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Programmable analogue is the answer, but not always


It is now possible to replace tens of chips with one programmable analogue device, writes Steve Logan of Maxim. Like nearly everything else in the semiconductor industry today, hardware system designers are trying to do more with less. When you add a new single-point-function integrated circuit, you need time for evaluation, to read a new datasheet, and even get support from ...

Drones build aerial walkway

In a collaboration between the Institute for Dynamic Systems & Control and the chair of architecture and digital fabrication at ETH Zürich Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, the Aerial Construction project is developing techniques for robotic aerial construction. Read more on the Gadget Master blog »

BBC launches its Micro Bit (micro:bit) programmable device


The BBC launches its Micro Bit (micro:bit) programmable device, which will be given free to all Year 7 children in the UK. Dara O’Brien was host for the launch event at the BBC, and coincidentally joins me for a demo of the user interface – the Microsoft Touch Development Environment. Read more » ARM, Nordic Semiconductor, Samsung, Microsoft, Freescale, Farnell ...

Udoo Neo module hits IoT

Udoo neo1

httpv://youtu.be/8AJGhq9kgj4 Welcome the Neo board, from Udoo, makers of the educational Udoo single-board mini PC that was intended for students to learn the basics of coding and electronics. We first featured the original Udoo on Gadget Master back in April 2013 – UDOO board runs Android or Linux – and the team is moving things on with the Neo, a ...

Four-Channel PMBus Power System Manager

Linear four-channel

Systems with multiple power rails are becoming more efficient, but increasingly complex and difficult to design. In such systems, operating costs and complexity have shifted the power system design paradigm. To adapt, groups of power supplies need to be controlled and monitored to manage efficiency, to coordinate sequencing, and to measure power and energy consumption.

PA Raspberry Pi Competition Final 2015

Raspberry Pi

httpv://youtu.be/RohDs_tfWN0 The Finals of PA Consulting’s Schools Raspberry Pi design competition were held at the Science Museum in London this week. Intended for students from 8-20 years old in four age categories, the aim of this year’s competition was to develop products to support wellbeing and healthcare, with an emphasis on having interfaces to the real world.

Elektra Awards 2014

Elektra Awards 2014 Video

httpv://youtu.be/j5PWChCRQe8 Video Credit: David Berman, Metropolis Business Media. Watch interviews with the winners and sponsors of this year’s Elektra Awards 2014 in our video.