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New Electronics strives to bring you all the latest technology news from the Digital Techniques sector. Advances in electronics are often fast-paced and innovative, so we know that as a design engineer you want to be kept up-to-date with current developments.

Below is a comprehensive list of all the latest electronics technology news from New Electronics.

Design a switch mode power supply using an isolated flyback topology

Here, Rich Miron, Applications Engineer at Digi-Key Electronics explores the operation of switch mode power supplies and explores make Vs. buy decision process for power supplies. Miron also investigates the design of a single output supply utilising flyback topology and provides a sample design using readily available parts and components.

Rising to the acceleration challenge

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deep learning is the future of computing. Intelligent machines that understand the world as humans do, interpret our languages and learn from data will habitually be used to resolve problems too complex for the human brain.

Under exposure

Chipmakers are set to break the 10nm barrier as they move from the test-chip stage to full production on 7nm processes. The move marks another extension of a lithography technology that was meant to be phased out 15 years in favour of so-called next-generation lithography.

Data is everywhere, but how can it be useful?

Whilst the other Catapults are vertical, the first notable thing about the Connected Digital Economy Catapult is that it is inherently horizontal. CEO Neil Crockett commented: "We have our own sector focus, which is everything from digital creative right the way through to silicon chips. But we also underline all the other Catapults; they are all becoming digital in what they are doing, so I guess we are probably the widest Catapult of them all."

What makes FinFETS so compelling?

Since the advent of semiconductors and throughout the long history of designing integrated circuits for everything from computer hardware to multifunction mobile devices, the basic tenet of Moore's law has remained the same: the number of transistors on a given area of silicon doubles every two years.

Improvements still needed to make LEDs more efficient

Two recent developments are set to make LEDs more efficient. One, from Osram, deals with the core technology in the chip, while the other, from Philips, addresses packaging to provide electronics designers with more flexible, better performing products.

Design exploration: changing the fpga design flow

FPGAs have undergone significant architectural changes in the last few years. Beginning with hard blocks such as ram and dsp, fpgas now also include transceivers and hard IP blocks, such as Ethernet and PCIe Express. With these new functional blocks, fpga designers can now create complex designs. However, these designs can sometimes push the cost, power and performance specification requirements of the targeted fpga device.

ARM's big.LITTLE systems provide more processing power for less energy

Traditionally, it has not been possible to design a processor that offers high performance and high energy efficiency. Solutions have typically involved integrating processors with microarchitectures optimised for performance and energy efficiency respectively. An example is a high performance application processor coupled with a low power asic.

Can tweaking the analogue properties of digital circuits help to combat the effects of variability?

As semiconductor process technologies get ever smaller, the effects of stochastic variability become more pronounced. It's no surprise: because there are fewer atoms involved, the presence or absence of a small number of dopants can have large effects on device properties. Where variability was predictable at earlier process nodes, it is more random – or stochastic – at the leading edge.

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