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E-CON SYSTEMS AND VARISCITE LTD COLLABORATE TO LAUNCH AN ULTRA-HD MIPI CAMERA FOR NXP’S I.MX8 FAMILY OF PROCESSORS

Following the great demand for a high-resolution camera for i.MX8 processors, e-con Systems has launched a 4-lane MIPI CSI-2 13MP Autofocus camera integrated with Variscite’s i.MX 8 System-on-Module (SoM) platforms. The initial release is compatible with Variscite’s DART-MX8M SoM based on NXP’s iMX8M processor. However, the company has already announced its intentions to expand the …

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CELLULAR PANIC BUTTON REVEALS AN NB-IOT FUTURE FOR PERSONAL SAFETY ALARMS

Nordic Semiconductor announces that Dutch startup, Montr, is employing Nordic’s nRF9160 multi-protocol LTE-M/NB-IoT System-in-Package (SiP) in a small lithium battery-powered NB-IoT emergency alarm designed to protect people in vulnerable situations such as lone professionals at risk of physical attack or isolated accident, and seniors living at home. The 58 x 42 x 6 to 24mm …

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X-FAB SILICON FOUNDRIES TAPES-OUT OPEN-SOURCE RISC-V MCU

X-FAB Silicon Foundries, the leading analog/mixed-signal and specialty foundry, together with crowd-sourcing IC platform partner Efabless Corporation, today announced the successful first-silicon availability of the Efabless RISC-V System on Chip (SoC) reference design. This open-source semiconductor project went from design start to tape-out in less than three months using the Efabless design flow based on …

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THREE QUANTUM COMPUTER COMPONENTS INTEGRATED ON ONE CHIP

Scientists at the University of Stuttgart and the KIT succeed in important further development on the way to quantum computers. Quantum computers one day should be able to solve certain computing problems much faster than a classical computer. One of the most promising approaches is based on the utilization of single photons to carry and …

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Cypress Semiconductor Serial FRAM Nonvolatile Memory Devices

Cypress Semiconductor Serial F-RAM (ferroelectric RAM) memories combine the nonvolatile data storage capability of ROM with the fast speeds of RAM. Serial F-RAM features a variety of interface and density options, including SPI and I2C interfaces, industry-standard packages, and densities ranging from 4KB to 4MB. Cypress Serial F-RAMs have three distinct advantages over other nonvolatile …

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Cypress Semiconductor PSoC® 6 BLE Prototyping Board

Cypress Semiconductor PSoC® 6 BLE Prototyping Board (CY8CPROTO-063-BLE) is a low-cost hardware platform enabling design and debugging of PSoC 6 MCU based applications. The PSoC 6 BLE Prototyping Board provides easy access to all the device I/Os in a breadboard-compatible format, and includes an LED, a push button, and current measuring jumpers. This Board is …

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ON SEMICONDUCTOR’S STRATA DEVELOPER STUDIO

Makers and hobbyists enjoy design environments that can automatically identify and bring up hardware when it is connected to a host computer (for example: Arm mbed & Arduino). For professional engineers, this level of assistance may at first seem unnecessary, but in fact it can significantly improve the evaluation and design process and yield really …

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ENGINEERS PRODUCE SMALLEST 3-D TRANSISTOR YET

Process that modifies semiconductor material atom by atom could enable higher-performance electronics. Researchers from MIT and the University of Colorado have fabricated a 3-D transistor that’s less than half the size of today’s smallest commercial models. To do so, they developed a novel microfabrication technique that modifies semiconductor material atom by atom. The inspiration behind the work was to keep up …

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Researches Solve Problems of Organic Thin Film Transistors By Developing Nanostructured Gate Dielectric

Amorphous silicon-based Thin-film transistors (TFTs) are the foundation of many modern-day technologies, such as smartphones and flat-panel TVs. Still, it comes with a few drawbacks like performance limitations due to limited carrier mobility. Provoking the researchers in search of something better. As a result, Organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) were developed. OTFTs have solved the problem with carrier mobility to …

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World’s Smallest MEMS Micro-Loudspeaker Saves 80 Percent More Energy

STMicroelectronics along with the audio company USound has created the first MEMS (Micro ElectroMechnical Systems) micro-loudspeaker based on semiconductors. It’s the smallest loudspeaker in the world, but it can produce a powerful noise. MEMS makes it possible. The speakers are being presented at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. In the audio world, the electromechanical capabilities of MEMS have only been used to …

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A COST-EFFICIENT SUPER-CASCODE SIC SWITCH

Coping with rapid technological advances and finding efficient energy solutions are the keys for development of power electronics of the future. A new research had been done in North Carolina State University about increasing the efficiency of high-power switches. Silicon Carbide is a compound of silicon and carbon with chemical formula SiC. It is a wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor, …

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AS7221, AN IOT SMART LIGHTING MANAGER

ams AG, a multinational semiconductor manufacturer and provider of high performance sensors and analog ICs, had announced the AS7221, an integrated white-tunable smart lighting manager that can be controlled through its network connection by means of simple text-based commands. AS7221 is a networking-enabled IoT Smart Lighting Manager with embedded tri-stimulus color sensing for direct CIE color point mapping and control. IoT …

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