Marvell Claims First 802.11ac Wave-2 4×4 Processor

CES – Las Vegas — Marvell has claimed the industry’s first 802.11ac Wave-2 4×4 processor, the Marvell Avastar 88W8964, featuring 160 MHz bandwidth and multi-user, multiple input and multiple output (MU-MIMO) support. With built-in 802.11ac 160 MHz support, the new chip achieves 2.6 Gbps peak data rate making it suitable for high speed enterprise access points and…

Toshiba Unveils Reference Design for Indoor Proximity Apps

CES – Las Vegas –Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) offers a complete reference model for indoor proximity applications, or beacons, which use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to communicate signals detectible by smart devices. The TC35670 reference system, housed in a 75- x 35- x 12-mm case, comprises an ultra-low-power BLE component, a best-in-class NFC Type 3…

Digi, Digi-Key Sign Global Distribution Deal

Minneapolis, Minn. — Digi International, (NASDAQ: DGII), the M2M solutions expert, today announced an expanded, global distribution agreement with Digi-Key, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability, and delivery.  Today, Digi’s complete product portfolio is available through Digi-Key. Design engineers around the world now have access to the full-range of Digi’s RF, Embedded, and Cellular Components. Digi’s M2M…

PNI Sensor Debuts Wearable Dev Kit

CES – Las Vegas — PNI Sensor Corp. has claimed the industry’s first wearable development kit  that integrates sensors, a sensor hub, sensor fusion algorithms, a programmable processor and wireless capabilities in a bracelet-sized form factor. Incorporating PNI’s SENtral sensor hub, the SENtrode development kit is expected to help designers speed up the design-to-delivery of smartwatches, activity…

SPEC Sensors Launches Gas Sensor Developer Kit

Newark, Calif. – SPEC Sensors has launched a gas sensor development kit for OEMs developing applications for the smart home and wearables. The Gas Sensor Developer Kit, comprised of SPEC’s small and low-profile electromechanical gas sensors, is designed to help OEMs quickly evaluate the new gas sensing products in the lab and integrate into new designs, including…

Actions Debuts its First 64-Bit Chipset

Zhuhai, China,  — Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. will debut the inaugural chipset of its new Falcon Series product family, the ATM9009, a 64-bit quad-core solution for high-end Android tablets and OTT set-top boxes at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show. The ATM9009 SoC processor is a new generation, ultra-high performance solution featuring a quad-core ARM Cortex A53…

Atmel Unveils Low-Power Bluetooth Smart Platform

San Jose, Calif. — Atmel Corporation has launched an ultra-low power Bluetooth Smart solution achieving sub-1µA in standby mode, which is said to deliver the industry’s best dynamic power consumption, increasing battery life by as much as one year for certain applications. The BTLC1000 is housed in a 2.1- X 2.1-mm wafer level chipscale package (WLCSP) making…

Top 10 Articles of 2014

As the year comes to a close, we take a look at some of the biggest stories of 2014. Here is Electronics Purchasing Strategies’ top 10 highest viewed articles for the year. Several of our most popular stories look at the biggest issues and trends in the supply chain, including manufacturing in China and the buzz around…