Electronic Business News

Rochester to supply 68040s

Rochester Electronics has been licensed by Freescale to manufacture the 68040 32bit microprocessor product family which Freescale will stop producing in |November. Rochester has original Freescale packaged parts and silicon die from which it will manufacture a variety of device options. Freescale has also provided access to full design and…

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Comment: IET "ones to watch" on track to deliver

In its December 2014 “Ones to Watch” report, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) highlighted six areas that it believed “offer significant promise to the UK and its economy”. The six technology areas were: new power networks, space, cyber security, additive manufacturing, food security and robotics. The question is…

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Infineon, NXP develop NewP@ss next-gen ID chip

Infineon, NXP and chip card security specialists Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) have developed technology for e-passports and ID cards which, as well as storing a users’s biometric data, can also record visa data and arrival and departure stamps. Called “NewP@ss”, the research project cost €30m…

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GloFo completes acquisition of IBM microelectronics

GlobalFoundaries (GloFo) has completed its acquisition of the IBM microelectronics business. “We have significantly enhanced our technology development capabilities and reinforce our long-term commitment to investing in R&D for technology leadership,” says GloFo CEO Sanjay Jha. “We have added world-class technologists and differentiated technologies, such as…

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30 years of satellites from deepest Surrey

Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) is celebrating 30 years of operations, from a tiny enthusiastic group at the University of Surrey in 1985, to 500 staff today with a satellite assembly line. “We have come a long way together since the early days of our first microsatellites,” said founder Sir Martin…

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Seaward bought by Metrowatt

Metrawatt of Nuremburg has bought UK-based electrical safety tester specialist Seaward Group. Seaward will become part of the GMC Instrumentation Division, a group of separate specialist test and measurement equipment makers based in Germany, Switzerland and the USA. Know for portable appliance testers (PAT), Seaward makes instruments used in…

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Powerchip to build China fab

Powerchip of Taiwan is to set up a joint venture fab in China, reports Digitimes. The 40k wafer a month fab will cost $2 billion and run 90nm, 110nm and 150nm processes. The fab will act as a foundry for LCD driver chips. Powerchip is to provide the process technology…

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Qualcomm eyes another Cambridge chip firm

Qualcomm is believed to planning to buy Cambridge-based envelope tracking chipset firm Nujira. Neither company were available to comment. If confirmed, the deal, which is being reported in Business Weekly, will be Qualcomm’s second high profile acquisition this year. The mobile processor company is in the process of…

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