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Arrow Electronics and Enterpoint announce free PCI Express training event

Arrow Electronics and Enterpoint are running a training event designed to take attendees through the process of implementing a custom PCI Express (PCIe) design in an Altera Cyclone-IV FPGA. The day, which is free of charge to attend, consists of a lecture session followed by a lab session where attendees get hands-on experience building a custom PCI Express design.  It will be held on 24th May 2012 at Arrow’s offices in Reading.

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New system management tools for wireless communication applications from Microsemi

Semiconductor specialists, Microsemi Corporation, have introduced a suite of system and power management design tools for high availability wired and wireless communications infrastructure equipment. The new design tools include Microsemi’s Mixed Signal Power Manager (MPM) 4.0 reference design, which supports up to 64 power rails and mixed analogue and digital point-of-loads (POLs), as well as PMBus-based communication.

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New low-power accelerometer senses shocks up to 400g in 3D

STMicroelectronics has unveiled a motion sensor that measures very high accelerations along all three axes at ultra-low current consumption. The H3LIS331DL accelerometers address the need for precise shock detection up to 400 g in space- and power-constrained applications, from car black boxes to medical monitoring devices and sports equipment.

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Molex launches VersaBeam product family with new POD cable assemblies

Molex has launched the VersaBeam family, which is focused on expanded-beam interconnects.  The first product introduced is the VersaBeam POD Cable Assemblies that provide a low-profile, expanded-beam, 12-fibre solution designed specifically to mate with Avago Technologies’ MicroPOD and MiniPOD parallel optic modules.

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Renesas Mobile looks to double operators’ GSM capacity following test of VAMOS II

Renesas Mobile Corporation has said that it has undertaken the world’s first pre-commercial trial of the latest version of Voice Services over Adaptive Multi-user Orthogonal Sub-channel (VAMOS II), the next step in the evolution of GSM technology. Held on a test network in Beijing, and using ZTE infrastructure equipment, the successful trial involved a complete implementation of VAMOS II on Renesas Mobile’s smartphone reference platform RRP11B. The results showed a twofold increase in available network capacity including pairing with legacy terminals.

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New low noise micro DC/DC converter from Torex

New from Torex Semiconductor the XCL208/XCL209 is a family of 400mA micro DC/DC Step-Down Converters with integrated coil. Measuring only 2.5mm x 2.15mm x 1.05mm, the series is designed to minimise EMC emissions and maximise efficiency, while delivering a very stable output with low peak to peak ripple Voltage (<10mV).

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Ericsson adds new development boards to 3E Gold Design Kit

Ericsson has announced an extension to its 3E Gold Design Kit with the launch of two new development board kits. Launched last year the 3E Gold Edition Design Kit has been used by board and system architects and enables the easy implementation of the company’s Advanced Bus Converters – the BMR453 and BMR454 – and its 3E PMBus-compliant Point-of-Load DC-DC regulators.

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Maxim’s secure EEPROM technology safeguards FPGA IP with a single pin

With device manufacturers losing billions of dollars per year to “grey market” piracy Maxim Integrated Products has unveiled a reference design that will protect Xilinx Spartan-6 field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The reference design comprises free security software from Maxim or Xilinx and the Maxim DS28E01-100, a 1-Wire secure memory device. 

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Amantys launches Power Insight offering real-time power switch performance metrics

Amantys, an intelligent power switch company, has unveiled Power Insight, a product enhancement that delivers real-time power switch performance metrics through the existing control interface. The product has been designed to integrate across various application areas, including locomotive traction, medium voltage motor drives, wind turbine inverters and high voltage DC infrastructure.

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