General Electronics Industry News

Fraunhofer reveals chip-scale solar-powered wireless sensor node

German lab Fraunhofer IMS has created a self-contained solar-powered wireless chip-scale IC that can warn when windows are left open. At 10mm across, the chip is small enough to be installed inside double glazing on the frame that separate the two glass panes. “Thanks to this window…

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Technologies to watch in 2015

8-bit microcontrollers on steroids Microchip, the 8-bit microcontroller supremo, believes even quite sophisticated motor control can implemented with an 8-bit microcontroller. The firm is questioning the assumption that high end motor control requires the performance of a 32-bit ARM microcontroller or indeed its own 32bit MIPS…

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2014 was a good year for thermoelectric energy harvesting

Up to 2014, there was only limited interest in thermoelectric energy harvesting in general and its use in automotive applications in particular. For instance, BMW had worked on it for 20 years without bringing anything to market. The theoretical maximum attainable efficiency was known to be one half of that…

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Top digital ICs of 2014

Electronics Weekly has made its selection of the six stand-out digital chips of the year. Aito – ATB252 standalone piezoelectric touch controller does not require an external host processor for touch panel system designs. The devices has a direct digital output and I2C and SPI communications interfaces, which means it…

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RS supports Lonson innovation centre

Aiming to cut waste while giving innovators a leg-up, RS Components providing end-of-life products to London-based Fab Lab. Fab Lab is “the city’s first purpose-built digital fabrication and rapid prototyping workspace for individuals and companies to develop innovative products”, said RS, “part of a…

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Industry 4.0 comes to the UK in 2015

UK manufacturers will get an introduction to Industry 4.0, the so-called smart factory concept, at the National Space Centre in Leicester next month. “If UK companies are to compete successfully in the global marketplace, it is essential that they take full advantage of Industry 4.0 has to…

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NI president given IEEE award

NI  president, CEO and co-founder Dr. James Truchard has been named an IEEE Fellow for leadership and achievement in technology. Each year the IEEE board of directors presents the Fellow grade to individuals who they say have contributed to the IEEE fields of interest. These areas of interest range…

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