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Micro Bit reunites BBC and ARM for grand education initiative

Micro Bit reunites BBC and ARM for grand education initiative

The BBC Micro Bit programmable device for school children was first announced back in March, along with a prototype. And the finished article was formally launched today at an event in Broadcasting House, London.

Around 1 million of the devices will be given to all Year 7 children (11/12…

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BBC micro:bit computer launches

BBC micro:bit computer launches

The technical launch of the BBC micro:bit pocket computer that will be given to all Year 7 children in the UK in the Autumn was announced today.

ARM, Nordic Semiconductor, Samsung, Microsoft, Freescale, Farnell element14 and Lancaster University were among those who supported the project.

“Technology is now as…

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Toshiba develops flash memory embedded process

Toshiba develops flash memory embedded process

Toshiba has developed a flash memory embedded process based on 65nm logic process that uses less power than current mainstream technology, and a single-poly non-volatile memory (NVM) process based on 130nm logic and analogue power process.

Applying the optimal process to diverse applications will allow Toshiba to expand…

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Infineon DC-DC converters for drillers

Infineon DC-DC converters for drillers

Infineon subsidiary IR HiRel is selling hermetic hybrid DC-DC converters rated at 185ºC in a 1-inch wide package.

The devices are designed specifically for oil and gas exploration downhole tools and can withstand the high temperature as well as the high shock environment typically found in these…

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Wireless will replace wires, says Bells Labs chief

Wireless will replace wires, says Bells Labs chief

Phones lines to homes and offices will one day be defunct and we will all one day connect to telecoms networks wirelessly, according to Marcus Weldon, president of Bell Labs and CTO of Alcatel-Lucent.

He also believes networks will be rebuilding themselves like connections in the human brain to…

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Nasa plans to send CubeSats to explore planets

Nasa plans to send CubeSats to explore planets

Low cost miniature satellites could one day be used to orbit and explore distant objects such as planets and comets.

Nasa is investigating the feasibility of sending CubeSats out of earth orbit to investigate distant objects.

The hope is that this will dramatically reduce the cost of sending probes to…

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May semi sales up 5%

May semi sales up 5%

May semiconductor sales were 2% up on April snd 5% up on May 2014, reports the SIA. May sales were $28.2 billion. US sales were up 11.4% year-on-year.

“The global semiconductor industry overcame lingering macroeconomic uncertainty to post solid year-to-year growth in May,” says…

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Semi capex up 9%

Semi capex up 9%

Semiconductor industry capex will hit a record $68.7 billion this year – beating 2011’s previous record of $63.8 billion – and is up 9% on 2014, reports Semico Research.

Samsung has taken a big lead – $15 billion in capex this year ahead of TSMC’s $10.8 billion and…

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Intersil launches adaptive buck-boost switching regulator

Intersil launches adaptive buck-boost switching regulator

Intersil Has launched the ISL9120 buck-boost switching regulator for power management of system power supplies and peripherals such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, memory cards or LCD modules.

Its adaptive current limit PFM architecture delivers efficiency up to 98%, says the company, with smooth transitions from buck-to-boost to…

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Arduino shrunk for wearables

Arduino shrunk for wearables

There is now a slimmed down version of the Arduino embedded system development platform which has been down-sized for use in wearable and IoT applications.

The Arduino Gemma is a miniature wearable device board based on the ATtiny85 microcontroller.

ATtiny85 is Atmel’s 8-bit AVR Risc-based microcontroller…

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Rochester to supply 68040s

Rochester Electronics has been licensed by Freescale to manufacture the 68040 32bit microprocessor product family which Freescale will stop producing in |November.

Rochester has original Freescale packaged parts and silicon die from which it will manufacture a variety of device options. Freescale has also provided access to full design and…

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