TI Claims First Multichannel LDCs

Dallas, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has claimed the industry’s first multichannel inductance-to-digital converters (LDCs). The four new devices in the LDC1614 family expand TI’s LDC portfolio first introduced in 2013. The devices offer two or four matched channels and up to 28-bit resolution in a single integrated circuit (IC). The combination of precision and…

Bridgelux Debuts Integrated Smart Module LED Array

Livermore, Calif. – Bridgelux debuted the first of its integrated smart module suite of products at the recent 2015 Light Fair International Conference in New York. Designed with open platform technology, the Xenio integrated smart module LED array is compatible with a variety of standards, protocols and other technologies to ensure ease of integration and future functionality,…

TI Tech Cuts Battery-Charge Time by 60%

Dallas, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has claimed the industry’s first fully integrated 5-A single-cell lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery-charger circuit with proprietary MaxCharge technology that reduces charge time up to 60 percent compared to existing battery chargers, according to the company. The bq25892 switch-mode charger is said to provide a safer charging experience while still maximizing the benefits…

Xilinx Updates Design Verification Tools

Xilinx Inc. (XLNX) has announced the acceleration of system verification with the release of the Vivado® Design Suite 2015.1, featuring major productivity advances  for the development and deployment of  All Programmable FPGAs and SoCs. This release includes the Vivado Lab Edition, accelerated Vivado Simulator and third party simulation flows, interactive clock domain crossing (CDC) analysis,…

Infineon Low-Side Switches Replace EMRs

Munich, Germany – Infineon Technologies AG has launched the HITFET+ family of protected low-side switches as a replacement for electromechanical relays (EMRs). Key features of the HITFET+ family (High Integrated Temperature protected MOSFET) include diagnosis function, digital status feedback, short-circuit robustness, controlled slew rate adjustment for balancing switching losses and EMC compliance. Target applications include automotive and industrial.…

ST Rolls MCUs for Car Safety

Geneva – STMicroelectronics has introduced new members in its multi-core microcontroller (MCU) family aimed at making cars safer. These new devices are the first to be launched with ST’s proprietary in-house 40-nm embedded Flash process. The new automotive MCUs comply with the most stringent automotive safety standards, encryption for security, and increased memory size for the…

Broadcom Unveils First Secure MCUs with NFC

Irvine, Calif. – Broadcom Corp. has extended its StrataGX portfolio with a new family of secure microcontrollers (MCUs) that delivers advanced security and integrated NFC for a variety of low-power connected devices. The BCM58100 family is designed for a variety of embedded applications including mPOS terminals, personal computers, security systems, and home automation, including Internet…