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Encoder offers 5,000 counts per revolution

Encoder offers 5,000 counts per revolution

Avago AEDT-981x is a family of industrial grade optical encoders offering from 2,000 to 5,000 counts per revolution (CPR) using a code wheel of 11mm optical radius.

The devices are three channel incremental encoders – two quadrature plus one index channel – and are rated from -40 to 115…

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Microsemi launches sensor interface ICs

Microsemi launches sensor interface ICs

Microsemi is launching the first device in a family of sensor interface ICs based upon inductive sensing technology.

The LX3301A, the first inductive sensor IC in the market using linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) architecture implementations on printed circuit boards (PCB), is designed for applications in the automotive and industrial…

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Sensors powered by energy harvesting key to IoT success

Sensors powered by energy harvesting key to IoT success

The internet of things relies on getting good quality sensor data at the right time in the right format, which is why energy harvesting wireless sensors are of special interest, writes Matthias Kassner

Energy harvesting wireless sensors have sparked a dramatic rise in interest, since they represent a reliable and…

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Toshiba to sample 256Gbit V-NAND next month

Toshiba to sample 256Gbit V-NAND next month

Toshiba is to start sampling a 256GBit, 48-layer, triple-level cell V-NAND memory next month.

BiCS Flash, as Toshiba calls it, is based on a 48-layer stacking process that surpasses the capacity of mainstream two dimensional NAND flash memory, while enhancing write/erase reliability endurance and boosting…

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PMBus digital power chip drives 30A for sub-micron processors

PMBus digital power chip drives 30A for sub-micron processors

Texas Instruments has introduced its first PMBus synchronous DC-DC buck converters with 20A and 30A current ratings.

The TPS544B25/C25 converters are designed for accurate voltage rail setting in designs with sub-micron processors.

The converters have a 0.5% reference-voltage accuracy and full differential remote-voltage sensing…

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NIWeek: Swiss students show stair-climbing wheelchair

NIWeek: Swiss students show stair-climbing wheelchair

A team of 10 students studying mechanical and electrical engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich are designing and building an electric wheelchair which is able to climb stairs.

Moving on the ground is accomplished with a system with automated balancing on the two main…

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NIWeek: LabVIEW 2015 writes code faster for 8-cores

NIWeek: LabVIEW 2015 writes code faster for 8-cores

National Instruments began its NIWeek technology conference in Austin, Texas today by announcing the latest version of its LabVIEW design and test software.

There has been a speed upgrade and new debugging tools.

The classic characteristic of LabVIEW is to be able to use new and existing software code across…

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Lattice superMHL chipset supports 4K video on USB Type -C

Lattice superMHL chipset supports 4K video on USB Type -C

Lattice Semiconductor is targeting the upgraded version of the USB connector, known as Type-C, with a transceiver which will support 4K video with concurrent USB 3.1 Gen 1 or Gen 2 data.

The transmitter and receiver pair conform to the new superMHL video interface standard that can deliver…

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Altera and ZMDI add digital power management to FPGA

Altera and ZMDI add digital power management to FPGA

Altera is to integrate the digital power management technology developed by ZMDI (Zentrum Mikroelektronik Dresden) into its Enpirion PowerSoC devices.

Altera says that adding ZMDI’s technology to the SoCs “will provide greater control performance between Altera’s FPGAs and its power management ICs”, enabling Enpirion devices to support new…

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Ubuntu drone puts robotics in the classroom

Ubuntu drone puts robotics in the classroom

A Spanish company has a different take on encouraging students to get involved in electronics design. No Raspberry Pi controlled lights for them, Erle Robotics is putting drone development in the classroom.

Erle Robotics saw the potential of robotics in education, and the need for easy-to-program Linux hardware…

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ReRAM closer to embedded 28nm chips, says Imec

ReRAM closer to embedded 28nm chips, says Imec

Intel’s super fast flash using a 3D cross-point architecture is not the only advanced semiconductor memory game in town.

Another of the more interesting next generation memory technologies is resistive RAM (ReRAM).

This is particularly interesting for integrated large volume embedded memory on to processors to provide high…

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Audi to show first OLED rear lights

Audi to show first OLED rear lights

Audi will demonstrate Matrix OLED rear lights in a concept car at the IAA in Frankfurt.

According to the German car manufacturer, the benefits of using OLEDs is that they are homogenous light sources which do not require any reflectors, light guides or similar optical components.

Audi predicts that research…

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