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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 to remain the dominant wearables segment until that time, driven by intuitive use cases and lower retail…

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Symtavision and Lauterbach integrate flow

Symtavision and Lauterbach integrate flow

Symtavision and Lauterbach have further integrated the SymTA/S and TraceAnalyzer timing design tools with Lauterbach’s TRACE32 suite of microprocessor development tools…

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More on: Newbury Electronics tracks animals

More on: Newbury Electronics tracks animals

Yesterday it was announced that Newbury Electronics is to start a new electronic design services division called Newbury Innovations, and that the team transferring to the new entity had already designed some interesting electronics, including tags for tracking wild animals.

Here is some more on those tags.

They were created…

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RS gives DesignSpark PCB prototyping tools

RS gives DesignSpark PCB prototyping tools

RS Components has announced the latest release of DesignSpark PCB,  its free downloadable PCB design tool, which now can draw the approximate routing path and allow algorithms to draw the best tracks in schematics and PCB layout.

The tool will now update part numbers to the bill of material at…

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IC measures temperature to 0.1°C accuracy

IC measures temperature to 0.1°C accuracy

Linear Technology has introduced a digital temperature measurement IC which directly digitises RTDs, thermocouples, thermistors and external diodes with 0.1°C accuracy and 0.001°C resolution.

The device integrates low offset buffered ADCs with excitation and control circuits for each sensor. Measurements are performed under the control of…

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Green Hills Software and MEN Mikro Elektronik develop pre-certified safety platforms

Green Hills Software and MEN Mikro Elektronik develop pre-certified safety platforms

Green Hills Software has teamed with embedded computer firm MEN Mikro Elektronik to develop pre-certified safety platforms for applications in the industrial and transportation sectors.

Green Hills Software’s Netherlands-based technical centre will provide customer support and a safety BSP (board support package) for the industrial safety (IEC…

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Infineon packages diode with IGBT

Infineon packages diode with IGBT

Infineon is sampling an IGBT package which can hold an IGBT up to 120A and a full rated diode in the same footprint and pin-out as JEDEC standard TO-247-3. Volume production is planned for Q1 2015…

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Newbury Electronics spins off Innovation division

Newbury Electronics spins off Innovation division

PCB maker Newbury Electronics has started an electronic design and development division, to be called Newbury Innovation.

Newbury Electronics has four levels of business:

Making PCBs (>15,000 different designs per year)
Make/populate PCBs
Design/make/populate PCBs
Design electronics, design/make/populate PCBs

Last year, the firm…

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Pulsonix tool adds netlist export and Gerber X2 outputs

Pulsonix tool adds netlist export and Gerber X2 outputs

The latest release of Pulsonix the PCB software design tool has been announced by Westdev.

The latest release of the design tool, Pulsonix 8.5, can now support IPC-2581 netlist export and Gerber X2 manufacturing outputs.

A new Panel Editor will allow multi-PCB designs to be panelised ready…

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High tech materials lab opens in Southampton

High tech materials lab opens in Southampton

The University of Southampton has officially opened its Advanced Composite Materials Facility,
“The facility, which is unique to the UK, will aim to develop and manufacture new and advanced materials for semiconductor electronics, data storage, photonics, and energy harvesting, conversion and storage,” said the University.
One of the first projects…

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