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Cadence expands its OrCAD portfolio

Cadence has added three packages to its OrCAD product line in a move said to accelerate the mainstream PCB design process and to provide a significant boost to productivity and efficiency.

Development kit targets CSRmesh applications

Bluetooth pioneer CSR has launched the CSRmesh Development Kit, designed to help engineers explore the potential of the CSRmesh Bluetooth Smart protocol. The kit includes development boards, a USB programmer and access to a development platform with example applications. The development platform will initially feature software supporting networked lighting applications, but updates for home automation and other IoT applications will be available later in the year.

Industrial electronics sales set to boom, says IHS

Revenue for semiconductors sold into industrial electronics applications reached $8.61billion during the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 0.6% over the previous quarter and 17.5% higher than Q1 2013. Given this heartening start, says market researcher IHS Technology, sales of industrial electronics semiconductors could amount to $35.42bn in 2014, an increase of 9.4% on sales in 2013.

White space trial in London is successful, says Japan’s NICT

In a trial which is said to be the first of its kind in a large city, Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has successfully established a 3.7km white space wireless link between two London locations and achieved a throughput of more than 40Mbit/s. The trial used operational parameters provided by a database and deployed mobile broadband communications system successfully.

Electronics industry ‘in good health’ says NMI

The results of the NMI's third annual employment survey are said by the association to show the electronics industry in the UK is in good health. Amongst the report's findings are that 57% of respondents are recruiting, 44% of respondents are planning to increase salaries and 71% plan to recruit graduates in the next 12 months.

Digi-Key opens a second North American distribution centre

A labour shortage and a lack of warehousing space has convinced Digi-Key to expand its distribution operations to include a second site. That site is in Fargo, North Dakota, not quite a stone's throw from the company's Thief River Falls headquarters in Minnesota (pictured).

Google launches $1m power inverter challenge

Calling all power electronics engineers and inventors! If you think you can figure out how to shrink a power inverter down to the size of a small laptop (roughly 1/10th its current size), Google wants to hear from you.

InAs crystal embedded into silicon nanowire

Researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), Vienna University of Technology and the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University Lublin have embedded nearly perfect indium arsenide crystals into a silicon nanowire.

More products, better web offering, better service on Digi-Key president’s ‘to do’ list

When you're president of a leading electronic components distributor that seems to be sweeping all before it, what's on your 'to do' list? Mark Larson, president of Digi-Key, has a number of things that are holding his attention. Despite having one of broadest ranges of all distributors, Larson is looking to get more products on the shelf. "Expanding the product line is important," he said. "We are recognised as having the broadest range of products and it's important that we maintain this. More products on the shelf means we can deal in niche markets that even our largest competitors can't justify because they don't have the customer base."

New IoT networking protocol established

Seven companies – Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Samsung Electronics, Nest Labs, Freescale, Big Ass Fans and ARM – have formed the Thread Group, aiming to support a new IP based wireless networking protocol that allows more rapid development of the Internet of Things (IoT).

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