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Altera and ZMDI add digital power management to FPGA

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

Adding ZMDI’s technology to Enpirion PowerSoCs will provide greater control performance between Altera’s FPGAs and its power management ICs, enabling Enpirion devices to support various new power modes delivering…

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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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R&S scopes trigger on Manchester- and NRZ-coded buses

R&S scopes trigger on Manchester- and NRZ-coded buses

Rohde & Schwarz has added more trigger and decoder options for its RTO and RTE oscilloscopes so that they can be used to debug serial protocols that employ Manchester or NRZ coding.

This coding is typically used with interface buses such as Profibus, Dali or MVB.

It is also used…

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Crystek low phase noise VCXO

Crystek low phase noise VCXO

Crystek has launched an Ultra-Low Phase Noise HCMOS Voltage-Controlled Crystal Oscillator (VCXO) providing a -150 dBc/Hz noise floor.

This overall ultra-low phase noise translates to a typical phase jitter of 0.5 psec (12 kHz to 80 MHz).

Packaged in a 9×14 mm SMD package, the…

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IDT launches digital re-distortion demodulator

IDT launches digital re-distortion demodulator

IDT is selling a digital pre-distortion (DPD) demodulator operating from 3200MHz to 4000MHz which enhances the performance of the digital pre-distortion transmitter linearization path of cellular base stations.

With its integrated digital step attenuator (DSA) and single-pole-double-throw switch (SP2T), the F1358 DPD joins two other…

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Processor brings 1080p video to car rear-view mirrors

Processor brings 1080p video to car rear-view mirrors

ON Semiconductor has developed a range of image co-processors to work with 1.2 and 2 megapixel image sensors specifically in automotive rear view and surround view cameras.

According to Sandor Barna, vice president at ON Semiconductor, the processor will support both 1080p and 720p video in automotive applications…

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USB will carry 4K  video with new connector design

USB will carry 4K video with new connector design

Could a USB connector support 4K high definition video? This is what the industry intends and a new look USB connector is likely to start appearing in PCs, TVs and mobiles over the next year.

The Type-C connector, as it is called, is expected to take over from the…

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Water repellent coating improves capacitor reliability

Water repellent coating improves capacitor reliability

Murata has developed a water-repellent coating that it claims will increase the reliability of multi-layer ceramic capacitors.

At issue is condensation – not just between the PCB and he capacitor, but on any capacitor surface that can gather condensation.

When water wets the surface of the capacitor – top diagram…

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ARM buys Sansa hardware-based security technology

ARM buys Sansa hardware-based security technology

ARM has bought the five year-old Israeli security firm Sansa which has a hardware solution for mobile connectivity.

The price is thought to be somewhere around $90 million.

Sansa, which was called Discretix until last October, has had $37 million of venture capital money and is backed by both…

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Mouser ships Intel Compute Stick

Mouser ships Intel Compute Stick

Mouser is shipping the Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu Linux which enables any screen with an HDMI interface to become a fully functional personal computer.

The stick has pre-installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS OS.

It has a 64-bit 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3735F Quad-Core processor with 2…

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