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Cobalt Prices Skyrocket After Supply Deficit

Posted May 30, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Cobalt is on the top of Canadian financier Wayne Tisdale’s list of new business opportunities. He has a talent for sensing shortages and creating a business to take advantage of them. This could put the U.S. on the cobalt map when the world is low on its cobalt supply.


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IoT Development Board Integrates MEMS and Multiple Wireless Standards

Posted May 04, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

STMicroelectronics has introduced an Internet of Things (IoT) discovery kit that supports multiple low-power wireless standards and integrates a complete collection of motion, gesture, and environmental sensors. The kit includes an NFC tag IC, low-power microcontroller, and on-board flash.


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Developing a Two-way Radio on a Single Chip

Posted April 11, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Traditionally, in order to enable two-way communication, individual send and receive circuits are needed. Researchers at Cornell University have devised a method for both transmitting and receiving a radio signal on a single chip, using a series of six subtransmitters hooked into an artificial transmission line that works across a range of frequencies.


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Bluetooth Chip is Reportedly Smallest Available

Posted March 21, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Swiss-based Swatch Group has introduced a Bluetooth chip that is reportedly the smallest available. The tiny EM9304 Bluetooth chip functions as a companion IC to any ASIC or MCU-based product, or as a complete system-on-chip (SoC).


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Port Controller Aggregator Helps Reduce I/O Routing Requirements

Posted February 24, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The extraordinary adoption and number of design-ins for field-programmable logic arrays (FPGAs) — in many cases, pushing microprocessors, and DSPs aside — has led to an unforeseen outcome: FPGAs are now expected to have an ever-growing number of I/O ports. The Texas Instruments FPC401 is addressing the problem.


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