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Getting Started with GPS

This article looks at the options for getting started with a GPS design for industrial applications, from the transceivers to modules and the evaluation boards available, as well as the antenna issues to consider. It looks at how modules from suppliers such as Antenova and NXP Semiconductors can be used, extending to single chip implementations from Maxim and Skyworks. Navigation and positioning are becomin ...

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Digital Converters Simplify Multisensor Designs

Description The MAX31850/MAX31851 cold-junction compensated, 1-Wire® thermocouple-to-digital converters perform cold-junction compensation and digitize the signal from a K-, J-, N-, T-, S-, R-, or E-type thermocouple. The converters resolve temperatures to 0.25°C, allow readings as high as +1768°C and as low as -270°C, and exhibit thermocouple accuracy of 8 LSBs (2°C) for temperatures ranging from -200°C to ...

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Texas Instruments releases new battery saving technology

Texas Instruments is one of the most dominant technology companies ever. Behind Intel and Samsung, it is the world's third largest producer of semiconductors. In addition, they are the largest manufacturer of digital signal processors and analog semiconductors. Young students may just know of TI as producers of their world famous graphing calculators. However, for the older, more experienced students, they ...

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From PWM to voltage

The Arduino library has always had an “analogWrite()” function, even though the ATmega doesn’t have any way to generate a varying voltage. So why the name? Well, what most microcontrollers can do is generate a pulse-width modulated signal, also known as PWM. That’s just a fancy way of saying that the microcontroller periodically generates a pulse, of which the width can be varied under software control. Her ...

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Low-power Wireless Modules Support Multiple Protocols

NXP Semiconductors has announced a family of small-footprint wireless modules based on the ultra-low-power JN5168 microcontroller. Supporting multiple network stacks including ZigBee Home Automation, ZigBee Light Link, ZigBee Smart Energy, JenNet-IP and RF4CE, the JN5168 wireless modules feature footprints as small as 16 x 21 mm and very low power consumption in transmit and receive modes. All modules have ...

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Displays suitable even for applications, where you´d not count with a display

Displays from 4D Systems can be used even if you don´t have experience with programming of graphic displays. Let´s look at how ... No doubt, that a graphic display significantly improves a user interface of practically every product. Maybe a little less obvious is the fact, that already a relatively small display with a touch panel is able to replace many buttons, switches, potentiometers and even a keyboar ...

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A Really Flexible Microcontroller

American Semiconductor, a leader in flexible integrated circuits and flexible hybrid systems, has announced the FleX-MCU product family. The FleX-MCU is the world’s first physically flexible microcontroller fabricated using the FleX Silicon-on-Polymer process. The FleX-MCU is an 8-bit RISC microcontroller with 8KB embedded RAM operating at up to 20MHz with a 1.2V core and 2.5V I/O. It includes multiple seri ...

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