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Hitaltech signed to distribute Omron components

Hitaltech has been appointed as an authorised distributor for Omron Electronic Components. As part of the deal, Hitaltech will offer Omron’s range of FPC-FFC connectors, including the XF3M, pictured, said to be ideal for applications requiring a connection between an LCD panel and a PCB or for other board to board connections.

Conrad adds 650 power modules to portfolio

Conrad Business Supplies has extended its range of power supplies and supporting accessories, with the addition of more than 650 products from Delta Electronics. The company’s product range is said to offer high efficiency performance in applications requiring a wide input voltage range.

MPUs targeted at industrial IoT and wearable applications

A new series of ARM Cortex-A5 based microprocessors has been launched by Atmel, which says the devices deliver the lowest power consumption of all MPUs in its class. Called the SAMA5D2 series, the parts are said to consume less than 200µA in retention mode with context preserved and to wake up in 30µs.

Spectrum monitoring range extended

CRFS is launching the latest additions to its RFeye node family at DSEI 2015. The RFeye family has been designed for continuous remote monitoring of the spectrum, providing real time information on spectrum use, as well as the ability to map, display and analyse high volumes of data. The devices support direction finding and radio geolocation techniques in regulatory, security and military applications.

V2X technology senses danger before you see it

Continental will presented a left-turn assist based on Vehicle-to-X (V2X) technology in the outdoor area of the New Mobility World at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The technology issues an audible and visual warning to alert the driver of an impending collision due to the presence of a hidden approaching vehicle during a left-turn manoeuvre. Automatic intervention is only triggered if the driver fails to observe the warning despite the increasing probability of an accident.

Using magnetic permeability to store information

Researchers from Corning Incorporated, the Physics Department at the University of Nebraska, the US Army Research Laboratory and the Naval Research Laboratory have made steps in developing a new magnetic memory technology, which is less susceptible to corruption by magnetic fields or thermal exposure than conventional memory. The findings open up a new approach to a variety of applications from high-density radiation hard memory suitable for space travel to more secure ID cards.

Power semiconductor market to grow 5% in 2015

According to the latest report by IHS Technology the overall power semiconductor market, including both power discretes and power modules, is predicted to grow 5% in 2015 to reach $17billion. In 2014, year-over-year power discrete revenue grew 5% and power module revenue grew 12%.

HyperCat joins the Industrial Internet Consortium

HyperCat has announced that it is joining the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) to help tackle two key IoT challenges: firstly, how to find relevant and trustworthy data from connected ‘things’; And secondly, how to make it easier for those things to talk to each other.

Arrow Electronics expands development kit portfolio with DECA evaluation board

Arrow Electronics has announced the latest addition to its portfolio of development tools with the Arrow DECA evaluation board, featuring Altera’s MAX 10 FPGA and Enpirion power solutions. The MAX 10 FPGAs are claimed to integrate dual-configuration flash, analogue blocks, memory, DSP and embedded processing capabilities all within a single chip package.

Record numbers of first time exhibitors at DSEI 2015

The Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) begins in just over a week and while it is still home to the usual industry giants such as Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, Finmeccanica, General Dynamics, Rolls-Royce, SAAB and Thales it is proving to be an increasingly important sales arena for SMEs.

Integrating multiple antennas into vehicle OBD and telematics

Antenova Ltd has built a model design for On Board Devices (OBD) and vehicle telematics. The OBD design is said to use three antennas inside an OBD housing to link to a satellite (GNSS), Bluetooth and a terrestrial network, whilst obtaining optimum performance from all three antennas simultaneously. The design also features a small GNSS RF module to fix location.

Intel to invest $50m in quantum research collaboration

Intel, Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Dutch Organisation for Applied Research, have embarked on a 10 year project to accelerate advancements in quantum computing. As part of the collaboration, Intel will invest $50million, as well as engineering resources and technical support.

The multiferroic sandwich

Italy’s International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) and Northwestern University, Illinois, are conducting a study into the development of a ‘multiferroic’ material that contained both elements of magnetism and ferroelectricity.

Developing compostable printed electronics

Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) have received €1.7million funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to develop printed electronics made of compostable natural materials and processes for industrial production.

Loongson processors run both ARM and x86 instructions

China’s Loongson Technology has launched two quad-core processors based on the company’s GS464E 64-bit processor architecture, the Loogson-3A2000 and -3B2000. The two MIPS64 devices are said to execute both ARM and x86 instructions using LoongBT, a binary translation technology for Linux.

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