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February 2016
element14 launches Raspberry Pi 3

Raspberry Pi 3

element14 announced the launch of the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. The new generation board is faster and more powerful than ever before, and comes with built-in Wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. This new board adds to element14’s broad product portfolio which includes a world class ecosystem of accessories
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02/29/2016
Vishay's space-saving 0.35mm-thin miniQFN10 package targets portable apps

miniQFN10 package with an ultra-thin 0.35 mm profile

Vishay Intertechnology introduced a 1.4 mm by 1.8 mm miniQFN10 package with an ultra-thin 0.35 mm profile, providing a space-saving alternative to larger miniQFN10 and WCSP devices commonly used in portable applications. The new Vishay Siliconix DG2592 audio jack detector and DG2750 low-voltage dual SPDT analog
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02/29/2016
Maxim's ultra-low power pulse oximeter and heart-rate sensor module serves wearable health and fitness

MAX30102 pulse oximeter and heart rate integrated sensor module

System designers can speed time to market for wearable and healthcare products with the MAX30102 pulse oximeter and heart rate integrated sensor module from Maxim Integrated Products. The integrated pulse oximetry and heart rate monitor module is an ultra-low power solution providing a complete system to save
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02/25/2016

Analog Devices' power management unit (PMU) empowers energy harvesting in IoT apps

ADP509x PMU

Analog Devices announced a power management unit (PMU) designed to enable faster and more efficient energy harvesting in IoT applications where energy is scarce. Due to its unique circuit design, the ADP509x is among the most efficient energy harvesting PMUs on the market, converting harvested power down to
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02/25/2016
Power Integrations and Cypress announce reference design for USB-PD-compliant fast chargers

The DER-533, pairs the EZ-PD CCG2 USB Type-C port controller from Cypress with Power Integrations’ InnoSwitch-CP off-line CV/CC flyback switcher IC

Power Integrations, a leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, in association with Cypress Semiconductor, a leading USB innovator, announced a joint reference design describing a 20-watt, USB-PD compliant AC-DC power converter targeted at chargers for smart mobile devices.
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02/24/2016
Silicon Labs simplifies Wi-Fi connectivity with plug-and-play module solution

Wizard Gecko WGM110 module

Silicon Labs has introduced a plug-and-play Wi-Fi module solution for Internet of Things (IoT) applications where exceptional RF performance, small footprint, easy application development and fast time to market are key requirements. Silicon Labs' fully integrated Wizard Gecko WGM110 module solution combines
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02/23/2016
Mouser Electronics announced some very special ‘guest stars’ on its booth at Embedded World (Nuremburg Messe, Hall 4A-101). Microchip is demonstrating its new MPLAB Xpress IDE and development board. This is significant as it takes their development environment (IDE) into the cloud. It contains the most popular
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02/23/2016
The XMC1400 microcontrollers will open up new applications for Infineon Technologies in industrial automation, digital power conversion, and electronic control. In comparison with the earlier XMC1000 products, the new XMC1400 series offers greater control performance and additional connectivity. The XMC1400
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02/23/2016
HEITEC at Embedded World 2016: “From the Idea to the Productâ€

HEITEC at Embedded World will use the slogan "From the Idea to the Product"

At the Embedded World 2016, from February 23rd to the 25, 2016, HEITEC will use the slogan "From the Idea to the Product". By means of six different exhibits in different integration levels, the company shows its expertise in implementing customized industry solutions in Hall 1, Stand 340. Depending
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02/22/2016
Renesas Electronics, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the start of a beta program based on its Renesas Synergy Platform that provides heightened security capabilities to OEMs who build devices connecting to the Internet of Things (IoT). The Synergy Platform Device Lifecycle Management
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02/22/2016
IAR Systems, a leading vendor of development tools for embedded systems, invites visitors of embedded world 2016 to a series of seminars focused on building a smarter world, while ensuring deliverability and efficient workflows. The seminars take place in the IAR Connect™ booth 4-102 on Tuesday,
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02/19/2016
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Safety & Compliance Technical Committee is sponsoring the first-ever APEC Industry Session dealing with important safety and compliance issues affecting power electronics professionals. The session will take place at APEC 2016 on Thursday, March 24, 2016,
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02/19/2016
Imec and Vrije Universiteit Brussel create breakthrough SAW-less transmitter for next-gem wireless

The prototype features resistor-based QDACs that deliver the required RF power efficiently direct to the 50Ω output load, omitting the need for a power-hungry PA driver

Leading nanoelectronics research center imec and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) have demonstrated a 0.22mm2 CMOS resistive charge-based direct-launch digital transmitter with -159dBc/Hz out-of-band noise. The achievement paves the way to small form-factor SAW-less transmitter implementations enabling
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02/19/2016
GCT releases range of high-current DC power jacks

DCJ250-15

Global Connector Technology (GCT) has released a new range of high-current DC power jacks with 2.50mm centre pin diameters suitable for 5.5mm OD plugs. The high power parts are thru hole and shielded in horizontal and vertical orientation. The vertical jack DCJ250-15 is unique in the market
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02/18/2016
Why choose low-noise coaxial amplifiers

Found in radio communications systems, low-noise amplifiers are also used in electronic equipment and medical instruments

Baffled by the ever-evolving coaxial cable industry? You’ve come to the right place! In this article, we aim to tell you all about one product, in particular – the low noise coaxial amplifier. So, why should you choose it – and what benefits will it bring to your project? In short, the low-noise amplifier
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02/18/2016
LED Engin doubles the flux density in tiny RGBW emitters

LZ4-04MDPB emitter

LED Engin has launched a 4-die, high current, RGBW flat lens LED emitter that sets a new standard for best-in-class flux density in stage, entertainment and architectural lighting. The LZ4-04MDPB emitter delivers more than twice the light output of the company’s previous version because each individually addressable
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02/18/2016
Semtech, a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, will demonstrate a LoRaWAN Internet of Things (IoT) network deployed by Digimondo, at Embedded World 2016 on February 23-25 in Nuremberg, Germany. Digimondo launched low power wide area networks (LPWAN) over Nuremburg, Hamburg and Berlin
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02/18/2016
TDK's ThermoFuse varistors offer intrinsically-safe overvoltage protection with high surge current capability

EPCOS ThermoFuse varistor

TDK presents the new T series of EPCOS ThermoFuse varistors for intrinsically safe overvoltage protection. These components are based on disk varistors with diameters of 14 mm (T14 series) and 20 mm (T20 series) that are connected in series with a thermally coupled fuse. The T14 series (B72214T*) covers the
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02/18/2016
Mouser now carries the XMC Digital Power Explorer Kit

XMC Digital Power Explorer Kit

Mouser Electronics is now stocking the XMC Digital Power Explorer Kit from Infineon Technologies and Wurth Electronics. This power board with a synchronous step-down converter makes it easier for developers of analog power supplies and programmers of embedded software to create digital power supply applications.
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02/17/2016
UltraSoC and Lauterbach announced a collaboration to create the industry’s most powerful, fully-featured independent system-on-chip (SoC) development and debug environment. The partnership brings together Lauterbach’s TRACE32 integrated, universal development system and UltraSoC’s on-chip debug and analytics
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02/17/2016
Renesas Electronics, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the expansion of its Renesas Synergy Platform designed to accelerate time to market, reduce total cost of ownership and remove many of the obstacles engineers face when designing devices for the Internet of Things (IoT). Expansion
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02/17/2016
STMicro's STM32L0 MCU family and development ecosystem enhances efficiency in power-conscious devices

ARM Cortex-M0+ STM32L0 microcontroller

STMicroelectronics has announced volume production of its ultra-energy-efficient ARM Cortex-M0+ STM32L0 microcontrollers, with an extensive development ecosystem including minimal-cost boards and free software tools that help developers keep tight control of application power consumption and minimize time to
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02/16/2016
Grand Transformers (GTI), a Grand Haven, Mich.-based designer and manufacturer of transformers, inductors and custom magnetic components serving the motor drives, elevator, power quality, instrumentation, energy, machine tool, and oil and gas industries, announced it has acquired Warner, N.H.-based Warner Power
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02/15/2016
LOPEC 2016 to show how wearable tech boosts the electronics sector

GPS running watches and other wearable devices are steadily gaining in popularity.

LOPEC 2016 will be taking place from April 5–7 in Munich, Germany, where the latest products, technologies, and trends in printed electronics will be on display. Smartwatches, fitness trackers, and other wearable tech will be among the focal points at this year's international trade fair, and they will also
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02/15/2016
Myrra plug-and-play encapsulated supplies for low-power apps now at JPR Electronics

Myrra 47000 series encapsulated switchers

Specialist distributors JPR Electronics announced the availability of the Myrra 47000 series of encapsulated Switched Mode Power Supplies (SMPS). The 47000 series provides an alternative solution to conventional power supplies and transformers used in many low power applications. With over 30 fully certified
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02/15/2016
Altera, now a part of Intel, announced its participation at Embedded World 2016 during which the company will showcase a range of Altera and partner technology demonstrations at their stand in Hall 5. These will include a wide range of applications including industrial automation for smart factory “Industry
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02/12/2016
The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Alternative Energy Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2016 titled, “Alternative Energy in High Penetration Areas.” Its goal is to provide a broad overview of the challenges faced by the renewable energy industry as alternative energy sources
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02/12/2016
Wuerth and TI launch INNOposium 2016

Innovation Symposium

Which innovations are currently in the R&D pipeline of the electronics branch? How open must decision-makers in the electronics industry keep their minds for new technologies? And above all else: what is the role played by the “smart factory” in this connection? These and a host of similar questions
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02/11/2016
Murata claims first 0201 size, 1,000pF temperature-compensation-type monolithic ceramic cap

0201 size 25V temperature compensation-type monolithic ceramic capacitors

Murata announced 0201 size (0.6×0.3mm), 25V temperature compensation-type monolithic ceramic capacitors with CH/C0G characteristics. These capacitors are thought to be the first in the world of this size to achieve a capacitance rating of 1,000pF. As electronic designers strive toward increasing
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02/10/2016
Panasonic's Bluetooth smart module for IoT applications now at Rutronik

PAN1760 Series Bluetooth Smart module

The new PAN1760 Series Bluetooth Smart module v4.1 with integrated antenna and embedded GATT profile is a cost-effective, low-power, true system-on-chip (SoC) solution. This nanopower module for the Internet of Things, launched by Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems, is available at distributor Rutronik.
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02/10/2016
Visitors to Mouser’s booth, Stand A4-101, Hall A4, at the Embedded World exhibition, Nuremburg Messe, 23rd – 25th February 2016, will see how the New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor supports the entire design cycle with a wide range of services, tools and products from leading suppliers making the
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02/08/2016
Cliff expands DC socket range with SMT and locking versions

Dual DC and Locking DC Sockets

Cliff Electronics’ acclaimed Dual Gauge DC socket is now available in a surface mount version to facilitate efficient SMD PCB assembly of OEM products. The new version is available both taped and loose and complements the original discrete PCB mounting and solder tag versions. Accommodating
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02/08/2016
EPC's latest eGaN power transistor empowers augmented reality and autonomous vehicle Apps

EPC2040 power transistor

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) announced the EPC2040 power transistor, an extremely small, fast switching gallium nitride power transistor that enables superior resolution, faster response time, and greater accuracy for high speed end-use applications. High stability of the threshold over temperature
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02/05/2016
Imec and Holst Centre create Wi-Fi HaLow low-power digital polar transmitter for IoT

1.3nJ/b fully digital polar transmitter optimized for IoT applications

At this week’s IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC 2016), nanoelectronics research center imec and Holst Centre (initiated by imec and TNO) presented a 1.3nJ/b fully digital polar transmitter optimized for IoT applications and the novel IEEE 802.11ah Wi-Fi protocol, with a ten-fold power
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02/04/2016
Indium to feature low-voiding solder paste at APEX 2016

Indium8.9HF solder paste delivers very low voiding

Indium will feature its void-reducing no-clean solder pastes to help customers Avoid the Void™ at IPC APEX Expo, which will be held on March 15-17 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Indium, an industry-leading source of void-reducing materials and results, has specifically formulated Indium10.1 solder paste
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02/04/2016
AVX reduces the ESR of its F38 series mini poly tantalum caps

F38 Series miniature, undertab, conductive polymer tantalum capacitors

AVX, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has earned a third superlative for its F38 Series miniature, undertab, conductive polymer tantalum capacitors by significantly reducing the ESR of several ratings. The F38 Series, which already offered the smallest and highest CV polymer
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02/04/2016
New version of Tesla Powerwall is coming in summer 2016

Tesla Powerwall

The news of a new version of the Tesla Powerwall came in the form of a video posted Feb. 1 showing CEO Elon Musk answering questions from Tesla vehicle owners at a private event in Paris, France on Jan. 29. “We are coming out with the version 2 of the Powerwall probably around July or August of
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02/03/2016
Osram presents lighting innovations at the Light + Building Preview

All 61 light-emitting diodes of the Omnipoint luminaire can be individually controlled

Shortly before the world's leading trade fair of lighting opens its doors, Osram will present its first highlight products at the Light + Building Preview in Munich and Hamburg. Among other things, the lighting manufacturer will display the extended LED component portfolio that offers the right LED for every
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02/02/2016
Analog Devices, a leader in the design and manufacture of semiconductor products and solutions, will showcase their embedded technology at the international Embedded World 2016 show taking place from 23-25 February in Nuremberg, Germany − Hall 5, Booth 328. Additionally, Analog Devices will fill out its power
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02/01/2016
Mouser and Imahara launch 2016 power series to advance innovation

Mouser Electronics is again teaming up with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara

Mouser Electronics is teaming up with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara along with scientists, visionaries and educators to announce an exciting new series on Power and the Future Supercapacitor to kick off the 2016 Empowering Innovation Together program. This new series captures insights from some of the most
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02/01/2016
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