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Has Smiths Interconnect made a risky decision to drop well known brand names?

Brand loyalty is one of the most important things a company can develop, so when an organisation decides to ‘pension off’ such well-known names as Hypertac, Sabritec and TRAK, in favour of the single brand of Smiths Interconnect, you might think this is a risky move. Could Smiths Interconnect be running the risk of weakening its market position?

“We searched our souls, it was such a difficult decision to make,” said Roland Carter, president of the division. “But ...

The market for flexible displays is maturing, says Tim Burne

From curved TVs to pop-up presentation screens a new wave of products are making their way to market driven, in no small part, by advances in flexible display technology. Devices which can be folded or rolled are expected to appear shortly creating a market that could be worth $200bn within five years.

MIPS driving towards a focus on AI

To say the MIPS architecture has had a chequered history is probably an understatement. Originally launched as a processor company in the early 1980s, MIPS then tried to move into making computers before being taken over by Silicon Graphics (SGI). It was spun out by SGI in the early 2000s and went through a number of incarnations, eventually being set up as an IP company.

Refocusing Plextek's design capabilities and services

Nearly ten months into his role as CEO of electronics consultancy Plextek, Nicholas Hill has re-organised and refocused the company’s technical capabilities, with dedicated teams working across such areas as signal processing, communications systems, sensors systems and machine learning.

Picking winners amongst UK innovators

Innovate UK has been in the news recently, thanks to the Government’s decision to increase its investment in UK research and development. That news, included in the Chancellor’s Autumn statement, was welcomed by Innovate UK’s chief executive Dr Ruth McKernan. “The Industrial Strategy challenge fund in particular is a substantial increase to the amount of grant funding available to businesses through Innovate UK. It complements our plans to evolve our funding models and broaden the range of support available for innovations at all stages of development.”

Murata looks for opportunities in emerging markets

Many engineers will associate Murata with the development and sales of capacitors. And there is good reason; when Akira Murata set up his company in 1944, he started making titanium oxide ceramic capacitors for use with heterodyne radio receivers.

A focus on PCB design productivity

Altium took the opportunity to announce, just prior to electronica, the forthcoming launch of Release 17 of its flagship product Altium Designer. Graham Pitcher talked to Rainer Asfalg, VP sales EMEA, about the package and Altium's view of the market.

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Picking innovation winners

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The capacity for change

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A digital revolution

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