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Dialog Semiconductor makes strategic investment in MIT spin-off Arctic Sand

Dialog Semiconductor, a developer of highly integrated power management, audio and short range wireless technologies, has announced a strategic equity investment into Arctic Sand Technologies, an MIT spin-off commercialising an innovative new approach to power conversion for multiple markets, including smartphones, tablets, ultrabooks and data centres. The investment was part of a Series A funding round, with Dialog participating alongside other venture capital and strategic investors. The terms of Dialog’s investment are not disclosed.

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Keighley announces work has begun on new heat treatment facility

Construction work is now underway on Keighley Laboratories’ new heat treatment processes building, at its West Yorkshire headquarters. The building is due for completion in February, with the mechanical and electrical (M&E) services scheduled for completion by next summer. The site architects are 2H Architecture of Leeds, the main contractor is Triton Construction of Liversedge and the M&E services are being provided by Dualtec of Keighley.

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Companies working in the Solar Supply Chain set to fall by 70% in 2013

Amid rapidly falling prices, mounting losses and massive operational costs, the upstream solar photovoltaic (PV) supply chain is undergoing major consolidation, with the number of companies participating in the market expected to plunge by 70 percent this year. Research from analysts IHS suggests that worldwide, the total number of companies participating directly in the manufacturing of PV solar panels, from polysilicon manufacturing through module assembly, is set to fall to approximately 150 in 2013, down from about 500 in 2012, This compares to about 650 in 2011 and 750 in 2010.

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Mouser Electronics co-sponsoring Texas Instruments’ European Analog Design Contest 2013

Mouser Electronics has announced that it will co-sponsor the Texas Instruments European Analog Design Contest for 2013. A strong supporter of education and innovation within the electronic engineering community Mouser has joined with Texas Instruments" Analog Design Contest, an initiative to encourage system-level design at the higher education level.

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HUBER+SUHNER strengthens its position in radio frequency high tech with Astrolab acquisition

HUBER+SUHNER has acquired the assets of Astrolab Inc. based in Warren, New Jersey at a non-disclosed price. With its patented minibend and microbend cable assemblies Astrolab is mainly active in high tech niche markets like space & defence and offers high end radio frequency solutions for industrial markets.

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Marl speeds delivery with call-off production service

Marl Manufacturing has introduced a ‘call-off’ service, allowing customers to get delivery of production batches of completed electronics products on turn-around times as short as 2-5 working days. Marl offers a ‘concept to manufacturing’ technical product realisation service for businesses who need to introduce a technology based product but have no technical skills or resources in-house.

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Wireless infrastructure trends for 2013

Morgan Kurk, CommScope’s Senior Vice President - Wireless, gives CIE an insight into the technologies and strategies that will be used to survive and thrive during the mobile data boom that is set to continue into 2013 and beyond.

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Samsung displaces Nokia as top mobile brand in 2012

For the first time in 14 years, the wireless communications giant Nokia will not sit at the top of the global mobile market on an annual basis at the end of 2012, as Samsung is set to seize the mobile handset market’s top rank. Samsung is expected to account for 29 percent of worldwide mobile shipments, up from 24 percent in 2011, according to the information and analytics provider IHS. Nokia’s share this year will drop to 24 percent, down from 30 percent in 2011.

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Outram’s fault level monitor undergoes successful trials with power companies

Outram Research, a specialist manufacturer of leading-edge power quality monitors and analysers, has confirmed that trials with Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN) and Western Power Distribution (WPD) to test and validate an entirely original solution to determine peak fault current on the electrical network have been successful.

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Chomerics’ Grantham, Optical Windows facility offers concept-to-production engineering support

Following the inauguration of its cast shielded window production cell earlier this year, Chomerics Europe - a division of Parker Hannifin, has continued to invest in its Grantham, UK facility with the aim of providing Europe’s leading source of custom and bespoke optical display filter solutions.

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