LG U+, SK Telecom add support of oneM2M for IoT

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oneM2M members LG U+ and SK Telecom of Korea have both announced that they will make the first commercial deployments of Internet of Things (IoT) platforms based on oneM2M specifications.

Both platforms are being demonstrated at this week’s oneM2M Showcase taking place in Sophia Antipolis, France.

According to Kang Jong-oh, general manager at the platform development division of LG U+, the company added the oneM2M global standard to their existing IoT service infrastructure so as to target the international market.

Kang said the company will support small- and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups in the IoT business.

According to SK Telecom, the development of the oneM2M-based open-source platform, Mobius, began in 2011 as a national project, together with the Korea Electronics Technology Institute and nTels. As oneM2M announced a candidate release for an IoT/M2M standard in August of this year, SK Telecom implemented the standard within the Mobius platform, finishing the development of a commercialization-ready platform.

SK Telecom plan to finalise the national project in the first quarter of 2015 and to open a platform on its commercial network later in the year.

“The announcements of these oneM2M-based platforms being made available commercially are the first such public statements and are proof of how important oneM2M is to operators as part of an IoT platform,” commented Richard Brennan, chairman of oneM2M’s marketing group.

The LG U+ platform is being shown at the oneM2M showcase event this week in a demonstration together with LG Electronics, Modacom and Eluon.

The Mobius platform is being demonstrated by SK Telecom together with Convida Wireless, Fraunhofer, KETI, NEC Corporation and nTels.



ABB Launches World’s Most Powerful Cable System for Renewables

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ABB has announced a breakthrough in cable technology. It has successfully developed and tested a 525 kilovolt (kV) extruded high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable system to make renewable energy installations more efficient and cost-effective.

This latest innovation will more than double the power capacity to about 2,600 megawatts (MW) from 1,000 MW. It will also expand the cable’s reach to distances of 1,500 kilometers, up from less than 1,000 kilometers, while keeping transmission losses under 5 percent.


The new cable offers a 64 percent increase over 320 kV, currently the highest voltage deployed for this type of technology. The 525kV cable system can be deployed in subsea and underground applications, making it ideal for efficient power delivery through densely populated or environmentally sensitive areas or coastal and open-sea applications.

“This major technology breakthrough will change the feasibility of renewable energy projects and play a defining role in using underground and subsea high voltage cables to integrate renewables over long distances,” said Ulrich Spiesshofer, CEO of ABB.


By enabling more power over greater distances with reduced losses, ABB’s new 525 kV cable technology offers solutions for countries and utilities seeking to enable their electricity transmission systems to integrate more renewable energy being generated by distant solar and wind installations. A single pair of 525 kV extruded HVDC cables could for example transmit enough power from giant offshore wind farms in to supply two million households.

The new technology offers savings in capital and operational expenses. It also supports the development of DC grids where ABB removed a key technology hurdle with the development of the hybrid HVDC breaker.

The innovative cable system consists of cables, utilizing a new DC cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) insulation material developed with Borealis, a recognized industry leader, as well as termination and joints manufactured by ABB.


HVDC cable links are essential components of future sustainable energy systems that will need to transmit vast amounts of electricity over long distances, often across or between countries. ABB is a global leader in high-voltage cable systems with a worldwide installed base across applications including city center infeeds, oil and gas platform power supplies, subsea interconnections and the integration of renewables. ABB has commissioned more than 25 DC cable connections and almost 100 AC cable links around the world.


by Tim( of PowerElectronics korea news

North American Semiconductor Equipment Industry Posts July 2014 Book-to-Bill Ratio of 1.07

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North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.41 billion in orders worldwide in July 2014 (three-month average basis) and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, according to the July EMDS Book-to-Bill Report published today by SEMI.   A book-to-bill of 1.07 means that $107 worth of orders were received for every $100 of product billed for the month.

The three-month average of worldwide bookings in July 2014 was $1.41 billion. The bookings figure is 2.8  percent lower than the final June 2014 level of $1.46 billion, and is 17.1 percent higher than the July 2013 order level of $1.21 billion.

The three-month average of worldwide billings in July 2014 was $1.32 billion. The billings figure is 0.7 percent lower than the final June 2014 level of $1.33 billion, and is 9.4 percent higher than the July 2013 billings level of $1.20 billion.

“Order activity for semiconductor equipment has held at a steady level so far for 2014,” said Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI. “This trend, along with improvements in semiconductor device sales and unit shipments, is consistent with our outlook for strong equipment sales growth this year.”

The SEMI book-to-bill is a ratio of three-month moving averages of worldwide bookings and billings for North American-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Billings and bookings figures are in millions of U.S. dollars.

The data contained in this release were compiled by David Powell, Inc., an independent financial services firm, without audit, from data submitted directly by the participants. SEMI and David Powell, Inc. assume no responsibility for the accuracy of the underlying data.

The data are contained in a monthly Book-to-Bill Report published by SEMI. The report tracks billings and bookings worldwide of North American-headquartered manufacturers of equipment used to manufacture semiconductor devices, not billings and bookings of the chips themselves. The Book-to-Bill report is one of three reports included with the SEMI Equipment Market Data Subscription (EMDS).

Keysight Technologies Begins Operations

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Keysight Technologies, Inc. has announced the electronic measurement business of Agilent Technologies has begun operating under the Keysight name. It will remain a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilent Technologies until early November when the separation is expected to be completed and Keysight begins trading on the NYSE under the symbol KEYS.

Keysight is a market leader holding the number one position in its industry segments of communications; aerospace and defense; and industrial, computers, and semiconductors. Keysight’s separation from Agilent was announced in September 2013.

“As we launch our new company, we are mindful of our rich heritage as part of Agilent and prior to that, Hewlett-Packard,” said Ron Nersesian, Keysight president and CEO. “We are also mindful of our responsibility and commitment to our stakeholders including customers, our shareholders and our employees. We look forward to the many opportunities ahead that will allow us to focus solely on electronic measurement and showcase the leading-edge technologies that our customers have come to expect.”


BELDEN acquire Prosoft for industrial connectivity platforms

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“I’m also pleased to announce the acquisition of ProSoft, a leader in innovative technology to industrial markets. So far this year, we’ve deployed more than $340 million in strategic acquisitions and share repurchases. Overall, the business performed well, with revenue strength in our Broadcast and Industrial Connectivity platforms offsetting the margin expansion initiatives within our Enterprise Connectivity business.”

– John Stroup, President and CEO of Belden Inc.


통신 및 네트워크 관련 세계적인 전문기업인 미국 세이트 루이스 소재 벨덴(Belden) 그룹이 산업용 커넥티비티 전문업체인 프로소프트 테크놀로지스(prosoft technology)를 인수한다고 밝혔다. 프로소프트는 PLC 컨트롤러 중심의 산업용 통신 컨버터(모듈) 및 산업용 무선 솔루션 분야에서 혁신솔루션을 제공하고 있다.

벨덴의 존 스토롭(John Stroup) CEO는 7월 30일 2분기 실적발표를 진행하면서, 약 3700억원(3억 4천만 달러)을 투자해 프로소프트 인수해 산업용 네트워크 및 통신 관련 시장 주도성을 더욱 강화한다고 깜짝 발표를 진행했다.

벨덴은 최근들어 적극적인 인수합병을 통해 통신 및 전력, 철도, 인프라, 제조산업 분야 네트워크 전문업체로 부상하고 있는 중이어서 주목된다. 케이블 전문업체였던 벨덴은 먼저 전력용 러기드 스위치 분야에서 세계 양대 시장을 점유하고 있는 허쉬만(Hirschman)을 인수하면서 업계의 주목을 받기 시작했다. 또한, 벨덴은 가라트컴(GarrettCom), 럼버그(Lumberg Automation), 모확(Mohawk)는 물론 최근에는 산업분야 사이버 시큐리티 분야에서 독보적인 토피노(Tofino)를 인수한 바 있다.

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Two times Fieldbus with just one PCI card [ICNweb]

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With Hilschers CIFX 2-channel cards users have the possibility to realize two independent Fieldbus communications in just one PCI slot.

Especially in compact Box-PCs of newest generation the number of PCI slots is rather limited and a 2-channel card has significant advantages. Common to all cards is an extended temperature range up to +70°C as well as a reliable address allocation at the PCI bus via a rotary switch.

The user can choose from any combination of the leading Fieldbus systems PROFIBUS, CANopen and DeviceNet. Due to loadable firmware and software licenses the same hardware can alternatively be used as Double-Master or as Double-Slave.

All 2-Channel cards use the same application interface and data exchange will be done via Dual-Port-Memory or DMA. A complete software package is always included in the scope of delivery.

ON Semiconductor Releases Low Power HART CMOS Modem IC for Industrial Communications

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ON Semiconductor has expanded its family of modems targeted at highway addressable remote transducer (HART) industrial communication implementations. With this latest product introduction, ON Semiconductor, who recently became a member of the HART Foundation (, now offers solutions for low power HART applications.

The new NCN5193 single-chip CMOS device supports Bell 202 shift frequencies between 1200 hertz (Hz) and 2200 Hz, and is capable of delivering a 1200 bit per second (bps) half-duplex data rate. With a built-in power amplifier, a 17-bit sigma-delta digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and an extremely responsive watchdog mechanism, it presents engineers with a very sophisticated HART solution that is both cost-effective and space saving. It has a voltage range of 3 volt (V) to 5.5 V and draws only 190 microamps (µA) while in standby mode with the system clock running (76 µA with no clock). In order to keep its power budget to a minimum, the receive circuitry is disabled during transmission phases and, likewise, the transmit circuitry is disabled when the IC is in the process of receiving.

The modem IC has an operational temperature range that spans from -40°C to +85°C, allowing it to be deployed in industrial environments. Thanks to the high level of integration offered by the NCN5193, only a small number of external component parts are required. The NCN5193GEVB evaluation board, which includes all external components necessary for operation, helps to ease the design of HART implementations using the NCN5193.

“We are delighted to now be featured as a member of the HART Foundation and are well positioned to contribute to the ecosystem that is continuing to build up around the HART standard,” said Ryan Cameron, vice president of Industrial and Timing Products at ON Semiconductor. “The NCN5193 underlines our ongoing commitment to developing next-generation slave and master devices, which will facilitate further proliferation of HART-based communication in the future. It ensures reliable performance in an application where communication interrupts can often lead to crippling operational cost penalties.”