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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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Molex and profichip announce technology partnership

Molex Incorporated and profichip GmbH have announced a strategic cooperation focusing on PROFINET technologies. Molex software development kits (SDK) are used by many PLC manufacturers and device makers for PROFINET connectivity where maximum throughput and efficiency are required. The Molex offer includes PROFINET IO-Controller and IO-Device SDK based on ANSI “C” source code.

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Plexus expanding design and manufacturing operations in the UK

Plexus Corp. is set to expand its Livingston Design Centre with plans for larger premises at the Pyramids Business Park, in Bathgate. Having worked closely with Scottish Enterprise on funding support, Plexus will expand its UK manufacturing footprint by opening a new manufacturing facility at the same location.

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Bac2 raises more than £300,000 in new funding round

Bac2, the polymer materials company, has secured a further £312,500 investment in an over-subscribed funding round led by Fair-Lead Partners. The capital raised will support fast-growing demand for the company’s CSR family of latent acid catalysts. Existing private investors provided most of the new money.

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Murata establishes new UK design centre for sub 5 Watt DC/DC converters

Murata Power Solutions" UK operations have moved to a new facility within Milton Keynes. With an increasing focus on building a centre of design excellence for low power DC/DC converters, the company is keen to attract power design engineers to join them. The previous site suited manufacturing and distribution operations that no longer take place in Milton Keynes, so the search was conducted within the local area to locate a facility that better met the requirements of a design and prototype manufacturing operation.

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British soldiers in Afghanistan helped by new 3D imaging camera

Eykona, a medical technology firm based in Oxford has developed a portable 3D imaging camera that is being used in the field by British troops in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan to assess the nature of war wounds received by soldiers. The device is also being used closer to home at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where military casualties are treated.

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Samsung selects Atmel’s new sensor hub solution for Galaxy Note II

Samsung has selected Atmel’s AVR UC3L microcontroller with patented ultra-low power picoPower technology as its sensor hub management solution for the recently launched Galaxy Note II. Powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, the Galaxy Note II runs on Android’s 4.1 operating system (also known as Jelly Bean), and offers a 5.5-inch, high-definition super AMOLED display with 1,280 x 720 resolution.

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Ground-breaking multi-voltage DC-DC technology wins funding

The UK government’s Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is funding research into a flexible multiport converter that could, in time, replace multiple separate DC-DC converters on future hybrid & electric vehicles. Such a device would provide savings on cost, weight and space and increase the EV range by up to 20%. The funding is intended to help in developing the technology for manufacture.

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