New Ecosystem to Accompany 8-bit FT51A MCUs

FTDI Chip recently announced an array of board level products to support its FT51A microcontroller. It executes an 8051 feature set that can operate at 48 MHz. In addition, it features a variety of interfaces, including USB client, UART, SPI, I2C, 245 … Continue reading






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Hexoskin Smart Shirt Integreates Cypress EZ-BLE PRoC Module

Cypress EZ-BLE PRoC Module

Hexoskin recently chose Cypress Semiconductor’s Bluetooth Smart-based EZ-BLE PRoC module for use in its Hexoskin Smart biometric-tracking shirts. Hexoskin Smart shirts feature sensors that track cardiac, respiratory, and activity data. The EZ-BLE PRoC module collects this data and pushes it to a … Continue reading






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New High-Performance Stepper Motor Drivers

Texas Instruments launched three new devices for 24-V stepper motors. Two devices offer TI’s AutoTune technology to eliminate stepper motor tuning and two integrate current sensing to support differentiated 3-D printers, robotics, factory automation equipment, and other applications. AutoTune technology on … Continue reading






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USB 3.1 Gen 2 Protocol Trigger and Decode Software

Keysight 8821

Keysight Technologies’s new oscilloscope-based USB 3.1 Gen 2 10-Gbps protocol decode software features real-time triggering and protocol decode performance. Intended to help you verify and debug devices that implement the 128b/132b encoding technology, the Keysight N8821A USB 3.1 protocol trigger and … Continue reading






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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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