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Dev board puts ECP5 FPGAs in small cells

Dev board puts ECP5 FPGAs in small cells

Lattice Semiconductor is targeting its ECP5 range of FPGAs at small cell wireless basestations and communications terminals and it has introduced a development kit for system prototyping and test.

The ECP5 Versa development kit allows designers to evaluate system performance against interface standards such as PCI Express, Gigabit Ethernet, DDR3…

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Keysight buys UK-based asset management firm

Keysight buys UK-based asset management firm

Keysight Technologies continues to build its test equipment support services business and it has bought a UK-based repair and asset management services company.

The test services business is new focus for Keysight following last year’s separation from Agilent Technologies life sciences businesses.

Electroservices Enterprises, which is based in…

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TI Delfino MCU gets in-system programming

TI Delfino MCU gets in-system programming

Texas Instruments’ latest 32-bit floating-point microcontroller, called Delfino, gets in-system programming with the FlashRunner line from SMH Technologies of Italy.

The in-circuit programming of the F2837xD microcontrollers, which have two real-time control accelerators (CLAs), avoids the limitations associated with traditional programmable devices (On-Socket or…

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China launches FPGA family

China launches FPGA family

Twenty-month-old Gowin Semiconductor of Guangdong has a two-device family of FPGAs called GW1N – GW1N-1K and GW1N-9K.

They are made on TSMC’s 55nm process with an embedded flash block which can be randomly accessed.

According to Gowin they have up to 9K LUTs; up to…

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Harsh environment isolated current sense amp from Si Labs

Harsh environment isolated current sense amp from Si Labs

Silicon Labs has introduced an isolated current sense amplifier for delivering current shunt measurement for power control systems operating in harsh environments such as industrial motor drives, solar inverters, high-voltage power converters, UPS and electric/hybrid-electric vehicle (EV/HEV) systems.

Measuring current on high-voltage rails with a…

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UK manufacturer says semi-flexible RF cables can deliver

UK manufacturer says semi-flexible RF cables can deliver

UK-based RF connector manufacturer Intelliconnect has decided to supply its own brand of semi-flexible RF cables as alternatives to Multiflex, T-Flex and Flexiform cables used in defence, security and test system applications.

According to the supplier, any small reductions in performance of semi-flexible cables compared with…

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Spectrum adds pre-amp to digitiser

Spectrum adds pre-amp to digitiser

For applications where low-level electronic signals need to be acquired and analysed, Spectrum has added a range of pre-amplifiers that can be used to boost signal levels. When combined with a Spectrum digitiser these low noise pre-amplifiers can greatly increase the measurement systems overall dynamic range and…

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Plessey bags up £6.7m grant

Plessey bags up £6.7m grant

Plessey has been given £6.7m by the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) towards the expansion of its LED manufacturing facility in Plymouth.

Solid state lighting forms a significant part of global efforts to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

According to a new market research report (1), the solid…

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Tool debugs multi-core automotive MCUs a core at a time

Tool debugs multi-core automotive MCUs a core at a time

STMicroelectronics’ recently introduced SPC58 ramge of multi-core automotive MCUs has a debug tool which can target single cores or the whole device, courtesy of  PLS Programmierbare Logik & Systeme.

The Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 4.4.6 will implement programming of the MCU’s integrated flash memory as well…

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Raspberry Pi programming language more popular than French

Raspberry Pi programming language more popular than French

The Raspberry Pi programming language, called Python, has overtaken French as the most popular language taught in primary schools, according to a survey of school pupils and parents.

Most significant was the importance even parents of the very young school  children placed on learning programming.

Six out of 10 parents…

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Automotive algorithms anticipate our driving quirks

Automotive algorithms anticipate our driving quirks

At the University of California, Berkeley, engineers are preparing autonomous cars to predict what we impulsive, unreliable humans might do next. A team led by Katherine Driggs-Campbell has developed an algorithm that can guess with up to 92 per cent accuracy whether a human driver will make a lane…

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Fanless enclosure embeds Intel NUC motherboard

Fanless enclosure embeds Intel NUC motherboard

Pentair fanless enclosure provides IP30 protection and EMC shielding for 10x10cm NUC (Intel’s Next Unit of Computing) motherboards.

A flexible heat path connects the processor inside with heatsinking integrated with the top cover.

“Pentair has developed thermally-conductive elements in metal to transfer the heat from the processors to…

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