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EU and Japan expand collaboration to create smart cities

The EU-Japan ClouT – cloud of things – consortium has decided to add cities and partners to the recent BigClouT programme. The programme gives an analytics capability to the city by leveraging IoT, cloud and big data technologies creating a distributed intelligence that can be implanted in the whole city network. The new cities are Grenoble, Tsukuba and Bristol with Fujisawa remaining as a pilot city.

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Adlink previews COM Express 3.0 Type 7 pin out

Board developer Adlink Technology has released a preview of the Type 7 pin out for the COM Express standard, currently being updated to version 3.0. The new pinout brings 10Gbit Ethernet (GbE) capabilities to the format factor, with potential benefits in space constrained systems in industrial automation and data communication.

Toshiba moves to 64 layer flash memories

Toshiba has announced the latest generation of BiCS FLASH, its 3D flash memory. The latest version is a 64 layer device that incorporates 3bit/cell technology, enabling 256Gbit to be stored. Toshiba says its next target is a 512Gbit device, also with 64 layers.

Is the UK's changing electronics landscape a cause for concern?

Is all well in the UK’s technology industry? News that the UK could be about to see its biggest technology company, ARM, taken over by Japanese giant SoftBank has cast a shadow over an industry that has changed dramatically over the past decade, according to the National Microelectronics Institute (NMI).

Five years on; apprentices in the spotlight

Five years ago, New Electronics reported on WorldSkills International. Organised by WorldSkills, a body that brings together industry, government, organisations, and institutions to promote skills education and training for young people, it was intended to promote awareness of the importance of apprenticeships and was the first time this event had ever been held in the UK.

Oxide combo could boost power semi performance

Engineers from the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota have discovered that when strontium titanate (STO) and neodymium titanate (NTO) interact with each other, the amount of electrons produced is 100 times larger than what is possible in semiconductors. And, according to University of Utah researcher Berardi Sensale-Rodriguez, pictured, the resulting material is ‘about five times more conductive than silicon’.

NGI, Thomas Swan collaborate to develop 2D materials

The National Graphene Institute (NGI) and Thomas Swan are partnering to develop commercial opportunities with 2D materials beyond graphene. As part of their agreement, the partners will not only seek to accelerate graphene commercialisation, but also boost early stage research on other 2D materials, including boron nitride – also known as ‘white graphene’.

Stadium unifies power brands

Stadium Group has brought its Stadium Power and Stontronics brands together as one trading entity called Stadium Stontronics. The move is said by the company to give its customers access to a wider range of standard, custom and semi custom power supplies, with support from Regional Fulfilment Centres in Reading and Hong Kong and Regional Design Centres in Norwich and Shanghai.

FEEU signs exclusive distribution deal with Ambiq

Fujitsu Electronics Europe has added MCUs and real time clocks from Ambiq Micro to its portfolio. As part of the agreement, the company will become the exclusive distributor of Ambiq Micro products in Europe, following a transition period.

Nanolithia could advance battery technology, says MIT team

While lithium-air batteries are seen to be promising for use in electric cars and portable electronic devices, they waste energy and degrade relatively quickly. A further constraint is their open cell configuration, which requires extra components to pump oxygen in and out. Despite these drawbacks, they hold the prospect of delivering high energy output per weight.

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