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Powering Communications

August 2014
Increasing efficiency and reducing power consumption is key for modern embedded systems. To support these demanding needs SEGGER added tickless low power support to its popular embOS real time operating system. The embOS tickless low power feature reduces the power consumption for e.g. battery powered devices.
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08/29/2014
Anand Balakrishnan of Freescale on intelligent power in the IoT

Anand Balakrishnan of Freescale

In this PSDcast Anand Balakrishnan of Freescale talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the intelligent power demands of small portable devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). Highly-integrated embedded systems with active sub-system power management are a powerful way to achieve both higher energy
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08/29/2014
Freescale introduces novel family of programmable wireless charging solutions

WPC Qi-certified transmit controller ICs and reference designs

Freescale Semiconductor introduced a range of fully-programmable wireless charging ICs and reference designs targeting automotive and consumer applications. These Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) Qi-certified transmit controller ICs and reference designs are fully qualified and available now. As feature-rich,
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08/28/2014

Melexis & Freescale create automotive-ready wireless charging & NFC reference design

The WCT-5WTXAUTO reference design from Melexis and Freescale

Wireless charging promises to take consumers to the next level of convenience for maintaining readiness of mission critical and lifestyle enhancing communication tools. Low battery warnings are never welcome but seem ever present with the increasing reliance on portable electronics in our personal and professional
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08/27/2014
CamSemi announced two of their latest ‘fast start’ Primary Side Sensing (PSS) controllers to extend the target applications for the company’s latest generation C2170 family into higher powers. The new C2173 and C2174 controllers target low cost MoU-compliant, USB smartphone charger and other universal
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08/21/2014
Advanced drivers from FTDI Chip enable more efficient systems

FTDI Chip has updated its expansive USB driver portfolio

FTDI Chip has updated its expansive USB driver portfolio in order to include a selective suspend feature. The revised drivers have just passed Microsoft certification and are available to download free of charge from the FTDI Chip website. With the launch of lower-powered versions of X-Chip series
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08/21/2014
Dialog Semiconductor, a provider of highly integrated power management, AC/DC, solid-state lighting, and Bluetooth Smart wireless technology, announced it has agreed to a joint collaboration with Energous Corporation (NASDAQ: WATT), the developer of WattUp™, a novel wire-free charging technology for electronic
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08/19/2014
In the battle for the connected home, stakeholders are lining up

Google-owned Nest Labs envisions a ‘conscious home'

The “smart home” has been a dream for decades but too expensive for the average household. Not anymore. Now that the costs for creating a connected home are dropping, device makers, utilities, telecoms and other companies are gearing up for what’s being called the battle beyond the living room. The latest
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08/19/2014
Allegro MicroSystems unveils their latest high-accuracy current-sensor ICs

Allegro’s ACS722 and ACS723 devices

Allegro MicroSystems announced two current sensor IC devices that are true ±5 A sensor ICs or uni-directional 10 A sensor ICs for use in low power applications that require higher output swings at lower current. Allegro’s ACS722 and ACS723 devices provide an economical and precise solution for AC or DC current
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08/13/2014
Newark element14 announces the launch of the Texas Instruments CC3200 Launchpad and CC3100 BoosterPack, a development platform and Wi-Fi device, created for faster and easier implementation of solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). The CC3200 LaunchPad kit is the industry’s first single-chip programmable
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08/12/2014
The arrival of Google’s Android TV platform could well disrupt the landscape for streaming media players now dominated by Roku and Apple TV, potentially roiling a rapidly expanding market that sells tens of millions of units every year, according to research from IHS Technology. The worldwide installed base
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08/12/2014
Dianne Kibbey of element14 on inspiring the design community

Dianne Kibbey of element14

In this PSDcast Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community for element14, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the design engineering community and fomenting innovation and development. According to Kibbey, “the Internet of Things has been a hot topic in the media, but the technologies behind it
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08/11/2014
uBeam uses ultrasound to charge phones from across the room

uBeam uses ultrasonic frequencies to trasmit power

Wireless charging has existed for years now, but it has been slow to take off. That probably has to do with the only nominally wireless nature of it. Charging a phone wirelessly usually means placing it on a surface, or at the most a few inches above it. A technology being developed by a company called uBeam
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08/08/2014
Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now shipping the PAN1740 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Module from Panasonic. The PAN1740 is a single-model Bluetooth module that reduced form factor and significantly lower power consumption with a fully shielded case that includes an integrated chip antenna and on-board crystal oscillators.
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08/08/2014
As discussed by Cymbet, a developer of solid state energy storage solution, in a white paper published in 2008, the number of smart devices connected to the internet exceeded the number of people on the earth. By 2020 it is estimated that this number could reach over 50 billion, although one needs to bear in
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08/08/2014
Analog Devices' ultra-low-power boost regulator for photovoltaic and thermoelectric energy harvesting systems is presented as the industry’s most efficient. The ADP5090 ultra-low-power boost regulator represents a significant leap forward in energy harvesting technology by delivering efficient conversion of
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08/07/2014
No-power Wi-Fi connectivity could fuel Internet of Things reality

Wi-Fi backscatter uses radio frequency signals as a power source and reuses existing Wi-Fi infrastructure

Imagine a world in which your wristwatch or other wearable device communicates directly with your online profiles, storing information about your daily activities where you can best access it—all without requiring batteries. Or, battery-free sensors embedded around your home could track minute-by-minute temperature
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08/07/2014
Ultralow-voltage step-up energy-harvesting power manager IC extends life of primary batteries in WSNs

LTC3107 highly-integrated DC/DC converter

Linear Technology announced the LTC3107 highly-integrated DC/DC converter, designed to extend the life of a primary battery in low power wireless system networks (WSNs). The LTC3107 combines energy harvesting and power management capability with a primary battery cell to extend the battery’s usable lifetime.
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08/05/2014
Mouser Electronics has unveiled a Communications Application Site to inform engineers and customers about the different types of applications within the communications sector. The new site gives all customers, in particular design engineers, the resources they need to learn more about new products, components
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08/01/2014
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