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Omron COO: Low power revolution in sensor design

Omron COO: Low power revolution in sensor design

 

Energy efficiency in ubiquitous components will be a major differentiator for manufacturers of electromechanical switches and sensors, writes Leon Mordang

Delivering more for less energy is very much the name of the game in our industry as Electronica 2014 rolls around.

Emech and sensors are proving to be two…

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Intersil director: Car technology can make pedestrians safer

Intersil director: Car technology can make pedestrians safer

Safety has always been a critical focus area for automakers, and technology advances have dramatically improved vehicle safety statistics, with fatalities decreasing by more than 50% over the last three decades alone.

Safety concerns have now shifted from automobile accidents involving another vehicle to reducing the number of accidents involving…

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US claims THz transistor speed record

US claims THz transistor speed record

Northrop Grumman is claiming a speed record with “the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured”.

Developed for US military lab DARPA, the ten-stage common-source amplifier showed 10dB gain at 1.0THz and 9dB at 1.03THz. The transistors are 25nm gate length indium phosphide (InP) HEMTs…

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O-S-D to grow 9% after two bad years

O-S-D to grow 9% after two bad years

The O-S-D (opto, sensors, discretes) sector will grow 9% this year after 1% growth in 2012 and 2013, reports IC Insights. This year sales should reach a record $68.9 billion…

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Germany takes a step to imaging LED matrix headlamps

Germany takes a step to imaging LED matrix headlamps

Arbitrary-beam headlights are another step closer, claims a German consortium. 

Cars already exist in which cameras shape the headlight beam around other road users – maximising light on the road while minimising dazzle. These adaptive headlamps are based on forward-facing cameras and shaped mechanical shutters within the headlight.

With…

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Novel synchronous detector digs signals out of noise

Novel synchronous detector digs signals out of noise

Analog Devices is aiming at low-power signal measurement with a combined synchronous demodulator and filter chip which allows precision magnitude and phase measurements to be made on analogue signals buried in noise.

Called ADA2200, the IC has a digitally-controlled switched-capacitor analogue signal chain, which the firm describes…

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MathWorks says model-based design is good for ARM Cortex-A

MathWorks says model-based design is good for ARM Cortex-A

MathWorks says that code generated from MATLAB and Simulink can now be optimised for running on ARM Cortex-A processors.

Simulink also offers built-in target support for ARM-based hardware devices including BeagleBone Black, Xilinx Zynq, STMicroelectronics Discovery Board, and Freescale Freedom Board.

The MathWorks  Embedded Coder tool generates…

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Smart meter hacking risk

Smart meter hacking risk

Auditing firm KPMG warned of smart meter security risks at the Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum.

Its cyber security specialist Alejandro Rivas-Vásquez was discussing UK’s smart meter implementation programme in the light of flaws found during the equivalent Spanish programme.

“Spanish researchers recently found fundamental security…

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Toshiba mosfet package improves cooling dynamics

Toshiba mosfet package improves cooling dynamics

Toshiba Electronics is now offering its ow-voltage mosfets in DSOP Advance packages which offer dual-sided cooling which it said will significantly improve heat dissipation.

The DSOP Advance package shares the same 5mm x 6mm footprint as a SOP Advance device.

In comparative tests operating temperatures – when used in…

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Comment: Security is next killer app for ARM

Comment: Security is next killer app for ARM

ARM does not want to be seen as just a mobile processor.

After years of searching for as design feature which will open up non-mobile applications, maybe the answer has been there all along. It is secure systems.

The ARM processor architecture has been progressively adapted to make it…

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DeepMind computer mixes architectures for human-like learning

DeepMind computer mixes architectures for human-like learning

The Neural Turing Machine will combine the best of number-crunching with the human-like adaptability of neural networks – so it can invent its own programs, writes Jacob Aron.

Your smartphone is amazing, but ask it to do something it doesn’t have an app for and it just sits…

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Edinburgh threatened as ST takes the axe to digital

Edinburgh threatened as ST takes the axe to digital

STMicroelectronics is cutting back its digital business in an attempt to reduce is annual costs by $100 million. 450 jobs are likely to be cut in the EPS (embedded processing solutions) group in the digital operation…

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