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Cloud-based application includes built-in design guidelines

April 24, 2013 10:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Lighting Designer from Luger Research e.U. is a sophisticated cloud-based application platform to design complete LED lighting system solutions in minutes. This integrated design environment combines multiple modules including light sources, secondary optics, power supplies, connectors, heat sinks and boards to develop a system solution.

Reference design provides a critical layer of security for networked devices

April 23, 2013 2:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Zilog announces the introduction of the ZGATE Security Bridge Reference Design, a joint technology solution utilizing Icon Labs’ Floodgate Technology. Together, Zilog and Icon Labs have produced a microcontroller featuring an embedded firewall that provides a critical layer of security for networked devices.

Design tools give engineers an edge in online printed circuit board design

April 23, 2013 1:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Aspen Labs and Digi-Key Corporation are giving engineers access to a new set of free, online CAD tools to support Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design and development. PCBWeb is an online CAD application for designing and manufacturing electronics circuit boards, available at no cost.

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Embedded wireless portfolio adds PIC32 Bluetooth digital audio kit, plus Wi-Fi modules

April 22, 2013 12:07 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its embedded-wireless portfolio to include the PIC32 Bluetooth Audio Development Kit, featuring modules, stacks and CODECs, and XBee footprint-compatible socket modules with integrated stacks. The new Wi-Fi offerings comprise IEEE 802.11b/g Wi-Fi modules with

Development platform for the Kinetis K20 MCU is Arduino compatible

April 22, 2013 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Premier Farnell announced the global availability of Freescale Semiconductor’s newest Freedom Development Platform for evaluating Kinetis K20 MCUs at element14. The new FRDM-K20D50M Development Platform is form-factor compatible with the Arduino R3 pin layout, providing

Evaluation kit supports very small 5-W GaN MMIC power amplifier

April 20, 2013 2:19 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. announced the immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new evaluation kit for a 5W GaN MMIC power amplifier from Nitronex. The NPA1003QA-EVK evaluation kit includes a test fixture tuned for

LED signage & display kit enables rapid design creation and quick prototyping

April 19, 2013 3:24 pm | Jkl Components Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

JKL Components Corporation has announced the availability of an LED Signage & Display Kit  — Part Number SK14. It includes a full selection of LED technologies appropriate for use in the signage, display, gaming and architectural industries. These kits are excellent for product development of backlit signs....

Reference design remotely locates image sensors up to eight meters away

April 15, 2013 4:40 pm | Lattice | Product Releases | Comments

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation announced the Sensor Extender reference design that offers a low-cost approach to remotely locate image sensors up to eight  meters away from the image signal processor (ISP) and transmit and receive video signals at resolutions that range up to 720p60 and 1080p30.

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Development kit includes connectors for Arduino-compatible shields and Digilent PMOD daughter cards

April 12, 2013 12:12 pm | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Premier Farnell and Cypress Semiconductor announced today that customers can now pre-order the new PSoC 4 Pioneer Development Kit from element14. The powerful new kit costs only $25, and lets designers discover the capabilities of the new PSoC 4 programmable system-on-chip architecture....

Tool provides CCM and buck LED driver designs in under a minute

April 10, 2013 10:31 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s Power Supply WebDesigner design and simulation tool provides complete designs in under a minute and includes complete continuous conduction mode (CCM), non-isolated active PFC buck and buck LED driver designs. From user-specified design inputs, the

Mouser now stocking Atmel SAMA5D3 Cortex-A5 eMPUs

April 2, 2013 10:52 am | Mouser Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics announces immediate availability of the new SAMA5D3 series of embedded microprocessor units from Atmel. These high-performance eMPUs are based on the ARM Cortex-A5 processor and feature market-leading low power consumption.

Visual design tool supports PIC MCU-based GUI creation on Windows, Linux or Mac computers

March 22, 2013 4:21 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the release of Graphics Display Designer X (GDD X), an enhanced visual design tool that provides a quick and easy way of creating Graphical User Interface (GUI) screens for applications using Microchip’s 16-or 32-bit PIC MCUs. With GDD X, developers may

Raspberry Pi Breadboard PCB Kits are 100% compatible with Pi Cobbler

March 22, 2013 3:52 pm | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Making permanent connections is as easy as pie for fans of the credit-card size computer sensation known as Raspberry Pi. Available in full, half and quarter sizes at leading electronics distributor Newark element14, Adafruit’s Perma-Proto for Pi Breadboard PCB kits feature the same labelled breakouts as their Pi Cobbler, assuring a seamless transition.

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Industry’s first reconfigurable DC arc detect reference solution enables designers to safeguard high-power DC systems

March 22, 2013 3:08 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduces the industry’s first fully programmable DC arc detect reference solution. The RD-195 makes it faster and easier for designers to address a growing need to safeguard high-power DC systems, such as automobile and aircraft battery management systems....

Online guide offers quick selection of LVDT position sensors

March 22, 2013 11:46 am | Macro Sensors | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors offers an online Position Sensor Guide that quickly identifies the right LVDT linear position sensor for an application based on desired options such as measurement range, output, body diameter, operating temperature and other specs. Using selection criteria, the

Battery charger reference design regulates charger output in constant voltage and constant current modes

March 21, 2013 10:15 am | Zilog | Product Releases | Comments

Zilog introduces its new Buck Converter Battery Charger Reference Design that employs Zilog’s Z8F042A MCU to control a step-down DC-DC converter (also known as a buck converter) that functions as a regulated power source. This buck converter battery charger hardware is capable of regulating charger output in a number of modes....

Power supply design software supports LED lighting

March 19, 2013 10:38 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations announced that the latest version of its popular power supply design software, PI Expert Suite 9.0, now includes support for its LinkSwitch-PL and LinkSwitch-PH LED-driver ICs and its recently introduced TinySwitch-4 off-line switcher IC family.

Online tool helps users configure and simulate 48-V PRM modules for PoL buck-boost or Factorized Power apps

March 18, 2013 4:17 pm | Vicor Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Vicor Corporation announced new user-configurability capabilities for its VI Chip PRM modules. The new PowerBench tool suite equips designers to customize and simulate efficient PRM modules for use as PoL buck-boost regulators or to drive VTM current multipliers and meet a broad range of

Holt Integrated Circuits announces validation of world’s smallest MIL-STD-1553 remote terminal

March 15, 2013 11:07 am | Holt Integrated Circuits | Product Releases | Comments

Holt Integrated Circuits announced formal MIL-STD-1553 RT validation of HI-6130/31, the world’s smallest BC/MT/ RT multi-terminal solution. Validation was performed at Test Systems, Inc., an independent Air Force approved testing service for MIL-STD-1553 remote terminals.

Kit promises everything needed to fully evaluate high-speed data converters

March 15, 2013 10:55 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced what is said to be the industry's first complete high-speed data converter system evaluation kit (HSDC-SEK). The HSDC-SEK-10 includes a pattern capture card, pattern generator card, low-jitter clock source, clean 10-MHz signal source and a multi-output regulated power supply.

Development board features dedicated eGaN driver

March 15, 2013 9:42 am | Efficient Power Conversion | Product Releases | Comments

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) introduced the EPC9010 development board to help engineers start designing with a 100-V enhancement-mode gallium nitride (eGaN) field effect transistor (FET) in applications such as high-speed DC/DC power supplies, point-of-load converters, class D audio

Front-end reference design designed for TVs with Panasonic Demodulator LSI

March 13, 2013 10:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Orca Systems announced a complete DVB-T2/T/C and analog TV front-end reference design for televisions with Orca’s ORC5310 hybrid TV tuner and Panasonic Corporation’s MN88472 demodulator. The ORC5310 is a single-chip, CMOS-based, hybrid TV tuner with analog demodulator that can receive both analog and digital signals....

RF modules ease implementation of radio technologies in embedded systems

March 12, 2013 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Adeunis RF announced the availability of its Wireless Starter Kits, allowing immediate implementation of wireless capabilities on Bluetooth, ISM bands, Narrowband and Wireless M‐Bus transceivers (a world exclusive). The kits are based on the Raisonance brand Open4 development platforms and fully

Software tool enables BOM processing in hours

March 11, 2013 4:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Adeon Software House announced a new software tool, BOMArchitect, promising fast validation and processing of Bills of Materials (BOM). Developed to meet the needs of electronics manufacturers, this tool is positioned to replace the process of reviewing BOMs with a high-speed process that takes hours

Integrated radio modules help engineers develop ZigBee wireless apps using TI development kits

March 11, 2013 3:49 pm | Anaren Microwave Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Anaren, Inc. has introduced a family of four Anaren Integrated Radio (AIR) modules designed to help OEMs develop products that wirelessly communicate in compliance with the ZigBee standard. Based on the Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) CC2530 low-power RF SoC

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