Electronic Design News

Onion pitches MIPS universal cloud-to-hardware interface

Aiming at programmers who want to interface to the real world, Toronto-based Onion has created a tiny MIPS-based Linux cloud-to-hardware development board, and made it the subject of a Kickstarter project.  The firm has an interesting pitch. Called Omega, the PCB is tiny, with on-board…

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Raspberry Pi goes retro gaming

Raspberry Pi continues to inspire young developers of embedded systems products. One games enthusiast has used a Raspberry Pi to create a pocket-sized games console. Dubbed the MicroPi : Play, it is the work of developer and retro games enthusiast Tarsem Dhillon, who decided the micro sized Linux board would…

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Raspberry Pi gets e-paper display driver board

Raspberry Pi can now drive an e-paper display with an add-on board designed by a Cambridge-based developer. The board, which meets the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s HAT specification, including device tree configuration of the required GPIO pins by the HAT EEPROM, is the work of Percheron Electronics…

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Modular instruments are key for 5G mobile development

The next generation 5G mobile phone technologies will be the first to make extensive use of modular test and design platforms for its development. The scale of the signal processing required for the multi-gigabit radio channels expected to be needed for 5G, will need highly scalable systems for development…

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EM beacon incorporates tri-axial accelerometer

EM Microelectronic, the Swiss chip subsidiary of Swatch, has launched a Bluetooth Smart beacon with integrated tri-axial accelerometer to enable “motion” and “context aware” beacon applications…

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Peratech presses button for touch expansion

A touch screen controller which measures both the amount of pressure applied to a touch keypad as  well as position is being demonstrated by Peratech at the Hannover Messe 2015 this week. The demonstration uses a keyboard sensor with the Yorkshire-based firm’s Opaque QTC force-sensing technology to…

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More on: Siemens' electric airplane motor

Siemens has developed a 50kg electric motor that can produce 260kW at 2,500rpm – slow enough to drive a propeller without a gear box. Weight saving has come from several directions. For example, the stator is of cobalt-iron alloy for high magnetisability, and the permanent magnets of the rotor…

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