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IoT take up increases, but security concerns linger

In its fourth IoT Barometer, Vodafone says 28% of organisations surveyed are already using IoT, with a further 35% ‘less than a year away’ from launching their own projects. The survey also determined that 75% of businesses say the IoT will be ‘critical’ for the future success of any organisation in their sector.

Altitude invests in Moortec

Altitude Partners, the regional private equity fund, has completed a development capital investment into Moortec, a semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP) business supplying ‘in-chip’ monitoring circuits. Moortec’s IP technology serves tier one consumer, enterprise and automotive technology companies.

Energy device for wireless nodes, wearables

UMAL is a low-profile, high capacity energy device designed to meet the demand for a slim high capacity energy source. According to developer Murata, UMAL has charge/discharge and life cycle characteristics superior to conventional secondary batteries.

ASML claims EUV sales, technology progress

Extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) continues its slow progress towards use in volume manufacturing. Originally intended for use at the 45nm node in 2009, EUV developers have faced numerous issues, including source power and, consequently, wafer throughput.

Roke expands cybersecurity operations

Roke Manor Research is expanding its operations by opening a second office in Gloucester, bringing it closer to defence, government and commercial partners in the region – such as Defence Equipment and Support – as well as potential new clients. It claims the move will help drive forward cyber recruitment and support technology innovation, creating opportunities for people and businesses in the region.

Self flipping magnets could improve MRAM architecture

Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) are looking to exploit a novel effect arising from the relativistic physics of Einstein in which magnets can flip themselves through the internal motion of their electrons. The team compares this to the ability of a cat to flip itself in the air by twisting different parts of its body in different directions and land on its feet.

IP core to improve radio telescope performance

Signal processing specialist RFEL is supplying a HyperSpeed FFT IP core to the Arizona Radio Observatory (ARO) for use in a high performance radio astronomy spectrometer system. The core will play a central role in improving sideband separation in heterodyne receivers.

All change at XMOS

Mark Lippett has succeeded Nigel Toon as president and CEO of XMOS as the company looks to focus on the development of voice enabled controllers for IoT applications. Toon assumes the role of chairman.

Dutch scientists develop chlorine atom based memory technique

A team of scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University has built a 1kbyte memory in which each bit is represented by the position of a chlorine atom. The storage density of 500Tbit/sq in is said to be 500 times greater than the best commercial hard disk currently available.

US puts $400m into 5G research, opens up mm wave spectrum

The White House has announced the establishment of the Advanced Wireless Research Initiative, to be led by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The programme, backed by $400million of funding, is intended to enable the deployment and use of four 'city scale' testing platforms for advanced wireless research over the next decade.

ARM acquired by Japanese company for £24.3billion

ARM is set to be acquired by Japanese technology company Softbank for more than £24billion. According to Softbank, it intends to preserve the ARM organisation, including the senior management team, brand, partnership-based business model and culture to ensure continuity of a strong track record. It also says ARM’s headquarters will remain in Cambridge, adding that UK employment will ‘at least double’ over the next five years.

Quantum-confined bandgap narrowing mechanism

Griffith University researchers claim to have discovered significant new potentials for light harvesting. The team observed that when titanium dioxide (TiO2) particles are mixed with graphene quantum dots, the resulting composite absorbs visible light by a quantum-confined bandgap narrowing mechanism.

High temperature power module for aero applications

Raytheon UK’s Integrated Power Solutions business unit in Glenrothes has developed a high temperature, small form factor bridge leg power module aimed at high speed switching applications. According to the company, the module has potential application in the aerospace sector, as it requires minimal external cooling and presents weight saving opportunities within the More Electric Aircraft power system. It can also be used in the geothermal power and oil and gas sectors.

Leti and KIST to explore vital technologies

A collaboration has been agreed between CEA-Leti and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) to jointly explore a variety of technologies, including monolithic 3D, neuromorphic architectures, non-volatile 3D memory, spintronics and ultra-low power semiconductors.

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