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ARM or x86 for industrial computers?

ARM or x86 for industrial computers?

Low power consumption means ARM processors are making headway into the single-board industrial computer market, even as Intel, AMD and Via make lower power x86 chips. Cost, performance, and virtualisation are other parameters affecting adoption.

GE Intelligent Platforms (formerly Radstone) makes both Intel and ARM-based single board computers…

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Digital connectors exploit XLR mounting holes

Digital connectors exploit XLR mounting holes

Allowing audio, data, and fibre signals to pass through 24mm XLR connector mounting holes, Cliff Electronics has created a range of feed-through connectors that accept standard cabling both front and rear, eliminating the need to solder or crimp at either side.

“Using the same, industry standard, XLR connector cut…

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RS Components gets a new boss

RS Components gets a new boss

RS Components has a new boss with the appointment of Lindsley Ruth as group chief executive of Electrocomponents, which owns the catalogue and online distributor.

Ruth, who takes over at RS in April, is currently executive vice president of the Future Electronics, who he has worked for since 2002. He…

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Raspberry Pi gets VNC remote access birthday present

Raspberry Pi gets VNC remote access birthday present

You can now connect your Raspberry Pi from any Windows, Mac or Linux computer using free downloadable software from RealVNC.

The software known as VNC can be used with Raspberry Pi in two ways. If the Raspberry Pi is connected to a monitor or TV and is running a graphical…

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ARM looks to the Cloud

ARM looks to the Cloud

ARM has developed an approach for an Intelligent Flexible Cloud (IFC) environment to meet the latency, power and size constraints for next-generation networks…

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Digi-Key adds premium Mentor tools to the list

Digi-Key adds premium Mentor tools to the list

Digi-Key has added to the range of professional-level Mentor Graphics EDA/CAD tools it offers.

The two companies have been collaborating for the last year to make professional-level EDA software at lower cost.

Premium versions of both the Designer Schematic and Designer Layout tools are now available…

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Microchip aims at LED car lighting

Microchip aims at LED car lighting

Microchip has included a new power building block in a microcontroller aimed at LED lighting.

Called the PIC16(L)F1769, the family has the first PICs to offer two independent closed-loop channels.

The firm has steadily been introducing power control peripheral blocks over the last three years – so-called…

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Blu Wireless validates millimetre wave gigabit modem IP at 40nm

Blu Wireless validates millimetre wave gigabit modem IP at 40nm

Blu Wireless Technology, which has developed baseband system IP for millimetre wave communications, has implemented its Hydra gigabit modem on a 40nm CMOS process.

The modem, with associated firmware for the PHY and MAC functions, is aimed at millimetre wave communication applications including ‘WiGig’ 802.11ad and wireless Back Haul…

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ADI gives 16-bit DAC output buffer and gain

ADI gives 16-bit DAC output buffer and gain

Analog Devices aims to simplifying the signal chain by designing a digital-to-analogue converter with a programmable output.

The 16-bit DAC, the AD5761R, has output buffer and gain scaling function on-chip.

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The significance of this in data acquisition design is that…

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Comment: IoT needs FPGAs and SDR

Comment: IoT needs FPGAs and SDR

The internet of things (IoT) has come about because of five technologies: Moore’s law, Metcalf’s Law, battery technology, sensors, and wireless communications.

But already we are seeing the internet of things sub-divide into two different sectors of application – consumer and industrial. 

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