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

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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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Micron re-kindles Italian industrial action

The ugly spat in which Micron Technology planned to sack 419 ex-STMicroelectronics Italian research staff who were transferred to Micron with the Numonyx sale, has resurfaced with strikes planned at three Micron sites…

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Design Council launches £300k “Big Idea” Fund

The Design Council has launched a £300,000 design innovation initiative aimed at identifying young designers in the field of physical product innovation. Emily Tulloh, a final-year Brunel University London product design student, 21, was chosen to represent young British product design at the launch of the “Spark” initiative…

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UKESF names 2014 scholar of the year

The UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) named Robert Eynon who is studying for an MEng degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering at the University of York as its 2014 Scholar of the Year. Eynon, who is currently completing his second placement with Dialog Semiconductor, has been working on verification projects…

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