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A new professional network is looking to address the growing scope and sophistication of obsolescence management

Earlier this month saw the launch of the International Institute of Obsolescence Management (IIOM). The new body has evolved from the network developed by the Component Obsolescence Group (COG) in 1997 and plans to extend support for Obsolescence Management (OM) into a far wider range of industries and materials.

"Obsolescence management has changed significantly since the establishment of COG," said Stuart Kelly, chairman of COG UK and IIOM. "As a ...

Early stage work shows graphene could be used as a semiconductor

A team of researchers from three US universities has demonstrated a way to vary the number of electrons in a give region of a piece of graphene. The team says this is a proof of principle in the creation of semiconductor devices using the so called 'wonder material'. It adds that the number of electrons can be tuned through the application of an electric field and says this could enable future devices to be 'rewired' dynamically.

240MHz RX71M MCUs shipping says Renesas

Renesas Electronics says the RX71M group – the flagship product in the RX Family of 32bit microcontrollers – is now shipping. Developed for use in industrial equipment, the devices run at up to 240MHz and come with up to 4Mbyte of on chip flash.

Kevlar barrier could prevent Li-ion battery fires

A Kevlar based barrier between the electrodes in a lithium-ion battery has been developed by the University of Michigan. The development is believed to prevent fires of the kind believed to have grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliner in 2013.

Micro ring could hasten the adoption of quantum cryptography

Engineers from Università degli Studi di Pavia have created a micro-ring that entangles individual particles of light. The design is based on a micro ring resonator, a loop etched onto a silicon wafer that can capture and emit particles of light. By tailoring the resonator's design, the researchers created a small and highly efficient source of entangled photons.

USB 3.0 scope range offers 200MHz bandwidth

A range of oscilloscopes from Pico Technology is said to be suited to use by mainstream electronics design engineers. Called the PicoScope 3000D Series, the devices offer bandwidths of up to 200 MHz, two or four analogue channels plus 16 digital channels on the mixed signal models. With memory sizes ranging from 64 to 512Msamples, the scopes offer a maximum real time sampling rate of 1Gsample/s and feature a USB 3.0 interface and a built-in arbitrary waveform generator.

Design and engineering centre opened

Nick Gibb, secretary of state for education, has officially opened a new design and engineering centre at John Warner School, an 11 to 18 comprehensive school in Hoddesdon. The new block will support students at the school in a range of topics, including electronics, robotics and design.

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