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Investment in technology could be an Election vote winner

Investment in technology could be a vote winner at the General Election in May.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne certainly thinks so which is why he lined up a number of technology initiatives in his recent Budget statement.

Driverless cars, the internet of things and smart cities, Osborne has…

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Astute signs global Euroquartz deal

Astute Electronics has signed a global franchise distribution agreement with Euroquartz, for its quartz crystals, oscillators and filters.

Euroquartz works with partner suppliers Statek, Greenway, Axtal and Mercury to provide frequency control components for applications such as military and aerospace, communications, computing and petrochemical sectors.

According to Mike Blee, marketing…

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Converge gets AS6081 certification to fight counterfeits

Converge has received AS6081 certification, the quality standard being used by US authorities in the fight to tackle counterfeit components in the supply chain.

The AS6081 standard is intended to provide a higher level of protection and to assess, mitigate, and control the risk of fraudulent/counterfeit parts being distributed…

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Affordable 3D chips and democracy

The semiconductor industry never disappoints when it comes to democratising technologies.

This is an industry that is based on open standards. Its devices increasingly are operated using open-source software.

Even the ARM processor is available to anyone who pays the license fee.

Semiconductor technology has benefited from this sharing…

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You can now buy Dialog wearables dev kits at Digi-Key

Dialog Semiconductor has signed a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key which is now selling the SmartBond Basic and Pro development kits used for battery-powered wearables and other IoT applications.

The kits are based on Dialog’s DA14580 and DA14581 System-on-Chip (SoC) ICs which integrate a Bluetooth…

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Future looks bright, engineers are in demand

I read that Formula One team McLaren is to become a technology company addressing industries outside of grand prix racing.

McLaren has spent millions developing mechanical, materials and electronics technologies for its racing cars.

This as an important R&D and engineering resource which can be applied to other…

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Decision time for Raspberry Pi inventor, Eben Upton

Decision time for Raspberry Pi inventor, Eben Upton

Can it really be three years since Raspberry Pi was first launched in Cambridge?

Today the little embedded computing board is no bigger in size, but far more powerful than it was when launched as an educational teaching aid on Leap Day in 2012.

And Raspberry Pi has done something…

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Automotive dream is reality for suppliers

For years the potential to add electronics to cars was obvious, but for suppliers seemed to be one of those markets which are greater in the anticipation than in the realisation.

Not anymore, the automotive market has finally realised its potential and now can be said to be one of…

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