Simplified, Cost-Effective EtherCAT Implemenation with XMC4300 Microcontrollers

Infineon EtherCAT

The Infineon Technologies XMC4300 microcontroller series simplifies EtherCAT implementation complexity and cost. Developed for cost-sensitive industrial applications, the XMC4300 is well suited for a variety of applications, such as factory automation, industrial motor control, and robotics. Like Intineon’s XMC4800 series, the XMC4300 features an … Continue reading






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STMicroclectronics Offers Free Dev Tools to Linux Users

STMicroelectronics now offers free high-productivity tools to Linux users interested in working with STM32 microcontrollers. The STM32CubeMX configurator and initialization tool and the System Workbench for STM32—which is an IDE created by Ac6 Tools and supported by the openSTM32.org community—are now both … Continue reading






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Photocoupler for RS-232C 100-kbps Communications

Toshiba TLP2703

Toshiba Electronics Europe recently announced a new photocoupler that can support signal transfer speeds of up to 100 kbps. Intended for communication applications in industrial systems and home appliance devices, the TLP2703 can be driven by a low input current … Continue reading






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Analog Filter Essentials

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With a tool like the Analog Filter Wizard (Analog Devices), life is easy

Analog frequency-selective filters are useful for noise reduction, antialiasing before digitizing a signal, frequency response correction, and more. In this article, Circuit Cellar columnist Robert Lacoste explains the differences between filters and how to design them with computer-aided tools.   The following article by Robert Lacoste … Continue reading






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Brain Control: An Interview with Dr. Max Ortiz Catalan

Max Ortiz Catalan med robotarm

Dr. Max Ortiz Catalan is Research Director at Integrum AB, a medical device company based in Molndal, Sweden. Wisse Hettinga recently interviewed him about his work in the field of prosthetic design and biomedical systems. As an electrical engineer, your … Continue reading






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New IC for Real-Time Power Monitoring of Multiple Loads

Microchip MCP39F511N

Microchip Technology recently expanded its power-monitoring IC portfolio with the addition of the MCP39F511N, which provides standard power calculations and event monitoring of two electrical loads. It includes three ADCs for voltage and two current load measurements, a 16-bit calculation engine, EEPROM, … Continue reading






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High-Side N-Channel FET Driver

TexInst bq76200

Texas Instruments recently introduced the a single-chip, 100-V, high-side FET driver for high-power lithium-ion battery applications. Offering advanced power protection and control, the bq76200 high-voltage solution drives high-side N-channel charge and discharge FETs in batteries commonly used in energy storage systems … Continue reading






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Hands-On Test Instrument Workshop Tour

Keysight recently announced it is running hands-on, test instrument workshop for design and test engineers.The workshop series (February 2–June 24) will be held in the United States and Canada. The workshop is intended to focus on top test challenges with seminars … Continue reading






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The Future of Wireless: IoT “Connect Anywhere” Solutions

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Wireless communications have revolutionized virtually every industry, from healthcare to defense to consumer electronics. We recently asked 10 engineers to prognosticate on the future of wireless technology. France-based engineer Robert Lacoste writes: I don’t know if the forecasts about the … Continue reading






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Microchip to Acquire Atmel for Around $3.6 Billion

Microchip Technology recently announced it signed a deal to purchase Atmel for around $3.6 billion. According to a January 19 report in the New York Times, Atmel terminated its earlier merger agreement Dialog Semiconductor and paid a termination fee of … Continue reading






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Cypress Expands Portfolio with New Traveo Automotive Microcontroller Series

Cypress Traveo

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. recently expanded of its automotive portfolio with the first series of its Traveo microcontroller family. The series features up to 4 MB of high-density embedded flash, stepper motor control, TFT display control, advanced sound output capabilities, and … Continue reading






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Two New Flexible Antennas for Positioning Applications

Antennova Asper 2

Antenova Ltd recently added two new positioning antennas—Bentoni and Asper—to its suite of flexible FPC antennas. Intended for use in portable devices, trackers, and wearables, the Bentoni positioning antenna is designed for all the global public satellite constellations: GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, and GALILEO. A dual … Continue reading






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New DACs with 140-dB Dynamic Range

ESS ES90

ESS Technology announced its new flagship ES9038PRO SABRE DAC at CES 2016, generating immediate attention from audio manufacturers looking to raise the standard on new generation high-resolution audio products. The new ESS PRO SABRE 32-bit, 8-channel DAC chip goes the … Continue reading






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Mitch Altman—Maker, Hacker, Traveler

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Mitch Altman is an inventor (TV-B-Gone), hacker and traveler whose ideas will inspire many of us to join a hackerspace and get creative with the design community. Circuit Cellar recently met up with Altman at FabLab Berlin, Germany. Altman talks about … Continue reading






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SEGGER Announces Embedded Studio PRO Development Platform

Segger ses-pro-500x

SEGGER recently released Embedded Studio PRO, which is an advanced platform that combines the company’s user-friendly Embedded Studio development environment, along with a selection of its key embedded software components, an industry-leading J-Link PLUS debug probe, plus an emPower evaluation … Continue reading






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