Find and Eliminate Ground Loops

FIGURE 4: Ground isolator for three-prong powered appliances

Everything had been fine with my home entertainment center—comprising a TV, surround-sound amplifier, an AM/FM tuner, a ROKU, and a CD/DVD/BlueRay player—until I connected my desktop PC, which stores many of my music and video files on one of its … Continue reading






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TRACE32 Supports Spansion HyperFlash Memory

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Lauterbach recently announced its support for the Spansion HyperFlash Memory with the TRACE32 tools. HyperBus Interface was introduced by Spansion in 2014 as an improvement on today’s low pin count memory interfaces and has been broadly implemented by the system-on-chip … Continue reading






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Universal Trigger and Decoder Option for R&S Digital Oscilloscopes

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Rohde & Schwarz has expanded its range of trigger and decoder options for the R&S RTO and R&S RTE digital oscilloscopes. With the R&S RTx-K50, the oscilloscopes help you debug serial protocols that employ Manchester or NRZ coding. The option can be … Continue reading






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RED EXPERT Online Design Tool for Precise AC Loss Calculation

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Würth Elektronik recently published RED EXPERT,  a new online tool you can use to simulate the power inductors. With just a few clicks, you can select the power inductors and calculate the complete AC losses. RED EXPERT enables extremely precise loss … Continue reading






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Two-Pin, Self-Powered Serial EEPROM for the IoT

Atmel recently announced a two-pin, single-wire EEPROM intended for the Internet of Things (IoT), wearables, and more. The self-powered devices don’t require a power source or VCC pin, with a parasitic power scheme over the data pin. They provide ultra-low … Continue reading






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Matrix Launches Formula AllCode Kickstarter Campaign (sponsored)

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Matrix TSL has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its Formula AllCode robotics course, which features a high-specification, Bluetooth-enabled robot. You can program the robot via Python, AppBuilder, Flowcode, Matlab, LabVIEW, C, and more. It is compatible with Raspberry Pi, Android, iPhone, and Windows … Continue reading






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Q&A: Innovations in Wearables and Virtual Reality

This is a virtual reality simulation system that supports research relating to chronic neck pain therapies developed by Dr. Markus Broecker and Dr. Ross Smith. (Image used with permission from Bruce H. Thomas, Wearable Computer Lab, University of South Australia)

New developments in wearable technology, virtual reality, and augment reality research are poised to change everything from healthcare to gaming. We recently asked Professor Bruce Thomas to tell us about the research in these areas taking place at the Wearable … Continue reading






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New 16- and 32-Mb Advanced Low-Power SRAMs

Renesas

Renesas Electronics recently introduced two new Advanced Low Power SRAMs with more than 500 times the resistance to soft errors compared to full CMOS memory cells. Fabricated using the 110-nm process, the new RMLV1616A Series of 16-Mb devices and the RMWV3216A Series of … Continue reading






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New User-Friendly Platform for Designing Embedded Solutions

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. recently announced the availability of the HeliX 2 Development Kit to support its HeliX 2 family of 64-bit multicore processors. A complete hardware and software solution, the new kit is user-friendly platform for designing embedded systems. The kit’s features and … Continue reading






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Microchip Acquires Micrel

Microchip Technology has announced that it has expanded its solutions for industrial, communications, and automotive with the acquisition of Micrel. Details of the deal are available on Microchip’s website.






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Advantech Offers Full Support of Microsoft Windows 10 IoT

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Advantech now supports Windows 10 IoT (Internet of Things), which is intended to power a wide variety of intelligent connected devices, such as mobile point-of-sale units, robots, and medical equipment. Windows 10 IoT is designed to connect through Azure IoT … Continue reading






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August Electrical Engineering Challenge Live (Sponsor: NetBurner)

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Ready to put your electrical engineering skills to the test? The August Electrical Engineering Challenge (sponsored by NetBurner) is live. This month, find the error in the schematic posted below (and on the Challenge webpage) for a chance to win a NetBurner … Continue reading






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Trends in Custom Peripheral Cores for Digital Sensor Interfaces

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Building ever-smarter technology, we perpetually require more sensors to collect increasing amounts of data for our decision-making machines. Power and bandwidth constraints require signals from individual sensors to be aggregated, fused and condensed locally by sensor hubs before being passed … Continue reading






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Embedded Security & IP Protection

Infineon OPTIGA-Trust-E

Infineon Technologies’s new OPTIGA Trust E offers an easy-to-use solution for protecting manufacturers’ valuable IP in industrial automation equipment, medical systems, and more. Since encrypting software isn’t enough to product your systems, the OPTIGA Trust E offers enhanced authentication and secured … Continue reading






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Test Adapter for 0.5-mm Pitch LGA20

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Ironwood Electronics recently introduced the PB-LGA20A-Z-01 Socket Probe Adapter, which is intended for the high-speed testing of LGA devices while accessing the signals using testers via header pins. The socket probe adapter is designed to interface with 0.5-mm pitch Fine … Continue reading






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