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Detonators go surface-mount

Detonators go surface-mount

Vishay has introduced the ‘massive electro-pyrotechnic initiator chip’ (MEPIC)  - a 0805 SMD resistor for what is sometimes known as electronic detonation or digital blasting.

“It has very predictable, reproducible and reliable behaviour and meets USCAR and AKLV16,” said Farnell, which is stocking the device. “MEPIC can be adapted for…

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Microphone harvests acoustic energy to top up its charge

Microphone harvests acoustic energy to top up its charge

Researchers in America have developed a postage stamp-sized microphone that can harvest acoustic energy to top up your charge on the go.

Zhong Wang of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and his colleagues created their microphone from a thin sheet of paper just a few centimetres across…

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UK healthcare plan offers digital tech opportunity

UK healthcare plan offers digital tech opportunity

Electronics technologies are changing the way healthcare is provided and UK-based start-ups are lining up to take advantage of this potentially large business opportunity.

Government plans to change the way long-term healthcare is provided will open up new opportunities for technology start-ups to address an emerging…

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Step-down regulator has integrated 4A switch

Step-down regulator has integrated 4A switch

Micrel has a family of pin-compatible high voltage synchronous step-down switching regulators with integrated power switches capable of providing up to 4A (MIC28513) output current and a wide input supply range from 4.6V to 70V (MIC28512).

The devices are available with both Hyper Speed Control and HyperLight…

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Ageless inductors are high current, low resistance

Ageless inductors are high current, low resistance

Coilcraft’s MLC75xx series of shielded, high-current power inductors offer I(sat) ratings up to 59.2A and DC resistance down to 1.2mohms.

With soft saturation characteristics the inductors feature RoHS compliant tin-silver (96.5/3.5) over copper terminations and offer a maximum reflow temperature of…

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Tiny thumb trackpad is wireless

Tiny thumb trackpad is wireless

For wireless control when hands are full, MIT has invented a thumbnail trackpad called NailO.

Stroking it in different directions transmits mouse-like commands to PCs and phones.

Even though it sticks on like an artificial nail, packed into the prototype are capacitive sensors, a battery, a microcontroller, and chips…

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Onion pitches MIPS universal cloud-to-hardware interface

Onion pitches MIPS universal cloud-to-hardware interface

Aiming at programmers who want to interface to the real world, Toronto-based Onion has created a tiny MIPS-based Linux cloud-to-hardware development board, and made it the subject of a Kickstarter project. 

The firm has an interesting pitch. Called Omega, the PCB is tiny, with on-board…

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Comment: IoT the gold rush vs wild west

Comment: IoT the gold rush vs wild west

So here’s a question, how many times have you come across the term IoT today?

Without doubt, IoT is certainly this year’s buzzword and while many are keen to jump on the bandwagon, not everyone actually understands the wagon they’re jumping onboard and whether it’ll lead…

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SIA pushes for free trade

SIA pushes for free trade

In a letter to politicians advocating the passage of the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, the US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has stated the importance of the semiconductor industry to America…

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Foundry grows 16%

Foundry grows 16%

Foundry industry revenues grew 16.1% in 2014, says Gartner, to reach $46.9 billion. It is the third successive year of 16% + growth in the foundry business…

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Double walled carbon nanotubes allow bandgap tuning

Double walled carbon nanotubes allow bandgap tuning

Mathematicians at Rice University in Texas have delved into the possible behaviour of double-walled carbon nanotubes and found a potential bandgap.

Carbon nanotubes are not one thing. Instead, characteristics including tube diameter and the amount of twist in the atomic lattice along the tubular molecule are variables.

One simple…

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