Future Electronics – Development board demonstrates thermal video imaging at 80 x 60px resolution


Future Electronics has developed a ready-made hardware and software platform for streaming thermal video images using a thermal imaging camera and the Future Electronics/ Microsemi Creative Board. The system may be used for people movement applications such as occupancy sensing and, in combination with video analytics software, for detecting the flow of movement of crowds […]

Future Electronics – FLIR Lepton® LWIR thermal imaging camera demo on Microsemi IGLOO®2 creative board


By: Future Electronics System Design Center Often engineers choose microcontrollers over Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), because they assume that MCUs are cheaper, easier to programme and more reliable. The truth is, you can make microcontrollers with FPGAs, but not the opposite. An FPGA is a device which enables a developer to synthesize digital circuits. […]

Microchip – Bluetooth Low Energy modules offer built-in beacon functionality


Microchip’s RN487x series of Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE) radio modules provides a simple means to integrate short-range RF connectivity into an end-product without the need for RF expertise or wireless certification. The modules are expected to find many uses in people-movement applications. Bluetooth LE provides a standard, very low-power wireless link to any Bluetooth host […]

Microchip – LoRa module provides long range and low data rate for occupancy-sensing applications


The RN2483 from Microchip is a highly integrated LoRa® wireless modem which provides a long-range, low-power link to a remote gateway for sensors and other devices used in wide-area people-movement applications. Occupancy and presence sensing, an increasingly popular people-movement application, can benefit from both the long range and low data rate of a LoRaWANTM network. […]

Microsemi – Lowest-cost mid-range density FPGA kit features PolarFire FPGA


Future Electronics has lowered the barriers for designers to access the lowest-power, cost-optimised mid-range density PolarFireTM FPGA family with the introduction of the Avalanche Development Kit, a feature-rich, low-cost development kit which enables designers to quickly implement prototype systems based on the mid-range PolarFireTM family of FPGAs from Microsemi. The Avalanche board features a Microsemi […]

NXP – New ARM Cortex-M0+-based MCUs offer low-cost, low-power option for industrial and consumer applications


NXP Semiconductors has extended its LPC800 series of ARM® Cortex®-M0+ core-based microcontrollers with the LPC84x family, which provides a cost- effective MCU option for industrial or consumer applications. The new LPC84x MCUs, which operate at a frequency as high as 30MHz, offer up to 16 kbytes of SRAM, as well as a Fast Initialisation Memory […]

NXP – New NFC front-end offers extended transmission range


NXP Semiconductors’ new CLRC663 plus, an efficient and flexible NFC front- end IC, is ideal for applications which require both high performance and low power consumption. The CLRC663 plus, which has the part number CLRC66303HN, is pin-compatible with other devices in the CLRC663 family, the MFRC630 and SLRC610. It offers a longer transmission range and […]

STMicroelectronics – Digital controller for LED lighting enables precise PWM dimming


STMicroelectronics’ STLUX285A is a highly integrated system controller for configurable lighting fixtures which provides fast and precise PWM dimming of LED light sources. A member of the STLUXTM family of controllers for lighting and power-conversion applications, it enables fully configurable lighting to deliver the right amount of light where and when it is needed, supporting […]

STMicroelectronics – Step-down converter IC features small system footprint and high efficiency


The ST1S15J18R step-down converter IC from STMicroelectronics is intended for use in applications in which high efficiency and a small board footprint are important requirements. The converter can provide a 500mA output current from an input voltage ranging between 2.3V and 5.5V. It has a fixed output voltage of 1.82V. Efficiency at an input voltage […]