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Allegro Microsystems, LLC Introduces New Dual Full-Bridge PWM Motor Driver IC

Two Drivers in One Package Share Charge Pump Components to Save PCB Space

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces a new 40 V dual full-bridge driver capable of driving two DC motors with outputs rated up to 3.2 A. Allegro’s A5995 device includes fixed off-time pulse-width modulation (PWM) regulators for current control. Each DC motor can be controlled in forward, reverse, coast and brake modes with industry standard PHASE, ENABLE inputs. Fast or slow PWM current decay is selected via the MODE input. This new device is targeted at the consumer, industrial and office automation markets with end applications that include, laser, inkjet and label printers, copiers, vending, robot vacuums, and ATM machines.

SIDACtor® Protection Thyristors in DO-214AB Package from Littelfuse Protect Low-Data-Rate Interfaces, Outdoor Data Interfaces

Pxxx0S3NLRP Series provides surface mount solution designed for compliance with global regulatory standards

Littelfuse, Inc., the global leader in circuit protection, the global leader in circuit protection, has introduced a new series of SIDACtor® Protection Thyristors in DO-214AB (surface-mount) packages, designed to protect low-data-rate interfaces and outdoor data interfaces in general industrial applications. The Pxxx0S3NLRP Series provides robust surge protection performance at up to 2.5kA, while maintaining much lower switching threshold (VS) and on-state voltage (VT) than traditional protection solutions like Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) technology. They also offer crowbarring power fault protection superior to typical clamping devices.

3 Steps Electrical Engineers Should Take to Obtain the Best Electronic BoM Costs

To stay competitive in today’s extremely tough markets, electrical engineers have to not only be technically adept at designing in components that give their products a competitive edge, but they also have to know the best practices in assuring that the Bill of Material (BoM) costs are as low as possible.  As the electronic component BoM cost usually represents the single largest cost element of an end-product, being good at controlling these costs can give companies in saturated markets a competitive edge. 

The field applications engineers at SemiElectronics have come up with the 3 top items that engineers should pay attention to during design process and beyond to leverage the best BoM costs possible.

International Standards Organizations Governing Electronic Products

With thousands of international standards organizations across the world, may aspects of life is subject to standardization, which is a good thing for most people.  Standardizing various processes and systems helps make life safer and even more productive.  The electronics industry, in particular, is subject to thousands of global standards, and hundreds of individual regulatory bodies that create, endorse, and support these standards.

As an electrical engineer working on electronic designs, it’s important to know about some of the international standards organizations that govern electronic products.  Here are some of the well-known organizations that we find engineers work with most frequently:

Z-Wave - Popular Wireless Protocol for Home Automation and Internet of Things Devices stars

As Internet of Things (IoT) becomes the new frontier in technology, all attention seems to be turning to wireless networks for home automation. One of the key players in remote home security and automation is without a doubt the Z-Wave protocol.

Z-Wave, also known as Zwave, is a communication protocol that uses RF signaling to connect and control devices used in home automation. It is a low bandwidth protocol, capable of sending short messages reliably, from one control unit to several slave nodes connected in a network. Z-Wave protocol is made of four layers:

STMicroelectronics Simplifies Design-In of State-of-the-Art Security for the IoT

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has announced a strong yet easy-to-use secure element to protect connected devices in the consumer and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and to prevent cloning or copying of genuine products by ensuring authenticity.Certified to the highest security industry standards, the new STSAFE-A100 can be designed-in by developers without specialist security expertise thanks to comprehensive support ecosystem.

Consumer devices, home appliances, industrial assets, and infrastructure controllers are already connected to the internet or will be soon. Many of them are designed to be autonomous and unattended. They now need state-of-the-art electronic security to prevent hackers from counterfeiting, cloning, stealing information, or misusing the equipment. ST’s new STSAFE-A100 is a secure turnkey solution that brings the Company’s proven expertise in electronic securityfor applications such as banking, e-commerce, and identity protection to the IoT. As a secure element that provides authentication services and can be used in conjunction with an ordinary microcontroller, it features an embedded secure operating system and is certified to Common Criteria EAL5+[1], banking-level security-industry standards.

NXP Makes High-Performance Integrated Module Available to Accelerate Development of Solid-State RF Cooking Appliances

New plug-and-play, solid-state RF cooking module helps reduce time-to-market for appliance OEMs with easy-to-use design for intelligent cooking

NXP Semiconductors today announced new solid state RF cooking modules to accompany its popular RF cooking components portfolio. The new module is designed to help engineers rapidly build innovative RF cooking appliances that can achieve a better way of highly efficient, uniform heating, adaptability and consistency of the cooking process than conventional radiant or convection methods.

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