Cavium – Network processors provide multiple high-speed interfaces suitable for access-point designs


Cavium’s OCTEON® III family of multi- core MIPS64 processors provide high performance and a high level of integration to fulfil the requirements of applications in networking and storage equipment, such as wireless local-area network access points. The CN70xx and CN71xx processors are also suitable for entry-level enterprise platforms for products such as service provider gateways, […]

NXP – Controller ICs integrate NFC protocol stack

NXP Semiconductors’ PN7120 and PN7150 NFC controller ICs enable the easy integration of NFC reader functionality into wireless access points and gateways. By embedding NFC capability in a network gateway, manufacturers can enable ‘tap and go’ commissioning of networked devices connected to the gateway, such as smart light bulbs and home automation controllers. Because the […]

ON Semiconductor – Efficient new KNX transceivers boost power available for external loads


ON Semiconductor has introduced three new certified KNX twisted-pair transceivers for use in smart building- control systems, for which KNX is the most widely adopted standard. The new transceivers offer increased regulator current and boost overall efficiency by as much as 20% compared to existing solutions. The NCN5110, NCN5121 and NCN5130 integrate two high-efficiency DC-DC […]

Panasonic – Improved infra-red array sensor provides higher accuracy and longer detection range


Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe has released an improved and more accurate second generation of its Grid-EYE Infra-Red (IR) array sensor. Panasonic has introduced four new parts in its second generation Grid-EYE family: the AMG8833 and AMG8834 are high-gain types and the AMG8853 and AMG8854 are low- gain types. All four devices benefit from […]

Panasonic – IR sensor board enables rapid prototyping of presence-detection systems


Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems has introduced a complete wireless evaluation platform to help designers to take full advantage of the contactless temperature-measurement capability of its Grid-EYE Infra-Red (IR) array sensor. The Grid-EYE Evaluation Kit integrates a very low-power Bluetooth Smart module, the PAN1740, a microcontroller and an AMG8832 Grid-EYE sensor. The sensor itself is […]

STMicroelectronics – 36V, 400mA synchronous step-down switching regulator


The L6984 from STMicroelectronics is a step-down monolithic switching regulator which can supply as much as 400mA to the load. The L6984’s output voltage is highly adjustable down to as low as 0.9V. It operates from a wide input-voltage range of 4.5V to 36V. The device can implement both a Low Consumption Mode (LCM) and […]

STMicroelectronics – Analogue bottom-port microphone has MEMS sensing element


STMicroelectronics’ MP23AB02B is a compact, low-power microphone built with a low-profile MEMS sensing element. The sensing element, capable of detecting acoustic waves, is manufactured using a special silicon micromachining process. The MP23AB02B has an acoustic overload point of 125dB sound pressure level and features a 64dB signal-to-noise ratio. Sensitivity is rated at -38dBV/PA for sound […]

STMicroelectronics – Bluetooth Low Energy SoC offers low power consumption and reliable radio connections


STMicroelectronics has introduced the BlueNRG-1, a Bluetooth® Low Energy wireless System-on-Chip (SoC) which provides a low data-rate, short-range radio connection which consumes very little power. Bluetooth Low Energy technology is ideal for energy-constrained smart sensors and connected devices. Adoption is expected to be rapid, because of the proliferation of Bluetooth Smart Ready tablets and smartphones. […]

STMicroelectronics – Digital three-axis accelerometer ideal for industrial applications


STMicroelectronics’ IIS2DH is a low- power, high-performance three-axis linear accelerometer which provides a digital output over a standard I2C or serial peripheral interface. Guaranteed to operate over an extended temperature range from -40°C to 85°C, it is intended for use in industrial applications. The IIS2DH has user-selectable full scales of ±2g/±4g/±8g/±16g and is capable of […]

STMicroelectronics – High-side current-sense amplifier features integrated signal-conditioning amplifier


STMicroelectronics’ TSC102 is a single-chip current-sense amplifier which incorporates an operational amplifier to boost its output signal to a level sufficient for an ADC to handle. The device’s wide input common- mode voltage range, low quiescent current and 6.4mm x 3.0mm TSSOP8 package make it suitable for use in a wide variety of applications. The […]