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Freescale launches controller for 14V Li-ion battery packs

Looking to help automotive manufacturers meet stringent functional safety requirements for battery systems, Freescale has launched the MC33772, a device which can control from three to six Li-ion cells. According to the company, the device’s performance and functional safety features have been optimised for 14V Li-ion battery packs, allowing manufacturers to consider replacing traditional automotive lead-acid batteries.

Bosch acquires pure lithium process for electric vehicle batteries

Bosch will debut a battery technology for electric cars that could be production-ready in as little as five years. In addition to its own development in the area of battery technology, Bosch now has crucial know-how in innovative solid-state cells for lithium batteries as well as exclusive patents, thanks to the acquisition of the US start-up Seeo Inc.

Altium Designer gets update; speeds designs, cuts errors

Altium has announced the next major update to its flagship PCB design tool Altium Designer. According to the company, the addition of new automation and productivity tools to the package will allow engineers to get designs done more quickly and with fewer errors.

5G Innovation Centre opens at University of Surrey

The University of Surrey has opened the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC), the world’s largest academic research centre dedicated to next generation mobile and wireless connectivity and a facility which it says will secure the UK’s leading role in the development of next generation communications technology.

Signal processing development platform

RFEL has announced qu-IQ, a flexible, resource rich development platform for demanding signal processing applications. With a Xilinx Kintex 7 FPGA, a Xilinx Zynq 7045 SoChip and 3Gbyte of on board DDR3 memory, the platform is housed on a PCIe 2.0 host card.The qu-IQ features 750k logic cells and nearly 2500 DSP48 slices, which provides a resource for the development and proving of modern signal processing applications.

Hitaltech signed to distribute Omron components

Hitaltech has been appointed as an authorised distributor for Omron Electronic Components. As part of the deal, Hitaltech will offer Omron’s range of FPC-FFC connectors, including the XF3M, pictured, said to be ideal for applications requiring a connection between an LCD panel and a PCB or for other board to board connections.

Conrad adds 650 power modules to portfolio

Conrad Business Supplies has extended its range of power supplies and supporting accessories, with the addition of more than 650 products from Delta Electronics. The company’s product range is said to offer high efficiency performance in applications requiring a wide input voltage range.

MPUs targeted at industrial IoT and wearable applications

A new series of ARM Cortex-A5 based microprocessors has been launched by Atmel, which says the devices deliver the lowest power consumption of all MPUs in its class. Called the SAMA5D2 series, the parts are said to consume less than 200µA in retention mode with context preserved and to wake up in 30µs.

Spectrum monitoring range extended

CRFS is launching the latest additions to its RFeye node family at DSEI 2015. The RFeye family has been designed for continuous remote monitoring of the spectrum, providing real time information on spectrum use, as well as the ability to map, display and analyse high volumes of data. The devices support direction finding and radio geolocation techniques in regulatory, security and military applications.

V2X technology senses danger before you see it

Continental will presented a left-turn assist based on Vehicle-to-X (V2X) technology in the outdoor area of the New Mobility World at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The technology issues an audible and visual warning to alert the driver of an impending collision due to the presence of a hidden approaching vehicle during a left-turn manoeuvre. Automatic intervention is only triggered if the driver fails to observe the warning despite the increasing probability of an accident.

Using magnetic permeability to store information

Researchers from Corning Incorporated, the Physics Department at the University of Nebraska, the US Army Research Laboratory and the Naval Research Laboratory have made steps in developing a new magnetic memory technology, which is less susceptible to corruption by magnetic fields or thermal exposure than conventional memory. The findings open up a new approach to a variety of applications from high-density radiation hard memory suitable for space travel to more secure ID cards.

Power semiconductor market to grow 5% in 2015

According to the latest report by IHS Technology the overall power semiconductor market, including both power discretes and power modules, is predicted to grow 5% in 2015 to reach $17billion. In 2014, year-over-year power discrete revenue grew 5% and power module revenue grew 12%.

HyperCat joins the Industrial Internet Consortium

HyperCat has announced that it is joining the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) to help tackle two key IoT challenges: firstly, how to find relevant and trustworthy data from connected ‘things’; And secondly, how to make it easier for those things to talk to each other.

Arrow Electronics expands development kit portfolio with DECA evaluation board

Arrow Electronics has announced the latest addition to its portfolio of development tools with the Arrow DECA evaluation board, featuring Altera’s MAX 10 FPGA and Enpirion power solutions. The MAX 10 FPGAs are claimed to integrate dual-configuration flash, analogue blocks, memory, DSP and embedded processing capabilities all within a single chip package.

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