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Infineon says sales could grow by 12% this year

Infineon’s revenue grew by 4% in the latest quarter of its financial year. The increase, to €1.6billion, was said to have been driven in particular by a good performance from its automotive segment. While the Industrial Power Control and Chip Card and Security segments also recorded revenue growth, the Power Management and Multimarket business saw its revenue decline.

Passivation could boost phosphorene’s performance

Researchers at Northwestern University in the US have used organic chemistry to bond a single molecule thick layer onto phosphorene. The material, also known as black phosphorus, is believed to have potential in a range of electronics applications. Although phosphorene could find use in flexible electronics, for example, its instability in open air has prevented it from being tested in a range of potential applications.

Microsemi sells business unit to MaxLinear

Microsemi has sold its broadband wireless division to MaxLinear for about $21million in cash. The division, previously part of PMC-Sierra, acquired by Microsemi in 2015, focuses on wireless infrastructure, including wideband RF transceivers and synthesisers for 3G, 4G and 5G platforms.

Cypress buys Broadcom’s IoT wireless business

Cypress has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Broadcom’s Wireless IoT business in a $550million deal. The agreement sees Cypress gaining Broadcom’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee IoT product lines and IP, along with its WICED brand and developer ecosystem.

Next-generation platform for ultradense data recording

Scientists from ITMO University in Saint Petersburg have created an approach to manipulate light at the nanoscale based on hybrid metal-dielectric nanoantennas. The technology promises to bring about a new platform for ultradense optical data recording and pave the way to high throughput fabrication of a range of optical nanodevices capable of localising, enhancing and manipulating light at the nanoscale.

ANSYS assists power-efficient IP design for ARM

ANSYS and ARM have signed an agreement that will aid the ARM ecosystem and ARM processor technology serving multiple markets including mobile computing, networking infrastructure, transportation and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

European Commission announces amendments to RoHS Directive

The European Commission has published an inception impact assessment signalling its intention to amend the scope of the directive on the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment. The changes have been made to tackle unintended consequences of the revision of RoHS, also known as RoHS2, published in 2011.

Entries are now being accepted for this year’s British Engineering Excellence Awards

Since the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) were launched in 2009, the winning entries have ranged in size from chip designs to pipe laying systems, with the Grand Prix – the best of the best – awarded to entries as varied as a kinetic energy recovery system, an engineer who designed a system to save water on a massive scale, a marine communications company and, in 2015, to a start up company developing deployable space structures.

Research team creates three colour photodetector

While infrared waves are available in short, mid, and long lengths, most detection devices are unable to harness all three at the same time. However, Professor Manijeh Razeghi and her team, from Northwestern University, have developed a new approach in device design to create a three-colour, shortwave-midwave-longwave infrared photodetector.

Model makes antenna design orders of magnitude faster

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a model that allows antenna designers to identify efficient configurations for antenna designs in minutes, rather than days. The model is designed to speed development of next generation MIMO antennas, which allow devices to get more use out of the available bandwidth.

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