intersil boost Regulators

Intersil released an article discussing how the company is planning to introduce high current buck boost regulators for their battery powered portables. These buck boost regulators are considered to be ISL91127 and ISL91128. These new buck boost family devices had 4.5A switches which brings efficiency percentages up to 96 as well as having a compact footprint ideal for providing system power.

Here are some boost regulator specifications from Intersil. Output currents can go up to 3A in the boost setting mode. The input voltage ranges from 1.8 to 5.5V. Output voltage can be fixed at 3.3V or adjustable.

Buck boost regulators improve efficiency and provide longer battery life for hand held devices compared to a boost regulator bypass solution.

Here is what Andy Cowell, the senior vice president of Mobile Power Products at Intersil has to say about this. "Hand-held device designers are constantly challenged to create smaller, more efficient products whether it is the latest wearable, a portable medical device or next-generation smartphone. Intersil specializes in providing the most efficient power delivery with excellent transient response. Our latest buck-boost regulators leverage generations of experience in the most demanding mobile applications to provide customers with extended battery life in a compact, easy-to-use package."

In terms of pricing, the ISL91127IR is going to be priced at $1.29 in 1000 quantity amounts. The ISL91128 is going to be priced at $1.25 in 1000 quantity amounts.

Intersil is a top provider in the innovative power management and precision analog solutions industry. They are seen in mobile computer, automotive, aerospace parts.


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ONe-Dimensional Semiconductors

Scientists are always looking at ways to improve the way the world works around us, at the University of Texas a team of physicists have discovered some of the behaviors an anatomical semiconductor can behave in, and they are predicting that they will be able to build even smaller transistors. What they discovered preceded a published study that explained the details of how a 2-dimensional semiconductor works. They found that a new material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), is capable of giving basic binary signaling on a 1-dimensional surface. This discovery shows how much technologically advanced we have become compared to the last couple of decades.

Semiconductors parts which are part of all our technologies are usually made from silicon, hence the name Silicon Valley. Being a physicist means to understand how the world around us functions. If we look at all the technological advancements that we have today, what they all have in common is that essentially there was a physicist who wanted to understand how something works. Having said that, physicists noticed that this new material can behave in a different way than the usual silicon based semiconductors. They discovered that electrical currents move or behave differently in MoS2 than they do in silicon based semiconductors. Electrical currents tend to stay on the edges of the MoS2 material which can have the potential of saving energy rather than spreading all over the material like it does in Silicon.

This quality of energizing the edges of a material is fundamentally important because not only the inside of a material id pointless but it’s a waste of material and these semiconductor parts can eventually be made smaller and possible into a 1-dimensional semiconductor. ASAP Semiconductor is a company dedicated to provide a very easy to use platform for hard to find at a fairly low and competitive prices for all information technology and electronic industries. You can visit us on our website www.asapsemi.com to find out more information or to get instant quotes any time feel free to call us at 714-705-4780 or email us at sales@asapsemi.com.


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Intel Tyndall

Since 2009, Intel Corporation has invested in the Irish ICT research institute, Tyndall. Recently, Intel has committed to providing $1.5 million in additional funds over a 3-year period in order to expand the institute’s research capabilities. Intel already has other research firms in the United States working on semiconductor materials and other innovative machinery. Regardless of the research that those firms are providing, Tyndall can provide a different viewpoint and different methods of solving problems for Intel. Intel’s confidence in Tyndall generates from the quality of work the organization provides. From the display models to photonic applications, researchers such as Dr. Jim Freer and Brian Corbett are the foundation for the top class work that Tyndall is capable of. Bernie Capraro, a research manager at Intel Ireland has made a statement regarding the effectiveness of the programme. What assures both companies of the success in their research is the expected strong communication infrastructure, as researchers at Tyndall will work directly with Intel’s researchers in Portland, leaving little room for miscommunication.

Tyndall also has the privilege to boost that Intel reached out to the research institute and not the other way around.  Intel is transitioning to a focus on the Internet of Things and the extension of Moore’s Law. Challenges are sure to arise as Intel ventures into this new area, but Tyndall is confident in its own creative approaches and capabilities. Bernie Capraro, Research Manager of Silicon Technology at Intel Ireland, and Peter Smyth, Business Development Executive at Tyndall, will work together and continue to steer the partnership between the two firms for the next two years until 2018.

ASAP Semiconductor

ASAP Semiconductor delivers products from top manufacturers and complies with the needs of its customers. Electronic parts and The Internet of Things (IoT) chips from Intel are among the large stock of devices ASAP Semiconductor can provide for customers searching to purchase the latest products from a trustworthy source. To ensure this, ASAP Semiconductor ensures each part also comes with proper certification and inspects each part to ensure it is in working condition before it is shipped out to its customers. To learn more about how ASAP Semiconductor delivers the best quality services in the market visit asapsemi.com


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Harwins-Portsmouth

Harwin, the manufacturer of some of the most reliable interconnects and PCB hardware in the industry, has just opened a new industrial center in Portsmouth. This project increased Harwin’s floor space at this location by 33%, at a cost of nearly £3m.

Prince Michael of Kent served as special guest for the building’s inaugural day.

The building measures 3,000m^2. The expansion was necessary for Harwin’s plan to increase capabilities. According to Harwin chairman, Damon de Laszlo, the company had outgrown the previous amenities, and continuing to produce high quality electronic parts was just not possible anymore with the size of the former center.

Harwin does not only produce electronic parts, but also engineers the machines that make them. Stamping, plating, mounting, turning, and assembly are all parts of the process that Harwin handles. This is why investments in new technology are vital. It not only allows designs to advance, but training of workers improves and the overall performance of the company is enhanced.

The increase in capacity will also allow for productivity to increase. Especially if the development plan that Harwin plays out accordingly. The company is looking to use more big data methodologies by implementation of 4 .0 smart factory practices. This will take into consideration customer ordering needs and manufacturing data.

Something worth acknowledging is that while Harwin distributes connectors for professional requests, it also produces the 40-pin 10 connectors for the Raspberry-Pi single-board series. These small and economic computers are the size of a credit card and produced in the UK.


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Leti-3D-Technology

On July 15th, 2016 Steve Bush wrote an article on Electronics Weekly talking about how the French semiconductor Leti is working with their research development team in order to create a 3D network chip to improve fast computing. The reason behind this is so that data and be transferred between stacked die. Another way to transfer is across die on the silicon inter-poser. Not only this is very effective for the company but it is also not too costly.

Here is what Denis Dutoit, the Leti strategic marketing manager has to say about the 3D network on chip.

The steady rise in the number of applications that require high-performance computing creates a demand for new hardware-plus-software communications solutions that improve both performance and energy consumption. This technology brick makes it possible to transfer data between processors via a network-on-chip delivering more powerful, energy-efficient computing.

To understand more about the 3D circuits, they combine identical 28nm die, also known as chip-lets to Leti, fabricated on a FDSOI process. FDSOI is short hand for fully depleted silicon on insulator.

Here is what Leti has to say about the details of this:

The active interposer embeds several lower-cost functions, such as communication through the NoC and system I/Os, power conversion, design for testability and integrated passive components.

To learn a little more about 3D integration, here is what Leti has to say about the idea.

3D integration in electronical components is when a device has at least active layers have been vertically integrated in order to achieve a new component or a system. Those layers could be homogeneous or heterogeneous in term of component function, material, substrate sizes or technological node.


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FAA-Selects-AUDS

The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently chosen a system developed in the United Kingdom which is capable of detecting and disabling unwanted drones near airports. This system is known as anti-unmanned aerial vehicle defense system, or AUDS, and was created by the collaboration of three companies: Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics, and Enterprise Control Systems. The AUDS will be supported by Liteye Systems in the United States.

The anti-unmanned aerial vehicle defense system is capable of identifying a drone as far as six miles away through the use of an electronic scanning radar from Blighter Surveillance Systems, tracking this drone automatically through daylight and infrared cameras from Chess Dynamics, and disrupting its flight through the use of a radio jammer from Enterprise Control Systems. It typically takes 8 to 15 seconds for the anti-unmanned aerial vehicle defense system to detect, track, disrupt, and defeat unwanted drones.

The FAA contacted our team following the success of AUDS at US Government sponsored counter-UAV trials at the end of 2015.

said Mark Rad-ford, the Chief Executive Officer of Blighter Surveillance Systems.

These trials confirmed that our production system was able to detect, track, disrupt and defeat a range of micro, mini and larger drones, even on unscripted sorties.

According to Blighter Surveillance Systems, the Federal Aviation Administration receives more than 100 reports each month for unmanned aircraft flying too close to a manned airplane or airport. The Federal Aviation Administration has been evaluating technologies which are capable of detecting and identifying unwanted drone flights near airports.

As part of a program called Pathfinder, the FAA is evaluating technologies that can detect and identify unauthorized drone flights near airports, and part of this is an R&D deal with Lit-eye Systems to test AUDS at selected US airports.

said Steve Bush from Electronics Weekly.

Applications are also foreseen at boarders, nuclear power stations, oil refineries, political events and sporting events.


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Samsung-Wireless-Earbuds

Jon Phillips, the Editor In Chief released an article on PC World about Samsung, its new innovative Gear Icon X earbuds. The Samsung Gear Icon X is very expensive at the price of $199. However, most would assume at this price point, the Gear Icon X is made with the audiophile in mind. But, this is not the case. These earbuds are 100% wireless with built in music storage as well as sensors. These sensors work to track and monitor heart rate and steps. As it stands, these earbuds are marketed towards the fitness person.

There are other heart rate tracking type earbuds on the market like LG’s Heart Rate Earphones however these are not completely wireless. The Heart Rate Earphones are connected by a wire and also have a control pod which allows for the wireless connectivity.

With the LG’s Heart Rate you would also need to pair your earphones with your phone which has the music to play. This is not the case with the Samsung Gear Icon-X which has on-board built in storage which allows you to play music directly from the earbud. This has 3.6 hours of batter life if playing through on-board storage. If streaming through a phone, the battery life cuts down to 1.5 hours.

Samsung is a multinational conglomerate which is headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. The company was founded in March of 1938 by Lee Byung-Chul. Samsung has products that range from apparel, chemicals, electronics, telecommunication equipment, medical equipment, semiconductors, and ships. The company has over 450,000 employees as of 2014.


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Indiegogo-and-Arrow-electronics-partner

Indiegogo and Arrow have partnered together to create a crowdfund-to-production platform that is aimed at supporting both of the individual technology entrepreneurs. This partnership was struck with the intention that the crowd-funded companies would be able to scale much faster than ever before in terms of bringing their products to the market.

Arrow will be integrating their design and production platform into Indiegogo’s crowdfunding engine. This will grant qualifying Indiegogo entrepreneurs with direct online access to Arrow’s design tools, prototype services, supply chain management, engineering experts and manufacturing support which is all encompassed in a first of its kind program. This package of benefits is worth up to $500,000. Arrow will also assess select Indiegogo campaigns for manufacturability, technical feasibility and overall impact with Arrow-supported campaigns given a special Arrow badge denotation on the Indiegogo site.

In addition to all of the technical and design support Arrow also will provide discounts on bills of materials and technology-design software along with access to dedicated design engineers that are available to help solve the most complex design challenges via live video collaboration platform offered through Arrow.com. Solar Roadways which is a project intended to turn roads into renewable energy sources was launched on Indiegogo and with Arrow’s product support is currently installing its first project in Idaho after raising more than $2.2 million in funding. Another Indiegogo campaign being supported by Arrow is JIBO, which is the world’s first social robot for home.

The project raised over $3 million dollars in funding and once again supported by Arrow’s design engineering support and services. JIBO robots are currently on track to a home near you. Indiegogo CEO David Mandelbrot can barely contain his excitement over the union and believes its strengthens their commitment to entrepreneurs along with spurring monumental growth “among tech and IoT projects on Indiegogo due in part because our team is constantly developing new ways to help entrepreneurs with support beyond funding.”

Finally as an added bonus, Arrow brings massive visibility through the Arrow technology-focused media network by featuring select technology campaigns on Arrow.com which generates over 50 million page views a month.


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Qualcomm-5G-Radio

Qualcomm has charted a plan to bring 5G services and enhance mobile broadband. Current versions of the prototype system for the 5G New Radio (NR) speculate of a possible two stage introduction of 5G. The system operates in the sub-6GHz spectrum bands, not in the frequency bands expected of 28-65GHz. To reach this, the market has to patiently wait as new technology for the T- Centric 5G program advances that will help it reach the expected data capabilities. 5G will pave the way for changes in networking and communication standards that are sure to benefit the next generation of systems. Those beneficiaries include those in the motorized, manufacturing, and health sectors.

Using frequency bands below 6GH allows Qualcomm to reach a pervasive network coverage that is also flexible. This will also lead Qualcomm from the standardization of 3GPP to a OFDM based 5G NR air interface. Advancements are still currently underway that allow the tracking of 3GPP. Additionally, this ensures 5G NR trials with mobile operators will continue to move forward in a timely manner.

Essentially, technicians are developing 5G to allow multi-mode connectivity in which different types of networks are connected at the same time on a single device. This way, 5G, 4G, and Wi-Fi could be connected all at once. At the moment, Qualcomm continues to work with China Mobile Communications to develop radio chips and other electronic parts in support of the 5G network.


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Quantum-Dots

A new method to mass produce semiconducting nano-particles for light-emitting displays, sensors, solar panels and biomedical applications has recently began picking up steam as a result of a demonstration by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While there are countless potential applications for zinc sulfide nano-particles which is a type of quantum dot that is a semiconductor, the high cost and limited availability has been the primary obstacle to their widespread use.

This could change though due to a scalable ORNL technique that was outlined in a paper recently published in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. The ORNL bio-manufacturing technique is centered on a platform technology that can also produce nano-meter size semiconducting materials as well as magnetic, photo-voltaic, catalytic and phosphor materials and differs from  conventional inorganic approaches that uses expensive precursors, toxic chemicals, high temperatures and high pressures.

ORNL's Ji-Won Moon led a team and used bacteria fed by inexpensive sugar at a temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit in 25- and 250-gallon reactors  which ultimately produced about three-fourths of a pound of zinc sulfide nano-particles all without process optimization therefore leaving room for even higher yields. ORNL's bio-manufactured quantum dot synthesis occurs outside of the cells which is a stark contrast to most biological synthesis technologies that occur inside the cell and as a result the nano-materials are produced as loose particles that are easy to separate through simple washing and centrifuging.

The results were extraordinary as the ORNL approach reduced production costs by more than 90% compared to traditional methods. ORNL’s approach to control material synthesis at the nano-meter scale with sufficiently high reliability, reproducible and yield to be cost effective is the end game for all successful bio-manufacturing of light-emitting or semiconducting nano-particles.

Moon said,

Since bio-manufacturing can control the quantum dot diameter, it is possible to produce a wide range of specifically tuned semiconducting nano-materials, making them attractive for a variety of applications that include electronics, displays, solar cells, computer memory, energy storage, printed electronics and bio-imaging.

The researchers of ORNL envisions their quantum dots being used initially in buffer layers of photo-voltaic cells and other thin film-based devices which will benefit tremendously from their electro-optical properties as light-emitting materials.


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