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Galileo PRS signal accessible via the cloud

In what is being described as a 'world first' the Public Regulated Service (PRS) of the new European satellite network Galileo has been delivered via the 'cloud', paving the way for its automated use by emergency and security services and critical national infrastructure (CNI) as the secure position and timing service of choice across Europe.

‘Gatekeeper’ material could act as optical switch

Researchers from the University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have discovered that if a non periodic material is sandwiched between two boundary layers of material with a periodic shape, the result will be transparent to certain wavelengths of light and opaque to others. The team has also found that, by moving one of the boundaries, the wavelengths allowed through can be changed.

DC/DC converters for automotive and IoT applications

A series of power supplies for automotive and on board IoT applications has been launched by Powerbox. Based on an integrated components platform and low profile planar magnetics, the ENA100 and ENA200 supplies are packaged in an IP21 plastic enclosure and conformal coated to withstand high humidity.

Optimised cryptographic solution for home automation

Oberon microsystems, a specialist in software engineering for the Internet of Things, and Cortus, a developer of low power, 32-bit processor IP, have come together to develop a fast cryptographic solution that has a small memory footprint for secure ASICs in battery-powered home automation devices.

‘Three in one’ AWG said to meet wide range of user needs

Tektronix has introduced what it says is the first ‘three in one’ arbitrary waveform generator. With basic, advanced and digital modes, the AWG4000 series can be shared across design teams and meet a range of signal generation needs; from radar and wireless communications to embedded systems design and research applications.

Bonded wafers could enable large scale photonic integration

Large scale photonic integration will be essential to the development of single chip optical routers for future optical networks, says a team from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, which claims hybrid lasers fabricated by low temperature bonding are expected to be a key technology.

News Analysis: All change with phase change?

Phase change memory has been one of those technologies that appear to be within the industry’s grasp, only to fade away. And it’s not as if the technology hasn’t been pursued with vigour; work has been underway on phase change memory (PCM) since the 1960s.

79GHz radar chip development partnership announced

Belgian nanoelectronics specialist imec and Infineon Technologies have entered an agreement to develop highly integrated CMOS based 79GHz sensor chips for automotive radar applications. As part of the agreement, imec will contribute its expertise in high frequency system, circuit and antenna design, complementing Infineon’s radar sensor chip knowledge.

Could light drive future transistors?

Light waves might be able to drive future transistors, according to research conducted by the Max-Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ), the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) and theorists from the University of Tsukuba.

MMICs operate at 94GHz

Irish RF specialist Arralis has launched integrated transmit and receive chips that operate at 94GHz. The move is said to make the ‘highly desirable’ 94GHz attenuation window available for commercial applications.

LoRa evaluation kits for Europe and North America

Microchip has launched what it says are the industry’s first complete LoRa technology evaluation kits, which provide all the components required to create a low power wide area network for the North American (915MHz) and European (868MHz) markets. Each kit includes two Motes – LoRaWAN sensors – based on Microchip’s RN2483 or RN2903 LoRa modules, a LoRaWAN gateway and a local LoRaWAN server application.

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