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Intersil Expands Single-Chip USB-C Buck-Boost Battery Charger Family stars

Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL), a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, today introduced two new USB-C™ buck-boost battery chargers that support bidirectional power delivery in ultrabooks, tablets, power banks and other mobile products. The single-chip ISL9238 and ISL9238A battery chargers replace competitive two-chip solutions to reduce customer bill of materials (BOM) costs by up to 40%. Both ICs employ Intersil's patented R3™ modulation technology to extend battery life and deliver acoustic noise-free operation, superior light-load efficiency and ultra-fast transient response.

Quasi-Resonant PWM Controller from Diodes Incorporated Optimizes Efficiency in Power Adapter Applications

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 introduced the AP3301. This quasi-resonant (QR) PWM controller enables the implementation of high-performance, cost-effective power supplies that are capable of meeting DOE6/COC Tier 2 efficiency requirements at all load levels. Targeting the key market of AC-DC adapters for set-top box and gaming console applications, this controller also meets the auxiliary power requirements of ATX/BTX computer motherboards and is suited for use in open-frame switching power supplies.

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.

Intel Atom Processor E3900 Series: Enabling Next Generator of Smart and Connectied IoT Devices stars

New Processor Series Moves Computing Power Nearer to Sensor, Alleviating Need to Push All Processing to Data Center

The Internet of Things (IoT) is linking billions of smart and connected devices to each other, creating a wave of change in how we live and work. The number of connected machines is expected to dramatically increase – by 2020, 50 billion devices (Cisco IBSG) will create 44 zettabytes (of 44 trillion gigabytes) of data annually, and will require much more processing power at the edge, and in the fog to network in order to maintain viability.

To support these experiences, today at IoT Solutions World Congress, Intel is announcing the latest generation of the Intel® Atom™ processors for IoT applications. The new Intel Atom processor E3900 series is designed from the ground up to support the rapid development and the growing complexity of IoT businesses. The result is a processor exceptionally capable of delivering on performance, processing and scalability.

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.

Fairchild’s USB Type-C Controllers are Compatible with Latest Type-C Specifications

Fairchild (NASDAQ: FCS) a leading global supplier of high-performance semiconductor solutions, today announced that its FUSB302 family of USB Type-C controllers are the industry’s first to be compatible with the latest updates to the USB Type-C standard, including Power Delivery (PD) specification. This enables manufacturers using the FUSB302 to easily support all current and previous versions of the USB Type-C specifications in their 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.

New USBXpress Controller from Silicon Labs Simplifies USB Connectivity for Embedded Designs

Highly Integrated, Low-Power CP2102N Bridge Device Delivers Advanced Functionality in Small Packages for Turnkey USB Design

Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB) has added a smaller, lower-power member to its family of USBXpress™ bridge devices, providing a simpler, faster way to add Universal Serial Bus (USB) connectivity to new and legacy embedded designs. Silicon Labs’ new CP2102N USB controller eliminates complex, time-consuming firmware development and provides advanced functionality in QFN packages as small as 3 mm x 3 mm. The CP2102N device simplifies USB-to-UART connectivity and speeds time to market for a wide range of portable, power-sensitive and space-constrained applications such as USB dongles, point-of-sale (POS) terminals, data loggers, gaming controllers and personal medical devices.

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:

Wireless Standards Governing Internet of Things (IoT) Connectivity

Internet of Things (IoT) is an evolving field of computer, software, and hardware engineering that aims to bring interconnectivity to devices and human beings.  Since it is not a new field, several wireless standards, or protocols, of connectivity, have been developed since the beginning of IoT.  Different groups and standards try to solve various problems.  Depending on the application, which will dictate various factors such as range, data requirements, security, power demands, and battery life will determine the choice of one or a combination of technologies.  Outlined below are some of the major wireless standards that electrical engineers can use in Internet of Things electronic design.

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