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Consumer Electronics

June 2015
Anthony Kongats of CAP-XX on powering advanced portable devices

Anthony Kongats of CAP-XX

In this PSDcast Anthony Kongats, CAP-XX CEO, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the challenges in creating power systems for advanced portable devices. Between traditional personal-product applications and next-gen Internet of Things (IoT)-driven functionality, power demands in portable devices
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06/29/2015
IZT expands support for digital radio

S1000 signal generator

IZT expands its comprehensive support for Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) applications adding new features to its high performance S1000 signal generator family. IZT introduced the DAB ContentServer Embedded Edition for the S1000. The new option integrates DAB, DAB+ and DMB multiplexing and makes the functionality
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06/29/2015
TDK's wide range input converters deliver 30W in a square inch

CCG series DC/DC converter

TDK announced the introduction of the CCG30 series of 30W DC-DC converters. Packaged in an industry-standard 1 x 1 inch footprint, the CCG series can operate over a wide 4:1 input range. Enclosed in a metal case with six-sided shielding, these high performance converters are suitable for use in data and tele-communications,
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06/26/2015

Advanced design strategies make batteries flexible and wearable

Application roadmap of thin and flexible batteries

A novel design strategy has emerged for making batteries flexible. Companies no longer purely focus on changing the chemistry or thinning the device. Instead, the special arrangement of cells make the existing batteries flexible or even foldable. This will be a quick win for wearable devices in the short-term
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06/25/2015
Graphene market on the cusp of growth

Market snapshot in 2014 and 2026. Last year the market was dominated by research sales. This will however change as real applications sales grow. Source: IDTechEx Research report www.IDTechEx.com/graphene

IDTechEx Research released its up-to-date market report on graphene and related materials: Graphene and 2D Materials: Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2015-2025. The latest analysis shows that the graphene market will reach nearly $200m at the material year. This year our forecasts are more granular than
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06/24/2015
CHERRY’s energy-harvesting switches need no wires or batteries

CHERRY Energy-Harvesting Switch Modules

CHERRY Energy Harvesting Switch Modules meet the increasing demand for simple and flexible wireless data transmission of switch signals with maintenance-free low energy consumption. CHERRY’s innovative wireless and battery-less Energy Harvesting Technology provides effective control solutions for countless
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06/22/2015
James Lougheed of Exar on power industry trends

James Lougheed of Exar

In this PSDcast James Lougheed, VP of Component Products at Exar, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the current state of the power elecrtonics industry, and some of the trends and issues dominating the marketplace. Exar recently unveiled the XR79120, a 20A single-output synchronous step-down
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06/22/2015
AVX unveils web-based interactive capacitor-simulation tool

AVX interactive SpiTAN IV software

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has introduced a new web-based simulation tool for its tantalum, polymer, and niobium oxide capacitors. Featuring data mined from the libraries of AVX’s previous PSpice Models and S-Parameters S2P software, which, now redundant,
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06/19/2015
Rutronik tapped as worldwide distributor for Melexis

Gianluigi Morello of Melexis & Rutronik’s Martin Grimmer confirm distribution deal

Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente and Melexis have signed a global distribution agreement covering Melexis’ entire product portfolio of sensors, sensor interface ICs, driver ICs and communication ICs. Melexis offers an extensive array of highly integrated semiconductors that help the automotive industry to
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06/19/2015
From connectivity to globalization and sustainability, Gordon Moore’s prediction for the pace of semiconductor technology advances has set the stage for global technology innovation and contribution for 50 years. The exponential advances predicted by Moore’s Law have transformed the world we live in. The
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06/19/2015
Nordic's nRF52 family addresses single-chip Bluetooth Smart with on-chip NFC for Touch-to-Pair

nRF52 Preview Development Kit

Nordic Semiconductor announced that it is sampling the first member of its next generation nRF52 Series of ultra low power wireless solutions - the nRF52832System-on-Chip (SoC). The nRF52832 redefines the single-chip Bluetooth Smart category by marrying barrier-breaking performance to power efficiency. It also
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06/19/2015
Vishay's 20V chipscale MOSFET saves space and power in mobile apps

TrenchFET 20 V n-channel MOSFET

Vishay Intertechnology introduced their latest TrenchFET 20 V n-channel MOSFET in the chipscale MICRO FOOT 0.8 mm by 0.8 mm package with an ultra-thin 0.357 mm profile. Designed to save space, decrease power consumption, and extend battery usage in smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, solid-state drives,
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06/19/2015
Intel buys Recon Instruments to expand its wearable IoT capability

Recon smart eyewear leads the wearables segment

Intel recently completed its acquisition of Recon Instruments. Not only is this a huge milestone for Recon and a pivotal event in the consumer electronics industry; we at Recon believe this is also a tremendous opportunity that will lead to amazing things, just as much for us as for our customers. Let
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06/19/2015
Programmable USB-C controller from Fairchild now shipping from Mouser

FUSB300C Programmable USB Type-C Controller

Mouser Electronics, an authorized distributor with the latest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the FUSB300C Programmable USB Type-C Controller from Fairchild Semiconductor. This thin client solution detects attachment and orientation to USB Type-C devices with software flexibility that
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06/18/2015
A recent report from Navigant Research on the global market opportunity for residential Internet of Things (IoT) devices, including forecasts for shipments, installed base, and revenue, segmented by region and device type, through 2025 is now available. As device manufacturers continue to embed communications
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06/18/2015
DuPont embeds wireless power tech to create Corian Charging Surface

Corian Charging Surface

DuPont Building Innovations has “cut the cord” with its launch of DuPont Corian Charging Surface, a new technology that easily charges mobile devices without the need for wires and plugs cluttering the countertop. This innovative offering is on display in Chicago this week at NeoCon 2015, the largest commercial
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06/16/2015
Intersil’s latest 60V synchronous buck controller simplifies supply design

ISL8117 synchronous step-down PWM controller

Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the first 60V synchronous buck controller able to bypass the intermediate step-down conversion stage traditionally employed in industrial applications. The ISL8117 synchronous step-down PWM controller’s low
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06/05/2015
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced today that its Cardiff Satellite SoC (STiH237) is powering the new Skyworth Digital HD set-top box. Cardiff is ST’s entry-level satellite set-top-box (STB) platform that delivers superior
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06/05/2015
Murata’s Type ZY Bluetooth SMART module now at Mouser

Murata Type ZY Bluetooth SMART Module

Mouser Electronics, an authorized distributor with the latest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the Type ZY Bluetooth SMART Module from Murata. Marketed as one of the most compact and ultra-low-power consumption Bluetooth SMART modules in the industry, the Murata Type ZY Module conforms
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06/05/2015
EnSilica's eSi-32X0MP scalable asymmetric multicore processor targets low-power WiFi, LTE Cat-0, and other IoT wireless

the eSI-32X0MP scalable, asymmetric multicore processor

EnSilica, a leading independent provider of semiconductor IP and services, has added to its family of eSi-RISC processor cores with the launch of the eSI-32X0MP scalable, asymmetric multicore processor. The eSi-32X0MP targets applications requiring a high level of processing per MHz and low power consumption
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06/04/2015
Alpha and Omega Semi's 1200V/1350V E-series IGBTs target soft-switching apps

E-series IGBT platform

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, a designer, developer and supplier of a broad range of power semiconductors and power ICs, introduced the new E-series IGBT platform with the 1200V AOK20B120E1 and 1350V AOK20B135E1. This new platform has been honed to deliver exceptional performance
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06/03/2015
Rockchip, a leading fabless semiconductor company and mobile SoC solution provider, launched at the COMPUTEX Show in Taipei the world’s lowest power Wi-Fi technology, the Rockchip RKi6000. The RKi6000 is new ultra-low power Wi-Fi and memory technology that greatly reduces power consumption of IoT (Internet
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06/03/2015
C&K's high-reliability keyboard switches rated for 50M cycles

KBD Series keyboard switches

C&K Components, a leading manufacturer of electromechanical switches, smart card interconnect devices, and high reliability connectors, has introduced a new series of high reliability, ergonomic keyboard switches for applications that require long operating lifetimes, including gaming, industrial, professional,
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06/03/2015
Leading hi-tech analysts at Juniper Research are forecasting that the telematics sector will continue to outperform all other M2M markets over the next five years, in revenue terms, with one in five passenger vehicles connected globally by 2019. Smartphone-based models have become the key disruptor
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06/02/2015
In this episode of PSDtv Alex Lidow of Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) talks about some of the advanced products currently using their GaN devices, including an X-ray pill
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06/02/2015
Linear's ÂμModule with precision DC & transient output regulation for less than 28nm FPGAs scales to 144A

LTM4630-1 dual 18A or single 36A µModule (micromodule) regulator

Linear Technology introduced the LTM4630-1, a dual 18A or single 36A µModule (micromodule) regulator with high precision output voltage regulation for 28nm and sub-28nm FPGAs, ASICs and microprocessors. The core voltage of these advanced digital devices requires very accurate voltage regulation at steady state
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06/01/2015
Freescale Semiconductor introduced three additions to its highly successful i.MX 6 series of applications processors, providing compelling new options for the product line’s high-performance and value tiers. With these additions, the i.MX 6 series now delivers even higher levels of security, performance, power
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06/01/2015
Qualcomm Technologies announced at Google I/O that its premium-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor will power Google's next generation Project Tango smartphone development platform. Project Tango devices combine the camera, gyroscope, and accelerometer to estimate six degrees of freedom motion tracking, providing
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Date:
06/01/2015
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