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Golf's loss is solar's gain in Japan

Golf's loss is solar's gain in Japan

Old golf course land is to become solar farms, according to Kyocera, which is working with partners on the conversions.

The most recently announced is a 23MW power plant on an abandoned golf course in Kyoto Prefecture, which will generate an estimated 26GWh/year.

“Over-development of golf properties during…

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NXP sells CMOS sensor business to ams

NXP sells CMOS sensor business to ams

NXP has sold its CMOS sensor business to Austrian mixed-signal chip firm ams.

NXP is currently in the middle of a merger with US chip firm Freescale Semiconductor.

Earlier this summer NXP also agreed to sell its RF power business to Chinese private equity firm Jianguang Asset Management  for…

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Maxim quad deserializer for ADAS

Maxim quad deserializer for ADAS

The MAX9286 quad deserializer from Maxim enables the design of surround-view systems for ADAS.

One MAX9286 gigabit multimedia serial link (GMSL) deserializer receives and automatically synchronizes video from up to four cameras.

Surround view systems are a key component in today’s emerging ADAS market. The MAX9286 automotive deserializer…

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Interview: Making the BBC Micro:bit Bluetooth Smart

Interview: Making the BBC Micro:bit Bluetooth Smart

Bluetooth Smart is a key element of the Micro:bit, the BBC’s much heralded educational computing device aimed at Year 7 children in the UK. Electronics Weekly talks to Martin Woolley, Bluetooth SIG Technical Program Manager, who led the work around Bluetooth, including creating a specific Micro:bit Bluetooth…

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Comment: Can Germany keep Europe in the FD-SOI game?

Comment: Can Germany keep Europe in the FD-SOI game?

With FD-SOI now being proposed as the next generation semiconductor process technology, the epicentre for semiconductor manufacturing in Europe is shifting to Germany.

With the eclipse of both STMicroelectronics and NXP as major European manufacturers of chips, the new momentum for investment in wafer fabs seems to be coming…

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UltraSoC joins with Tortuga Pacific to push IP

UltraSoC joins with Tortuga Pacific to push IP

UltraSoC, the debug specialist, has joined with Tortuga Pacific, the specialist in expanding IP businesses, to promote  UltraSoC’s UltraDebug debug and validation technologies to SoC designers.

“The Tortuga Pacific team is uniquely equipped to represent UltraSoC’s silicon debug and analytics offering to our key markets in North America…

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ADI integrates 24-bit sigma-delta converters into sensor interface chip

ADI integrates 24-bit sigma-delta converters into sensor interface chip

Analog Devices has integrated 24-bit sigma-delta converters into analogue front end devices with up to eight differential inputs.

The AD7124-4 and AD7124-8 are integrated signal chain devices with a programmable gain amplifier, precision reference, reference buffers, current sources, temperature sensor and excitation sources all on-chip…

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Teachers get free Raspberry Pi skills in Google Digital Garage

Teachers get free Raspberry Pi skills in Google Digital Garage

Educating students of all ages in embedded design continues to be an important part of the activities of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

Its programme of training teachers in embedded design based on Raspberry Pi is continuing apace with the numbers of Raspberry Pi-certified educators growing through its training events…

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Apple app developer taps into Microchip "supermarket"

Apple app developer taps into Microchip "supermarket"

Embedded software developer Coderus is raising its profile in the wireless IoT market by signing up to the Microchip Design Partner Program as an app developer specialist.

Suffolk-based Coderus sees Microchip as “a supermarket for core modules with which brands can build their products” and this will fit well…

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Plessey expands wearable LED line

Plessey expands wearable LED line

Plessey has expanded its dotLED range, designed for wearable LED tech, by adding a wider selection of colours, including red, green and blue.

“Our dotLED product range addresses the optical, mechanical and cost requirements for the typical wearable applications. These include wristbands trackers for health and fitness as well as…

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TFT displays supplier offers Arduino shield for free

TFT displays supplier offers Arduino shield for free

An Epson LCD controller shield board brings support for WQVGA and QVGA TFT displays to the Arduino Due development platform.

Independent distributor Ineltek UK is offering the Arduino shield free when you buy one of its selected TFT displays.

The S5U13781R01C100 TFT shield is based on the Epson S1D13781 controller…

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Imec, Besi pave way to manufacturable 3D hybrid technology

Imec, Besi pave way to manufacturable 3D hybrid technology

Imec and Besi have developed an automated thermocompression solution for narrow-pitch die-to-wafer bonding, a method by which singulated dies are stacked onto bottom dies which are still part of a fully intact 300mm wafer. The technology paves the way to a manufacturable 2.5D, 3D, and 2…

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