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Building supply chains to rival China

In the electronics industry the arguments for and against offshore and onshore manufacturing seem to follow a never-ending yo-yo pattern.

More recently, a third trend has developed in the form of re-shoring; as worries about quality issues, lengthened logistics and security have resulted in UK companies returning…

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Component distribution can take hybrid approach

It’s a truism that no one is better placed to tell you what’s going on in the electronics industry than a distributor. Our business is to know what’s being sold, or needs to be sold, and where.

As the gatekeepers of the buying and selling, it becomes…

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TFT display controller handles compatibility issues

Itron UK has designed a credit card-sized system on module which adds ARM processor class processing and multiple communications peripherals to a TFT touch display controller.

Called PumaNova SOM, the module has been designed for simple integration into systems designs such as PLCs, communications nodes and point of sales…

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Market is heading out of the Doldrums

The maritime cliché “heading out of the Doldrums” nicely summarises the performance of the UK electronic components market in the first half of 2014.

Having weathered the stormy waters of the global recession we suffered a series of squalls followed by a period of calm, and we are now catching…

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Qualcomm to buy CSR for £1.6bn

Qualcomm has announced that it has agreed a £1.6bn ($2.5bn) takeover of CSR, the Cambridge-based Bluetooth and wireless chip firm.

CSR has long been a likely target of US chip firms. Most recently Microchip Technology had been the most likely buyer. But Qualcomm has moved quickly to…

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Nanotech research makes colour displays “squid-like”

Research into colour display technology, which can be finely tuned, could provide clues about developing camouflaging metamaterials that can “see” colours and automatically blend into the background, as seen in nature with animals like squids.

Scientists at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) in Houston, Texas set out in…

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Homes at centre of smart metering revolution, says Maxim

The world is becoming a smarter place. We have come to expect more out of devices, communications, and networks.

Think smart meter and smart grid. Although “smart” means different things to different people, broadly speaking it simply implies more capability and more features.

It suggests the ability to make intelligent…

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A quick way to design multitouch TFT displays

If you are facing the task of integrating multitouch colour graphics into you TFT display system, you may be interested in the DX4 evaluation kit being offered by andersDX.

The DX4 is intended to provide a simpler rout to prototyping multitouch display designs. There is a PCAP touch screen, either…

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SoC development board uses Zynq-7000 FPGA

Pro Design has introduced a system-on-chip development module based around Xilinx Zynq-7000 FPGA.

The Zynq XC7Z045 or XC7Z100 combines a user FPGA with an ARM core processor (dual ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore with CoreSight) and several on board peripherals such as USB 2.0 OTG, Gigabit Ethernet…

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Open source drone initiative focuses on Linux

An open source software initiative for the development of drones and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) has come from the Linux Foundation.

Called the Dronecode Project, the aim is to create an open source platform for UAVs. The plan seems to be to do this using existing open source drone projects…

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