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In depth: NASA's passive Wi-Fi saves 80% power

In depth: NASA's passive Wi-Fi saves 80% power

NASA has revealed a technique which dramatically cuts the power consumption of Wi-Fi comms, at least at the remote terminal.

Key is modifying the Wi-Fi base station to allow the transmitter of the remote terminal to be replaced by a modulated passive reflector.

“In a Wi-Fi radio…

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Intel, Micron plan crosspoint memory

Intel, Micron plan crosspoint memory

Intel and Micron plan to have samples of a 128Gbit 3D crosspoint memory by the end of the year with commercial shipments in 2016.

Intel claims that the new memory, which it calls XPoint, writes ‘up to 1000 faster than NAND’ and has 1000 times the endurance of NAND.

The…

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Wize Mirror reads back vital signs

Wize Mirror reads back vital signs

Mirror mirror on the wall, am I at risk of heart disease? One day soon your mirror might actually be able to give you the answer.

Wize Mirror looks like a mirror, but incorporates 3D scanners, multispectral cameras and gas sensors to assess the health of someone looking into it…

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Touch displays need extra EMI protection, says supplier

Touch displays need extra EMI protection, says supplier

Capacitive touch screen panels have their own particular problems with being susceptible to electromagnetic interference (EMI)

EMI coupling for capacitive touch screens can be a problem which  can result in the touch screen assembly being affected by external noise and emissions from the rest of the system.

As well as…

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Design kit for STM32F7 MCU has Arduino extension

Design kit for STM32F7 MCU has Arduino extension

STMicroelectronics’ STM32F7 series ARM Cortex-M7 core microcontroller just got easier to design in with a starter kit that has a Arduino Uno connector for coupling into the open source design environment.

Dubbed the Discovery kit, it comes with a 4.3-inch WQVGA colour LCD with touchscreen.

There is…

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Concept Engineering upgrades netlist debugger for complex SoCs

Concept Engineering upgrades netlist debugger for complex SoCs

German chip debugging tool firm Concept Engineering has released its latest generation tools.

StarVision PRO, RTLvision PRO, GateVision PRO, and SpiceVision PRO are scriptable debugging and visualisation tools.

As well as a debug tool for  analogue, digital and mixed-signal designs, StarVision PRO provides customisable design rule checks and automated…

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Golf loss is solar farm gain in Japan

Golf loss is solar farm gain in Japan

Old golf course land in Japan is to become a solar farm, according to Kyocera, which is working with partners on the conversions.

The most recently announced is a 23MW power plant on an abandoned golf course in Kyoto Prefecture, which will generate an estimated 26GWh/year.

“Over-development of…

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NXP sells CMOS sensor business to ams

NXP sells CMOS sensor business to ams

NXP has sold its CMOS sensor business to Austrian mixed-signal chip firm ams.

NXP is currently in the middle of a merger with US chip firm Freescale Semiconductor.

Earlier this summer NXP also agreed to sell its RF power business to Chinese private equity firm Jianguang Asset Management  for…

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Maxim quad deserializer for ADAS

Maxim quad deserializer for ADAS

The MAX9286 quad deserializer from Maxim enables the design of surround-view systems for ADAS.

One MAX9286 gigabit multimedia serial link (GMSL) deserializer receives and automatically synchronizes video from up to four cameras.

Surround view systems are a key component in today’s emerging ADAS market. The MAX9286 automotive deserializer…

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Interview: Making the BBC Micro:bit Bluetooth Smart

Interview: Making the BBC Micro:bit Bluetooth Smart

Bluetooth Smart is a key element of the Micro:bit, the BBC’s much heralded educational computing device aimed at Year 7 children in the UK. Electronics Weekly talks to Martin Woolley, Bluetooth SIG Technical Program Manager, who led the work around Bluetooth, including creating a specific Micro:bit Bluetooth…

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Comment: Can Germany keep Europe in the FD-SOI game?

Comment: Can Germany keep Europe in the FD-SOI game?

With FD-SOI now being proposed as the next generation semiconductor process technology, the epicentre for semiconductor manufacturing in Europe is shifting to Germany.

With the eclipse of both STMicroelectronics and NXP as major European manufacturers of chips, the new momentum for investment in wafer fabs seems to be coming…

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UltraSoC joins with Tortuga Pacific to push IP

UltraSoC joins with Tortuga Pacific to push IP

UltraSoC, the debug specialist, has joined with Tortuga Pacific, the specialist in expanding IP businesses, to promote  UltraSoC’s UltraDebug debug and validation technologies to SoC designers.

“The Tortuga Pacific team is uniquely equipped to represent UltraSoC’s silicon debug and analytics offering to our key markets in North America…

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