Reference Design Addresses Demand for Voice Control

SiLabs Zigbee

Silicon Labs recently released a new, cost-effective solution for voice-enabled ZigBee remote controls. The ZigBee Remote Control (ZRC) reference design reduces the need for expensive external hardware by implementing a software-based audio codec into a single-chip wireless SoC. It includes all of the hardware and … Continue reading


New LDO Regulators Deliver clean output voltage to MCUs


Intersil Corp. recently launched the SL80510 and ISL80505, which are two new single-output, low-dropout (LDO) voltage regulators that provide impressive dropout and transient performance for noise-sensitive loads. They deliver 1 A and 0.5 A of continuous output current and ultra-low dropout … Continue reading


Small, Low-Power Battery Management Solution for the IoT

TI Battery1

Texas Instruments’s new bq25120 battery management solution features low quiescent current (Iq) at 700-nA with the buck converter and operates at 1.8 V. Supporting batteries from 3.6-V to 4.65-V, and fast charge currents from 5-mA to 300-mA, the bq25120 enables wearables … Continue reading

__ Vendor-Independent Search Engine Goes Live

partsIO recently launched and announced that it is live, fully open, and free for anyone to use in their search for electronic components.  According to, you can search over 135 million electronic components by category, availability, popularity, and price … Continue reading


Two Sensors Get the Bigger Picture: High-Performance Smart Cameras for OEM Applications

Vision Components - pinguin

Featuring a very compact footprint as well as excellent usability, Vision Components VCSBCnano Z-RH-2 series embedded cameras enable high-speed image processing in real time. The ultra-small products are available for cost-sensitive OEM applications where installation space is limited. The smart cameras … Continue reading


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


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


Infineon Digitizes power for Energy-Efficient LEDs


Infineon Technologies recently announced that it developed a digital platform for power supply with which LED lighting systems can be controlled intelligently, thus making maximum energy savings possible. According to Infineon, with .dp digital power 2.0, development time can be reduced … 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


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