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You can buy FPGA accelerated Arduino board at Mouser

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Mouser Electronics has taken on a another Arduino embedded computing board line. A distribution deal with Alorium Technology will see Mouser offering an Arduino-compatible board with a difference, it adds hardware acceleration of an FPGA. The XLR8 development board’s main processor is also different for an Arduino board. The ATmega328-compatible microcontroller core is implemented in the Altera MAX 10 FPGA. And ...

Raspberry Pi goes Hi-Fi with audio valve amp

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Raspberry Pi gets an analogue audio amplifier for driving stereo headphones. The 503HTA, Hybrid Tube AMP/DAC is a small Hat size raspberry pi add-on developed by Pi 2 Design. Read more Raspberry Pi stories » It connects to the PI I2S port and its Burr-Brown PCM5102A DAC drives a single 12AU7 tube gain stage with solid state Class-A output. It ...

Raspberry Pi goes Tingbot app creative

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A group of developers in London at the NORD collective have designed the hardware and software to turn a Raspberry Pi into a platform for creative applications. They have dubbed it Tingbot and they are creating smartphone apps to allow users to design graphics, draw, connect to simple data feeds and other interactive apps. From a retro games emulator to ...

Is it time to take driverless cars seriously?

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It is about time we took a more look at the potential for autonomous vehicles and in particular the business opportunity this represents for the electronics industry. Obviously the concept of the driverless car has an image problem. With its echoes of shady military activities and the all too real fears about hacking and the safety issues this would raise; ...

Why you must be careful choosing the right touchscreen

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Touchscreen technology has revolutionised user interfaces across a number of markets. The introduction of the iPhone in the mid-2000s helped establish capacitive touchscreen technology as the leading form for consumer applications, but it is just one of a number of technologies, each with its own advantages for specific applications, writes Vince Light. As the rise of the smartphone has demonstrated, touchscreens ...

Get to know the BBC micro:bit at free IET events

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology is running a series of BBC micro:bit events around the UK to introduce the elecrocnis teaching initiative to teachers and parents of Year 7 school pupils. The first free event takes place on Saturday, 11 June 2016 from 10:00 to 15:30 at the Thales UK offcies in 1 Linthouse Road, Glasgow G51 4BZ. This ...

Lacroix puts French manufacturing in the Top 10

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Lacroix Electronics has moved into the Top 10 European electronics subcontractors, according to Reed Electronics Research. The French manufacturer specialises in electronics subcontracting for the industrial, home automation, health, automobile, civil avionics and defence sectors. Its turnover in 2015 was €280m including intra-group sales. This represented a 21.7% increase on the previous year. Lacroix Electronics has four factories in Germany, ...

Build your own Siri for Arduino

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Arduino now has a standalone voice recognition and synthesiser which does not require an internet connection or cloud-based processing. It is a hardware shield which is claimed to ‘Siri- like’ recognise full sentences and has a 2GB internal dictionary. It can be programmed to recognise almost any complete English sentence and build a dialogue system to change its vocabulary. Audeme is ...

Drones and Raspberry Pi flying high at Erle

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Drone autopilot system developer, Erle Robotics has teamed up with Catuav to offer control systems for fixed-wing autonomous crafts. Erle Robotics has already developed an open autopilot shield for the Raspberry Pi which turns the tiny low cost computer module into a drone control system. Fixed-wing autonomous crafts are typically used for Earth survey missions as they are capable of ...