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Renesas Electronics Introduces Low-Power RL78/G11 Microcontrollers to Accelerate Prototyping and Development for Compact Sensor Hub Applications in Industrial, Healthcare and Agricultural Industries

General-Purpose Microcontrollers Equipped in 24-Pin Compact Package Support Up to 13 Sensors

Renesas Electronics America Inc., a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the RL78/G11 Group of microcontrollers (MCUs), a group of small-package, low-power MCUs that will enable users to easily and more quickly prototype and develop systems that support low-power sensor hubs and sensor application systems. Designed to connect to multiple sensors and convert the sensor output signals to digital data, these compact sensor hubs are used in a wide range of applications, such as computer operating environment monitoring for data center thermocouples in the industrial area, wearable health management devices in the healthcare field, and environmental sensing in greenhouses and factory farms in the agricultural industry.

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.

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.

60V Synchronous Buck Battery Charger Includes Lead-Acid & Li-Ion Charge Algorithms for up to 20A Charge Current

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC4013, a highly integrated, high voltage multi-chemistry synchronous step-down battery charger controller. With a wide input voltage range that spans up to 60V, the LTC4013 uses temperature-compensated 3- and 4-stage charge algorithms to efficiently charge 12V and 24V lead-acid batteries. Alternatively, the LTC4013 will charge a multicell Lithium-based battery stack with float voltages near to the input supply. Mode pins define the float voltage and charge algorithm. Charge current is precision regulated to ±5% and programmable with a single resistor up to 20A (depending on the selection of external components). The LTC4013 features user-adjustable maximum power point tracking (MPPT) circuitry that enables simple power optimization in the case of power-limited sources such as solar panels. The MPPT open-circuit method corrects for panel temperature changes without the inconvenience of adding a solar panel temperature sensor. Applications include portable medical instruments, monitoring equipment, battery backup systems, industrial handhelds, industrial lighting, military equipment, ruggedized notebooks/tablet computers, plus remote powered communication and telemetry systems.

Intersil Introduces High Efficiency, High Current Buck-Boost Regulators for Battery-Powered Portables

Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL), a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, today announced the ISL91127 and ISL91128 high efficiency buck-boost regulators. The latest in Intersil's industry-leading buck-boost family, the new devices feature 4.5A switches, best-in-class efficiency up to 96%, and a compact footprint ideal for providing system power or powering the peripherals in battery-operated devices. They offer the industry's lowest quiescent current of 30µA for superior light load efficiency.

Highly integrated Hall sensors by Infineon reduce systems costs considerably

The new Hall sensors of Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) enable automotive, industrial and consumer electronics to meet strict environmental standards. Also, they help fulfil the requirements of very cost-effective and compact designs. The Hall sensors of the new TLx496x family are highly integrated, have precise switching points, a stable operation and a low power consumption. They are available as latch and switch-type sensors.

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.

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.

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