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Electronics firms win Queen’s Awards

Queens Award

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East region

Argon Design, Cambridge, innovation: Verification of video decoders for high definition (HD 4K) video.

Specialised Imaging, Hertfordshire, innovation: Kirana, an ultra-high-speed camera aimed at research markets.

Burland Technology Solutions, Suffolk, trade: Electrical power distribution components.

Cambridge Integrated Circuits, Cambridge, trade: Resonant inductive position sensing ICs

East Midlands

CommAgility, Leicestershire, innovation: Wideband, flexible dual channel RF module for 4G.

Sublime Science, Leicestershire, innovation: Children’s science education.

HK Wentworth, Leicestershire, trade: Chemicals for the electronics and electrical industries.


Extreme Toys, London, innovation:  Microdrone 2.0 – palm sized drone capable of carrying a HD camera.

Ncam Technologies, London, innovation: Sensors for augmented reality for film and broadcast.

Vision RT, London, innovation and trade (2 awards): Products for sub-millimetre radiotherapy control.

Eskan Electronics, London, trade: Design, development and manufacture of surveillance, counter-surveillance, RF jamming and electronic counter measures.

North East

Integrated Display Systems, Tyne Wear, innovation: Using phone-type sensors to track automotive manufacturing tool.

North West

Mettler Toledo Safeline, Manchester, innovation: Dual frequency metal detection products for food and pharmaceuticals.

IPEC, Manchester, trade: Test equipment of medium and high voltage electrical plant.

Northern Drives and Controls, Manchester, trade: Reverse manufacture of variable speed drives (VSDs) for elevators and repairs and re-manufacture of VSDs.

Northern Ireland

A.J. Power, Armagh, trade: Manufactures diesel generating sets and associated equipment.


M Squared Lasers, Glasgow, innovation: development of an automated laser toolkit for the exploration of new phenomena in quantum and material sciences.

South East

Cash Bases, East Sussex, innovation: SmartTill intelligent cash drawer that continually monitors the amount of coins and notes it contains and automatically reconciles the cash to the transactions.

Hummingbird Sensing Technology, East Sussex, innovation: Oxygen sensors for medical and industrial applications.

MR Solutions, Surrey, innovation: Preclinical MRI scanner which no longer requires liquid helium cooling.

Sesame Access Systems, Surrey, innovation: Stealth wheelchair lift.

Captec, Hampshire, trade: Ruggedised PCs.

CGC Technology, Surrey, trade: Satellite antennae and satellite ground station products.

Focusrite Audio Engineering, Buckinghamshire, trade: Hardware and software for musicians in the recording industry.

Litre Meter, Buckinghamshire, trade: Designs, manufactures and supplies flow meters, instrumentation, sensors and supporting spares.

Lund Halsey Console Systems, Buckinghamshire, trade: Designs and manufactures control room consoles, desks and display equipment for broadcasting, security, energy and air traffic control.

Morgan Innovation Technology, Hampshire, trade: Designs and manufactures new medical and commercial products.

Vocality International, Surrey, trade: Supplying products which improve communication, increase video performance and improve data throughput.

Seacourt, Oxford, sustainable development: LED drying unit in LightTouch process for printing presses.

South West

Gooch Housego, Devon, innovation: Fibre-Q, a fibre optic device to reproduce and modify the properties of laser light with electronic control through sound waves.

Micro Nav, Dorset, innovation: Automatic projector alignment system for air traffic control simulators.

Viper Subsea Technology, Bristol, innovation: V-Life, a long life underwater umbilical using complex electrical signal on copper conductors.

LEW Techniques, Somerset, trade: Precision miniature packaging for mounting semiconductor devices for telecoms, defence, automotive and space.


Lumishore, West Glamorgan, innovation: Water-cooled LED lighting technology for use underwater.

West Midlands

Dawcom, Warwickshire, innovation: GC -Zero 70K antenna for the Eutelsat KA satellite.

Pike Signals, Birmingham, innovation: Evolution configurable temporary traffic signals with simple programming interface and radio linkage.

Yorkshire and the Humber

SG Technical Systems, East Yorshire, innovation: Powered, folding patient ramp for ambulances.

NiteSite, East Yorkshire, trade: Infra-red rifle sight.

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Cypress to aqcuire Broadcom’s IoT wireless business


This means Cypress will acquire Broadcom’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee IoT product lines and intellectual property, along with its WICED brand and developer ecosystem.

The IoT business employs approximately 430 people and generated $189m in revenues during the last twelve months.

The important IoT markets are automotive and industrial, as well as consumer markets like wearables and home automation systems.

Broadcom said it will continue to focus on its non-IoT related wireless chips for the access and mobile markets, including serving set-top box, wireless access, smartphone, laptop and notebook customers.

“Cypress is a significant player in the IoT today because of our ultra-low-power PSoC programmable system-on-chip technology, but we’ve only been able to pair it with generic radios so far. Now we have the highly regarded Broadcom IoT business—state-of-the-art Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Zigbee RF technologies—that will transform us into a force in IoT and provide us with new market opportunities as well,” said Cypress president and CEO T.J. Rodgers, who has also announced his plan to step down as CEO.

According to Rodgers: “Cypress will bring these new technologies to the automotive market, where we are already No. 3 worldwide in microcontrollers and memories, and where the connected car boom has just started.”

The transaction, which has been approved by the board of directors of Cypress and Broadcom, is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2016, subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals.


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microswitch works under water

Cyntech CH007 sealed microswitch

Designed to meet more demanding industrial applications, the Microprecision microswitches are available in various configurations to meet IEC/EN 60529 ingress protection levels of IP67 and IP68, and work over -40 to +125°C and more.

“Microprecision has it covered with a range of microswitches that provides all the usual options for voltage/current ratings and switch contact material,” said Cyntech MD Dave Mellor.

Protection against dust, water and oil is achieved with a flexible membrane that seals the space between the moving actuator pin and the switch housing.

The pin is made out of two parts with the membrane squeezed between then and held in place, then the membrane is attached to the housing with a compression ring held in place with ultrasonic welding.

“This approach ensures the membrane is tightly fitted and able to resist the effects of temperature and pressure fluctuations without impacting its flexibility,” said Cyntech.

Ultrasonic welding is also used for assembling the rest of the housing which, according to Cyntech, provides a superior solution to the use of adhesives or gaskets and, by not adding further material, allows the seal to support UL61058 temperature requirements.

At the cable end, versions are available with the cable soldered in place and potted to IP67/68.

  • MP90 and MP110 have IP67 housings, with the MP110 series offering an IP64 field wiring option, or an IP67 plug-in cable assembly.
  • MP210/220, MP300, MP400 and MP500 all have IP67 potted connections.
  • MP215/225 are IP68 rated for continuous immersion in liquids.

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