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TI claims lowest power Cortex-M4F based MCUs

Texas Instruments has launched an MCU range based on ARM's Cortex-M4F core. The MSP432 range is said to optimise performance without compromising power. According to the company, the MCUs consume 95µA/MHz in active mode and 850nA in standby.

MEMS market worth $9.45billion, says IHS

Demand for MEMS devices grew by 5.7% in 2014, according to market researcher IHS, which identified Bosch as the leading supplier of the technology in a market driven by Apple. Claiming the market in 2014 was worth $9.45billion, IHS said Bosch held 12% of sales, worth $1.17bn.

Arrow to distribute Snapdragon based development platforms

Arrow Electronics says it will distribute a development platform and system on modules based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 processor. According to the company, this will enable companies addressing the embedded and industrial sectors to develop applications such as security systems, robotics and motion control.

NI boosts 5G presence with acquisition of BEEcube

Looking to boost its presence in 5G communications, National Instruments is acquiring BEEcube, a leading supplier of FPGA based prototyping and deployment products for advanced wireless research, wireless infrastructure and military/defence applications.

FD-SOI's proponents propose a detour around FinFETs

Those organisations trying to make fully depleted silicon on insulator (FD-SOI) technology a realistic alternative to FinFETs have sketched out a roadmap intended to broaden its appeal. Included is non volatile memory, better RF handling and a path to 7nm.

XMOS ships first xCore200

XMOS has announced the launch of the XCORE-200, a Gigabit Ethernet enabled family of multicore MCUs. The devices integrate 16 32bit RISC cores and are said to be the first 10/100/1000 Ethernet solutions which offer a programmable MAC layer and webserver support.

Investment set to boost UK's cybersecurity capabilities

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Innovate UK are making a £5million investment, enhanced by £9m core funding from Queen's University Belfast, to boost the development of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) to create what they expect to be a leading hub for cybersecurity research and innovation for Smart Cities and the Internet of Things.

Cadence, ARM sign 'broad IP interoperability agreement'

Cadence and ARM have signed what has been described as a 'broad IP interoperability agreement'; a multiyear deal which allows each company to access relevant IP portfolios from the other. The two companies will also be allowed to manufacture test chips containing the other's IP and to provide development platforms to customers.

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