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Semtech’s New μClamp® 3381P Provides Superior Protection from ESD and Electrical Overstress in Industrial and Consumer Data Interfaces

The 3.3V, surge rated μClamp3381P expands the MicroClamp platform providing protection for electronic devices from surge, EFT and ESD threats

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors, today announced the μClamp® 3381P, a single-line, 3.3V surge rated transient voltage suppression (TVS) device for safeguarding industrial and consumer interfaces against transient voltage threats.

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:

Micron Introduces Industry's Best-in-Class SLC NAND Flash for IoT and Automotive

New high-performance NAND Flash enables faster, more reliable, secure and cost-effective data storage

Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU), today announced its newest embedded SLC NAND Flash optimized for the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) and automotive applications. Available with differing interfaces to accommodate design,  Micron's second generation Serial (SPI) NAND and fifth generation parallel SLC NAND, offers the industry's best-in-class reliability1 and read and program performance, ease of design and advanced security features.

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:

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.

IDT Introduces Latest Generation Highly Integrated, Programmable and Scalable Power Management IC

The Flexible P9180A PMIC Delivers Highly Scalable Power for a Variety of Applications through IDT’s Innovative DPU Technology

Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) (NASDAQ: IDTI) today announced general availability of the IDT® P9180A, a next-generation, highly integrated scalable power management integrated circuit (PMIC) targeting a broad array of applications in the IoT, server, micro-server, storage, embedded and industrial market segments. The programmable P9180A PMIC delivers flexibility and ease of use while supporting the varying power requirements of multiple market segments and meeting the power needs of today’s SoCs, FPGAs, and ASICs.

The P9180A achieves its power scalability through IDT’s innovative distributed power architecture, which enables engineers to scale power beyond the P9180A’s standalone capacity by adding distributed power units (DPUs) to the system. The IDT P9148 DPU communicates using a proprietary two-wire interface design, greatly reducing power subsystem complexity and enabling system designers to optimally distribute power resources throughout the system. This distribution helps engineers avoid or resolve the EMI, thermal and signal integrity issues often associated with PMICs.

Cypress Enables IoT Developers to Easily Create Tiny, Solar-Powered Sensor Beacons that Wirelessly Transmit Data on their Surrounding Environment

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today introduced a new kit with a complete reference design for a tiny, battery-free sensor beacon for a broad range of fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The CYALKIT-E02 Solar-Powered BLE Sensor Beacon Reference Design Kit provides an easy-to-use platform for the development of a solar-powered Wireless Sensor Node (WSN) that can sense the temperature and humidity around its location and transmit the data using Bluetooth®Low Energy connectivity. The reference sensor beacon, which is 25 mm in diameter—the size of a U.S. quarter, can be placed and left to operate without maintenance for battery changes, making it ideal to monitor environmental conditions in smart home, commercial building, factory and agriculture settings. The kit is available now for pre-order for $49.

10 W Ac-Dc Power Supplies with Integrated USB Connectors Meet DoE Level VI and CoC Tier 2 Standards

CUI today announced a new line of DoE Level VI and CoC Tier 2 compliant wall plug-in ac-dc power supplies featuring an integrated USB connector. The 10 W SMI10-USBSWI10-N-USB and SWI10-E-USB are all designed to meet the stringent average efficiency and no load power requirements mandated by the US Department of Energy (DOE) in effect since February 2016. Any domestic or global manufacturer seeking to market their end product with an external adapter in the United States must meet the new Level VI standardswhich aim to significantly lower the amount of power consumed when the end application is not in use or is no longer connected to the system. The models also meet the European Union’s January 2018 CoC Tier 2 directive that will add additional power consumption limits at 10% load levels.

Broadcom Announces Industry’s First 60GHz Wireless Mesh Solution for Wireless Infrastructure

Broadcom Limited (NASDAQ: AVGO), a leading designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of analog and digital semiconductor connectivity solutions, today announced the industry’s first 60GHz wireless mesh (60G WiMesh) chipset solution designed for wireless infrastructure applications including mobile backhaul and wireless access points. The chipset consists of a BCM20130 baseband SoC and a BCM20138 RF transceiver chip, both of which are implemented in standard CMOS process. Based on innovative steerable beamforming technology, the chipset provides a highly robust, cost-effective 60GHz wireless solution addressing the “last-mile problem” for wireless infrastructure.

Transceiver Provides Reliable Radio Connections and Extended Battery Life for IoT and Other Wireless Applications

NORWOOD, Mass.—Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) today introduced a low power, high performance, radio transceiver for battery powered applications. The new transceiver enables more reliable wireless radio connections with fewer retries and packet losses as well as longer battery lifetime. The ADF7030-1 features a highly sensitive receiver and superior immunity to signal interferences as well as low power modes, including the industry’s lowest current in sleep mode. Designed with ADI’s advanced radio technology, the transceiver is ideal for users of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, smart metering, security and building automation, industrial control, and wireless sensor networks.

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