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Stackable 16 cell Li-ion monitor chip

Stackable 16 cell Li-ion monitor chip

Lapis semiconductor has announced a lithium-ion battery monitoring chip that supports 16 cells in series.

ML5239 can be stacked for higher voltages, and is consumes only 100nA in shut-down.

Applications are expected in power storage and uninterruptible power supplies.

Each chip has its own ADC, and it looks…

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MSP430 goes 32bit with Cortex-M4F

MSP430 goes 32bit with Cortex-M4F

Texas Instruments has introduced an ARM Cortex-M4F version of its MSP430 microcontroller family, taking it from 16 to 32bits, with no extra power draw.

“The integrated DSP engine and floating-point core of the ARM Cortex-M4F core enable a multitude of high performance applications, such as signal conditioning…

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Small power module drives 90A

Small power module drives 90A

Ericsson has introduced a two-phase point-of-load (POL) converter which can be operated as a standalone unit delivering 90A, as well as being part of a larger power system when processor boards require higher current.

Built on a two-phase topology, four BMR465 modules can be connected in…

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Microcontroller fits in a USB Type-C connector

Microcontroller fits in a USB Type-C connector

Cypress Semiconductor is sampling a USB Type-C cable controller which includes power delivery (PD) on a small footprint. It is designed for use in 2.4mm thin USB Type-C cable connectors.

The programmable EZ-PD CCG2 controller is capable of supporting any USB Type-C downstream facing port…

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48-layer V-NAND from Toshiba

48-layer V-NAND from Toshiba

Toshiba is sampling 3D NAND or V-NAND with 48 layers and a 2bit-per-cell architecture delivering a 128Gbit chip…

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Government controls threaten electronics exports

Government controls threaten electronics exports

UK-based electronics manufacturers are losing business to competitors in Europe due to the UK’s export controls process, according to a report by techUK published by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

All but one company surveyed by techUK said that the enforcement regime in the UK…

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Choosing the right radio standard for IoT

Choosing the right radio standard for IoT

What are the critical parameters in selecting a wireless communications system for connecting up networks of sensor systems? 

The physical environment of the network includes factors, such as the distance between nodes, between nodes with and without line power availability, and total distance from the farthest end node to the…

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OSD sales resume growth

OSD sales resume growth

Sales of optoelectronics, sensors, actuators and discrete semiconductors collectively increased 9% to $63.8 billion in 2014, after rising just 1% in 2012 and 2013, according to IC Insights…

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Schools Raspberry Pi competition

Schools Raspberry Pi competition

The Finals of PA Consulting’s Schools Raspberry Pi design competition were held at the Science Museum in London this week.

Intended for students from 8-20 years old in four age categories, the aim of this year’s competition was to develop products to support wellbeing and healthcare, with…

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Arrow aims Qualcomm Snapdragon at robotics

Arrow aims Qualcomm Snapdragon at robotics

Qualcomm is making a bid to enter the general embedded computing market with its Snapdragon 600 processor.

Arrow Electronics will sell a development platform and Snapdragon 600 processor-based system-on-modules.

Snapdragon 600 is a high-end system-on-chip introduced in 2013 for Android-based smartphones and tablets…

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Java-based platforms certified for IoT

Java-based platforms certified for IoT

A California-based software company is offering a certified and supported open source development platform which it says will allow Java to become a standard platform for internet of things designs.

Zulu Embedded is an open source Java SE compliant development platform from Azul Systems.

Zulu Embedded is based on…

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Manchester firm bids to commercialise graphene devices

Manchester firm bids to commercialise graphene devices

A Manchester-based company is moving graphene devices closer to commercial production using a technique known as chemical vapour deposition (CVD).

The spin-out company from the University of Manchester, 2-DTech is producing polycrystalline graphene films, the base substrate for semiconductor devices, with commercially competitive defect density and high…

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