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European demand for semiconductors is 'unusually strong'

The European semiconductor distribution industry displayed unusual strength in the last quarter of 2014, ending the year with a healthy growth rate, according to DMASS, the Distributors' and Manufacturers' Association of Semiconductor Specialists. In its latest report, the industry group reported Q4 sales grew by 10.3% to €1.57billion, with sales for the full year reaching €6.34bn, an increase of 7.7% on 2013.

Display module has high vibration resistance

Avnet Embedded is introducing a 7in WVGA TFT-LCD module for industrial applications such as construction, agricultural vehicles and factory automation. The module, manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric, will be available in sample quantities at the end of February.

ST finishes roll out of STM32 software development platform

Designers looking to work with STMicroelectronics' STM32 microcontrollers can now do so using the company's STMCube software development platform. According to the company, it has now completed roll out of the package to all members of the STM32 MCU family currently in production.

SMBus upgraded to version 3.0

The System Management Interface Forum (SMIF) has upgraded the System Management Bus (SMBus) specification to version 3.0. The upgrade is said to incorporate a number of revisions to ease implementation of the protocol, broaden its performance and harmonise the specification with the I2C and Power Management Bus (PMBus) specifications.

Texas researchers create silicene transistor

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have created the first transistors made of silicene. The research is said to hold the promise of building dramatically faster, smaller and more efficient computer chips.

ARM unveils Cortex-A72 core, claims performance and power boosts

ARM has announced the ARM Cortex-A72 processor, said by the company to be the highest performing CPU technology currently available for developing mobile SoCs. The Cortex-A72 is anticipated to deliver a level of CPU performance that is 50 times greater than was available from the leading smartphones of five years ago.

All in a whirl over potential of skyrmions in magnetic memories

Skrymions – small magnetic whirls – may revolutionise future data storage and information processing if they can be moved rapidly and reliably in small structures, according to a European research team comprising scientists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and TU Berlin, together with colleagues from the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Spansion launches MCUs to address emerging HMI applications

Looking to address emerging human machine interface applications, Spansion has added two ARM Cortex-M4 based MCUs to its product line. The FM4 S6E2DH features an integrated graphics display controller, while the S6E2CCxxF/MB9BF568F series comes with self contained voice command control.

UK company launches dual band GSM/GPRS modem for M2M and IoT applications

A dual band GSM/GPRS terminal from UK designer and manufacturer Siretta is said to set a new price point for such devices of less than £40. The cellular modem is intended to allow the deployment of wireless communications in M2M and IoT applications without the need for specialist wireless design skills, long design in cycles or complex wireless certifications.

Power analyser integrates oscilloscope characteristics

Keysight Technologies has introduced a power analyser that combines power measurement with a touch driven oscilloscope. The IntegraVision power analyser is said to make it easy for R&D engineers to access dynamic views of current, voltage and power so they can see, measure and prove the performance of their designs.

Raspberry Pi with six times the power

Raspberry Pi 2 - the next generation of the hugely popular single board computer – has been launched by its distributors and features upgraded capabilities, faster processor cores and a doubling in memory capacity to 1GB.

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