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SmartKEM gets Chinese patent allowance

North Wales based SmartKem has received patent allowance in China for its semiconductor material. The company’s truFLEX platform can be used for manufacturing flexible displays and electronics and China is seen as a key future market.

Real-time chemical sensor to improve airport security

A team of European scientists has created a hand-held chemical sensor capable of instantaneous detection from a distance of 30m. Harnessing new photonics technology, the mid-IR sensor uses spectroscopic sensors that read the unique frequencies, or ‘signatures’, given off when liquids or gases interact with light.

ams sells NFC, RFID technologies to ST

Sensor specialist ams is selling its NFC and RFID reader IP, technologies and product lines to STMicroelectronics for $79.3million. The deal is also said to include a ‘substantial deferred earn out consideration’. Depending on future results, this could be worth another $37m. However, ams will retain its sensor related NFC/RFID tags business and relevant design capabilities as it looks to develop wireless IoT sensor solutions and support upcoming sensor nodes.

Avnet outbids Datwyler to acquire Premier Farnell

Avnet says it has reached agreement with the Premier Farnell’s directors to acquire the company in an all cash offer which values the distributor at £691million. This is said to be a 12.1% premium over the offer from Datwyler, which was initially accepted by Premier Farnell’s board.

EU and Japan expand collaboration to create smart cities

The EU-Japan ClouT – cloud of things – consortium has decided to add cities and partners to the recent BigClouT programme. The programme gives an analytics capability to the city by leveraging IoT, cloud and big data technologies creating a distributed intelligence that can be implanted in the whole city network. The new cities are Grenoble, Tsukuba and Bristol with Fujisawa remaining as a pilot city.

Adlink previews COM Express 3.0 Type 7 pin out

Board developer Adlink Technology has released a preview of the Type 7 pin out for the COM Express standard, currently being updated to version 3.0. The new pinout brings 10Gbit Ethernet (GbE) capabilities to the format factor, with potential benefits in space constrained systems in industrial automation and data communication.

Toshiba moves to 64 layer flash memories

Toshiba has announced the latest generation of BiCS FLASH, its 3D flash memory. The latest version is a 64 layer device that incorporates 3bit/cell technology, enabling 256Gbit to be stored. Toshiba says its next target is a 512Gbit device, also with 64 layers.

Is the UK's changing electronics landscape a cause for concern?

Is all well in the UK’s technology industry? News that the UK could be about to see its biggest technology company, ARM, taken over by Japanese giant SoftBank has cast a shadow over an industry that has changed dramatically over the past decade, according to the National Microelectronics Institute (NMI).

Five years on; apprentices in the spotlight

Five years ago, New Electronics reported on WorldSkills International. Organised by WorldSkills, a body that brings together industry, government, organisations, and institutions to promote skills education and training for young people, it was intended to promote awareness of the importance of apprenticeships and was the first time this event had ever been held in the UK.

Oxide combo could boost power semi performance

Engineers from the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota have discovered that when strontium titanate (STO) and neodymium titanate (NTO) interact with each other, the amount of electrons produced is 100 times larger than what is possible in semiconductors. And, according to University of Utah researcher Berardi Sensale-Rodriguez, pictured, the resulting material is ‘about five times more conductive than silicon’.

NGI, Thomas Swan collaborate to develop 2D materials

The National Graphene Institute (NGI) and Thomas Swan are partnering to develop commercial opportunities with 2D materials beyond graphene. As part of their agreement, the partners will not only seek to accelerate graphene commercialisation, but also boost early stage research on other 2D materials, including boron nitride – also known as ‘white graphene’.

Stadium unifies power brands

Stadium Group has brought its Stadium Power and Stontronics brands together as one trading entity called Stadium Stontronics. The move is said by the company to give its customers access to a wider range of standard, custom and semi custom power supplies, with support from Regional Fulfilment Centres in Reading and Hong Kong and Regional Design Centres in Norwich and Shanghai.

FEEU signs exclusive distribution deal with Ambiq

Fujitsu Electronics Europe has added MCUs and real time clocks from Ambiq Micro to its portfolio. As part of the agreement, the company will become the exclusive distributor of Ambiq Micro products in Europe, following a transition period.

Nanolithia could advance battery technology, says MIT team

While lithium-air batteries are seen to be promising for use in electric cars and portable electronic devices, they waste energy and degrade relatively quickly. A further constraint is their open cell configuration, which requires extra components to pump oxygen in and out. Despite these drawbacks, they hold the prospect of delivering high energy output per weight.

IoT take up increases, but security concerns linger

In its fourth IoT Barometer, Vodafone says 28% of organisations surveyed are already using IoT, with a further 35% ‘less than a year away’ from launching their own projects. The survey also determined that 75% of businesses say the IoT will be ‘critical’ for the future success of any organisation in their sector.

Altitude invests in Moortec

Altitude Partners, the regional private equity fund, has completed a development capital investment into Moortec, a semiconductor Intellectual Property (IP) business supplying ‘in-chip’ monitoring circuits. Moortec’s IP technology serves tier one consumer, enterprise and automotive technology companies.

Energy device for wireless nodes, wearables

UMAL is a low-profile, high capacity energy device designed to meet the demand for a slim high capacity energy source. According to developer Murata, UMAL has charge/discharge and life cycle characteristics superior to conventional secondary batteries.

ASML claims EUV sales, technology progress

Extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) continues its slow progress towards use in volume manufacturing. Originally intended for use at the 45nm node in 2009, EUV developers have faced numerous issues, including source power and, consequently, wafer throughput.

Roke expands cybersecurity operations

Roke Manor Research is expanding its operations by opening a second office in Gloucester, bringing it closer to defence, government and commercial partners in the region – such as Defence Equipment and Support – as well as potential new clients. It claims the move will help drive forward cyber recruitment and support technology innovation, creating opportunities for people and businesses in the region.

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