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Allegro MicroSystems, LLC Introduces New 0° To 360° Angle Sensor ICs
12.19.2017 · News
Allegro MicroSystems introduces a new 0° to 360° angle sensor ICs that provide contactless high-resolution angular position information based on magnetic Circular Vertical Hall (CVH) technology. Allegro’s A1330 devices include a system-on-chip architecture that includes: a CVH front end, digital signal processing, and either an analog or digital PWM output signal...
Hybrid PWM/R2R DAC improves on both
Combining PWM with a small R-2R ladder improves both. It reduces PWM ripple significantly and increases the DAC’s resolution. In this Design Idea, an eight-resistor array and three output pins construct a modified R-2R ladder...
1Mb FeRAM Enables Fast Data Backup in Unstable Power Environments
12.18.2017 · News
High-speed 40 MHz operation and wide voltage range from 1.8 to 3.6 V improve reliability in IoT equipment LAPIS Semiconductor has recently announced the development of 1 Mbit ferroelectric random access memory (FeRAM) designed for applications such as smart meters, measurement equipment, medical equipment, and financial terminals...
Charge a nickel-cadmium cell reliably and inexpensively
12.16.2017 · Circuits
Rechargeable NiCd cells are widely used in consumer devices because of their high energy density, long life, and small self-discharge rate. As a part of one project, I needed to design a reliable and inexpensive charger for a battery pack containing two NiCd AA-size 1200-mAh cells. In the process of the charger design, I needed to solve two main problems...
Automotive-Grade Regulators from Diodes Incorporated Deliver 5V, 8V, or 12V Outputs and Tolerate 60V Battery Transients
12.16.2017 · News
Diodes Incorporated announced the ZXTR2105FQ, ZXTR2108FQ and ZXTR2112FQ regulator transistors. These devices are qualified to AEC-Q101 standards for high reliability and are PPAP-capable...
Toshiba sets new standard with advanced high-efficiency Audio Power Amplifier
12.14.2017 · News
oshiba Electronics Europe has developed a 4-channel, high-efficiency class-AB linear power amplifier IC that delivers high-quality sound reproduction for car audio applications while significantly reducing power consumption...
10 Best Raspberry Pi and Pi 2 Alternatives. Part 2
There are actually two versions of the MinnowBoard MAX available; a $140 version and a $100 version. The extra $40 gets you 2 GB of RAM instead of 1 GB, but both versions include a 1.33 GHz dual-core processor...
36V, Dual Channel, 1.6A Synchronous, Buck LED Driver with I2C Dimming Control
12.13.2017 · News
Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear™ LT3964, a dual channel, 36 V, high efficiency, synchronous, step-down LED driver with internal 40 V, 1.6 A power switches and an I2C interface that simplifies LED dimming control. The LT3964 operates with a wide 4 V to 36 V input range, and features two independently controlled LED drivers that switch at up to 2 MHz...
10 Best Raspberry Pi and Pi 2 Alternatives. Part 1
The Raspberry Pi and Pi 2 have taken the world by storm and created a huge interest in single-board computers; their simplicity, portability, and affordability make them great for thinkerers and kids alike. But not everyone wants a Pi...