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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.

The latest move for the company was its acquisition by Imagination Technologies in 2013. ...

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.

Jeff Benck is reshaping industry stalwart Lantronix

Since taking over as CEO in December 2015, Jeff Benck has rung the changes at Lantronix, the specialist supplier of networking products. His new business strategy – targeting the expanding Internet of Things – has been accompanied by a swathe of management appointments and plans to establish an engineering laboratory in India, where initial staffing has already begun.

An award winning company explains how its focus on exploiting technology niches has paid dividends

Loughborough Sound Images was one of the UK’s rising stars during the 1990s, riding on the back of the boom in demand for digital signal processing in one form or another. In the late 1990s, the company merged with US based Mizar to form Blue Wave Systems, with ambitions to grow the combined entity significantly; not only through organic growth, but also through strategic acquisitions. But the dot com bubble burst, Blue Wave was acquired by Motorola and, by the mid 2000s, according to Edward Young, ‘things weren’t going well’. He left to form CommAgility.

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Picking innovation winners

Innovate UK has been in the news recently, thanks to the Government’s decision to ...

The capacity for change

Many engineers will associate Murata with the development and sales of capacitors. ...

A digital revolution

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