Electronic Design News

Video: Hands on with the BBC Micro-Bit user interface

The BBC has launched its Micro-Bit (micro:bit) programmable device, which will be given free to all Year 7 children in the UK. Here we see a demo of the BBC Micro-Bit user interface. Dara O’Brien was host for the launch event at the BBC, and coincidentally…

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BBC micro:bit computer launches

The technical launch of the BBC micro:bit pocket computer that will be given to all Year 7 children in the UK in the Autumn was announced today. ARM, Nordic Semiconductor, Samsung, Microsoft, Freescale, Farnell element14 and Lancaster University were among those who supported the project. “Technology is now as…

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Arduino shrunk for wearables

There is now a slimmed down version of the Arduino embedded system development platform which has been down-sized for use in wearable and IoT applications. The Arduino Gemma is a miniature wearable device board based on the ATtiny85 microcontroller. ATtiny85 is Atmel’s 8-bit AVR Risc-based microcontroller…

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Qt moves into the world of IoT

IoT is a new focus for the Qt mobile development environment which works cross-platform which now incorporates Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth Smart). It can be used to write cross-platform code for communicating with smart sensors, wearables and other BLE-enabled peripherals. The latest version of the Qt mobile…

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ELP225 packs mighty power in a small space

XP Power has revealed design features within its latest ac-dc power supply, dubbed ELP225, which can deliver 150W convection-cooled from a 51 x 102mm industrial ‘1U’ footprint package. Only 32.3mm high, this is believed to be a power density record for the 1U open frame format. 225W…

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MTC1 1W DC/DC converters with wide input range from Murata

Murata has launched the MTC1 series of 1W regulated single output DC/DC converters with nominal input voltages of 12 or 24 VDC and accommodate a 2:1 input range around the selected nominal which allows for use in designs with different nominal input voltages or in situations where wide…

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Electronics patent of the month: Cloud-based set top box TV service

This month features cloud-based set top box services. Michael Jaeger, patent attorney at leading UK patent and trade mark attorneys Withers & Rogers LLP, writes: GB Patent Number: GB2476668 Granted to:  Sony Europe Limited We’ve all heard of (or been unfortunate enough to have experienced) the ‘blue screen…

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Simple BD768xFJ chip eases SiC into the mainstream

Rohm has introduced a silicon ac-dc controller chip for silicon carbide mosfets. Rather than some multi-kW industrial motor drive, it is a simple 8pin ac-dc controller for 50W single-output designs. “Until now there has not been a control IC that can sufficiently draw out the performance…

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