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Internet of Things

December 2016
 Build a WiFi-enabled 6LoWPAN wireless sensor network

STM32 Open Development Environment

The STM32 Open Development Environment provides developers with end-to-end solutions to explore and validate design concepts. Using a combination of ODE components, it’s now possible to build a wireless sensor network based on 6LoWPAN connectivity leveraging a wide range of sensor technologies and make sensor
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12/27/2016
element14's electronic design community has launched a new Design Challenge for designers and engineers called ‘Safe and Sound’. Sponsored by Texas Instruments (TI), element14 will challenge 15 community members to design a personal safety-oriented wearable device or solution that protects a person from
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12/26/2016
Mouser now ships Cree’s high-power, high-efficacy XLamp MHB-B LEDs

Cree XLamp MHB-B LED

Mouser Electronics, a leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with a wide selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the Cree XLamp MHB-B LEDs. These new high-power LEDs enable designers to more effectively deliver lower system costs for high-lumen, high-efficiency applications
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12/26/2016

Nordic Semiconductor to show advanced wireless solutions at CES

Nordic Semiconductor will demonstrate the capabilities of its Bluetooth 5-compatible nRF52 Series SoCs at CES 2017

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA announced it will demonstrate Bluetooth low energy- (including Bluetooth 5) and IEEE 802.15.4-enabled technologies at International CES 2017.The company is also confirming details of exhibits, demonstrations, and design partner companies it will be
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12/23/2016
Silicon Labs’ tiny BGM12x SiP modules for Bluetooth LE now at Mouser

BGM12x Blue Gecko SiP Modules

Mouser Electronics, a leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with a wide selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking BGM12x Blue Gecko system-in-package (SiP) modules from Silicon Labs. Based on Silicon Labs’ Blue Gecko wireless system-on-chip (SoC), the BGM12x is the
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12/23/2016
Novel production method could accelerate graphene development

Exeter has developed a new method for creating entire device arrays directly on the copper substrates

A team of engineers from Exeter’s Centre for Graphene Science have developed a new method for creating entire device arrays directly on the copper substrates used for the commercial manufacture of graphene. Complete and fully-functional devices can then be transferred to a substrate of choice, such as silicon,
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12/21/2016
TDK and Tronics Microsystems jointly announced that the all-cash public tender offer launched by TDK's wholly-owned subsidiary EPCOS was successfully closed on December 14, 2016. EPCOS, a leading manufacturer of electronic components, modules and systems based in Munich, Germany, acquired 72.38% of the outstanding
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12/21/2016
Novel material with ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism may lead to better memory

Portions of the BiFeO3 lattice of cycloidal and collinear phases with only Fe ions are shown at left and right, respectively. The arrows indicate the Fe3+ moment direction. The ground state of BiFeO3 had a cycloidal spin structure, which is destabilized by substitution of Co for Fe and at higher temperatures. The spin magnetic moments compensate with each other in the left panel, but canting between neighboring spins leads to the appearance of weak ferromagnetism in the left panel.

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have demonstrated that ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism coexist at room temperature in thin films of bismuth-iron-cobalt oxide. The research could have implications in the next generation of computer memory and sensors. Traditional computer
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12/20/2016
Valencell, a leading innovator in performance biometric data sensor technology, and STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, announced the launch of a new, highly accurate and scalable development kit for biometric wearables that includes ST’s
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12/20/2016
ON Semi to demo new rapid-charging USB-C solutions at CES

USB Type-C

ON Semiconductor, driving energy efficient innovations, will be showcasing its portfolio of solutions for the effective implementation of USB Type-C applications at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. USB Type-C is the rapidly emerging default industry-standard for wired smart and rapid charging
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12/20/2016
Linear's octal simultaneous-sampling SAR ADC offers 16-Bit 1.5Msps/channel performance

Octal, 16-Bit, 1.5Msps/Ch, Simultaneous Sampling, True Differential Input SAR ADC

Linear Technology introduced the LTC2320-16 16-bit 1.5Msps per channel, no latency successive approximation register (SAR) ADC with eight simultaneously sampling channels supporting a rail-to-rail input common mode range. The LTC2320-16 features a flexible analog front end that accepts fully differential, unipolar
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12/19/2016
ConCarExpo moves to Berlin in 2017

Connected Car & Mobility Solutions - The ConCarExpo starts in Berlin July 5-6, 2017

The automotive industry is in transition and faces new challanges. Digitalization enables groundbreaking new technical opportunities and opens new business models. This automobile revolution has it’s own trade fair. The ConCarExpo. From July 5-6, 2017 in Berlin (Estrel Congress & Messe Center Berlin). With
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12/19/2016
Murata’s high-density mono block converters now at Mouser

Murata MYMGK Mono Block Type DC-DC Converters

Mouser Electronics, a leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with a wide selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the MYMGK Mono Block type DC-DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. These new 20A and 6A voltage converters provide the highest power density on the
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12/19/2016
Ways to participate in the “Solar in Your Community Challengeâ€

Solar in Your Community Challenge

The Solar in Your Community Challenge is a $5 million prize competition funded by the SunShot Initiative that aims to expand solar electricity access. Specifically, it focuses on low-and moderate-income (LMI) households and nonprofits that haven’t been able to take advantage of the booming solar market. Challenge
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12/19/2016
Ambiq Micro's Apollo 2 can double battery life in wearables

Ambiq Micro's Apollo 2 can double battery life in wearables

Ambiq Micro, the leader in ultra-low power solutions, today released the Apollo 2 Wearables and IoT Platform. The Platform offers breakthrough power consumption of under 10µA/MHz, which allows for double the battery life in wearable devices. Apollo 2's performance will lead to longer battery life, enhanced
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12/16/2016
Solder-on-polyester creates cost-effective flex circuits

Solder on Polyester Substrate

Molex has introduced Solder on Polyester Substrate, a flexible, economical alternative to rigid PCB and polyimide. Surface Mount (SMT) components, including fine-pitched integrated circuits (ICs) are attached with low-temperature solder and encapsulated on a polyester substrate. Custom designed products can
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12/16/2016
PSDcast - Eaton's Art Mulligan on Cloud infrastructures

Alix Paultre

In this PSDcast, Eaton's Art Mulligan talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on cloud infrastructures. For all the vaunted wireless functionality provided by the cloud, there needs to be a lot of hardware behind the scenes doing the heavy lifting. Eaton's PredictPulse is a a next-generation remote
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12/16/2016
Analog Devices and China's CEPRI collaborate on smart-grid reliability

An overview of various smart grid subsystems

Analog Devices announced a collaboration with the China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) to improve reliability of smart substations, the “nerve centers” of modern electrical grids. New electronics and sensor technologies are enabling resilient and flexible grids to meet the evolving needs of how
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12/15/2016
PSDcast - Sani Ronen of Microsemi on enabling wireless infrastructures

Sani Ronen of Microsemi

In this PSDcast, Sani Ronen of Microsemi talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on enabling wireless infrastructures. The challenges when moving to higher bandwidths and frequencies place pressure on the related systems involved. In order to enable enterprises to migrate to these higher levels of
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12/14/2016
Thermoelectric paint harvests energy from almost any heat

Schematic illustrating for the fabrication of painted thermoelectric devices.

A new study, led by Professor Jae Sung Son of Materials Science and Engineering at UNIST has succeeded in developing a new technique that can be used to turn industrial waste heat into electricity for vehicles and other applications. In their study, the team presented a new type of high-performance
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12/12/2016
Tiny nano-power op-amp also boosts sensing accuracy

TSU111 nano-power op amp

With its tiny 1.2mm x 1.3mm outline and typical current of only 900nA, the TSU111 nano-power op-amp from STMicroelectronics helps cut the size and energy needs of analog circuits to the bare minimum in medical monitors, wearable electronics, gas detectors, pH sensors, infrared motion sensors, and payment tags.
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12/12/2016
Strengthening an expanding portfolio of printed electronics solutions, Molex has signed a worldwide license agreement to manufacture Enfucell SoftBattery power sources. With over a decade developing the patented technology, Enfucell has been a forerunner in printable battery design for the needs of healthcare,
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12/08/2016
The year 2016 was a tumultuous year for everyone, and that isn’t even considering the political stuff, which I won’t go into here. From celebrity deaths to natural disasters to cool stuff in tech, this has been a very interesting year. In the case of celebrities, I primarily bring them up because,
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12/07/2016
AnSem, a leading analog, RF and mixed-signal ASIC solutions company, has become the official partner of Bart Swings, long track speed skater and multiple European and world champion inline speed skater. The partnership between AnSem and Bart Swings from Leuven seems like a match made in heaven, since Bart is
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12/07/2016
Alpha and Omega launch 100V FETs for flyback SR

AO4290A and AON6220 100V MOSFETs

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor, a designer, developer, and supplier of power semiconductors and power ICs, announced the release of two new products in the 100V MOSFET family, AO4290A and AON6220. These products are designed for synchronous rectification for flyback converters, used in high-speed charger and
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12/07/2016
In today’s data acquisition systems (DAQs), performance boundaries are continually being pushed.  System designers require higher speed, lower noise, and better total harmonic distortion (THD) performance; all of which are possible but none of which are free.  These performance improvements typically
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12/07/2016
Mouser Now offering MEAS Weather Shield from TE Connectivity

MEAS weather shield for Arduino/Genuino

Mouser Electronics, a leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with a wide selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the MEAS weather shield for Arduino/Genuino from TE Connectivity (TE), a global leader in connectivity and sensors. The MEAS weather shield integrates five
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12/06/2016
STMicro's mini multi-sensor module jumpstarts IoT and wearables

SensorTile has a complete Bluetooth Low-Energy transceiver including a miniature single-chip balun on-board

STMicroelectronics’ 13.5mm x 13.5mm SensorTile is currently the smallest turnkey sensor board of its type, containing a MEMS accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, pressure sensor, and a MEMS microphone. With the on-board low-power STM32L4 microcontroller, it can be used as a sensing and connectivity hub
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12/05/2016
Safety vs. performance

The creepage distance is the shortest path between two conductors along the surface of an isolator (typically a PCB)

When designing a switch-mode power supply (SMPS) operating losses and the ability to dissipate heat are critical selection criteria for MOSFETs. The standard TO-220 package is generally good at dissipating heat and the wide range of heatsinks and forced-air cooling options available can easily improve this.
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12/04/2016
Cars reinvented: huge opportunities and dangers

The biggest change in cars for one hundred years is now starting

The new IDTechEx report, Electric Car Technology and Forecasts 2017-2027 finds that the biggest change in cars for one hundred years is now starting. It is driven by totally new requirements and capabilities. They will cause huge new businesses to appear but some giants currently making cars and their parts
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12/01/2016
Toshiba launches compact, hi-res 40V, 1.8A bipolar stepping motor driver

TB62269FTAG bipolar stepping motor driver

Toshiba Electronics Europe has introduced a high-voltage, high-resolution bipolar stepping motor driver with maximum ratings of 40V and 1.8A. The ultra-compact TB62269FTAG will suit applications ranging from home appliances and industrial automation to 3D printers and ATMs. Supplied in a QFN32
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12/01/2016
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