55-nm ULP Physical IP Solution for Energy-Efficient Applications

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ARM and United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) recently announced the availability of a new ARM Artisan physical IP solution on 55 nm to accelerate the development of ARM processor-based embedded systems and Internet of Things (IoT) applications. UMC’s 55-nm ultra-low-power process (55ULP) technology … Continue reading

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Ultra-Low Power Wi-Fi Platform for IoT Applications

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Atmel and MXCHIP recently announced that they’re jointly developing an ultra-low power Internet of Things (IoT) platform with secure Wi-Fi access to the cloud, enabling designers to quickly bring IoT devices to market. The platform combines Atmel’s ultra-low power SMART SAM … Continue reading

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Miniature Low-Power TCXO/VCTCXO

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Housed in a small 2.0 × 2.5 × 0.8 mm ceramic package, IQD Frequency Products’s new IQXT-260 series of digitally compensated  TCXOs employs an analog ASIC for the oscillator and a high-order temperature compensation circuit that provides a smoother signal. … Continue reading

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Altium Launches Open Beta Program for PCB Design Tool

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Altium recenlty announced an open beta program for its community-driven PCB design tool. CircuitMaker is intended to address the unique needs of the electronics maker and hobbyist community with a free software offering. Anyone interested in participating in the open beta … Continue reading

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Fast 16-bit ADC, Four-Channel 14-bit ADC, & Digital Variable Gain Amp

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Texas Instruments launched the ADS54J60, which is the industry’s first 16-bit 1-GSPS ADC and the first to achieve over 70 dBFS signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) at 1-GSPS. Texas instruments also announced the highest-density, four-channel, 14-bit 500-MSPS ADC, the ADS54J54. To optimize … Continue reading

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New dsPIC33EP “GS” Family Optimized for Digital Power Applications

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Microchip Technology recently launched the 14-member dsPIC33EP “GS” family of digital signal controllers (DSCs).  The family delivers the performance needed to implement more sophisticated nonlinear, predictive and adaptive control algorithms at higher switching frequencies. The advanced algorithms enable energy-efficient power … Continue reading

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Dual Synchronous Step-Down DC/DC Converter Delivers 95% Efficiency

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Linear Technology recently announced the LT8616, a 42-V input capable, high-efficiency dual synchronous monolithic step-down switching regulator. Its dual channel design delivers independent 2.5- and 1.5-A continuous current to outputs as low as 0.8 V. A dual channel synchronous rectification topology … Continue reading

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New High-Performance VC Z Series Cameras

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Vision Components recently announced the availability of its new intelligent camera series VC Z. The embedded systems offer real-time image processing suitable for demanding high-speed and line scan applications. All models are equipped with Xilinx’s Zynq module, an ARM dual-core … Continue reading

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Cost-Effective, Long-Range, Low-Power Internet of Things Connectivity

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SIGFOX and Texas Instruments  recently announced that they’re working together to increase Internet of Things (IoT) deployments using the Sub-1 GHz spectrum. Customers can use the SIGFOX network with TI’s Sub-1 GHz RF transceivers to deploy wireless sensor nodes that are lower cost … Continue reading

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F-RAM Expands the Density Range of Energy-Efficient Nonvolatile RAMs

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Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today introduced a family of 4Mb serial Ferroelectric Random Access Memories (F-RAMs), which are the industry’s highest density serial F-RAMs. The 4-Mb serial F-RAMs feature a 40-MHz SPI, a 2-to-3.6-V operating voltage range and are available in industry-standard, … Continue reading

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New AC Source with Power Line Disturbance Simulator

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B&K Precision recently introduced the 9801 AC power source, which is a compact 19″ half-rack, single-phase AC source that outputs up to 300 VA and measures AC power characteristics. You can operate the AC source in a 0-to-300-V continuous sweep range … Continue reading

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Streamlined Touchscreen Design with Application Builder and COMSOL Server

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Cypress Semiconductor R&D engineers are creating simulation apps that streamline their touchscreen design processes. To do so, they’re sharing their simulation expertise with colleagues using the Application Builder and COMSOL Server, released with COMSOL Multiphysics simulation software version 5. With … Continue reading

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Ultra-Compact Lightweight Audio/Video Processing Engine

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Sensoray announces the new 2960 Dragon, which is an ultra-compact lightweight board with extreme computing power and flexible architecture for HD/SD video and audio processing systems. Using the 2960 Dragon as a building block, Sensoray experts collaborate with customers to … Continue reading

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HITFET+ Family of Protected Low-Side Switches

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Infineon Technologies recently announced the HITFET+ family of protected low-side switches. The HITFET+ family (High Integrated Temperature protected MOSFET) offers a handy feature-set with its diagnosis function, digital status feedback and short-circuit robustness, and controlled slew rate adjustment for easily balancing switching losses … Continue reading

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EtherCAT Slave Controller with Integrated PHYs for the Internet of Things

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Microchip Technology’s LAN9252 is a stand-alone EtherCAT slave controller with two 10/100 PHYs. Its dual 10/100 Ethernet transceivers support both fiber and copper, along with cable diagnostics capabilities. In addition, the LAN9252 supports traditional Host Bus and SPI/SQI communication, along with standalone digital I/O … Continue reading

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