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Tricorder prize finalists announced

The 10 finalists competing for the $10million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE have been announced. The global competition, launched at the beginning of 2012, challenged teams to develop a consumer focused, mobile device – similar to the legendary Star Trek Tricorder – capable of diagnosing and interpreting a set of 15 medical conditions and capturing five vital health metrics.

Broadcom unveils IoT prototyping platform

Broadcom has expanded its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) family with a development kit that is said to enable the rapid development of prototypes and concepts for IoT devices and applications.

Intel launches ‘smallest’ 3G modem, targets IoT applications

Intel has launched the XMM6255, a 3G modem said to have been designed with Internet of Things applications in mind. Described by the company as the world's smallest standalone 3G modem, the part is said to be suited for application in devices with small, unconventional form factors, including networked sensors, smart meters and wearables.

Toshiba adds another part to its Cortex-M0 based MCU portfolio

Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its TX00 series of ARM Cortex-M0 based microcontrollers with the addition of the TMPM037FWUG, designed for motor control applications. With a maximum operating frequency of 20MHz and an operating voltage range from 2.3V to 3.6V, the part is said to be suited to use in applications such as printers, consumer electronics, digital equipment and factory automation.

R&D project sends 57Tbit/s over fibre, gets in Guinness Book of Records

Europe's MODE-GAP R&D project has been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records for achieving the highest data transmission rate over hollow core optical fibre. In the tests, the team transmitted data at 57.6Tbit/s over a hollow core optical fibre using Coriant's testbed facility. The data rate is said to be 50 times faster than the previous record.

Cirrus completes Wolfson acquisition

Cirrus Logic has completed its acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics and believes the acquisition will strengthen its position as a provider of end to end signal processing solutions to a highly differentiated global customer base.

IoT specification gets £1.6m boost

The HyperCat consortium has been awarded £1.6million by the Technology Strategy Board to develop and implement a publically available, universal specification for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Artificial retinas could restore sight to the blind

Researchers are using graphene to develop artificial retinas for the blind.The retina implants, created by a team from the Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) in Germany, work by converting incident light into electrical impulses that can be sent to the brain through the optical nerve.

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