CSconnected semiconductor cluster aims to encompass supply chain

As part of Wales Week London, compound semiconductor cluster CSconnected held an event at the IET in London promoting its strategy to build a collaborative supply chain from chip design to end products in a single geographic region. Hosted by Maggie Philbin OBE, the event saw three representatives from CSconnected discuss the cluster’s aims and ...

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ST and Alps develop high-quality Class-D audio amp for cars

STMicroelectronics has tied up with Japanese audio company Alps Alpine to create an automotive class-D audio amplifier IC. Called FDA901, “the chip aims to contribute to the creation of multi-function, high-fidelity car audio systems that fuse the high efficiency of class-D amplifiers with the high-quality sound of ST’s class-AB amplifiers”, according to ST. Called the FDA901, it ...

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1.2kV 3-phase SiC power bridge for automotive

Belgian hi-rel specialist Cissoid has announced a 1.2kV 450A silicon carbide three-phase mosfet power module with drive electronics, for automotive use. “Developing and optimising fast-switching SiC power modules and driving them reliably remains a challenge” according to Cissoid CEO Dave Hutton. “This SiC intelligent power module is the outcome of years of experience in the ...

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Hailo raises $60m Series B

Hailo, the Israeli AI processor company, has raised $60 million in a Series B funding round. As well as existing investors, backers were ABB Technology Ventures (ATV), NEC and Latitude Ventures. Hailo will use the money to bolster the ongoing global rollout of its Hailo-8 Deep Learning chip and to reach new markets and industries.  The Series ...

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Is your breadboard too flat? MIT will curve it for you

Aiming to provide a quick way to test circuit function on potential products, MIT researchers are 3D printing breadboards into prototypes, including curved prototypes. The result is ‘CurveBoards’, accurate representations of end-products with breadboard surfaces. “On breadboards, you prototype the function of a circuit. But you don’t have context of its form – how the electronics ...

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RS stocking Keysight test and measurement kits for embedded and RF

RS Components has added Keysight test and measurement equipment to its portfolio. It’s stocking the Infiniivision 4000X and 6000X series of oscilloscopes, which feature a “zone trigger” function, designed to help engineers isolate hard-to-capture signals. The multi-function scopes have a waveform update rate of one million waveforms per second. They’re aimed at embedded system design ...

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ST takes control of Exagan

ST has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in French GaN specialist  Exagan. Exagan’s expertise in epitaxy, product development and application know-how will broaden and accelerate ST’s power GaN roadmap and business for automotive, industrial and consumer applications. Exagan will continue to execute its product roadmap and will be supported by ST in ...

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ISSCC: Secure chip will not make a mistake in your lifetime, probably

Working toward automotive security, Samsung has produced a ‘physically unclonable function’ (PUF) for secure crypto key generation. PUFs are blocks within chips whose characteristics only manifest when powered. They are inherently and unpredictably randomised by process variation as they are made, in a way that makes each chip uncontrollably unique, but once manufactured the characteristic ...

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