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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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Intrinsic-ID launches Quiddikey-Flex

Intrinsic-ID BV, a company that provides security IP cores and applications based on Hardware Intrinsic Security (HIS) has announced that its Quiddikey-FLEX IP core is now available. Quiddikey-FLEX has been designed to target smartcards, medical, FPGA, government, telecom, automotive, networking and communications as well as the mobile market space.

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Companies to develop quantum dot technology for LCDs

Nanosys and the Optical Systems Division of 3M Company are joining technologies to provide wide colour gamut technology for consumer electronic displays, allowing Liquid Crystal Displays (“LCDs”) to display 50 percent more colour.

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TTI announces acquisition of Campbell Collins

TTI has announced the acquisition of privately held Campbell Collins Limited. Based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire UK, Campbell Collins is a specialty distributor focused on power related products from manufacturers of power supply and capacitor products. The company is a franchised, design-in distributor for a number of leading power supply manufacturers such as Gaia Converter and Ericsson Power Modules, as well as for the full line of KEMET companies including BHC, Arcotronics and Evox Rifa.

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Gimme Five – William Heath

William Heath, commercial director at OMC, talks to Steve Rogerson in our series of interviews for CIEonline.

Heath is the commercial director at OMC, an optoelectronics company based in Cornwall. He has worked at OMC for about ten years, starting as an R&D project coordinator, then sales engineer. In 2009, he became a director in charge of the commercial department covering new product development, technical sales and marketing.

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Renesas to outsource top-end chips to TSMC

Renesas Electronics has announced that it is to outsource production of top-end chips to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. The move described by some industry watchers as ‘madness’ has been welcomed by analysts. Speaking to Reuters Fred Yu, an analyst at IBTS Investment Consultants said the decision to outsource to TSMC "sends its customers a message that it will continue to push forward its technology.” The move comes at a time when Renesas is facing cut-throat global competition; has failed to maintain levels of investment to remain competitive and is faced with a costly restructuring.

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Surrey engineers use games console technology to make “space building blocks”

Engineers at the University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) are developing ‘STRaND-2’, a twin-satellite mission to test a novel in-orbit docking system based upon XBOX Kinect technology that could change the way space assets are built, maintained and decommissioned.

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