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Xilinx acquires embedded Linux solutions provider PetaLogix

Xilinx has acquired the embedded Linux solutions provider PetaLogix. As Linux solutions become must-haves for a growing number of embedded applications relying on Xilinx All Programmable technologies, the addition of PetaLogix and their PetaLinux technology will help to strengthen Xilinx’s capabilities and customer support.

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Conflict-free tantalum initiative gathers pace

AVX"s Solutions for Hope ethical tantalum sourcing scheme in the Congo"s Katanga region has demonstrated its sustainability and the company is now looking at potential expansion into eastern DRC. AVX launched its ‘Solutions for Hope’ project in July 2011 with Motorola Solutions, signing a supply agreement with DRC concession holder MMR and the CDMC mining co-operative in Katanga.

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As Samsung upgrades US chip factory, Foxconn looks to tackle violations at its plants in China

Samsung has announced that it is to spend $4bn (£2.5bn) upgrading its US factory in Austen, Texas, which makes processors for smartphones and tablets. It is the company’s only semiconductor plant outside its home country, South Korea, and it makes chips for Apple’s iPhones as well as for Samsung devices.

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New technology could herald 3D cinema without glasses

Researchers in South Korea have developed a new technology that could enable people to watch 3D films at the cinema without the need for glasses. The technology uses a barrier with slats so that when a viewer looks at the screen each eye sees the image differently and the brain is tricked into creating an illusion of depth. The research was carried out at Seoul National University and appears in the journal Optics Express.

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Patterning defect-free nanocrystal films could enable better LED displays, solar cells and biosensors

Films made of semiconductor Nan crystals, that is tiny crystals measuring just a few billionths of a meter across, are seen as a promising new material for a wide range of applications. Nanocrystals could be used in electronic or photonic circuits, detectors for biomolecules, or the glowing pixels on high-resolution display screens. They also hold promise for more efficient solar cells.

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Stay calm, plan to survive, and carry on!

Over the last five years the electronic components market in the UK has enjoyed a positive underlying sales revenue trend, but this year expectations are of a 4% decline in sales revenues. Adam Fletcher discusses how organisations should plan, prepare and implement change in order to best manage this decline.

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Cartes 2012: Security and simplicity key for mobile payments

Security needs to be prioritised if the mobile electronic payments market is to take off. And paying by mobile phone needs to be as easy if not easier that paying by card if the public is going to embrace the technology. These were the messages from industry leaders preparing for this year’s Cartes electronic payments conference and exhibition in Paris from 6th to 8th November 2012.

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Beware of over testing

Erring on the side of caution many manufacturers tend to over test their products. According to Jean-Louis Evans, however, there are many advantages for those companies that re-consider their approach to testing – are the tests strictly necessary or are they being duplicated elsewhere? While testing both end products and their components is critical, this can often be duplicated unnecessarily to ‘cover all bases’. This reflects a poor understanding of the intended environment and of the specifications used to determine if testing should be done. Consequently, most designers and manufacturers err on the side of caution and often over test their products.

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Looking to re-shore production?

A growing number of companies in the UK are considering on-shoring or re-shoring, according to figures from the Bank of England. Higher oil prices are pushing up transport costs, rising prices in the Far East are making products made there more expensive and more companies are concerned at the problems associated with managing an extended supply chain, which means more are looking to source locally rather than wait weeks for components to arrive from the other side of the world.

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