Electronic Design News

Simple 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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NI Automated Test Summit: PXI looks good for 5G

Modular instruments connected by the PXI bus now represent the fastest growing off the overall test and measurement market, says National Instruments executive Abhay Samant. Speaking today at the National Instruments Automated Test Summit in Reading, Samant said the reason for this growth was PXI’s ability to scale upwards…

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5G mobile networks will adapt to needs of society

Technology behind next generation 5G mobile networks will start to take shape over the coming months with a group of companies including Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia Networks, Deutsche Telekom and Orange will work to define the mobile network architecture. The work which beings this month is part of the 5GPPP standards…

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Nordic integrates Bluetooth Smart and NFC Touch-to-Pair

Nordic Semiconductor has put Bluetooth Smart and NFC for Touch-to-Pair on its nRF52832 SoC which has a 64MHz ARM Cortex-M4F processor, a 2.4GHz multi-protocol radio, and automatic power optimisation. According to Nordic Semi, with a 215 CoreMark the nRF52832 delivers up to 60% more generic…

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MOVI speech recognition system runs on Arduino shield

A couple of developers in California have created the design for an Arduino shield with speech recognition technology. Called MOVI (My Own Voice Interface), it is the work of Bertrand Irissou and Gerald Friedland founders of Audeme and the project will launch on the Kickstarter crowd-funding website at 8am…

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Socionext enables record data transmission speeds

Socionext, the Panasonic-Fujitsu SoC jv, has launched DACs and ADCs with sampling rates up to 92GSample/s which have been integrated into coherent receivers and transmitters that were used to transport data at several tens of terabits per second over a 762km Lyon-Marseille-Lyon fiber optic link in…

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Skeleton launches graphene ultracapacitors

Skeleton Technologies has launched graphene-enhanced ultracapacitors with a capacitance of 4500 farads. Skeleton claims this to be “the single biggest increase in energy density for ultracapacitors in the past 15 years”. Energy density is a key development challenge for the ultracapacitor market and is fundamental if the technology is…

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Maker builds SD Card-sized Arduino computer

A maker developer has squeezed an Arduino onto an SD card. His aim was to go one better than Intel’s Edison. Already dubbed SDuino, it is kodera2t’s entry for the Hackaday Prize. “Once I was excited to see Intel’s announce that they will release “SD card sized…

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