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  • Self-destructing device aims to cut electronic waste
    Self-destructing device aims to cut waste
  • 10 fascinating Raspberry Pi 2 projects
    10 fascinating Raspberry Pi 2 projects
  • 5 innovative 3D printing recycling machines
    5 innovative 3D printing recycling machines
  • Will FRAM take lead in non-volatile memory?
    Will FRAM take lead in non-volatile memory?
  • Is graphene ready for commercial use?
    Is graphene ready for commercial use?
  • DARPA robots take on disaster mitigation
    DARPA robots take on disaster mitigation
  • Roadblocks in brain chip research
    Roadblocks in brain chip research
  • Release the Kraken 3.0
    Release the Kraken 3.0
  • 7 tips for designing micro-miniature connectors
    Designing micro-miniature connectors
  • Inkjet printing eases kesterite solar cell production
    Inkjet printing eases kesterite production
  • 3D printed plastic to replace electronic parts
    3D printed plastic to replace electronic parts
  • Single-material battery touts better efficiency
    Single-material battery touts better efficiency
Self-destructing device aims to cut electronic waste
Self-destructing device aims to cut electronic waste

University of Illinois researchers have developed heat-triggered self-destructing electronic devices, a step towards reducing electronic waste and boosting sustainability in device manufacturing.

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10 fascinating Raspberry Pi 2 projects
10 fascinating Raspberry Pi 2 projects

While the B+ is still going strong, the RPi 2 is starting to gain traction. It's with that notion that we take a look at some of the more interesting projects that the new board has spawned.

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5 innovative 3D printing recycling machines
5 innovative 3D printing recycling machines

In this article, Design News has assembled some new recycled materials, new recycling machines and other news about recycling 3D-printed materials.

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Will FRAM take lead in non-volatile memory?
Will FRAM take lead in non-volatile memory?

A report released by Research and Markets just over a year ago predicted the global FRAM market would grow 16.4 per cent compound annual growth rate between 2013 and 2018.

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Is graphene ready for commercial use?
Is graphene ready for commercial use?

Graphene, which is stronger and stiffer than carbon fibre, has proved impractical to employ on a large scale, with researchers limited to using small flakes of the material.

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DARPA robots take on disaster mitigation
DARPA robots take on disaster mitigation

Although the competition is focused on disaster mitigation, the systems developed by the teams could eventually be used in Department of Defense robots, medical robots and many other fields.

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Roadblocks in brain chip research
Roadblocks in brain chip research

Various scientific and commercial efforts seek ways to model the brain in silicon to allow human-like capabilities by decidedly unhuman devices such as drones, robots and driverless cars.

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Release the Kraken 3.0
Release the Kraken 3.0

The 1.3m-long underwater robot is equipped with sensors and cameras to detect its surroundings. It is a six-thruster model that is capable of rotating itself in five different directions.

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7 tips for designing micro-miniature connectors
7 tips for designing micro-miniature connectors

As demand for smaller connectors grows, design engineers face a new set of challenges. They can no longer defer their connection designs to the waning days of the project.

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Inkjet printing eases kesterite solar cell production
Inkjet printing eases kesterite solar cell production

The inkjet printing is economical with less than 20µL of ink being needed to build up a micrometre CZTSSe thin film absorber on an inch-by-inch substrate in this study.

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3D printed plastic to replace electronic parts
3D printed plastic to replace electronic parts

There is a burgeoning market for so-called app toys, or smartphone application-driven toy peripherals. According to MarketWatch.com, it is expected to generate billions in sales in 2015 and beyond.

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Single-material battery touts better efficiency
Single-material battery touts better efficiency

Chunsheng Wang, a professor in the University of Maryland, and his team have made a single material that incorporates the properties of both the electrodes and electrolyte in a battery.

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Automotive

TDK power inductor locks on automotive apps
The rugged CLF7045NI-D power inductors are ideal for applications in automotive environments. The power inductors operate at up...

Fish eye camera finds new application in ADAS
Automotive supplier Continental used a prototype vehicle to demonstrate the use of fish eye camera technology to actively assist...

Security architecture for automotive MCU flash memory
Learn about various methods for implementing security architectures that can prevent hacking of the code and data stored in on...

Advances in automotive navigation systems
Navigation is a complex task that is becoming more critical as drivers expect more functions. Routing is an important building...

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Communications/Network

The lowdown on Bluetooth v4.2 for Low Energy products
There are quite a few updates in the v4.2 specification, and we are going to go over them and how they can affect your product...

Inductor touts high Q of up to 30 at 13.56MHz
The new multi-layer power inductors feature a high Q of up to 30 at 13.56MHz, a narrow inductance tolerance of just ±5 per cent...

Plastic waveguides enable next-gen comm networks
KU Leuven ESAT-MICAS researchers said the link consists of 120GHz transmitter and receiver chips with on-chip antenna and a Teflon...

Sensor combinations enable smarter mobile devices
Combined with a decision flow implemented in software, the sensor combination can actually mimic human behaviour, which uses multiple...

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Computing/Peripherals

10 fascinating Raspberry Pi 2 projects
While the B+ is still going strong, the RPi 2 is starting to gain traction. It's with that notion that we take a look at some ...

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...

Fanless quad-core SBC takes on wide temperature ranges
Advantech launches the MIO-226, a 72mm single-board computer using the Intel Atom E3800 processor, which features wide operating...

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

Minimise cost and complexity of LCD LED backlights
In this article, we examine a driver that is touted to bring the cost and complexity of LED backlights in line with CCFLs. It ...

The lowdown on Bluetooth v4.2 for Low Energy products
There are quite a few updates in the v4.2 specification, and we are going to go over them and how they can affect your product...

Robotic design tip: Build quickly, test plenty
The Dyson 360 Eye robotic vacuum cleaner has been 10 years in the making, longer if you count an earlier failed attempt from which...

Audio chip supports 4mA operation from 1.8V source
ON Semiconductor and AfterMaster HD Audio Labs developed the BelaSigna 300 AM that can be easily installed by manufacturers to...

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IC/Board/Systems Design

Simple way to develop Spice macro models (Part 2)
In part 2, we will look at a different topology: a CMOS (rail-to-rail) input and output. The parameters you need to develop...

Dev't platform aimed at motor control developers
The DesignDRIVE from TI boasts a flexible and expandable foundation for exploring alternatives in sensing technology, encoder...

Simple way to develop Spice macro models (Part 1)
In this first instalment, we will discuss the necessary equations to develop your own macro model for a bipolar-input...

Synopsys outs low-power PCIe 3.1 IP sol'n for mobile SoCs
The DesignWare IP for PCIe 3.1 combines L1 sub-states along with power gating techniques such as the use of power switches...

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Industrial/Mil/Aero

600V driver enables sine-wave motor control
The TPD4204F from Toshiba is a multi-chip module using separate MOSFET dice and a controller chip, targeting low power industrial...

Self-destructing device aims to cut electronic waste
University of Illinois researchers have developed heat-triggered self-destructing electronic devices, a step towards reducing ...

Selecting surface-mount MLCC for high-frequency apps
Several factors come into play when choosing a capacitor for high-frequency applications. Power handling is key, and products ...

MCU supervises 0- to 20-mA protection circuit
Here's a look at a circuit that provides protection that is much faster than a fuse, wherein a microcontroller replaces fuses ...

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Medical

Start-up develops medical-grade wearable health devices
Bloom Technologies aims to provide a novel sensor that delivers contextual information so users know when they can and when they...

Reference design senses galvanic skin response for wearables
The MAXREFDES73# from Maxim integrates digital-to-analogue (DAC) and analogue-to digital (ADC) converters, an MCU with advanced...

Pulse oximetry design for wearable heart monitor
Here's a simple design of pulse oximetry that can be used as a stand-alone device, with the ability of monitoring heart rate and...

Inductive sensing for biomedical applications
A left-handed antenna based biosensor has the advantages of real-time detection, small feature size, reduced sample volume, and...

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Power/Smart Energy

Evaluate high power density demands on POL converters
Learn how power modules can reliably manage thermal issues, as well as minimise the POL footprint while improving the transient...

Boost range in 2-port impedance measurements
It is quite challenging to measure the output impedance of wideband op amps because of their high DC gain. Fortunately, you can...

Sodium-ion battery touts cost, safety advantage to e-vehicles
The project to demonstrate Faradion's sodium-ion battery technology, which was supported by Williams Advanced Engineering, promises...

Minimise cost and complexity of LCD LED backlights
In this article, we examine a driver that is touted to bring the cost and complexity of LED backlights in line with CCFLs. It ...

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Test & Measurement

Boost range in 2-port impedance measurements
It is quite challenging to measure the output impedance of wideband op amps because of their high DC gain. Fortunately, you can...

Revisiting the history of jitter: Histograms
In this instalment, we will go back to the late 1990s, when more sophisticated analysis methods were necessary to get a good handle...

Monday Quiz: Measuring losses in power devices
Power devices such as MOSFETs and IGBTs can waste power if not used properly. Test your knowledge of how to measure such losses...

Revisiting the history of jitter: The early years
In this instalment, we will begin a traversal of the jitter story, surveying where we've been, where we are, and where we may ...

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Educational Resources
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
Plug-in device turns smartphones into microscopes
The device is intended for use in remote laboratory settings to diagnose various types of cancers and nervous system disorders, as well as detect drug resistance in infectious diseases.

Hybrid perovskites promise better solar cells
Unimaterial battery revolutionises solid-state energy storage



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