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Amantys secures significant new financing from investors

Amantys Limited has announced the successful closure of a new funding round of $8m. This new financing enables Amantys to expand into new markets and build on its successful power drive product family, launched in November 2011. This additional round of funding has again been led by Moonray Investors, part of Fidelity International.

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Getting to the roots of eco-friendly design

Gemma Evans, a senior consultant of Innovation Management at Cambridge Consultants explains to CIE why sustainable product design should not be seen as an after-thought but a fundamental consideration when it comes to product innovation.

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Getting smarter

In a Q&A with CiE Bernd Gessner, general manager automotive at ams, talks to Neil Tyler. Covering standards and compliance to new products, Gessner looks at how the automotive industry is changing and how ams is looking to adapt to meet the challenges ahead.

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Electronica 2012 leaves industry feeling confident

Electronica 2012, the International Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications, has come to a close and the organisers have reported that it was attended by over 72,000 visitors. A total of 2,669 exhibitors from 49 countries were present and were able to demonstrate a broad range of application-oriented solutions during the four-day fair, which revolved around intelligent and energy-efficient solutions in the sectors for energy storage, LEDs and smart grids. Smart grids were also the focus of this year’s CEO Round Table, one of the highlights in the related-events program.

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Raspberry Pi creators given NMI award for advancing next generation’s skills

The UK electronic systems trade organisation NMI has honoured the Raspberry Pi Foundation for its low-cost PC platform and the potential it provides in helping to encourage a new generation of engineers. The skills, training and development award was presented to the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s founder and trustee Robert Mullins by NMI CEO, Derek Boyd.

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Texas Instruments to cut 1700 jobs, looks to wind down mobile processor business

Texas Instruments has announced that it is to cut 1,700 jobs, or nearly 5 per cent of its workforce, as it looks to wind down its mobile processor business and instead focuses on chips for more profitable markets like cars and home appliances. The news follows a statement from the company back in September that it would halt costly investments in the competitive smartphone and tablet chip business.

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Could Foxconn be looking at opening factories in the US?

Controversial Taiwanese manufacturer, Foxconn, is said to be looking at the possibility of opening several new factories in the US. The news comes as the company, one of the world"s largest employers with an 800,000 workforce in China, benefits from the booming sales of Apple products it assembles. Foxconn has been among a number of companies that have gained significantly from the decline of manufacturing in the West and the growing trend in outsourcing production, but it would represent a significant reversal in the labour drain should the company decide to open up an American factory.

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Wireless Logic sets its stall out as it plans European push

Wireless Logic, a supplier of M2M (Machine to Machine) managed services and connectivity, has announced a number of key airtime partnerships across Europe. Following the opening of three strategic country offices in Germany, France and Spain, the UK headquartered organisation now includes Bouygues, SFR, Vodafone Germany, Vodafone Spain and O2 Global as part of its M2M offering. This is in addition to incumbent networks including Vodafone UK and Global, O2, Everything Everywhere and Telenor.

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Liteye Aquila and Blighter radar combined to target VIP protection market

Liteye Systems and Plextek Limited have combined their thermal imaging and ground surveillance radar products to target the VIP protection market. The combination of Plextek’s Blighter B202 Mk 2 portable electronic scanning ground surveillance radar and Liteye’s Aquila PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) thermal imaging surveillance system will offer a portable, battery powered surveillance solution that is able to provide a ring of security over an area of many hundreds of square kilometres.

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Is the future plastic?

Flexible displays powered by plastic electronics are now commercially available and could see the development of a host of new truly unique products, as Mike Banach explains to CIE.

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