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Gimme Five – David Lussey

David Lussey, co-founder and chief technical officer of Peratech, talks to Steve Rogerson in our series of interviews for CIEonline. Lussey is the CTO of Peratech, tasked with promoting the understanding of quantum tunnelling composites (QTC) technology to academic, industrial and the public at large.

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Samsung Electronics and CSR announce strategic partnership

Samsung Electronics and CSR, a leading provider of wireless connectivity and location technologies, have announced a strategic collaborative relationship that involves aligning their respective business visions, investments and key technologies. Under the terms of the agreement, Samsung will gain full access to CSR"s mobile connectivity and location technology and transfer certain relevant patents, as well as employ over 300 CSR employees in the selected field for the cash consideration of $310 million.

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UK aerospace industry revenues top £24bn in 2011

In a week when the UK Government announced that it was providing backing for the aerospace sector to the tune of £120m the British aerospace trade body, ADS, has revealed that the UK industry posted revenues in excess of £24bn in 2011, up 4.7%. This increase in revenues was driven by orders for Rolls-Royce engines and Airbus planes and helped boost workforce numbers by more than 4,000 employees to 100,658.

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EADS receives grant for research on Continuous Detonation Wave Engine technology

The EADS Corporate Technical Office (CTO) and Russian researchers from the Lavrentiev Institute have announced that they are collaborating on the evaluation of a new, innovative and highly efficient propulsion technology. The Skolkovo Foundation has approved a grant for a joint research programme that will look at Continuous Detonation Wave Engines. The grant is worth € 1.7 million and EADS will contribute a similar amount for the project’s budget.

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Xilinx plans $50m investment in Irish electronic engineering operations

Xilinx has announced that it intends to invest $50 million in the expansion of its electronics engineering operations at the company’s EMEA headquarters in Dublin and Cork. The company is looking to recruit 45 senior silicon and electronics engineering staff for its regional headquarters in Dublin and for its engineering centre in Cork. In addition, a further 15 staff will be hired across a broad range of disciplines supporting the continued growth of Xilinx in Ireland.

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Cadence acquires Sigrity, a specialist in high-speed PCB and IC packaging analysis

Cadence Design Systems has acquired Sigrity, a signal and power integrity technology provider. Sigrity is able to provide a rich set of gigabit signal and power network analysis technologies, including a unique power-aware signal integrity analysis capability for system, printed circuit board (PCB), and IC package designs.  According to Cadence the combination of Sigrity analysis technologies with its Allegro and OrCAD design tools will provide a comprehensive front-to-back integrated flow to enable system and semiconductor companies to deliver high-performance devices employing gigabit interface protocols such as DDR and PCI Express.

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Europe unlikely to follow US lead in imposing duties on China PV imports

Following similar action from the U.S. government, the European Union may undertake an antidumping investigation of photovoltaic (PV) solar cells imported from China. However, compared to the United States, the EU inquiry is less likely to result in the imposition of countervailing duties, according to an IHS iSuppli Photovoltaics Market Tracker report.

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Global LCD TV shipments fall for the first time in Q1’12

Worldwide TV shipments fell almost 8% Y/Y in Q1’12, the steepest rate of decline since Q2’09. Total TV shipments for the quarter were 51m units, according to the latest release of the NPD DisplaySearch Advanced Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report. The biggest contributor to this decline was a slowdown in shipments of LCD TVs, which fell year-on-year for the first time in the history of the category, declining just over 3%, to 43m units.

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Silicon Valley Bank opens first UK branch

Silicon Valley Bank, a US hi-tech bank with assets in excess of $20bn, has opened a UK branch and is looking to offer the UK technology industry access to banking and loan services. The move was welcomed by the UK Chancellor, George Osbourne, who said that the move supported his claim that the UK was “fast becoming the technology centre of Europe". The bank will target the technology, life science, private equity and venture capital sectors.

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Livingston enhances ‘Rent to Buy’ resource

Test equipment sourcing specialist Livingston has made a series of new additions to its Easy2Source offering, to reflect the ongoing budgetary restrictions that technology companies have to contend with.

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