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Developer turns Arduino into a frequency synthesiser

Developer turns Arduino into a frequency synthesiser

Tsunami is a signal generator built on the Arduino platform.

It is the brainchild of London-based developer Nick Johnson at Arachnid Labs and has secured funding on Kickstarter for its commercial launch. It can be pre-ordered for $60.

The design is based on the Arduino Leonardo compatible ATMega32U4…

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Avago to buy Broadcom

Avago to buy Broadcom

Avago Technologies has agreed to acquire Broadcom in a $37bn deal.

The deal will create a major supplier communications chips with annual revenues of approximately $15bn, around $8bn of which belong to Broadcom.

This would make it larger than Texas Instruments comms business but smaller than market leading wireless chip…

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NXP agrees $1.8bn RF sale to fund Freescale merger

NXP agrees $1.8bn RF sale to fund Freescale merger

NXP Semiconductors has agreed to sell its RF power business to Chinese private equity firm Jianguang Asset Management  for $1.8bn.

The sale of the RF power business, which supplies RF power amplifiers to the mobile phone basestation market, seems to have been a element in the proposed merger of…

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Super-caps for IoT only 0.6mm thick

Super-caps for IoT only 0.6mm thick

Cap-XX has halved the thickness of its supercapacitors – to 0.6mm – aiming them at power-boosting in IoT applications.

The range is called Thinline, conceived while working with a customer designing a disposable insulin pump. “We figured out how to eliminate materials and change some processes to reduce costs…

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Osram takes on CoBs in MR16 lamps

Osram takes on CoBs in MR16 lamps

Osram is taking on chip-on-board LEDs (CoBs) in MR16 lighting applications with a 7x7mm surface-mount (SMD) array LED named Duris S 10.

“In view of the surface-mounted design of the LED, a pc board has to be incorporated in the luminaire. This opens up numerous design…

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UltraScale FPGA board scales to 600 million gates

UltraScale FPGA board scales to 600 million gates

Pro Design has come up with a kit for prototyping Xilinx Virtex UltraScale XCVU440 FPGAs and will demonstrate it at next month’s Design Automation Conference (DAC) in San Francisco.

Scalable from 1 up to 4 pluggable Xilinx Virtex UltraScale XCVU440 based FPGA modules the Quad system offers a capacity…

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LPRS sponsors Warwick's next CubeSat

LPRS sponsors Warwick's next CubeSat

Low Power Radio Solutions (LPRS) is to join the sponsors of Warwickshire University satellite programme, whose second WUSat CubeSat recently impressed the European Space Agency by maintaining communication throughout re-entry after a ‘Rexus’ launch from Sweden.

“This was the first occasion that an ESA/Rexus launch device had successfully…

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sureCore offers FD-SOI SRAM core

sureCore offers FD-SOI SRAM core

sureCore, the Sheffield low power SRAM IP company, has announced commercial availability of its first, ultra-low power, embedded SRAM IP. The silicon proven, 28nm FDSOI production design targets applications demanding long battery life with minimal operating and stand-by power performance…

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Power Integrations beefs up CapZero X-cap discharger

Power Integrations beefs up CapZero X-cap discharger

Power Integrations has announced a second generation of its novel CapZero discharger chip for mains X-capacitors.

X-capacitors can hold charge after mains-powered equipment is turned off. Without a discharge device, this can result in residual high-voltage being present, for example, on a disconnected mains plug.

The…

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MIPS P5600 core licensed for Russian comms processor

MIPS P5600 core licensed for Russian comms processor

Russian fables chip firm Baikal has integrated a multi-core MIPS Warrior P-class (P5600) CPU into its Baikal-T1 communications processor. 

“We are glad to present the world’s first publicly-announced implementation of the P5600 CPU,” said Baikal CTO Grigoriy Khrenov, “We created a high-performance, highly efficient…

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Vishay powdered iron SMD inductors saturate up to 5A

Vishay powdered iron SMD inductors saturate up to 5A

Vishay has introduced a series of 0806 and 1008 low-profile, high-current power inductors with powdered iron cores for saturation current up to 5.8A. 

‘IHHP’ devices are offered in 2.0 x 1.6mm (0806) or 2.5 x 2.0mm (1008), each 1.0mm or 1.2mm…

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