Fast 600-V Gate Driver Reduces System-Solution Size for MOSFETs and IGBTs


Texas Instruments recently introduced the UCC27714 half-bridge gate driver for discrete power MOSFETs and IGBTs that operate up to 600 V. With 4-A source and 4-A sink current capability, the UCC27714 reduces component footprint by 50%. In addition, it provides 90-ns propagation … Continue reading


RF Chip Family Enables Secure, Long-Range Smart Car Communication


NXP Semiconductors has announced the new Mantra RF family of high-performance transceivers and receivers for secure car access and vehicle management. The chip family offers a long-range (several hundred meters), two-way RF link for bidirectional communication between a key fob … Continue reading


The Future of Commodity Hardware Security and Your Data


The emergence of the smartphone industry has enabled the commodity hardware market to expand at an astonishing rate. Providers are creating cheap, compact, and widely compatible hardware, which bring about underestimated and unexplored security vulnerabilities. Often, this hardware is coupled … Continue reading


USB Type-C with Texas Instruments TUSB320 CC Logic and Port Controllers from Mouser

Mouser TUSB320

Mouser Electronics is now stocking the Texas Instruments TUSB320 family of USB Type-C configuration channel logic and port controllers from Texas Instruments (TI). The TUSB320 family of devices provide USB Type-C configuration channel (CC) logic and port control, making it … Continue reading


Dialog to Buy at Atmel for $4.6 Billion


Dialog Semiconductor and Atmel Corp. recently announced Dialog will acquire Atmel in a cash and stock transaction for approximately $4.6 billion. According to reports, the deal will likely close in the first quarter of 2016. The transaction—which has been unanimously approved by … Continue reading


Evaluation Boards for SuperSpeed USB-to-FIFO Bridge ICs

FTDI recently launched a new family of evaluation/development modules to encourage the implementation of its next-generation USB interfacing technology. Its FT600/1Q USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ICs are in volume production and backed up by the UMFT60XX offering. The family comprises four models that … Continue reading


Software-Only Hardware Simulation

Figure 1: There is a parallel between the embedded target and host environment. Equivalent entities are shown on the same level.

Simulating embedded hardware in a Windows environment can significantly reduce development time. In this article, Michael Melkonian provides techniques for the software-only simulation of embedded hardware. He presents a simple example of an RTOS-less embedded system that uses memory-mapped I/O … Continue reading


Encapsulated 80-A Digital Power Module for FPGAs, Processors, & Memory

Intersil ISL8273M

Intersil Corp. recently announced the industry’s first 80-A fully encapsulated digital DC/DC PMBus power module that provides point-of-load (POL) conversions for advanced FPGAs, DSPs, ASICs, processors, and memory. The ISL8273M is a complete step-down regulated power supply that delivers up … Continue reading


Expanded 32-bit MCU Family with Integrated Floating Point Unit Series


Microchip Technology has launched a new series of its high-performance PIC32MZ family of 32-bit microcontrollers that features an integrated hardware floating point unit (FPU) for high performance and lower latency in intensive single and double-precision math applications. This new 48-member PIC32MZ … Continue reading


New Arria 10 Boards Target Cyber/Security, SigInt, & Acceleration

BittWare recently announced two new boards in its Altera Arria 10 FPGA product roadmap to complement their existing Arria 10 3U VPX and PCIe offerings: A10PED and A10XM4. The A10PED Dual Arria 10 PCIe full-length Gen3 x16 Card supporting either the 660 … Continue reading


Second Gen of Open Virtual Platforms APIs

Imperas recently released of the second generation of the Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) APIs for building virtual platforms, additional Fast Processor Models, new models for popular peripherals, and new Extendable Platform Kits (EPKs). Open Virtual Platforms is a website for … Continue reading


Power Over Ethernet Solutions

The D-Link DWL-P50 is a ready-togo
module. Ethernet in, Ethernet out,
and a choice between 12- and 5-VDC

Powering devices over Ethernet cabling seems easy, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. In this article, Eddie Insam explains how it all works. So you’ve designed a brand new Ethernet-based device. Perhaps it’s a clock, a weather … Continue reading


GaN Devices for Mobile Base Station Transmitters


Infineon Technologies recently introduced its first devices in a family of Gallium Nitride (GaN) on Silicon Carbide (SiC) RF power transistors. The devices enable mobile base station manufacturers to build smaller, more powerful and more flexible transmitters. With higher efficiency, … Continue reading


New Highly Configurable Low-Power Embedded Controllers

Microchip MEX14xx

Microchip Technology recently announced the MEC14XX family of highly configurable low-power embedded controllers, which enables multiple I/O signals to be configured to support either 3.3 or 1.8 V and reduces materials cost by eliminating the need for external voltage translators. … Continue reading


RF Direct Conversion Zero-IF, Near Zero-IF and Low-IF Receiver ICs

CML Microcircuits recently released the CMX994A and CMX994E Direct Conversion Receiver (DCRx) ICs. The CMX994A and CMX994E are RF receiver ICs—which feature I/Q demodulators with low-power consumption and high-performance features—are targeted at narrowband and wideband Software Defined Radios (SDR) for wireless data and … Continue reading