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XMC FPGA modules scan radar, datacoms applications

XMC FPGA modules scan radar, datacoms applications
Pentek has unveiled the newest members of its Onyx family of high-speed data converter XMC FPGA modules: the 3-channel Onyx Model 71721 and the 4-channel Onyx Model 71761, 200 MHz 16-bit A/D XMC modules based on the high density Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA. Each has a programmable digital down converter and a suite of built-in programmable cores
1st October 2014

LEGO MINDSTORMS automation challenge

LEGO MINDSTORMS automation challenge
  Combining LEGO MINDSTORMS with the complexity of the automation industry, COPA-DATA launched the zenon Challenge 2014 in April. Closing on 16th October, there is still time for late comers to test their creative and engineering capabilities.
30th September 2014

TouchNetix delivers touchscreen technology to Siemens

TouchNetix delivers touchscreen technology to Siemens
Siemens Industrial Automation Division has selected its Multi-Touch Capacitive touchscreen technology from TouchNetix for its new generation of Simatic industrial human machine interface (HMI) panels. TouchNetix acted as the principal engineering partner, helping to define, design and supply touch technology for the series of 15.6in, 18.5in and 21.5in HMI systems. 
29th September 2014


Embedded PC enables easy access card expansion

Embedded PC enables easy access card expansion
Packaged in a lightweight, fanless aluminium chassis, designed for optimal heat dissipation, Amplicon’s Impact-E 400 series has been designed with card expansion at its heart. Powered by the Ivybridge processor, the PC allows easy access card expansion. It is capable of housing cards up to 220mm in either PCI and/or PCIe configurations.
28th September 2014

Keithley test systems win favour with X-FAB

Keithley test systems win favour with X-FAB
Keithley Instruments has won orders for additional S530 Parametric Test Systems from X-FAB Silicon Foundries. X-FAB, a Germany-based foundry for analogue/mixed-signal devices and micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), ordered low power versions of the S530 tester for installation on the main production line at its facility in Kuching, Malaysia, where high voltage S530 systems are already in place.
26th September 2014

Web simulator simplifies part selection & system design

Web simulator simplifies part selection & system design
Helping engineers analyse the performance of components for the power stages of embedded designs, Toshiba Electronics Europe has launched the 'Toshiba Semiconductor Web Simulator'. This online design tool also helps to improve overall system effectiveness and efficiency.
26th September 2014

Could graphene-treated nanowires replace touchscreens?

According to research from the University of Surrey and Trinity College Dublin, graphene-treated nanowires could soon replace current touchscreen technology. The research, published in the 'Advanced Functional Materials' journal, suggests that using this technology would significantly reduce production costs, enabling more affordable, flexible displays.
26th September 2014

Bigger bendy phones need flexible, elastic & stretchable electronics

Bigger bendy phones need flexible, elastic & stretchable electronics
Consumers are demanding that personal electronics become thinner and more affordable, yet have ever bigger screens with better images. Apple has experience challenges with the Phone 6 being damaged when sat on and most smart watches are using chunky components-in-a-box technology with tiny human interfaces. As more modern technology is adopted, the wearables market will advance greatly.
25th September 2014

Intelliconnect chooses Rapid for channel plunge

Intelliconnect chooses Rapid for channel plunge
Intelliconnect Europe , the UK-based specialist manufacturer of RF and waterproof connectors is diving into the distribution channel. It has agreed a contract with Colchester based Rapid Electronics appointing the company as its first Stockholding Distributor. The initial products to be made available to customers will be a selection of Intelliconnect’s market-leading waterproof range and triaxial interconnects.
24th September 2014

The world's first low atmospheric orbit satellite

The world's first low atmospheric orbit satellite
Designed to stay at low atmospheric orbit for prolonged periods, Quarkson has claimed that the SkyOrbiter LA25 platform is the world's first low atmospheric orbit satellite. The extreme long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle is capable of flying around the world with the aim of providing internet access to two thirds of the world's population that currently are not connected.
24th September 2014


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