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EC will support foreign semi manufacturers if locals won't invest

EC will support foreign semi manufacturers if locals won't invest

If the European semiconductor companies don’t invest in semiconductor production facilities in Europe then the EC will support investment by foreign companies, Khalil Rouhana (pictured), director for components and systems in the EC’s DG CONNECT project, told the European Nanoelectronics Forum 2014 in Cannes this morning…

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Active spoon helps tremoring hands

Active spoon helps tremoring hands

For people with Parkinson’s disease, scientists and engineers in California have developed a spoon with active movement cancellation.

Called Liftware, the rechargeable utensil includes a battery-powered servo system. Clip-in ends to replace the spoon are planned.

The organisation behind it is Lift labs (click link for video…

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Round table: The emulation think tank

Round table: The emulation think tank

Specialists in semiconductor design and design tool technologies from Imagination Technologies and Broadcom have been brought together by Electronics Weekly in partnership with Mentor Graphics, to discuss the importance of emulation for the verification of complex IC designs

The use of hardware and software emulation is being driven by design…

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3D printer uses pressure control to cut costs

3D printer uses pressure control to cut costs

A pressure controlled 3D printer has raised $65,000 on the Kickstarter crowd-funding website.

The Elemental 3D printer is designed to be lower cost by replacing complex mechanical operation with a pressure control system.

The printer deploys a new resin-based suspension technology, which simplifies the control of resin…

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The kitchen table, the pub and money

The kitchen table, the pub and money

The kitchen table, the pub and money are the ingredients for getting the European nanoelectronics industry to thrive, Ben Verwaayen, former CEO of BT and Alcatel Lucent, told the European Nanoelectronics Forum 2014 in Cannes this morning…

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UK-China investment a focus for UK Ambassador

UK-China investment a focus for UK Ambassador

UK Ambassador to China, Sir Sebastian Wood highlighted UK Trade and Investment’s support for companies in the region. The Ambassador was speaking after he met with top management at Laird.

Ambassador Wood travelled to Laird’s development and manufacturing centre in Shenzhen, China to learn more about the company…

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RF chip can be programmed for MIMO and 4G

RF chip can be programmed for MIMO and 4G

Lime Microsystems is shipping second generation of its field programmable RF devices, with dual radio transceivers that cover the frequency range 0.1 to 3800MHz.

This means the devices, with programmable filters and gain, cover all the cellular bands used in 2G, 3G and 4G networks, as well as many…

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Micron workers strike in Italy

Micron workers strike in Italy

Micron workers went on strike again yesterday with three quarters of the company’s workers at its Catania site going out on strike…

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Microchip ups controller voltage for noise immunity

Microchip ups controller voltage for noise immunity

Microchip has introduced a range of 16-bit dsPIC33 Digital Signal Controllers at the SPS IPC Drives Conference in Germany, which provides 5V operation for improved noise immunity.

The dsPIC33EV family is the first dsPIC DSC with Error Correcting Code (ECC) flash for increased reliability and safety.

For safety-critical…

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Brunel scientists saves £1,000s with £160 DIY microscope

Brunel scientists saves £1,000s with £160 DIY microscope

Scientist Adam Lynch was stuck for a piece of research equipment, so he made his own, saving thousands of pounds, and getting a research paper published on the instrument.

From Brunel University’s College of Health and Life Sciences, Lynch was studying cell movement and needed a microscope to look…

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Sensorless control turns stepper into servo motor

Sensorless control turns stepper into servo motor

Sensorless control of stepper motors, in which the speed of the rotor is determined through a virtual encoder within the controller, is possible, claims German firm Nanotec.

“This enables the stepper motor to be operated as a servo-motor, with no step loss, no resonance and no risk of overheating…

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Wearables market expects big fitness boom

Wearables market expects big fitness boom

Market research indicates that fitness wearables in-use will almost treble by 2018, compared to an estimated 19 million in-use devices this year.

A new report by Juniper Research predicts that fitness is to remain the dominant wearables segment until that time, driven by intuitive use cases and lower…

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