General Electronics Industry News

Freescale shrinks tyre pressure sensor

Freescale Semiconductor has introduced its smallest tyre pressure monitoring device. Weighing 0.3 grams, the FXTH87 IC integrates a dual-axis accelerometer, pressure and temperature sensor with 8-bit MCU/S08 microcontroller and wireless transceiver. Monitoring tyre inflation is a safety feature in today’s cars as it can prevent…

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UK skills programme tackles skills deficit

The universities of Leeds and Sheffield are the latest universities to join the UK’s electronics engineering skills initiative run by the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF). The UKESF programme is an industry initiative to address the overall decline in the number of British students applying and registering for Electrical…

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Algorithms simplify delivery drones

MIT researchers have developed algorithms that could reduce the amount of computing required on autonomous delivery drones, and increase reliability. “To ensure safe, timely, and accurate delivery, drones would need to deal with a degree of uncertainty in responding to factors such as high winds, sensor measurement errors, or drops…

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5G centre at Surrey part of millimetre wave Euro-project

The UK’s national research centre for 5G mobile commucniations being built at the University of Surrey is to be part of a European project to develop millimetre-wave radio technologies for next generation cellular mobile networks. The European Commission-funded MiWaveS project will investigate the use of millimetre wave…

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Charcroft builds UK production of VPG foil resistors

Charcroft Electronics is to increase production of foil precision resistors in the UK following a technology agreement with Vishay Precision Group (VPG). Charcroft is one of several companies in Europe manufacturing foil resistors using VPG’s Bulk Metail Foil process. Charcroft is a passives specialist and it has been making…

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Microchip PIC32MZ gets Greens Hills tool support

Green Hills Software has added software design support for Microchip’s PIC32MZ family of 32-bit microcontrollers, including compilers, debugger, IDE and probes. Microchip’s PIC32MZ product line is based on the MIPS microAptiv core, running at 200MHz/330DMIPS. The Hi-Speed USB, Ethernet and CAN, along with wired and…

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Low power positioning receiver targets wearables

CSR and Hong Kong based GPS system manufacturer Maestro Wireless Solutions a positioning module with both GPS and GLONASS receivers in a  10 x 15mm package, which the suppliers say will see postioning technology used in wearable devices. The A5100-A receiver, which integrates CSR’s SiRFstar4 chipset, acquires and…

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IBM creates 'super' chip for neural networks

IBM is aiming at creating vast neural networks with a chip implementing one million neurons and 256 million programmable synapses. It is the biggest chip the firm has ever designed: 5.4bn transistors and a two-dimensional mesh network of 4096 ‘neuro-synaptic’ cores – which Samsung has built on a…

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