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First European Standard supporting European eIDAS regulation

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has published the first of a series of European Standards to support the European Regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market, or eIDAS. EN 319 403, developed by ETSI’s Electronic Signatures and Infrastructures (ESI) technical committee, enables conformity assessment of trust service providers.

Certified partners announced for Microsoft Azure IoT platform

Microsoft has announced the Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT programme, an ecosystem of partners whose offerings have been tested and certified so businesses can take their next IoT project from testing to production more quickly. Current partners include BeagleBone, Freescale Intel Corporation, Raspberry Pi,, Seeed Technology, and Texas Instruments.

Plessey to increase LED capacity by factor of 30, triple workforce

Plessey is to invest £60million to expand its LED manufacturing facility in Plymouth. The expansion will increase production capacity by a factor of 30, triple the workforce and put Plessey in a position to capture what it calls a ‘significant share’ of the growing market for solid state lighting market.

Optical receivers can handle signal rates of up to 130Gbaud

The IQS series of coherent optical receivers, from Teledyne LeCroy, is said to feature the industry’s highest bandwidth. The company says that, when combined with its LabMaster 10Zi-A oscilloscopes and integrated Optical-LinQ analysis software, the IQS receivers can test DP-QPSK and DP-16QAM optical signals at rates of up to 130Gbaud.

2D perovskites could be used for FETs and photodetectors

Continuing the recent trend for researchers to develop novel 2D materials, a team from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in the US has successfully grown 2D sheets of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites from solution. The sheets, said to be large and square shaped, exhibited photoluminescence, colour tunability and what is called a ‘unique structural relaxation’ not found in covalent semiconductor sheets.

Bringing certified security to computing and IoT applications

Infineon Technologies has announced that its OPTIGA TPM (Trusted Platform Module) will be the first device to comply with internationally recognised computer security requirements. The Common Criteria certification is an independent third party process said to help system and device manufacturers select trustworthy solutions.

Advance in cheaper, safer flow battery research

A team of scientists and engineers from Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has demonstrated a rechargeable battery that, it claims, could make storage of electricity from intermittent energy sources safe and cost-effective for residential and commercial use.

X-FAB reduces CMOS flicker noise by a factor of five

X-FAB Silicon Foundries has announced that it has reduced flicker noise on its mixed-signal 0.35 and 0.18µm CMOS process platforms. Flicker noise in CMOS MOSFETs has claimed to have been reduced in both the n-channel device in the XH035 0.35µm process and the p-channel device in the XH018 0.18µm process by a factor of five, setting an industry benchmark.

Flexible electronics gives SmartKem a foothold in Asia

Through the development of its tru-FLEX semiconductor technology, SmartKem Ltd has signed Letters of Intent (LOI) with two Asian displays manufacturers. The agreements signify increasing interest for SmartKem’s semiconductors, with Asian manufacturers collaborating to drive manufacturing, integration and commercialisation of organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) technology in the flexible electronic display market.

Simplifying Bluetooth audio development

The sixth-generation of the iWRAP Bluetooth software stack has been released by Bluegiga for the Bluetooth 3.0 wireless audio accessory market. iWRAP 6.1 software is an embedded Bluetooth stack designed to support the WT32i Bluetooth Audio module. Target applications include smart phone accessories, stereo and hands-free audio, cable replacement and Bluetooth HID.

Researchers develop optical memory chip

Research by a team of scientists from England and Germany has developed techniques that it says will lead to the first memory chip that can capture light. This will allow large quantities of data to be stored directly on an integrated optical chip, rather than being processed and stored electronically, as happens today.

£2m fund to meet security challenges posed by the IoT

A £2million funding competition is being launched by Innovate UK and the Centre for Digital Enterprise on behalf of MI5, MI6 and the Government Communications Headquarters, to identify innovative technologies or approaches to meet the security challenges created by the IoT.

AMP Group announces ‘picoAMP’ standard

The Architects of Modern Power (AMP Group) consortium has announced the ‘picoAMP’, a standard designed for the lower range of the spectrum for board-level conversion needs. The ‘picoAMP’ provides customers with a non-isolated standards platform ranging from 6 to 18A and defines a footprint of 12.2 x 12.2mm in a LGA format.

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