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  • 6 ways to make EDA exciting again
    6 ways to make EDA exciting again
  • Saltwater powers LED lamp
    Saltwater powers LED lamp
  • Hittite products get support from ADI RF design tools
    Hittite products get support from ADI design tools
  • 7 ways to deal with PCB electromagnetic problems
    7 tips for PCB electromagnetic issues
  • Drones in the city: 10 alternative applications
    Drones in the city: 10 alternative apps
  • Graphene paves way for nanoparticle imaging system
    Graphene enables nano imaging
  • Gaming PCs should go green
    Gaming PCs should go green
  • IBM gives programming tools for free
    IBM gives programming tools for free
  • 3D-printed electronics comes home
    3D-printed electronics comes home
  • iPad add-on enables fertility test for men
    iPad add-on enables fertility test for men
  • 10 most powerful supercomputers in the world
    10 most powerful supercomputers in the world
  • Self-adjusting glasses claim perfect vision
    Self-adjusting glasses claim perfect vision
6 ways to make EDA exciting again
6 ways to make EDA exciting again

There are still plenty of exciting challenges out there for companies or individuals who are not yet locked into the quarterly revenue drumbeat.

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Saltwater powers LED lamp
Saltwater powers LED lamp

The lamp requires 2tbsp of salt and a glass of water to work and is seen as a main lighting source alternative to battery-powered lamps. It can also be used to charge smartphones via a USB port.

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Hittite products get support from ADI RF design tools
Hittite products get support from ADI RF design tools

The ADIsimRF enables engineers to model RF and microwave signal chains using devices from across ADI's RF IC portfolio. ADIsimRF Version 1.9 adds 190 mixers, amplifiers, switches and attenuators.

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7 ways to deal with PCB electromagnetic problems
7 ways to deal with PCB electromagnetic problems

Faced with the challenges of new materials and new components, PCB designers must also deal with continuing electromagnetic compatibility and interference problems.

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Drones in the city: 10 alternative applications
Drones in the city: 10 alternative applications

Drones are cheap and useful. Because FAA regulations still limit who can use them, "drones-as-a-service" will remain relatively rare, for now. But governments have started seeing the potential.

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Graphene paves way for nanoparticle imaging system
Graphene paves way for nanoparticle imaging system

The graphene acts as the thinnest possible protective layer (only one atom thick per sheet) able to protect a liquid sample inside the vacuum chamber of the transmission electron microscope.

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Gaming PCs should go green
Gaming PCs should go green

While measured power requirements are considerably lower than nameplate for most components tested, the bottom-line energy use is massive compared to that of standard PCs.

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IBM gives programming tools for free
IBM gives programming tools for free

IBM is adding free access to more tools and platforms along with the projects, including free access to developerWorks Open and its Bluemix platform-as-a-service.

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3D-printed electronics comes home
3D-printed electronics comes home

Researchers at the University of California Berkeley in collaboration with Taiwan's National Chiao Tung University created a milk carton screw-on cap that senses if the milk inside is spoiled.

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iPad add-on enables fertility test for men
iPad add-on enables fertility test for men

iSperm works by enlarging the contents of a few drops of semen inside a pipette with the use of a tiny microscope and a backlight. The iPad camera captures the moving image shown by the light.

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10 most powerful supercomputers in the world
10 most powerful supercomputers in the world

Second-generation Shaheen is the newcomer in the Top10 supercomputers of the world. View the other supercomputers and read about how many cores they had, what brand and how well they performed.

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Self-adjusting eyeglasses claim 'perfect vision'
Self-adjusting eyeglasses claim 'perfect vision'

Two optical sensors in the frames of the eyeglasses continually analyse the eyes' pupilliary distance, which changes when the wearer is focusing on objects at different distances.

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Automotive

Ultrasound detection sensor keeps pedestrians safe
The person detector developed by FRA-UAS uses highly efficient and sensitive ultrasonic sensors, capable of discriminating a human...

Steering wheel sensors offer added security
Krippner, together with Guttersberg Consulting, created a foil-based sensing technology that can measure pressure in addition ...

Reverse bias techniques for high-end automotive MCUs
In order to reduce power consumption at hot temperatures, we introduced reverse back bias for microcontrollers in bulk process...

Key system software concerns for next-gen ADAS
Here are the top five system software considerations for OEMs, Tier-1s and their suppliers looking to create successful ADAS software...

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Communications/Network

7 imec innovations in wireless
In this article, Steve Taranovich shares some of imec's technical advances, particularly in the wireless area, via semiconductor...

The lowdown on powering Ethernet (Part 1)
The first step towards achieving low power Ethernet designs is understanding where the power is dissipated. In Part 1, we discuss...

Paving the way for 5Gbit/s optical
By combining vertical cavity laser and all glass fibres technologies, the foundation for the next generations of optical high-...

Beginner's guide to IPv6
IPv6 was designed to address the shortcomings of the previous protocol. This article looks at the key features of IPv6 and the...

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Computing/Peripherals

Flexible port switching, role swapping come to USB
FlexConnect allows a mobile device to plug into a USB host and take control of system functions, along with other USB connected...

Computer operates on water droplets
Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford, and his students have built a synchronous computer that operates...

Analogue meters: Maximising your meter
In this instalment of the series on analogue meters, we will look into shunts and multipliers, as well as introduce additional...

Grasping the propagating plane wave
This article will show with pictures how the fields of a plane wave interact to generate each other with almost no math. To do...

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Consumer Electronics

HomeKit sol'n targets Bluetooth Smart SoCs
The SDK from Nordic combined with the nRF51 SoCs promises to give developers a unique solution for HomeKit products that meets...

Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner may obsolete passwords
Academic researchers have invented a 3D fingerprint scanner that is not only immune to false-negatives due to oil or moisture ...

Employ glove touch in capacitive touch UI
Read about the challenges in implementing glove touch on capacitive touch buttons and how these challenges can be overcome to ...

Why the smart world is still so dumb
In this article, the author tells us that today's and tomorrow's smart homes are not quite smart. In fact, most of them are still...

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IC/Board/Systems Design

Bicolor LED driver utilises two leads
This circuit detects the correct closed condition of the left and right side bags in a motorcycle companion. One bicolor red-...

Evaluation kit extends support for Melexis ToF sensor
Co-developed in association with Melexis technology partner BlueTechnix, the 130mm x 105mm x 60mm board is capable of operating...

Multi-processor SoC geared for IoT, 5G, ADAS
The Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC family from Xilinx features a quad-core 64bit ARM Cortex-A53 APU, a dual-core 32bit ARM Cortex-R5...

Employ ADC to read multiple switches
Sometimes you can run out of I/O pins as your design grows. In this article, we show how to interface eight switches using zero...

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Industrial/Mil/Aero

MCUs from ST integrate ARM Cortex-M7 processor
The smart architecture of the STM32F7 gives opportunities to boost application performance, add functions, extend battery life...

Printed electronics roadmap reveals opportunities, challenges
Fields of application covered in the paper from the Organic and Printed Electronics Association include OLED lighting, organic...

Low-power position sensing in extreme environments
In this article, we explore the latest options for position-sensing systems that combine low power consumption with tolerance ...

Employ glove touch in capacitive touch UI
Read about the challenges in implementing glove touch on capacitive touch buttons and how these challenges can be overcome to ...

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Medical

CMOS bio-optical sensor performs molecular sensing
Anitoa Systems, together with Zhejiang University of China, has developed a handheld real-time quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction...

Employ glove touch in capacitive touch UI
Read about the challenges in implementing glove touch on capacitive touch buttons and how these challenges can be overcome to ...

Thin film MELF resistors target high-voltage apps
The MMA 0204 HV/MMB 0207 HV resistors offer 340kΩ to 10MΩ resistance with ±1 per cent tolerance , ±50ppm/K TCR, 1W power dissipation...

Addressing patient leakage current issues
Know the meaning of patient leakage current for medical power supplies and the various ways of reducing this leakage current for...

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Power/Smart Energy

Guide to DC/DC converter PCB layout (Part 2)
In Part 2, we explore the power component placement for optimal switching regulator performance. We also look at power stage thermal...

Ceramic disc capacitors tout pulse strength up to 10kV
With body diameters down to 7.5mm, devices in the Vishay BCcomponents VY1 Compact series claim to save space while offering higher...

Circuit may protect property and life
Get a thin wire from a used relay coil, and place it around a tent, a camping area, or another area. When the perimeter wire breaks...

Are we ready for drones in our skies?
To have unmanned aerial vehicles fly over certain areas, gather intelligence and detect things that otherwise couldn't be seen...

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Test & Measurement

A primer on AXIe
What is AXIe? Where is it used? How is it different, or similar, to other instrument standards? How does it compare to PXI? This...

Low-cost boundary scan module targets non-scanable partitions
The CION-LX Module/FXT48A from Goepel electronics has 48 single-ended and six differential channels with a voltage range between...

AC power measurement utilises PWM, PAM
Here's a look at an approach that uses inexpensive op-amps and an analogue switch to implement a pulse width/pulse amplitude modulator...

Circuit allows zener voltage measurement, LED testing
In this article, we present a circuit that can be used to measure zener voltages as high as 40V. We also show circuits for testing...

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Educational Resources
Video Resources
Introducing the New 600V CoolMOS™ C7 Series
Infineon’s new 600V CoolMOS™ C7 MOSFETs and their benefit in various Server and Telecom segments.

Webcasts

Use driver ICs smart thermal protection to extend LED lighting life

In this webinar, you will learn about the different ways to extend the lifetime of LED systems—from the basic to the very advanced methods…

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A system solution for high power SMPS
you will learn about: What is a system? SMPS design and typical requirements; Infineon's products for SMPS design; A demo for the highest SMPS efficiency…

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Whitepapers

Over temperature protection for LED lighting

This paper details how LED driver ICs with smart over temperature protection can help you increase lifetime and optimise system cost.…

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Tech Impact
2D black phosphorus may surpass graphene
Researchers at McGill University and the Universite de Montreal claim that black phosphorus, in 2D monolayers where it is phosphorene, is superior to graphene and silicon for purely electronic circuitry.

Graphene-based film touts 4X thermal conductivity of Cu
Novel graphene spawns highly-sensitive molecule sensor