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Cadence addresses extraction issues of finfets and double-patterning

Cadence Design Systems has enhanced the performance of its parastics extraction tool to address the challenges of chip design using double patterning process technology and finfets.

The tool is used in digital and analogue chip design to calculate resistance and capacitance parasitics of on-chip interconnect.

And the reason for…

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Future engineers get ARM accreditation

Future Electronics is strengthening its partnership with ARM by adding a microprocessor accredited engineer qualification to its ARM Accreditation Corporate Partnership.

As a result Future Electronics has committed all of its 75 field applications engineers in the EMEA region to gain the ARM Accredited MCU Engineer (AAME) certificate.

To gain…

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Wearable electronics: let's get it right

Wearable electronic device technology is potentially more than just another smartphone accessory, according to a report by Beecham Research.

Saverio Romeo, principal analyst at Beecham Research says mistakes are being made by many companies trying to grab a share of the much hyped wearable technology opportunity.

Romeo says it is…

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Connector ratings doubled in mixed technology series

Harwin has doubled the current rating of the power contacts available for use in its Datamate Mix-Tek mixed-technology connector series from 20A to 40A.

Up to 12 of the high-current contacts can be used in one Mix-Tek housing, with devices spec’d for use at temperatures…

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How to optimise peripheral design for microcontrollers

The design of tomorrow’s embedded systems presents complex challenges given the aggressive goals of improvement in areas of performance, cost, power, size, new features and efficiency.

There is, however, an emerging design option to address these complex problems – analogue components (amplifiers, ADCs, DACs, voltage references, temperature sensors, wireless transceivers…

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Electronics patent of the month: A novel computer mouse

Michael Jaeger, patent attorney at leading UK patent and trade mark attorneys Withers & Rogers LLP, writes:

GB Patent Number: GB2500134
Granted to: James and Stephen Bowden

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a medical problem which is taken very seriously in the workplace. It can be a debilitating condition for…

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81dB Sinad isolated ADC

Analog Devices is claiming to have the industry’s highest-accuracy isolated sigma-delta (∑Δ) data converter for DC and AC current and voltage measurement.

The AD7403 achieves 81dBmin signal-to-noise and distortion ratio (Sinad) at 78ksample/s over -40°C to 125°C.

“Higher Sinad enables more accurate current…

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Low-cost VNA performs 40GHz s-parameter tests

Anritsu has introduced a range of low-cost vector network analysers (VNAs) for s-parameter measurement of passive components, cables, connectors, filters, and antennas.
The VNAs can perform the single-ended and mixed-mode S-parameter measurements typically required for production testing of passive devices, offering frequency coverage up to…

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