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M2M connections increasing, but don't call it IoT

M2M connections increasing, but don't call it IoT

The market for M2M cellular modules and wireless terminals is predicted to grow dramatically over the next three years.

By the end of 2019 the market for cellular M2M modules is expected to reach $2.2bn, according to a new report by Beecham Research.

The numbers of modules and wireless…

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Server power measured per programme by Fujitsu

Server power measured per programme by Fujitsu

Aiming to cut power waste in data centres, Fujitsu Labs has developed a way to determine how much energy each programme running on a CPU consumes.

It adds to the capability, called RAPL, of some Intel CPUs to measure overall power consumption.

“According to a report by the Japanese Ministry…

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IQE joins Obama initiative

IQE joins Obama initiative

IQE has been announced as a key partner in a new consortium to establish the United States’ first Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI).

Created as part of President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), the IP-IMI was launched this week in Rochester, NY by…

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Infineon on-track to 34% y-o-y growth

Infineon on-track to 34% y-o-y growth

Infineon had calendar Q2 revenue of € 1,586 million – up 7% on calendar Q1 – for a profit of €245 million at a margin of 15.4%. Infineon expects a 1% revenue increase in calendar Q3 and a 34% increase for the full year.

“Revenue, earnings and margin rose significantly in…

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Toshiba licenses ARM Cortex-A53

Toshiba licenses ARM Cortex-A53

Toshiba has licensed the ARM Cortex-A53 processor, the most power-efficient ARMv8-A processor capable of seamlessly supporting 32-bit and 64-bit code.

Toshiba will deploy the processor to develop ASSPs such as ApP LiteT application processors that offer well balanced power-efficiency and performance with 64-bit…

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In depth: NASA's passive Wi-Fi saves 80% power

In depth: NASA's passive Wi-Fi saves 80% power

NASA has revealed a technique which dramatically cuts the power consumption of Wi-Fi comms, at least at the remote terminal.

Key is modifying the Wi-Fi base station to allow the transmitter of the remote terminal to be replaced by a modulated passive reflector.

“In a Wi-Fi radio…

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Plessey goes into LED light bulb 'filament' production

Plessey goes into LED light bulb 'filament' production

 Plessey has launched a range of LED ‘filaments’ based on GaN-on-Si die made in Plymouth.

“The filaments are designed for the surging filament bulb market where these replacement lamps have far better performance, but maintain the physical appearance of incandescent lamps,” said the firm.

Called the PLF series…

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NTSB concludes Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash review

NTSB concludes Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash review

Human error, not mechanical fault, caused the crash of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo last October, a review has concluded. But the companies behind the craft and the regulator that approved its flight are not off the hook.

The crash was a result of co-pilot Michael Alsbury unlocking the spacecraft…

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QuickLogic introduces multi-core EOS sensor hub

QuickLogic introduces multi-core EOS sensor hub

QuickLogic has introduced a triple core sensor hub called EOS.

The justification for sensor hubs is that: “It is power-prohibitive to do sensor processing on the host processor,” according to QuickLogic vice-president Brian Faith.

The three cores are: an ARM Cortex M4F MCU, a front-end sensor manager…

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Intel, Micron plan crosspoint memory

Intel, Micron plan crosspoint memory

Intel and Micron plan to have samples of a 128Gbit 3D crosspoint memory by the end of the year with commercial shipments in 2016.

Intel claims that the new memory, which it calls XPoint, writes ‘up to 1000 faster than NAND’ and has 1000 times the endurance of NAND.

The…

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Wize Mirror reads back vital signs

Wize Mirror reads back vital signs

Mirror mirror on the wall, am I at risk of heart disease? One day soon your mirror might actually be able to give you the answer.

Wize Mirror looks like a mirror, but incorporates 3D scanners, multispectral cameras and gas sensors to assess the health of someone looking into it…

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Touch displays need extra EMI protection, says supplier

Touch displays need extra EMI protection, says supplier

Capacitive touch screen panels have their own particular problems with being susceptible to electromagnetic interference (EMI)

EMI coupling for capacitive touch screens can be a problem which  can result in the touch screen assembly being affected by external noise and emissions from the rest of the system.

As well as…

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