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Consumer Electronics

January 2015
Power Integrations' LinkSwitch-4 switcher ICs pass US and EU CoC efficiency rules

LinkSwitch-4 CV/CC primary-side regulated (PSR) switcher ICs

Power Integrations, a leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, announced the LinkSwitch-4 family of CV/CC primary-side regulated (PSR) switcher ICs. The LinkSwitch-4 product family features an advanced adaptive base and emitter switched drive scheme for bipolar junction
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01/29/2015
Altium, a leader in Electronic Design Automation, and Valydate, a leader in Schematic, Signal and Power Integrity analysis, announced a strategic partnership aimed at easing the time-consuming visual inspection and debugging process of electronic schematics with ValydateVERA, a powerful design analysis and verification
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01/28/2015
Analog Devices, a leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, will showcase high performance, embedded solutions at the Embedded World 2015 show taking place from 24-26 February in Nuremberg, Germany - Hall 5, Stand 328. Highlights at the show include: Analog
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01/22/2015

Metal oxide display backplanes have already gone commercial. Sharp has invested in establishing a Gen8 IGZO plant at its Kameyama plant in Japan while LG has also selected IGZO backplanes for its large-sized white OLED technology. At the same time, Chinese companies such as BOE are fast playing catch
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01/22/2015
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and CMP (Circuits Multi Projets) have made ST’s BCD8sP technology platform for smart-power ICs available for prototyping to universities, research labs, and design companies through the silicon brokerage
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01/21/2015
Vishay's BiAs single-line ESD protection diode saves board space

Vishay Semiconductors' VESD15A1-HD1-G4-08

Vishay Intertechnolog released a new bidirectional and symmetrical (BiAs) single-line ESD protection diode for portable electronics that provides a reverse avalanche breakdown voltage above 15.5 V and a low forward voltage in the ultra-compact LLP1006-2L package. With a small 1.0 mm by 0.6 mm footprint
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01/21/2015
Linear's five-output ultralow-jitter clock distributor with PLL provides novel multichip output synchronization

LTC6950 low phase-noise integer-N synthesizer core with an ultralow jitter clock distribution output section

Linear Technology announced the LTC6950, a low phase noise integer-N synthesizer core with an ultralow jitter clock distribution output section. The LTC6950 is ideal for generating and distributing the low jitter signals essential to clocking data converters with a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Maintaining
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01/21/2015
AVX creates the first 0201 tantalum capacitor

AVX's sub-millimeter 0201 TACmicrochip

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced the world’s smallest and lowest profile tantalum capacitor: the new sub-millimeter 0201 TACmicrochip. Measuring only 0.6mm x 0.35mm x 0.35mm, the new 0201 E case TACmicrochip Series SMD tantalum capacitors deliver
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01/20/2015
EdgeMate connectors from Molex now available through TTI

EdgeMate connector

Molex’s EdgeMate power connectors offer positive PCB-locking and significant cost savings for wire-to-edge-card terminations in appliance, industrial and lighting applications. The devices are now available from TTI, a leading specialist distributor of passive, connector, electromechanical and discrete components EdgeMate
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01/19/2015
Shmuel De Leon is pleased invites all to participate as an exhibitor or sponsor in the 5th Israeli Power Sources Conference & Exhibition (Batteries, Fuel cells, Smart-Grid & EV), which will take place in the Daniel Hotel, Herzelia, Israel on May 21, 2015. The conference is held once a year and
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01/19/2015
Video surveillance growth to exceed 10% in 2015

The global video surveillance industry can grow by more than 10 percent in 2015

The global video surveillance industry can defy conventional market logic, resist product commoditization and still grow by more than 10 percent in 2015, according to a new white paper from IHS. The global market for video surveillance equipment was worth an estimated $15.0 billion by the end of 2014, up from
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01/16/2015
Cree Connected Bulb solves smart lighting compatibility challenges

The Connected Cree LED Bulb

Cree introduced the Connected Cree LED Bulb, the first smart LED bulb to deliver the combination of the lighting experience customers expect from Cree with industry-leading simplicity, multi-platform compatibility and affordability. The new 60-watt replacement Connected Cree LED Bulb is compatible with Wink
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01/15/2015
Faster charging technique boosts battery's capacity

A novel rapid charging technique leads to enhanced conductivity and capacity

In the quest to develop higher-capacity, longer-lasting batteries, the focus is typically on materials or fabrication techniques. While developing a new way to study and observe battery performance in realtime, a team of researchers from the University of Maryland also discovered that by altering how their battery
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01/15/2015
Newark element14 has launched the Atmel Xplained Board, (SAMA5D4-XULT) which features an ARM Cortex-A5 microprocessor. This development kit allows users to evaluate, prototype and create high performance, application-specific designs. The SAMA5D4-XULT from Atmel includes 4Gb DDR2 external memory,
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01/15/2015
Propelled by the arrival of the Apple Watch, the global market for wireless power and charging in wearable applications is set to attain a gargantuan 3,000 percent expansion this year compared to 2014, according to IHS Technology. Global revenue this year from shipments of wireless power receivers
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01/15/2015
Obama Administration to lauch Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Pictured above is the Shelby Cobra, a vehicle 3-D printed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Using advanced composites and 3-D printing both cut the car's weight in half and improved performance and safety

Three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest commonly used metals, advanced composites have the potential to revolutionize advanced manufacturing, transforming clean energy products from wind turbines to next-generation passenger vehicles that are made right here in America. These versatile composites
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01/14/2015
Torex Semi releases pushbutton reboot controller IC

XC6190 series push button reboot controllers

Torex Semiconductor has developed the XC6190 series of pushbutton reboot controllers, which are used for system reboot by means of a signal input from external buttons such as on a wearable device. The quiescent current in the standby state is a very small 0.01μA (TYP.). On internally-fixed reboot delay
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01/14/2015
Hirose's latest long-life I/O docking connector has a novel contact structure

The 3800 Series I/O connector

Hirose, a leader in the development of innovative connector solutions, offers a rugged I/O connector that combines small size and light weight with high reliability and long operating life. The compact 3800 Series I/O connector is designed for cable and docking station applications within consumer, industrial,
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01/14/2015
Machine-to-machine methods, (or M2M), intelligent embedded and/or smart fusion have been around in some form for many years. The Internet of Things (IoT) goes way beyond this capability and interconnects virtually unlimited numbers of smart objects and changes the way we interact with our environment. To help
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01/13/2015
The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation is a public-private consortium of 122 leading U.S. manufacturers, universities, and non-profits that will focus on advanced composites—materials that are three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest metals. These advanced materials
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01/12/2015
IHS identifies technologies transforming the world

Trends

The Internet of Everything, cloud computing/big data and 3-D printing are the three technologies most likely to transform the world during the next five years, according to IHS Technology. “We know that technology has the capability to change the world: from the Gutenberg printing press to the steam
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01/12/2015
Randy Ryder of Freescale on wireless charging

Randy Ryder of Freescale

In this PSDcast Randy Ryder of Freescale talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about wireless power transmission and some of the issues involved. Currently the biggest opportunity lies in the charging of batteries in mobile devices, so issues range from multiple standards to energy densities of storage
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01/12/2015
Dunstan Power of ByteSnap on harvested energy in the IoT

Dunstan Power of ByteSnap

In this PSDcast Dunstan Power, Director of ByteSnap Design, talks to Alix Paultre about embedded systems and the challenges the demand for functionality presents to the design community. Harvested and other  advanced energy storage and management technologies can directly impact the success or failure of
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01/08/2015
Active-Semi announced the availability of Qi-compatible medium power (MP) wireless charging solutions based on PAC5220 Power Application Controller (PAC) IC for powering smart phones, mobile devices and tablets. This announcement comes as a follow-up to previously released Qi-certified A11 and A6 Wireless transmitter
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01/08/2015
DOE is releasing two updates to the 8.2.0 version of its open-source whole-building energy modeling software EnergyPlus. Both updates are available for download from Github. This update includes a critical bug fix related to SQLite tabular output, and smaller fixes related to the definition of exterior equipment,
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01/08/2015
Farsens releases MEDUSA development platform for battery-free wireless sensors and actuators

Medusa from Farsens is a development platform for UHF RFID battery-free devices

The Medusa from Farsens is a development platform for UHF RFID battery-free devices. The Medusa includes an ANDY100 chip with EPC C1G2 communication and a MSPG2233IPW20 microcontroller from Texas Instruments for communication with developers’ circuits. Users can now develop their own wireless sensors
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01/07/2015
Micrel launches small and efficient load switch for mobiles

The MIC95410 7A load switch

Micrel, an industry leader in high performance linear and power solutions, LAN and timing and communications solutions, introduced the MIC95410 7A load switch in a compact 1.2mm x 2.0mm package. This device can be used for systems requiring power partitioning and has the capability of a controlled power up sequence
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01/07/2015
Intel accelerates wearable tech

The Intel Curie module

Intel Corporation announced a number of technology advancements and initiatives aimed at accelerating computing into the next dimension. The announcements include the Intel Curie module, a button-sized hardware product for wearable solutions; applications for Intel RealSense cameras spanning robots, flying multi-copter
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01/07/2015
One year following Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014, the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) announced it has doubled its membership and expanded the applicability of the Rezence technical specification to include wireless charging of cell phones and smartphones, tablets, notebooks, laptops and desktop PC
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01/07/2015
Cooler Master, a leading creator, innovator and manufacturer of desktop components and peripherals, and CoolChip Technologies, a leading fabless technology house of thermal management solutions, announced a partnership to bring kinetic cooling technology to the multi-billion dollar
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01/06/2015
Revenues for the consumer electronics (CE) industry are projected to grow three percent in 2015 and to reach an all-time high of $223.2 billion, according to The U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales and Forecasts, the semi-annual industry report released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The total
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01/06/2015
The RGB LED Lighting Shield with XMC1202 for Arduino from Infineon Technologies is now available for purchase from Newark element14, a global electronics distributor and online community for design engineers and hobbyists. The RGB LED Lighting Shield with XMC1202 for Arduino is one of the industry’s first
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01/06/2015
Technological innovation is the wellspring of social and economic progress. Despite this, a growing array of interests—some economic, some ideological—now stand resolutely in opposition to innovation. These “neo-Luddites” have worked to convince the public and policymakers that technological innovation
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01/06/2015
Wearable technology: a materials goldmine

Percentage of cost of wearable technology attributable to electronically and electrically functional materials 2015-2025

In 2025 over $25 billion will be spent on formulations and intermediate materials for wearable technology, as forecast by analysts IDTechEx in the brand new report "Wearable Technology Materials 2015-2025". Companies at this early part of the value chain will enjoy a multiplier over the coming decade.
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01/06/2015
Kent Displays unveils their latest Boogie Board LCD eWriters at CES 2015

Boogie Board Play n’ Trace Paperless Doodle Pad

Kent Displays announced the unveiling of two new Boogie Board LCD eWriter models – the Boogie Board Play n’ Trace Paperless Doodle Pad and the new Boogie Board Jot 8.5 Paperless Memo Pad – at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. A new Boogie Board brand identity and a
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01/06/2015
Ideal Power, a developer of a disruptive power conversion technology, announced that the European Patent Office awarded the company a patent (EP2025051 B1) for its core power conversion technology, Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA). This patent, along with previously granted U.S. and Chinese patents,
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01/06/2015
Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society, joined BK Yoon, President of Samsung Electronics, on stage during Mr. Yoon’s opening keynote address on the future of the Internet of Things at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Mr. Rifkin described how the Internet
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01/06/2015
Christian KÃck von Linear Technology Ãber neu MÃglichkeiten und Bauelemente

Christian Kück von Linear Technology

In diesem PSDcast Christian Kück, Strategic Marketing Manager bei Linear Technology, spricht mit Alix Paultre der Power Systems Design über die aktuellen Herausforderungen in der elektronischen Design Industrie und die neuesten Komponenten und Dienste Linear Technology geschaffen hat um sie anzusprechen.
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01/05/2015
DSP Group, a leading global provider of wireless chipset solutions for converged communications, announced that Panasonic has selected DSP Group's advanced ULE (Ultra Low Energy) SoC solution for its new KX-HN600 series for smart home monitoring and control. Panasonic is the leader
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01/05/2015
GreenPeak launches ZigBee chip and module for smart home and IoT

GreenPeak's integrated ZigBee Module for Smart Home and IoT networks

GreenPeak Technologies, the industry leading Smart Home semi-conductor/system company, launched the GP691 ZigBee communication controller chip and GPM6000 integrated ZigBee Modules for Smart Home and IoT networks and devices. The GP691 ZigBee communications controller provides IEEE Standard 802.15.4-compliant
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01/05/2015
Application developers registered with the Smart TV Alliance develop applications for 58 million smart TVs in a single, integrated process within the Smart TV Alliance Common Developer Portal. One-third of the world’s smart TVs are now compatible with the Smart TV Alliance development toolkit. The Common Developer
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01/05/2015
Greenvity and Mitsumi collaborate on IoT turnkey solution for low-voltage outdoor lighting

Greenvity Communications' innovative smart LED solution

Greenvity Communications and Mitsumi Electric have expanded their collaborative relationship to include development and manufacturing of a complete Internet of Things (IoT) turnkey solution with cloud and mobile apps for low voltage LED lights in outdoor applications. LED lighting OEMs and ODMs can transform
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01/05/2015

 



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