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PICS project looks to industrialise high density capacitors

CEA-Leti, Fraunhofer IPMS-CNT and three European SMEs, IPDiA, Picosun and SENTECH Instruments, have announced the launch of a project to industrialise 3D integrated capacitors that offer world-record density.

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Thermal Management: Doing more with less

Darryl McKenney, Vice President of Engineering Services at Mercury Systems, talks to CIE about the challenges associated with the effective handling of thermal management. As he explains the challenge is how to do more with less and how to deal with reduced power requirements, in more extreme environments, in less time, with less weight, and at less risk.

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Thinfilm builds first stand-alone sensor system in printed electronics

Thin Film Electronics ASA (“Thinfilm”) has announced that it has successfully demonstrated its first fully functional, stand-alone Smart Sensor Label. The temperature-tracking label, designed for monitoring of perishable goods, demonstrates a complete closed system built from printed and organic electronics.

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£50 million of long-term capital to support Cambridge technology companies

Cambridge Innovation Capital ("CIC") has raised an initial £50m from long term institutional and strategic investors. The funds will be sued to support the growth of innovative businesses based in the Cambridge Cluster by investing long-term equity finance to help companies bridge the critical middle stage of commercial development, the so-called ‘valley of death’.

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ASML and imec launch new Advanced Patterning Center

ASML and imec have announced the next major step in their extensive collaboration, with the launch of the Advanced Patterning Center. The centre has been established to tackle upcoming scaling challenges due to the chip industry’s move towards single digit nanometer dimensions. The Center will be located at the imec campus in Leuven and is expected to grow to close to 100 engineers over the next couple of years.

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KEMET opens new electrolytic innovation centre in U.K.

Kemet has announced the opening of its new Electrolytic Innovation Centre (EIC) in Weymouth, U.K. The inaugural products from this leading-edge facility will include first-to-market 20 g High Vibration Screw Terminal capacitors as well as a Low Inductance product line extension. The EIC combines the resources of numerous departments such as Research and Development, Quality and Product Management, providing worldwide support for KEMET customers and manufacturing locations.

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Conflict mineral legislation set to impact distributors

New legislation from the USA that requires companies to disclose their use of ‘conflict minerals’ is set to have a major impact on the world electronics industry with distributors of electronic components particularly hard hit. Howard Venning, Aspen Electronics MD, looks into the ruling.

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Amantys announces strategic investment from Avago Technologies

Amantys has announced that Avago, a leading supplier of analogue interface components for communications, industrial, and consumer applications, has invested $5m in the power electronics innovator as part of a strategic investment agreement between the two companies.

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Gimme Five – Tim Worley

Tim Worley, CEO of Powerstax, talks to Steve Rogerson in our series of interviews for CIEonline. A seasoned industry veteran, with 40 years in the power engineering and process control sectors, Worley is CEO of Powerstax. The Farnborough-based firm specialises in high-efficiency power conversion products for demanding operational environments.

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