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IET searches for Apprentice and Technician Awards winners

IET awards

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is looking for entries to find the most gifted apprentices and technicians. The Apprentice and Technician Awards consist of: IET Apprentice of the Year, IET Technician of the Year and IET Armed Forces Technician of the Year. Now in their third year, the awards aim to raise the profile of the quality work that apprentices and ...

Bulldog pushes to demonstrate fourth generation haptics

Redux Bulldox haptics demonstration unit

Here’s an interesting one. UK company Redux has written about Bulldog, its demonstration unit for showing off a first for fourth-generation haptics. The Cambridgeshire company writes: Our demonstration unit, called Bulldog, not only delivers true third generation haptics, allowing us to vary what effect you get depending on where you press. It also takes pressure into consideration, so a different effect ...

Only Connect: On low cost manufacturing

bangladesh factory collapse

Welcome to another post in the series by Nick Locke, of Nicab Ltd, who has over 15 years experience in the electronics manufacturing industry specialising in interconnection cable assembly. This week I was going to write about new technology however, since the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka has seen a tragic loss of life in a textile factory I wanted to take ...

Another DFM chief exec gets the chop

John Cooley has found out that another boss of a design for manufacturing EDA firm has lost his job, this time the very likable Naeem Zafar from Pyxis. Is [sic] seems that, just like Aprio, for some unannounced reason (there’s no press release nor any notice on the company web page) the founding CEO of Pyxis, Naeem Zafar, is now ...

Shock survey: Engineers still prefer print media

Despite the hype surrounding ‘Web 2.0′, calls for the demise of print publications may have been a little premature, as print remains the information source of choice for electronics engineers. This is a conclusion from a worldwide survey run by CMP Technology’s Electronics Group, which found that electronics engineers rely on four core forms of media for their information needs, ...

Chipworks shows how DRAM caps are evolving

Chipworks, the nice reverse engineering people from Canada, have an analysis blog on their site looking at how DRAM capacitors are made. The snappy headline So you thought DRAM capacitors are made of only polysilicon and oxide or nitride…? looks at a Powerchip 512Mbit DDR2 SDRAM. Hopefully you can see a micrograph of the device on the left. Chipworks notes ...

Why power electronics matters

The rise in importance of consumer electronics, and the increasing relevance of environmental issues, are forcing more people to take note of the power electronics market. According to an editorial piece on EDN, the power electronics market was worth more than $70bn last year, which is a very significant chunk of the electronics industry. While this industry is typically thought ...

Apple/Quantum spat takes another twist

The patent lawsuit between industry behemoth Apple and plucky little innovation firm Quantum (guess who’s side I’m on) is really on a roll. The story kicked off in January with Apple facing a patent claim over iPod touch sensor technology. That was good stuff, but it got even better earlier this month as the sensor firm warned Apple over its ...