News

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.

Read More »

Google to help fund ICT teaching in the UK

Google has announced that it is to help fund ICT teaching in the UK through supporting the charity Teach First, enabling dozens of teachers specialising in computer science to work across the UK. Google"s chairman Eric Schmidt said the money being made available would be used to provide "teaching aids, such as Raspberry Pi"s or Arduino starter kits". Schmidt has been a major critic of the ICT curriculum in the UK suggesting that without investment in the subject, the UK risked "losing a generation" of scientists.

Read More »

Silicon Labs gains low-power 2.4 Ghz wireless mesh networking technology following Ember acquisition

Silicon Laboratories, a specialist in high-performance, analogue-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, is to acquire Boston-based Ember Corporation for $72 million. Ember is a late-stage private company offering market-leading silicon, software and development tools for 2.4 GHz wireless mesh networking solutions being deployed in smart energy, connected home, security, lighting, and many other monitoring and control applications.

Read More »

austriamicrosystems announces new company “ams” brand

austriamicrosystems has announced that “ams” will be its new company brand. The new brand name, “ams”, unites austriamicrosystems and the brand and identity of TAOS (Texas Optoelectronic Solutions), a leading global supplier of intelligent light sensors, that was acquired in 2011.

Read More »

Gimme Five – Laurence Dellicott

Laurence Dellicott, Silica’s director of field applications for EMEA, aims to raise £30,000 for charity in a cycling marathon. He talks to Steve Rogerson in our series of interviews for CIEonline.

Read More »

University of Manchester joins UK Electronics Skills Foundation

The University of Manchester has announced that it has joined the UK Electronics Skills Foundation, a body set up to help reverse the long-term decline in the number of UK graduates entering the electronics industry by linking talented electronic engineering degree students with companies for scholarships with work experience.

Read More »

Liquid identification system wins approval for airport security

Link Microtek, industrial partner to Emisens, has announced that the EMILI 2 liquid identification system has achieved ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference) Performance Standard 2, following independent laboratory testing carried out under ECAC"s common evaluation process for liquid explosive detection systems.

Read More »

Modest upgrade in 2012 forecast for chip industry growth

Strong consumer demand for wireless products like cellphones and media tablets has prompted a 1 percentage point upgrade in the growth outlook for the overall semiconductor industry in 2012, according to an IHS iSuppli. Revenues this year are now expected to reach an estimated $324.6 billion in 2012, up 4.3 percent from $311.4 billion last year and represents a significant improve on the 1 percent expansion of 2011, with all indications pointing to an industry poised to regain its footing as the overall global economy stabilizes.

Read More »