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Maxim Announces Industry's First Remote Tuner Solution with Single Hardware Platform Supporting Worldwide Radio Standards for Automotive Applications

MAX2175 RF to Bits® tuner-based solution reduces cables and simplifies vehicle head unit design

Using the remote tuner solution from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM), designers can significantly simplify the head unit design of a vehicle and reduce cables. The MAX2175 RF to Bits tuner within the solution eliminates the need to rework the vehicle's hardware to support worldwide radio standards, allowing updates by simply changing the vehicle's software.

Traditional radio architecture brings many challenges to vehicle designers. The vehicle's complex head unit must accommodate multiple tuners, manage heat dissipation, and receive multiple cables from the antennas. In addition, the received analog signals pick up noise as they travel from the antenna to the head unit of the vehicle. Finally, baseband processing uses single purpose hardware, requiring separate designs to support multiple worldwide radio standards.

New Line of USB 2.0 and 3.0 Connectors Expands CUI’s Interconnect Portfolio

CUI’s Components Group today announced an expansion to its existing portfolio of power, audio and signal connectors with the addition of a USB product line. The new connector family incorporates USB 2.0 and 3.0 connectors available in Type A, Type B, Micro AB, Micro B, Mini AB and Mini B USB versions. Able to support data rates up to 5 Gbps in USB 3.0 models, the new product family is ideal for a variety of I/O applications in consumer and portable electronic devices, including mobile computing equipment, digital audio devices and high volume storage products.

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:

Next Generation Dual-Mode Bluetooth® Audio Products from Microchip

The IS206X Family of SoC Devices Delivers Superior Sound Quality in High-End Headsets, Speakers, and Sound Bars

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announces the next generation of dual-mode Bluetooth® audio products.  The IS206X family builds on Microchip’s successful IS202X portfolio of highly integrated system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices and modules by introducing Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) capability.  Uniquely engineered for speakers, headsets and gaming headphones, this Flash-based platform offers ample flexibility and powerful design features, allowing audio manufacturers to easily incorporate wireless connectivity in streaming music and voice command applications.

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:

Low-Distortion Noise Suppression Filter for Audio Lines

TDK Corporation presents the new MAF1608G noise suppression filter for audio lines. When inserted in audio lines, the new filter keeps THD+N of the audio signals to the world's lowest levels* of 0%. At the same time the miniature component (1.6 mm x 0.8 mm x 0.8 mm) features a high rated current of 1.6 A and a low DC resistance of 0.06 Ω. This makes the MAF1608G noise suppression filter optimally suited for use in speaker lines where high currents are required. These applications include earphones, speakers and microphones in devices such as smartphones, tablet PCs, and portable game consoles. The new component's high attenuation ensures effective noise suppression in audio applications.

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