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MSP430 goes 32bit with Cortex-M4F

Texas Instruments has introduced an ARM Cortex-M4F version of its MSP430 microcontroller family, taking it from 16 to 32bits, with no extra power draw. “The integrated DSP engine and floating-point core of the ARM Cortex-M4F core enable a multitude of high performance applications, such as signal conditioning…

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Schools Raspberry Pi competition reveals future talent

The Finals of PA Consulting’s Schools Raspberry Pi design competition were held at the Science Museum in London this week. Intended for students from 8-20 years old in four age categories, the aim of this year’s competition was to develop products to support wellbeing and healthcare, with…

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Arrow aims Qualcomm Snapdragon at robotics

Qualcomm is making a bid to enter the general embedded computing market with its Snapdragon 600 processor. Arrow Electronics will sell a development platform and Snapdragon 600 processor-based system-on-modules. Snapdragon 600 is a high-end system-on-chip introduced in 2013 for Android-based smartphones and tablets…

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Java-based platforms certified for IoT

A California-based software company is offering a certified and supported open source development platform which it says will allow Java to become a standard platform for internet of things designs. Zulu Embedded is an open source Java SE compliant development platform from Azul Systems. Zulu Embedded is based on…

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Mentor CEO says chips can be protected against hackers

Silicon-based hacking problems are not yet seen as a threat to security on the internet. But this may be because any breaches of security at the silicon level are not reported. It could also be because there are easier ways to penetrate computer networks. Most of the security problems…

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NI buys 5G wireless system firm BEEcube

National Instruments (NI) has announced its acquisition of BEEcube, a firm specialising in FPGA prototyping and deployment modules for wireless research, wireless infrastructure and military/defence applications. The acquisition of California-based BEEcube will add to NI’s own FPGA-based massive MIMO wireless development systems used for 5G mobile…

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Hades for extreme temperatures

Cissoid has brought out its second generation of Hades isolated gate drivers. Hades is aimed at high density power converters, motor drives and actuators based on SiC transistors, traditional power mosfets and IGBTs…

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