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UnDo Out and About

UnDo Out and About

Undo Software of Cambridge, the reversible debugging tool specialist and Gartner ‘Cool Vendor’, has adopted a new way of licensing its software which it calls UndoDB Out-and-About…

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Comment: Electronics living under the weight of expectation

Comment: Electronics living under the weight of expectation

Is the UK’s electronics supply chain staggering under the weight of expectation?

This seems to be at odds with the growing optimism about the UK economy in general.

Maybe it is unrealistic to expect that solid growth in the UK’s construction, industrial and financial sectors automatically translates into…

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Fluid temperature sensor

Fluid temperature sensor

Vishay has introduced a 4mm diameter immersion sensor for fluid temperature sensing.

Called NTCAIMME3, its stainless steel housing (2mm tip) allows permanent contact with fluids.

Key parameters are:

-25 to +105°C range
1.5s response time
<0.02K/K thermal gradient
+/-1.5°C accuracy.
100mW maximum power…

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Comment: Wi-Fi is the new Ethernet for IoT

Comment: Wi-Fi is the new Ethernet for IoT

Wi-Fi looks as if it can become the most widely used wireless networking standard. Its adoption in markets outside of its original computer networking application is reminiscent of Ethernet, the now ubiquitous networking standard…

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Cores for China

Cores for China

IP specialist Analog Bits has designed a family of core-based PLL products specifically for use by China’s semiconductor industry…

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Stick-on lactate-sensing tattoo becomes bio-battery

Stick-on lactate-sensing tattoo becomes bio-battery

US researchers have fabricated sweat-powered batteries, based on lactate-sensing temporary tattoos – skin ‘transfers’ – the team revealed last year.

The battery is bendable and stretchable.

With side-by-side electrodes covering 2x3mm of skin, the batteries can generates 4µW (70µW/cm2) once the person exercises enough to…

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Graphene turns rubber bands into durable sensors

Graphene turns rubber bands into durable sensors

Normal rubber bands can be turned into strain sensors by infusing them with graphene flakes, according to researchers at the University of Surrey and Trinity College Dublin.

The process is predictable, reliable and repeatable, costs only a few pence, and the resulting sensors are durable and comparable in performance with…

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How to design a supercapacitor charger with balancing

How to design a supercapacitor charger with balancing

As the cost to produce supercapacitors (SCAPs, or ultracapacitors) continues to decline, they are carving out a niche in the marketplace between conventional capacitors and batteries. And, although supercaps require some “care and feeding,” they are replacing batteries in data storage applications requiring high current/short duration backup power.

Furthermore…

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Toshiba intros all-in-one smart meter MCU

Toshiba intros all-in-one smart meter MCU

Toshiba Electronics is targeting smart metering designs with a ARM Cortex-M4F core-based microcontroller for making electric power calculation in meters, but which will also manage comms and display functions.

The TMPM411F20XBG MCU also implements tamper detection and failure detection along with key security functions suitable for secure network…

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Regulator drives 200mA but drops only 300mV

Regulator drives 200mA but drops only 300mV

Linear Technology’s latest low dropout voltage linear regulator is capable of delivering up to 200mA continuous output current with a 300mV dropout voltage at full load.

The input voltage range is 1.6V to 45V  and the output voltage is adjustable from 0.6V to 40V.

The LT3062’s…

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Raspberry Pi software guru to answer your questions

Raspberry Pi software guru to answer your questions

Raspberry Pi’s head of software will be answering designers questions about the embedded computing platform.

Gordon Hollingworth will answer designers’ questions put to him by Matt Timmons-Brown, the Raspberry Pi Guy, in an online interview and the Raspberry Pi foundation is inviting questions from designers.

See George Hollingworth…

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UK benefits from stronger chip sales through distribution

UK benefits from stronger chip sales through distribution

Semiconductor sales through distribution channels in Europe grew by 5.3% to €1.6bn in the second quarter to the end of June, according to DMASS (Distributors’ and Manufacturers’ Association of Semiconductor Specialists).

The UK semiconductor distribution market grew by 7.3% to €131m.

Only Germany and Eastern Europe grew…

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