IoT & Smart Cities

November 2021
Battery Charger IC Powers Latest Low-Voltage Rechargeable Batteries
ROHM Semiconductor introduced the BD71631QWZ battery charger IC, designed to provide low-voltage charging of wearables (e.g., wireless ear buds) and thin, compact IoT devices (e.g., smart displays) powered by rechargeable batteries. In recent years, the need for safer, higher density rechargea
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11/19/2021

Infineon Joins FiRa Consortium as Contributor Member
FiRa is an organization that is dedicated to developing and disseminating ultra-wideband (UWB) technology for secured fine ranging and positioning capabilities in a wide range of applications. UWB devices are designed to accurately and securely determine the position of other devices. Infineon says it will make use
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11/09/2021
PSDcast – Qorvo Acquires UnitedSiC and Expands their Reach Dramatically

The former president and CEO of UnitedSiC, and Qorvo’s new general manager of Power Device Solutions, Dr. Chris Dries.

Two of the leading players in our industry just made a bombshell announcement – Qorvo, a leading provider of RF solutions, acquired United Silicon Carbide, a leading manufacturer of SiC power semiconductors.
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11/05/2021
First Industrial Temperature Grade DDR5, DDR4 Registered Clock Drivers
Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the industry’s first industrial temperature DDR5 (5RCD0148H) and DDR4 (4RCD0232K) registered clock drivers (RCDs). The new devices are targeted at demanding applications such as edge computing, automotive vehicles, industry 4.0, and 5G applications. The new indus
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11/04/2021
MCU Power Architecture Takes Battery Life to the Limit

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Figure 1: Power consumption model

The spectacular growth of the IoT is driving the need to develop new, battery powered sensing devices, that are smarter, faster and can last for longer on smaller, cheaper batteries. To satisfy the demand for higher performance, we must steal time from many of the other system components, reallocating the time -
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Date:
11/01/2021