Industry’s Smallest Dual 3A/Single 6A Step-Down Power Module

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Intersil Corp. recently announced the ISL8203M, a dual 3A/single 6A step-down DC/DC power module that simplifies power supply design for FPGAs, ASICs, microprocessors, DSPs, and other point of load conversions in communications, test and measurement, and industrial systems. The module’s … Continue reading

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NexFET N-Channel Power MOSFETs Achieve Industry’s Lowest Resistance

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Texas Instruments recently introduced 11 new N-channel power MOSFETs to its NexFET product line, including the 25-V CSD16570Q5B and 30-V CSD17570Q5B for hot swap and ORing applications with the industry’s lowest on-resistance (Rdson) in a QFN package. In addition, TI’s new … Continue reading

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µTrace Supports New LPC54100 Series Microcontrollers

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Lauterbach has announced its support for the new NXP Semiconductors LPC54100 Series of microcontrollers. NXP recently introduced its LPC54100 series, which achieves industry leading power efficiency and is ideally suited for “always-on” sensor-based products. Lauterbach has supported the LPC54100 Series … Continue reading

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GestIC Controller Enables One-step Design-in of 3-D Gesture Recognition

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Microchip Technology recently announced a new addition to its patented GestIC family. The new MGC3030 3-D gesture controller features simplified user-interface options focused on gesture detection, enabling true one-step design-in of 3-D gesture recognition in consumer and embedded devices. Housed … Continue reading

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Reverse Engineering Electronics

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Reverse engineering an electronic system can be a rewarding yet challenging endeavor. In the February 2015 edition of Circuit Cellar, engineer Fergus Dixon presents four reverse engineering projects and explains how he overcame a variety of challenges. Dixon details the … Continue reading

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AIR Module Enabled by Broadcom’s WICED Smart Bluetooth Technology

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Anaren’s Wireless Group announced the release of its first AIR for Wiced Smart Bluetooth module and Atmosphere on-line developer platform as part of a strategic engagement with Broadcom Corp. This new relationship advances the goal of both companies to support … Continue reading

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New Oscilloscopes with Capacitive Touch Screens, Zone Triggering

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Keysight Technologies recently introduced the InfiniiVision 3000T X-Series digital-storage and mixed-signal oscilloscopes  with intuitive graphical triggering capability. This new oscilloscope series delivers capacitive touch screens and zone triggering to the mainstream oscilloscope market for the first time. The scopes help engineers overcome … Continue reading

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Infineon Technologies Acquires International Rectifier

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Infineon Technologies recently announced the closing of the acquisition of International Rectifier. As of January 13, 2015, the El Segundo-based company has become part of Infineon following the approval of all necessary regulatory authorities and International Rectifier’s shareholders. The combined … Continue reading

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Labcenter Proteus Version 8 Offer

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In the January 2015 edition of Circuit Cellar, Labcenter Electronics is offering readers a 10% discount on Proteus Design Suite Version 8 (until March 2015). The Proteus Design Suite is a PC-based CAD tool that includes Schematic Capture (ISIS), Microprocessor … Continue reading

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12-W Receiver IC for Wireless Mobile Device Charging

Toshiba TC7765WBG

At CES 2015, Toshiba America Electronic Components introduced its newest IC enabling wireless mobile device charging. The TC7765WBG wireless power receiver controller IC can manage the 12-W power transfer required for the wireless charging of tablet devices. The TC7765WBG is … Continue reading

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Microcontroller-Based Duodecimal Clock Project

The seven-segment LED displays were mounted on the foil side of a single-sided circuit board. I used single-row, in-line sockets to facilitate soldering. The sockets also elevated the displays above the circuit board and the SMT resistors placed beneath the displays.

Programmers and embedded circuit designers know that decimal is not the preferred number system for digital devices. Binary, octal, and hexadecimal numbers rule the day, so they’re comfortable using strange number systems. Clocks are essentially duodecimal, or base-12, devices. Devlin Gualtieri designed a … Continue reading

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New Ultra-Low Power Precision Op-Amps

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ON Semiconductor recently unveiled a new family of ultra-low power precision operational amplifiers. The precision NCS325 and NCS333 CMOS op-amps deliver zero drift operation and quiescent current for front-end amplifier circuits and power management designs. The op-amp devices enhance the accuracy of … Continue reading

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Microchip Joins Linux Foundation & Automotive Grade Linux

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Microchip Technology recently announced that it joined The Linux Foundation and Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), which is an open-source project developing a common, Linux-based software stack for the connected car. Additionally, Microchip has begun enabling designers to use the Linux … Continue reading

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CY8CKIT-042-BLE Bluetooth Low Energy Pioneer Kit

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At just $49, Cypress Semiconductor’s CY8CKIT-042-BLE Bluetooth Low Energy Pioneer Kit is an affordable tool for creating BLE applications with a PSoC 4 and PRoC BLE devices. The kit supports system-level designs using the PSoC Creator IDE. It is compatible with Arduino … Continue reading

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GP691 ZigBee Radio Chip and GPM6000 Modules for IoT

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At CES 2015, GreenPeak Technologies announced a new GP691 ZigBee communication controller chip and GPM6000 integrated ZigBee modules for Internet of Things applications and smart home devices. The GP691 ZigBee communications controller provides IEEE Standard 802.15.4-compliant robust spread spectrum data communication … Continue reading

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