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UK-RAS and Twinkl launch school robotics competition

Partnering with Twinkl, UK-RAS (the UK Robots and Autonomous Systems network) has launched a school robotics competition, with prizes including a free trip to the International Robotics Showcase in June, and a MiRo-E robot for the classroom. Open to registered pupils of UK schools, aged 8-14 year old and organised into teams of 3-5, the ...

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U-Blox launches Jody-W3 Wi-Fi 6 module series in automotive grade

U-Blox has announced the Jody-W3 series of multiradio modules featuring Wi-Fi 6 with 2 x 2 MIMO and dual-mode Bluetooth 5.1. Supporting the IEEE 802.11ax standard, also known as Wi-Fi 6, Jody-W3 is designed for wireless high speed connections required in vehicle applications. This ranges from video streaming and screen mirroring, to back-up cameras and ...

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Silicon Labs delivers 2.4GHz Wireless SoCs for electronic shelf labels

Silicon Labs has announced a family of wireless system-on-chip SoCs designed for power- and size-constrained IoT products powered by batteries or energy harvesting sources. Target applications include electronic shelf labels (ESL), building security, industrial automation sensors and custom modules for commercial lighting. Based on Silicon Labs’ wireless Gecko series 2 platform, the EFR32FG22 (FG22) SoCs ...

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Dr Nike Folayan MBE joins BrightSparks judging panel

We’re pleased to announce yet another addition to the EW BrightSparks judging panel with Dr Nike Folayan MBE. The final judging panel for BrightSparks, run in partnership with RS Components, comprises eight members including Lindsley Ruth, the CEO of RS, Clive Couldwell, EW’s own group editor, and now Dr Folayan. The competition remains open for ...

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Mouser Electronics to distribute Sony Spresense dev boards

Mouser Electronics has announced a global distribution agreement with Sony Electronics to distribute Spresense development boards for edge computing solutions. As part of the agreement, Mouser now offers Spresense development boards, suitable for implementation areas including logistics, robotics, AI, audio, and IoT. The Spresense main board is based on the multicore 156MHz CXD5602 microcontroller with ...

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Silicon Labs wireless SoCs enable Zigbee Green Power IoT devices

Silicon Labs has announced a family of secure, low-power Zigbee SoCs aimed at eco-friendly IoT products deployed in mesh networks. The EFR32MG22 (MG22) family is Silicon Labs’ smallest, lowest power SoC for Zigbee Green Power applications. Based on Silicon Labs’ Wireless Gecko Series 2 platform, the SoCs are suitable for devices powered by coin cell ...

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon X60 5G modem

Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon X60 5G modem-RF System. The Snapdragon X60 is the company’s first modem built on a 5nm process and supports spectrum aggregation across both mmWave and sub-6 frequencies using frequency division duplex (FDD) and time division duplex (TDD). Its designed to accelerate network transition to 5G standalone mode through support for ...

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Pimoroni and DJRFF provide low-cost microcomputers to state schools

The David and Jane Richards Family Foundation has partnered with Pimoroni to supply students with customised microcomputers for their creative data-gathering projects. The registered charity has invested in 275 low-cost kits using Raspberry Pi Zero WH. The kits are fitted with sensor boards designed by DJRFF in collaboration with Pimoroni and manufactured in Sheffield. They ...

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Embedded World still set to go ahead despite further drop-outs

Embedded World has released a new statement today assuring visitors the exhibition will take place as planned “thanks to the highest health and hygiene standards,” despite several companies electing to cancel their attendance in light of the developing COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. The companies cancelling their visit to Nuremberg include Digi-Key and Arm.  In a statement, ...

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Flex announces miniature dc-dc converters for industrial applications

Flex has introduced families of miniature dc-dc converters for industrial applications: the pua-A, puc-B and pub-M. The devices are all isolating converters that provide output power of up to 1W, with no minimum load required. Efficiency is typically 84% (pua-A), 80% (puc-B) and 81% (pub-M) at full load. Input-to-output isolation voltage is 2000V (pua-A), 6000V ...

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