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Microchip PIC32 microcontrollers get FreeRTOS design tool

Microchip PIC32 microcontrollers get FreeRTOS design tool

There is now a version of FreeRTOS+Trace for Microchip’s PIC32 microcontrollers and MPLAB X IDE, thanks to a Swedish developer of RTOS visualization tools, Percepio AB.

FreeRTOS+Trace is the standard trace analyser for FreeRTOS. It allows the developer to visualises run-time behaviour of their embedded software…

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Cree to champion SiC at ECCE 2015

Cree to champion SiC at ECCE 2015

Cree co-founder Dr John Palmour is to champion silicon carbide as the most cost-effective power technology in a plenary session at the IEEE ECCE power conference in Montreal Canada in September.

In a transistor price comparison, SiC devices loose badly to silicon.

“A component-to-component comparison will…

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5G will need a radio technology change

5G will need a radio technology change

Research is indicating there will be a completely new radio technology for the 5G mobile communications standard expected to hit the market by 2020.

Research work in the UK and across Europe into the next generation mobile phone standard is now focusing on the use of millimetre wave radio transmission…

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UK quantum computing start up gets first round funding

UK quantum computing start up gets first round funding

Grupo Arcano has invested in Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQCL). Although undisclosed, the amount has been reported to be $50m by Tech City News.

Established in early 2013 CQCL was founded to create tools and algorithms for the commercialisation of quantum computers. It has an operating system called ‘ t|ket&gt…

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Murata power supply provides 12Vdc output at 1,200W

Murata power supply provides 12Vdc output at 1,200W

Murata has announced DC-input front end power supply modules with a 1,000VRMS isolated power supply providing a 12Vdc output at 1,200W with a standby voltage at up to 20W.

With a power density of 28W per cubic inch, 54.5mm (2.15-inch) width and 1U height…

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Position sensing is all about seeing black

Position sensing is all about seeing black

Light-based proximity sensors for use in robots and 3D printers must not be fooled by transparent or black surfaces, says Gabriele Fulco

A surprising number of systems depend on the ability to accurately locate and identify physical objects. Robots need not only to detect obstacles, but also to identify…

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Military upgrades march in step with modular design

Military upgrades march in step with modular design

Anthony Green describes the processes a manufacturer needs to implement to ensure mil-spec reliability for electronic control circuits.

The pace of development of electronics in the military and aerospace market brings its own challenges for the manufacturer when undertaking major upgrades to legacy products that already meet regulatory standards…

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Microwave pioneer gets Frank Whittle Medal

British microwave engineer Professor Peter Clarricoats is to receive the Sir Frank Whittle Medal, one of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s highest accolades.

Clarricoats, CBE FREng FRS, gets the Whittle Medal for influential achievements spanning more than half a century.

According to the Academy, these achievements include:

Research with…

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Buck converter draws only 180nA

Buck converter draws only 180nA

Industry’s highest ultra-light-load power conversion efficiency, is Analog Devices’ claim for its latest buck converter – no load quiescent current through the ADP5301 is an impressive 180nA.

Depending on input and load, this can mean >90% efficiency across 5µA to 50mA output.

It also offers a…

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Infineon adds logic level to StrongIRFETs

Infineon adds logic level to StrongIRFETs

Infineon has extended its StrongIRFET Power MOSFET family with Logic Level StrongIRFETs which can be driven directly from a microcontroller.

With the logic level extension, Infineon meets the market’s demand for StrongIRFETs that do not require a stand-alone driver.

In the logic level variant the necessary gate-source…

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TSMC exiting solar

TSMC exiting solar

TSMC is exiting solar by the end of the month.

Steve Tsu, chairman of TSM Solar, says the company couldn’t turn a profit with its solar manufacturing and that even the most aggressive cost-reduction plan wouldn’t make the solar subsidiary viable.

“TSMC continues to believe that solar…

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IQD OCXO in 9.7x7.5mm package

IQD OCXO in 9.7x7.5mm package

IQD Frequency Products has launched a series of oven controlled crystal oscillators (OCXOs), the IQOV-71 series, housed in a four-pad plastic package with a fibreglass base measuring 9.7×7.5mm.

According to the company the devices offer frequency stabilities down to ±10ppb over an operating temperature range of…

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