Smart Edge SoCs Blend Neural Net Acceleration and Far-Field Voice

Synaptics has announced its new AS3xx series, part of its Smart Edge AudioSmart family. The series includes fully integrated SoCs comprising neural network acceleration, a proprietary wake word engine with support for custom wake words and advanced far-field voice processing. … Continue reading

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Low-Power Pico-ITX SBC Serves Industrial IoT Needs

Axiomtek has introduced its PICO318 board, a palm-sized fanless pico-ITX motherboard powered by the Intel Pentium processor N4200 or Celeron processor N3350 (code named Apollo Lake). The PICO318 is a low power consumption, 2.5” embedded board that is expandable, rugged, … Continue reading

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Who killed the Quark?

By Eric Brown Intel is phasing out its lightweight Quark processors, with final orders wrapping up this summer, and shipments ending in 2022. The Quark suffered from growing competition from high-end MCUs and low-end Cortex-A7 chips and the lack of … Continue reading

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Laundry Machine Design Embeds Espressif ESP32 Microcontroller

Espressif Systems has announced that Schulthess Maschinen AG has recently developed a laundry machine with an integrated cashless payment system based on the Espressif Systems ESP32 MCU. Such laundry machines are usually found in buildings with special laundry rooms used … Continue reading

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Firms Team Up to Provide End-to-End LoRa Security Solution

Microchip Technology, in partnership with The Things Industries, has announced the what it claims is industry’s first end-to-end security solution that adds secure, trusted and managed authentication to LoRaWAN devices at a global scale. The solution brings hardware-based security to … Continue reading

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High-Temp Motor Control is Target for 32-Bit MCU Offerings

Renesas Electronics has announced the expansion of its RX24T and RX24U Groups of 32-bit MCUs to include new high-temperature-tolerant models for motor-control applications that require an expanded operating temperature range. The new RX24T G Version and RX24U G Version support … Continue reading

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8-Bit MCU Marries Ultra Low Power and Rich Analog I/O

STMicroelectronics has announced STM8L050, a low power 8-bit MCU that embeds rich analog peripherals, a DMA controller and separated data EEPROM—all in an inexpensive SO-8 package with up to six user I/Os. Built around ST’s STM8 core running at up … Continue reading

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Tuesday’s Newsletter: Microcontroller Watch

Coming to your inbox tomorrow: Circuit Cellar’s Microcontroller Watch newsletter. Tomorrow’s newsletter keeps you up-to-date on latest microcontroller news. In this section, we examine the microcontrollers along with their associated tools and support products. Bonus: We’ve added Drawings for Free … Continue reading

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Open-Spec, i.MX6 UL-Based SBC Boasts DAQ and Wireless Features

By Eric Brown Technologic Systems has announced an engineering sampling program for a wireless- and data acquisition focused SBC with open specifications that runs Debian Linux on NXP’s low-power i.MX6 UL SoC. The -40°C to 85°C tolerant TS-7180 is designed … Continue reading

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Utility Metering Solution Taps Semtech’s LoRa Technology

Semtech has announced that Lemonbeat, an IoT solution provider, has integated Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology (LoRa Technology) into its smart metering solutions for easier reading and collection of utility usage. Lemonbeat’s LoRa-connected smart meters work by … Continue reading

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MOSFET Power Modules Target UPS and Energy Storage Needs

Infineon Technologies has launched new devices in its 1,200 V Silicon Carbide (SiC) CoolSiC MOSFET family. The CoolSiC Easy 2B power modules enable engineers to reduce system costs by increasing power density. In addition, they can also lower operational costs … Continue reading

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45 V, Zero-Drift Op Amp Provides On-Chip EMI Filtering

Microchip Technology has announced the MCP6V51 zero-drift operational amplifier (op amp). The new device provides ultra-high-precision measurement while minimizing the increasing influence of high-frequency interference by offering a wide operating range and on-chip electromagnetic interference (EMI) filters. The growth of … Continue reading

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4:1 Input DC-DC Converters Boast 1” x 1” Footprint

RECOM has released its REC15E-Z series of 15 W isolated DC/DC converters that featured wide input ranges at low cost in the popular 1”x1” case size. This saves a significant amount of PCB space, while the wide input ranges increase … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi DAQ HAT Can Stack Eight High

By Eric Brown In August, Measurement Computing Corp. (MCC) launched its MCC 118 voltage measurement DAQ HAT for the Raspberry Pi with eight ±10 V inputs and sample rates up to 100 kS/s. It has now released a promised MCC 152 voltage … Continue reading

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Free IoT Security Platform Runs on OpenWrt Routers and the Raspberry Pi

By Eric Brown At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Minim announced a free spin-off of Minim, its cloud-managed Wi-Fi and security Software as a Service (SaaS) platform. Minim Labs is designed to work with a new open … Continue reading

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