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Imagination Creator CI20 hits production

Imagination Creator CI20 hits production

Imagination Technology has revealed the production version of its Creator CI20 single board computer.

Compared with the developers version, available for a few months, on-board flash is doubled to 8Gbyte and the PCB is now a rather striking purple.

CI20 is Imaginations attempt to popularise the MIPS architecture (which…

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Qualcomm drops ARM for premium CPU

Qualcomm drops ARM for premium CPU

Qualcomm is dropping ARM for its next top-of-the-range mobile processor.

“With the 810 (Snapdragon 810) we made a conscious decision to use licensed cores to accommodate the accelerated shift to 64 bit,” says Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf, “our next premium processor will use our own 64 bit…

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NI to help CERN adopt 64bit Linux

NI to help CERN adopt 64bit Linux

European lab CERN is working to standardise 64bit Linux as the operating system for all if its control systems, according to test firm National Instruments (NI).

NI has been involved with CERN for many years, and NI’s LabView system design tool was used to develop control software for, amongst…

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ST out of IBM Common Platform Alliance

ST out of IBM Common Platform Alliance

STMicroelectronics is pulling out of the IBM Alliance for semiconductor process technology and is now, apparently, without a source of core CMOS technology…

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A model for nanocrystal solar cells

A model for nanocrystal solar cells

An electron flow model of nano-crystalline solar cells has sprung from work at Swiss university ETH Zurich.

Nano-crystal cells are important because the crystals give designers a way to tune material characteristics outside their bulk behaviour, opening a door to increased efficiency and thinner cells.

“These solar cells…

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Osram laser chip simplifies fibre optic power

Osram laser chip simplifies fibre optic power

Osram Opto is claiming cleaner laser injection into optical fibres with its most recent laser bar.

The device is 5mm wide and consists of five emitters, each 100μm wide with a 4mm long cavity.

Called SPL BF98-40-5, it creates 976nm infra-red at 3W/mm.mrad at…

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500W convection-cooled medical-industrial PSU

500W convection-cooled medical-industrial PSU

Typical efficiency of 92% has allowed Excelsys Technologies to design a convention-cooled 500W power supply.

XS500, as it is known, carries dual safety certification: EN60950 2nd Edition for industrial applications and EN60601-1 2nd and 3rd Edition for medical applications, meeting the stringent creepage and clearance requirements.

Input to…

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Ancient Earth-size planets found, by a little bit of Essex

Ancient Earth-size planets found, by a little bit of Essex

University of Birmingham scientists have found a solar system with Earth-sized planets from the dawn of the Galaxy – 11 billion years ago.

They used data from sensors on NASA’s Kepler space telescope, made by E2V of Essex.

Kepler’s telescope stares fixedly at a +/-6° cone of space…

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Start-up develops vitamin measurement pen

Start-up develops vitamin measurement pen

A start-up has developed a non-invasive device which allows users to check 30 most important vitamins and minerals and has secured substantial financial backing on the Indiegogo crowd-funding website.

The pen-like device is called Vitastiq and uses a smartphone as an interface.

The device uses a…

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Electronics patent of the month: Contact profiles for landline telephones

Electronics patent of the month: Contact profiles for landline telephones

Michael Jaeger, patent attorney at leading UK patent and trade mark attorneys Withers & Rogers LLP, writes:

GB Patent Number: GB2488459
Granted to:  BT PLC

We increasingly use technology to connect our lives.  Like me, many of you will have a plethora of online accounts and a sometimes confusing array…

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