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Profits rise despite sales decline at NI

Profits rise despite sales decline at NI
For the first time in ages, NI (National Instruments) announced a decline in sales with Q2 revenue falling 3 per cent year on year to $302 million, in US dollar terms and up 3 per cent year over year in constant currency terms. The biggest hit came from the company’s largest customer who booked $10m of orders in Q2 this year compared to $27m in Q2 2014.
30th July 2015

VR camera captures stereoscopic 3D video

VR camera captures stereoscopic 3D video
  Nokia has announced OZO, the first commercially available VR camera designed and built for professional content creators and the first in a planned portfolio of digital media solutions from Nokia Technologies, the company's advanced technology and licensing business.
30th July 2015

Accelerator visualises properties of nanoscale electronics

Accelerator visualises properties of nanoscale electronics
  A technique devised by UCLA researchers could help scientists better understand a tiny, but potentially important, component of next-gen electronic devices.
30th July 2015


Plastic enclosures are fibreglass-infused for added strength

Plastic enclosures are fibreglass-infused for added strength
Constructed from a polycarbonate plastic infused with 10% fibreglass to enhance strength and impact resistance, the PTQ series enclosure has been announced by Bud Industries. The enclosure is an IP67, NEMA 4 and NEMA 6 rated box with latching lid. The video below shows a PTQ enclosure being driven over by a car to demonstrate its superior strength.
30th July 2015

Smart capsule delivers medicine exactly where needed

Smart capsule delivers medicine exactly where needed
Researchers from Purdue University are developing a smart capsule which could deliver medications directly to the large intestines to target certain conditions. Findings are detailed in a research paper authored by graduate students Wuyang Yu, Rahim Rahimi and Manuel Ochoa; Rodolfo Pinal, associate professor of industrial and physical pharmacy; and Babak Ziaie, professor of electrical and computer engineering.
30th July 2015

Commercial code is more compliant to security standards

Announcing the release of its annual Coverity Scan Open Source Report, Synopsys has revealed that commercial code is more compliant to security standards than open source code.
29th July 2015

ESIA welcomes the successful outcome on ITA expansion

The World Trade Organization (WTO) members involved in the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) expansion achieved a major break through on the 24th of July. The deal reached will eliminate future customs duties on 201 high-tech products, including semiconductors such as MCOs.
29th July 2015

A surge of mergers & acquisitions

IC Insights’ 185-page Mid-Year Update to The McClean Report examines the recent surge of M&A activity, including China’s aggressive new programmes aimed at bolstering its presence in the semiconductor industry. In the first six months of 2015 alone, announced semiconductor acquisition agreements had a combined total value of $72.6bn (Figure 1), nearly six times the annual average for M&A deals struck during the five previous years (2010-2014).
29th July 2015

HEITEC horizons widen with Wakefield-Vette pact

HEITEC horizons widen with Wakefield-Vette pact
HEITEC’s Electronic Business Unit has entered a strategic partnership with Wakefield-Vette to expand its business in North America. "With the newly signed partnership with Wakefield-Vette/USA in place, HEITEC will now be able to serve new and important markets, particularly in North America," said Roland Chochoiek, Executive Vice President Business Unit Electronics at HEITEC.
29th July 2015

Stadium sets up Stontronics acquisition

Stadium sets up Stontronics acquisition
Stadium Group has agreed to acquire Stontronics, a manufacturer and distributor of power supply units, transformers and adaptors, for £6.5m. Stontronics power products business will strengthen Stadium’s existing business and the deal fits with Stadium’s strategy of making targeted, complementary acquisitions which strengthen its technology offering, as well as providing synergies and cross-selling opportunities.
29th July 2015


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