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Deal signed for eight more Galileo satellites

Following agreement with prime contractor OHB-System, Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) has started manufacture of eight navigation payloads for Galileo, Europe’s global navigation satellite system. The contract, worth approximately €140million, it is a continuation of an existing partnership between the companies, who have built 22 satellites for the Galileo Constellation.

Zigbee enhancement supports dual band operation

Zigbee PRO 2017, the latest addition to the Zigbee Alliance’s technology portfolio, is said to be the first mesh network capable of operating in two ISM frequency bands simultaneously: 800 to 900MHz for regional requirements; and 2.4GHz for global acceptance. This dual-band option, says the Alliance, enables flexibility for manufacturers and consumers alike.

NXP extends Cortex-M0+ MCU portfolio

NXP has launched the LPC84x family of microcontrollers in a move targeted at meeting demand for cost and power efficient devices. “We’re extremely excited to be ramping the LPC84x family into production together with our broad base of customers,” said Geoff Lees, pictured, general manager of NXP’s MCU business. “This new family further extends the LPC800’s innovative features over ageing, proprietary 8bit MCUs.”

Copying plants to improve flexible electronics

Mimicking the structure of the ‘powdery alligator-flag’ plant has enabled researchers from Zhejiang University, China, to make a graphene-based aerogel that could be used to create flexible electronics, such as bendable tablets and wearable sensors.

Imagination announces MIPS collaboration agreement with Sequans

Imagination Technologies is to extend its agreement with Sequans Communications for MIPS processor IP. Sequans has chosen the MIPS CPU for a number of its LTE chip platforms which are used to power a variety of products such as tablets, mobile routers and CPEs. The agreement enables Sequans to develop future StreamrichLTE solutions based on MIPS.

NXP invests in the future automotive

NXP has announced that it is to collaborate with Elektrobit (EB) on a new platform for highly automated driving, and extends its partnership with HARMAN to speed up time-to-market for connected car solutions.

ARM adds Cortex-M3 to DesignStart programme

In a move which it claims will 'open the path to 1trillion devices', ARM has expanded its DesignStart programme with the addition of the Cortex-M3 core. Previously, those signed up to DesignStart – which supports the development of custom SoCs for a range of applications – only had access to the Cortex-M0 core.

UltraSOC develops RISC-V processor trace

A processor trace developed by UltraSOC will be offered for adoption by the RISC-V Foundation as part of the open source specification. Processor trace functionality allows a program’s behaviour to be viewed in detail, instruction-by-instruction.

Wireless charging of moving electric vehicles

A device that can wirelessly charge a moving object at close range has been developed by Stanford University scientists. The technology could be used to charge electric cars on the motorway, or medical implants and cell phones as you walk nearby.

‘Innovative’ engineering courses launched

Nottingham Trent University is launching what it says is a range of innovative engineering courses, built in conjunction with major industry employers and experts. Included is an electronic engineering degree apprenticeship which will allow students to split their time between study and their employer.

Thin films could enable future ReRAM

A way to control oxygen concentration in tantalum oxide films has been found by researchers from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). Produced by atomic layer deposition, these thin films could be the basis for creating new forms of non-volatile memory.

64 layer NAND flash goes into volume

Samsung has begun volume production of 64 layer 256Gbit V-NAND flash devices and expects the devices to represent more than 50% of its monthly NAND flash production by the end of 2017.

Nanomaterial for Li-ion batteries wins £10k

University of Cambridge spin out Echion Technologies was awarded second place and £10,000 in the Energy and Environment category of the fifth Emerging Technologies Competition, run by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

Printed sensors monitor tyre wear in real time

An inexpensive printed sensor that can monitor the tread of car tyres in real time has been invented by electrical engineers at Duke University in collaboration with Fetch Automotive Design Group. If adopted, the device could increase safety, improve vehicle performance and reduce fuel consumption.

Processor enables optical deep learning

A new approach that uses light instead of electricity in deep learning computer systems based on artificial neural networks has been developed by a team of researchers at MIT. The team claims this discovery could vastly improve the speed and efficiency of certain deep learning computations.

Wireless power transfer over 5G networks

A technology to transfer power far distances via 5G networks is currently being developed by an international research team from Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) in Russia. The scientists are also developing a device which could ensure end-to-end connection, thus bypassing an intermediate cellular base station.

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