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ISPSD: Hot carrier injection erodes GaN Rds(on)

GaN transistor maker Innoscience Technology is disclosing research on 650V device reliability at the IEEE International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices (ISPSD) in Vancouver this week. The company is fabricating GaN-on-Si HEMTs on a 200mm CMOS-compatible process, for a power factor correction (PFC) boost converter application. Hard switching test Vds=600V Vgs=6V 100kHz According to the company, ...

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Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.3 LE in a single module

Murata has teamed up with NXP to develop a Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.3 module. Called Type 1XL, it is built around NXP’s 88W9098 chip set and supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2×2 MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output) and single antenna Bluetooth 5.3 Low Energy, BR and EDR. “The Wi-Fi section supports connectivity up to 1.4x faster than conventional ...

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67GHz vector signal generator

Rohde & Schwarz has increased the top end of its SMW200A vector signal generator to 67GHz, and slotted in a 56GHz version between that and the existing 44GHz version. “The SMW200A is first to enable flat frequency response and 2GHz modulation bandwidth above 44GHz,” claimed the company. “The 100kHz to 56GHz option covers all currently ...

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5G small cell trial for City of London

The City of London is to get a small cell mobile communication pilot project, offering multi-operator 4G and 5G connectivity at street level. “If the pilot is successful, the ambition is for a City-wide deployment that will deliver faster mobile connectivity speeds across the Square Mile”, according to network service provider Freshwave, which will be working with ...

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National instruments launches ADAS data gathering fleet

National Instruments has announced a fleet of vehicles for Europe, the US and China that will record data for autonomous driving research. The intention is to provide data for training, testing and validating perception algorithms and hardware. “ADAS data recording is one of the most complex challenges, as data from multiple sensor modalities – camera, ...

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Four-channel 5G small cell design for licencing

CommAgility has introduced a four-channel 5G small cell gNodeB platform for industrial private networks, cloud applications and video streaming. SC-RF4-5Gn78 is a standalone small cell for indoor use complete with baseband and RF hardware based on NXP’s Layerscape and Layerscape Access SoCs that combine 16 Arm Cortex-A72 cores with NXP’s VSPA DSP cores, security and wireless ...

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Modular brushless dc motor control development boards

Toshiba has teamed up with MikroElektronika to create motor drive modules in one of Mikroe’s  interchangeable standard PCB formats – Clicker 4 in this case. “Mikroe Clicker 4 development board for Toshiba’s M4K MCU, combined with the Clicker 4 Inverter Shield is a solution for experimenting with brushless dc motor control,” according to Toshiba. Clicker ...

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Benchtop scope has DVM, frequency counter, and a whole lot more

To save bench top space, Keysight has added a voltmeter and a bunch of other instruments into a family of oscilloscopes that offer a choice of 100MHz, 200MHz, 350MHz, 500MHz or 1GHz bandwidth. “The 3000G X-Series adds eight new standard features plus seven-in-one functional integration into the same form factor as Keysight’s 3000T and 3000A X-Series ...

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Microcontroller adds strong security to larger systems

Microchip has announced a cyber-attack-resilient microcontroller family for securing end-user equuipment that goes “beyond NIST 800-193 Platform Firmware Resiliency guidelines with run-time firmware protection that anchors the secure boot process while establishing an entire chain-of-trust for the system”, according to the company, adding that it is also designed for Open Compute Project Security Called CEC173x, the aim ...

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Precision power analyser for transformers

Yokogowa has revealed a power transformer variant of its WT5000 precision power analyser. WT5000TR is aimed at transformer manufacturers and offers 0.008% accuracy (power factor =1, 12months after calibration), making it “the world’s most accurate power analyser”, claimed the company. The analyser is delivered with calibration certificates from Yokogawa’s ISO17025 calibration laboratory, for low power factor measurements ...

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