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Human Brain Project responds to open letter

The Human Brain Project has responded to the open letter from neurofuture.eu criticising the project. It says 'The members of the HBP are saddened by the open letter posted on neurofuture.eu on 7 July 2014 as we feel that it divides, rather than unifies, our efforts to understand the brain. However, we recognise that the signatories have important concerns about the project. We invite the signatories to discuss their concerns in a direct scientific exchange with scientists leading the HBP and its subprojects'.

TSB's Catapult programme 'on the right track'

Business Secretary Vince Cable last month opened new facilities for the latest Catapult – Transport Systems – which has been getting up to speed over the last year and a half. The Transport Systems 'Imovation' Centre – a portmanteau title combining Intelligent Mobility and Innovation – provides modelling and testing facilities that allow new products to be properly developed, trialled and demonstrated.

EZchip buys Tilera in $130million cash deal

Network processor specialist EZchip Semiconductor has bought Tilera in a cash deal which values it at $130million. The move is described by EZchip as significant and has the potential to leapfrog it into what it sees as a fast growing market for multicore CPUs.

Consortium looks to develop semiconductor based circuit breakers

A consortium including Infineon, Siemens and Airbus is to start work on developing a semiconductor based circuit breaker for DC power grids and other high power applications. The NEST-DC project is aiming to develop a device capable of switching DC voltages of up to 1500V on and off as quickly and safely as possible. Amongst the topics on the agenda is the development of an over current blocking field effect transistor (OCB-FET), as well as new structure and connection technologies and switching topologies for OCB-FET based circuit breakers.

Future looks to expand ARM based qualification scheme

Future Electronics is to extend the scope of its ARM Accreditation Corporate Partnership to include ARM's Microprocessor Accredited Engineer qualification. The company become an ARM Accreditation Corporate Partner in February 2014 and, as part of its agreement with ARM, made a commitment that its 75 EMEA field applications engineers would gain the ARM Accredited MCU Engineer (AAME) certificate. This required them to cover a range of topics, practise the implementation of ARM based designs and demonstrate their knowledge in an independently administered exam.

Oscilloscope range offers high end touch control features

Teledyne LeCroy has launched the WaveSurfer 3000 series of oscilloscopes featuring the MAUI interface, previously available on the company's higher end devices. WaveSurfer 3000 oscilloscopes are available with bandwidths ranging from 200MHz to 500MHz, with memory depths of 10Mpt/channel memory and capable of acquiring data at up to 4Gsample/s.

Gigaphoton doubles EUV light source output to 92W

Japanese EUV researcher Gigaphoton has more than doubled the output of its light source in the last three months. In February, it announced that it had achieved an output of 43W at 100kHz at a conversion efficiency of 2.4%. Now, it says its laser produced plasma (LPP) light source has generated 92W at a conversion efficiency of 4.2%. Even so, the output remains much lower than would be needed for the tools to enter production.

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