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ADI prototyping board adds analogue to FPGAs

A reference design board for combining mixed-signal and analogue elements with FPGA/CPLD-based processors comes from Analog Devices.

The modular design is based on small I/O interface boards, dubbed PMODs, which are added to the FPGA/CPLD boards.

Available from element14, the PMOD-compatible peripheral modules plug…

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Intel not giving up on desktop PC processor

Desktop PCs may not longer be the computer of choice for business but Intel still believes the main market driver is raw processing power and so it has introduced an eight-core desktop processor.

The Intel Core i7-5960X processor supports 16 computing threads. It is also Intel’s first…

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LED chip aims for bulb replacements

International Rectifier is supporting single stage flyback and buck-boost topologies in LED driver designs for bulb replacement, tube lighting and downlights.

Its IRS29831 LEDrivIR controller integrates a 700V power mosfet with high-voltage start-up which is necessary for single stage designs.

Designed for both isolated and non-isolated…

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Driver IC for big LED light arrays

A programmable multi-output LED driver from Allegro Microsystems integrates a current-mode boost converter with internal power switch and eight current sinks.

The IC operates from 4.5 to 36V, and is able to withstand up to 40V load-dump conditions encountered in automotive systems.

The I2C interface allows…

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5G centre at Surrey part of millimetre wave Euro-project

The UK’s national research centre for 5G mobile commucniations being built at the University of Surrey is to be part of a European project to develop millimetre-wave radio technologies for next generation cellular mobile networks.

The European Commission-funded MiWaveS project will investigate the use of millimetre wave…

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IoT designs created with fob-sized kit and downloads

Broadcom has combined a Bluetooth Smart chip and software stack with five micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) sensors in a development kit for prototyping designs for IoT devices and applications.

The intention is to provide entry-level access to Bluetooth and MEMS sensors which are relevant technologies for IoT designs…

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European power electronics research initiative adds Mentor

The European Centre for Power Electronics (ECPE) is a Germany-based industry initivative for research, education and technology transfer in power electronics.

The role of the ten-year-old ECPE initiative is to support research on power electronics systems and pass this into the industry via workshops and tutorials.


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UK teams in Intel wearables design challenge

Intel has named the finalists for its global wearable electronics design challenge.

Three UK-based projects make the list.

These are: the vumbl sports necklace that monitors information from the body through vibrations, Open Bionics’ low-cost robotic prosthetic hand and the Blocks hardware and software platform for wearable technology…

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Intel shrinks 3G modem for wearables

Intel has introduced a 3G mobile modem for connecting sensors in wearable electronics devices.

The multi-chip module measures around 10 x 30mm.

Designated the XMM 6255, the modem incorporates Intel’s SMARTI UE2p dual band 3G/2G transceiver.

This 65nm chip integrates a 3G HSPA (High Speed Packet Access…

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Freescale goes mobile with wireless charging

Freescale Semiconductor is going big on wireless charging with a number of programmable wireless charging ICs and reference designs.

The company said it expects to see a growing number of wireless charging system deployments in offices, hotels, airports and other public spaces.

Freescale hopes the programmable chips will offer design…

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