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imec grows revenues, files ‘record’ number of patents

Nanoelectronics research centre imec says its revenue for 2015 was €415million, a 14% increase over the previous year. The organisation said employment rose over the same period by 230, taking the number of staff to 2417.

Revenue was generated through R&D contracts with industrial partners and universities around the world, as well as ASIC and system design, prototyping and low volume manufacturing services. It also received funding from European research ...

Cypress buys Broadcom’s IoT wireless business

Cypress has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Broadcom’s Wireless IoT business in a $550million deal. The agreement sees Cypress gaining Broadcom’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee IoT product lines and IP, along with its WICED brand and developer ecosystem.

Next-generation platform for ultradense data recording

Scientists from ITMO University in Saint Petersburg have created an approach to manipulate light at the nanoscale based on hybrid metal-dielectric nanoantennas. The technology promises to bring about a new platform for ultradense optical data recording and pave the way to high throughput fabrication of a range of optical nanodevices capable of localising, enhancing and manipulating light at the nanoscale.

ANSYS assists power-efficient IP design for ARM

ANSYS and ARM have signed an agreement that will aid the ARM ecosystem and ARM processor technology serving multiple markets including mobile computing, networking infrastructure, transportation and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

European Commission announces amendments to RoHS Directive

The European Commission has published an inception impact assessment signalling its intention to amend the scope of the directive on the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment. The changes have been made to tackle unintended consequences of the revision of RoHS, also known as RoHS2, published in 2011.

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