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Globalfoundries acquires IBM’s semiconductor business

Globalfoundries has signed a definitive agreement under which it will acquire IBM's semiconductor business. Under the terms of the deal, Globalfoundries will also become the exclusive provider to IBM of server processors at the 22, 14 and 10nm nodes for the next 10 years.

Review of export controls for the UK’s electronics sector

High tech trade association techUK has begun a review of the enforcement of the regulations regarding export licences, and export controls in particular. The review will look at whether these regulations have a negative impact to the UK electronics, systems, assemblies or components supply chains – either as an unnecessary cost to business, or loss of potential exports.

RF switch is 'game changer' for cable industry

Described as a "game changer for the cable industry", the UltraCMOS PE42722 from Peregrine Semiconductor is a high linearity RF switch that enables a dual upstream/downstream band architecture in cable customer premises equipment (CPE) devices.

Consortium to address ‘intelligent digital power’

Three leading digital power supply companies have formed the AMP Consortium – Architects of Modern Power. CUI, Ericsson Power Modules and Murata Power Solutions say the move has been made for a number of reasons, including supply chain security, customer choice and to accelerate innovation.

Faster charging batteries on the way?

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore say they have developed a battery that can be recharged to 70% of its capacity in two minutes. The team – led by associate professor Chen Xiaodong, pictured – also believes such a battery will have a lifespan of more than 20 years and be capable of more than 10,000 recharging cycles.

Nanomagnetic chips to replace Si?

Engineers at the Technische Universität München believe that future computer chips could be based on 3D arrangements of nanometre scale magnets, instead of transistors.

RFEL wins second Square Kilometre Array development contract

The University of Oxford, a member of the Low Frequency Aperture Array consortium, which is working with the Square Kilometre Array Organisation to build the world's largest radio telescope, has signed the second phase of a study contract with RFEL. This new contract focuses on the design of an FPGA based signal processing architecture for beam forming functions in the antenna processing hardware.

Cortus launches new processor cores, instruction set

Processor IP developer Cortus has launched new cores– the APS23 and 25 – based on its V2 instruction set. The V2 instruction set extends functionality by adding 24bit instructions to the existing 16 and 32bit instructions. Roddy Urquhart, pictured, vp of marketing, noted: "This instruction set will provide for better code density. The different way of coding will be more efficient and we are seeing a 16% improvement in code density."

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