Next-Generation 8-bit tinyAVR Microcontrollers

Microchip 8bittinyAVR

Microchip Technology recently launched a new generation of 8-bit tinyAVR microcontrollers. The four new devices range from 14 to 24 pins and 4 KB to 8 KB of flash memory. Furthermore, they are the first tinyAVR microcontrollers to feature Core … Continue reading






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Simplified Smart Home Device Creation with New Apple HomeKit Bluetooth Dev Kit

DialogSemi HomeKit521211

Dialog Semicondcutor’s new offering is the first SoC on the market with dedicated hardware acceleration for HomeKit security operations which ensures end-to-end application encryption, safeguarding personal information in transit. With the recent introduction of iOS 10, Apple HomeKit is now … Continue reading






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Battery-Free, Energy-Harvesting BLE Module Features nRF51822 SoC

nordic nRF51822 EnOcean Dolphin

EnOcean recently selected Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF51822 Bluetooth low energy SoC for its Dolphin PTM 215B pushbutton transmitter module, which is well suited for use in smart lighting applications. Using a miniaturize electro-dynamic energy transducer to convert motion, light, or temperature … Continue reading






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New 40-A µModule Regulator with 3-D Stacked-Inductor Packaging

Linear LTM4636

Linear Technology recently introduced the LTM4636, which is a 40-A step-down µModule switching regulator with 3D construction for quicker heat dissipation and cooler operation in a small package. By stacking its inductor on top of a 16 mm × 16 … Continue reading






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Notable Crowdfunded Projects (Week of 11/21/16)

KickProj

Here is a roundup of current crowdfunded projects that the Circuit Cellar team finds interesting. Check them out and let us know what you think. RS-HFIQ 5W Software Defined Radio (SDR) Transceiver HobbyPCB’s RS-HFIQ is a high-performance software-defined radio (SDR) 5-W … Continue reading






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New USB Micromodule Transceiver Protects Against High Voltages

LTM2894

Linear Technology Corp. recently introduced the LTM2894 USB µModule (micromodule) reinforced isolator that guards against ground-to-ground voltage differentials and large common-mode transients. With a rugged interface and internal isolation, the LTM2894 is well suited for implementing USB in harsh environments … Continue reading






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Multi-Protocol Sub-GHz Wireless Transceiver Platform

NXP Semiconductors recently added the OL2385 family sub-GHz wireless transceivers to its low-power microcontroller and 2.4 GHz portfolio for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Based on a PIN-to-PIN compatible, sub-GHz transceiver hardware platform, the OL2385 supports multiple wireless protocols  (e.g., Sigfox, … Continue reading






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Ambiq Micro’s Apollo Platform Selected for Fossil Smartwatches

Ambiq Micro recently announced that its patented Apollo Platform with Subthreshold Power Optimized Technology (SPOT) was selected for Fossil Group’s hybrid smartwatches. According to Ambiq, the Apollo platform will manage smartwatch operations such as processing sensor inputs and controlling wireless … Continue reading






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New I/O-Rich Embedded Computing Solutions

DiamondEagle

Diamond Systems recently unveiled the Eagle family rugged ARM SBCs and carrier boards.  Intended to work with the Toradex Apalis family of ARM computer-on-modules (CoMs), the Eagle family comprises two models—the full-size, full-featured Eagle and the smaller low-cost Eaglet. You can purchase … Continue reading






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New Isolated Buck Transformers

Wurth MID-IMAXIB

Wurth Electronics Midcom recently launched a new series of isolated buck transformers for Maxim Integrated’s MAX17681 converter.  Built on self-shielding packages, the pick-and-placeable transformers have a small form factor and losses. The high-efficiency MAX17681 converter eliminates the need for optocoupler … Continue reading






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IAR Workbench Supports Next-Generation AVR MCUs

IAR Systems recently announced that its Embedded Workbench now supports a new generation of Microchip Technology 8-bit AVR microcontrollers. You can use Workbench with AVR microcontrollers to develop a wide range of low-power systems. IAR Embedded Workbench’s features, benefits, and … Continue reading






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Siemens to Acquire Mentor Graphics for $4.5 Billion

Siemens announced it will acquire Oregon, US-based Mentor Graphics for $4.5 billion in an effort to expand its reach into the automation and industrial software market. “Combining Mentor’s technology leadership and deep customer relationships with Siemens’ global scale and resources … Continue reading






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New USB 3.0 UVC Class Bridge ICs

FTDIPR74 FTDI

FTDI Chip recently introduced a new series of USB 3.0 UVC class bridge ICs. The FT602 devices support streaming of video from HD camera equipment. Imaging systems that once could only deliver low-resolution material can now have improved video quality … Continue reading






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Dialog Semiconductor & Energous Announce Wireless Charging Partnership

Dialog Semicondcutor recently announced it will be the exclusive supplier of Energous Corp.’s WattUp RF-based wireless charging ICs. As part of the partnership, Dialog will make a $10 million investment in Energous and work to help drive broader adoption of … Continue reading






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New Sensor Technologies for Next-Gen Temperature Measurement

MLX90342 Melexis

Melexis recently announced two new sensing technologies for next-generaration temperature measurement. The MLX90640 sensor array is an alternative to high-end thermal cameras. The MLX90342 is a quad thermocouple interface that addresses automotive sensing to 1300ºC. The MLX90640 IR sensor arrays benefits, … Continue reading






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