Bluetooth Smart SoCs Links Wearables to Apps for WeChat

Dialog DA14580

Dialog Semiconductor recently announced its support for WeChat’s communications protocol with the launch of its WeChat SDK. With the kit, you can quickly add Bluetooth connectivity between WeChat apps and wearables and other IoT devices.  Dialog’s development kit is available … Continue reading






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Infineon Expands Its 200-V Driver IC Portfolio

Infineon IOR_PDIO-8

Infineon Technologies AG has expanded its 200-V driver IC portfolio with the IRS2005(S, M) for high-voltage, high-speed IGBTs and power MOSFETs. The IC features comprehensive protection for motor drive space-constrained applications (e.g., golf carts and power tools). The IRS200x family comprises high-side and … Continue reading






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Portable Electronics Lab Mini

PEEL Mini

Featuring they powerful and portable core of the Portable Electronics Lab, the 1-MHz PEEL Mini is a great addition to (or replacement for) the lab or the hand-held field equipment you already have. The $499 PEEL Mini includes: Power Supplies +20 … Continue reading






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Gift Idea for Engineers & Students

MCU

Want the perfect gift for a fellow electrical engineer, techie, EE/ECE student, or young innovator? Give the gift of Circuit Cellar magazine. (Check out these free sample issues.) It’s fast and simple. Easily gift a 1-year print subscription (12 issues … Continue reading






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Innovative Product Design: An Interview with Rich Legrand

Legrand-IMG_5660

Rich Legrand founded Charmed Labs in 2002 to develop and sell innovative robotics-related designs, including the Xport Robot Kit, the Qwerk robot controller, the GigaPan robotic camera mount, and the Pixy vision sensor. He recently told us about his background, … Continue reading






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Low Power PIC MCUs Extend Battery Life, Eliminate External Memory via Flash

Microchip plugin mod

Microchip Technology recently expanded its Low Power PIC microcontroller portfolio. The new PIC24F GB6 family includes up to 1 MB of Flash memory with Error Correction Code (ECC) and 32 KB of RAM. The new 16-bit MCU in Microchip’s first … Continue reading






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Low-Power RS-485 Transceiver with Low-Voltage Interface

EX052_XR33202_Exar

Exar Corp. recently announced the XR33202, which is a half-duplex, 20-Mbps RS-485 (TIA/EIA-485) transceiver optimized to operate over a wide 3-to-5.5-V supply voltage range. The transceiver includes an adjustable low voltage logic interface and features the industry’s lowest standby current … Continue reading






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Bare Metal Security Extends On-Chip Analytics for SoCs

UltraSoC recently announced Bare Metal Security capabilities to extend its on-chip monitoring and analytics to deliver security functionality required in a broad range of embedded products (e.g., IoT appliances and enterprise systems). Bare Metal Security features are implemented as hardware … Continue reading






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Expanded Auto Test Capabilities for Scopes with Support for HDMI v2.0 and Embedded DisplayPort

Teledyne QPHY-HDMI2

Teledyne LeCroy recently announced the availability of the QPHY-HDMI2 and QPHY-eDP, which expanded its automated transmitter test solutions for display standards to include HDMI Version 2.0 and Embedded DisplayPort. The QPHY-HDMI2 software option for the WaveMaster/SDA/DDA 8 Zi series of oscilloscopes … Continue reading






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December Electrical Engineering Challenge Update (Sponsor: NetBurner)

Find the error in this schematic and submit your answer by October 20, 2015. Submit via the Challenge webpage. Click image to access submission form.

Spot the schematic error? Take the December Electrical Engineering Challenge (sponsored by NetBurner) now! This month, find the error in the schematic posted below (and on the Challenge webpage) for a chance to win a NetBurner MOD54415 LC Development Kit ($129 value) or … Continue reading






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The Future of Hardware Design

JYoung headshot

The future of hardware design is in the cloud. Many companies are already focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) and creating hardware to be interconnected in the cloud. However, can we get to a point where we build hardware … Continue reading






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Industrial Drive Control SoC to Support Digital and Analog Position Sensors

TI - TMS320F

Texas Instruments’s new TMS320F28379D and TMS320F28379S microcontrollers are an expansion to the C2000 Delfino microcontroller portfolio. When combined with DesignDRIVE Position Manager technology, they enable simple interfacing to position sensors. Based on the real-time control architecture of C2000 microcontrollers, the DesignDRIVE platform … Continue reading






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Boost Arduino Mega Capability with 512-KB SRAM & True Parallel Bus Expansion

Scidyne

The Arduino MEGA-2560 is a versatile microcontroller board, but it has only 8 KB SRAM. SCIDYNE recently developed the XMEM+ to enhance a standard MEGA in two ways. It increases SRAM up to 512 KB and provides True Parallel Bus … Continue reading






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Dual-Core, Runtime-Reconfigurable Processor for Low-Power Applications

Imsys has developed a dual-core, runtime-reconfigurable processor that can run at 350 MHz with an active power consumption of 19.7 µW/MHz using one core. Intended for low-power applications, 97% of the processor’s transistors are used in memory blocks. The cores … Continue reading






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Low-Power Apollo Microcontroller Now in Volume Production

AMB012 Ambiq

Ambiq Micro’s Apollo MCU—which was demonstrated to consume less than half the energy of other microcontrollers in real-world applications (EEMBC ULPBench benchmark)—is now available for shipping for high-volume consumer applications. The microcontroller features active mode current around 34 µA/MHz when … Continue reading






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