Raspberry Pi Model 3 Model B+ now available

The Model B+ board powered by latest Broadcom BCM2837 SoC running at 1.4GHz, which is 10% faster than the inital Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. The quad-core device uses an ARM A53 processor core cluster running the 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set. The processor is capable of handling H.264, MPEG-4 decode (1080p30), H.264 encode (1080p30) and OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0 graphics. The BCM2837 SoC is supported by 1GB of LPDDR2 SDRAM. A Cypress Semiconductor chip provides dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz Wi-Fi according to IEEE802.11ac, and Bluetooth 4.1 for BLE.

IoT power measurement and profiling tool, in distribution

Otii provides developers with the means to simplify power measurement of applications and devices, targeting designs in the Internet of Things (IoT) that need long battery life. The system combines the measurement capabilities of several different test and measurement hardware tools into the Otii Arc, a device that makes it substantially easier for developers to pinpoint which sections of code, associated peripherals, and hardware contribute most to the application’s power consumption.

200W converter cuts board space by 40%

The PKU4300D series delivers the highest power and highest efficiency in the industry for a one-sixteenth-brick footprint DC/DC module for istributed and intermediate bus applications in ICT, telecom and industrial markets. Contract manufacturer Flex bought Ericsson's power module business in June 2017 and launched its first module as a result in December.

MEMS resonator startup raises funds

Tikitin claims to be the first company to introduce MEMS resonantors that can be driven by the same circuits as quartz and thereby allowing pin-compatible replacement. The MEMS-based technology, which makes use of the piezoelectric properties of aluminum-nitride, offers thermal stability that is better than quartz down at +/-10ppm across a broad temperature range. This means that for many applications it is unnecessary to provide temperature compensation, said Aarne Oja, CEO and co-founder of the company.

Neuromorphic computing runs on asynchronous Cortex-M3

The 55nm node based platform includes a Cortex-M3 processor from ARM, a Coolflux DSP from NXP Semiconductors, 12bit successive approximation register (SAR) analog-to-digital converter, power management and support for analog blocks such as power on reset, brown-out detector, oscillators, temp sensor, crystal oscillator, and RC oscillators.

Eta Compute reckons to have a couple of advantages for its microcontroller platform. One is the ability to operate at voltages down to around 0.2V the other is its spiking neural network software.

CompactRIO platform gets TSN-enabled measurement and synchronization functions

The increasing use of Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in industries such as the automotive, energy, aerospace and research sectors makes it is increasingly important, but also more difficult, to capture data from distributed measurement nodes in a precise, reliable and synchronized manner. Companies must therefore ensure that their systems can keep pace with the growing demands.

Scenario 2050: Material shortages for Li-ion batteries ahead

Cobalt-free energy storage materials and post-lithium technologies based on non-critical elements such as sodium or magnesium, but also zinc, calcium and aluminum, open up ways to reduce resource pressure and avoid it in the long term, the researchers explain in their analysis, which they published in Nature Re

Qualcomm, Broadcom fallout

The block was recommended to President Trump by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS. The agency also claimed that the deal would enable Huawei and other Chinese telecommunications companies to displace Qualcomm as leaders in 5G.

Consequently, Broadcom withdrew its offer to acquire Qualcomm after the Presidential Order. However, Broadcom indicated that it will continue to move forward with its redomiciliation process to the USA and will hold its Special Meeting of Stockholders as planned on March 23, 2018.

Tower mounted amplifier market to see decade of growth

IoT technology is gaining extremely high traction over the past several years owing to the increasing number of connected devices. Various telecommunication providers already offer IoT based services, to small and large enterprises, that are cost effective and provide various benefits such as M2M (machine to machine) communication and wireless transactions to consumers. However, these devices need power amplifiers with a view to delivering enhanced coverage and minimising battery power consumption.

Organic and printed electronics shifts down a gear

Despite the soewhat restrained expectations, the signs are still pointing to growth, emphasized OE-A chairman Jeremy Burroughes, who presented the survey. 87 % of the survey participants expect the industry to continue its positive development in the coming year. Within the scope of its half-yearly business climate survey, the OE-A surveys the mood of its international members - from material manufacturer to end user - in terms of sales, incoming orders, investments and employment.