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Consumer Electronics

October 2014
Cree's latest LED bulb delivers better light at a lower price

Cree LED Bulb

Cree introduces the new Cree LED Bulb, delivering superior light performance while looking just like an incandescent light bulb at an even more affordable price. Featuring a new innovative design, the Cree LED Bulb provides the same cost savings and 25,000-hour lifetime that made the original Cree LED Bulb America’s
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10/31/2014
Mouser Electronics, Inc. has entered into a global distribution agreement with Delta Electronics Power, one of the world’s leading suppliers of switching power supplies and major source of power management solutions. The Delta Electronics Power product solutions available from Mouser Electronics include the
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10/31/2014
Microchip's latest low-power 16-Mbit serial quad-I/O SuperFlash memory operates from 1.65 to 1.95V

1.8V Serial Quad I/O (SQI) SuperFlash Memory

Microchip announced their latest family of 1.8V Serial Quad I/O (SQI) SuperFlash Memory devices. The SST26WF016B offers 16-Mbit of memory and is manufactured with Microchip’s high-performance SuperFlash technology, which provides the industry’s fastest erase times and superior reliability. The
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10/31/2014

Delegates from over 42 countries will converge at Printed Electronics USA 2014, the world's leading event on the topic, which brings together end users with suppliers. The event, held on November 19 - 20 in Santa Clara, features end users across multiple verticals presenting and attending to meet with the eco-system
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10/31/2014
Your next fridge could wirelessly charge all your mobile devices

Current form factors of the WattUp RF wire-free charging router

Your next refrigerator or television may also double as a wireless charger for your mobile devices and wearables. Home appliance maker Haier announced that it has signed a joint development agreement with Energous, creator of the WattUp wireless router that sends power in a 15-ft. radius using radio frequency
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10/28/2014
Sujata Neidig of Freescale on driving wearable devices

Sujata Neidig of Freescale

In this PSDcast Sujata Neidig of Freescale talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about driving wearable and implantable devices. From devices like smart watches to sensor-laden athetic clothing to advanced outpatient technology, wearable products are exploding in the marketplace. Power managment issues
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10/28/2014
Fraunhofer to demo economical micro energy harvesting tech at electronica 2014

Fraunhofer researchers are using this lab coater to produce piezoelectric AlN layers for low power sensors in an economically feasible manner

The trend toward energy self-sufficient probes and ever smaller mobile electronics systems continues unabated. They are used, for example, to monitor the status of the engines on airplanes, or for medical implants. They gather the energy they need for this from their immediate environment - from vibrations,
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10/27/2014
Propelled by the race between Apple and Samsung to enhance their mobile products with cutting-edge sensor technology, the market for sensors in cellphones and tablets is set to nearly triple from 2012 through 2018, according to IHS Technology. Worldwide market revenue for sensors used in mobile handsets
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10/27/2014
BeBop Sensors launches wearable smart-fabric device

BeBop’s Monolithic Fabric Sensors integrate sensors, traces, and electronics into a single piece of fabric

BeBop Sensors, a wearable sensor technology company created by musical instrument inventor Keith McMillen and KMI, announced their first product, the BeBop Wearable Smart Fabric Sensor, the first and only ultra thin wearable smart fabric sensor that measures all aspects of physicality, including bend, location,
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10/27/2014
Mark Adams of CUI on the new AMP consortium

Mark Adams of CUI

In this PSDcast Mark Adams of CUI talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design wearing the hat of spokesman for the new "Architects of Modern Power" (AMP) Group. The founding members are CUI, Ericsson Power Modules and Murata – all global players developing advanced power conversion technology for
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10/27/2014
There are many factors driving an increased interest in low power semiconductor solutions. Battery-powered products and Internet of Things devices need to ensure a long lifetime to be of use in the consumer markets they target. Energy-harvesting modules, as an alternate source of energy, tend to provide either
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10/26/2014
Hardware manufacturers are taking advantage of increasing integration and improvements in technology to pack more functionality into a smaller space. In servers and communications switches they are applying the benefits of multicore hardware to provide load balancing and resiliency as well as technologies such
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10/26/2014
Simple handheld multimeters often have two inputs for DC current measurements. One input is usually for ranges up to 200mA and the other is for high currents up to 10A or 20A. There is no 2000mA range. So if you need to measure currents in the order of 250mA, you need to use the 20A range, which offers limited
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10/26/2014
Power quality events are a common occurrence in industrial facilities and standard “industrial” power supplies typically provide a level of immunity to these events.  The most common events are voltage sags (nearly 50%) followed by voltage transients and short duration overvoltage events or “swells”
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10/26/2014
Partnering for the future of wearable technology

MAX32600 or “Wasp”, incorporates the robust communication capabilities, proven security and low power consumption required for wearable applications

To capitalize on the growing wearable device market, Maxim Integrated partnered with Logic PD to develop a platform to demonstrate the viability of their newest technology to wearable device customers. Completed in a ten-week timeline, the Wellness Watch is a wearable body fitness monitor that transmits the
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10/25/2014
The Skinner Box society

Alix Paultre, Edirial Director, PDS

The Skinner Box (properly called the “operant conditioning chamber”) was created by B. F. Skinner while he was a graduate student at Harvard University. Used to study conditioning, it has been used as a metaphor when discussing drugs or other addictive behaviors. The addictive behavior in this case is the
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10/25/2014
Some portable applications need to be powered up from an external +5V wall adapter supply and still require a +5V system voltage when in battery-backup mode. This design provides a simple method of switching between the external +5V supply and a rechargeable single-cell Lithium-ion (Li+) battery. The design
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10/24/2014
IR's latest StrongIRFET 75V MOSFETs feature ultra-low RDS(on) for industrial apps

StrongIRFET power MOSFETs

International Rectifier, a leader in power management technology, announced the expansion of its StrongIRFET MOSFET portfolio to include 75V devices for a wide variety of industrial applications including power tools, Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) inverters, DC motor drives, Li-Ion battery pack protection, Hot-Swap
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10/24/2014
Silicon Labs, Linear, and Wuerth partner to enable faster design of battery-less products

Energy Harvesting Solution To Go Kit

Silicon Labs, Linear Technology, and Wuerth Elektronik - leading manufacturers of energy efficient active and passive electronic components - present the development platform Energy Harvesting Solution To Go Kit. The Energy Harvesting Solution To Go Kit provides easy access to energy harvesting technologies
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10/24/2014
Renesas Electronics Europe, a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced their latest OFDM powerline modem, the second generation of its market leading and award winning family of powerline communication (PLC) modem solutions. The Renesas PLC device, an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing
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10/23/2014
NXP's SSL5015TE LED driver now at Mouser

SSL5015TE LED Driver

Mouser Electronics is now stocking the SSL5015TE LED Driver IC from NXP Semiconductors. Engineered to drive LED lamps for general mains non-dimmable light applications, this high-voltage, integrated controller and MOSFET provides enhanced power functionality with up to 93 percent efficiency. On-chip protection
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10/23/2014
Envelope Tracking (ET) adoption rates will soar, according to a recent forecast analysis published by  Nujira. The company’s research predicts that the total market for ET will exceed 4 billion units a year by 2018, representing a $3 billion market opportunity over the next five years as ET becomes ubiquitous
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10/21/2014
Allegro's multi-output LED driver ICs offer fault-tolerant protection

The A8518 and A8519 from Allegro MicroSystems

The A8518 and A8519 from Allegro MicroSystems are the latest additions to the company’s portfolio of LED driver ICs for LCD backlighting applications, and are multi-output boost converter devices with built-in fault-tolerant protection. Each device integrates a current-mode boost converter with
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10/21/2014
Freescale Semiconductor introduced the QorIQ LS1043A communications processor – the industry’s most power-efficient 64-bit ARM-based processor for the virtual network. The system-on-chip helps edge network equipment manufacturers easily scale power and performance to meet the changing needs of the world’s
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10/21/2014
Wuerth claims first USB 2.0 Jack with integrated EMC filter

WE-EPLE USB 2.0 Jack

Filter design is tricky, as shown by numerous practical examples, particularly with the USB interface in industrial applications. Wuerth Electronics offers a USB 2.0, type A jack, the WE-EPLE, the first USB jack with an integrated EMC filter and ESD protection. It is pad-compatible with most conventional USB
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10/20/2014
CEMS-Global is pleased to once again present the `13th POWER Bangladesh 2014 International Expo', set to once again be Bangladesh's premier International exhibition on Power Generation & Transmission, PV Power, Energy and Renewable Energy, which will bring together specialists engaging in the Power Engineering
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10/20/2014
TDK offers EPCOS leaded RF chokes with high current capability

EPCOS leaded RF chokes

TDK Corporation announces the latest EPCOS leaded RF chokes with high current capability. The series with designation LBC+ offers components for rated currents up to 4450 mA and saturation currents up to 7700 mA. This corresponds to an increase of up to 80 percent compared to previous versions. The
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10/20/2014
AITEX developing intelligent autonomous clothing with Farsens chips

AITEX is working on a new family of intelligent clothes that will feature embedded autonomous sensors

Spanish non-profit association AITEX (Textile Industry Research Association) is working on a new family of intelligent clothes that will feature embedded autonomous sensors. The association is researching flexible antennas built into textiles that will harvest energy to power up devices embedded in clothes.
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10/16/2014
Qualcomm announced that it has reached agreement with CSR regarding the terms of a recommended cash acquisition through which the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of CSR will be acquired by Qualcomm Global Trading, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm. The acquisition
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10/15/2014
Matthew Phillips of Dialog Semi on wireless IoT infrastructures

Matthew Phillips of Dialog Semiconductor

In this PSDcast Matthew Phillips of Dialog Semiconductor talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the importance of wireless infrastructures in the Internet of Things (IoT), and how that infrastructure extends beyond portable devices to both tethered and untethered fixed systems. Today this wireless
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10/13/2014
As the fastest-growing segment of the global water meter industry, the worldwide market for two-way smart meters is set to surpass the $1 billion mark for the first time in 2019, with managed services, analytics and smart water network adoption all combining to accelerate growth, according to a new report from
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10/10/2014
Printed, organic, and flexible electronics: high growth but mixed fortunes

The range of enabling technologies involved are at very different points of maturity and profitability

IDTechEx, a global market research, technology scouting and events firm, finds that in 2014 three technologies - OLED displays, sensors and conductive ink - make up 99% of the $23.97 billion market for printed, organic and flexible electronics. A snapshot of the market size in 2014, based on research conducted
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10/09/2014
Linear's 5V, 2.5A USB, 35V-input buck regulator offers cable drop compensation

LT3697 35V input step-down switching regulator

Linear Technology announced the LT3697, a 35V input capable step-down switching regulator (with 60V transient protection) designed to power 5V USB applications. The LT3697 delivers precise 5V regulation at 2.5A to a remote USB port using programmable cable drop compensation to accurately correct the voltage
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10/09/2014
Leading engineering consultancy and driveline solutions provider, Romax Technology, has won the Grand Prix prize at the 2014 British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs), held today in London. Now in their sixth year, the BEEAs promote the quality of engineering design in the UK and celebrate those
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10/09/2014
Cambrios launches next-gen silver-nanowire ITO replacement

ClearOhm material being produced (top), a close-up of the silver nanowires (bottom)

Cambrios Technologies, a leader in silver nanowire-based solutions for the transparent conductor markets, announced the launch of its next generation ClearOhm® material that has been designed into touch sensors for various applications. In addition, the company’s high volume manufacturing line commissioned
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10/07/2014
Mouser Electronics, a leading engineering resource and distributor of semiconductors and electronic components, announced the launch of a PCB design integration tool MultiSIM BLUE, designed in collaboration with National Instruments. The powerful tool is available free online, and is offered in English and German
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10/07/2014
Freescale Semiconductor introduced a versatile and reliable Internet of Things (IoT) gateway reference design supporting a broad array of IoT applications including building/home management, smart cities, networked industrial services and other applications where performance and reliability are critical. Designed
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10/06/2014
Lattice’s FPGA empowers world’s thinnest satellite-synchronizing watch

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 wristwatch

Lattice Semiconductor’s iCE40 FPGAs are enabling Citizen Watch to bring to market its Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 wristwatch, an innovative fusion of technology and beauty that receives and processes satellite signals in real-time to display the correct time anywhere in the world's 40 time zones. “The
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10/06/2014
Saj Sahal & Suman Narayan of Fairchild on repositioning to address an evolving market

Saj Sahal & Suman Narayan of Fairchild

In this PSDcast Saj Sahal & Suman Narayan of Fairchild speak wth Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the embedded systems marketplace, where it's going, and industry trends as well as the recent changes at Fairchild made to address them. Among the topics discussed, they talk about their relaunched
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10/03/2014
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) unveiled five cutting-edge technologies that will significantly impact the CE industry during the opening session “Five Disruptive Techs to Watch” at CEA’s Innovate! Conference being held this week in Phoenix, AZ. The session, moderated by CEA Senior Vice President
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10/02/2014
Vishay's latest 12V chipscale MOSFET cuts power use in ultraportable apps

Chipscale MICRO FOOT p-channel Si8457DB

A power MOSFET that will help decrease power consumption and extend battery usage in smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, and high-end notebook computers was released by Vishay Intertechnology. The chipscale MICRO FOOT p-channel Si8457DB provides the industry's lowest on-resistance at a 1.8 V gate drive for
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10/02/2014
Freescale Semiconductor will demonstrate its leadership in the Internet of Things (IoT) this week at the ARM TechCon 2014 conference, where the company will launch its Internet of Tomorrow Tour in booth #906. A high-end truck trailer retrofitted to display more than 120 IoT products and technology
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10/01/2014
Demonstrating its commitment to the wearables market, Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) will preview its Wellness Platform at electronica 2014. The Wellness Platform is a suite of design hardware and software, including the WASP/MAX32600 microcontroller unit (MCU), for wearable medical applications.
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Date:
10/01/2014
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