Electronic Design News

Maker builds SD Card-sized Arduino computer

A maker developer has squeezed an Arduino onto an SD card. His aim was to go one better than Intel’s Edison. Already dubbed SDuino, it is kodera2t’s entry for the Hackaday Prize. “Once I was excited to see Intel’s announce that they will release “SD card sized…

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Research stops lithium batteries overheating

The problem with lithium metal laptop batteries heating up and bursting into flame has been addressed by researchers in the US. The researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered that adding two chemicals to the electrolyte of a lithium metal battery prevents the formation…

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5G not necessary yet, says mobile industry conference

The mobile industry does not need 5G technology as it has been defined so far, according to delegates at the Future of Wireless International Conference in London. According to Bob Driver, CEO of conference organiser Cambridge Wireless the delegates voted against 5G deployment as it is currently specified. “This reflected…

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Flexible PCBs made to order

Beta Layout has introduced a manufacturing service for flexible PCBs using a production pooling process to keep costs down. Tooling charges are minimised by manufacturing different PCB designs together in a single batch. The flexible printed circuit boards are currently available as single-layer or double-layer. Polyimide material is…

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Conran director says mobiles need to be less stressful

Speakers from Conran and BT described their vision for smartphone technology at the Future of Wireless International Conference in London this week. “We are going to want products that give us back some control over our appetite for information,” said Tim Rundle, design director at Conran and Partners. “We need…

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Skype runs on Raspberry Pi with a virtual machine

A Moscow-based software start-up is the latest company to come up with a binary translator which allows x86 applications such as windows and Skype to run on Raspberry Pi. The company called Eltech has developed a binary translator that runs applications for the conventional desktop and server x86…

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Viewpoint: GaN power amps start with the transistor

The first step in designing a microwave frequency power amplifier monolithic microwave integrated circuit on a given GaN foundry process is to select the transistor size and bias, writes Liam Devlin. The high breakdown voltage and operating temperature capability of high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) fabricated on a gallium nitride…

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Arduino goes global with Adafruit and Seeedstudio

Arduino has increased availability of the maker and developer open source computing platform across the world with supply deals in the US and China. It has also created a new global brand for the ARM-based embedded development modules. Arduino has signed a supply agreement with New York-based distributor…

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