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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Digi-Key launches annual Back2School sweepstake

Digi-Key has launched its annual Back2School Prize Draw, giving students the chance to enter a sweepstakes or to submit their design ideas for chances to win an InstaLab home lab setup, as well as many other prizes and kits. The 2020 #DKBack2School Giveaway runs Sept. 8 – Nov. 12, 2020, with winners announced shortly after ...

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UK-RAS and Twinkl urge schools to enter Robot Competition

The EPSRC UK-RAS Network, the organiser of the annual UK Robotics Week, is inviting school groups to enter the School Robot Competition 2020. The theme this year is Space. Children aged 8-14 years are asked to submit their own designs for a robot that can explore space terrains. Entries can be made at www.ukras.org/school-robot-competition/design Note ...

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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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GTC2020: GloFo and Mentor announce enhanced DFM with ML capabilities

At its virtual conference yesterday – GTC2020 –  GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced an enhanced design for manufacturability (DFM) kit embedded with advanced machine learning (ML) capabilities. Developed in collaboration with Mentor the ML-enhanced DFM solution, built on Mentor’s Calibre nmDRC platform, can provide customers with a more effective design and development experience and contribute to a faster ...

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GTC2020: Analog Bits announces IP for GloFo 12nm processes

At GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ virtual conference yesterday – GTC2020 – Analog Bits announced a library of foundation analogue IP portfolio that is available on the foundry’s 12LP FinFET platform and 12LP+ solution for AI, cloud computing, and high-end SoCs. Analog Bits’ IP is available now on GF’s 12LP and design kits are available for 12LP+IP. The key ...

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Melexis latch for cost-sensitive applications

Melexis, the Belgian fabless mixed signal specialist, has unveiled a robust Hall-effect latch for cost-sensitive applications such as power tools, PCs, servers, and home appliances, with features that simplify design and ensure stable magnetic characteristics. The new latch, the MLX92214, has high magnetic sensitivity that eases magnet selection and relieves constraints on the size of the ...

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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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Rohm zero cross detection ICs

ROHM’s BM1ZxxxFJ integrated zero cross detection IC series is optimized for home appliances such as vacuum cleaners, washing machines, and air conditioners. The rising demand for smart home devices and IoT applications has added communication functionality (i.e. Wi-Fi) to home appliances. As it is necessary for such devices to always be ON to maintain communication, ...

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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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