TI Unveils First IoT-Capable LaunchPad

Austin, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has extended its microcontroller (MCU) LaunchPad ecosystem with the introduction of the Tiva C Series Connected LaunchPad. Touted as the first Internet of Things (IoT) enabled LaunchPad, this evaluation tool platform enables engineers to prototype a wide range of cloud-enabled applications, bringing connectivity to any new or existing LaunchPad-based…

America Semiconductor Offers High-Rel 50W Zener Diodes

Union, N.J. — America Semiconductor, LLC offers a series of 50-watt Zener diodes in a wide voltage range of 6.8 V to 200 V in a DO-5 case. The 50-W devices (part numbers: 1N3305 thru 1N3350) provide voltage regulation protection in a variety of applications including alternative energy, oil drilling, power grid, welding, HVAC, and…

Linear Tech Delivers High-Efficiency Buck Converter

Milpitas, Calif. — Linear Technology offers the LTC3638, a 140-V input-capable high efficiency buck converter that delivers up to 250mA of continuous output current.  It operates from an input voltage range of 4V to 140V, which makes it suitable for telecom, industrial, avionic and automotive applications. The devices are available in industrial, automotive, and military…

Vitesse Delivers Small ICs for IoT Networking

Camarillo, Calif. — Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. has unveiled its latest generation of energy-efficient SimpliPHY Gigabit Ethernet (GE) devices — the VSC8501, VSC8502, and VSC8514 single, dual and quad PHYs — targeted at IoT networks transitioning to Gigabit Ethernet speeds. The new physical layer transceivers, featuring the company’s Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) EcoEthernet 2.0 technology, may be…

CES 2014: It’s More Than Gadgets

Everyone knows the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is all about showcasing the latest and greatest electronic gadgets. Sure 4K ultra HD (UHD) TVs are pretty amazing, and so are the curved TVs, as well as some of the wearable devices and tablets crammed with all kinds of functionality. But these devices wouldn’t exist without…