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Mitutoyo and API team up for production metrology

API and Mitutoyo have announced a partnership to distribute API’s portable dimensional metrology equipment through Mitutoyo’s worldwide network. “API really invented portable dimensional metrology, especially in the form of precise, laser measurements,” said Mitutoyo president Yoshiaki Numata. “So, for Mitutoyo, this was a great opportunity to add the most complete line of high-quality portable metrology ...

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1.8V 10Gbit/s USB Type-C and DisplayPort 2.0 re-drivers

Diodes has introduced 1.8V 10Gbit/s line re-drivers for USB Type-C and DisplayPort 2.0 connections. PI2DPX1066 and PI2DPX1217 are 4-to-4 devices for USB Type-C with 900mV max swing, and support DisplayPort for host CPUs with integrated USB – DisplayPort crossbar switches. Both have four modes: SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps SuperSpeed USB 20Gbps SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps or 2-lane DP1.4/DP2.0 ...

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200 modal carriers received through 1km multi-mode fibre

Pre-distorted modal-modulation has been used to carry over 200 channels through a 1km multi-mode fibre in the face of modal and polarisation cross-talk. In the demonstration, by the US University of Rochester, the fibre was constantly measured by a probe beam passing down the fibre in the opposite direction to the would-be data-carrying beam. At the ...

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Graphene physically unclonable function

Graphene transistors have been used to create a physically unclonable function (a PUF) – one of the key building blocks of high-end on-chip security. PUFs create numbers from the fine-grained randomness found in in an individual IC, due to doping and manufacturing variations, for example. In this case, variations in the carrier transport of graphene ...

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Computer-on-module gets quad-core Cortex-A53

Do you need a quad-core Cortex-A53, 2Gbyte of RAM and 4Gbyte of flash, all on a 29mm square module? Then the solder-down ‘QSXM with i.MX8M Mini’ module from Aachen-based Ka-Ro Electronics might be just the thing. “The QSXM module’s i.MX8M family processor provides a quad core 1,600MHz Arm processor complex as well as a separate GPU ...

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Infineon aims SRAM at space

Infineon has announced its next-generation 144Mbit QDR-II+ (quad data rate II+) SRAM certified to QML-V. QML-V (DLA qualified manufacturers list class V) is the highest quality and reliability standard certification for aerospace-grade ICs., said the company. “This rad-hard QDR-II+ SRAM is a unique high-speed external cache memory, ideal for radar, on-board data processing and networking ...

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Element adds product safety testing to Dorset lab

Element Materials Technology has added wireless equipment electrical safety testing capabilities at its UKAS-accredited laboratory in Wimborne. “The laboratory’s capabilities will cover IEC 62368-1:2018 – EN IEC 62368-1:2020/A11:2020 and IEC 62368-3:2017 – EN IEC 62368-3:2020 wireless product qualification testing for product types including tablets, routers, printers and audio-visual equipment,” according to the company. It will ...

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GaN IC maker Navitas to go public

GaN power IC company Navitas Semiconductor is to become a publicly-traded company by combining with Live Oak Acquisition Corp II, a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company. The transaction will value the combined entity at a pro forma equity value of $1.4bn, according to Navitas. “Not only has Navitas’ world-class team invented and patented revolutionary new ...

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Automotive logic level shifter is automatically bi-directional

Diodes has automotive qualified a four-bit bidirectional level translator that does not require a direction control pin. Its B and A ports are designed to track two different power supply rails (VccB and VccA). “Flexibility is maximised because VccA can be set to a value that is independent and either greater than or less than the VccB ...

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GaN IC handles 500W for consumer PSUs

Navitas Semiconductor has given its 650V GaN power switching ICs 66% more current capability with the introduction of the 70mΩ NV6128. “With the higher-power NV6128, we extended the effective power range to 500W for the consumer market and look beyond that to multi-kW data centre, e-mobility and new energy applications,” said company CEO and founder Gene ...

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