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Closing the FinFET productivity gap
30.03.2016 - 23:18

Synopsys has launched Custom Compiler, a design solution intended to close what the company calls a FinFET productivity gap. Dave Reed, director of marketing for Synopsys’ mixed signal and analogue group, noted that, as companies move to FinFET based designs, productivity has declined by up to a factor of three. “Companies are mov...



Evaluation kit speeds design of CAN and LIN networking protocol applications
30.03.2016 - 23:14

Cypress has released a kit that enables designers to evaluate the Controller Area Network (CAN) and Local Interconnect Network (LIN) slave communication capability of Cypress’s PSoC programmable system-on-chip and Flexible Microcontroller (MCU) families. The kit features two CAN transceivers, two LIN transceivers and Arduino compatible hea...



Lawrence Livermore and IBM collaborate to build brain-inspired supercomputer
30.03.2016 - 23:11

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has purchased a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing platform for deep learning inference developed by IBM Research. Based on a breakthrough neurosynaptic computer chip called IBM TrueNorth, the scalable platform will process the equivalent of 16million neurons and 4billion synapses and cons...



Efficient monolithic buck with ultralow DCR sensing
30.03.2016 - 23:08

Linear Technology has introduced the LTC7130, a constant frequency peak current mode synchronous step-down DC/DC converter with temperature-compensated ultralow DCR current sensing and clock synchronisation. With an input range of 4.5 to 20V the device is claimed to support a variety of applications, including most intermediate bus voltages, is ...



Advanced automotive touch controllers
30.03.2016 - 23:03

Synaptics has announced a family of feature-rich touch controller solutions designed for the automotive market. The ClearPad automotive solutions include S7883, S7884, S7885, and S7886. The S7883/4 feature 80 channels and the S7884/6 feature 102 channels and are claimed to enable touchscreens up to 14 inches and an industry-leading 17 inches res...



Zigzag edges could make graphene the material of choice in spintronic devices
25.03.2016 - 23:18

Researchers from Empa, the Max Planck Institute in Mainz and the Technical University of Dresden claim to have produced graphene nanoribbons (GNR) with perfect zigzag edges. Electrons on these zigzag edges are said to exhibit different - and coupled - rotational directions. This is said to be a step towards creating the spintronic devices of the...



Massive MIMO system transmits 1.59Gbit/s over 20MHz channel
25.03.2016 - 23:14

New research by engineers from the Universities of Bristol and Lund, working alongside National Instruments, has demonstrated how a massive antenna system can increase spectrum efficiency by 12 times, compared with current 4G cellular technology. Multiple antenna technology – MIMO – is used in Wi-Fi routers and 4G systems and norm...



32bit MCU portfolio expanded
25.03.2016 - 23:12

Renesas has expanded its 32bit MCU portfolio with the addition of the RX24T group. Based on the RXv2 CPU core, the devices are said to offer enhanced performance, a decrease of 30% in development time and additional instructions that accelerate performance and energy efficiency in a range of applications. There are six devices in the range, w...



High efficiency integrated power stages
25.03.2016 - 23:10

With a power efficiency as high as 96%, devices from Infineon’s latest integrated power stage family can be combined with digital PWM power management controllers to provide a full multiphase voltage regulation system solution for server, storage, client and communications systems. The devices – said to reduce power loss and to si...



Laser writing could enable microbatteries in chips
25.03.2016 - 23:06

As demand grows for thinner and lighter microelectronic devices, manufacturers can be challenged when it comes to getting power sources into the smaller space. Looking to address the issue, researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a laser writing technique that enables energy sources to be created in virtually any shape. Accordin...



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