U-blox Modules Demo on T-Mobile’s NB-IoT Network

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U‑blox featured a live Narrowband IoT (NB‑IoT or LTE Cat NB1) demo at MWC Americas in San Francisco, featuring SARA‑R410M‑02B, a configurable LTE Cat M1/NB1 multi‑mode module with worldwide coverage. NB‑IoT is a highly efficient type of spectrum and the … Continue reading

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Multicore ARM-based SoC Targets Secure Net Acceleration

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NXP Semiconductors has announced the highest performance member of its Layerscape family, the LX2160A SoC. The LX2160A is specifically designed to enable challenging high-performance network applications, network edge compute, and data center offloads. Trusted and secure execution of virtualized cloud … Continue reading

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Ultrasonic Sensing MCUs Target Smart Water Meters

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Texas Instruments has unveiled a new family of MSP430 microcontrollers with an integrated ultrasonic sensing analog front end that enables smart water meters to deliver higher accuracy and lower power consumption. In addition, TI introduced two new reference designs that … Continue reading

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Tool Solutions Emerge for Cypress Semi’s PSoC BLE 6 MCU

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Cypress Semiconductor has announced the public release of the PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit and PSoC Creator Integrated Design Environment (IDE) software version 4.2 that enable designers to begin development with the PSoC 6 microcontroller (MCU) for IoT applications. PSoC … Continue reading

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Two Microchip Controller Families Boast eSPI Bus Support

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Microchip Technology has made available its MEC17XX and MEC14XX families of embedded controllers with enhanced Serial Peripheral Interface (eSPI). The eSPI bus is the host interface supported by the latest PC computing chip sets and is required for new, upcoming … Continue reading

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Infineon Invests in Voice-Interface Tech for IoT

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Infineon has made a strategic minority investment in XMOS Limited, a Bristol based fabless semiconductor company that provides voice processors for IoT devices. Infineon leads the recent $15 million Series-E funding round. According to Infineon, cars, homes, industrial plants and … Continue reading

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High-Speed RS-485 Transceivers Target IIoT Networks

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Intersil, a subsidiary of Renesas Electronics, has announced two new high-speed, isolated RS-485 differential bus transceivers that provide 40 Mbps bidirectional data communication for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) networks. The ISL32741E offers 1,000 VRMS working voltage and 6 kV … Continue reading

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Microchip Adds AVR and SAM MCUs to Programming Service

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Microchip Technology  has expanded its custom programming service to include AVR and SAM microcontrollers (MCUs). Users can add their custom code to MCUs from more than 30 AVR and SAM families, along with nearly all PIC MCUs and memory devices, … Continue reading

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CENTRI Demos Chip-to-Cloud IoT Security on ST MCUs

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CENTRI has announced compatibility of its IoTAS platform with the STMicroelectronics STM32 microcontroller family based on ARM Cortex-M processor cores. CENTRI successfully completed and demonstrated two proofs of concept on the STM32 platform to protect all application data in motion … Continue reading

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USB Data Acq System Features Simple Expansion

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DATAQ Instruments has announced the release of its model DI-2108-P USB data acquisition (DAQ) system with 16-bit ADC resolution, programmable gain and ChannelStretch technology. The model DI-2108-P provides eight analog input channels each with 2.5-, 5- and 10-volt unipolar and … Continue reading

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8-bit Microcontroller Features Compact 8-Pin Package

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STMicroelectronics has introduced its new 8-bit STM8S001 microcontroller (MCU) in an economical SO-8 package. The STM8S001 has I2C, UART, and SPI interfaces, giving unusually versatile connectivity options. With a generous 8KB Flash memory, 1 KB RAM, 128-byte EEPROM, and 3-channel … Continue reading

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Nissan Chooses Renesas Chips for Automatic-Parking Gear

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Renesas Electronics has announced that its R-Car system-on-chip (SoC) for car infotainment and advanced driving assistant systems (ADAS) as well as its RH850 automotive control microcontroller have been adopted by Nissan for the ProPILOT Park, a full-fledged automated-parking system, of … Continue reading

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DC/DC Buck Converter Boasts Innovative Control Topology

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Texas Instruments has introduced a 16-V input, 40-A synchronous DC/DC buck converter with an internally compensated advanced-current-mode (ACM) control topology supporting frequency synchronization. TI’s TPS543C20 SWIFT converter provides enhanced efficiency by integrating its latest generation of low resistance high- and … Continue reading

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Wi-Fi MCU Platform Update Targets Smart Home

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Cypress Semiconductor has announced an updated version of its turnkey development platform for the IoT that simplifies the integration of wireless connectivity into smart home applications. The Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) Studio platform now adds iCloud remote … Continue reading

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Buck Converter Extends Battery Life of USB Type-C Gear

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Maxim Integrated Products has announced the MAX77756, a 24 V, 500 mA, low quiescent current (IQ) buck converter. The product targets developers of multi-cell, USB Type-C products in need high current, dual inputs and I2C support. USB Type-C products must … Continue reading

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