Heart Rate Monitoring Sensor Solution

Silicon Labs Si1144

Silicon Labs recently announced an optical heart rate-sensing solution for wrist-based heart rate monitoring (HRM) applications. The new Si1144 HRM solution includes a low-power optical sensor module paired with an EFM32 Gecko microcontroller running Silicon Labs’s advanced HRM algorithm. The compact Si1144 sensor … Continue reading






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Digital Power Explorer Board

Wurth Dig Power Exp Board

Würth Elektronik eiSos and Infineon Technologies recently launched the jointly developed XMC Digital Power Explorer evaluation kit. The synchronous step-down converter can be assembled with two different control cards: XMC1300 ARM Cortex-M0 MCU and XMC4200 ARM Cortex-M4F MCU. Intended for developers … Continue reading






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Microchip and SiS Offer PCAP and 3D-Gesture Interface Modules

Microchip PCAP 3D

Microchip Technology and Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. (SiS) recently partnered to offer complete projected-capacitive touch (PCAP) and 3D-gesture interface modules. The modules are intended to simplify the design of multi-touch and 3D gesture displays with Microchip’s GestIC technology. Microchip’s GestIC is … Continue reading






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Embedded Intelligence for Next-Gen Tech

Bosch BMA422

Bosch Sensortec  recently launched new generations of smart accelerometers and high performance gyroscopes intended for wearables, smartphones, and numerous other mobile devices. The new sensors integrate embedded intelligence functionality into standalone accelerometers, which enables innovative applications, while minimizing power consumption. There are … Continue reading






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BittWare Joins OpenPOWER Foundation

BittWare announced that it has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, which is an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture. The OpenPOWER Foundation makes POWER hardware and software openly available and enables others to license POWER intellectual property. To learn more … Continue reading






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NXP Announces Single-Chip, 77-GHz Radar Transceiver

NXP Short Range Radar

NXP Semiconductors recently announced the availability of small single-chip, 77-GHz radar transceiver (7.5 × 7.5 mm) with high resolution performance. Working prototypes of the RFCMOS IC are in the hands of NXP’s lead customers. In addition, Google engineers are field … Continue reading






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New Digital Power Amplifiers for Car Audio

STMicro - DFDA801

STMicroelectronics recently announced its second-generation digital audio amplifiers with internal 24-bit DAC conversion. The FDA801 and FDA801B four-channel class-D components are intended to simplify system design and lower cost for car-radio suppliers. Offering 40% power savings compared to standard class-D amplifiers, the … Continue reading






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Tiny M10578 Modules Add GPS and GNSS to Small Devices and Wearables

Antenova M10578-A2

Antenova recently released two new modules for GPS and GNSS. The M10578-A2 and M10578-A3 provide an easy drop-in receiver solution, which is a useful way to add location capability to very small consumer devices. The modules—based on the MediaTek processor—both measure 9 × 9 × 1.8 mm … Continue reading






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Software for Automated PAM-4 Pre-Compliance Testing, Reporting

PAM4 Keysight

Keysight Technologies recently announced new measurement application software for quickly and accurately measuring and quantifying pulse amplitude modulation with four amplitude levels (PAM-4) signals. The software is used with the Keysight S-Series, 90000A, V-Series, 90000 X- and Z-Series real-time oscilloscope platforms and … Continue reading






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General-Purpose System Power IC for Automotive Functional Safety

Toshiba 6819A

Toshiba Electronics Europe recently announced a general-purpose system power IC with multiple outputs and functional safety circuits for automotive applications. The TB9044FNG comes in an HTSSOP48-P-300-0.50 package measuring 6.1 mm × 12.5 mm × 1 mm. It integrates various failure-detection functions … Continue reading






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New PIC32 MPLAB Harmony Ecosystem Development Program

MPLAB Harmony

Microchip Technology’s new MPLAB Harmony Ecosystem Program is for the developers of embedded middleware and operating systems who are seeking to unlock the business potential of the 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller customer base. Ecosystem partners also gain early and easy access to the complete … Continue reading






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Next-Gen OPA1612 Audio Operational Amplifier

TI amplifier

Texas Instruments recently introduced the OPA1622 audio operational amplifier (op-amp), which is the latest addition to the company’s Burr-Brown Audio line. The OPA1622 delivers high output power of up to 150 mW and extremely low distortion of –135 dB at … Continue reading






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New Analysis Functionality to Tools for Renesas RL78

IAR Systems recently announced a new version of IAR Embedded Workbench for Renesas RL78. The new version features new functionality and increased code quality control for applications based on Renesas RL78 microcontrollers. C-STAT—which features innovative analysis that can detect defects, bugs, … Continue reading






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3-D Image Sensor Chips for Virtual Reality

REAL3_Infineon

Infineon Technologies AG and pmdtechnologies gmbh recently announced the development of REAL3 3-D image sensor chips for virtual and augmented reality applications, spatial measurement, photo effects, and more. The new sensors have improved optical sensitivity and power comsumption in comparison to the … Continue reading






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Future-Proof, Next-Gen Wireless LED Lighting Solution

GreenPeak Infographic LED GP651

GreenPeak Technologies recently launched a wireless low-cost ambient lighting application based on the new GreenPeak GP651 communication chip that can support various ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 communication protocols. The solution can combine LED lights with smart ambient applications to provide you with … Continue reading






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