Electronic Design News

Speak recognition system runs on Arduino shield

A couple of developers in California have created the design for an Arduino shield with speech recognition technology. Called MOVI (My Own Voice Interface), it is the work of Bertrand Irissou and Gerald Friedland founders of Audeme and the project will launch on the Kickstarter crowd-funding website at 8am…

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Socionext enables record data transmission speeds

Socionext, the Panasonic-Fujitsu SoC jv, has launched DACs and ADCs with sampling rates up to 92GSample/s which have been integrated into coherent receivers and transmitters that were used to transport data at several tens of terabits per second over a 762km Lyon-Marseille-Lyon fiber optic link in…

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Skeleton launches graphene ultracapacitors

Skeleton Technologies has launched graphene-enhanced ultracapacitors with a capacitance of 4500 farads. Skeleton claims this to be “the single biggest increase in energy density for ultracapacitors in the past 15 years”. Energy density is a key development challenge for the ultracapacitor market and is fundamental if the technology is…

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Maker builds SD Card-sized Arduino computer

A maker developer has squeezed an Arduino onto an SD card. His aim was to go one better than Intel’s Edison. Already dubbed SDuino, it is kodera2t’s entry for the Hackaday Prize. “Once I was excited to see Intel’s announce that they will release “SD card sized…

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Research stops lithium batteries overheating

The problem with lithium metal laptop batteries heating up and bursting into flame has been addressed by researchers in the US. The researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered that adding two chemicals to the electrolyte of a lithium metal battery prevents the formation…

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5G not necessary yet, says mobile industry conference

The mobile industry does not need 5G technology as it has been defined so far, according to delegates at the Future of Wireless International Conference in London. According to Bob Driver, CEO of conference organiser Cambridge Wireless the delegates voted against 5G deployment as it is currently specified. “This reflected…

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Flexible PCBs made to order

Beta Layout has introduced a manufacturing service for flexible PCBs using a production pooling process to keep costs down. Tooling charges are minimised by manufacturing different PCB designs together in a single batch. The flexible printed circuit boards are currently available as single-layer or double-layer. Polyimide material is…

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Conran director says mobiles need to be less stressful

Speakers from Conran and BT described their vision for smartphone technology at the Future of Wireless International Conference in London this week. “We are going to want products that give us back some control over our appetite for information,” said Tim Rundle, design director at Conran and Partners. “We need…

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