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TDK adds to DC-DC converter series

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TDK Corporation has added two models to the TDK-Lambda i6A series of step-down, non-isolated DC-DC converters. The i6A4W is capable of supplying currents of up to 20A, and the i6AN allows the creation of negative voltages delivering currents up to 8A. Both can be used in conjunction with the previously announced 14A rated i6A series to generate additional system voltages ...

Brexit: UK reminded to implement EU Directive on EMF

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The EU has reminded member states that they are required to implement EU occupational health & safety directive 2013/35/EU on electromagnetic fields in national law no later than 1 July 2016. Despite the Brexit vote, it is expected that this EU Directive will be implemented in the UK. Directive 2013/35/EU defines minimum regulations for the protection of the health & ...

Brexit: electronics supply chain can get through this, says ECSN head

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The electronics supply chain is strong enough to get through the period of business uncertainty which will follow the UK decision to leave the EU, says Adam Fletcher, chairman, ECSN. The head of the body which represents UK electronic component distributors and suppliers believes the sector should  “keep its heads down” and try to continue as normal. “The electronic components ...

ARM and Marvell develop ARMADA networking board

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ARM and Marvell have developed the ARMADA 8040 networking community board, targeting OpenDataPlane (ODP), OpenFastPath (OFP) and ARM network functions virtualization (NFV) ecosystem communities. The board is based on a quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 processor and includes full CPU and I/O virtualization, an advanced networking packet processor and rich state-of-the-art connectivity. Collaboration with the software ecosystem will deliver an open source ...

STM32 developers get access to low-layer APIs

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STMicroelectronics has added low-layer application program interface (LL API) software to its STM32 development tool set. This is for experienced designers and will allow them to work with the ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers (MCUs) down to register-level code, to controlling device peripheral and to optimise performance and run-time efficiency. The LL APIs are integrated into the STM32Cube packages with example projects designed ...

Women engineers needed to address skills shortage

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UK head of a leading engineering company believes women have the potential to solve some of the world’s biggest engineering problems and address the skills shortage in the sector. On National Women in Engineering Day, the president of Bosch UK believes the internet of things (IoT) could be an opportunity to encourage more woman to be recognised for electronics system ...

GPS chip adds inertial dead-reckoning for car tracking

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u-blox of Switzerland has introduced a GPS receiver that works with inertial sensors to add dead-reckoning navigation when satellites signals are weak or before the receiver has locked-on. It requires an external MEMS inertial sensor and flash memory, and also works with other satellite navigation (GNSS) systems (list below). “EVA-M8E adapts automatically to installations anywhere within a vehicle. Dead-reckoning with ...