Is Your Car Smarter Than You?
At the show STMicroelectronics showcased the latest in IoT with their connected car. The company recently launched a line of processors, Accordo2, for car radio and display audio applications. The Accordo2 family offers a fully integrated audio subsystem which includes media decoding, audio routing, sound processing, analog audio inputs and outputs, and an independent secure controller area network (CAN) microcontroller subsystem.
Add(itive) a Little Manufacturing
Texas Instruments’ 3D printer includes tuning-free stepper drivers (DRV8846), a quiet fan drive (DRV10983), and contactless position sensing with an omni-polar switch (DRV5033). This combination provides advanced current control schemes and eliminates mechanical wear and tear.
Measurements in Real-Time
Aeroflex’s SPS-8 is a USB power sensor that covers the frequency range from 10 MHz to 8 GHz. It is capable of making real-time measurements with 2000 readings per second with temperature compensated accuracy. It can be plugged in and immediately used with any S-Series signal generator.
Even Electronica Has Smooth Criminals
Hey, wait. What are you doing at Digi-Key, MJ?
Upgrade Your Surge Protection
Excelsys’ Solo single output power supplies offer 92% efficiency with 4 KV surge protection. 1000 W fan cooled and 500 W convection cooled, the industrial supply features single 24 V and 48 V outputs. Accessories include series links for higher voltages, parallel links for higher currents, input cable options, and an IEC to screw terminal adapter.
It's All Connected
ublox displayed an infographic depicting how IoT connectivity truly is connecting everything.
At International Rectifier, more IoT applications were displayed including the Traxxas Slash Off Road RC Truck which features three IRS218675 high/low side drivers. The drivers have a floating channel designed for bootstrap operation, are fully operational to 600 V, and are tolerant to negative transient voltage.
When Many Become One
Keysight’s N8900 Series Rack System for high-power applications is prewired to reduce system assembly and design time. It can meet a variety of needs with voltage and current combinations from 80 V to 1500 V and from 60 A to 3060 A. It can be controlled as if it were one high-power supply through the use of its smart paralleling capability. At the show, Keysight also demonstrated its FieldFox RF analyzers.
Take it to the eXtreme
At Microchip, Technical Editor Paul Whytock viewed demonstrations of the PIC 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) family for safety-critical applications. The 8- and 14-pin packages use eXtreme low power technology to add design flexibility. The MCU’s offload timing-critical and core-intensive tasks from the CPU which allows it to focus on other application tasks.
All GaN, All the Time
ON Semiconductor recently announced that they will be partnering with Transphorm to develop gallium nitride (GaN)-based products and power system solutions for high voltage applications. GaN, which shows significant performance advantages compared to previously used silicon-based devices helps achieve new levels of efficiency and power density.