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Toshiba launches brushless motor pre-driver IC for automotive EPS

Toshiba Corporation has announced the launch of the TB9081FG, a brushless motor pre-driver IC enhanced to achieve functional safety, for use in electric power steering systems (EPS).

More and more safety-critical automotive systems, such as EPS, are required to meet the requirements of ASIL-D, the highest automotive safety integrity level prescribed in ISO 26262, 'Road Vehicles – Functional Safety'.The TB9081FG integrates key functions, including 3-phase ...

Cheaper, better LED technology

An engineering professor from Florida State University has claimed to have developed a highly efficient and low cost LED that could be the catalyst for more widespread adoption of the technology.

Power MOSFETs approach 'perfect' switching performance

STMicroelectronics (ST) has extended its MDmesh M2 series of N-channel power MOSFETs by introducing devices that are claimed to offer the industry's highest power efficiencies in power supplies for servers, laptops, telecom, and consumer applications. With these devices, designers can create switching power conversion solutions that are lighter and more compact.

Distribution deal adds Bluetooth modules to portfolio

Following an agreement with German company Stollman, Acal BFi will distribute the latter's Bluetooth modules. According to Acal, the German company has specialised in the development of Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy modules for years and notes the modules can be quickly and cost-effectively integrated into a range of products.

Toshiba expands ARM Cortex-M-based MCU line-up

Toshiba Electronics Europe has announced it will enhance its portfolio of ARM Cortex-based microcontrollers (MCUs). The TXZ series of MCUs are said to support low-power consumption and high-speed operation for IoT and M2M ecosystems.

3D printed robotic hand wins James Dyson Award

Joel Gibbard, winner of the Young Engineer of the Year Award at last year's British Engineering Excellence Awards, has become the UK winner of the James Dyson Award for his prototype 3D printed hand. Gibbard claims the hand can be made faster and at lower cost than current artificial limbs.

Comfortable EEG headset achieves high signal quality

Imec, Holst Centre and the Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) faculty of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) have announced the introduction of a wireless electroencephalogram (EEG) headset that can be worn comfortably and achieves a high-quality EEG signal. The headset is said to enable effective brain-computer interfacing and can monitor emotions and mood in daily life situations using a smartphone app.

European semi sales reach record in Q2 2015

DMASS, the Distributors' and Manufacturers' Association of Semiconductor Specialists, says sales of semiconductors through distribution channels in Q2/CY15 grew by 16% to reach €1.86billion, a record quarter, although a significant part of the increase is provided by exchange rates.

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