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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.

PTC integrates ThingWorx with leading public device clouds

PTC has extended its ThingWorx Internet of Things (IoT) open platform strategy. In addition to offering its own device cloud service, the ThingWorx platform now integrates with Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT, and will fully support Microsoft Azure IoT Hub in July. PTC is pursuing additional device cloud integrations for ThingWorx, which will allow customers to realise the collective range of services provided by these companies, including the availability of connected device data.

SDR developed for mm wave spectrum

According to National Instruments, it has developed the first software defined radio for the millimetre wave spectrum. The company says its mmWave Transceiver System can transmit and/or receive wide signals with a real time bandwidth of 2GHz, within the E-band, which spans frequencies from 71 to 76GHz.

Physicists build 'electronic synapses' for neural networks

A team of scientists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have created prototypes of ‘electronic synapses’ based on ultra-thin films of hafnium oxide (HfO2). The researchers say these prototypes could potentially be used in fundamentally new computing systems.

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