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.

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: www.renesas.eu/motor

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 http://www.electronicsdesignshow.co.uk/conference

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.

Reduce your code-size with Atollic TrueSTUDIO v5.1!

Reflex Technology announces the release of TrueSTUDIO v5.1, the latest version of the award winning C/C++ development tool for professional ARM® developers. This version features a new compiler/assembler/linker toolchain that focuses on code optimisation and debug efficiency. TrueSTUDIO v5.1 can reduce the code-size by up to 30-40% for debug friendly code, and by up to 10-15% for optimised production code! The compiler now uses DWARF4 as its debug format. This allows developers to debug optimised code with the same ease as code built at lower optimisation levels.

Think you know Altium? Think again!

If you've seen Altium/Protel in the past, you'd be amazed at the latest improvements. As a result of Altium's significant development efforts, the v14 release offers stunningly-good capabilities for the modern PCB design professional. Don't base your opinion on the past, come along to our Demo Day and see the future!

Hi-Rel just got smaller – new 1.25mm connectors from Harwin

Harwin's low profile Gecko connectors are designed to offer high performance in a miniature package for demanding applications. The 1.25mm pin spacing results in a 35% space saving over other high-performance connectors. Rated to handle 2A per contact and proven in extreme conditions, Gecko connectors operate within a wide temperature range and under extreme vibration.

R&S® RTE : Simply More Scope

More reliable measurements, more tools and fast results, more fun to use – that's the new R&S®RTE oscilloscope. They offer fast and reliable solutions for everyday T&M tasks such as embedded design development, power electronics analysis and general debugging. Users benefit from features such as high sampling and acquisition rates and good signal fidelity. A comprehensive set of measurement and analysis tools deliver fast results and the high-resolution touchscreen makes the R&S RTE very easy to use.

Guaranteed 0.04% Accurate Hybrid/Electric Battery Monitor Includes Isolated Interface

The LTC6804 is a high voltage, multicell battery stack monitor that measures up to 12 series connected battery cells with a total measurement error of less than 1.2mV. The cell measurement range of 0V to 5V makes this device suitable for most battery chemistries. All 12 cell voltages can be captured in 290µs, and lower data acquisition rates can be selected for high noise reduction. Multiple LTC6804 devices can be connected in series, permitting simultaneous cell monitoring of long, high voltage battery strings. Each LTC6804 has an isoSPI interface for high speed, RF-immune, local area communications. In conjunction with Arrow Electronics Ltd.

Elastomer Socket for High Bandwidth Applications

GHz BGA & QFN/MLF sockets are ideal for prototyping and testing almost any BGA or QFN device application. These ZIF sockets provide excellent signal integrity yet remain cost effective. Innovative elastomer interconnect technology that delivers low signal loss (1dB at 8 GHz or 10GHz) and supports BGA or QFN/MLF pitches down to 0.3mm was utilized in these sockets.

Low-cost Board Tester - Powered by Boundary-scan

The new JT 5705 from JTAG Technologies introduces a new category of board test system. It features JTAG TAPs to stimulate boundary-scan (IEEE 1149) compliant parts, Digital I/O to stimulate and measure functional logic and Analogue I/O to stimulate and measure sensors, ADCs and DACs. Available in bench format or fixture format it can also be scaled to meet your needs . For more information…

Yokogawa WT1800 High Performance Power Analyser

To support energy conservation and sustainable energy development, Yokogawa UK is offering the WT1800 High Performance Power Analyser at a very special campaign price. Buy any model with a harmonics option and get 30% off the UK list price.

Automated Test Outlook 2014

National Instruments Automated Test Outlook 2014 draws on decades of experience to examine trends influencing electronic-based industries. The latest test and measurement technologies and methodologies impacting the industry are presented, providing engineers with strategies and best practices for optimising test.

LED Current control and Modulation Dimming

With LED lighting becoming increasingly popular due to their high luminance, long life, high efficiency and decreasing costs, the subject of controlling and driving the LED's is now a very interesting topic. If the application requires dimming of the LED's especially when flicker must be avoided then there are a number of challenges that must be overcome in order to do this efficiently.

Adding value to your design!

The Walters group has a proven track record in helping customers design and manufacture cost effective and innovative electronic products, including GPS/GPRS and RFID solutions. We offer, design, engineering and manufacturing services with complete turnkey solutions and we tailor these services to each customer's specific requirements.

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.

Innovative New NET-BOX Wall Mount Enclosures From OKW

OKW has launched NET-BOX – a sleek new range of innovative wall mount enclosures for control and data applications. These modern and attractive enclosures feature an inset cable connection panel – hiding unsightly connectors under the removable front lid.

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