System Design

Many electronics engineers create board level products, but their boards are integrated into systems at some point. And systems need things like enclosures, power supplies and environmental management.

New Electronics recognises the importance of system design and its impact on the final product. In this section, New Electronics reviews the latest developments in system design and brings visitors to the website information on how these developments are being applied.

Sensor to cloud developer kit accelerates IoT design

A prototyping vehicle designed to help engineers to connect wireless sensor nodes to mobile devices and the cloud has been introduced by Silicon Labs. The Thunderboard React developer kit features a battery powered, sensor rich demonstration board with Bluetooth low energy technology and an ARM Cortex-M4 processor for IoT connectivity, along with open source design files and software for mobile apps running on Android and iOS devices.

SIGFOX reference design module

A SIGFOX reference design module has been introduced by éolane, a French solution provider. The small-footprint (18 x 26mm) module is said to provide a wireless sensing solution for space-sensitive applications.

USB-C reference design launched

Silicon Labs has introduced a reference design that is said to reduce the cost and complexity of developing cables and cable adapters based on the USB Type-C specification. The reference design features the ultra low power EFM8 MCU, USB Power Delivery protocol stacks and USB Billboard Device source code.

IP65 version of Hammond 1553 ergonomic handheld enclosures

JPR Electronics has announced an IP65 sealed version of the 1553 handheld enclosure family from Hammond Electronics.The soft-sided 1553W enclosures are suited for applications including instrument or mobile data enclosures requiring a keypad and display, particularly when repetitive assembly and disassembly are required.

Keeping processors cool

AMD has expanded its processor range and is offering thermal solutions that are said to generate less than 10% of the noise created by previous devices. According to the company, the AMD Wraith Cooler not only has ‘near silent’ operation at 39dBa, but also supports 34% more airflow and 24% more surface area for heat dissipation.

Integrated battery management IC monitors up to 256 cells in series

Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced what it claims to be the industry’s first integrated battery monitor and protector to measure 16 battery cells at one time. The bq76PL455A-Q1 provides highly accurate cell-voltage monitoring for large batteries with up to 256 cells in a series and can enable more intelligent battery management in electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, and grid energy storage systems.

Custom front panel service

METCASE has extended its custom front panels service with CMYK digital printing technology, enabling legends, logos and photo quality graphics to be printed on to front panels.

MCU safety package for industrial applications

Infineon Technologies has announced a safety package for the XMC4000 range of 32-bit microcontrollers. The XMC4000 safety package is claimed to help develop TÜV-certified automation systems that conform to Safety Integrity Levels SIL2 and SIL3. The XMC4000 Safety Package was developed specifically for industrial high-end applications such as factory automation, industrial motor control and robotics.

New USB 3.0 camera reference design kit

Cypress Semiconductor and THine Electronics have introduced a USB 3.0 camera reference design kit with 13Mpixel resolution at 21frame/s. The Ascella design kit, based on Cypress’s EZ-USB CX3 USB 3.0 camera controller and THine’s THP7312 image signal processor (ISP), comes with optimised firmware, a software development kit, reference circuit schematics and materials.

Time-lag fuse with enhanced overcurrent and surge capability

Littelfuse has introduced the 835 Series Fuse, a time-lag, ceramic body ac fuse. The 835 Series is the first fuse from Littelfuse to combine an unparalleled I2t value, a maximum interrupting rating of 1500A at 250V ac and 1.5kA 8/20µs surge withstand capability in a 5 x 20mm footprint. Current ratings of 5A, 6.3A and 8A are available.

Flexible fanout buffer

IDT has expanded its portfolio of programmable timing devices with the introduction of the 5P11xx family of low-jitter universal output fanout buffers.

CARRYTEC M enclosures now in new slim version

OKW’s CARRYTEC M portable instrument enclosures are now available in a new slim version for tablet style electronics. Targeting tablets and instruments which have more modest space requirements but that require enhanced levels of protection, these enclosures have been designed for medical and wellness applications, communications, data recording, plant and machine construction, agriculture and forest management.

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