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When stretchable sensors are too elastic, turn to heterogeneous silicone

Multi-axis stretchable force and movement sensors can be too stretchy, allowing measurement in one axis to produce errors in another. At least, that is the finding of Yokohama National University. The problem is that forces propagate too far in very stretchy materials, causing unwanted interaction. To prevent this, a Yokohama team has used a very ...

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Diodes reveals its first precision op-amp, and its micro-power

Diodes has entered the precision low-voltage low-power op-amp fray with a dual-channel 8μV(typ) input offset voltage device consuming 12μA quiescent per amplifier. AS2333, as it will be known,  uses chopper stabilisation which reduces drift over time and temperature. Operation is across 1.8V to 5.5V and -40°C to +125°C, and it has rail-to-rail inputs (100mV beyond rails) ...

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More on: Rohm’s interesting zero-crossing detector

Rohm recently introduced a low-power 600V-tolerant zero-crossing detection chip, intended to cut energy wastage in home appliances by reducing sense current through the high voltage monitoring connections. As well as detecting the mains zero crossing waveform, certain versions offer a buffered dc output voltage proportional to the mains dc link voltage. Called BM1ZxxxFJ, the series ...

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Anti-vandal switches are only 19mm deep

C&K launched an IP67-rated anti-vandal push button switch with a short-body, and nearly 40% reduction on the body length of its existing ATP19 tough switches. He new ones, ATPS19, mount from the fornt and extend 15.8m mm behind the front of the front panel, plus 3.3mm for terminals. In frond of the panel they protrude ...

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Kontron deploys 11th gen Intel Core for embedded processing

Kontron is bringing 11th generation Intel Core processors into its embedded PC product line. The 10nm platform combines a high performance CPU with the new Intel Iris Xe graphics and, together with PCI Express® 4.0, offers a balance between performance and dynamics in the 12-28W range in a compact space,” according to Kontron. The COMe-cTL6 COM Express Compact Type 6 ...

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Aaeon embraces Intel Elkhart Lake and Tiger Lake for embedded PCs

Aaeon has announced embedded PCs with Intel Tiger Lake (11th generation Core) and Elkhart Lake (Atom x6000E, Pentium, Celeron N and Celeron J) processors for edge computing. “11th Generation Core processors, now the third generation of Intel’s 10nm microarchitecture, provide performance above the current industry standard 8th and 9th Generation processors,” according to Aaeon. “These ...

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Congatec picks Intel Elkhart Lake for embedded PCs

Congatec has adopted Intel 10nm Elkhart Lake processor for its latest range of embedded PC boards. It has picked up Atom x6000E, Celeron, Pentium N and Pentium J devices for single board computer firm-factors including SMARC, Qseven, COM Express Compact Computer-on-Module, Mini Computer-on-Module and Pico-ITX “The new boards and modules impress with doubled graphics performance for up to ...

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AR VR powerhouse is 29 x 50mm

Lantronix has crammed a 15 Top/s augmented and virtual reality processor into a 29 x 50mm system-on-module. Called Open-Q 865XR SOM, it is built around a octa-core Qualcomm chip with: 1x 2.84GHz Kryo Gold prime core 3x 2.42GHz Kryo Gold cores 4x 1.81GHz Kryo Silver cores Hexagon DSP with quad Hexagon Vector eXtensions – vision processing, ...

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Smallest thermoelectric cooler, by 10,000 times

This is the smallest thermolectric cooler ever made, according to the scientists at UCLA that built it. Total active volume is ~1μm3. “We beat the record for the world’s smallest thermoelectric cooler by a factor of more than ten thousand,” according to UCLA physicist Xin Yi Ling It consists of two 100nm thick single-crystal flakes, ...

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OS-CON capacitors keep low ESR at low temperature

Panasonic has expanded its range of OS-CON conductive polymer aluminium solid capacitors with a series that maintains low equivalent series resistance (ESR) even at low temperatures, according to the company. Called SVT, the surface-mount parts span 2.5V to 50V, 18µF to 2,700µF and 12mΩ to 35mΩ. Operation is over -50°C up to +125°C for up to 2.000 ...

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