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Maxim Reference Design Speeds Development of Wearable Heart-Rate and Pulse-Oximetry Monitors

Developers of heart rate and blood oxygen (SpO2) monitors can now accelerate their efforts using the ultra-small MAXREFDES117# reference design from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM).

This optical heart-rate module reference design incorporates red and infrared LEDs, a sensor, power subsystem, and logic level translation. Measuring 13mm x 13mm, this tiny, low-power board can be placed on a finger or earlobe to accurately detect heart rate and SpO2 via personal wearable devices. The module works with both Arduino® and ARM® mbed™ platforms for ease of design, testing, and system integration, and includes eight "tap pads" for quick electrical connection to a development platform and/or wearable garment.

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.

Maxim’s Industrial IoT Reference Design Speeds Development of Authenticated Data Chains

Highly secure coprocessor supports Arduino® and ARM® mbed™ platforms, assures easy prototyping

Addressing the many issues related to system security in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) installations, the MAXREFDES143# embedded security reference design from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) provides protection against counterfeit sensor data, guaranteeing its authenticity and integrity along the entire data chain, from transducer to the cloud.

The rapid growth of IoT capabilities for industrial applications comes with legitimate concerns about data integrity, due to deliberate corruption of critical sensor data anywhere between a source and the cloud. The reference design's sophisticated architecture and components, Arduino-compatible hardware interface, and ARM mbed libraries support simplifies development of secure, uncorrupted, and authenticated sensor-to-web data. It is ideal for analog sensor node and data authentication in factory automation and industrial processing applications.

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.

Microsemi Announces Imaging/Video Solution Providing a Secure, Reliable, Low Power Device for Imaging Applications

New Solution Comprised of FPGA Mezzanine Daughter Card and IP Suite

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the availability of a new imaging/video solution for the development of low power and reliable video processing applications. The new platform is comprised of a field programmable gate array (FPGA) mezzanine card (FMC), a comprehensive intellectual property (IP) suite and graphical user interface (GUI). The FMC plugged into the SmartFusion™2 Advanced Development Kit demonstrates Microsemi's IGLOO™2 FPGA and SmartFusion2 system-on-chip (SoC) FPGA capabilities to support a configurable and scalable camera, imaging and video designs.
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Coilcraft Introduces New RF Magnetics Lab Kit for Electrical Engineering Educators

Coilcraft has developed a new RF Magnetics Lab Kit to help educators bring practical, hands-on experience into their classrooms and instructional labs. The kit contains a selection of chip and air core inductors, LC filter modules and wideband transformers, and is offered free-of-charge to accredited Electrical Engineering programs.

According to Len Crane, Director of Technical Marketing at Coilcraft, “The addition of the RF Magnetics Lab Kit is the latest example of Coilcraft’s continuing effort to support the next generation of electrical engineers. Nearly two years ago we introduced our Power Magnetics Lab Kit and the response was tremendous. Since then, we have provided hundreds of the free kits to universities and technical schools around the globe, and the interest continues to grow.”

AVX Releases Upgraded Simulation Software For Its Advanced SMPS MLCCs

Featuring new products, updated links to the latest datasheets on the new AVX website, & product photographs designed to help engineers better visualize product selections, SpiCALCI 10 simulates performance characteristics & parameters for AVX’s advanced SMPS MLCCs

AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has released a new version of its SpiCALCI simulation software, an engineering tool that calculates performance characteristics and parameters for its advanced switch mode power supply (SMPS) multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) to help electrical design engineers select the part that will best satisfy their application criteria. SpiCALCI 10, which replaces the previous version, features all of the new SMPS MLCCs that AVX has introduced over the past 18 months (many of which are sole-sourced), in addition to updated links to the latest datasheets on the new AVX website, and product photographs designed to help engineers better visualize product selections. Other new features include an enhanced part selection process that makes it easier to find a valid part, and the option to view and save the output information that is used to generate graphs.

Altera Accelerates High-capacity FPGA Design with Quartus Prime Pro Design Software

Production Software Release Improves Design Productivity and Time-to-Market for Next-generation, High-Capacity FPGAs

San Jose, Calif., -- May 9, 2016 –Altera, now part of Intel, today announced the production release of the new Quartus® Prime Pro design software, which further accelerates FPGA design performance and design team productivity. The Quartus Prime Pro software is architected to support the next generation of high capacity, highly integrated FPGAs from Intel, which will drive innovation across the cloud, data center, Internet of Things, and the networks that connect them. The capabilities built into the latest software release accelerate large FPGA design flows by delivering unprecedented compile time improvements, versatile design entry methods and simplified intellectual property (IP) integration.

Silicon Labs USB Type-C Reference Design Gives Developers a Running Start

Complete USB Type-C™ Solution Includes Software Stacks, Schematics and Tools and Features USB Power Delivery Silicon Certified by USB-IF

Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB) has introduced a comprehensive reference design that reduces the cost and complexity of developing cables and cable adapters based on the USB Type-C™ specification. Silicon Labs’ new USB Type-C reference design features cost-effective, ultra-low-power EFM8 microcontrollers (MCUs), USB Power Delivery (PD) protocol stacks certified by the USB Implementation Forum (USB-IF), and USB Billboard Device source code.

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