Flowcode 7: Simplifying Microcontroller Programming (Sponsor: Matrix)

These days the most commonly used device in electronic systems is the microcontroller: it is hard to find a piece of electronics without one, and you use thousands of them a day. In this article, John Dobson, managing director at … Continue reading


The Future of Biomedical Signal Analysis Technology


Biomedical signals obtained from the human body can be beneficial in a variety of scenarios in a healthcare setting. For example, physicians can use the noninvasive sensing, recording, and processing of a heart’s electrical activity in the form of electrocardiograms … Continue reading


SuperFET III Family of 650-V N-channel MOSFETs

Fairchild Semiconductor recently introduced the SuperFET III family of 650-V N-channel MOSFETs, which are well suited for telecom equipment, electric vehicle (EV) chargers, solar products, and more. The SuperFET III MOSFET family combines reliability, low EMI, high efficiency, and superior … Continue reading


40-VIN, 2.1-A Rail-to-Rail LDO+ Available in High-Temperature, 150°C H-Grade in TSSOP Package

LTC3086 image

Linear Technology Corp. recently unveiled a new higher temperature “H-grade” version of the LT3086 in the TSSOP package. The 40-V, 2.1-A low dropout linear regulator (LDO) includes current monitoring with externally settable current limit and temperature monitoring with external control of … Continue reading


Isolated FET Driver for Industrial Relay Replacement Applications

Si875x Silicon Labs

Silicon Labs recently introduced a new CMOS-based isolated field effect transistor (FET) driver family for industrial and automotive applications. The family enables you to use your preferred application-specific, high-volume FETs to replace old electromechanical relays (EMRs) and optocoupler-based, solid-state relays … Continue reading


ON Semiconductor Acquires Fairchild Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor recently acquired Fairchild Semiconductor for $2.4 billion. Fairchild develops semiconductor solutions for mobile and power designs. “The acquisition of Fairchild is a transformative step in our quest to become the premier supplier of power management and analog semiconductor solutions … Continue reading


Boldport Club: Behind the Scenes


We first met London-based engineer Saar Drimer in December 2015. At that time, his was running Boldport—a hardware and prototyping consultancy that specializes in circuit boards—from a workspace was in one of the characteristic arches underneath London Bridge Station. A lot … Continue reading


Ultra-Compact Bluetooth 4.2 + NFC Module

Rigado’s new BMD-350 Bluetooth 4.2 + NFC module is intended for use in Internet of Things (IoT) applications. With  8.6 × 6.4 × 1.5 mm footprint and based on the Nordic Semiconductors nRF52 series SoC, the BMD-350 gives IoT innovators … Continue reading


IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM Supports IoT-Targeted MCUs

IAR Systems recently announced that IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM now supports microcontrollers based on ARM Cortex-M3/M4 and ARM Cortex-A15 that are targeted for connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT). IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM is a complete C/C++ compiler … Continue reading


IEEE 802.3bt PD Controller


Linear Technology Corp. recently introduced the LT4295IEEE 802.3bt powered device (PD) interface controller for applications that require up to 71 W. The next Power over Ethernet (PoE) standard—IEEE 802.3bt—enables manufacturers to go beyond the 25.5 W allocated by the 2009 … Continue reading


Tips for Predicting Product Reliability

Figure 1: Reliability bath tub curve.

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881) once uttered: “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.” I don’t say statistics lie, but not everything presented to us as a result of statistical analysis is necessarily true. Statistics are instrumental for investigation … Continue reading


Scribbler 3 (S3) Hackable Robots

Parallax BlocklyProp

Parallax’s Scribbler 3 (S3) is a fully-assembled, preprogrammed, reprogrammable, and hackable robot that’s well suited for students and electronics enthusiasts. You can program the S3 in Parallax’s Graphical User Interface (GUI) software or its BlocklyProp tool. The visual programming support in … Continue reading


800-V CoolMOS P7 Series for Low-Power SMPS Applications


Infineon Technologies recently introduced its 800-V CoolMOS P7 series. Based on the superjunction technology, the product family is well suited for low-power SMPS applications, such a s LED lighting, audio, industrial, and auxiliary power. The 800 V CoolMOS P7’s offers … Continue reading


10-Bit HDO9000 High Definition Oscilloscopes

Teledyne hdo9000

Teledyne LeCroy recently launched the HDO9000, which uses HD1024 high-definition technology that automatically optimizes vertical resolution under each measurement condition to deliver 10 bits of vertical resolution. Featuring a bright 15.4” capacitive touch screen, the HDO9000 oscilloscopes offer 10-bit resolution, … Continue reading


Dialog Semiconductor Enters Gallium Nitride (GaN) Market

Dialog Semiconductor recently announced the upcoming availability of the DA8801, which is its first gallium nitride (GaN) power IC device, using Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation’s (TSMC) 650-V GaN-on-Silicon process technology. The DA8801 should initially find traction in the the fast-charging … Continue reading