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68020 MPU stays out of the grave

The 68020 microprocessor will live on, with a new package, life thanks to a collaboration between Essex-based e2v and Freescale. It is now available in a 132pin ceramic quadpack (CERQUAD), pin-to-pin compatible with the original Freescale plastic quad flat package (PQFP). “This new package option will facilitate…

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Wearable Bluetooth Smart transceiver runs off less than 1V

CSEM has developed 2.4GHz silicon RF intellectual property (IP) for Bluetooth Smart designs powered from a 1V battery. Targeted at small scale wearable devices, this is a 65nm version of the IcyTRX transceiver IP originally released by the Swiss design firm in 2012. The new design draws just 5mA…

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Wolfson extends claim to mobile hi-fi crown

Wolfson is claiming 122dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and 85dB THD+noise from the headphone DAC in its latest audio chip for phones and tablets. WM8998 audio system chip, which is one of the fabless Edinburgh firm’s ‘audio hubs’, also sports two (stereo) 100dB SNR Class-D speaker…

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Fluid temperature sensor

Vishay has introduced a 4mm diameter immersion sensor for fluid temperature sensing. Called NTCAIMME3, its stainless steel housing (2mm tip) allows permanent contact with fluids. Key parameters are: -25 to +105°C range 1.5s response time <0.02K/K thermal gradient +/-1.5°C accuracy. 100mW maximum power…

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How to design a supercapacitor charger with balancing

As the cost to produce supercapacitors (SCAPs, or ultracapacitors) continues to decline, they are carving out a niche in the marketplace between conventional capacitors and batteries. And, although supercaps require some “care and feeding,” they are replacing batteries in data storage applications requiring high current/short duration backup power. Furthermore…

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Toshiba intros all-in-one smart meter MCU

Toshiba Electronics is targeting smart metering designs with a ARM Cortex-M4F core-based microcontroller for making electric power calculation in meters, but which will also manage comms and display functions. The TMPM411F20XBG MCU also implements tamper detection and failure detection along with key security functions suitable for secure network…

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Regulator drives 200mA but drops only 300mV

Linear Technology’s latest low dropout voltage linear regulator is capable of delivering up to 200mA continuous output current with a 300mV dropout voltage at full load. The input voltage range is 1.6V to 45V  and the output voltage is adjustable from 0.6V to 40V. The LT3062’s…

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IDC wire termination gets tough

Samtec has introduced a 2.00 mm pitch discrete wire IDC system designed to simplify and strengthen discrete wire termination in field applications…

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