Scalable Wearable Development Kit

OnSemi Wearable Dev Kit

ON Semiconductor recently announced the availability of a new Wearable Development Kit (WDK1.0). The kit comprises the following: a touchscreen display; wired and AirFuel-compatible wireless charging capability; a six-axis motion sensor and temperature sensor; an alarm, timer, and stopwatch; schematics; … Continue reading






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Mini Multi-Sensor Module for Wearables & IoT Designs

STMicroelectronics’s miniature SensorTile sensor board of its type comprises an MEMS accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, pressure sensor, and a MEMS microphone. With the on-board low-power STM32L4 microcontroller, the SensorTile can be used as a sensing and connectivity hub for developing products ranging … Continue reading






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New Bluetooth 5-Ready SoC Offers Increased Range, Bandwidth, & Security

Nordic nRF52840

Nordic Semiconductor’s new Bluetooth 5-ready nRF52840 SoC is well suited for smart home, advanced wearables, and industrial IoT applications. In addition to supporting 802.15.4, it’s capable of delivering Bluetooth low energy (BLE) wireless connectivity with up to 4× the range or … Continue reading






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Free “Internet of Things For Dummies” E-Book

Qorvo recently launched its latest e-book series, Internet of Things For Dummies, in partnership with John Wiley and Sons. The two-volume series—Internet of Things For Dummies and Internet of Things Applications For Dummies—is available as a free download. Intended for … Continue reading






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Flowcode 7 (Part 3): Modbus and DMX512 (Sponsor: Matrix)

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In the first article in this series, you were introduced to Flowcode 7, flowchart-driven electronic IDE that enables you to produce hex code for more than 1,300 different microcontrollers, including PIC8, PIC16, PIC32, AVR, Arduino, and ARM. The second article … Continue reading






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Understanding Embedded Security

Table 1: Take a look at each attacker class compared to available resources. As you can see, each class has specific
capabilities that will play a part in determining your product’s risk of attack.[2]

Protecting products and intellectual property (IP) from attackers is a fairly new concept that many engineers have not yet had to face. It is only a matter of time, though, until products—which are becoming more embedded and integrated with the … Continue reading






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Next-Generation 8-bit tinyAVR Microcontrollers

Microchip 8bittinyAVR

Microchip Technology recently launched a new generation of 8-bit tinyAVR microcontrollers. The four new devices range from 14 to 24 pins and 4 KB to 8 KB of flash memory. Furthermore, they are the first tinyAVR microcontrollers to feature Core … Continue reading






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Simplified Smart Home Device Creation with New Apple HomeKit Bluetooth Dev Kit

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Dialog Semicondcutor’s new offering is the first SoC on the market with dedicated hardware acceleration for HomeKit security operations which ensures end-to-end application encryption, safeguarding personal information in transit. With the recent introduction of iOS 10, Apple HomeKit is now … Continue reading






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Battery-Free, Energy-Harvesting BLE Module Features nRF51822 SoC

nordic nRF51822 EnOcean Dolphin

EnOcean recently selected Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF51822 Bluetooth low energy SoC for its Dolphin PTM 215B pushbutton transmitter module, which is well suited for use in smart lighting applications. Using a miniaturize electro-dynamic energy transducer to convert motion, light, or temperature … Continue reading






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New 40-A µModule Regulator with 3-D Stacked-Inductor Packaging

Linear LTM4636

Linear Technology recently introduced the LTM4636, which is a 40-A step-down µModule switching regulator with 3D construction for quicker heat dissipation and cooler operation in a small package. By stacking its inductor on top of a 16 mm × 16 … Continue reading






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Notable Crowdfunded Projects (Week of 11/21/16)

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Here is a roundup of current crowdfunded projects that the Circuit Cellar team finds interesting. Check them out and let us know what you think. RS-HFIQ 5W Software Defined Radio (SDR) Transceiver HobbyPCB’s RS-HFIQ is a high-performance software-defined radio (SDR) 5-W … Continue reading






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New USB Micromodule Transceiver Protects Against High Voltages

LTM2894

Linear Technology Corp. recently introduced the LTM2894 USB µModule (micromodule) reinforced isolator that guards against ground-to-ground voltage differentials and large common-mode transients. With a rugged interface and internal isolation, the LTM2894 is well suited for implementing USB in harsh environments … Continue reading






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Multi-Protocol Sub-GHz Wireless Transceiver Platform

NXP Semiconductors recently added the OL2385 family sub-GHz wireless transceivers to its low-power microcontroller and 2.4 GHz portfolio for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Based on a PIN-to-PIN compatible, sub-GHz transceiver hardware platform, the OL2385 supports multiple wireless protocols  (e.g., Sigfox, … Continue reading






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Ambiq Micro’s Apollo Platform Selected for Fossil Smartwatches

Ambiq Micro recently announced that its patented Apollo Platform with Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology (SPOT) was selected for Fossil Group’s hybrid smartwatches. According to Ambiq, the Apollo platform will manage smartwatch operations such as processing sensor inputs and controlling wireless … Continue reading






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Taking the “Hard” Out of Hardware

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There’s this belief among my software developer friends that electronics are complicated, hardware is hard, and that you need a degree before you can design anything to do with electricity. They honestly believe that building electronics is more complicated than … Continue reading






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