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Video processing development kit aims at security

Quick evaluation of video processing algorithms is the aim of Halo Rapid Product Development System (RPDS) from UK DSP specialist RFEL.

“Halo RPDS 1.0 provides customers with a means of evaluating the effectiveness of RFEL’s video enhancement technology,” said company CEO Alex Kuhrt. “It is a plug-and…

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Altera adds hard floating point to FPGAs

Altera is shipping Arria 10 FPGAs with hardened floating-point DSP blocks, but customers will have to wait for design flows.

The DSP block, which is IEEE 754-compliant, will also be in Stratix 10 FPGAs.

Up to 1.5 Tflop is claimed in Arria and 10 Tflop in Stratix…

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Miniature OCXO delivers +/-5ppb stability

In a 14x9mm package measuring 6.5mm high, IQD’s IQOV-162 series OCXO provides a frequency stability down to ±5ppb over the full industrial (–40 to 85°C) temperature range.

Available from 10 to 100MHz and operating from 3.3V, it consumes 600mA during warm up and takes less…

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LED driver manufacturer gets Queen’s Award

Harvard Engineering has been awarded with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, for International Trade.

Based in West Yorkshire, Harvard design, development and manufactures lighting control products and LED drivers.

“We are extremely pleased to have won such a prestigious award. International trade is an important and growing part of…

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Possible shortcut to graphene for solar cells

Good quality flakes of graphene can be produced from bulk graphite using the industrial equivalent of a kitchen blender.

The result of Irish-UK research, the flakes could find use in photovoltaics, batteries, as an electrode material in displays, and as a vapour barrier.

“The exfoliated flakes [are] un-oxidised…

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Samsung grows good quality graphene

Large area, single crystal wafer-scale graphene can be grown, claim Korean scientists from Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Sungkyunkwan University.

Growing good quality graphene without crystal boundaries has proved difficult, and much research is still done using flakes of natural graphene as a consequence. Coupling effects with…

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UK’s ‘first green data centre’

AOC Group has submitted a planning application for a 7,000m2 data centre at Queensway Business Park in Glenrothes Fife.

The facility will be the first of its kind in the UK drawing its energy from a renewable source, claims AOC, with power coming from the largest biomass plant in…

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Thin sensor measures forces in artificial limbs

A novel sensors could lead to better-fitting artificial limbs for amputees, is the claim of the University of Southampton.

It has a multidisciplinary team developing thin sensors that can be integrated in the sock-like ‘liner’ worn over the stump of an amputated limb inside the artificial limb socket…

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PCB-based microfluidics for low-cost medical sensing

A fresh look at PCB fabrication could lead to on-the-spot medical tests for disease.

Key to the development is the identification, by University of Southampton researchers, that a PCB manufacturing plant has everything needed to make micro-fluidic bio-chemical sensors. Disposable cartridges made like PCBs would clip…

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More on: Conventional components in flexible skin sensor

Last week US researchers revealed a flexible stretchable epidermal sensor made using off-the-shelf ICs, rather than custom components.

In a nutshell, normal components (ground to 1mm think where needed) are mounted on an 0.3mm elastic substrate and connected together by serpentined-serpentine tracks. The substrate and circuit…

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