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Tech Articles

Broadband Low-Loss Limiter MMICs – Article by Andy Dearn and Liam Devlin, Plextek RF Integration

Sep 8, 2014

Limiters are essential building blocks in receiver front-ends, where they are used to protect the low-noise amplification circuitry from damage by high power signals (such as nearby transmitters), which could otherwise result in permanent damage. Limiters need to be low loss, as any insertion loss adds directly to the noise figure of the receiver. In
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Smart moves add some depth – Article by Caroline Hayes

Aug 26, 2014

I came across a new use for a smartphone as part of a research project this month. Researchers at Microsoft made some simple hardware changes and used machine learning to create a depth camera from a smartphone. Low cost, low power LEDs were used for illumination and the phone’s IR cup filter was removed and
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Considerations When Choosing a USB Logic Analyser By Ross McGillivray, EASYSync

Aug 11, 2014

The utilization of USB logic analysers is becoming increasingly commonplace in the development and subsequent testing of all manner of modern electronic circuitry. They can be of great value when it comes to capturing and then manipulating the data required to deal with functional issues on complex digital chips, such as ASICs and FPGAs. Likewise,
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CASE STUDY: TOUCH TECHNOLOGY IN RETAIL— Elo Touch Solutions and mifitto make sure the shoe fits perfectly

Aug 5, 2014

mifitto, a young German company is aiming to improve the shoe shopping experience with its innovative 3D foot scanner. It is easier to find perfectly fitting shoes if feet are measured accurately. The concept, combined with an interactive touchscreen from Elo Touch Solutions (Elo), has already convinced the renowned Fraunhofer Society, a retail lab and
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The LTE and smartphone boost – Article by Caroline Hayes

Jul 29, 2014

Good news for smartphones and component manufacturers alike, as increasing levels of integration means that basestations and smartphones – as well as tablets and other mobile devices – are accelerating LTE (Long Term Evolution) adoption. A report from Heavy Reading shows that LTE basestations typically integrate devices from several companies, dominated by North American companies
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Hackers to the Wireless Industry: We’re Heeere…By Barry Manz, Mouser Electronics

Jul 22, 2014

Thanks to the revelations from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, we all now know that absolutely nothing we communicate electronically is safe from snooping by financially well-endowed government agencies such the NSA or England’s GHCQ.   However, the recent security breaches at major retailers have shown that astute hackers with comparatively modest resources can find their
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Power Semiconductor Building Blocks For The More Electric Vehicle – Benjamin Jackson, Senior Manager, Automotive Strategic Marketing & Business Development, Product Manager IGBTs & Modules

Jul 16, 2014

It is no secret that the automotive industry is currently going through a major period of technological change. The fuel pumps and pistons used in the internal combustion engine for over 100 years are now being traded for lithium ion batteries, inverters and IGBTs. In short the vehicle is becoming more electric. On first pass
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Power Semiconductors Driving the Electric Vehicle Industry By Landa Culbertson, Mouser Electronics

With more than 6.5 million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road today, and annual worldwide sales projections by Pike Research reaching 3.8 million by 2020, demand for semiconductors in the automotive environment is heating up. In fact, Semicast Research calculates that “revenues for original equipment (OE) automotive semiconductors grew by 12% to USD $25.5 billion
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The Direction of Wireless Charging Technology By Landa Culbertson, Mouser Electronics Featured Products

Mobile devices, with always-on GPS and wireless, high-performance video and audio technology, ever-increasing applications, and near-constant use, have perceived shorter battery life in spite of improvements in battery technology. This has created a demand for more convenient and accessible ways to charge mobile gadgets. Fulfilling these needs are the wireless charging systems available on the
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OmniTek, Xilinx Roll Zynq-7000 Video Development Kit – The new OZ745 platform eases the design of real-time professional broadcast and other apps

By Mike Santarini, Publisher, Xcell Journal, Xilinx, Inc. Xilinx and Xilinx Alliance member OmniTek will release a real-time video-processing platform targeted at companies creating high-bandwidth equipment for a wide range of motion-picture industries. The new platform, called the OmniTek OZ745 Zynq™-7000 SoC Video Development Kit, includes all the key components to help OEMs improve system
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