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Consumer Electronics

September 2014
Shmuel De-Leon Energy will hold a seminar program focused on the present and future needs for portable energy, and highlighting the latest technological developments. The seminars offer a novel opportunity where battery and fuel cell developers/ engineers/ Users/ Pack assemblers/ manufacturers/ raw & battery
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09/30/2014
Microchip Bluetooth starter kit available from Mouser

DM320018 PIC32 Bluetooth Starter Kit from Microchip Technology

Mouser Electronics is now stocking the DM320018 PIC32 Bluetooth Starter Kit from Microchip Technology. The DM320018 is a low cost Bluetooth development platform based on the 32-bit Microchip PIC32MX270F256D microcontroller. This easy to use starter kit features a Bluetooth HCI module, single-chip 3 axis accelerometer
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09/30/2014
David Niewolny of Freescale on designing for medical in the Cloud

David Niewolny of Freescale

In this PSDcast David Niewolny of Freescale talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about designing  devices for the next generation of medical applications, from wearables to stationary cloud-based systems. From connectivity issues to battery life to system efficiency, device designers have a lot
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09/29/2014

Novel transistor tech promises improved efficiency in mobile devices

Dr. Jiyoung Kim (left) and Dr. Kyeongjae “K.J.” Cho examine a wafer used to make transistors. The two created new technology that could reduce energy consumption in mobile devices and computers

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn’t die after a few hours of heavy use. This technology, published online in Nature Communications,
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09/29/2014
A $300m market for thin and flexible batteries by 2024

Changing composition of the thin and flexible batteries market

Form factor is becoming a major driver shaping innovation and transforming the energy storage industry globally. This is fuelled by the emergence of new market categorises such as wearable electronic devices and Internet of Things (IoT), which demand thinness and flexibility. These needs add a new force to current
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09/26/2014
Digital out-of-home media comes to Atlantic City Boardwalk

Impactivate Networks, along the Atlantic City Boardwalk

NeXovation announced the launch of its first broadcast out-of-home network, Impactivate Networks, along the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The network, a subsidiary of NeXovation’s NeXomedia division, comprises ten locations, starting at Boardwalk Hall, and is expected to expand over the coming months to include
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09/26/2014
At the world’s biggest electronics show, electronica in Munich (Nov. 11-14, 2014/Hall A5-Booth 562) ROHM Semiconductor will present its most recent developments from the company’s R&D centers as well as co-developments with partners which have been manufactured in its fully integrated production sites.
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09/25/2014
C&K Components' miniature SMT tactile switches suit metering, white goods, and home and garden equipment applications

PTS 641 Series switches

C&K Components, a leading supplier of tact switches, toggle and rocker switches, and smart card interconnect devices, has developed a novel series of SMT top-actuated, momentary action tactile switches with a miniature footprint, several color-coded actuation force options, and an optional ground pin configuration.
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09/25/2014
Renesas launches MCUs with expanded brushless DC motor-control support

RL78/G1G Group microcontrollers

Renesas Electronics is expanding its safety and efficiency support for home appliances and tools with the innovative RL78/G1G Group of microcontrollers (MCUs). In complement to its current brushless DC motor control (BLDC) MCU offerings, Renesas delivers power-efficient performance with shorter development time
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09/25/2014
Energy Meters target multiple apps, including metering and monitoring

Grässlin's taxxo Energy Meters

Grässlin's taxxo Energy Meters are designed for a variety of applications, including metering and monitoring energy consumption in private households, industry, craft, and facility management. The analog and digital energy meters measure the active energy of
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09/24/2014
EPC unveils EPC2100 monolithic GaN half-bridge

EPC2100 monolithic GaN half-bridge

EPC announced the EPC2100, the first commercially-available enhancement-mode monolithic GaN transistor half bridge. By integrating two eGaN power FETs into a single device, interconnect inductances and the interstitial space needed on the PCB are eliminated. This increases both efficiency (especially at higher
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09/24/2014
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a leading supplier of ARM® Cortex®-M core microcontrollers, announced the extension of its STM32 family of more than 500 pin- and software-compatible microcontrollers. The new STM32 F7 microcontroller
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09/24/2014
Freescale Semiconductor announced its support for the recently unveiled ARM Cortex-M7 core, which Freescale plans to leverage for new levels of performance and power efficiency in forthcoming embedded SoCs. A leading ARM partner and an early adopter of multiple ARM products, Freescale was the first to market
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09/24/2014
Silicon Labs simplifies clock tree design for complex internet infrastructure applications

Silicon Labs’ Clock Tree Expert tool

Silicon Labs, a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, launched an online timing utility that eases the complexity of designing clock trees for a wide range of Internet infrastructure applications including high-speed networking, telecommunications and data center equipment. Silicon
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09/23/2014
RS Components launches IoT-themed site via DesignSpark

IoT Design Centre

RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents, a leading distributor for engineers, has launched an Internet of Things (IoT) themed area via its online DesignSpark community, providing software design tools and resources ideal for rapid prototyping and product development. Hosted under Design Centres,
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09/22/2014
As engineering teams are continuously being pushed to deliver leading edge designs in much reduced time frames, they must now look every possible advantage in order to meet these aggressive requirements. One such way to achieve this is to reduce the internal testing of any new components being used. Procurement
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09/20/2014
Frequent on/off cycling can waste real money and lower system life in many closed loop control systems, such as  thermostatically-controlled heating systems, pressure-controlled compressor systems, ambient luminance-controlled lighting systems, and others. As an example of the savings data loggers
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09/19/2014
Consumers are the single biggest risk to electronic devices such as Smartphones and Tablets that play a vital role in their lives. Not only because they might drop them on the floor, but also because human touch to any device containing sensitive electronic semiconductors can be the source of an ESD (Electro
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09/19/2014
Dialight launches low-profile LED linear luminaires

Dialight LED linear luminaire

Dialight, an innovative global leader in LED lighting technology, announced a new low-profile LED linear luminaire for use in applications requiring greater clearance levels. Impressively, this new linear is nearly 60% slimmer than previous versions and delivers up to 7,000 lumens at 106 lumens per watt. With
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09/19/2014
ARM CTO Mike Muller's speech from the Publitek pre-elecronica event

ARM CTO and co-founder Mike Muller

In this PSDcast, a dinner speech at the Publitek pre-electronica event, ARM CTO and co-founder Mike Muller talks about the history of electronics and processor technology, going from its origins in the very beginning to the latest challenges of the Internet of Things and the issues of energy and thermal management
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09/19/2014
Honeywell Sensing and Control to show advanced sensing solutions at electronica

“Sensing Sensation” sphere displays showcasing Honeywell sensor technology

Honeywell will be showcasing a variety of products at the upcoming Electronica show in Hall 13, Booth 325 November 11-14 in Munich. Among those, will be two new products introduced this year, Honeywell’s Anisotropic Magnetoresistive (AMR) Sensor ICs, Nanopower Series and new additions to Honeywell’s Basic
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09/19/2014
Samsung President and CEO Boo-Keun Yoon to deliver keynote at CES

Samsung President and CEO Boo-Keun Yoon

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced that Boo-Keun Yoon, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., will deliver a keynote address at the 2015 International CES. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 International CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of
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09/19/2014
As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to reduce energy waste in U.S. buildings and help save Americans money by saving energy, the Energy Department today announced the winners of the sixth annual Next Generation LuminairesTM (NGL) design competition for indoor lighting at the LED Show in Los Angeles. The
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09/18/2014
Stackpole's enhanced metal foil current sense chip resistors suit cost-sensitive apps

Stackpole's CSNL Series resistors

Stackpole's CSNL Series utilizes metal foil technology, which allows the CSNL to offer 1% tolerances and 50 ppm TCR in resistance values down to 0.5 milliohms. The CSNL Series offers sizes of ½ watt 1206, 1 watt 2010, and 2 watt 2512. The CSNL has excellent performance over life, temperature cycling, moisture,
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09/18/2014
Linear's latest boost-inverter DC/DC converter handles input sources from a single-cell Li-ion to automotive inputs
Linear Technology announced the LT8580, a current mode, fixed frequency step-up DC/DC converter with an internal 1A, 65V switch. It operates from an input voltage range of 2.55V to 40V, making it suitable for applications with input sources ranging from a single-cell Li-Ion to automotive inputs. The LT8580 can
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09/16/2014
Teledyne LeCroy introduces 500 MHz, $5,000 WaveJet Touch portable oscilloscope

WaveJet Touch

The availability of a touch screen as well as powerful debug tools and advanced triggering is unique among oscilloscopes with comparable specifications and pricing. Built on the popular WaveJet 300 oscilloscope platform, the WaveJet Touch is available in two models with 350 MHz or 500 MHz bandwidth, four channels,
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09/16/2014
MTE claims first three-In-one protection dV/dt filter

dV Sentry motor protection filter

MTE, a leader in the design and manufacture of high-efficiency electrical power quality solutions for commercial and industrial applications, announced the best-in-class dV Sentry motor protection filter. Using a dV/dt filter helps protect AC motors from the destructive effects of long lead voltages that can
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09/15/2014
The global market for embedded systems is growing at a rate of up to eight percent. Market volume in Germany alone is currently more than EUR 20 billion. Application-oriented solutions and products for this market of the future will be on display at electronica 2014 from November 11–14. The embedded platforms
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09/15/2014
Out of the energy harvesting technologies being commercialized, thermoelectric generators have received significant attention with several new products having been launched in the past few years. Most significant market segments have been building and industrial automation so far, with the interest in waste
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09/12/2014
Estimote Sticker beacons create novel 'nearables' tech category

Estimote Stickers

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor announces that beacon specialist, Estimote, has specified Nordic's multiple award-winning nRF51822 SoCs to provide the Bluetooth® Smart (formerly known as Bluetooth low energy) wireless connectivity in its newly launched Estimote Stickers that Estimote
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09/12/2014
Christoph Wieser of Vicor on power component design

Christoph Wieser of Vicor

In this PSDcast Christoph Wieser of Vicor talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about power component design methodology and what it means to engineers in terms of power system design and to overall system size and performance. Christoph talks about the latest product advances that supports its development,
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09/11/2014
GreenPeak's ZigBee chip empowers remote controls

GP565 smart-home radio chip

GreenPeak Technologies, a leading smart-home semiconductor & system company, launched the GP565 Smart Home radio chip for remote controls, that supports voice control, motion sensing and the ZRC 2.0 protocol. Next-generation remotes use RF instead of infrared (IR) and will be able to control all the home’s
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09/11/2014
Everlight launches Natural Light Technology initiative

Natural Light LED

Everlight Electronics, a leader in LEDs and optoelectronics, supplements its LED Lighting product portfolio with higher color quality versions. The Natural Light LED variants will provide a CRI >95Ra, averaging 98Ra. The first LED series to implement the Natural Light Technology
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09/11/2014
Power Integrations' CAPZero X-capacitor discharge ICs meet IEC 62368

CAPZero two-terminal automatic X-capacitor discharge IC

Power Integrations, a leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, announced that its CAPZero® family of innovative, two-terminal, automatic X-capacitor discharge ICs has been certified to meet IEC 62368, the new over-arching safety standard covering TVs and IT equipment.
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09/11/2014
C&K Components' momentary-action tactile switches tout low profile, tiny footprint

PTS 540 Series switches

C&K Components, a leading international supplier of tact switches, toggle and rocker switches, and smart card interconnect devices, has developed a series of surface mount ultra low profile top-actuated tactile switches with extended operating lifecycles up to 500,000. The switches measure just 3.7mm x 3.7mm
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09/10/2014
To help with the growing use of LTE services throughout enterprises and public spaces, Airvana, a leading provider of small cell solutions, has selected the combination of Freescale’s QorIQ QonvergeB4860 and BSC9131baseband SoCs to power its OneCellTM system. OneCell is the world’s first multi-operator small
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09/09/2014
Eduardo Montanez of Freescale on advanced MCUs in the IoT

Eduardo Montanez of Freescale

In this PSDcast Eduardo Montanez of Freescale talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the Internet of Things (IoT) and the demands being placed on the microcontrollers driving the intelligent devices populating it. Freescale's Kinetis Microcontrollers (MCUs) consist of multiple hardware- and software-compatible
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09/08/2014
Telit Wireless Solutions, a leading global provider of high-quality machine-to-machine (M2M) modules and services, debuted its first m2mAIR Cloud-ready wireless modules, designed to simplify the development and deployment of comprehensive M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) applications using the m2mAIR Cloud service
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09/08/2014
TI's high-voltage switcher offers energy savings to smart meters and home automation designs

UCC28880 controller

Expanding its portfolio of high-voltage power solutions for offline AC/DC designs, Texas Instruments introduced a 700-V switcher with the industry’s lowest quiescent current of less than 100 uA – half the power consumption of existing solutions. The UCC28880 controller integrates a 700-V power MOSFET and
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09/08/2014
Bryce Osoinach of Freeescale on sensors in the IoT

Bryce Osoinach of Freeescale

In this PSDcast Bryce Osoinach of Freeescale talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Desgn about the challenges of designing power-efficient devices for the Internet of Things (IoT), especially in the area of sensor systems. No matter the device, there can be no precision or intelligence without feedback, and
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09/05/2014
Omron launches efficient high-power DC relay

Omron G9EJ-1-E relay

To address the growing market for high voltage DC battery powered systems and renewable energy applications, Omron Electronic Components Europe has added an efficient DC power relay suitable for bicycle and scooter charging stations, UPSs, battery management systems, elevators, industrial robots, solar / wind
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09/05/2014
VARTA Microbattery and HÃganÃs collaborate on novel electric bike drive system

Eclino drive systems are engineered to optimize the performance of electric bikes

VARTA-Microbattery, a leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of an extensive variety of high-technology rechargeable and primary batteries, and Höganäs, a world-reknown producer of metal powders for the automotive components industry, today announced the Eclino™ series of drive systems engineered
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09/04/2014
ROHM’s latest low-power MCU includes Class D speaker amp

ML610Q304 MCU

LAPIS Semiconductor, a ROHM Group Company, has recently announced the development of a low-power microcontroller that integrates an 8bit low power MCU core, speech synthesis circuit, high efficiency Class D speaker amp, non-volatile memory, and oscillator circuit on a single chip, making audio playback possible
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09/03/2014
ROHM’s RASMID ultra-compact components tout novel miniaturization

ROHM’s 03015-size resistors are the most compact electronic components available at the production level. Size is reduced by 56% over conventional 0402-size products.

In the past years, following the increasing functionality of a variety of equipment such as smartphones and tablet PCs, there has been an evidently growing need for thinner, more compact form factors at the component level that provide greater precision and reliability. The recent advent of wearable electronics
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09/02/2014
Machines account for two-thirds of all electricity consumed by the industrial sector. According to the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association, 10–15 percent of all energy used in Germany's industrial sector could be saved through the use of intelligent automation systems alone. That corresponds
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09/02/2014
ZENS' PuK wireless charger integrates into furniture

The ZENS PuK wireless charger integrates into your furniture

ZENS, developer of innovative wireless charging solutions, unveiled the ZENS PuK wireless charger, intended to integrate into your furniture, whether a desk, a bedside table or another piece of furniture. With this addition to its product portfolio ZENS, market leader in the field of wireless charging, is introducing
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09/02/2014
Christian DeFeo of Newark element14 on engineering challenges

Christian DeFeo of Newark element14

In this PSDcast Christian DeFeo of Newark element14 talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the inpsiring the design community with events and contests that stimulate the imagination and foment developmnent. The element14 community is currently holding the “Forget Me Not” design challenge, a
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09/02/2014
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