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NXP Expands Plug'n Play NFC Portfolio: New Controller and Arduino Add-on Boards

NXP today expanded its advanced portfolio for plug-and-play (Near Field Communication) NFC solutions with Arduino™ add-on boards and the release of PN7150, a high performance NFC controller with integrated firmware and NCI interface. The expanded portfolio enables easier and faster integration of NFC technology in consumer electronic devices, especially in OS-based systems.

Building Better Development Experiences

Leveraging its sophisticated portfolio of microcontrollers, the PN71xx family, now, comes with various add-on boards, software examples and supports development platforms featuring an Arduino stackable header, including Kinetis, LPCXpresso, i.MX, and QorIQ, allowing for rapid NFC expansion and prototyping.

Marvell Expands Its Award-Winning SSD Product Suite by Introducing Advanced BGA SSD Controllers for New Generation of Slim, High Performance Computing Devices

Marvell's 88NV1160 doubles the performance of best-in-class DRAM-less controllers and advances the deployment of Host Memory Buffer technology

Marvell (NASDAQ:MRVL), a world leader in storage, cloud infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT), connectivity and multimedia semiconductor solutions, today announced the expansion of its solid-state drive (SSD) portfolio to include the 88NV1160 Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) Express DRAM-less SSD controller. Marvell’s 88NV1160 DRAM-less SSD controller provides the industry’s leading performance per Watt and up to 1600MB/s read speeds. The 88NV1160 can be used in a single ball grid array (BGA) package SSD, as well as in a standalone controller in a tiny 9x10mm package which makes it compatible with M.2230 and M.2242 form factors. These features make the 88NV1160 optimized for a new generation of slim computing devices such as productivity tablets and ultrabooks. The new controller is currently available for sampling to key customers globally.

New IDT 12-Output Clock Generator Delivers Best-In-Class Jitter Performance for Today’s Demanding Applications

Designed for the Communications and Datacom Markets, the 8V49NS0312 Clock Generator Delivers RMS Phase Jitter of 85 Femtoseconds

Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) (NASDAQ: IDTI) today introduced a highly flexible 12-output clock generator featuring ultra-low jitter performance to meet the demanding requirements of the communications and datacom markets. The IDT® 8V49NS0312 enables the high-performance timing needed for complex system environments such as those seen in 10, 40 and100 Gigabit Ethernet systems.

1A DC-DC Buck Converters from Diodes Incorporated Achieve High Efficiency Under Light-Load and Full-Load Conditions

Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic, analog and mixed-signal semiconductor markets, today announced the AP3401 and AP3428. These DC-DC step-down converters are capable of driving loads up to 1A with excellent line- and load regulation provided by a constant-frequency PWM control that requires no external compensation and so minimizes component count and material costs. Developed to meet the demands of set-top boxes, TVs, routers, Wi-Fi modules and security systems, these buck converters feature low power consumption and highly-efficient light-load operation.

Modelithics and Coilcraft Collaborate to Offer New Microwave Global Models™ for High Frequency Conical Inductor Series

Modelithics, Inc. and Coilcraft Inc. have teamed to develop two (2) new Microwave Global Models™ for the Coilcraft BCL and BCR RF and microwave inductor families. Modelithics Microwave Global Models are high-accuracy equivalent circuit models that cover an entire component series within a single model. These powerful models, unique to Modelithics, feature substrate, pad and part value scalability (or selectability), and accurately predict parasitic effects based on the model parameter settings. These features allow designers to simulate condition-specific response of their designs electronically and perform advanced analysis of their designs with efficiency and accuracy.

AVX Releases New 2.9GHz High Performance, Low Pass Integrated Thin Film Filter In Ultra Miniature 0805 Case

AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released a new 2.9GHz 0805 high performance, low pass integrated thin film (ITF) SMD filter that exhibits low insertion loss and extremely sharp roll-off in high frequency (1.7GHz – 2.9GHz) wireless applications, including: mobile communications systems, microcell and picocell base stations, satellite TV receivers, global positioning systems (GPS), vehicle location systems, and wireless large area networks (LANs). Based on thin film multilayer technology, the new 2.9GHz filter delivers excellent high frequency performance, and features an ultra miniature 0805 chip size with a rugged construction for reliable automatic assembly.

D/A Converter Offers More Accuracy in a Smaller Footprint for Diverse Applications Ranging from Radar to Smartphone Testing

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) today introduced the AD9164 D/A converter that brings high-resolution radar images for designers of military and commercial radar while reducing solution component count. Additionally, for designers of precision instrumentation equipment, such as smartphone testers, the new device ensures improved accuracy as well as speed of test, contributing to faster market-ready time while significantly decreasing tester complexity and size. Thanks to its audio to 6 GHz frequency coverage, the AD9164 D/A converter moves the tester market one step closer to a universal wireless test platform.

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:

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