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Nexperia raises $800m

Nexperia, the former standard products division of NXP which was sold to China, has raised $800 million. Bank of America Merrill Lynch and HSBC co-ordinated the fund-raising from nine  banks. Nexperia’s  two main shareholders are the Chinese investment funds JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital. “This is the first time that Nexperia has approached the financial markets as an independent company, ...

Microsemi and MathWorks support FPGA-in-the-loop verification

Microsemi and MathWorks launched  hardware support for FPGA-in-the-loop (FIL) verification workflow with Microsemi FPGA development boards. The integrated FIL workflow with HDL Coder and HDL Verifier from MathWorks enables customers to automatically generate test benches for hardware description language (HDL) verification, including VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL) and Verilog, providing rapid prototyping and verification of designs. The collaboration with MathWorks ...

Molex announces Squba

Molex has announced the  Squba 1.80mm-Pitch Sealed Wire-to-Wire Connector System, designed to fit in small spaces and provide protection against liquid, dust and dirt. The connectors carry up to a 6.0A current and provide an IP67 NEMA rating on the seals. Seals are retained with caps to provide manufacturers of sensors, lighting, vending machines and liquid dispensers with a durable ...

So Many Satellites

Satellites – can we ever have enough of them? Last week Elon Musk got FCC permission to launch 11,925 of the things for providing cheap internet access in backwoods places. This week Bill Gates, Masa Son and Airbus say they’re backing EarthNow which plans to launch 500 satellites to provide global surveillance. Is global surveillance a good idea? Well it ...

Fable: Civil War

In 1976 Japan lined up for Civil War. In one camp was: Sony, Toshiba, NEC, Sanyo, Aiwa and Pioneer. In the other camp was: Matsushita, Hitachi, Sharp, Mitsubishi and Akai. Then came betrayal – three members of one camp – Toshiba, Sanyo and NEC – decided to have a foot in both camps. Then came the final blow, Sony, the ...

Renesas develops blood pressure evaluation kit

Renesas is selling a blood pressure monitoring evaluation kit including a pressure sensor, arm cuff, pump, electronically controlled valve, LCD panel, and a reference board that incorporates an RL78 MCU-based ASSP  that includes analogue functions required for blood pressure measurement. Reference software and graphical user interface (GUI) development tool are also part of the new evaluation kit. Using the new evaluation ...

Intel closes New Devices Group

Intel is closing down its New Devices Group, which developed AR  and  wearables. “Intel is continuously working on new technologies and experiences. Not all of these develop into a product we choose to take to market,” said Intel. Intel’s  AR spectacles, Vaunt, will not now be marketed. “We are going to take a disciplined approach as we keep inventing and ...

Qualcomm to start job cuts

Qualcomm is reported by Bloomberg to be about to cut 1,500 jobs in California. The company has 33,800 full-time and temporary employees. Severance packages have been offered. “Qualcomm is conducting a reduction of our full-time and temporary workforce,”  says a spokesperson. During its fight with Broadcom, Qualcomm told investors it would make $1 billion in cost savings. Now, as well as ...

UK and India ink tech deal

The UK-India Tech Partnership, established yesterday between Theresa May and Indian PM Narendra Modi is expected to identify and pair businesses, venture capital, universities and others to provide access routes to markets for British and Indian entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises. The UK will initially invest £1 million to pilot the approach and potentially up to a further £13 ...

Semi packaging materials market reaches $16.7bn

The semiconductor packaging materials market reached $16.7 billion in 2017, report SEMI and TechSearch International. While slower growth of smartphones and personal computers – the industry’s traditional drivers – is reducing material consumption, the slowdown was offset by strong unit growth in the cryptocurrency market in 2017 and early 2018. Flip chip package shipments into the cryptocurrency market, while providing ...