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Fastest 8051 yet

The most efficient 8051 microcontroller core ever, is the claim of Polish intellectual property firm Digital Core Designs (DCD). Called DQ8051, the quad pipeline core benchmarks at 0.27292 DMips/MHz (Dhrystone 2.1) “29.01 times speed-up over the original 80C51 chip operating at the same frequency,” said…

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Linux in hi-rel is growing, says McPherson

Xilinx has joined the Linux Foundation, the industry organisation supporting growth of Linux and collaborative development. The FPGA firm’s interest indicates how Linux is expanding its footprint beyond consumer and computing markets and into high reliability industrial, automotive and aerospace systems. The theme of this year’s Embedded Linux…

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TI aims to kick-start GaN revolution

Texas Instruments has combined two GaN FETs and a matched driver chip in an 80V 10A half-bridge within a single 8x6mm package. Called LMG5200, the intention is to get GaN into the hands of the engineering community so designers can evaluate its super-fast switching capabilities in power stages…

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Recom operates EMC test lab in Austria

Recom has an EMC laboratory that can be used by customers and students in its new headquarters building in Austria. The company intends to expand on its EMC services in the future by providing customers with consultation in preparation for certification. This may be of particular interest to universities and…

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Microsemi offers FPGA with secure comms, and explains PKI

The internet-of-things concept – using IPv6 addressing, standard protocol stacks and standard wireless links to connect products together – simplifies design because it removes the need for proprietary interfaces. It also means that remote-control of products can be extended as far as the internet extends – a blessing for anyone…

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MSP430 goes 32bit with Cortex-M4F

Texas Instruments has introduced an ARM Cortex-M4F version of its MSP430 microcontroller family, taking it from 16 to 32bits, with no extra power draw. “The integrated DSP engine and floating-point core of the ARM Cortex-M4F core enable a multitude of high performance applications, such as signal conditioning…

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Schools Raspberry Pi competition reveals future talent

The Finals of PA Consulting’s Schools Raspberry Pi design competition were held at the Science Museum in London this week. Intended for students from 8-20 years old in four age categories, the aim of this year’s competition was to develop products to support wellbeing and healthcare, with…

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Arrow aims Qualcomm Snapdragon at robotics

Qualcomm is making a bid to enter the general embedded computing market with its Snapdragon 600 processor. Arrow Electronics will sell a development platform and Snapdragon 600 processor-based system-on-modules. Snapdragon 600 is a high-end system-on-chip introduced in 2013 for Android-based smartphones and tablets…

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