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June 2016
Microchip launches lowest-power PIC32 Family

Microchip PIC32MM

Microchip Technology, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog, and Flash-IP solutions, announced the company’s lowest power and most cost-effective family of 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs). The Microchip PIC32MM family bridges the gap between the company’s popular PIC24F XLP and
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06/30/2016
EPC's multi-mode wireless power charging kit eliminates standards worries

The 10W EPC9121 demonstration system

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) announced the availability of a complete demonstration multi-mode wireless power charging kit, the EPC9121. The purpose of this demonstration kit is to simplify the evaluation process of using eGaN FETs and ICs for highly efficient multi-mode wireless power charging
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06/30/2016
PSDcast - Edward Kohler of Intersil on the next generation of automotive systems

Edward Kohler of Intersil

In this PSDcast Edward Kohler, Strategic Marketing Manager for Intersil, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the next generation of automotive systems. Once an area of relatively slow change and old-school thinking, vehicle electronic subsystems are under more pressure than ever
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06/30/2016

Mouser Electronics announced an international distribution agreement with Particle, a prototype-to-production platform for Internet of Things (IoT) products. With Particle’s hardware development kits and connectivity modules, people from all skill levels — from new makers to engineering experts — can build
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06/29/2016
u-blox claims first cellular Narrowband IoT module

u-blox cellular Narrowband IoT module

u-blox announced forthcoming availability of its SARA-N2 Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) module , the world's first cellular radio module compliant to the 3GPP Release 13, Narrowband IoT (LTE Cat. NB1) standard. Designed for use in applications such as smart buildings and cities, utilities metering, white goods, asset
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06/27/2016
Intersil, a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, announced the adoption of the company’s ISL91110 switching regulators in Huawei’s new P9 smartphone. Intersil's ISL91110 buck-boost switching regulator supplies power to key system peripherals in the P9 dual-camera
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06/24/2016
Alpha and Omega Semi now offers 2.38 mOhm device for battery protection

The AOC3862 common-drain 12V dual n-channel MOSFET

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, a designer, developer and supplier of a broad range of power semiconductors and power ICs, announced the release of the AOC3862, a common-drain 12V dual n-channel MOSFET with an ultra-low on-resistance, typical 2.38 mOhm at 4.5V gate drive. This new device offers the best-in-class
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06/24/2016
The fundamental Predictive Energy Balancing Patent has been allowed, and is in the process of issuing in the EU. That will bring the total number of world- wide issued patents for CogniPower's core control technology to seven. A US Patent covering enhancements of the Compound Converter
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06/21/2016
Analog Devices announced an optical sensor for gesture recognition, which improves sensing accuracy and reliability over existing solutions by measuring a subject’s position, proximity, and gestures from a single sensor. Competitive solutions requiring multiple sensors are often inaccurate, as the sensors
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06/21/2016
Analog Devices simplifies wireless system design with RadioVerse ecosystem

AD9371 RF wideband transceiver

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) today unveiled the RadioVerse™ technology and design ecosystem, which provides customers with integrated transceiver technologies, a robust design environment, and market-specific technical expertise to move their radio designs from concept to creation quickly. The new ecosystem’s
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06/21/2016
BeagleBone Green Wireless now shipping from Mouser

Seeed Studio BeagleBone Green Wireless

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the BeagleBone Green Wireless, a Linux-based development board from BeagleBoard.org and Seeed Studio. The BeagleBone Green Wireless is the first board in the BeagleBone community to feature a wireless connection, boasting both 2.4GHz Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth®
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06/21/2016
PSDcast - Subra Chandramouli of Lattice Semi on mobile device image & display integration

Subra Chandramouli of Lattice Semiconductor

In this PSDcast Subra Chandramouli, Director of Marketing, Mobile and Consumer Division at Lattice Semiconductor, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about integrating the various complex systems involved in a modern mobile device. The company recently announced the industry-first CrossLink programmable
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06/21/2016
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced that Qualcomm Technologies intends to add software support for ST’s inertial sensor solutions including its award-winning iNEMO inertial module. The Companies expect that the support will
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06/20/2016
CEVA, a leading licensor of signal processing IP for smarter, connected devices, congratulates the Bluetooth SIG on its announcement of Bluetooth 5, the latest evolution of its highly successfully low power wireless IoT standard. This eagerly awaited standard incorporates a number of advanced features that will
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06/17/2016
Mouser Electronics, the distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, will showcase some of the newest sensor technologies from its manufacturer partners at the Sensors Expo and Conference 2016, June 22–23 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. The Sensors
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06/17/2016
PSDcast- Mike Bruno of Phononic on next-gen thermal management

Mike Bruno of Phononic

In this PSDcast, Mike Bruno, VP & General Manager, Electronics Cooling at Phononic, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about advanced cooling technologies and methodologies. With all of the pressure on power densities and shrinking package sizes, it is important to remember that managing heat
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06/17/2016
At the 2016 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits, nano-electronics research center imec presented junction-less gate-all-around (GAA) nanowire (NW) FETs built in lateral and vertical configurations. With their simplified processing, improved reliability, reduced low frequency noise and lower IOFF values,
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06/16/2016
Exar, a leading supplier of analog mixed-signal products serving the industrial, high-end consumer and infrastructure markets, will showcase its innovative Force Sensing Technology at Sensors Expo and Conference 2016, June 22-23 in San Jose, California. This technology allows Exar to offer complete sensor module
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06/15/2016
Quantum Material appoints Sri Peruvemba CEO

Sri Peruvemba

Leading quantum dot manufacturer Quantum Materials announced that company board member Sri Peruvemba will be expanding his leadership role with the company to take the helm as Chief Executive Officer effective June 30, 2016. While founder and current CEO Stephen Squires will continue to have a strategic role,
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06/14/2016
Hoffmann + Krippner unveils wire-free polymer strain gage printed onto a PCB

P-DMS Wire-free Polymer Strain Gage

Hoffmann + Krippner announced that their new P-DMS Polymer Strain Gage is now shipping. This compact and cost-effective solution for measuring pressure is based on Hoffmann + Krippner’s industry leading and patented sensor paste technology printed onto a PCB board. Extremely sensitive to slight
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06/14/2016
Working in the industry, we live very close to the developments that are advancing our technology and the systems based upon them. We see nascent science turn into rough prototypes and then into finished products on a regular basis. We are familiar, even if not comfortable, with the rapid pace of progress and
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06/13/2016
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the continuing adoption of Digital Power System Management (DPSM) within the communications and computer industries continues to be driven, in large part, to the high current levels demanded by the sub-20nm ASICs and/or FPGAs that are at the core of their system architecture.
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06/13/2016
Harsh environments are a reality for many electrical systems used in motor control or solenoid control applications.  The electronics that control motors and solenoids are by necessity in close proximity to the high currents and voltages used to create the physical movement required by the end application.  In
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06/13/2016
Now that the first generation of mass-market consumer wearables are on the shelves, we can take a step back and analyze the issues that they have encountered and begin to architect a new generation that improves on their design. Key issues that are apparent are the need for greater battery autonomy – consumers
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06/13/2016
There have been several comparisons of eGaN FETs with silicon MOSFETs in a variety of applications, including hard-switched, soft-switched, and high-frequency power conversion. These studies have shown that eGaN FETs have large efficiency and power density advantages over silicon MOSFETs. Here we’ll focus
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06/13/2016
Torex's latest DC/DC converters accept under 1.0V with an ultra-low supply current

XC9272 Series

Torex Semiconductor has launched the XC9272 series of synchronous step-down DC/DC converters. These converters support a low output voltage under 1.0V and achieve an ultra-low supply current. The demand for low power consumption is growing stronger, and the development of chipsets with reduced core voltages
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06/13/2016
Space-saving and highly-reliable aluminum electrolytic capacitors from Panasonic now at TTI

FKS capacitors

Now available in Europe through TTI, a leading specialist distributor of electronic components, is a new series of miniaturized, cost-effective, aluminium electrolytic capacitors from Panasonic that not only save space, but also increase system reliability. The FKS series devices feature an increase in capacitance
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06/13/2016
In this article we’ll show how a third way of defining average current leads to an infinite gain of the modulator gain for current-mode systems. Another simple derivation produces a fourth expression for the modulator gain, thus completing the set of gains to be found in the literature. Different
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06/11/2016
Integration or optimizationâ€which comes first?

Larry Spaziani, GaN Systems

At APEC 2016 it became abundantly clear to the industry that GaN transistors are here, they're now, and they're proliferating. GaN Systems, EPC, Transphorm, Panasonic, Infineon, Texas Instruments, and other manufacturers and developers all displayed GaN products in varying readiness, from existing only
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06/11/2016
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, a designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of power semiconductors and power ICs, released the AOZ226X, second generation of high efficiency, easy-to-use synchronous EZBuck regulators featuring a proprietary Constant On-Time (COT) control architecture that enables
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06/09/2016
STMicros connectivity portfolio targets USB-C and power delivery

The free STM32 USB-C and PD Middleware Stack is compliant with USB Type-C 1.2 and USB Power Delivery 2.0 specifications

As electronics companies worldwide increasingly look to implement the new USB Type-C and Power Delivery (PD) technology, STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is making the task easier with a certified embedded software solution based on
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06/09/2016
Imdc, Holst Centre, and Methods2Business develop low-power Wi-Fi HaLow radio solution for IoT

The new low-power, long-range radio solution uses 10 times less power than state-of-the-art orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) radio solutions on the market

At this week’s Design Automation Conference (DAC 2016), nanoelectronics research center imec, Holst Centre (initiated by imec and TNO), and Wi-Fi IP provider Methods2Bussiness presented a complete Wi-Fi  HaLow radio solution. The new low-power, long-range radio solution uses 10 times less power than state-of-the-art
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06/08/2016
Model railroad maker transforms market with introduction of Bluetooth low energy trains

Touchscreen smartphone and tablet control is enriching the enjoyment of a traditional hobby

Nordic Semiconductor announced that one of the world's oldest and largest traditional model railroad and train manufacturers, Bachmann Trains, is employing Nordic Semiconductor Bluetooth® low energy (previously known as Bluetooth Smart) nRF51822 Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) at the heart of its E-Z App system.
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06/06/2016
Cut-2-Size backlighting kit from Lumitex is ideal for prototype devices

Cut-2-Size Backlighting Kit

Lumitex, a leader in thin, engineered lighting solutions, announced the availability of its first-ever, innovative Cut-2-Size Backlighting Kit. Created for design engineers who need quick prototype backlighting for membrane switches, keypads, overlays, LCDs or other graphics displays, the Cut-2-Size Backlighting
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Date:
06/02/2016
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