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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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UK companies in eight ECSEL projects

UK companies in eight ECSEL projects

For many years UK companies have not taken part in EU R&D programmes. This is partly because of UK government meannesss about funding, partly because of UK government imposition of restrictions and partly because of the perceived complications of the paperwork…

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Rohde & Schwarz turn scope into spectrum analyser

Rohde & Schwarz turn scope into spectrum analyser

Rohde & Schwarz has added a spectrum analysis and spectrogram option to its RTM oscilloscopes.

Using the RTM-K18 option, time and spectrum analyses can be configured completely independently of one another. This makes it possible to simultaneously analyse signal details that differ in time and frequency.

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Infineon sampling auto IGBTs

Infineon sampling auto IGBTs

Infineon is sampling a family of robust 650V IGBTs that can deliver highest efficiency in fast switching automotive applications. Volume production is scheduled for March…

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Altium adds bikini coverlay support for rigid-flex PCBs

Altium adds bikini coverlay support for rigid-flex PCBs

Altium has announced the next update to its PCB design tool, Altium Designer.

The new features in Altium Designer 15.1 are adding to an existing foundation set in place with the initial release of Altium Designer 15, which focused on improvements to the high-speed design process.  

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TI redesigns wireless MCUs from ground up

TI redesigns wireless MCUs from ground up

Texas Instruments has released a family of low-power wireless microcontrollers, claiming 10 year life on a single coin cell in a ZigBee or 6LoWPAN light switch.

Applications in fitness and internet-of-things applications are also expected, and the 6LoWPAN versions comes with an in-built IPv6 address.

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Atmel's ARM Cortex-M0+ MCUs are automotive grade

Atmel's ARM Cortex-M0+ MCUs are automotive grade

Atmel has introduced a range of automotive-qualified ARM Cortex-M0+ based MCUs with an integrated peripheral touch controller (PTC) for capacitive touch applications.

The microcontroller can be used for capacitive touch button, slider, wheel or proximity sensing applications.

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Designated SAM DA1, the microcontroller…

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Flexible electronics firm plans UK production

Flexible electronics firm plans UK production

Welsh semiconductor ink firm SmartKem is teaming up with the North East’s Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) to develop flexible thin-film transistor (TFT) prototypes.

The three year agreement will scale-up SmartKem activities towards foldable displays and electronics, said SmartKem, which is based at the Optical Technium in…

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