EDA / PCB Design

The world of electronic design automation is broad, covering everything from the simplest PCB to the most complex custom device. But without such tools, designers would be unable to create innovative consumer and industrial products.

In this section, New Electronics provides technical insight on the latest PCB design packages, as well as on the design tools essential to the creation of devices such as FPGAs and ASICs.

Transistor delivers 600 Watts for RF energy applications

A 600 Watt BLF0910H9LS600 LDMOS power amplifier transistor has been launched by Ampleon. This is the first RF energy transistor using Ampleon’s latest Gen9HV 50V LDMOS process, a node that is said to have been optimised to deliver increased efficiency, power and gain.

Loopback cards for transceiver test

Samtec has release of the two new VITA 57.4-compliant FMC+ loopback cards. The devices are said to provide FPGA designers with easy to use loopback options for testing low and high speed transceivers on any FPGA development board or carrier card.

Arduino unveils two new boards to support IoT project development

Arduino has unveiled the Arduino MKR WAN 1300 (LoRa) and the Arduino MKR GSM 1400, two boards that are designed to provide both a practical and cost-effective solution for developers, makers and enterprises, looking to add connectivity to their projects and ease the development of battery-powered IoT edge applications.

‘Highest performing’ PC/104 board

According to Sundance Multiprocessor Technology, the SMT6657 is the highest performing embedded processing module available in the PC/104 format. The board is said to be suited to DSP applications requiring high-performance integer and floating-point computation.

COM Express 3.0 for network appliance

Designed to the new COM Express Type 7 standard, the PCOM-B700G from Portwell is a COM Express 3.0 Type 7 basic module based on the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family codenamed Broadwell-DE.

Time-of-Flight 3D vision solution

A time-of-flight (ToF) chipset and development kit from Melexis is said to enable simple, modular and future proof design of 3D vision solutions. Previously available only as part of a development system, the chipset is now available to designers everywhere.

TE expands DEUTSCH 369 product line

TE Connectivity (TE) is expanding its DEUTSCH 369 series connector range to include two new versions, enabling integration directly to the printed circuit board. Applications include commercial aircraft interiors, helicopter and rail lighting.

Omron widens SM photo-microsensor range

Omron Electronic Components Europe has extended its surface mount photo-microsensor range with a new 5mm slot width type, increasing the range of applications in office equipment, consumer electronics, ATM, vending machines and industrial control systems in which this device can be applied.

A more productive approach to creating initial design architectures

A new approach to creating initial design architectures, increasing engineering productivity and reducing risk in product development is catching the attention of system architects, lead electrical engineers and system engineers. Find out more in Zuken’s Technical White Paper: “End-to-end hardware architecture design and validation”.

Arduino-based liquid level sensing hardware

SST Sensing has partnered with Sparkfun to develop a simple to implement solution for single point liquid detection using infrared technology. The solution comprises an Optomax Digital liquid level switch which is connected to an Arduino board via the TTL output and powered by a 5V source.

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