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Technology Spotlight

New Electronics' Technology Spotlight section focuses specifically on the latest technological developments within the electronics sector. Whether innovative new design or theoretical concepts, our Technology Spotlight articles will keep you informed of advances within the electronics industry.

NIDays 2014 | Graphical System Design Conference | 4th November, London

NIDays, the annual graphical system design technical conference and exhibition brings together more than 600 leading engineers and scientists from a wide spectrum of industries across the UK & Ireland. This free, one-day, multi-track conference features keynote presentations, interactive sessions taught by NI experts, hands-on workshops, and an exhibition showcasing the latest advancements in design, control and test.

New COTS Fail-Safe System Designed to be Certified to SIL4 for Train Control & Rail Signaling

Innotrans 2014 is the venue for the worldwide launch of a new fail-safe platform for train control and rail signaling from Artesyn Embedded Technologies. Designed to address the changes happening in the market for rail infrastructure, Artesyn's new ControlSafe™ Platform is a cost-effective solution that enables rail infrastructure providers and system integrators to substantially accelerate time-to-market without incurring the high costs and risks of the SIL4 certification process. For more information or to arrange a meeting at Innotrans please contact

Esprit & Time to Market – Time to Volume

Established 1985, Esprit provides a comprehensive range of Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) from NPI to volume production and represents the very best in automation. In addition to Esprit's Manufacturing & Test services, other core strengths include Product Design, DFM & DFT and global Supply Chain Management and Logistics.

Registration now open for the Electronics Design Show

The award-winning Electronics Design Show, which will once again be co-located with the Engineering Design Show and the new for 2014 Embedded Design Show, is expected to attract more than 4,000 visitors and 250 exhibitors when it opens on 22-23 October at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

Ada 2012 on ARM

AdaCore has released a freely downloadable version of its GNAT GPL Ada cross-development environment for Bare Board ARM Cortex processors. Students, professors and other developers of non-proprietary software can now exploit Ada 2012's reliability, safety and security benefits for ARM applications. This product complements the toolset already available for industrial users - GNAT Pro for ARM. GNAT GPL for Bare Board ARM Cortex processors provides a complete Ada 2012 development environment, including a comprehensive tool-chain and GPS - AdaCore's flagship Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and a tutorial and example project showing how to use Ada and GPS for the "STM32F4 Discovery" (Cortex-M4) evaluation kit from STMicroelectronics.

AFE Design Just Got a Lot Easier

Save months of development time with the Easy AFE Evaluation Kit. This kit gives you an optimized reference design for a 4-channel, 16-bit isolated analog-input board, along with everything you need to get up and running quickly. Order yours today, and see how easy AFE design can be.

2nd Generation AMD Embedded R-Series APU

AMD's new APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), previously codenamed "Bald Eagle", boosts processing performance, power efficiency, and multimedia immersion by leveraging Heterogeneous System Architecture. For embedded gaming, digital signage, medical imaging, and more. Visit

ADLINK’s LEC-BT module certified for the Internet of Things

ADLINK Technology today announced that its latest SMARC form factor module, the LEC-BT, is certified by Intel for Intel® Gateway Solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) using Windriver and McAfee software integration. Paired with ADLINK's device-to-cloud platform SEMA Cloud (Smart Embedded Management Agent) that enables remote monitoring control and management, the LEC-BT is an ideal building block for developing IoT devices with a secure interconnection to the cloud.

InstaVoIP - Instant VoIP for any Platform

With the InstaVoIP™ family of products from Reflex Technology, you can easily add VoIP capabilities to virtually any device or application. Available pre-optimised for select platforms or with full source code for porting to any platform, InstaVoIP provides a robust VoIP core with a flexible API that allows customisation into nearly any end product. InstaVoIP is offered in four distinct versions:

Programmable 2A 2-Cell Supercapacitor Charger with Automatic Cell Balancing in a Compact 9mm2 Package

The LTC4425 is a constant-current/constant-voltage linear charger designed to charge a 2-cell supercap stack from either a Li-Ion/Polymer battery, a USB port, or a 2.7V to 5.5V current-limited supply. The part operates as an ideal diode with an extremely low 50mO on-resistance making it suitable for high peak-power/low average power applications. This device charges the output capacitors to an externally programmed output voltage in LDO mode at a constant charge current, or to VIN in normal mode with a smart charge current profile to limit the inrush current until the VIN to VOUT differential is less than 250mV. In addition the LTC4425 can be set to clamp the output voltage to 4.9V or 5.4V. In conjunction with Arrow Electronics Ltd.

Optimise Circuit Design Performance with NI Multisim for your Application

Multisim simulation and circuit design software gives engineers the advanced analysis and design capabilities to optimise performance, reduce design errors and shorten time to prototype. Intuitive NI tools result in saved printed circuit board (PCB) iterations and significant cost savings. Explore the various application areas utilising NI Multisim for circuit design. Browse design applications

Take control of your design data and streamline the entire design process

The Altium Component Vault gives everyone involved in the design process controlled access to all relevant component data, to ensure that the right decisions are always being made. Maintaining component data integrity without inhibiting their ability to be innovative and productive has never been easier. The Altium Component Vault helps to achieve your design goals with less effort.

Download FREE eBook: Multiphysics Simulation for Electrical Engineers

In this report from the publishers of IEEE Spectrum and COMSOL, see how electrical engineers are using multiphysics simulation for product design and innovation. Discover the latest developments in the modelling of LEDs, biomedical engineering, power transmission, batteries, imaging systems, semiconductor manufacturing, and more. Please click on link below to download your FREE eBook!

Electronics Design Show conference programme announced

The line up for this year's conference programme has been confirmed and is now available to view online. Join us on 22-23 October to hear from industry giants such as Cambridge Consultants, General Dynamics, Lynx Software Technologies and Arkessa. There will also be keynotes from representatives from CERN, MIRA, the National Graphene Institute and Raspberry Pi. For more info, and to register, visit

Smallest 14-Bit, 4.5Msps SAR ADC Integrates Precision Reference in 8mm² TSOT-23 Package

The LTC2314-14 is a 14-bit, 4.5Msps, serial sampling A/D converter that draws only 6.2mA from a wide range analogue supply adjustable from 2.7V to 5.25V. It contains an integrated bandgap and reference buffer which provide a low cost, high performance (20ppm/°C max) and space saving applications solution. This device achieves outstanding AC performance of 77dB SINAD and –85dB THD while sampling a 500kHz input frequency. The extremely high sample rate-to-power ratio makes the LTC2314-14 ideal for compact, low power, high speed systems including portable medical devices, communications systems, handheld terminal interfaces and battery-operated systems. In conjunction with Arrow Electronics Ltd.

WirelessHART & Internet Protocol Wireless Sensor Networks Achieve Industry’s Lowest Power Consumption at Less Than 50µA per Node

SmartMesh IP wireless sensor networks are self managing, low power internet protocol (IP) networks built from wireless nodes called motes. The LTC5800-IPM is the IP mote product and the LTC5800-IPR is the IP Manager-on-Chip in the breakthrough Eterna technology family of IEEE 802.15.4e System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions, featuring a highly integrated, low power radio design by Dust Networks as well as an ARM Cortex-M3 32-bit microprocessor running Dust's embedded SmartMesh IP networking software. In conjunction with Arrow Electronics Ltd.

NI Smart Machine Webcast Series

View the Smart Machine Webcast Series from National Instruments, to learn about technologies, techniques, and tips for optimising machine monitoring, energy efficiency, and smart machine design. Learn how you can apply graphical system design techniques to maximise production quality through performance measurements, lower the energy consumption of your next design, and get ahead of the competition with key technologies for smart machines.

Renesas now offer Motor control solutions with unique tune & calibrate software, supported by new Rotate it! reference platform kits that provide all you need to spin your own Permanent Magnet Motor in just 45 seconds!

With high-performance CPU and FPU capability, plus advanced analog and timer peripherals, this makes the RX200 & RX600 microcontrollers the ideal choice for inverter and motor control applications. Renesas kits help you to integrate any custom motor in your equipment by ensuring an ultra-quiet, energy-efficient, and high-precision three-phase sensorless vector control. To find out more, watch the video, buy the kit and take the motor control challenge -please visit:

Triple Output High Current LED Driver Controller Drives over 250W of LED Power

The LT3797 is a triple output DC/DC controller designed to drive three strings of LEDs. The fixed frequency, current mode architecture results in stable operation over a wide range of supply and output voltages. It includes an integrated DC/DC converter to produce a regulated 7.5V supply for the N-channel MOSFET gate drivers of the three channels. This high efficiency converter enables the part to operate from a wide input voltage range from 2.5V to 40V. The LT3797 is designed so that each converter can use the most suitable configuration to drive its LED load, whether step-up, step-down or a combination. In conjunction with Arrow Electronics Ltd.

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