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Future Electronics – Small, low-power and low-cost FPGAs: a valid alternative to the MCU in embedded designs?

By Pawel Makyla, Central Applications Engineer, Future Electronics (EMEA) and Wafy Butty, FPGA Specialist, Future Electronics (Central Europe) The microcontroller is the default choice of core component in almost every portable or low-power embedded design today. Microcontrollers are cheap, small, use little power, and are familiar and easy to work with. Given these attributes, it […]


ROHM Semiconductor – Accelerometers offer extended measurement range for use in sports and industrial applications

The KX222 and KX224 from Kionix, a ROHM Group company, are accelerometers which offer user- configurable full-scale measurement ranges of ±8g, ±16g and ±32g. These latest accelerometers from Kionix have a sense element fabricated using proprietary plasma micromachining process technology. Acceleration sensing is based on the principle of a differential capacitance arising from acceleration-induced motion […]


IDT – Compact clock generators exceed jitter requirements of PCIe Gen4

IDT offers a comprehensive portfolio of PCI Express® (PCIe) clock generators that provide two, four, six or eight outputs. The 9FG timing family targets power- and space-constrained designs in both consumer and high- performance applications, providing enterprise-level performance while lowering the total cost of ownership. IDT offers the high-performance 9FG devices in three series: the […]


STMicroelectronics – How to make a high-voltage, high-side current sensor with a low-voltage precision op amp

By Nicolas Aupetit, STMicroelectronics Dedicated current-sense amplifiers which can handle high common-mode voltages are the designer’s common choice when implementing a high-side current-sensing circuit. But dedicated devices have some limitations: in particular, they are unsuitable for use in applications in which the common- mode voltage exceeds 70V. So what is the best way to precisely […]