Zuck bans Trump

Earlier today, Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook has banned President Trump from its site following the Capitol riot. “We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” said Zuckerberg, “therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts ...

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Power chip switches 600V with asymmetric GaN power, and includes drivers

STMicroelectronics has introduced an asymmetric half-bridge pair of power GaN transistors in a small (9 x 9 x 1mm GQFN) package that includes driver and protection circuits. Called MasterGaN2, the transistors are: 225mΩ 6.5A high-side 150mΩ 10A low-side “MasterGaN2 is the first in the new family to contain two asymmetric gallium-nitride transistors, delivering an integrated GaN ...

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60W wireless power receiver doubles as 5W transmitter

Renesas has announced a 60W wireless induction power receiver IC, compliant with WPC 1.2.4 and compatible with WPC 1.3+. Called P9418, it can also deliver up to 5W as a wireless power transmitter. Power is transferred through an external LC coupling tank. As a receiver, the device has a all-n-channel synchronous full bridge rectifier to convert ...

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Horizontal USB Type A sockets survive 20,000 mating cycles

Following on from its vertical-mount long-life USB A-type sockets (photo centre), GCT has announced a pair of horizontal-mount extended-life USB A connectors – with added current capacity – aiming them at fast charging and high usage applications. USB1130 (photo left) is a USB-A 2.0 connector tested to 10,000 mating cycles USB1135 (photo right) is a USB 3.0 ...

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China won’t meet its chip goals, says IC Insights

Instead of meeting its ‘Made in China’ target of supplying 70% of its domestic chip needs by 2025, China will only be producing 19.4% of its chip requirements by then, says IC Insights. In 2020, IC production in China represented 15.9% of its $143.4 billion IC market, up from 10.2% 10 years earlier in 2010. ...

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Brexit deal makes UK EV battery production essential, says auto exec

The Brexit trade deal makes it essential for the UK to invest in EV battery production, says Andy Palmer (pictured) formerly CEO of Aston Martin and COO of Nissan Motor.   “The ‘kicker’ in the Brexit agreement for the automotive industry is clearly the new rules of origin transition agreement, with most batteries and their ...

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Syntiant launches Neural Decision Processor for audio and sensor processing at the edge

Syntiant, the three year-old deep learning chip specialist focussed on  AI at the edge, has launched  its NDP120 Neural Decision Processor (NDP). Syntiant describes it as the latest generation of special purpose chips for audio and sensor processing for always-on applications in battery-powered devices. The NDP120 applies neural processing to run multiple applications simultaneously with ...

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Qorvo claims smallest motor controller

Qorvo has introduced what it claims to be the industry’s smallest single-chip motor control and inverter product for brushless DC (BLDC) motors. The integrated, single-chip design enables motor control for compact, low-power 2S to 8S battery-powered BLDC motors and opens the door to new markets and electronics in health and beauty, among others. The Qorvo ...

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Lockheed Martin wins $4.9bn contract for missile warning satellites

Lockheed Martin Space has been awarded a $4.934bn contract for the manufacturing, assembly, integration, test and delivery of three Next Generation Geosynchronous (NGG) Earth orbiting space vehicles (SVs). The company was previously chosen to develop the SVs back in August 2018, receiving $2.9bn. Work is expected to be completed by 31 May 2028, and they ...

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Pickering launches Gen 3 PXIe chassis for high performance applications

Pickering Interfaces of Clacton-on-Sea has  launched  8- and 18-slot Gen 3 PXIe chassis designed for high-performance, benchtop or rack-mount applications. Both chassis feature an intelligent chassis management system that monitors the power supply voltage, internal temperature and cooling fan speed. Pickering’s 42-924 8-slot chassis provides seven hybrid-compatible slots for application flexibility. The 42-925 18-slot chassis ...

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