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LED lighting driver tunes to ZigBee for control

Yorkshire LED lighting driver maker Harvard Engineering has added ZigBee wireless control to its range of lighting power supplies. The 33W driver, called CLZ and part of the firm’s CoolLED range, offers dimming down to 1% and includes a 2.4GHz radio – either built-in or remote (pictured). Radio…

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Imagination flags graphics processor teaching

Imagination Technologies wants to raise the profile of mobile graphic processor design in university teaching with a new course as part of its online Imagination University Programme. “An Introduction to Mobile Graphics” includes a rich set of teaching materials and practical exercises and will be based around Imagination’s own…

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Micron's 32-layer 3D NAND for production this year

Micron is to move into “low volume” production of a 32-layer 3D NAND device in the second half of this year. Next year Micron says it expects 3D NAND to be a “significant” percentage of its “trade NAND supply”. The device going into production this year will be a…

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Sheffield firm slashes LED thermal resistance

Finding a way to deposit vertical dielectric barriers has allowed Litecool of Sheffield to make dramatic cut in LED thermal resistance – from 1.25 to 0.5°C/W is one case – see diagram. Dielectric layers are essential to separate electrical conductors but, with a few notable exceptions like diamond…

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FPGA-based USB3 video bridge can repair the PC-HDMI disconnect

There’s now a simple solution for overcoming the incompatibilities between the USB3 I/O channels commonly used in today’s PCs and the digital media interfaces, such as High-Definition media Interface (HDMI) and Serial digital interface (SDI), favoured by audio/video equipment. Until now, differences in their frame…

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What's ARM doing in the DSP market?

ARM has not only revolutionised the embedded processor market in a way Intel could not have imagined 20 years ago. It is also changing the very different world of digital signal processing (DSP). Microcontrollers are not designed for real-time processing and so the DSP function has to be added…

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Ikea invests in French GaN-based LED lighting firm

Ikea’s venture capital arm has invested in a French firm developing and manufacturing 3D LEDs. Grenoble-based Aledia is developing LEDs  for lighting based on a gallium-nitride-on-silicon technology. Ikea believes there is this low-price LED lighting technology for residential use has the potential of faster…

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ADI puts floating point Sharc DSP into the embedded mainstream

Analog Devices (ADI) has introduced a multi-core Sharc DSP device which it believes will remove the power limitations of using floating point DSP for highly determinisitic audio processing. As a result it aims to encourage wider use of floating point DSP in real-time processing applications which currently try…

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