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February 2015
Ross Sabolcik of Silicon Labs on the IoT

Ross Sabolcik of Silicon Labs

In this PSDcast Ross Sabolcik, VP and GM for Analog, Power, and Sensors at Silicon Labs talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Designs about the buzz and the reality of the Internet of Things (IoT). The reality of the IoT is that it is a convergence of inter-related core technologies creating intelligent connected
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02/27/2015
ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, has successfully demonstrated its second generation Phase Detect Auto Focus (PDAF) technology featuring a unique pixel micro-lens technology that enables fast focus at 25 Lux light levels. This unique technology has been successfully implemented on a 13
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02/27/2015
Microsemi's integrated GNSS Master significantly reduces cost of indoor small cells & eliminates need for outdoor antenna

Integrated GNSS Master

Microsemi, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, announced its Integrated GNSS Master (IGM) solution required for small cell synchronization. The IGM is the company’s first solution that fully integrates a 1588v2 PTP grandmaster with a
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02/27/2015

Express Logic, a leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOSes), announced that it plans to join the ARM mbed ecosystem for Internet of Things (IoT) product development. ARM mbed OS is an operating environment for IoT devices and is especially well-suited to run in energy constrained applications.
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02/27/2015
Atmel, a leader in microcontroller (MCU) and touch solutions, launched a new extension board for the company’s popular Xplained platform at Embedded World Nuremberg. Featuring a Bosch Sensortec BNO055 intelligent 9- axis absolute orientation sensor, the new extension board connects directly to Atmel’s Xplained
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02/27/2015
Altera announced its collaboration with Mentor Graphics to provide embedded software developers access to best-in-class Vista virtual platforms that support Altera’s entire SoC FPGA portfolio, including its third-generation 14 nm Stratix 10 SoCs with a 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor. These advanced
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02/27/2015
Lattice Semi's latest reference designs expedite & simplify USB Type-C implementation

The three solutions offered by Lattice address both Cable Detect (CD) and Power Delivery (PD) functions

Lattice Semiconductor, a leader in ultra-low power, small form factor, customizable solutions, announced three new, freely-downloadable reference designs that enable designers working in consumer, industrial and other sectors to quickly implement the cable detect and power delivery functions required to unlock
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02/27/2015
Silicon Labs, a leading provider of microcontroller, wireless connectivity, analog and sensor solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), introduced the next generation of Simplicity Studio, the industry’s first integrated MCU/wireless development environment enabling concurrent MCU and RF design for a wide
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02/27/2015
In this episode of PSDtv HCC Embedded's CEO Dave Hughes explains their fail-safe power managment memory technology for Power Systems Design at embedded world 2015. The demo
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02/25/2015
Siemens and Electro-Matic Products will host the Manufacturing in America Symposium at Ford Field in Detroit. The two day event, being held March 11-12, will bring together manufacturing and automotive industry executives, technology leaders, educators and students to explore technologies and best practices
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02/25/2015
Freescale Semiconductor introduced an analog dual-path battery charger for wearable and portable Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The single-cell, Li-Ion and Li-Polymer BC3770 charger is fully programmable, features a small form factor and supports fast charging for portable embedded systems, such as those
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02/25/2015
ON Semi demos imaging, connectivity, motor control, and power solutions for IoT at Embedded World 2015

ON Semiconductor will demonstrate new innovative solutions at embedded world 2015

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficiency innovations, will demonstrate new innovative solutions for embedded systems at the Embedded World Conference 2015 from Feb. 24-26 in Nuremberg, Germany.   Imaging ON Semiconductor will demonstrate the new AR0230CS
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02/25/2015
Microchip's latest MCU family provides multiple independent closed-loop power channels

The PIC16(L)F1769 family

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced from the Embedded World conference in Germany a new family of 8-bit PIC Microcontrollers (MCUs) with the PIC16(L)F1769 family. This family is the first PIC MCU to offer up to two independent closed
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02/25/2015
Qnovo, a supplier of innovative mobile fast charging solutions, announced a new approach to reducing mobile device battery-related returns. Qnovo Analytics (QNA) continuously monitors battery health and provides diagnostics to quickly resolve consumer battery issues. Mobile consumers cite battery
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02/25/2015
Maxim Integrated Products is demonstrating highly-integrated analog solutions for embedded applications at the Embedded World 2015 Exhibition and Conference in Nuremberg, Germany (February 24–26, 2015). Organized in three demo areas for Industrial Power, Industrial Interface, and Signal Chain, Maxim’s solutions
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02/25/2015
Altium announces updates to flagship high-speed PCB design tool

Altium Designer

Altium, a leader in Electronic Design Automation, Native 3D PCB design systems (Altium Designer, CircuitStudio, PCBWorks, CircuitMaker), ECAD design data management (Altium Vault®), and embedded software development toolkits (TASKING), has announced the next update to its flagship PCB design tool, Altium Designer.
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02/25/2015
Andrew Johnson of CUI on Level VI Standards

Andrew Johnson of CUI

In this PSDcast Andrew Johnson of CUI talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the neccessary migration to Level VI power standards and the issues involved. Procuring power supplies has always been a hunt for specs and compliance, and understanding
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02/23/2015
FX Luminaire's Luxor ZDC lighting controller provides zoning, dimming, and color capabilities

Luxor ZDC LED lighting controller

FX Luminaire announced the release of the Luxor ZDC, a novel LED lighting controller with zoning, dimming, & color capabilities. “The ZDC offers a spectrum of 30,000 color possibilities for those residences and businesses who want the latest LED technology,” said Ryan Williams, FX Luminaire Product Manager. “The
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02/23/2015
Linear's LT8312 boost controller can achieve a power factor of greater than 0.99

LT8312 PFC boost controller

Linear Technology announced the LT8312, a power factor correction (PFC) boost controller that can achieve a power factor of greater than 0.99 by actively modulating the input current, allowing compliance with most harmonic current emission requirements. This device operates with current mode control and critical
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02/23/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Research conducted by the element14 Community, an online community of more than 300,000 electronics engineers, has revealed high consumer interest worldwide in the Internet of Things (IoT) and a huge potential value to developing economies. The study, conducted as part of
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02/20/2015
Prime time for printed sensors

Various examples of printed sensors demonstrated at events

When I explain printed electronics, I like to distinguish between the old kind printed electronics and the new ones. A decade ago, people were trying to replace silicon by organic semiconductors - materials that could be directly printed. This idea that you could make transistors in a roll-to-roll fashion just
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02/20/2015
Jensen Transformers announced the launch of the company's new website. According to Dave Hill, General Manager: "The new website has been a long time in coming and represents a phenomenal resource for our customers. Jensen Transformers has a profile on the world stage and our new website will greatly support
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02/20/2015
Travis Summerlin of TI on the latest changes to the SMBus specification

Travis Summerlin of PMBUS

In this PSDcast Travis Summerlin, PMBus Spec Working Group Chairman and System Management Interface Forum (SMIF) Director (also with Texas Instruments), talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about communication protocols and the latest changes and updates to the System Management Bus (SMBus). The SMIF
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02/18/2015
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a leader in ICs for Power Conversion, and Flextronics, an innovative supply-chain solutions company that delivers design, engineering, manufacturing and logistics services to a wide range of industries
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02/18/2015
Freescale Semiconductor, a leader in advanced systems solutions for the latest virtualised networks, and Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, announced they are expanding a long-term partnership in both commercial and research endeavours. As part of the expansion, the companies
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02/18/2015
Vishay's PowerPAK SC-70 20V MOSFET increases power density and Reliability to Portable Electronics

Vishay Siliconix SiA466EDJ 20V n-channel TrenchFET power MOSFET

Vishay Intertechnology released a new 20V n-channel TrenchFET power MOSFET in the ultra-compact thermally enhanced PowerPAK SC-70 package. Providing increased power density and reliability for portable electronics, the Vishay Siliconix SiA466EDJ offers the industry's highest package-limited continuous drain
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02/18/2015
AVX claims lowest-profile high CV tantalum capacitor

AVX 206-06 TACmicrochip Series capacitors

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced the world's lowest profile high CV tantalum capacitor: the new 47μF 8V 1206-06 D case TACmicrochip. Both thin and flat, the new 1206-06 TACmicrochip Series capacitors measure 3.4mm in length, 1.8mm in width, and feature
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02/17/2015
Ray Almgren of National Instruments on power test trends

Ray Almgren of National Instruments

In this PSDcast Ray Almgren of National Instruments talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the current and developing trends in test and measurement in electronic design. With the challenges facing the engineering community in the areas of the IoT, smart grid, and the smart facility, using the best
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02/17/2015
Adding fuel to the combustible energy that is Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week the most forward trending brands in fashion and technology converged on February 12 in fashionxtech. This unique two-tiered experience featured NYFW’s first ever Mobile Lounge as well as an extraordinary closing party with VIP
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02/16/2015
Mouser Electronics, a leading authorized distributor with the latest semiconductors and electronic components, announced that for the third year in a row the company is proud to sponsor Texas Instruments’ Innovation Challenge European Design Contest, which is designed to encourage engineering students to submit
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02/16/2015
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been the topic conferences, articles, and blogs. Much of this has focused on the standards for communication and security of the information and devices. Just as important is powering the myriad of devices that comprise the IoT. It is worthwhile to first describe what makes up
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02/14/2015
In today’s increasingly hyperconnected world, it is essential that all new designs minimize power consumption and are protected from being cloned, reverse engineered, or tampered with in order to protect embedded intellectual property, system data, and the system itself.  FPGAs play a key role in meeting
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02/14/2015
The easily discerned lines separating cyberspace and the “real world” are disappearing. With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), physical objects are increasingly integrated in information systems and individuals are interacting with vast distributed networks dozens of times a day. Clearly, the IoT
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02/14/2015
Switch-mode battery chargers are popular choices in applications due to their topology flexibility, multi-chemistry charging, high charging efficiencies which minimize heat to enable fast charge times and wide operating voltage ranges. Nevertheless, some downsides of switching chargers include relatively high
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02/14/2015
Ultra-precision, high-side current sensing is crucial in applications where one must measure the current entering or leaving a battery. Today many digital multimeters feature four-lead Kelvin sensing to eliminate the series resistance of the multimeter leads and give an accurate voltage drop across a given resistor. Similarly,
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02/14/2015
How do you launder e-clothing?

Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, Power Systems Design

People have been wearing clothes almost since we began walking erect, and one thing we’ve learned over the millennia in our evolution in both ourselves and in our habiliments is that people have funky, dirty bodies. We have been strapping technology about ourselves and stuffing tools and devices into our clothes
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02/12/2015
Come visit TE Connectivity (TE) at booth #1140 at Strategies in Light. See TE’s latest electrical interconnect solutions, and learn how TE is helping to inspire new designs in connected lighting systems by enabling “plug-and-play” lighting that allow for more modularity and flexibility in building spaces. Plug-and-play
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02/11/2015
PI Expert Suite now available as a Cloud-based app

PI Expert Suite is now accessible as a cloud-based app

Power Integrations, a leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, announced that its powerful, flexible power supply unit (PSU) design tool, PI Expert Suite, is now accessible as a cloud-based app. Previously, users downloaded the tool to a local PC or workstation; with
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02/11/2015
AVX claims first 0201 tantalum capacitor

The 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 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 high CV
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02/11/2015
Altium, a leader in Electronic Design Automation, Native 3D PCB design systems (Altium Designer, CircuitStudio, CircuitMaker), ECAD design data management (Altium Vault) and embedded software development (TASKING), announced PCBWorks, a new PCB design tool created to enhance workflow collaboration between electrical
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02/09/2015
Latching DC connectors prevent critical power loss

Cliff Electronics latching DC plugs and sockets

Cliff Electronics announces the introduction of a new range of latching DC plugs and sockets designed for use where it is critical power is not lost or interrupted by accidental disconnection in applications including medical, data, monitoring, emergency lighting and equipment charging.   The
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02/06/2015
Bryan Kennedy of Electric Imp on intelligent connected devices

Bryan Kennedy of Electric Imp

in this PSDcast Bryan Kennedy, VP Strategic Development of Electric Imp, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about issues involved in creating connected IoT devices. The Electric Imp connectivity platform, featuring fully integrated hardware, software, OS, APIs, cloud services and security, can effectively
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02/05/2015
AVX's high CV tantalum capacitor claims lowest profile

TACmicrochip Series SMD tantalum capacitor

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced the world’s lowest profile high CV tantalum capacitor: the new 47μF 8V 1206-06 D case TACmicrochip. Both thin and flat, the 1206-06 TACmicrochip Series capacitors measure 3.4mm in length, 1.8mm in width, and feature
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02/05/2015
Infineon's latest 80V and 100V power MOSFETs claim lowest on-state resistance

OptiMOS 5 MOSFETs

Infineon Technologies extends its OptiMOS 5 portfolio with 80V and 100V variants. This latest generation of Power MOSFETs is optimized for high switching frequencies especially used in synchronous rectification applications for telecom and server power supplies as well as in industrial applications such as solar,
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02/05/2015
EPC introduces GaN-based Class D audio demo board

EPC9106 reference design

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) introduced the EPC9106, a reference design for a 150 W, 8 ohm Class-D audio amplifier. This demonstration board uses a Bridge-Tied-Load (BTL) design, composed of four ground-referenced half-bridge output stages, which allows scalability and expandability of the design.
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02/05/2015
The 7th LOPEC, the International Exhibition and Conference for Printed Electronics, opens its gates at the Messe München trade fair center from March 3–5, where companies and research organizations from around the world will demonstrate that printed electronic components are making their way into a number
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02/05/2015
Linear's 140V, 400mA step-down converter achieves 12ÂμA quiescent current

Linear's LTC7138 140V input-capable high-efficiency buck converter

Linear Technology announced the LTC7138, a 140V input-capable high efficiency buck converter that delivers up to 400mA of continuous output current. It operates from an input voltage range of 4V to 140V, making it ideal for a wide range of telecom, industrial, avionic and automotive applications. The LTC7138
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02/05/2015
Alpha and Omega Semi's AlphaDFN solution enhances mobile battery protection

AOS's new AlphaDFN MOSFETs series address battery pack protection

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, a designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of power semiconductors and power ICs, today announced the release of two new MOSFETs optimized for battery protection applications. The AOC2804 and AOC2806 are the latest additions to the
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02/05/2015
At this year's CeBIT, CODE_n15 will focus entirely on the Internet of Things. Four enormous industrial robots will form the central anchor point. Internet users around the world will be able to access the machines via the www.robochop.com website, where a 3D web app will
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02/05/2015
Shahin Sadeghi of Microsemi on powerline communications in the IoT

Shahin Sadeghi of Microsemi

In this PSDcast Shahin Sadeghi of Microsemi talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the issues involved in device communications within the Internet of Things (IoT). With the plethora of devices demanding bandwidth in a business, home, or community, the ability to use other communications infrastructures
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02/04/2015
BlackBerry, a leader in mobile communications, launched its comprehensive Internet of Things (IoT) platform, initially targeting the automotive and asset tracking industries. The BlackBerry IoT Platform will leverage the company’s extensive technology portfolio, extending its best-in-class security and reliability
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02/04/2015
TI's SIMPLE SWITCHER nano modules empower small supply design

SIMPLE SWITCHER nano power modules

Texas Instruments introduced four new SIMPLE SWITCHER nano power modules that redefine power supply design for space-constrained applications. The 17-V and 5-V modules feature high performance in the industry’s smallest packages, and expand TI’s SIMPLE SWITCHER module portfolio to address 100-mA to 2-A industrial
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02/02/2015
NewerTech expands high-performance NuPower battery line for MacBook

NewerTech NuPower high performance laptop batteries

NewerTech, a leading performance upgrades and accessories company for Macs, PCs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods since 1984, announced NewerTech NuPower high performance laptop batteries for the Apple MacBook Pro 17” Unibody and MacBook 13” Unibody, expanding its line-up of Apple laptop batteries of over 50 models.
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02/02/2015
The System Management Interface Forum (SMIF) in conjunction with representatives from several of its member companies, will be presenting a number of papers centered around Power Management Bus (PMBus) standards and applications at this year’s Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC). The
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02/02/2015
Dave Friedman of Ayla Networks on the IoT

Dave Friedman of Ayla Networks

In this PSDcast Ayla Networks CEO Dave Friedman talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the explosion in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the demands on the infrastructures required to drive them. Ayla Networks is powering IoT for a bunch of consumer products like Owlet’s Smart Sock (wearable baby
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02/02/2015

 



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