New Scale patents tiny, precise lens actuator module for micro cameras
New Scale Technologies has received a U.S. patent for its UTAF (ultra-thin auto focus) piezoelectric lens actuator module measuring only 8.5 x 8.5 x 3.8 mm. The UTAF actuator module integrates New Scale's UTAF piezoelectric beam motor with a drive IC and position sensor IC for closed-loop motion control.
AVX’s tantalum corporation receives ISO 13485 certification
AVX Corporation recently received ISO 13485:2003 certification for its high-reliability tantalum capacitor manufacturing facility, located in Biddeford, Maine. AVX Biddeford's latest certification ensures customers that the plant operates a quality management system that complies with strict ISO 13485 requirements for medical device manufacturers.
Imagination reports enthusiastic response to latest PowerVR Series6 GPUs and MIPS CPUs at MWC 2013
Imagination Technologies reports that at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona, many leading semiconductor suppliers, mobile and telecom OEMs, and key strategic ecosystem partners expressed their strong support and enthusiasm for Imagination's PowerVR graphics, video and vision roadmaps, as well as the rationale behind the recent acquisition of MIPS Technologies.
Rising Energy Costs To Spur Demand For Micro Electric Drives
Evolving energy legislation, paralleled by the need to regulate energy costs and improve efficiency, is boosting the uptake of micro electric drives. These trends will be reinforced by technological changes and advances in the networking capabilities of micro electric drives. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Micro Electric Drives Market in Europe, finds that the market earned revenues of $516.8 million in 2012 and estimates this to reach $637.1 million in 2016. The research covers AC, DC and servo micro electric drives.
Data Acquisition Technology Outlook 2013 Covers Key Measurement Trends
National Instruments has released the Data Acquisition Technology Outlook 2013, which provides an overview of the company's research into key technologies and methodologies that are impacting the data acquisition industry. The Data Acquisition Technology Outlook discusses the following trends:
Taking transistors into a new dimension
A new breakthrough could push the limits of the miniaturization of electronic components further than previously thought possible. A team at the Laboratoire d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systèmes (LAAS–CNRS, Toulouse) and Institut d'Électronique, de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (IEMN, CNRS / University of Lille 1 / University of Valenciennes and HainautCambresis / Isen) has built a nanometric transistor that displays exceptional properties for a device of its size.
Prism Customers Benefit From Training
Prism Electronics Limited continues to invest in high level vocational training intended to develop highly motivated staff focussed on supporting customer needs. Customer service and marketing communications officer Lindsay Webb has completed the government-funded Business Improvement Techniques NVQ Level 3.
IEEE Internet of Things Survey Clarifies Definition, Future Uses And Challenges
IEEE announce the results of a survey that gathered insights from more than 1,200 Facebook members, which includes engineers and technologists, on the future of the Internet of Things, the developing ecosystem of Internet-connected devices. The Internet of Things is quickly becoming a reality as manufacturers are increasingly linking "things," such as smartphones, appliances, cars, and machines, to the Internet and to each other.
Freescale And ARM Extend Relationship With Cortex-A50 Processor License
Freescale Semiconductor is licensing the ARM Cortex-A50 series of microprocessors for future versions of its i.MX applications processor and QorIQ communications processor product lines. This agreement is part of a new multiyear subscription license with ARM that demonstrates Freescale's commitment to the ARM architecture and its intent to further expand its ARM Powered portfolio – one of the industry's broadest range of solutions built on ARM technology.
NI LabVIEW Goes From LEGO Robots To Real-World Spaceships
In a session at SXSWedu, National Instruments and LEGO Education demonstrated the power of robotics and the new EV3 platform to change the landscape of STEM education. LabVIEW – the software powering EV3 – also powers feats of engineering such as the Red Bull Stratos supersonic free fall project and the Large Hadron Collider, a machine that is fundamentally impacting our understanding of the laws of physics.
IR Enhances Online IGBT Product Selector and Performance Evaluator Tool
International Rectifier today announced the enhancement of its Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) selection tool that enables design optimization in a wide range of applications including motor drives, uninterruptable power supplies (UPS), solar inverters, and welding.
January DRAM & NAND Flash Sales Point to Promising Year, Says IC Insights
Industry consolidation to just three big DRAM suppliers and a reduction in capital expenditures among these manufacturers helped propel DRAM average selling prices up 13% year over year in January, which contributed to a 19.9% jump in the total memory market and a 6.2% increase for the total IC market in January 2013. The strengthening memory segment also helped boost year-over-year semiconductor sales by 6.2%.
Despite Downturn, ICT Solutions Demand In European Banking Sector To Remain Steady
The overall value of investments in information and communication technology from the European banking sector is expected to remain almost unchanged over the next five years. Nevertheless, banks in Europe are likely to allocate more resources for IT services and software systems to enhance operational efficiency and customer-centric processes.
ICT In Energy And Utilities: Frost & Sullivan’s Top Predictions For 2013
The evolving smart energy market offers significant potential for Information & Communication Technology solutions. In the last two years, the industry has seen both ICT and energy vendors positioning themselves for such an opportunity. Frost & Sullivan believes that vendors' ambitions and smart energy value propositions dictate the long term success.
SILICA launches ArchiTech to Support Design and Development Tools for the European market
SILICA company, today announced the launch of a major engineering support initiative called ArchiTech. With ArchiTech, the semiconductor distributor aims at providing a full solution and single-point-of-contact for all requirements related to design tools.
Rakon Introduces MEMS Technology To Frequency Control Products
Rakon announce that MEMS technology is being utilised to develop innovative new products to further broaden its oscillator product portfolio and capabilities. Rakon's Managing Director, Brent Robinson says the company has looked into the technology for many years and the timing is now right to further diversify its offering to include MEMS oscillators.
Dongbu HiTek And Cortus To Develop Joint Microcontroller Platform Solution
Cortus and speciality foundry Dongbu HiTek, are teaming up to offer platform solutions. The design platforms will be based on the Dongbu HiTek 0.13µm eFlash technology and energy efficient Cortus APS3R processor and peripheral IP. Cortus S.A. licenses a range of 32-bit processor cores for embedded systems. The cores provide licensees with a scalable choice in embedded computational performance and silicon area to meet a wide variety of application needs.
Cu Pillar And Micro-Bumping Have Reinvigorated The Flip-Chip Market, Says Yole Développement
Yole Développement announces its Flip Chip Market and Technology Trends report. Yole Développement's analysis updates the business status of the Flip-Chip market including data for TIM, underfills, substrates and Flip-Chip bonders. Discover fully updated 2010 – 2018 market forecast, detailed technology roadmap and bottom up approach, plus a strong focus on micro bumping for 3DIC & 2.5D.
PC/104 Consortium Members Approve and Adopt PCI/104-Express and PCIe/104 Specification Update
The PC/104 Consortium is pleased to announce that the PCI/104-Express & PCIe/104 Specification, with provisions for PCI Express Generation 2 and Generation 3,was approved in February by member vote.
TQ Announces Hardware Collaboration With Wind River
TQ-Systems has announced a hardware collaboration with Wind River. As part of the Wind River Hardware Partner Alliance Program, TQ will offer solution packages aimed at applications in the medical device market segment. The solution packages will include state-of-the art CPU modules, suited to match requirements of various applications, as well as Wind River VxWorks real-time operating system or Wind River Linux for ARM and PowerPC applications.
Mindspeed Announces Support for Small Cell Forum Release v1.0
Mindspeed Technologies today announced that its products all support the newly announced Small Cell Forum (SCF) Release Program and Release v1.0. SCF Release v1.0 includes the latest information on all types of small cells, but focuses on residential femtocells and is aimed at operators who have waited to deploy until the market and technology were proven.
Green Hills Software And Real Time Logic Partner For Web Middleware
Green Hills Software and Real Time Logic announce that Real Time Logic's web application development tools, including its Barracuda Application Server, are fully integrated and available for use with Green Hills Software's INTEGRITY real-time operating system. This integration provides fast, graphically rich, and interactive web applications tailored for security and safety-critical, resource-constrained devices targeting industrial control, military and medical - delivering significant reductions in development and production cost while improving time-to-market.
Agilent Technologies Announces Three-Year Warranty as Standard Coverage for All Electronic Test Instruments Worldwide
Agilent Technologies today announced that all new Agilent electronic test instruments sold after this date will be covered by a bumper-to-bumper three-year repair warranty. The increase from one year to three years is the result of ongoing quality initiatives that, from 2002 to 2012, yielded unprecedented improvements in product reliability and earned top marks in an independent customer survey rating RF and microwave product quality.
Rittal RiTherm App now available for both iPhone and Android smartphones
Enclosure climate control calculations can now be carried out, on the move, using the Rittal RiTherm smartphone app. Guiding the user through the usually time-consuming process of calculating climate control requirements for individual enclosure assemblies, Rittal's RiTherm app uses an intuitive interface for the input of enclosure details and design parameters.
Microsemi Elected to Lead 'ELCOSINT' Team to Develop Material for High-temperature Electronics Applications
Microsemi Corporation today announced that it has been elected to lead the Electronic Component Sintered Interconnections (ELCOSINT) industry team in developing novel polymeric, sintered interconnection materials to replace high lead (Pb) content materials and further increase the operating temperature of electronic assemblies.
NI Offers LabVIEW Embedded Control and Monitoring Certification
National Instruments has announced CLED, a new certification option for embedded control and monitoring experts. Engineers with the CLED certification must be NI Certified LabVIEW Developers (CLDs) or NI Certified LabVIEW Architects (CLAs) and have proven technical skill using NI LabVIEW system design software and NI RIO hardware.
AM3D Audio Enhancement Ported to Tensilica's HiFi Audio DSPs
Tensilica and AM3D A/S today announced that the two companies have extended their partnership to port AM3D's Audio Enhancement product to Tensilica's family of HiFi Audio DSPs. This will provide enhanced audio experiences for mobile phones, in-car entertainment, home entertainment systems and PCs.
Will Technological Maturity Hold Back The European Mechanical Power Transmissions Market?
The European market for mechanical power transmissions is well established and its technology mature. While there is unlikely to be any major product innovation, manufacturers continue to strive for small design improvements that will further enhance product performance, reliability, error-free operation and product lifetime.
How Will Technological Evolution Impact The Semiconductor Industry And Supply Chain?
According to Yole Développement, "In the semiconductor industry, there are different ways of managing the technology evolution and doing business". Indeed, key players like Intel are at the forefront of technological developments and adapt their capabilities by introducing new production lines. Such companies have vast financial resources for in-house development.
NI's Embedded Systems Outlook 2013 Covers Key Technology, Application and Business Trends
National Instruments has released Embedded Systems Outlook 2013, which shares the company's conclusions about the direction of the embedded systems market. The outlook is intended to assist engineers and scientists in a wide variety of application areas, from energy and life sciences to industrial control and transportation, as they navigate the rapidly changing business and technology landscape.
Tapeswitch saddle up with Racewood
Tapeswitch are providing sensors for horse riding simulators to Racewood Equestrian Simulators. Racewood are one of the principal manufacturers of equestrian simulators, designing and manufacturing a unique patented product to simulate a wide range of horse riding activities, including racing, polo, jumping and riding for equestrians of all abilities.
Softing Industrial Automation standardizes on IAR Systems’ embedded development tools
When it comes to designing communication modules, Softing Industrial Automation continues to rely on embedded development tools from IAR Systems. The recently signed enterprise agreement allows Softing's development teams to flexibly shift licenses between their sites in Germany and Romania.
Wind River Joins OSADL to Advance Linux in Embedded and Industrial Designs
Wind River has joined the Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL). With its membership, Wind River will collaborate with other OSADL members to further promote and support Linux solutions for the embedded and industrial markets.
Waterproof Switch Products described in new Short-form from knitter-switch
knitter-switch has published a four page short-form catalogue which highlights the company's comprehensive waterproof switch offering designed to suit all types of outdoor applications as well as those requiring protection against moisture ingress.
Green Hills Software and LieberLieber Software Partner for End-to-end Model-driven Approach for Embedded Systems
Green Hills Software and LieberLieber today announced their partnership. Driven by the demand of their customers to support an end-to-end model-driven approach for embedded systems, Green Hills Software's MULTI integrated development environment (IDE) and LieberLieber's AMUSE (Advanced Modeling Using Simulation and Execution) will be fully integrated to provide an enhanced toolchain with new debugging and testing capabilities at the modeling level directly connected to the embedded target.
Belden Contributes Hirschmann Brand Expertise To IEEE Standardization
Belden is one of the pioneers of Industrial Ethernet in the EMEA region. The company's experts are currently developing technological approaches for additional applications. They are working together with other specialists in a small team that was recently formed within the IEEE 802.1 Working Group, which is responsible for the worldwide standardization of Ethernet.
IAR Systems Announce The Launch Of IAR Academy Technical Training
IAR Systems have revealed the launch of IAR Academy, an educational offering aimed at new as well as experienced users of IAR Embedded Workbench, the world-leading development tool suite for embedded applications. As embedded systems are growing in complexity, and demands for higher performance and shortened time-to-market are ever-increasing, developers can benefit a lot from gaining competitive skill advantages through technical training.
Altera To Build High-Performance FPGAs On Intel's 14 nm Tri-Gate Technology
Altera and Intel have today revealed that the companies have entered into an agreement for the future manufacture of Altera FPGAs on Intel's 14 nm tri-gate transistor technology. These next-generation products, which target ultra high-performance systems for military, wireline communications, cloud networking, and compute and storage applications, will enable breakthrough levels of performance and power efficiencies not otherwise possible.
Frost & Sullivan Forecast Integrated BERTs To Gradually Replace Stand-Alone Models
Advances in key technologies such as synchronous optical networking/synchronous digital hierarchy and Ethernet over SONET, as well as the deployment of 40 and 100 gigabit networks are expected to considerably boost the demand for bit error rate testers globally. The market will particularly benefit from the communication and IT industries' increasing adoption of digital technologies such as high definition multimedia interface and digital audio.
Xilinx Announces Full Production of its Entire Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC Family
Xilinx today achieved an important milestone as its entire Zynq-7000 All Programmable System-on-a-Chip (SoC) device family reached full volume production. Demand for Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoCs is strong and growing with over 350 unique customers and more than 20,000 devices and 4,000 development boards from Xilinx and Avnet shipped since December 2011.