Industrial PCs with Advantech motherboards, assembled in the UK, supported worldwide

Impulse Embedded has launched a range of configurable rack PC systems, built and configured in the company’s 50,000 sq ft facility in Staffordshire. Called Vela Rack, they are certified to IEC-62368 and aimed at design, development and controls engineers working in test, measurement, offshore, energy and general industrial environments. Inside, the main boards are from Advantech. ...

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Sondrel offers 5nm design services

Berkshire-based Sondrel is offering design services for 5nm foundry processes, building on 7nm designs, of which it has taped out a number. “We are one of the few design companies working on Samsung and TSMC at these advanced nodes,” said CEO and founder Graham Curren, enumerating: “Firstly, because they are invariably extremely large and complex with ...

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SCALINX raises €10.5m

SCALINX,  the French fabless signal conversion IC specialist, has raised €10.5 million euros. The investment validates recent progress and will enable SCALINX to meet growing market demand, drive the technology into new markets, increase capacity to support new customers and further expanding its team. SCALINX aims to be a leading supplier for the French and ...

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line protection for USB3.2 and HDMI2.1

Nexperia is aiming to protect USB3.2 and HDMI2.1 lines with protection devices in 0.63 x 0.33 x 0.25mm DFN0603-3 packages. “The package is well-known so there are no unforeseen manufacturing challenges to address,” according to the company. “Electrical engineers designing HDMI2.1, USB, Thunderbolt and other high-speed interfaces can miniaturise their designs while benefiting from industry-leading RF ...

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UK made: miniature sloping module cases

BCL Enclosures of Harrogate has introduced a miniature sloping module case, “ergonomically designed to fit on a desk, dashboard or in a pocket and suit multiple applications, including panic alarm switches, infrared remote controls and reception desk bell switches”, according to the company. The cases have a footprint of 71 x 44mm, and a dual-slope ...

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Protected power switch aimed at USB type-C PD

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor has announced a protected power switch for USB Type-C Power Delivery applications. Designed to operate across 3.4 to 23V on the input, it can handle up to 28V absolute maximum voltage on the input and output, and offers reverse blocking. The part, AOZ1374, comes in two versions: AOZ1374DI-01 will auto-restart after ...

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“Keep Inventing” Bezos tells Amazonians

Jeff Bezos is to become Executive Chairman of Amazon handing over his CEO’s baton to Andy Jassy who runs AWS. This is Bezos’s letter to employees: Fellow Amazonians: I’m excited to announce that this Q3 I’ll transition to Executive Chair of the Amazon Board and Andy Jassy will become CEO. In the Exec Chair role, ...

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2020 MPU sales surprise

2020 MPU sales surprised the market with with strong gains in 2020 and more forecast to come this year, reports IC Indights in its new edition of The McLean Report. Computer CPU processors remain largest MPU category in dollar volume with embedded MPUs demonstrating the fastest growth. The new analysis and forecast of the IC ...

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Renesas introduces Linux-based Clock Manager

Renesas has introduced PTP (Precision Time Protocol) Clock Manager, a Linux-based clock management software, providing  timing synchronisation  for telecom networks, including 4G, 5G, and open radio access network (O-RAN), including both fronthaul and backhaul systems. The new IEEE 1588 Renesas PTP Clock Manager includes APIs to connect Renesas timing ICs with any network processor via ...

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