Electronics News and Product Design Updates
26.02.2015 - 21:28
According to newly launched company Semitrex, it typically takes more than 14 different parts to make a power supply. It believes this 'pieces and parts' approach – where numerous semiconductor parts are embedded on several circuit boards – has yielded only marginal increases in energy efficiency to date. In a move which i...
Photonics transceiver to enable 'cost effective' high density fibre links
26.02.2015 - 21:24
In a joint presentation at the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), imec, Tyndall National Institute, University of Leuven and Ghent University described a 4 x 20Gbit/s wavelength division multiplexing hybrid CMOS silicon photonics transceiver. The development, say the partners, paves the way to cost effective, high density sin...
Short range radio features ultra low power consumption
25.02.2015 - 21:29
Imec, Holst Centre and Renesas have outlined at this week's ISSCC an ultra low power 2.4GHz short range radio compliant with Bluetooth Low Energy and IEEE802.15.4 (ZigBee). Implemented in 40nm CMOS, the radio is said to reduce power consumption by 25% compared to the previous 90nm RF front-end design. Harmke De Groot, department director ...
Low noise and jitter scopes
25.02.2015 - 21:25
In a move which replaces the 9000-X oscilloscope range, Keysight Technologies has launched the Infiniium V-Series, said to provide superior measurement accuracy, enhanced analysis tools and advanced probing systems According to the company, its proprietary indium phosphide technology allows V-Series scopes feature the lowest noise floor, lowe...
Altera FPGAs power Microsoft neural network development project
24.02.2015 - 23:02
Microsoft is using Altera Arria 10 FPGAs to boost performance/Watt in data centre acceleration applications based on convolutional neural network (CNN) algorithms, used for image classification, image recognition, and natural language processing. Engineering samples of Arria 10 FPGAs are said to offer up to 40 GFLOPS/W; more than three times ...
Xilinx takes UltraScale portfolio to 16nm
24.02.2015 - 22:55
In a move that significantly broadens its portfolio, Xilinx has unveiled the UltraScale+ family of FPGAs, 3D ICs and MPSoCs. The UltraScale portfolio now spans 20nm and 16nm FPGA, SoC and 3D ICs, with TSMC's 16FF+ 3D transistors said to bring a 'significant' boost in performance/Watt. Giles Peckham, EMEA marketing director, said: ...
Network processor features 100 ARM cores
24.02.2015 - 22:48
Responding to increasing data traffic loads, EZchip has unveiled the TILE-Mx multicore processor family, featuring 100 ARMv8-A 64bit cores. Targeted at high performance network applications and network functions virtualization (NFV), the launch follows EZchip's acquisition of Tilera last year. Called the TILE-Mx, the device – schedu...
ARM based MCUs targeted at 'energy conscious' applications
23.02.2015 - 22:41
STMicroelectronics has launched the STM32L4 series of microcontrollers and is targeting the devices at energy conscious consumer, industrial, medical and metering applications. STMicroelectronics has launched the STM32L4 series of microcontrollers and is targeting the devices at energy conscious consumer, industrial, medical and metering appl...
Moore's Law 'still valid' beyond 10nm, says Intel fellow
23.02.2015 - 22:35
Intel believes Moore's Law will still be valid beyond the 10nm node, but says achieving this will require new materials and device structures, as well as close collaboration between process development and product design teams. Mark Bohr, pictured, Intel senior fellow for logic technology development, told a panel session at this week'...
Printable wearable fever alarm includes 'several firsts'
23.02.2015 - 22:29
University of Tokyo researchers have developed a 'fever alarm armband'. The flexible, self powered device, which sounds an alarm in case of high body temperature, is amongst new technologies being presented at the this year's International Solid State Circuits Conference. University of Tokyo researchers have developed a 'fever...
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