Cypress Announces Highly-Integrated Programmable EZ-PD CCG3PA USB-C Controller with Power Delivery 3.0 and Quick Charge 4.0 Support

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During Computex 2017, Cypress Semiconductor announced availability of a new USB-C controller with Power Delivery (PD) that streamlines the design of power adapters, chargers, and power banks. The EZ-PD CCG3PA controller supports the PD 3.0 standard with programmable power supply … Continue reading






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Vesper VM1010 MEMS Microphones

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Vesper recently launched the VM1010, which is the first wake-on-sound MEMS microphone that consumes nearly zero power. It allows consumers to voice-activate battery-powered smart speakers, smart earbuds and TV remotes without draining the battery. The inaugural member of Vesper’s ZeroPower … Continue reading






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New Intel Core X-Series Processors and Thunderbolt 3

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During the annual Computex 2017 event, Intel unveiled its new Intel Core X-series processor family with 4 to 18 cores, which now includes the new Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor, the first consumer desktop CPU with 18 cores and … Continue reading






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Transducer Class Multi-Grid Strain Sensors for Multi-Axis Force, Axial, and Torsional Load Measurements

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Vishay Precision Group’s Micro-Measurements brand recently introduced the S5060 Series of transducer class multi-grid advanced strain sensors. Designed for accurate, cost-effective multi-axis force, torque/axial and torsional load measurements, the Series is well suited for a wide variety of applications, including robotics, factory … Continue reading






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Vintage Programming Languages

PHOTO 1: An online emulator for my old Apple II

For the last 30 years, C has been my programming language of choice. As you probably know, C was invented in the early 1970s by Dennis M. Ritchie for the first UNIX kernel and ran on a DEC PDP-11 computer. I … Continue reading






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IEEE 802.3bt PD Controller Offers 99% Efficiency

Linear LT4294

Recently acquired by Linear Technology, Analog Devices has announced the LT4294 IEEE 802.3bt Powered Device (PD) interface controller. Intended for applications requiring up to 71 W of delivered power, this new Power over Ethernet (PoE) standard (IEEE 802.3bt) both increases … Continue reading






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13.6-GHz, Next-Generation Wideband Synthesizer

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Analog Devices recently launched the ADF5356, which is a 13.6-GHz next-generation wideband synthesizer with integrated voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO). The ADF5356 is well suited for a variety of applications, including wireless infrastructure, microwave point-to-point links, electronic test and measurement, and satellite … Continue reading






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Infineon Launches “Productive4.0” Research Project

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Infineon Technologies recently launched “Productive4.0,” which is a European research initiative relating to the field of Industry 4.0. More than 100 partners (e.g., Bosch, Philips, Thales, NXP, SAP, ABB, Volvo, Ericsson, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) from 19 European countries … Continue reading






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High-Performing, Intelligent Wireless Transceiver Module

ZETAPLUS

The RF Solutions high-performance ZETA module was recently updated to include a simple SPI and UART interface. The ZETAPLUS module doesn’t require external components, which means a fast and effective plug-and-play setup. Available on 433-, 868-, and 915-MHz frequencies, the … Continue reading






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Bipolar Transistor Biasing

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This NPN bipolar junction transistor is wired in the common-emitter configuration, meaning its emitter is grounded. Two basic equations dictate its behavior.

Going back to the basics is never a bad idea. Many electronics engineers are fluent with complex systems—such as microcontrollers, embedded OSes, or FPGAs—but seem to have more difficulties with single transistors. What a shame! A transistor can be a … Continue reading






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The Future of Network-on-Chip (NoC) Architectures

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Adding multiple processing cores on the same chip has become the de facto design choice as we continue extracting increasing performance per watt from our chips. Chips powering smartphones and laptops comprise four to eight cores. Those powering servers comprise … Continue reading






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Electrical Engineering Crossword (Issue 323)

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The answers to Circuit Cellar 323‘s crossword are now available. Across DYNE—10–5 N GEOFENCE—Virtual barrier QUIESCENT—At rest BOND—Electrical union/connection HDL—Describes circuit structure; Verilog SOLIDSTATE—Electronics featuring semiconductors rather than mechanical circuits [2 words] TRIGGER—Pulse used to initiate a circuit action LONGRANGE—LoRa … Continue reading






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New STM32L4 Microcontrollers with On-Chip Digital Filter

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STMicroelectronics’s ultra-low-power STM32L45x microcontrollers (STM32L451, STM32L452, and STM32L462 lines) are supported by a development ecosystem based on the STM32Cube platform. The new microcontroller lines offer a variety of features and benefits: Integrated Digital Filter for Sigma-Delta Modulators (DFSDM) enables advanced … Continue reading






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Ultra-Low-Power RFID Chip for Retail Data

NXP Semiconductors recently launched a new global UCODE 8 RAIN RFID chip platform that’s intended for omnichannel retailer applications. A universal RAIN RFID chip, the UCODE 8 is provides “high inventory accuracy on all retail product categories through best-in-class read sensitivity.” … Continue reading






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Single-Chip, Multi-Protocol Switch for Intelligent Apps

Analog Devices recently introduced a real-time Ethernet, multi-protocol (REM) switch chip Ethernet connectivity solution for intelligent factory applications. Well suited for a variety of connected motion applications, you can use the “TSN-ready” (time sensitive networking) fido5000 with any processor, any protocol, … Continue reading






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