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Communications & Datacom

August 2014
Increasing efficiency and reducing power consumption is key for modern embedded systems. To support these demanding needs SEGGER added tickless low power support to its popular embOS real time operating system. The embOS tickless low power feature reduces the power consumption for e.g. battery powered devices.
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08/29/2014
Anand Balakrishnan of Freescale on intelligent power in the IoT

Anand Balakrishnan of Freescale

In this PSDcast Anand Balakrishnan of Freescale talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the intelligent power demands of small portable devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). Highly-integrated embedded systems with active sub-system power management are a powerful way to achieve both higher energy
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08/29/2014
Freescale introduces novel family of programmable wireless charging solutions

WPC Qi-certified transmit controller ICs and reference designs

Freescale Semiconductor introduced a range of fully-programmable wireless charging ICs and reference designs targeting automotive and consumer applications. These Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) Qi-certified transmit controller ICs and reference designs are fully qualified and available now. As feature-rich,
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08/28/2014

Coilcraft planar transformers offer high efficiency and excellent DCR with very low leakage inductance

Coilcraft surface-mount planar transformers

Coilcraft has released two series of surface-mount planar transformers for power over Ethernet (PoE) and -48V network power applications. The PL160 Series is rated for 160 Watts between 200 kHz and 700 kHz with a nominal 48 V input, and the PL300 Series is rated to 300 Watts. PlanarBoth product series
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08/22/2014
Freescale Semiconductor announced it is launching the next generation of its flagship Kinetis K series microcontrollers (MCUs) with the expansion of its existing Kinetis K1x, K2x and K6x MCU families, and the introduction of the Kinetis K0x MCU family. In addition, Freescale has dramatically expanded its enablement
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08/22/2014
Stackpole's multilayer varistors now have nickel barrier terminations

ZV Series multilayer varistors

The ZV Series of SMT multilayer varistors is now available with nickel barrier terminations. Nickel barrier terminations are compatible with most manufacturing processes and are easier to work with than palladium silver terminations. This enhancement makes the ZV Series a great choice for transient voltage protection
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08/22/2014
Cirrus Logic announced that it has completed its acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics. Cirrus Logic believes that the acquisition will strengthen its position as a market leader with a highly differentiated global customer base and end-to-end signal processing solutions, including integrated circuits and
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08/21/2014
Altera announced the availability of a power conversion solution that makes it easy for board developers to design point-of-load power solutions and achieve the highest FPGA performance at the lowest system power. The power conversion solution, a monolithic 40A driver plus synchronous MOSFET powertrain, is optimized
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08/21/2014
CamSemi announced two of their latest ‘fast start’ Primary Side Sensing (PSS) controllers to extend the target applications for the company’s latest generation C2170 family into higher powers. The new C2173 and C2174 controllers target low cost MoU-compliant, USB smartphone charger and other universal
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08/21/2014
Advanced drivers from FTDI Chip enable more efficient systems

FTDI Chip has updated its expansive USB driver portfolio

FTDI Chip has updated its expansive USB driver portfolio in order to include a selective suspend feature. The revised drivers have just passed Microsoft certification and are available to download free of charge from the FTDI Chip website. With the launch of lower-powered versions of X-Chip series
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08/21/2014
ROHM Semi's switching regulators tout high operating voltage, extended temperature, and small footprint

ROHM's BD9G101G DC/DC converter

ROHM Semiconductor recently introduced two switching regulator series designed to archive high operating voltage, extended temperature, and small layout requirements demanded of today's high performance, space-constrained power supply applications. Delivering extremely high power efficiency over a wide current
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08/20/2014
TDK Corporation presents the new data book for EPCOS Ceramic Transient Voltage Suppressors (CTVS). It contains the extended product range of multilayer varistors (MLV), ESD/EMI filters, CeraDiode components as well as leaded transient voltage/RFI suppressors of the SHCV series. Product highlights include
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08/19/2014
Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC, solid-state lighting, and Bluetooth Smart wireless technology, announced it has agreed to a joint collaboration with Energous Corporation (NASDAQ: WATT), the developer of WattUp™, a novel wire-free charging technology for electronic
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08/19/2014
Allegro MicroSystems unveils their latest high-accuracy current-sensor ICs

Allegro’s ACS722 and ACS723 devices

Allegro MicroSystems announced two current sensor IC devices that are true ±5 A sensor ICs or uni-directional 10 A sensor ICs for use in low power applications that require higher output swings at lower current. Allegro’s ACS722 and ACS723 devices provide an economical and precise solution for AC or DC current
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08/13/2014
TI's multiphase Vcore solution offers advanced PMBus interface and smart power stage

Texas Instruments introduced a complete multiphase core voltage power management system

Texas Instruments introduced a complete multiphase core voltage (Vcore) power management system solution for enterprise servers, storage and high-end desktop applications. Compliant with Intel’s VR12.5 and VR12 voltage regulation specifications, the TPS53661, TPS53641 and TPS53631 DC/DC controllers and CSD95372B
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08/13/2014
Newark element14 announces the launch of the Texas Instruments CC3200 Launchpad and CC3100 BoosterPack, a development platform and Wi-Fi device, created for faster and easier implementation of solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). The CC3200 LaunchPad kit is the industry’s first single-chip programmable
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08/12/2014
The arrival of Google’s Android TV platform could well disrupt the landscape for streaming media players now dominated by Roku and Apple TV, potentially roiling a rapidly expanding market that sells tens of millions of units every year, according to research from IHS Technology. The worldwide installed base
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08/12/2014
Dianne Kibbey of element14 on inspiring the design community

Dianne Kibbey of element14

In this PSDcast Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community for element14, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the design engineering community and fomenting innovation and development. According to Kibbey, “the Internet of Things has been a hot topic in the media, but the technologies behind it
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08/11/2014
Logic PD, a product innovation and realization company for connected devices, announced today that it will be showcasing its new Blueprint Framework for Wireless Device Integration and Wearable Device development at the M2M Evolution Conference & Expo, to be held August 12-14, 2014, at The Rio in Las Vegas
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08/11/2014
uBeam uses ultrasound to charge phones from across the room

uBeam uses ultrasonic frequencies to trasmit power

Wireless charging has existed for years now, but it has been slow to take off. That probably has to do with the only nominally wireless nature of it. Charging a phone wirelessly usually means placing it on a surface, or at the most a few inches above it. A technology being developed by a company called uBeam
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08/08/2014
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now shipping the PAN1740 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Module from Panasonic. The PAN1740 is a single-model Bluetooth module that reduced form factor and significantly lower power consumption with a fully shielded case that includes an integrated chip antenna and on-board crystal oscillators.
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08/08/2014
As discussed by Cymbet, a developer of solid state energy storage solution, in a white paper published in 2008, the number of smart devices connected to the internet exceeded the number of people on the earth. By 2020 it is estimated that this number could reach over 50 billion, although one needs to bear in
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08/08/2014
Exar's Jon Cronk on power efficiency

Jon Cronk of Exar

In this PSDcast Jon Cronk of Exar talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues around power efficiency and the challenges it presents to the design community. Efficiency is important, but system performance aspects like transient response must be addressed or the solution will not meet the
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08/07/2014
Analog Devices' ultra-low-power boost regulator for photovoltaic and thermoelectric energy harvesting systems is presented as the industry’s most efficient. The ADP5090 ultra-low-power boost regulator represents a significant leap forward in energy harvesting technology by delivering efficient conversion of
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08/07/2014
No-power Wi-Fi connectivity could fuel Internet of Things reality

Wi-Fi backscatter uses radio frequency signals as a power source and reuses existing Wi-Fi infrastructure

Imagine a world in which your wristwatch or other wearable device communicates directly with your online profiles, storing information about your daily activities where you can best access it—all without requiring batteries. Or, battery-free sensors embedded around your home could track minute-by-minute temperature
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08/07/2014
Cees Links of Greenpeak on wireless systems in the Internet of Things

Cees Links of Greenpeak

In this PSDcast friend of the show Cees Links, Founder & CEO of Greenpeak, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about wireless systems in the Internet of Things and some of the opportunities and challenges in the space. GreenPeak is a leader in RF communication technology for wireless connected
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08/05/2014
Ultralow-voltage step-up energy-harvesting power manager IC extends life of primary batteries in WSNs

LTC3107 highly-integrated DC/DC converter

Linear Technology announced the LTC3107 highly-integrated DC/DC converter, designed to extend the life of a primary battery in low power wireless system networks (WSNs). The LTC3107 combines energy harvesting and power management capability with a primary battery cell to extend the battery’s usable lifetime.
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08/05/2014
Fire Phone hits sweet spot for hardware costs, but will Amazon's R&D investment pay off?

The preliminary BOM and manufacturing cost estimate of the Amazon Fire Phone

From a hardware perspective, the Fire Phone carries a bill of materials (BOM) low enough to allow Amazon to cut a profit for each smartphone sold. But with Amazon likely having sunk large amounts of money into developing the Fire Phone’s unique features, the company must sell large volumes to recoup its investment. The
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08/04/2014
Mouser Electronics has unveiled a Communications Application Site to inform engineers and customers about the different types of applications within the communications sector. The new site gives all customers, in particular design engineers, the resources they need to learn more about new products, components
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Date:
08/01/2014
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