General Electronics Industry News

Supercapacitors for IoT only 0.6mm thick

Cap-XX has halved the thickness of its supercapacitors – to 0.6mm – aiming them at power-boosting in IoT applications. The range is called Thinline, conceived while working with a customer designing a disposable insulin pump. “We figured out how to eliminate materials and change some processes to reduce costs…

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Car drives itself across USA

An autonomous car from UK engineering firm Delphi has driven itself across the USA. Called Roadrunner, it took nine days to cover the 3,400 miles from San Francisco to New York. The car navigated through mountains, heat, traffic jams, trucks, road construction and even tumbleweed,” said the firm. “Active…

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High-density connector designed for HyperShare

Astute Electronics has introduced AirBorn’s high-density HD4 interconnect system designed for the HyperTransport consortium’s industry-standard HyperShare scalable interconnect technology. Although developed for the HyperShare platform, HD4 products also suits many other interconnect standards. The I/O link targets rack-in-cabinet-based systems that require higher…

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Yocto Project tackles Linux design incompatibilities

The increased complexity of embedded systems has changed dramatically in the past ten years, especially in terms of project execution speed. 
The scale an application used to be such that a designer could take microcontroller development kits and produce all the software in house. However, the need for communications, user…

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Fraunhofer reveals chip-scale solar-powered wireless sensor node

German lab Fraunhofer IMS has created a self-contained solar-powered wireless chip-scale IC that can warn when windows are left open. At 10mm across, the chip is small enough to be installed inside double glazing on the frame that separate the two glass panes. “Thanks to this window…

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Technologies to watch in 2015

8-bit microcontrollers on steroids Microchip, the 8-bit microcontroller supremo, believes even quite sophisticated motor control can implemented with an 8-bit microcontroller. The firm is questioning the assumption that high end motor control requires the performance of a 32-bit ARM microcontroller or indeed its own 32bit MIPS…

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2014 was a good year for thermoelectric energy harvesting

Up to 2014, there was only limited interest in thermoelectric energy harvesting in general and its use in automotive applications in particular. For instance, BMW had worked on it for 20 years without bringing anything to market. The theoretical maximum attainable efficiency was known to be one half of that…

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Top digital ICs of 2014

Electronics Weekly has made its selection of the six stand-out digital chips of the year. Aito – ATB252 standalone piezoelectric touch controller does not require an external host processor for touch panel system designs. The devices has a direct digital output and I2C and SPI communications interfaces, which means it…

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