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Digital skills shortage action needed

Digital skills shortage action needed

TechUK is inviting the electronics industry to get its voice heard on the digital skills shortage problem by contributing to a survey to support evidence to the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee.

The Government’s Migration Advisory Committee is currently inviting evidence specifically relating to ‘Digital Technology’ roles.

TechUK is…

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RS makes the Intel - Arduino connection

RS makes the Intel - Arduino connection

Intel’s Edison embedded computing development platform which includes a board for Arduino is now being sold by RS Components.

The Intel Edison module is built around a dual-core, dual-threaded 500MHz Intel Atom CPU and a 100MHz 32-bit Intel Quark microcontroller.

“The Intel Edison platform represents an…

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Scottish facility develops SiC mosfets for electric car maker

Scottish facility develops SiC mosfets for electric car maker

Raytheon UK’s Scottish semiconductor business is to develop a silicon carbide (SiC) based mosfets for use in electric, hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

The Glenrothes-based facility has a development contract with an unnamed car manufacturer.

Raytheon will develop a SiC mosfet rated at 650V/60A…

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Comment: LEDs light up UK suppliers

Comment: LEDs light up UK suppliers

LED street lights shine brightly on the industry right now.

In the past the UK electronics sector was heavily dependent on defence and telecommunications for its large infrastructure business.

These sectors, while still important to suppliers, are no longer the cash-cows they were in the 1980s and 1990s.

In…

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Reference clocks output multi-GNSS data

Reference clocks output multi-GNSS data

Swiss-based wireless module firm u‑blox has introduced precision timing modules for generating reference clocks.

The u-blox modules can deliver time according to any international standard including calibration of inter-constellation offsets. Survey-in and single satellite timing features increase timing accuracy and timing availability with as few…

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Lauterbach sponsors UK developer conference

Lauterbach sponsors UK developer conference

Lauterbach is sponsoring next year’s UK Device Developers’ Conference for engineers and computer scientists which is to take place in Reading, Cambridge, Manchester and Uphall (Scotland) during May and June 2015.

The organisers expect more than 300 developers to attend the UK events. 

Barry Lock, UK Manager, for the…

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AVX claims smallest tantalum capacitors

AVX claims smallest tantalum capacitors

AVX has extended its F38 series of polymer tantalum capacitors, introducing the smallest, highest capacitance-voltage (CV) version yet.

Packaged in an 0603 (1608 metric) M case with an 0.9mm maximum profile, the 6.3V 47μF capacitors “nearly halve the footprint of the next smallest polymer tantalum capacitor…

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Lords question Government on civil and hobby drone use

Lords question Government on civil and hobby drone use

A House of Lords committee investigating civilian drone use in the EU will hear from Government Minister Robert Goodwill on Monday 1 December.

The committee is the House of Lords ‘EU sub-committee on the internal market, infrastructure and employment’, and is investigating the use of civilian remotely piloted aircraft…

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MIPS ports hypervisor to low-end 32-bit MPU

MIPS ports hypervisor to low-end 32-bit MPU

Imagination has sourced a hypervisor for its M5150 (5-stage pipe) 32-bit microcontroller, which includes hardware virtualisation.

Combining hypervisor software with virtualisation hardware allows multiple operating systems and applications to be run on the same silicon with a significant (some claim total) cut in the risk of hacking.

In…

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Brokerage firm sets up franchised division for e-mech

Brokerage firm sets up franchised division for e-mech

Astute Electronics has created an electromechanical division with franchised suppliers.

This differentiates the business from its traditional brokerage activities. The new division will also have a technical support team.

The division launches with six significant franchises: Amphenol, Airborn, Delphi, Fischer, Positronic and Quell.

“Names such as Amphenol, Airborn and Delphi…

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