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MIT wheel nears production

The Copenhagen Wheel is a self-contained pedalling assister for cyclists. Within its profile is: a motor (350W US, 250W EU), a battery (48V Li-ion), control electronics, and a Bluetooth radio. Battery life is estimated at 1,000 cycles, and charges in four hours. Based on technology from MIT…

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High-rel software package for instrument cluster processor

Green Hills Software is to support Freescale’s multi-core MAC57D5xx instrument cluster processor. Contributions include: ‘Integrity’ separation kernel for applications combining safety, reliability and security ‘Multi’ integrated development environment (including multi-core debugger and profiler) C and C++ compilers MISRA C/C++ code quality tools ‘DoubleCheck’ static analyser Tool…

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TI adds three-phase power capability to Piccolo DSP

Texas instrument’s is aiming at solar inverters, motor controls, and digital power supplies with an upgrade to its Piccolo family of DSP/CPUs. Called F2807x, it adds three phase capability with: three 12bit 3.1Msample/s ADCs instead of one, and three 12bit DACs, where there were none. Also…

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Wind River hunts viruses using Atom processor

Wind River has released low-end processor performance benchmarks for its Content Inspection Engine pattern matching software – also branded Hyperscan. The firm, a subsidiary of Intel, claims a pattern matching throughput over 36Gbit/s on C2000 series Atom processors, “using tier-1 OEM IPS patterns to scan real-world HTTP…

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Comment: GaN could win over SiC for power design

There seems to be a never-ending need to increase efficiency and reduce size in power supply design. Designers are now looking to use new semiconductor technologies to push product development forward, and gallium nitride (GaN) could be the most important new technology for power supply design. It will not…

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Keysight Technologies: new company, new science

Ask anyone from Keysight Technologies what the ‘new’ company is about and they are likely to say “measurement science”. Keysight Technologies comes into existence this month following the decision of Agilent Technologies to separate its life sciences and test businesses, creating the new company. There is a strong awareness for…

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More on: Ultra-narrow-band for Weightless M2M comms

Multi-kilometre machine-to-machine communications special interest group (SIG) Weightless has decided to pursue ultra-narrow-band (UNB) comms in free-to-use ISM bands, rather than ‘white space’ radio for its physical layer. Around the world, agreements, legislation and infrastructure required to use white space radio (comms in…

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White space on hold as Weightless switches to narrowband M2M comms

Machine-to-machine communication industry body Weightless is switching its focus from whitespace radio to ultra-narrow-band radio. “Weightless not pursuing white space as availability is not coming along anything like as quickly as we thought it would. We won’t return to whitespace for two or three years…

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