Open-Source Bluetooth Low Energy Beacon

NS_PUCK Nordic

Nordic Semiconductor recently announced the availability on Kickstarter of a Nordic nRF52832 SoC-based Bluetooth low energy (BLE) beacon intended for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. You can program the Puck.js wirelessly from a website using a graphical editor or JavaScript instead of … Continue reading






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New High-Linearity I/Q Demodulator

Linear LTC5586

Linear Technology recently introduced the LTC5586, which is a new high-linearity I/Q demodulator with more than 1-GHz, –1-dB flatness bandwidth supporting next-generation 5G wireless infrastructure equipment. It’s intended for applications ranging from DPD receivers for base stations to software-defined radios (SDR). … Continue reading






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New Automotive Power Integrated Module Solution for Next-Gen Automotive BLDC Systems

OnSemi_STK984

ON Semiconductor recently expanded its line of power integrated modules (PIMs) with the STK984-190-E, which is a highly integrated module well suited for driving three-phase brushless DC motors in automotive systems. The module is intended for use in 12-V automotive electric … Continue reading






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August Code Challenge (Sponsor: Programming Research)

Click to enlarge. Find the error and submit your answer via the online submission form.

Ready to put your programming skills to the test? Take the new Electrical Engineering Challenge (sponsored by Programming Research). Find the error in the code for a shot to win prizes, such as an Amazon Gift Card or a Circuit Cellar … Continue reading






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August Schematic Challenge (Sponsor: Technologic Sysetms)

Click to enlarge. Find the error and submit your answer via the online submission form.

Can you spot the error in this month’s schematic challenge (sponsored by Technologic Systems)? This your chance to put your technical skills to test. Find the error in the schematic for a shot to win prizes, such as a TS-7250-V2 … Continue reading






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Tool for Selecting Coils for Wireless Power Transfer

Wurth MixMatch

Wurth Elektronik now offers developers with a tool—Mix and Match—to help select the right transmitter and receiver coils. Mix and Match is a new tool in the RED EXPERT Toolbox. Also like the other tools in RED EXPERT, Mix and … Continue reading






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Low-Power BLE Sensor Node for IoT Applications

Microchip BLE Demo Platform

Microchip Technology recently released a demonstration platform for the lowest-power Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) sensor node. The platform features an ultra-low-power BTLC1000-certified module, a SMART SAM L21 Cortex-M0+ MCU, Bosch sensor technology, and a complete software solution. The BLE demonstration platform … Continue reading






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Qi-Certified, 15-W Wireless Power Transmitter

TI bq501210

Texas Instruments now offers the industry’s first WPC v1.2 Qi-certified, 15-W wireless power transmitter. Intended to deliver high-power wireless charging to industrial systems (e.g., hand-held medical devices), the bq501210 enables 84% system efficiency with significantly less thermal dissipation. The bq501210’s … Continue reading






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The Future of IoT Security: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

SONY DSC

Security is one of the hot topics today in the Internet of Things (IoT). There have been well-publicized security breaches of consumer devices that include hijacked video from wireless baby monitors being posted on the Internet and home automation systems … Continue reading






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Hi-Fi Audio Engineering Workspace

L1070786

Jan  Didden is a talented audio engineer and author with a well-stocked lab in Turnhout, Belgium. He recently gave us a tour of space and talked about his current audio design projects. This is an excellent place to work. It … Continue reading






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Renesas Electronics Europe and SEGGER Accelerate RX Ecosystem Expansion

Segger RS

Renesas Electronics Europe and SEGGER recently announced their collaboration to facilitate the expansion of Renesas’s RX Family of 32-bit microcontroller ecosystem through the adoption of SEGGER’s newly-released SystemView software. SystemView supports streaming over J-Link, as well as real-time analysis and … Continue reading






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STMicroelectronics Certifies Cryptographic Library for STM32 MCUs

STMicroelectronics has successfully certified its cryptographic library for STM32 microcontrollers as per the US Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program (CAVP). An extension to the STM32Cube software package, the X-CUBE-CRYPTOLIB library is well suited for secure STM32-based applications, such as IoT devices, point-of-sale terminals, … Continue reading






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FTDI Arduino-Compatible Touch-Enabled Display Shield Now Shipping

FTDI CleO

FTDI Chip recently announced the widespread availability of its originally crowdfunded CleO product (and accompanying accessories). FTDI Chip also offers access to software tools, step-by-step tutorials, and projects. CleO is a simple to program, intelligent TFT display solution that for building human machine interfaces … Continue reading






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IEC Adopts USB Type-C, USB Power Delivery, & USB 3.1 Specs

USB

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) recently announced that IEC has formally adopted the latest USB-IF specifications for high-speed data delivery and enhanced usages for device charging. In particular, the USB Type-C Cable and Connector, USB … Continue reading






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Debugging Embedded Systems with Minimal Resources

This is the schematic for a serial port
RS-232 driver. It's a standardized
circuit that plugs into a header on the
board to be debugged.

Debugging an embedded system can be difficult when you’re dealing with either a simple system with few pins or a complex system with nearly every pin in use. Stuart Ball provides some tips to make debugging such systems a little … Continue reading






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