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Euro cluster launches to support ECSEL initiative

PENTA – a new EUREKA cluster – has been launched with the ambition to stimulate up to €1.5billion of investment in research and development in the electronics components and systems industry. According to PENTA, it has already received guarantees for the first €500,000 of funding.

IoT development kit for smart home and connected products

Imagination Technologies has launched the Creator Ci40 development kit, designed to support the development of smart home, IoT and other connected products. However, according to the developer, the kit also has the ability to be used as a high speed wireless router.

Prototype sodium-ion battery displays similar performance to lithium

French researchers from within the RS2E network on electrochemical energy storage have developed the first battery using sodium ions in the usual "18650" format, an industry standard. The prototype batteries are claimed to have displayed performance levels comparable to their lithium counterparts, and be used to store renewable energy in the future.

Microsemi wins battle for PMC-Sierra

Microsemi has successfully trumped Skyworks’ bid to acquire PMC-Sierra and has concluded a definitive agreement under which it will acquire the communications specialist for ‘approximately $2.5billion’.

'Self-healing' gel makes electronics more flexible

A first-of-its-kind self-healing gel that is claimed to repair and connect electronic circuits has been developed by researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas. This material could create opportunities to advance the development of flexible electronics, biosensors and batteries as energy storage devices.

BIS' budget to shrink by 17%, science spending ‘protected’

The Department for Business, Industry and Skills (BIS) will see its budget reduced by 17% following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. Currently set at £16.6bn, BIS will see its annual funding reduced to £13.2bn in 2019-2020. Spending on capital investments will be more than halved, dropping from today’s £3.8bn to £1.7bn in 2019-2020.

£300,000 research prize set to help transform satellite and mobile communications

Professor Yang Hao from Queen Mary University of London has been announced as the winner of the £300,000 the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize. He was chosen from high-calibre candidates from across the world as a result of his outstanding contributions in the fields of microwave, antennas and electromagnetics.

LUTZ project wins SMMT award

The LUTZ pod project has won the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Award for ‘Automotive Innovation’. RDM Group, Transport Systems Catapult, Oxford’s Mobile Robotics Group (MRG) and Milton Keynes Council impressed judges with their pioneering work to deliver the UK’s first driverless vehicles.

ITIC backs encryption

The Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) has responded to calls to weaken encryption after the Paris terror attacks.

XP Power to buy EMCO for $12million

XP Power has announced that it has acquired EMCO High Voltage Corporation (EMCO) in a $12m deal. EMCO supplies the industrial and medical sectors with standard, modified and custom high voltage products.

Versatile single-chip sensor for ion detection in fluids

Imec and Holst Centre have demonstrated a prototype of a single-chip electrochemical sensor for simultaneous detection of multiple ions in fluids. The demonstrator paves the way to small-sized, low-cost detection systems for agriculture, healthcare and lifestyle applications, food quality monitoring and water management.

Silicon labs’ acquisition of Telegesis strengthens IoT mesh networking solutions

Silicon Labs has acquired Telegesis, a supplier of wireless mesh networking modules based on ZigBee technology, in a $20million cash purchase. This acquisition accelerates Silicon Labs’ roadmap for ZigBee and Thread-ready modules and enhances the company’s ability to support customer needs with mesh networking solutions ranging from wireless SoC devices to plug-and-play modules.

‘Clear market need’ claimed for 8bit MCUs

Many think that 8bit microcontrollers are things of the past, replaced by 32bit devices, often ARM based. But publishing the 8bit MCU’s obituary may have to wait for a bit longer; at least in the view of Steve Drehobl, vp of Microchip’s 8bit MCU business.

£92m investment in UK manufacturing hubs

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson has announced two £10million manufacturing research hubs that will address major, long-term challenges facing the UK's manufacturing industries, and capture opportunities from emerging research.

Collaboration to boost the UK's IoT industry

Cambridge Wireless (CW), CENSIS, Data City and Sunderland Software City have been chosen by IoTUK to deliver its Boost programme, a series of Internet of Things (IoT) innovation challenges and rapid incubation activities taking place over the next five months aiming to convene and amplify the UK’s IoT industry to help business and economic growth.

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