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6A SMD IDC connectors are only 2.55mm high

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AVX has released surface-mount insulation-displacement wire-to-board connectors that are a mere 2.55mm high. Rated at 300V and 6A (22AWG wire – 24AWG is 5A, 26 is 4A) and known as the 9176-800 Series, operation is across -40°C to +125°C. 28AWG versions are in development. The metal part is fatigue resistant phosphor bronze and the wire can be stranded or solid. Once ...

Design Automation Conference reflects emergence of AI alongside EDA

The 55th Design Automation Conference (DAC) programme reflects the changes in the design industry, with artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, the IoT, storage and security listed as conference topics, alongside the more ‘traditional’ EDA, IP and embedded system design sessions. Alongside EDA companies, Cadence Design Systems, Siemens’ Mentor Graphics and Synopsys, will be NEC, IBM, Amazon Web Services, Alibaba Cloud ...

Nexperia raises $800m

Nexperia, the former standard products division of NXP which was sold to China, has raised $800 million. Bank of America Merrill Lynch and HSBC co-ordinated the fund-raising from nine  banks. Nexperia’s  two main shareholders are the Chinese investment funds JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital. “This is the first time that Nexperia has approached the financial markets as an independent company, ...

Microsemi and MathWorks support FPGA-in-the-loop verification

Microsemi and MathWorks launched  hardware support for FPGA-in-the-loop (FIL) verification workflow with Microsemi FPGA development boards. The integrated FIL workflow with HDL Coder and HDL Verifier from MathWorks enables customers to automatically generate test benches for hardware description language (HDL) verification, including VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL) and Verilog, providing rapid prototyping and verification of designs. The collaboration with MathWorks ...

Molex announces Squba

Molex has announced the  Squba 1.80mm-Pitch Sealed Wire-to-Wire Connector System, designed to fit in small spaces and provide protection against liquid, dust and dirt. The connectors carry up to a 6.0A current and provide an IP67 NEMA rating on the seals. Seals are retained with caps to provide manufacturers of sensors, lighting, vending machines and liquid dispensers with a durable ...

New twist on old technique could extract electricity from low-grade heat

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Pyroelectricity could extract energy from heat sources below100°C, offering an alternative to thermo-electric generators (TEGs). TEGs make electricity through the Seebeck effect, where different conductive materials in contact develop a potential difference across the contact point. Pyroelectric materials, in contrast, develop a potential across a crystal of one material due to electrons shifting as a consequence of heat-induced crystal lattice ...

Eval kit for blood pressure wearables

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Renesas has launched a blood pressure monitor evaluation kit including a circuit board, pressure sensor, arm cuff, pump, electronically-controlled valve, LCD panel and software. The PCB is based around a dedicated RL78 core-based chip (RL78/H1D) that includes the analogue functions needed for blood pressure measurement. Reference software is included, as is graphical user interface (GUI) development tool. The kit is ...

2.5A 5kV isolated gate driver is just 2.3mm high, with 8mm creepage

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Toshiba’s TLP5832 gate driver photo-coupler delivers 2.5A peak output current from an SO8L package only 2.3mm high – approximately 50% lower than the firm’s current SDIP6 and DIP8 packages. “In spite of its small size, the IC offers an isolation voltage [BVS] of 5,000Vrms and guarantees creepage and clearance distances of minimum 8.0mm, making it suitable for applications requiring high insulation performance, including ...

Nordic supports concurrent Zigbee and Bluetooth for smart homes

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Nordic Semiconductor has a Zigbee protocol stack to its nRF52840 multi-protocol system-on-chip, which now supports concurrent Zigbee and Bluetooth (5.0 and LE) operation. “Nordic’s multi-protocol solution for nRF52840 enables use cases that take advantage of several wireless technologies,” according to the firm. “Examples include interaction with a Zigbee smart lighting network from a smartphone via Bluetooth 5, or a Zigbee ...