Near-Zero-Power Voice-Activation for Battery-Powered Devices

Vesper Sensory

Vesper, DSP Group and Sensory have demonstrated a turnkey development platform that boasts the lowest overall power consumption for far-field always-listening voice interfaces. The DSP Group also recently unveiled its new DBMD5 audio SoC built to drive clearer human-machine voice … Continue reading






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Transform IoT Audio, Voice, and Video Interactions

NXP-iMX8M-FS

NXP Semiconductors (now part of Qualcomm) recently introduced the new i.MX 8M family of applications processors specifically designed to meet increasing audio and video system requirements for smart home and smart mobility applications such as over-the-top (OTT) set-top boxes, digital … Continue reading






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700-V CoolMOS P7 Family for Flyback-Based, Low-Power SMPS Applications

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Infineon Technologies recently launched the 700-V CoolMOS P7 family for quasi-resonant flyback topologies. Offering performance advantages over superjunction technologies, the MOSFETs are well suited for mobile device chargers and notebook adapters. They also support fast switching and high power density designs for … Continue reading






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The Future of Test-First Embedded Software

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The term “test-first” software development comes from the original days of extreme programming (XP). In Kent Beck’s 1999 book, Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change (Addison-Wesley), his direction is to create an automated test before making any changes to the code. … Continue reading






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New Radiation-Hardened MOSFETs for Space Applications

Infineon - RAD-hard-MOSFET

IR HiRel (an Infineon Technologies company) recently launched its first radiation-hardened MOSFETs based on the proprietary N-channel R9 technology platform. Offering size, weight, and power improvements over previous technologies, the 100-V, 35-A MOSFETs are ideally suited to mission-critical applications requiring … Continue reading






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New Low-Profile, 450-W DC/DC Converter Module

Ericsson PKB 4413D

Ericsson recently launched a low-profile, 450-W DC/DC converter module, which provides a 12-V output voltage at up to 37.5 A to point-of-load (POL) DC/DC converters. Offered in a five-pin 1/8-brick footprint, the new PKB4413D advanced bus converter has an input range … Continue reading






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LUXEON UV U1 Offers 2× Performance Smallest UV Emitter

Lumileds recently announced the LUXEON UV U1 LED for use in a variety of UV applications, including UV curing, counterfeit detection, analytical instrumentation, inspections and other UVA and Violet (380–420 nm). Featuring the same micro package size as LUXEON Z … Continue reading






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High-Performance Analog Technology A30 for IoT Applications and More

ams AG recently announced the availability of its High Performance Analog Low Noise CMOS process (“A30”). The new A30 technology features performance optimized, isolated 3.3-V devices (NMOSI and PMOSI), isolated 3.3-V low Vt devices (NMOSIL and PMOSIL), an isolated high-voltage … Continue reading






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Cypress Begins Volume Shipments of MCUs Based on eCT Embedded Flash

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. recently started volume shipments of microcontrollers containing its proprietary 40-nm Embedded Charge-Trap (eCT) Flash manufactured at United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC). The shipments are part of a multiple-year collaboration between Cypress and UMC to integrate Cypress’s flash technology … Continue reading






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Flowcode (Part 4): Dev Boards to Pro Apps

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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 detailed how to get … Continue reading






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Electrical Engineering Crossword (Issue 318)

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  The answers to the Circuit Cellar 318 crossword puzzle are now available. Across ANTIPARTICLE—Same mass, opposite charge AMORPHOUS—A solid without form and shape BIFURCATE—Split BAUD—Bd TOKEN—Permission to communicate LED—Holonyak, General Electric UHF—300 MHz–1 GHz CRC—Code for error detection VOLUME—Total … Continue reading






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Issue 318: EQ Answers

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Here are the answers to the four EQ problems that appeared in Circuit Cellar 318. Problem 1: Outside of simply moving data from one place to another, most of the work of a computer is performed by “dyadic” operators — … Continue reading






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Raspberry Pi Maker: An Interview with Eben Upton

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About five years ago, a small group of enthusiast designers led by Eben Upton launched a small, inexpensive computer that looked nothing like a normal computer. The bare green PCB board appealed to makers and hackers and the option to … Continue reading






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Arrow Electronics and Conexant Systems Collaborate on Development of Amazon Alexa-Enabled Smart Home Products

Arrow Conexant - kit

Arrow Electronics recently agreed to distribute and source components and provide technical design support for Conexant’s AudioSmart 2-Mic Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS). Conexant recently announced a collaboration with Amazon on an AVS-approved AudioSmart 2-Mic Development Kit. Featuring … Continue reading






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16-Bit, 1.5-Msps Per Channel Octal Simultaneous Sampling SAR ADC

Linear LTC2320-16

Linear Technology Corp. recently introduced the LTC2320-16 16-bit, 1.5-Msps per channel, no-latency successive approximation register (SAR) ADC. Featuring eight simultaneously sampling channels supporting a rail-to-rail input common mode range, the LTC2320-16 offers a flexible analog front end that accepts fully … Continue reading






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