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OSI Electronics acquires Briton EMS

Briton EMS, the privately owned, Bedford, UK, based electronics manufacturing services company, has been bought by OSI Electronics, an EMS provider with manufacturing plants in California, Indonesia and Malaysia. According to Tony Abri, Briton EMS Commercial Director, the benefit for customers will come from access to “higher volume manufacturing at a lower cost”.

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Gimme Five – Steve Bakos

Steve Bakos, senior vice president for worldwide sales and marketing for Exar, talks to Steve Rogerson in our series of interviews for CIEonline. Bakos was appointed senior vice president for worldwide sales and marketing for Exar in July 2012. He has nearly 25 years of experience in analogue and mixed signal sales and marketing, including over ten years of executive management experience.

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Printing silver onto fibres could pave the way for more flexible, wearable electronics

Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK’s National Measurement Institute, have developed a new way to print silver directly onto fibres. This technique could make integrating electronics into all types of clothing simpler and more practical and as a result could provide many potential applications in sports, health, medicine, consumer electronics and fashion.

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Entropic and ARM look to deepen relationship

ARM has announced that Entropic, a specialist in semiconductor solutions for the connected home, has licensed the ARM Mali-400 and Mali-450 Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) technology and has also entered into a new license agreement for the Cortex-R5 processor. The strengthened partnership will enable Entropic to provide more advanced media and connectivity processing to its customers across the connected home ecosystem.

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andersDX opens European PCAP Touch Technology Centre

andersDX, the London-based User Interface Technology specialist, has opened a European PCAP Touch Technology Centre at its HQ in Camden. The Centre comprises a demonstration, innovation and development studio, giving medical, industrial, POS, white goods and other non-consumer goods manufacturers access to an extensive range of PCAP projected capacitive touch components, solutions and technology.

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Conrad Electronic acquires Rapid Electronics

Conrad Electronic has acquired the British component distributor Rapid Electronic. Rapid is a UK distributor of electronic components, cables and connectors, electrical products, tools and educational resources and is based in Colchester and operates in UK with around 150 employees. Rapid’s product offering is in excess of 65,000 parts.

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Automotive wireless market set to grow 40 percent in the six years to 2018

Wireless technologies like Bluetooth and embedded cellular are accelerating in the car business, with market revenue set to rise by 41 percent from 2012 through to 2018, according to an Automotive Infotainment Market Tracker Report from IHS. The report predicts that global original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market revenue for wireless technology in cars is set to rise to $1.6 billion in 2018, up from $1.1 billion in 2012.

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Coating specialist sets new standard for diamond-like coatings

The Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon has developed a technique for depositing diamond-like films onto a wide range of substrates using its patented ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (US PLD) technology. Diamond-like coatings create superhard surfaces (greater than 40 Gpa) with a low coefficient of friction and excellent coating adhesion.

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Gimme Five – Howard Venning

Howard Venning, managing director of Aspen Electronics, talks to Steve Rogerson in our series of interviews for CIEonline. Venning joined Aspen Electronics in 1981 having spent five years at Cossor Electronics (now Raytheon Systems) as a quality engineer. At Aspen, he started as a sales engineer, taking on various sales and management roles before becoming managing director in 1997. He attended Cranfield University’s business growth programme in 2000 before taking ownership of Aspen Electronics in 2005. A year later, he acquired Admiral Microwaves.

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Sports and fitness app market set to grow rapidly over the next five years

Global installations of mobile apps used for sports and fitness activities are set to rise by 63 percent from 2012 to 2017, generating strong potential demand for wearable health devices like heart-rate monitors (HRMs), according to new research from IHS. Installations of sports and fitness apps, which are mainly used on smartphones, will grow to 248 million in 2017, up from 156 million in 2012.

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