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STRATOS Inspire helps haptics design

10:18 pm PDT, September 18, 2018

Ultrahaptics have announced the launch of STRATOS Inspire, a plug-and-play haptic module based on its STRATOS platform. The STRATOS Inspire has been created for businesses and design agencies wanting to create more immersive and engaging digital experiences and touchpoints by adding tactile sensations. Designed for applications such as digital signage, location-based entertainment or interactive touch ...

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China buys first EUV machine

10:17 pm PDT, September 18, 2018

China has ordered its first EUV, machine, reports Digitimes. It will be used to make 7nm geometry ICs. The purchaser is SMIC.   ASML’s sales in China are not subject to the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Technologies, says Shen Po, President of ASML China. ASML will be shipping the ...

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The Magnificent Seven

2:19 pm PDT, September 18, 2018

Seven product categories will exceed the 16% growth rate expected from the total IC market this year, says IC Insights. For the second consecutive year, the DRAM market is forecast to top all IC product segments with 39% growth. Overall, 13 product categories are forecast to experience double-digit growth and 28 total IC product categories ...

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Can model predictive control be bought to low-cost MPUs and DSPs

8:22 am PDT, September 18, 2018

French lab Leti will attempt to bring model predictive control (MPC) algorithms to microcontrollers and low-cost DSPs, teaming up with automotive parts firm EFI Automotive. According to Leti this will allow equipment to perform better than is possible with standard control techniques like PID (proportional integral derivative) feedback. However, MPC requires complex computing – solving ...

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7nm APs emerge

6:25 am PDT, September 18, 2018

Digitimes Research estimates that smartphone APs manufactured on 7nm will debut in Q318 and their ratio will grow rapidly to exceed 10%. The main contributor will be Apple’s new flagship processors fabricated by TSMC. Apple will account for 81% of all 7nm smartphone APs shipped in H218. As to the non-Apple camp, Hisilicon will take the ...

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Scope hits 110GHz analogue bandwidth, with low noise

6:00 am PDT, September 18, 2018

Keysight has introduced what is claims is the world’s fastest oscilloscope, operating at 256Gsample/s on signals up to 110GHz. It is also claiming better noise and jitter than any previous fast scope. Called the Infiniium UXR-Series, it is is aimed at designers of high-speed serial links and electro-optical interfaces – for example DDR, USB, PCIe, ...

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3D printing attempt 1

5:33 am PDT, September 18, 2018

If you are an electronics professional, this blog is probably not for you as 3D printing services are almost certainly the answer – unless you want a suck-it-and-see prototype in a rush, and can afford to climb the learning curve. But for patient enthusiasts everywhere, the following might be of interest to you: To find out ...

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