Consumer

January 2023
PSDcast – Eaton's Experience Centers Tout Home Energy Management Strategies

Dan Carnovale, the director of Eaton’s Experience Centers

­Eaton recently updated its “Experience Center” in Pittsburgh, installing EV charging infrastructure to show visitors how that tech contributes to home energy management strategies for the benefit of the grid.
Date:
01/30/2023
Industry's First Ultrasonic Lens Cleaning Chipset Enables Self-Cleaning Cameras and Sensors

Industry's First Ultrasonic Lens Cleaning Chipset Enables Self-Cleaning Cameras and Sensors

­Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the first purpose-built semiconductors with ultrasonic lens cleaning (ULC) technology, enabling camera systems to quickly detect and remove dirt, ice and water using microscopic vibrations. Removing contaminants from camera lenses traditionally requires manual cleaning, causing s
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Date:
01/17/2023
STMicroelectronics Brings 32-bit Kick to Cost-Sensitive 8-bit Applications with STM32C0 Series Microcontrollers

STMicroelectronics Brings 32-bit Kick to Cost-Sensitive 8-bit Applications with STM32C0 Series Microcontrollers

­STMicroelectronics is again broadening access to its STM32 microcontroller (MCU) family by introducing the most affordable series yet: the STM32C0. STM32 MCUs are used in billions of smart industrial, medical, and consumer products worldwide. With thousands of existing STM32 part numbers, product d
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Date:
01/12/2023
Renesas Introduces Low-Power RL78/G15 MCU with the Smallest 8-pin Package Option Available within the RL78 Family

Renesas Introduces Low-Power RL78/G15 MCU with the Smallest 8-pin Package Option Available within the RL78 Family

­Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced a new general-purpose microcontroller (MCU) in the low-power RL78 Family, with small package sizes that target 8-bit MCU applications. The versatile RL78/G15 packs many peripheral functions and 4-8KB of code flash memory in package sizes ranging from 8 to 20 pin
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Date:
01/12/2023
Low-Cost RF Power Transmitter to Bring Convenient Over-the-Air Wireless Charging into Homes

Powercast shows its easy-to-integrate, drop-in embeddable Ubiquity module in an acrylic case.

­Powercast Corporation has unveiled its Ubiquity transmitter, an ultra-low-cost RF power transmitter which was selected as a CES 2023 Innovation Award Honoree in three categories:  Smart Home Embedded Technologies Sustainability, Eco-Design & Smart Energy Designe
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Date:
01/05/2023
New Smart Sensor System is More Than Just a Digital Fitness Coach in Miniature Size

New Smart Sensor System is More Than Just a Digital Fitness Coach in Miniature Size

Today’s consumers want portable and smart devices that have high performance and a full set of features, yet provide a long battery life. For product designers, this means making difficult decisions to minimize power consumption without affecting the user experience. Bosch Sensortec announces a new smart
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Date:
01/04/2023
TDK SmartSound MEMS Microphones and SmartSound One Development Platform Now Available

TDK SmartSound MEMS Microphones and SmartSound One Development Platform Now Available

­TDK Corporation announces availability of the InvenSense T5838 and T5837 MEMS microphones, and the SmartSound One Development Platform. These MEMS microphones push the boundaries of microphone acoustic performance, power efficiency, and advanced feature sets all in small package footprints. SmartSound One of
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Date:
01/03/2023
Eggtronic Unveils Advanced Power Conversion Architecture for High-Power PFC Applications

Eggtronic Unveils Advanced Power Conversion Architecture for High-Power PFC Applications

­Eggtronic has launched a high-performance AC/DC converter technology that provides industry-leading efficiency, reduced component count and improved EMI performance in high-power applications requiring power factor correction (PFC).  Derived from the traditional boost PFC + LLC resonant  power converter,
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Date:
01/03/2023
Agriculture Digitization and its Underlying Technology

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Figure 1: Schematic describing soil composition

­Widely publicized in the media, there are rising concerns both within the agricultural industry and from government policymakers as to whether food production can keep up with unprecedented future demands. The ever-expanding population (especially in developing countries), combined with limited suitable land re
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Date:
01/01/2023
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