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  • 7 approaches to Internet of Things controller
    7 approaches to Internet of Things controller
  • Drugmaker Novartis ventures into medical electronics
    Novartis takes on medical electronics
  • Eco-friendly process enables printing of electronic circuits
    New process allows printing of circuits
  • 3D printing filament enables electromechanical capabilities
    Filament enables electric capabilities
  • Prosthetic retina promises to restore vision
    Prosthetic retina promises to restore vision
  • Twisted light carries data across Vienna
    Twisted light carries data across Vienna
  • Microbots form and flex like human muscles
    Microbots form and flex like human muscles
  • From the wild to the lab: Using animals for human technology
    Using animals for human technology
  • Is it possible to build accident-free cars?
    Will you buy accident-free cars?
  • Software combats hacking of medical implants
    Software fights hacking of implants
  • 10 SBCs that are more powerful than Raspberry Pi
    SBCs more powerful than Raspberry Pi
  • 10 robots that can give you a hand
    10 robots that can give you a hand
7 approaches to Internet of Things controller
7 approaches to Internet of Things controller

Developing ultra-low-power nodes for sensors that can be connected wirelessly to the wider Internet is opening up many different design options.

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Drugmaker Novartis ventures into medical electronics
Drugmaker Novartis ventures into medical electronics

Pharmaceutical company Novartis enters the world of wearable computing and medical electronics to find ways to monitor how their medicines are working.

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Eco-friendly process enables printing of electronic circuits
Eco-friendly process enables printing of electronic circuits

Engineers at NTU devised a new printing method, allowing them to successfully print complex electronic circuits using a common t-shirt printer.

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3D printing filament enables electromechanical capabilities
3D printing filament enables electromechanical capabilities

A start-up created a new 3D printing filament that enables anyone to print circuits, wires, sensors and other electrical components inside projects printed from PLA-capable 3D printers.

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Prosthetic retina promises to restore vision
Prosthetic retina promises to restore vision

Scientists combined semiconductor nanorods and carbon nanotubes to create a wireless, light-sensitive, flexible film that could potentially act in the place of a damaged retina.

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Twisted light carries data across Vienna
Twisted laser beam sends data across Vienna

It is the first time that twisted light has been transmitted over a large distance outdoors, and could enable researchers to take advantage of the significant data-carrying capacity of light.

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Microbots form and flex like human muscles
Microbots form and flex like human muscles

What's really important in the field of nanotechnology right now is not just assembling into structures, but assembling into structures that can change or shape-shift.

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From the wild to the lab: Using animals for human technology
From the wild to the lab: Using animals for human technology

For centuries, scientists have used animals—sometimes even endangering these creatures' lives—in their experiments all for the benefit of the human race. Has science gone this bad?

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Is it possible to build accident-free cars?
Is it possible to build accident-free cars?

A host of technologies—radars, lidar, ultra sound, infrared and vision sensors—now integrated into automotive technology protect cars and passengers from accidents.

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Software combats hacking of medical implants
Software combats hacking of medical implants

Hackers can now wirelessly tamper with implanted medical devices to kill someone without any trace, prompting forensic experts to develop a safety net that will detect if a device has been altered.

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10 SBCs that are more powerful than Raspberry Pi
10 SBCs that are more powerful than Raspberry Pi

This roundup shows that there are tremendous numbers of SBC options to choose from other than the Raspberry Pi and similar small RAM boards (512MB and lower).

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10 robots that can give you a hand
10 robots that can give you a hand

Researchers in different application areas looking at robot arm and hand abilities are beginning to cross boundaries and check out what their colleagues in other disciplines are doing.

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Automotive

Is it possible to build accident-free cars?
A host of technologies—radars, lidar, ultra sound, infrared and vision sensors—now integrated into automotive technology protect cars and passengers from accidents.

Driverless electric car parks by itself
E-Mobile will park independently in the future and will also be able to find the next charging station without a driver.

Functional safety verification sol'n targets car engineers
Cadence said the integrated Cadence Incisive functional safety solution reduces the effort required by automotive designers to prepare for ISO 26262 compliance by up to 50 per cent.

LED matrix manager targets car headlights
The TPS92661-Q1 from TI claims to reduce board space by 73 per cent, and includes 12 individually controlled MOSFET switches to steer current through or around the connected LEDs.

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Communications/Network

CAN transceivers support data rates up to 5Mb/s
The ATA6560 and ATA6561 from Atmel offer an interface between a CAN protocol controller and the physical two-wire CAN bus, and are compliant with ISO11898-2, ISO11898-5 and SAEJ2284.

DARPA develops record-breaking 1THz solid-state IC
Accomplishments in the Terahertz Electronics programme could pave way for new areas of research and unforeseen applications in the sub-millimetre wave spectrum.

Wi-Fi chips promise better home network, CE connectivity
The Qualcomm VIVE 802.11ac chipsets aim to improve Wi-Fi performance for the growing number of connected devices on home, business and public networks.

Will wearable devices be reliable?
As typically occurs with new markets of electronics, there are several issues that need to be addressed from a reliability perspective to assure these new applications are safe and reliable.

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Computing/Peripherals

Multicore co-processor eases real-time programming
The PRU on Sitara processors offloads processing from the ARM in order to manage deterministic tasks and enables customers to save time and money by removing expensive FPGAs/ASICs from system designs.

Intel paying $15 each to Pentium 4 buyers
Intel has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for claiming that its Pentium 4 chip is superior than AMD's Athlon. The company will pay $15 to those who bought the system 10 years ago.

Microprocessor architecture boosts performance-per-watt scaling
Soft Machines said the VISC architecture has been developed in response to single-core frequency and power-scaling issues and multi-core programming challenges.

New circuit design paves way for superconducting chips
Superconducting circuits that use so-called Josephson junctions have been clocked at 770GHz, or 500 times the speed of the chip in the iPhone 6.

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Consumer Electronics

Winning design strategies for wearables market
Know the concepts behind the user-experience-driven design methodologies that are being used to create some of the most successful wearable products on the market.

9 reasons why Microsoft's wearable Band is a winner
Microsoft has packed its wearable Band with advanced sensors, cloud-powered health insights and an affordable price. Is Microsoft ahead of the curve in this new mobile market?

Start-ups lack competence in health, fitness wearables
There are many opportunities in consumer health, but there is no start-up model that has the scope and scale it will take.

Understanding audio compression
Find out how open-source technology and a growing number of distribution sites enable consumers' access to download-friendly, purportedly-better-than-CD-quality audio.

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IC/Board/Systems Design

Flash programmer backs 27 architectures
Flasher PRO touts a high degree of flexibility combined with high-speed flash programming. It can programme devices both in PC-based and stand-alone modes.

Guard MOSFETs in inductive switched-mode circuits
To protect the FET, you can limit the duty cycle by ac coupling the FET-driver circuit. If you further limit the repetition rate to tens of kilohertz, you needn't worry about thermal considerations.

Modular digitisers and programming environments
Modular digitisers require software in order to be useful. This article tackles the software and software tools that should be provided to facilitate the use of the instrument.

New circuit design paves way for superconducting chips
Superconducting circuits that use so-called Josephson junctions have been clocked at 770GHz, or 500 times the speed of the chip in the iPhone 6.

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Industrial/Mil/Aero

Power-efficient MCUs target always-on sensor processing apps
The LPC54100 series from NXP has a dual-core architecture that allows scalable active power/performance to optimise power efficiency by using the 55uA/MHz Cortex-M0+ core.

10 robots that can give you a hand
Researchers in different application areas looking at robot arm and hand abilities are beginning to cross boundaries and check out what their colleagues in other disciplines are doing.

Space offshoot: NASA inventions for health and medicine
Many consumer devices and technologies that people enjoy today were actually developed for NASA mission. Here are more innovations for the outer space that are also useful here on Earth.

Darlington arrays yield 500mA from outputs rated at 50V
With clamp diodes included, the Darlington arrays from Diodes directly drive a variety of inductive loads, including relays and stepper motors in home appliance and industrial products.

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Medical

Power-efficient MCUs target always-on sensor processing apps
The LPC54100 series from NXP has a dual-core architecture that allows scalable active power/performance to optimise power efficiency by using the 55uA/MHz Cortex-M0+ core.

10 robots that can give you a hand
Researchers in different application areas looking at robot arm and hand abilities are beginning to cross boundaries and check out what their colleagues in other disciplines are doing.

Space offshoot: NASA inventions for health and medicine
Many consumer devices and technologies that people enjoy today were actually developed for NASA mission. Here are more innovations for the outer space that are also useful here on Earth.

Will wearable devices be reliable?
As typically occurs with new markets of electronics, there are several issues that need to be addressed from a reliability perspective to assure these new applications are safe and reliable.

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Power/Smart Energy

Novel package for IGBTs from Infineon boosts power density
The TO-247 4 Kelvin-Sense package targets applications such as uninterruptible power supplies, data centres and telecommunications equipment, with PFC and inverter stages switching at greater than 20kHz.

Guard MOSFETs in inductive switched-mode circuits
To protect the FET, you can limit the duty cycle by ac coupling the FET-driver circuit. If you further limit the repetition rate to tens of kilohertz, you needn't worry about thermal considerations.

Analogue controllers provide flexible digital power supply
The MCP19118 and MCP19119 from Microchip offer simple yet effective analogue PWM control for DC-DC synchronous buck converters up to 40V, with the configurability of a digital MCU.

Rad-hard voltage references target aerospace apps
The RHF1009A and RHF100 from ST boast a temperature coefficient of just 5ppm (typical), an accuracy of �0.15 per cent and a wide cathode current range from 40uA to 12mA.

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Test & Measurement

Flash programmer backs 27 architectures
Flasher PRO touts a high degree of flexibility combined with high-speed flash programming. It can programme devices both in PC-based and stand-alone modes.

Rocket explosions spell spaceflight risks
Spaceflight remains a dangerous endeavour in which mission-critical launch systems must be continually tested to the breaking point in order to ensure safety and reliability.

Functional safety verification sol'n targets car engineers
Cadence said the integrated Cadence Incisive functional safety solution reduces the effort required by automotive designers to prepare for ISO 26262 compliance by up to 50 per cent.

Is the end near for analogue measurement instruments?
Using an Android/iOS device as a user interface will become the standard, and it's not just for "toy" measurement instruments, as many are today.

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Educational Resources
Webcasts

SMART PARTS: Additive Manufacturing for Integrated Electro-mechanical DevicesNEW!

3D-printed electronics deliver benefits that mirror those of 3D-printed mechanical parts. Integrate the two processes into one hybrid solution to amplify the advantages in time savings, cost reduction and design flexibility to achieve unmatched efficiencies and create revolutionary products. Join us to discover what is possible when you integrate electro-mechanical design and manufacturing.

Additive Manufacturing 101: Changing the Future of Product Development and Manufacturing
With companies like BMW, GM and Boeing adopting additive manufacturing, the technology has been proven for rapid prototyping in the design-to-production phase. 3D printing helps ensure your designs go to production with a minimal risk of iteration and reach the market faster.

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Webcasts

SMART PARTS: Additive Manufacturing for Integrated Electro-mechanical DevicesNEW!

3D-printed electronics deliver benefits that mirror those of 3D-printed mechanical parts. Integrate the two processes into one hybrid solution to amplify the advantages in time savings, cost reduction and design flexibility to achieve unmatched efficiencies and create revolutionary products. Join us to discover what is possible when you integrate electro-mechanical design and manufacturing.

Additive Manufacturing 101: Changing the Future of Product Development and Manufacturing
With companies like BMW, GM and Boeing adopting additive manufacturing, the technology has been proven for rapid prototyping in the design-to-production phase. 3D printing helps ensure your designs go to production with a minimal risk of iteration and reach the market faster.

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