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Melexis introduces elevated current version of its Hall-effect sensors

Melexis has an elevated current version of its MLX91208 series of programmable Hall-effect current sensors.T Optimised for the very high fields of hybrid and electric vehicle (HEV) applications, the MLX91208CAV can cope with up to 1000A of primary current. This device complements the existing MLX91208 products which cover…

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Survey highlights serious cuts in government-funded science R&D

Civil service employees in science research say decline in government-funded science affects whole economy, according to a survey by the Prospect union. The survey found that 81% of civil servants, three-quarters of those in other public bodies, and 45% of those in the private sector stated that “cuts…

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Robust growth for server revenues

Q2 server shipments grew 8% year-on-year, while revenue increased 7.2% from Q1 2014, says Gartner. “X86 server shipments increased 8.3% in the second quarter of 2015 and revenue grew 9%,” says Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice-president at Gartner. “RISC/Itanium Unix server shipments declined 18.7…

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UK quantum computing start up gets first round funding

Grupo Arcano has invested in Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQCL). Although undisclosed, the amount has been reported to be $50m by Tech City News. Established in early 2013 CQCL was founded to create tools and algorithms for the commercialisation of quantum computers. It has an operating system called ‘ t|ket&gt…

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Microwave pioneer gets Frank Whittle Medal

British microwave engineer Professor Peter Clarricoats is to receive the Sir Frank Whittle Medal, one of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s highest accolades. Clarricoats, CBE FREng FRS, gets the Whittle Medal for influential achievements spanning more than half a century. According to the Academy, these achievements include: Research with…

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TSMC exiting solar

TSMC is exiting solar by the end of the month. Steve Tsu, chairman of TSM Solar, says the company couldn’t turn a profit with its solar manufacturing and that even the most aggressive cost-reduction plan wouldn’t make the solar subsidiary viable. “TSMC continues to believe that solar…

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D-Wave claims massive quantum computing boost

D-Wave Systems in British Columbia, Canada, is the only company in the world selling quantum computers, and it counts Google and NASA among its customers. But after four years on the market there is still no clear evidence its machines can solve problems faster than ordinary computers. Now the…

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SEMI book-to-bill goes positive

The SEMI book-to-bill went positive in July after a 0.98 in June and a 0.99 in May. July’s ratio of 1.02 represented bookings of $1.59 billion and $1.56 billion of billings. The $1.59 billion bookings figure is 5.1% higher than…

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