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UK power-line firm welcomes partners

Power-line comms chip start-up Xsilon (pronounced ‘ex-ill-on’) has launched an ‘early access partnership’ program (EAP) for companies interested in its silicon, which will sample in Q4. Unlike power-line firms which aim to transfer video or audio streams, Xsilon proposes to provide lower data rate (250kbit…

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CES: Intel plays wearable card

Intel’s spin in wearable devices seems to be based on a hardware module and the microprocessor company’s first purpose-built system-on-chip (SoC) device. But the module, called Curie, is only scheduled to ship in the second half of this year. This means Intel will miss the…

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CSR targets ARM mbed with Bluetooth boards

CSR is focusing its embedded design strategy on the ARM mbed operating system. CSR plans to offer two mbed expansion boards, also known as shields, to support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi interfaces. One shield solution combines Wi-Fi and Bluetooth based on the CSR6030 and CSR8311. The other offers a…

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UK designed nano drone to fly in CES

UK-based Torquing Group has launched its nano drone for aerial photography and HD video capture. The hand-sized ZANO uses a Wi-Fi module supplied by Lantronix to provide wireless interfaces with to both iOS and Android devices, for comms and control the drone. “The growth of personal drones…

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FPGA wakes processor on voice command

Lattice Semiconductor has developed human voice detection and command recognition intellectual property for its iCE40 family of FPGAs for mobiles. The idea is that the main application processor stays asleep while the always-on FPGA listens for valid speech – waking the main processor when it has verified the speech. Either…

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DECT ULE certification programme at CES

The DECT ULE Alliance will present its certification program at CES in Las Vegas. “This is an important step forward, to mix and match smart home products, as you do with Wi-Fi clients,” said a spokesman for the Alliance. DECT ULE (ultra-low energy) is based around the cordless…

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GaN technology storms transistor market

Liam Devlin and Andy Dearn describe the design of a 25W X-band gallium nitride (GaN) power amplifier. Gallium nitride (GaN) technology is very well suited to the realisation of solid-state microwave power amplifiers. High electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) fabricated on GaN processes have high breakdown voltages, can be…

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