60-V LED Driver with Internal 4-A Switch & PWM Generator

Linear 3952

Linear Technology’s LT3952 is a current mode step-up DC/DC converter with an internal 60-V, 4-A DMOS power switch. It is specifically designed to drive high power LEDs in multiple configurations. It combines input and output current regulation loops with output voltage … Continue reading

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Registration Opens for 19th Annual Worldwide MASTERs Conference

MicrochipMasters1

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced that registration is open for its 19th annual Worldwide MASTERs Conference at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, AZ.  The Main Conference takes place from August 19 to … Continue reading

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New XMC4800 Microcontrollers with EtherCAT Technology Support Industry 4.0

Infineon XMC4800

Infineon Technologies AG has launched a new XMC4800 series of 32-bit microcontrollers with on-chip Ethernet for Control Automation Technology (EtherCAT) node. With its real-time capability, the XMC4800 series is intended to drive networked industrial automation and Industry 4.0 applications. The EtherCAT node … Continue reading

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Low-Profile PCIe Board Platform

BittWare A5PS

BittWare recently announced today its second low-profile PCIe board—the A5-PCIe-S (A5PS). The new board is based on Altera’s Arria V GZ FPGA, which provides a high level of system integration and flexibility for I/O, routing, and processing. Thus, the A5PS … Continue reading

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How to Improve Software Development Predictability

Figure 1: Software development "V" model

The analytical methods of failure modes effects and criticality analysis (FMECA) and failure modes effects analysis (FMEA) have been around since the 1940s. In recent years, much effort has been spent on bringing hardware related analyses such as FMECA into … Continue reading

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The Internet of Things: A Very Disruptive Force

Lees Interview

We met with Geoff Lees (Senior Vice President & General Manager of Microcontrollers, Freescale) at the 2015 Embedded World Show in Nuremberg, Germany. We asked him about the Internet of Things, the big changes on the embedded systems horizon, and … Continue reading

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Toshiba Expands TX04 Range of ARM Cortex-M4F-Based Microcontrollers

Toshiba TMPM46BF10FG

Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced a new ARM Cortex-M4F based microcontroller for use in secure systems control. The TMPM46BF10FG expands its existing TX04 range and adds enhanced security features that are well-suited to applications in Internet of Things (IoT) devices, energy … Continue reading

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RTG4 Radiation-Tolerant FPGAs for High-speed Signal Processing Applications

Microsemi RTG4-  3-4view

Microsemi Corp. today announced availability of its RTG4 high-speed, signal-processing radiation-tolerant FPGA family. The RTG4’s reprogrammable flash technology offers complete immunity to radiation-induced configuration upsets in the harshest radiation environments, requiring no configuration scrubbing, unlike SRAM FPGA technology. RTG4 supports … Continue reading

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New High-Speed CMOS DDR SDRAMs

Alliance Memory DDR

Alliance Memory recently announced new high-speed CMOS double data rate synchronous DRAMs (DDR SDRAM) with densities of 256 Mb (AS4C32M8D1), 512 Mb (AS4C64M8D1), and 1 Gb (AS4C64M16D1) in the 60-ball 8-mm × 13-mm × 1.2 mm TFBGA package and the … Continue reading

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Power-Saving Flat Panel VCOM Buffer Amplifier

Exar_iML2911

Exar Corp. recently announced a next-generation VCOM control product based on patent-pending innovative architecture. The iML2911 provides a solution to add two additional power supply voltages readily available in panel electronics. The device employs sensing circuitry for VCOM output load requirement … Continue reading

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Quad Bench Power Supply

To the right of the output Johnson
posts are the switches that set the
polarity of the floating supplies—as
well as the switch that disconnects all
power supply outputs—while leaving
the unit still powered up.

The need for a bevy of equipment for building and testing presents a problem: how to deliver an adequate power supply while keeping workbench clutter to a minimum. Brian decided to tackle this classic engineering conundrum with a small, low-capacity … Continue reading

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ARM MCUs wtith Capacitive Touch Hardware Support for HMI and LIN Applications

Atmel Corporation SAM DA1

Atmel recently announced its next-generation family of automotive-qualified ARM Cortext-M0+-based micrcontrollers with an integrated peripheral touch controller (PTC) for capacitive touch applications. The new SAM DA1 is the first series in this Atmel |SMART MCU automotive-qualified product family, operating at a … Continue reading

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Security Agents for Embedded Intrusion Detection

Marten van Dijk

Knowingly or unknowingly, we interact with hundreds of networked-embedded devices in our day-to-day lives such as mobile devices, electronic households, medical equipment, automobiles, media players, and many more. This increased dependence of our lives on the networked-embedded devices, nevertheless, has … Continue reading

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Energy-Friendly IC and Evaluation Kit for iOS Accessory Development

Silicon Labs CP2614

Silicon Labs now offers a digital audio bridge chip and evaluation kit designed to simplify the development of accessories for iOS devices. Target applications include audio accessories such as guitar and microphone recording dongles, audio docks, and headphones. The CP2614 IC … Continue reading

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New USB Controlled Microwave and Millimeter Wave Components

USB-Controlled-RF-Components-SQ

Pasternack has released a new line of USB-controlled microwave and millimeter wave components, which includes amplifiers, attenuators, and PIN diode switches. The new components are controlled and powered by a convenient USB 2.0 port with driverless installation. An external power supply … Continue reading

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