Consumer

June 2014
In this episode of PSDtv Noel Lee, founder and Head Monster at Monster Products, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about some of the design issues involved in the creation
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06/30/2014
GreenPeak Technologies, an industry-leading Smart Home low-power radio communication semi-conductor company, has created a white paper that details how Small Data, the tiny bits of information collected from billions of small sentrollers (sensors, controllers and actuators) in homes, offices, factories, cars,
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06/30/2014
AVID Technologies launches Qi dev tools supporting WPC medium power standards

Qi FOD Transmitter

AVID Technologies, a comprehensive provider of advanced electronic products and design services, released Qi Wireless Power development tools that will support the Medium Power (15Watt) extension of the Wireless Power Consortium standards. Initial offerings will include a medium power test receiver, a medium
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06/27/2014

Onset releases plug load data loggers

HOBO Plug Load Logger

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, plug loads – or energy used by equipment plugged into an outlet – can account for up to 50% of a building’s total electrical load. While minimizing plug loads can be an effective energy reduction strategy in buildings, it is often difficult for energy auditors
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06/27/2014
Bosch Sensortec claims first IMU with sub-1mA current consumption for always-on applications

Bosch Sensortec‘s BMI160 Inertial Measurement Unit

Bosch Sensortec‘s latest BMI160 Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) integrates a state-of-the-art 16 bit 3-axis, low-g accelerometer and an ultra-low power 3-axis gyroscope into a single package. It has been designed specifically for high precision, always-on 6-axis and 9-axis applications in smart phones, tablets,
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06/27/2014
VARTA Storage to feature the Engion home energy storage system at Intersolar North America

Engion Home solar energy storage system

VARTA Microbattery, a leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of an extensive variety of high-technology rechargeable and primary batteries, announced that VARTA Storage is featuring the Engion Home solar energy storage system at Intersolar North America, held July 8 through 10, 2014 in San Francisco,
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06/24/2014
element14, along with partners EnOcean, Tektronix, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the Eclipse Foundation, has announced the launch of the “Forget Me Not” design challenge, an international design competition to encourage participating engineers to develop pioneering applications in the field of home monitoring
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06/24/2014
Altium, a leader in Smart System Design Automation, 3D PCB design (Altium Designer) and embedded software development (TASKING), has announced the release of their next generation of enterprise data management and collaboration platform - Altium Vault 2.0. By centralizing, managing and formalizing the component
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06/24/2014
Linear Technology announced the LTC3331, a complete energy-harvesting solution that delivers up to 50mA of continuous output current to extend battery life when harvestable energy is available. A simple 10mA shunt enables charging of a rechargeable battery with harvested energy while a low battery disconnect
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06/24/2014
Mesago Messe Frankfurt announced that the Smart Systems Integration Conference and Exhibition will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 11 – 12 March 2015. It is the international communication platform for research institutes and manufacturers to exchange know-how on smart systems integration and to create
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06/24/2014
Long-life paper-thin batteries from STMicro target tomorrow’s tiny tech

EnFilm advanced rechargeable batteries

STMicroelectronics has begun limited production of its EnFilm™ advanced rechargeable batteries that are less than 0.25mm thick. These paper-thin batteries free designers from the constraints of standard battery sizes and are ideal for use in powering the next generation of personal technology and Internet-of-Things
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06/23/2014
Superconducting refrigerator cools via tunneling cascade

A team of researchers has proposed a novel design for a superconducting refrigerator in which cooling is performed in a cascade of steps

In a new paper published in Applied Physics Letters, a team of researchers, M. Camarasa-Gómez, et al., from Italy and France, has proposed a novel design for a superconducting refrigerator in which cooling is performed in a cascade of steps. Due to this multistage operation, the refrigerator can cool
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06/20/2014
There is an invisible thread that keeps our Wi-Fi running, our Bluetooth connections buzzing and our instant messages flying. These operations are now such staples of our everyday lives that few of us bother to consider how the devices actually work. But that common thread – radio frequency that is known as
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06/20/2014
Mouser Electronics, a leading engineering resource and global distributor of semiconductors and electronic components, announced that it will be showcasing some of their latest technologies at the Sensors Expo and Conference 2014, set for June 24-26 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
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06/18/2014
Goal-line technology in the spotlight at FIFA

GoalControl-4D has been installed across all 12 FIFA stadiums

Goal-line technology (GLT) is on show at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro as the GoalControl-4D technology springs into action, a system for goal-spotting that includes a special referee watch to receive the indication of “Goal” or “No Goal”, which is immediately confirmed within one second as
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06/18/2014
Laser World of Photonics 2015 adds additional hall

The LASER World of PHOTONICS exhibition spans all aspects of the application of photonics

With 1,130 exhibitors occupying 42,000 square meters, the last LASER World of PHOTONICS was fully booked down to the last stand. However, the increasing importance of the key technology photonics is unabated and, with it, the demand for exhibition space. In 2015 the manufacturers will get what they are after:
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06/18/2014
Paultre on Power - Bernd Gessner von ams Ãber Sensoren in Energiemanagement (German Language Podcast)

Bernd Gessner von ams

In diesem Podcast spricht Bernd Gessner, Executive VP bei ams,  mit Alix Paultre von Power Systems-Design über die Rolle von Sensoren in Energiemanagement-und Bewegungssteuerung die sich in  komplexen und anspruchsvollen Umgebungen befinden, wie zum Beispiel in Automotive und Industrie Applikationen.
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06/17/2014
Osram's multi-chip laser for projectors delivers up to 50W

The PLPM4 450 is the first multi-chip package to provide a blue light output of 50 W

Packing up to 20 blue laser chips into a single "butterfly" package, the PLPM4 450 compact laser multi-chip module from Osram Opto Semiconductors for projection applications reduces the complexity of laser projectors significantly. Osram has also succeeded in doubling the optical output of the individual
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06/17/2014
Paper Battery Company, developer of an innovative energy storage and enhancement technology for consumer electronics and other applications, announced the closing of a $3.0M Series A private investment round. The funds will be used to commercialize its first products that promise to significantly improve battery
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06/16/2014
Analyst views of the Internet of Things (IoT) vary drastically depending on how one defines the topic. As a result, there is the potential for much hyping. Having thoroughly researched the topic, IDTechEx has mapped the IoT ecosystem as shown in the diagram below, where IoT centers on things collaborating with
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06/16/2014
Renata adds to their Lithium Polymer battery portfolio

Renata 3.7V rechargeable Li-polymer batteries

Providing design engineers with new options for compact and higher power capacity rechargeable power sources for portable medical, industrial and consumer electronic devices, the Renata Batteries division of the Swatch Group (Switzerland) recently added three types to its family of lithium polymer batteries
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06/13/2014
Analog Devices, a leader in high-performance signal processing technology, introduced the ADSP-BF70x Blackfin® processor family, a high-performance DSP series that delivers a class-leading 800 MMACS of processing power at less than 100 mW – double the performance or half the power of competing devices. The
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06/12/2014
Qualcomm Technologies has introduced the Qualcomm FSM90xx system-on-chip (SoC) for neighborhood and small and medium business (SMB) small cells. From its inception to implementation, the FSM90xx has been designed and optimized to meet the cost targets and performance requirements of neighborhood and SMB segments.
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06/11/2014
CE Week announced a partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to bring local up-and-coming startups to CE Week 2014. Known as the CE industry’s top annual mid-year event, CE Week brings together media, analysts and technology thought leaders for product debuts, a robust conference
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06/10/2014
Wireless developer Soundwall adds Claudio Souza Pinto's famous images

Soundwall adds Claudio Souza Pinto's images

Editor's note: Tech can also be esthetic Soundwall, art that hangs on your wall and plays music wirelessly, announced an exclusive partnership with famed Brazilian artist Claudio Souza Pinto. These remarkable works are now available for purchase in the Claudio Souza Pinto gallery on the Soundwall
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06/10/2014
Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC, solid state lighting and Bluetooth® Smart wireless technology, continues to expand its leadership momentum in Rapid Charge™ mobile device adapter solutions with the launch of its MediaTek Pump Express™ Plus-compatible iW1788
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06/10/2014
STMicroelectronics’ latest family of Field-Effect Rectifier diodes (FERD) offers a unique trade-off between low forward voltage drop (VF) and low leakage current (IR) that allows designers of equipment such as battery chargers and notebook adaptors to meet the most stringent energy-efficiency standard requirements
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06/10/2014
Wuerth's WE-MAPI series claims smallest metal alloy power inductor available

Wurth Electronics' WE-MAPI metal alloy power inductor

Wuerth Electronics' WE-MAPI series is presented as the smallest metal alloy power inductor in the market, measuring just 1.6 x 1.6 x 1.0mm. WE-MAPI inductors from Wuerth are equipped with a magnetic iron alloy core material, which allows for high rated currents in an ultra compact design. The saturation current
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06/09/2014
Zero-drift op-amps from STMicro empower precision sensing in wearable products

STMicroelectronics’ TSZ121 family of zero-drift op amps

STMicroelectronics’ TSZ121 family of zero-drift op amps deliver superior performance in popular packages and small-outline alternatives, offering industry-leading choice, accuracy, and precision for Internet-of-Things (IoT) or wearable-device applications including temperature sensors, wellness and fitness
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06/05/2014
SiTime clocks wearables, IoT apps with 32 kHz MEMS

SiT1552 MEMS TCXO

SiTime, an analog semiconductor company, introduced the smallest, lowest power 32 kHz TCXO (temperature compensated oscillator). With its tiny footprint and ultra-low power consumption, the SiT1552 MEMS TCXO enables a paradigm shift in the size and battery life of wearable electronics and Internet of Things
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06/05/2014
Qualcomm announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies is expanding its Quick Charge ecosystem. NTT DOCOMO, a personalized mobile solutions provider for smartphone and tablet users in Japan will have the opportunity to take advantage of Quick Charge 2.0's rapid charging capabilities. DOCOMO
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06/04/2014
MEMSIC claims world’s highest performance three-axis magnetic sensor

MMC3524xPJ Three-Axis Magnetic Sensor

MEMSIC, a leading sensing solution provider, announced the availability of its MMC3524xPJ Three-Axis Magnetic Sensor. This fully integrated device achieves a dramatic increase in performance over competing devices, particularly in the areas of stability over temperature and time, and insensitivity to external
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06/03/2014
USI, Universal Scientific (Shanghai) Industrial, a leading expert in the design and manufacturing of wireless module solutions, has joined forces with GreenPeak Technologies, a leading Smart Home low-power radio communication semi-conductor company, to develop a high performance and low cost ZigBee module for
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06/03/2014
Freescale Semiconductor has initiated customer sampling for its QorIQ LS1 family of dual-core SoCs. This innovative family of pin-compatible communications processors is the first available in the QorIQ LS series based on Layerscape architecture from Freescale. Leveraging more than 20 years of networking expertise,
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06/03/2014
Paultre on Power - Joerg Malzon-Jessen von Infineon Ãber Technologieentwicklung (German Language Podcast)

Joerg Malzon-Jessen von Infineon

In diesem Beitrag spricht Alix Paultre von Power Systems Design mit Joerg Malzon-Jessen von Infineon über Technologieentwicklung und insbesondere über eine Neuheit, die der Halbleiterhersteller in einen glühenden Würfel verpackt hat... Infineon ist für seine marktprägenden Innovationen bekannt.
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06/02/2014
Providing more visibility for new technologies in the market, LOPEC 2014 has fulfilled this aspiration of the printed electronics industry and improved on its already successful record: with more than 2,000 participants - an increase of over 10 percent - as well as strong growth in exhibitor and exhibition space
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06/02/2014