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Companies announce AI partnership

CEVA, a licensor of signal processing IP and Brodmann17, a developer of deep learning technology, have announced a partnership with the aim at accelerating the deployment of deep learning computer vision in mainstream applications.

Terahertz spectroscopy goes nano

Brown University researchers have demonstrated a way to bring a powerful form of spectroscopy -- a technique used to study a wide variety of materials -- into the nano-world.

Anglia distributes Renesas microcontrollers

Anglia Components has extended its relationship with Intersil and will now distribute Renesas’ advanced embedded semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, mixed signal ICs and system in chip devices in the UK and Ireland.

RS stocking new pi-top modular laptop

RS Components (RS) has announced that it is now stocking the latest-generation pi-top modular laptops,  launched today by the pi-top organisation, featuring new enhancements intended to assist learning and boost usability.

Paper based supercapacitor could power wearables

Using a simple layer-by-layer coating technique, researchers from Georgia Tech and Korea University have developed a paper-based flexible supercapacitor that could be used to help power wearable devices. The device uses metallic nanoparticles to coat cellulose fibres in the paper, creating supercapacitor electrodes with high energy and power densities – and the best performance so far in a textile-based supercapacitor.

Microchannels cool high performance processors

As part of the CarriCool project, Fraunhofer researchers have worked with IBM to develop what is said to be an effective method for cooling processors. According to the team, by integrating microchannels into the silicon interposer, a significant increase in performance can be achieved. Meanwhile, the team has also integrated passive components for voltage regulators, photonic ICs and optical waveguides into the interposer.

Teledyne e2v sensors to equip the LSST

Teledyne e2v has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) to supply customised Charge Coupled Device (CCD) image sensors for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope.

XP Power acquires Comdel

XP Power has acquired Comdel, a US-based designer and manufacturer of radio frequency (RF) power supplies. The $23 million deal expands XP Power’s product offering into RF power, complementing its range of AC-DC and DC-DC power supplies.

Primed for growth

Over the past few years ams has changed radically having significantly reduced its historically broad portfolio of product to now specialise in the design and manufacture of advanced sensors solutions that can be found at the heart of many different products and technologies, from smartphones and mobile devices to smart homes and buildings, industrial automation, medical technology and connected vehicles.

Dialog buys Silego for $276million

Dialog Semiconductor has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Silego Technology, a provider of configurable mixed-signal ics (CMICs). The deal values Silego at $276million.

LED technology developer named overall winner of this year’s British Engineering Excellence Awards

Plessey Semiconductors has won the Grand Prix at this year’s British Engineering Excellence Awards for its development of GaN on silicon technology and using it to create LEDs which enable new types of lighting product. According to Plessey, GaN on Si LEDs not only emit more lumens per unit area, but also dissipate heat more quickly. The result, it claims, are smaller, more reliable LEDs.

SoCs shipping with integrated RF signal chain

Xilinx has started shipping its Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC family to lead customers. According to the company, the parts represent a breakthrough architecture in which the RF signal chain has been integrated into an SoC with applications such as 5G wireless and radar.

Integrated photonic chip is programmable

A photonic integrated chip developed by researchers from the Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications (iTEAM) at the Universitat Politècnica de València and the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton is said to behave similarly to a microprocessor. According to the team, just like the hardware in an MPU can perform software defined operations, its chip can perform multiple functions using a single common architecture.

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