Zarlink Semiconductor has manufactured a chip for Pricer AB designed to aid its Electronic Shelf Labeling (ESL) system. This system lets retailers easily change the price of an item by transmitting the information to a central pricing controller via Zarlink's ultra low-powered wireless device and then letting cash registers and electronic labels know of the price change. A Pricer ESL system can range from a few hundred to tens of thousands of electronic shelf labels, each carrying a Zarlink ultra low-power wireless SoC (system-on-chip). For more info go to www.zarlink.com.
A new white paper by the Association for Advancing Automation says that increases in industrial robot shipments correlates positively with increases in US job growth based on Bureau of Labor statistics. The result could be new types of manufacturing and engineering jobs.
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