Electronic Design News

Microchip PIC32 microcontrollers get FreeRTOS design tool

There is now a version of FreeRTOS+Trace for Microchip’s PIC32 microcontrollers and MPLAB X IDE, thanks to a Swedish developer of RTOS visualization tools, Percepio AB. FreeRTOS+Trace is the standard trace analyser for FreeRTOS. It allows the developer to visualises run-time behaviour of their embedded software…

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Cree to champion SiC at ECCE 2015

Cree co-founder Dr John Palmour is to champion silicon carbide as the most cost-effective power technology in a plenary session at the IEEE ECCE power conference in Montreal Canada in September. In a transistor price comparison, SiC devices loose badly to silicon. “A component-to-component comparison will…

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5G will need a radio technology change

Research is indicating there will be a completely new radio technology for the 5G mobile communications standard expected to hit the market by 2020. Research work in the UK and across Europe into the next generation mobile phone standard is now focusing on the use of millimetre wave radio transmission…

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UK firm brings disposable fuel cells to smartphones

Intelligent Energy has started to make use of the portable fuel cell and disposable fuel cartridge assets it acquired from Société Bic of France earlier this year. The Loughborough-based portable energy firm is reported to be working on a fuel cell which can keep a smartphone running for…

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5G will not just be 4G with faster download speeds

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, director of the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), tells Electronics Weekly in an exclusive interview that it is now apparent that 5G will be a step-change in mobile technology. “What was done in the last 30 years ending in 4G technologies was justifiable,” says Tafazolli. “But to…

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Cambridge hails success of first coding school for girls

Cambridge University’s first summer school for girls interested in writing code for embedded computers such as Raspberry Pi attracted 76 girls aged 15-18 years. Dubbed the Coding School for Girls, it was run by Cambridge University Computer Laboratory and Cambridge Coding Academy last week. The intention of the…

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Cypress claims lowest power harvester ever

Cypress has introduced what it claims is the lowest power energy harvesting power management IC (PMIC), usable with solar cells down to 10x10mm. Aimed at wireless sensor nodes, and called S6AE101A, it will start when 1.2uW is available and continue to function on as little as 250nA. According to…

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Yocto Linux SBC adds modules for prototyping

A US company has created a modular embedded Linux board which it hopes will be used across the entire product development cycle from evaluation, development, prototyping to finish product. Habey has designed the Linux board around a Freescale i.MX6 processor based on ARM Cortex-A9 architecture. It runs an…

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