Here are a selection of articles that appeared in the latest EE Times Europe print edition: October 8 – 21. Click on the headline to see the full story.
Fabless startup Cambridge Semiconductor Ltd. has unveiled details of its first product, a mixed-signal controller IC for switched-mode power supplies that it expects will help companies produce more energy-efficient equipment. However, the company has opted not to integrate the control with power transistors, the capability the company was founded to exploit in August 2000 and subsequently branded as its PowerBrane technology.
No wires and no batteries; that’s the promise GreenPeak Technologies made at the recent ISA Expo in Houston, Texas with a battery-free solution for ultralow-power wireless sensor and control networks based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. The target, according to GreenPeak (Utrecht, Netherlands), is to leverage three key technologies and develop chips and modules for sensor applications that would operate without power cabling or batteries.
ARM has unveiled its latest processor architecture at its own ARM Developers Conference which took place in Santa Clara, California. The Cortex-A9 comes in single-core form with roughly the equivalent performance of the established Cortex-A8 processor, as well as scaling up to four processor cores.
Although the Micro Telecommunications Computing Architecture (MicroTCA) is not intended to replace the Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA), but to complement it, early indications are that its impact on the telecommunications equipment market is such that it may eventually eclipse AdvancedTCA.
A startup company that has its roots in years of DSP-based board development in the Loughborough area of England has started shipping an Advanced Mezzanine Card (AdvancedMC) module that is targeted at high-performance processing roles in wireless baseband and other applications.
ChipSensors Ltd., a Limerick, Ireland-based startup whose founders have a pedigree in sensors and mixed-signal CMOS design, has unveiled a technology that it claims will let the surface of an IC sense temperature, humidity, pathogens and certain gases.
Systems that extract the energy they require from the ambient environment already exist. The best known is probably the self-powered wrist watch. But modern ICs can perform sophisticated functions on not much more energy than a quartz-controlled electronic watch chip consumes and so there is a race to develop energy harvesting techniques and standards.
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