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Market facing a difficult year of zero growth

The UK electronic component market may be facing a difficult year of zero growth in 2016, but there may be reason to be cheerful in an otherwise pessimistic environment, writes Adam Fletcher Even the most optimistic members of the Electronic Component Supply Network (ecsn) foresee that the UK electronic component market will at best achieve only slight growth in 2016. ...

Raspberry Pi inspires a generation in rural India

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Raspberry Pi is being used in a project to teaching underprivileged teens in rural India how to code. The two year project called Pi á la Code is the inspirational idea of Sonia Uppal, an exceptional high-school student from California, who described it on the Raspberry Pi Organisation blog. After attending a school in Bangalore, India, Uppal moved to the San Francisco Bay ...

UK is back in the game for manufacturing,

It has been easy to write the UK off as an economic choice for manufacturing if you base that opinion on a few choice labour overhead comparisons, says Rod Piwowarski, CEO of Fordingbridge-based Corintech. In the industrial electronics industry, in which we operate, it’s also easy to imagine we simply can’t achieve the economies of scale here in the UK that exist ...

Measure magnetic field with open source teslameter

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A Slovenia-based start-up called Red Pitaya has created a programmable test and measurement instrument which runs open source software and it has posted its first test applications on the internet. The board can be configured as an oscilloscope, an arbitrary waveform generator or spectrum analyser by downloading software applications from the company’s online marketplace. One design project describes an open ...

Spanish robotics firm gets US DARPA funding

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Erle Robotics has been funded by the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as part of its Robotics Fast Track (RFT) programme. The Spanish robotics company will develop reusable and reconfigurable robot hardware components, which it calls the Hardware Robot Operating System (H-ROS). According to Erle, the aim of the H-ROS project is to simplify the design and building of robots, which it ...

Raspberry Pi has a rival in Germany which goes on sale in April

BeagleCore

The first 1,000 BeagleCore modules (BCM1) and 500 BeagleCore starter-kits (BCS1) will be available from April through distributor Conrad Electronic. BeagleCore BCM1 is a small form-factor computer module (48 mm × 31 mm × 3.5 mm) for industrial or commercial applications with all core features of BeagleBone Black. German developer Martin Steger writes: “BeagleCore is completely compatible to BeagleBone – the ...

Microsoft starts selling Raspberry Pi with Windows 10

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Microsoft is now selling Raspberry Pi 2s Model Bs in its online store The Raspberry Pi 2s Model B is  being bundled with a 8Gbyte microSD card with Windows 10 IoT embedded at a price of $47. The second-generation Raspberry Pi delivers six times the processing capacity of previous models. This is because it has an upgraded Broadcom BCM2836 processor with 1Gbyte of ...

element14 adds IoT design support with NXP micros

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NXP has created a design kit for building IoT sensors nodes with a secure connection to the cloud. The LPC43S67 and A70CM kits, which are available from element14, incorporate AES128/192/256 encryption, NFC, WiFi, Ethernet and various sensors built around the LPCXpresso43S67 board with LPC43S67 dual-core (M4F and M0+) microcontroller. Security is provided by an NXP A7001CM Secure Element and a number ...

Intel’s maker module goes on sale

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Genuino 101 (also known as Arduino 101), the low cost embedded development module from Intel is available from Mouser Electronics. The Genuino 101, which is based on the Intel’s tiny processor module dubbed Curie, is the microprocessor firm’s bid to enter the entry-level markets for makers and educational use. The Arduino 101 fits the form factor of the Arduino Uno, ...