Redux demonstrates glass loudspeaker 0.7mm thick

Redux Labs, the flat-screen audio specialist, has shown its thinnest soundbar for high-end TVs. Measuring 1.2m in length the soundbar is sized to match 55-inch TVs and is designed to achieve high fidelity audio quality from a panel of Corning Gorilla glass, just 0.7mm thick. The Cambridge-based  company is seeking to license the technology. The sound is created by inertial audio transducers attached to the  ...

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Laser headlights hit the road

Audi is fitting laser headlights as standard on its limited-edition Audi R8 LMX. Lasers are away of adding intensity to the centre of a headlight main beam, allowing solid-state front lighting to beat ‘xenon’ HID (high-intensity discharge)-based lamps which were continuing to out-shine LED headlamps. In a laser headlight, a blue laser is directed through a phosphor, resulting in a narrow cone of ‘white’ lig ...

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AMD brings ARM to the x86 server party

AMD’s “ambidextrous” computing strategy has taken one half of the microprocessor industry by surprise. Those in the x86 processor ecosystem have been taken unawares by AMD’s decision to jettison its once total reliance on x86 architecture and introduce ARM processor cores into future products. The Cambridge-based processor firm was probably not surprised at all. ARM wants to be more than just a mobile proce ...

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Adaptive DDR4 silicon IP runs at 2.8Gbit/s, says Uniquify

Uniquify is claiming its adaptive DDR4 silicon IP running at 2.8Gbit/s with SK Hynix’s DDR4 SDRAM memory components implemented using TSMC’s 28HPM process technology. The adaptive DDR4 IP dynamically tracks and adjusts the critical DDR timing interface to allow the DDR4 SDRAM to be clocked at a higher rate without sacrificing the stability or integrity of the DDR memory subsystem. “We’re pleased with the pe ...

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Smart sensor pill reports back on medicine taken

Time to take your electric meds. Sensors could come embedded in the pills in your next prescription, watching whether you take your medication on time and tracking your body’s response to the drugs. The tiny sensors, which are ingested and pass harmlessly through the body, are part of the Helius system, developed by Proteus Digital Health in Redwood City, California. Together with a sensor-laden patch worn ...

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AMD claims ARM and x86 mobile chip first

AMD has combined ARM and x86 processors in its latest mobile accelerated processing units (APUs). This is AMD’s first implementation of ARM-based technology into processors designed for consumer and commercial client devices. The mobile APUs, formerly codenamed “Beema” and “Mullins,”incorporate up to four newly-designed x86 CPU cores and a hardware-level data security solution based on the ARM Cortex-A5 pro ...

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Microchip combines flexible dc-dc and MCU

Microchip has expanded its ‘digitally-enhanced power analogue controller’ range of microcontrollers for dc-dc conversion. These are not for digital-in-the-loop applications. Instead they include all the standard analogue blocks required for a flexible dc-dc controller, plus an over-seeing microcontroller. MCP19114 and MCP19115 to support fly-back, boost, Cuk and SEPIC topologies – in quasi-resonant (interna ...

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HestiaPi – Open Smart Thermostat

* First instructable here, so be nice :) */ Okay, there are too many open source home automations out there but whenever I tried to look into making any of these I ended up with a bitter taste because of one or a few of the following reasons: The software part was open but the hardware was based on boards either too complicated to produce myself economically or simply proprietary that I could only buy ready ...

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Emon-server – 555 Timer as power usage sensor

emon-server RESTful service converting 'flashing lights' or 'pulsing magnets' on electricity and gas meter to JSON using the trustful 555 timer chip, Python, NodeJS and a Raspberry PI Summary A cheap 555 timer chip acting as Schmitt trigger combined with a phototransistor or LDR is taped to the ‘flashing light’ or ‘pulsing magnet’ on the electricity meter. The output of the 555 timer chip is connected to on ...

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Internet-connected home energy monitor

Step 1: Components list The Particle Core (a.k.a. Spark Core) module This comes in a nice little kit with a breadboard and USB lead. You can buy one direct from Particle at https://store.particle.io/, from Adafruit, or in the UK the cheapest I've found is from CPC. There are two versions of the Core - one with a built-in 'chip' antenna, and one with a u.FL socket for an external antenna. I've found the buil ...

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