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Renesas joins LoRa, plans wireless MCUs ‘within a year’

Renesas Electronics has joined the LoRa Alliance as a sponsor member. According to the company, the move will enable it to contribute to the standardisation and promotion of LoRaWAN.

It says that, within a year, it will offer MCUs supporting LoRaWAN, adding the compact nature of its MCU packages will simplify their integration into systems and reduce board area, compared to conventional packaging methods. Based on these technologies, Renesas intends to deliver a ...

ARM launches microarchitecture to address AI

Looking to meet increasing demand for artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous systems and virtual reality, ARM has unveiled DynamIQ, a new microarchitecture which it says will be the foundation for future Cortex-A processors.

Silicon photonics transceiver runs at 896Gbit/s, says imec

Nanoelectronics research institute imec has developed a silicon photonics transceiver which, it claims can operate at data rates of up to 896Gbit/s. The device – said to occupy only a few square millimetres of silicon – is intended to pave the way for next-generation short-reach optical interconnects.

Improved bandwidth for disordered antennas

A research group from Korea’s Institute of Basic Science has devised a disordered arrangement for antennas, which is said to minimise redundancy and to enable each antenna to function independently. As a result, the device is said to provide 40 times wider bandwidth than periodically arranged antennas.

Intel unveils 3D XPoint based SSDs

Intel has launched the first product based on 3D XPoint, the memory technology developed in association with Micron. Called the Optane SSD DC P4800X Series, the solid state drives (SSDs) are said to have the potential to transform data centre storage and memory architectures.

Plasmonic waveguiding to solve data bottleneck

By sending light over a metal film, a process called plasmonic waveguiding, researchers at the University of Cincinnati believe they could one day transmit data with light at the nano level. The research could be promising in using optical switches to address a bottleneck in data transmission.

NXP embraces FD-SOI for i.MX 7ULP family

Said to be the first general purpose processor based on FD-SOI process technology, the i.MX 7ULP processor family from NXP is optimised for ultra low power modes. According to the company, the device’s heterogeneous architecture gives the ability to reduce power consumption within low power run and standby modes. This, it continues, allows for scalability from high performance processing at reduced power consumption to energy efficient lower end processing.

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