Electronic Design News

M/A-COM's bare 6W power amp

M/A-COM Has brought out a high linearity 6W power amplifier for Ka-band high data density satellite communications and 5G radio access networks…

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Tesla Motors puts batteries in the home for solar

Tesla Motors, famed for its electric sportscars, has announced load-levelling battery for solar homes. Called Powerwall and based around its Li-ion battery technology, there are two versions: 7kWh ‘daily cycle’ to match daytime solar input to evening electricity use, and 10kWh ‘weekly cycle’ for power back-up. “Current…

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Maker system has OLED display and runs with Raspberry Pi

A small modular development system aimed at the maker community has built-in software compatibility with both Arduino and Raspberry Pi designs. Called Modulo is a set of interchangeable processor-based modules for designing electronic systems with the need for breadboards, wires, and capacitors. Each Modulo has its own microcontroller…

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Microsoft goes big on Arduino boards

Microsoft has strengthened its ties with the maker community. The Arduino organisation has certified the Windows 10 operating system for running on its development platform. There are also Windows Virtual Shields for Arduino technologies and a wireless access application called Windows Remote Arduino and both are released as open source…

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Arrow to sell open-source ARM boards

Arrow Electronics is adding open-source hardware to its embedded design offerings and it has signed up to Linaro, the organisation which optimises open-source software for ARM processor-based designs. Arrow will sell open-source ARM-based boards as part of the Linaro community known as “96Boards”. The community…

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Cadence debug tool handles root-cause data

Cadence Design Systems has implemented root-cause analysis in its latest chip design debug tools. It relies on deeper and more comprehensive data gathering and is claimed to identify problems faster than traditional transaction-level debug methods which requires more than one iteration to extract data points needed to identify…

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Preaching the potential of PXI

Richard Wilson discovered why interest in PXI-based modular test systems is growing, during a visit to the National Electronics Week exhibition PXI modular test system suppliers were attempting, and probably succeeding in, a takeover of the National Electronics Week exhibition in Birmingham last week. The exhibition had an area…

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Raspberry Pi in camera action

If you want a camera to record runs or bike rides, maker/designer Connor Yamada has created a low cost biking-centric action camera using Raspberry Pi and open source software.  “The design of the action camera had to be based on off-the-shelf components. If you have access…

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