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Hard drive-based PCs maintain dominance over SSDs in Notebook market

Despite sluggish sales, conventional notebook PCs equipped with hard disk drives (HDD) as their main storage medium are unlikely to have their market share threatened in the near term by Microsoft’s new Surface tablet PC or by rival notebooks that entirely eliminate HDDs and instead employ solid state drives (SSD), according to an IHS iSuppli Storage Market Brief.

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HMS Royal Oak wreckage seen using 3D holographic visualisation

3D holographic imaging specialist, Holoxica, has unveiled a hologram based on sonar images of the iconic  HMS Royal Oak, the first battle ship sunk in the second world war, which lies on the seabed in Scapa Flow, in what is claimed to be the first ever use of sonar scan information as the foundation for a hologram. Holoxica has been able to painstakingly create a 3D model of the wreck and the surrounding seafloor area using information generated with a Reson multi-beam system by ADUS and visualised by the School of Media Arts and Imaging at the University of Dundee.

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As inventory levels fall so DRAM pricing strengthens

Pricing for dynamic random access memory (DRAM) looks set to increase as a key indicator shows that inventory levels are falling relative to demand, according to new research from IHS iSuppli. The steady upturn of the DRAM market is reflected in the current Weeks of DRAM Inventory Index, which dropped to 11.6 weeks in the first quarter this year, down 4 percent from 12.1 weeks in the fourth quarter of 2011. It was the second consecutive quarter of improvement since the index hit 12.9 weeks in the third quarter last year. The decline also represents a significant turnaround from the major increases in the indices that ruled during most of 2011.

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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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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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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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