announced that it is to collaborate with Elektrobit (EB) on a new platform for highly automated driving, and extends its partnership with HARMAN to speed up time-to-market for connected car solutions.

Sub threshold processor developer gets more cash

Sub threshold processor developer Minima has completed the second stage of its seed funding round. According to the Finnish company, Lifeline Ventures is the latest investor, joining earlier investments from VTT Ventures, CFT Nordic Capital, Aalto University and a group of angel investors. The latest investment takes the amount of cash raised to €5.5million in less than a year.

EU collaboration to boost the IoT

A collaboration of 13 partners has been announced to form the Necomada consortium, which will focus on integrating electronics into a broader range of everyday items in a bid to widen the scope of the IoT and enable Industry 4.0.

CDNLive 2017 highlights the complexity of new designs

In his keynote address to this year’s CDNLive, the annual gathering of developers and engineers in Munich, Tom Beckley, general manager of Cadence’s Custom IC and PCB Group, said that all industries were being affected by new technology and its combination of complex software and advanced electronics.

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