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UK SiC fab to supply 650V MOSFET for electric vehicles

Raytheon UK's semiconductor business unit in Glenrothes has been selected by a leading automotive manufacturer to develop a silicon carbide (SiC) based MOSFET for use in electric, hybrid electric and plug in hybrid electric vehicles.

John Kennedy, head of Raytheon UK's Integrated Power Solutions, said: "SiC overcomes many of the problems restricting the use of traditional silicon semiconductor devices for certain applications within electric vehicles and their ...

NPL sets up Quantum Metrology Institute

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is setting up a Quantum Metrology Institute (QMI) at its Teddington site. The Institute – part of the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme – will cover the NPL's quantum science and metrology research and provide the expertise and facilities needed for academia and industry to test, validate and commercialise new quantum research and technologies.

Manchester, 2-DTech sign graphene research agreement

Graphene specialist 2-DTech has signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Manchester that will see the two organisations sharing their resources and expertise. Once the agreement is finalised, 2-DTech will become a partner in the National Graphene Institute (NGI).

Infineon expects to grow revenue by 8% in 2015

Infineon's fourth quarter 2014 revenues grew to €1.175billion, a 6% increase over the previous quarter. Revenue growth was said to be particularly strong in the Industrial Power Control (IPC), Power Management & Multimarket (PMM) and Chip Card & Security (CCS) segments.

Microchip enhances dsPIC family for harsh environments

The latest addition to Microchip's dsPIC family is said to bring improved noise immunity and robustness for applications operating in harsh environments, as well as the ability to run from a 5V supply. The parts offer a capability of 70MIPS and feature DSP acceleration for high speed control algorithms.

When it comes to the IoT, what are the opportunities for the semiconductor industry?

One of the problems with the Internet of Things (IoT) is its definition; it means different things to different people. And NXP's CEO Rick Clemmer hit the nail on the head during this year's CEO Roundtable at electronica. "Nobody knows what the IoT is," he asserted. His interpretation? "We should be thinking about the IoT making life easier; it should be about a smarter world."

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