Electronic Design News

Mentor tools aim to make PCB design affordable

Mentor Graphics has redefined its PCB design tools with three software packages at price-points to address different parts of the design market, and some it is addressing for the first time. The standard product, called PADS is available for $5,000 to be affordable by engineers in small to…

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Powered wheel is packaging triumph

French firm Ez-Wheel has managed to pack an entire electric vehicle system into a wheel – battery, charger, converter and motor included. Nothing electrical need be fitted to the vehicle chassis. Intended to add powered traction to industrial trolleys, application are also proposed moving patients in hospitals and shifting food…

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IoT board looks like Arduino, feels like Raspberry Pi

An Arduino-based wireless module which runs Android and Linux is the latest IoT embedded development product to get backing on the Kickstarter crowd-funding website. According to Boston-based developer UDOO, the Neo board combines the features of Arduino and Raspberry Pi and so can be programmed in any…

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World IP Day

Today is World IP Day. To mark it the UK Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys has published an IP manifesto called An Economy of Ideas…

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Raspberry Pi gets solar-powered design kit

A couple of developers have come up with a way of designing Raspberry Pi into portable, battery-powered systems. Maybe this is where Raspberry Pi meets the internet of things, we are not sure, but the project has certainly been a huge success on the Kickstarter crowd-funding website. Called…

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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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