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STMicroelectronics reveals STM32WBA52 wireless microcontrollers with SESIP3 security, tailored for IoT devices

ELE Times - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 10:43

STMicroelectronics’ STM32WBA52 microcontrollers (MCUs) combine Bluetooth LE 5.3 connectivity with ultra-low-power modes, advanced security, and a broad selection of peripherals familiar to STM32 developers. Its arrival eases the next step for IoT device developers seeking to add wireless, cut power, strengthen cyber-protection, and boost processing in the edge. The STM32WBA wireless MCU platform includes ST patented leading-edge technology. Targeted applications comprise smart home, industrial lighting, sensors, electrical switches, gateways, and portable medical devices.

Leveraging ST’s investments in capacity expansion and resiliency, the STM32WBA52 is available now in the mass market and brings proven wireless capabilities from ST’s well-known ultra-low-power STM32WB MCUs. It is boosted by an Arm Cortex-M33 core operating at 100MHz for extra computing power, and with state-of-the-art STM32 peripherals.

The powerful STM32Cube ecosystem simplifies migrating from existing STM32WB and general-purpose STM32 MCUs. It features the STM32CubeWBA MCU package, embedding a certified Bluetooth Low Energy 5.3 protocol stack and builds on existing profiles from the STM32WB series for easy portability. The STM32Cube ecosystem also includes tools such as the STM32CubeMX peripherals configurator and code generatorSTM32CubeMonitor-RF radio-performance tester, and STM32Cube.AI desktop and cloud versions for Artificial Intelligence. The extensive ecosystem is proven to accelerate application development and validation. Further, to ease prototyping, a dedicated Nucleo board, NUCLEO-WBA52CG, will be available for the STM32WBA52.

The integrated ultra-low-power radio delivers market-unique RF output power of +10dBm, enabling reliable communication over long distances at data rates up to 2Mbit/s. A deep standby low-power mode with active radio communication drastically reduces overall power and saves battery energy. The STM32WBA MCUs can support up to 20 simultaneous connections.

The boost to cyber-protection comes from the PSA security program based on security isolation, memory protection, tamper protection, and Cortex-M33 featuring the Arm TrustZone architecture. The platform is delivered with a secure software solution based on Trusted Firmware for Arm Cortex-M (TF-M).

TF-M meets the industry-standard PSA Certified security framework, with PSA immutable Root of Trust (RoT) including secure boot and secure firmware update, cryptography, secure storage, and attestation at runtime. Side-channel resistant symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic accelerators are embedded, and key protection is implemented using a hardware unique key (HUK) secure process. With strong resistance to physical attacks, the STM32WBA52 product line targets Arm PSA Certified Level 3 and SESIP3 IoT security standards.

Sharing many energy-saving technologies with the ultra-low-power STM32U5 MCUs, STM32WBA52 MCUs feature ST’s Low Power DMA and flexible power-saving states with fast wakeup times. Together, these features can cut MCU power by up to 90%. There are also state-of-the-art integrated peripherals including a 12-bit ADC for enhanced accuracy with oversampling capability, while error code correction (ECC) on internal Flash and RAM enhances data integrity and safety. Generous 1Mbyte flash memory density provides storage for the user application and protocol stacks.

The STM32WBA52 MCUs will be included in ST’s 10-year product-longevity program, which renews long-term assurances of production every year.

For further information please go to www.st.com/stm32wba

Based on advanced multi-spectral sensor technology combined with state-of-the-art AI models and Bluetooth LE connectivity, Qassay readers are flexible enough to host any type of lateral flow test, ensuring the highest accuracy, sensitivity, and repeatability, supporting assay development partners and lateral flow test strip manufacturers.

Aitor Alapont, CEO of P4Q Electronics, said, “We are on a mission to universalize rapid testing. Thanks to our innovative technology, Qassay enables both qualitative and quantitative diagnostics to be done at home. Using ST STM32WBA52 microcontrollers accelerated our time to market and will allow us to serve the market demand in time.”

Qassay reader has been developed in collaboration with Future Electronics Centre of Excellence (CoE). “The new STM32WBA52 microcontrollers provide wireless connectivity with advanced security as well as a rich set of peripherals. Together with ST’s development tool ecosystem it will allow to succeed on any new development requiring wireless connectivity,” said Etienne Lanoy, Advanced Engineering Group (AEG) senior Director – EMEA, Future Electronics.

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Rapid Developments in AI, Machine Learning and Automation to Reshape Sector

ELE Times - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 09:35

Automotive Steering Mounted Electronics Market Overview

This report contains comprehensive research with in-depth data and contemporary analysis of the Automotive Steering Mounted Electronics market at a global, regional and key country level, covering different sub-segments of the industry.

The automotive industry is set to experience a few structural changes in the near term due to the rapid developments in novel technologies. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will significantly transform the manufacturing process improving robotic efficiency, accuracy, and consistency.

Level 2 automation including active safety systems and driver assistance is allowing OEMs to add attractive features and bolster revenue growth. However, the full-fledged rollout of level 4 autonomous vehicles is expected to witness further delays for the technology to mature and for consumers to accept.

Automotive Steering Mounted Electronics Market Structure and Strategies of key competitors

Companies operating in the Automotive Steering Mounted Electronics business are strategizing moves to enhance their market share highlighting their USP statements, diversifying product folio, and adding attractive features being a few of the key winning strategies. The report offers detailed profiles of top companies serving the Automotive Steering Mounted Electronics value chain along with their strategies for the near, medium, and long term period.

Automotive Steering Mounted Electronics Market Trends, Growth Opportunities, and Forecast Scenarios to 2030

Lockdowns across the globe in 2020 and continuing restrictions in 2021 disrupted the Automotive Steering Mounted Electronics supply chain, posing challenges for manufacturers in the Automotive Steering Mounted Electronics industry. Intense competition, fluctuating prices, and shifting OEM preferences are expected to be the major challenges for Automotive Steering Mounted Electronics Market during the forecast period.

The fast pace recovery of developing economies leading to increased disposable income will support the Automotive Steering Mounted Electronics market demand between 2021 and 2030.

The Automotive Steering Mounted Electronics research report portrays the latest trends shaping the Automotive Steering Mounted Electronics industry along with key demand drivers and potential challenges anticipated for the market during the outlook period.

Automotive Steering Mounted Electronics Market Analysis by Types, Applications and Regions

The research estimates global Automotive Steering Mounted Electronics market revenues in 2021, considering the Automotive Steering Mounted Electronics market prices, supply, demand, and trade analysis across regions. A detailed market share and penetration of different types, processes, and geographies in the Automotive Steering Mounted Electronics market from 2001 to 2030 is included.

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Infineon drives decarbonization and digitalization with energy-efficient power solutions

ELE Times - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 09:32

High-performance, energy-efficient power solutions will be on display this month in Orlando when Infineon Technologies showcases the industry’s broadest range of power electronic devices during the 2023 Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), 19 to 23 March. To drive decarbonization and digitalization, Infineon will highlight its broad product portfolio of advanced silicon and wide bandgap materials with higher power density, smaller footprint and improved performance to make the world greener.

As a leader in power technologies, the Infineon booth #932 will feature solutions that highlight the company’s product-to-system model in power management, with an emphasis on balancing efficiency and performance to meet specific application requirements. The Infineon booth will be organized in five technology zones, demonstrating how the company is creating a sustainable future including:

  • The green potential of data centers: Demonstrations will highlight how Infineon’s power solutions limit energy flow, provide higher density and reduce cooling requirements. Additionally, these features will enable consumers to obtain up to 10.5 percent energy savings per year
  • Efficient energy storage systems & renewable technologies: Demonstrations will showcase higher performance with fewer energy losses by making energy storage in batteries more efficient and optimizing the whole system
  • Comprehensive charging options that meet your requirements: Focusing on a broad portfolio of USB-C portfolio, this pod will focus on fast charging technology, and low-power battery applications.
  • Fast EV charging: To meet the requirements of high-power solutions for electric vehicle (EV) charging, this pod will focus on charging technologies that enable faster charging and smaller footprint
  • Energy-efficient motor control solutions: Demonstrations will focus on electric motors with smart and modern Motor Control, such as MOSFETs, Bridge Drivers, Integrated Bridges that can be switched and speed-controlled on-demand.

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STM32CubeIDE, STM32CubeMX, STM32 Finder, STM32 Developer Zone: 4 Tools, 1 Unique Ecosystem to Empower Creators #STM32InnovationLive

ELE Times - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 09:27

ST released an important upgrade to its STM32 MCU Developer Zone and introduced a new STM32 MPU Developer Zone to reflect how developers approach their applications. The Developer Zone thus improves the overall accessibility of the STM32Cube ecosystem and fulfils a new role as an essential hub for the STM32 community and as a starting point before teams use other tools like the STM32 Finder mobile application or STM32CubeIDE and STM32CubeMX. Since nearly all projects relying on STM32 use one or more of these tools, it was critical to improve how they interact and inform one another to serve our community better as it faces the challenges inherent to product development and project management, regardless of their role and experience.

STM32CubeIDE What Is STM32CubeIDE?


STM32CubeIDE is ST’s first integrated development environment, and it serves as a reference to developers working on STM32 microcontrollers. Many use a toolchain from a third-party vendor, and we will continue to work with IAR, Keil, and others to ensure that they offer an exceptional experience to their users. STM32CubeIDE is a highly symbolic initiative because it provides a free and uniquely feature-rich environment to enthusiasts and professionals, thanks to the integration of tools like STM32CubeMX that enable a more efficient workflow. STM32CubeIDE is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, with a version specific for Debian/Ubuntu, Fedora, and a more general installer for other distributions.

One of the distinguishing features of STM32CubeIDE is its integration of STM32CubeMX. Developers can select their board or microcontroller and start a project after configuring the pinout and clock tree. As a result, developers can far more easily switch from writing code to the configuration utility. If needs change or teams realize they must make adjustments, updating a project becomes more straightforward. STM32CubeIDE is also fully compatible with Eclipse. Developers that use plugins to inspect their source code, find bugs, or manage teams using task management systems can use familiar tools, thus lowering the learning curve.

What’s New in STM32CubeIDE?

A screenshot of STM32CubeIDE

The first thing users will notice is the new Home Screen. Developers often struggle to know what’s new. There are so many advances and updates that it is hard to keep track of everything. By featuring new functionalities and software on the home page, users can get further information faster. For instance, the current Home Screen advertises how to access the Azure RTOS TraceX export mechanism. Developers can export traces and analyze them in TraceX to hasten debugging operations. ST is also showcasing its MPU Bootloader deployment tool. The tool will ensure users can load and test their Linux implementation faster on STM32MP1 MPUs.

The other significant new addition to STM32CubeIDE is its video corner. A new tab available from the Home Screen called “Access Video” offers a vast array of tutorial videos. Currently, most content focuses on the integrated development environment and STM32CubeMX, but more is on the way. Once users click on a thumbnail, a link opens a browser window to YouTube. Developers starting an application around Bluetooth, GNSS, MEMS, NFC, and more, can thus begin by first checking out the relevant video. Hence, the videos serve as a complement to the extensive user manual already available in STM32CubeIDE.

Where Did STM32CubeIDE Come From?

Before STM32CubeIDE, developers used SW4STM32, a free version of System Workbench. It was popular among enthusiasts and campuses, such as the University of Michigan-Dearborn, that used the toolchain to write their driverless car applicationSTM32CubeIDE now took over by supporting our microcontrollers and the STM32 MPUs but also integrating STM32CubeMX. ST continues to support SW4STM32 for the time being, even if it won’t receive any additional updates. We understand that some development teams still would like to use the legacy tool. However, STM32CubeIDE provides the ability to easily port projects from SW4STM32 to facilitate the transition to the new IDE.

One event that ultimately led to the arrival of STM32CubeIDE was ST’s acquisition of Atollic in 2017. The software company was famous for TrueSTUDIO, which helped many developers understand the inner workings of their applications. For instance, trace and profiling tools allowed to trace data, events, memory history, and visualize variables in real-time, which was invaluable to grasp the code’s behavior without freezing its execution. After the acquisition, STM32CubeIDE got all these features and more. STM32CubeIDE also offered the ability to easily port projects from TrueSTUDIO to help users move from one to the other.

STM32CubeMX What is STM32CubeMX?


STM32CubeMX is a graphical tool that helps developers generate code that initializes a system. Users get an interface to configure the microcontroller’s pinout and resolve conflicts as well as set up hardware peripherals and middleware. They can also configure their clock tree and benefit from a wizard that automates specific calculations. Similarly, another utility sets up and tunes the DDR on systems with STM32MP1 MPUs. The tool also helps select MCUs or MPUs and download their software packages. Hence, it’s very often the first step for developers looking to create an application. The tool is available in STM32CubeIDE or as a standalone download.

STM32CubeMX also assists developers in other parts of the job. For instance, finding documentation may be a source of friction. ST is famous for its extensive documentation, and partners often tell us that it’s one of the reasons they select our devices. Hence, we decided to offer tutorial videos within the standalone version of STM32CubeMX to help developers searching for information. Users thus get a more intuitive first look into our tools and products. We offer videos on how to configure the clock tree, the pins, or different software features, for instance. Programmers who are new to our tools can start their application quicker, making it another way to lower the barrier to entry and reduce friction.

What to Expect in STM32CubeMX?

Developers often use the standalone version of STM32CubeMX to select and initialize an STM32 microcontroller. They have an IDE from Keil or IAR, to name a few. One of our goals is thus to improve the search feature available in STM32CubeMX. We will also continue to help developers find additional X-CUBE and I-CUBE packages from the utility (more on that later). Therefore, developers rely on STM32CubeMX to get all the middleware, header files, and other code they need without having to leave STM32CubeMX. Additionally, we keep adding example projects to jumpstart workflows. Users can thus get a complete configuration for a board or a device to start writing code faster.

STM32 Finder What is STM32 Finder?

Not everyone working with STM32 necessarily writes code or designs a PCB. For instance, a manager may plan for a project, or a decision-maker may want to know a component’s specifications. In such a situation, having to download STM32CubeIDE or STM32CubeMX standalone would be cumbersome. As a result, we created STM32 Finder, ST’s mobile application for smartphones and tablets. The tool includes an extensive search feature to find a device or a related development board rapidly. Users also get to download various documentation or rapidly access social media channels and community forums.

What Is New in STM32 Finder?

To improve the user experience, ST made STM32 Finder faster and added features for power users. The former came from overhauling the mobile version. By optimizing its code, we increased response times significantly. We are also adopting a responsive design to allow users to compare many devices at once, regardless of the display size. ST also changed the app’s update system to only download changes to the database rather than an entirely new one. Hence, updates are more frequent and take far less time to install to ensure searches are up to date. The latest version also includes new links to various online outlets to find partners, ask questions, or learn what’s new.

ST also reworked the search feature to make it vastly more customizable. For instance, users can now distinguish between packages. As a result, they can see how various models may influence thermal performance or prices, among other things. The application can also group categories of specifications. For example, users can search for a device by grouping UART, LPUART, and USART together. Hence, finding a device’s total number of peripherals can help answer specific questions without digging into the datasheet. Developers could also use the new grouping system to search for devices with SPI and USART since the latter also serves as an SPI.

The STM32 Developer Zone New approaches to development

Increasingly, new markets are adopting embedded systems, and engineers must familiarize themselves with new concepts. For instance, developers may need to quickly learn how to take advantage of AI on a microcontroller, write a low-power wireless tool designed for harsh environments, or implement strong security safeguards to meet new regulatory requirements. It was thus important for ST to help teams make the right choices for their products faster. The STM32 MCU Developer Zone is already playing a significant role in our community and is ranked as the number one page on ST.com in customer satisfaction. It was thus normal to use this platform to serve STM32 developers better.

Consequently, while keeping the original spirit that made the Developer Zone successful, we felt it would help our community further by providing a new STM32 MPU Developer Zone. Additionally, we also worked on a new application-based approach to complement the existing product or software selectors for tools like STM32CubeIDE. Additionally, we have a “Solutions” section with sections on GUIs, motor controls, USB-C Power Delivery, and more. There’s also a “Developer Resources” tab to guide newcomers and provide technical documentation. The website thus remains a jumping point to find the right development board and software tools. However, the new application-based sections and resources provide a quick-start guide to help engineers as they take their first steps.

The solutions in the STM32 MCU Developer Zone

Operating systems and an official Visual Studio Code extension

The STM32 Developer Zone will continue to receive frequent updates. For instance, we are working on releasing other solutions for the STM32U5 besides AzureRTOS in STM32CubeU5Similarly, the STM32 Developer Zone will also promote an official Visual Studio Code extension. Developers will be able to flash their devices, track variables, and get error messages within their environment, thus vastly simplifying their workflow. Finally, the STM32 Developer Zone will also receive updates featuring software for the newly announced STM32H5 and for the new STLINK-V3PWR, which both launched at this year’s STM32 Innovation Live.

The STM32CubeEcosystem What is the STM32CubeEcosystem?

The STM32Cube Ecosystem

Launched in mid-2014, the STM32Cube brand designates our solutions to help developers design products and applications. The software ecosystem relies on two pillars: embedded packages and software tools. There are two types of STM32Cube Packages: MCU Packages and Expansion Packages. The MCU Packages (STM32CubeF4, for instance) contain drivers, low-level APIs, and demo and example codes for Nucleo and Discovery boards. The STM32Cube Expansion Packages complement the MCU Packages by offering additional middleware or drivers, as we recently saw with X-CUBE-AI, the first package in the industry to enable the conversion of a neural network into the optimized code for STM32 MCUs.

The STM32Cube software tools for PCs assist in the design of applications. This blog post focuses on STM32CubeIDE, STM32CubeMX, and STM32 Finder, because they are often at the core of product development. It is common to hear partners say they rely on one of them or more for their project. And many of our tutorials use them to make our technologies more accessible. However, there are many other STM32Cube software tools. For instance, STM32CubeMonUCPD is a monitoring tool that works with all our USB-C PD interfaces and libraries to facilitate testing and implementation operations. And STM32CubeProgrammer is a programming tool that makes STM32 MCUs more accessible and efficient.

How Tools in the STM32Cube Ecosystem Work Together?

Over time, STM32CubeIDE will integrate other STM32Cube software tools. We will share more details as they become available, but, in the meantime, developers have the assurance that the toolchain will become a one-stop-shop for all their STM32Cube needs. Just as with STM32CubeMX, we will continue to release standalone versions of our STM32Cube tools for the developers that use other toolchains, ensuring that anyone can easily benefit from our STM32Cube ecosystem, whether engineers are looking for packages or software utilities. Our engineers and researchers will also be using STM32CubeIDE to improve it further.

How Software Packages in the STM32Cube Ecosystem Work Together?

Up to now, developers that wanted to use a STM32Cube expansion package had to find the right one, download it, and unpack it. That meant adding source files to an IDE or even exploring its source code. Additionally, porting it from one MCU to the next isn’t always straightforward if an application uses specific pins or IPs. It may also be imperative to install drivers, libraries, or middleware. Until now, ST offered documentation and tutorials to help developers. When there were only a few expansion packages, things were much more straightforward. Now that the STM32Cube ecosystem is so large, frictions can significantly increase.

The solution comes from the integration of STM32Cube expansion packages within STM32CubeMX. Put simply, developers can select an X-CUBE package straight from the MCU configuration tool. It required that we update existing packages, and a list of compatible solutions is available. We will also continue to ensure that most upcoming STM32 expansion package from ST support this feature. By integrating these software packs within STM32CubeMX, users select the package, generate the files, and start coding. As a result, it lowers the barrier to entry for developers less familiar with our ecosystem.

How Can ST Authorized Partners Bring Their Software Package to the STM32Cube Ecosystem?

Another issue that developers may encounter pertains to the ability to share their custom solutions. It is common for a company with specific needs to create its expansion package. Partners may also want to offer solutions to the community. For instance, we talked about embOS from Segger and Unison RTOS from Rowebots on the blog, but there are many others. These solutions, found under the I-CUBE initiative, help engineers add features and experiment with various technologies. However, sharing a custom package within a company or the community is not always obvious or easy. Hence, we wanted to help partners more easily create highly sharable packages.

To remedy this particular point of friction, ST is opening STM32CubeMX to I-CUBE packages. Put simply, the same integration we bring to our STM32 expansions (X-CUBE) is now available to all developers. Anyone can now create a package using STM32CubePackCreator to create a solution that can appear within STM32CubeMX. However, we’ll curate what’s visible by default within the MCU configurator tool. We offer documentation to guide developers in this process to ensure uniformity and compatibility within the STM32Cube Ecosystem. We are also offering STM32PackCreator. The utility, found within STM32CubeMX, facilitates the creation of a software package from scratch.

An expansion software observes the CMSIS-Pack (Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard). Many will also be configurable within STM32CubeMX’s GUI. To abide by the CMSIS-Pack specifications, developers must include a PDSC (Pack Description) file. Such a document uses XML and demands precise, specific, and detailed information on all the pack’s content. Similarly, to make the X-CUBE or I-CUBE configurable within STM32CubeMX, STM32PackCreator uses a specific UI. It opens the door to a system that puts a wealth of options at a user’s fingertips. Developers no longer have to configure everything manually by writing code. Put simply, STM32PackCreator removes friction by automatically generating the PDSC file. It also ensures the software components are configurable within STM32CubeMX.

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Sensirion and STMicroelectronics Join Forces To Improve Environmental Sensing

AAC - Fri, 03/17/2023 - 01:00
Sensirion’s Director of Product Management speaks with All About Circuits about the new partnership between Sensirion and STMicroelectronics to provide improved humidity and temperature sensing systems.

When you forgot to add diodes on the first run of PCBs

Reddit:Electronics - Thu, 03/16/2023 - 20:27
When you forgot to add diodes on the first run of PCBs

Sketchy bodge to add the diodes I forgot on the first runs of a new PCB design. Do whucha gotta do! Corrected in the next run.

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onsemi showcasing intelligent power technologies at APEC

Semiconductor today - Thu, 03/16/2023 - 20:09
In booth 1032 at the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC 2023) in Orlando, Florida (19-23 March), power semiconductor IC supplier onsemi of Phoenix, AZ, USA is featuring a diverse range of demonstrations for the industrial and automotive markets, including an area dedicated to the EliteSiC silicon carbide family, complete with an electric vehicle (EV) charging station. Another showcase demonstrates the latest industrial power supply and charging solutions: a 6.6/11kW power factor correction (PFC) inverter, an ultra-high-density 240W USB PD 3.1 solution and a 600W battery charger...

Tower announces first heterogeneous integration of QD lasers on SiPho foundry platform

Semiconductor today - Thu, 03/16/2023 - 18:06
Specialty analog foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd of Migdal Haemek, Israel, in collaboration with Quintessent Inc of Santa Barbara, CA, USA, which specializes in laser integration with silicon photonic integrated circuits (PICs), have announced what they claim is the first heterogeneous integration of gallium arsenide (GaAs) quantum dot (QD) lasers and a foundry silicon photonics (SiPho) platform (PH18DB)...

Lumentum receives Excellent Core Partner Award from FiberHome

Semiconductor today - Thu, 03/16/2023 - 15:10
Lumentum Holdings Inc of San Jose, CA, USA (which designs and makes optical and photonic products for optical networks and lasers for industrial and consumer markets) has received the 2022 Excellent Core Partner Award from China-based information and communication network products and solution provider FiberHome Telecommunications Technologies Co Ltd...

Richardson to distribute Navitas’ SiC power semiconductors in Americas

Semiconductor today - Thu, 03/16/2023 - 14:55
Gallium nitride (GaN) power IC and silicon carbide (SiC) technology firm Navitas Semiconductor of Torrance, CA, USA has announced a distribution agreement with Richardson Electronics Ltd of LaFox, IL, USA covering SiC power semiconductors for the Americas...

NXP Rolls MCU, NFC, and Security Together Into a One-chip Solution

AAC - Thu, 03/16/2023 - 13:00
At Embedded World 2023, NXP unveils a chip that integrates a microcontroller, an NFC front end, and security into a single IC.

CSconnected highlighted in UK’s new £2.5bn Quantum Strategy

Semiconductor today - Thu, 03/16/2023 - 12:41
The South Wales-based compound semiconductor cluster CSconnected is highlighted in the new UK Quantum Strategy announced by Michelle Donelan, Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology on 15 March...

Tecumseh Introduces Energy Efficient TC Series Compressors with R-290 for the India Market for Light Commercial Applications

ELE Times - Thu, 03/16/2023 - 10:11

Tecumseh Products Company announced the launch of expanded “TC” Series compressor platform with R-290 refrigerant for the India market. The new TC compressor models are optimized for R-290 refrigerant and is designed to deliver high efficiency for L/MBP applications in light commercial refrigeration ranging from 3cc to 8cc.

Tecumseh Products Company LLC, a global leader of commercial refrigeration, is expanding its TC Series compressor platform to include models with Propane R-290 refrigerant for the India market. The new TC compressor models, ranging from 3cc to 8cc, are optimized for L/MBP applications and utilize R-290 natural refrigerant. They are ideal solution for refrigeration manufactures that are looking for sustainable solutions with low global warming potentials.

The new TC compressor models are designed to operate in voltage and high ambient conditions in India. Its compact size and quiet operation make it an ideal solution for small to medium-sized commercial refrigeration systems, such as deep freezers and bottle coolers.

The compressor’s advanced motor technology ensures high efficiency and reliability, which translates into lower operating costs and improved performance. It provides end-users a sustainable and cost- effective option for their refrigeration needs.

“At Tecumseh Products India, we are committed to providing innovative and sustainable solutions for our customers to meet energy regulations and environmental norms”, said Sandeep Chaudhry, the Managing Director at Tecumseh India .

Venkatesh Pendam, Sr. Vice President of Tecumseh India said, “The launch of our globally proven TC platform with new R-290 refrigerant models is an exciting step for our India market. We are planning to continuously expand our R-290 compressor portfolio in coming years to meet evolving needs of our customers.”

The new R-290 models of the TC Series are now available and are backed by Tecumseh Products India’s comprehensive warranty and customer support services. With their advanced motor technology, energy

efficiency, and environmental benefits, the new TC Series with R-290 refrigerant is a game-changer in the commercial refrigeration in India and provides businesses with a sustainable and reliable solution for their refrigeration needs.

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New PCIe digitizers combine ultrafast speed, high resolution and market-leading streaming

ELE Times - Thu, 03/16/2023 - 10:08

The addition of two new PCIe Digitizer cards from Spectrum Instrumentation extends the company’s flagship M5i series to deliver optimal GHz signal acquisition and analysis capabilities. The one and two channel cards offer a stunning combination of ultrafast 10 GS/s sampling speed, with 12-bit vertical resolution, and market-leading 12.8 GB/s data streaming (over the PCIe bus). To achieve the unbeatable streaming rate, they use 16 lane, Gen3, PCIe technology. This allows the acquired data to be sent directly to PC memory for storage, or to CPUs and GPUs for customized signal processing and analysis. The cards also feature front-end circuitry with over 3 GHz bandwidth and up to 16 GB (8 GSamples) of on-board memory. It all adds up to make these cards a powerful package for engineers and scientists dealing with today’s most challenging GHz-range electronic signals.

With 12-bit resolution, these innovative digitizers offer better dynamic range than most conventional test instruments. For example, they deliver 16 times more resolution than many digital oscilloscopes, which typically use 8-bit analogue to digital converters. The extra resolution allows measurements to be made with better signal to noise ratio (SNR), and improved accuracy and precision. It also lets users capture and characterize fine signal details that are often missed by lower resolution devices.

The cards are designed to handle a wide variety of signals, such as those found in communications, semiconductor testing, spectroscopy, optical systems and quantum physics. The front-end circuitry has over 3 GHz bandwidth, with programmable full-scale ranges from ±200 mV to ±2.5 V together with variable offset. Acquisitions can be made in single-shot or multiple-waveform recording modes. Multiple recording divides the on-board memory into segments and allows the acquisition of numerous events, even at very high trigger rates. It is perfect for situations like those encountered in serial bus testing or with devices using stimulus-response processes, such as those found in LIDAR and RADAR systems. For added flexibility, the on-board memory can be used as a ring-buffer, working much like a conventional oscilloscope, or as a FIFO-buffer for the continuous streaming of data to the PC environment.

To help capture the most elusive signals, a host of trigger modes are available for use on the channel or external trigger inputs. The modes include conventional edge triggering, along with more sophisticated methods such as Window, Re-Arm, Or/And (logical), Software and Delay. Triggering is fast and accurate with waveform data being stored together with its relevant trigger time stamp information. SMA connectors are available on the front panel for the channel inputs, clock and trigger inputs and outputs, as well as four multi-functional digital I/O lines. The extra clock and trigger connections make it possible to synchronize the card with additional digitizers or other measurement devices.

The cards can turn almost any PC it into a powerful measurement tool just by installing them in a suitable PCIe slot. This also opens the door for anyone wishing to use the latest CPU and GPU hardware for signal processing and analysis. The cards come with all the tools necessary to use them in a PC running either a Windows or Linux operating system. A software development kit (SDK) is provided so that the cards can be programmed with almost any popular language. This includes C, C++, C#, Delphi, VB.NET, J#, Python, Julia, Java, LabVIEW, and MATLAB. The SDK contains all the required driver libraries as well as programming examples. Alternatively, for users who do not want to write their own code, the company offers SBench 6 Professional. This powerful measurement software provides full card control, along with a host of data display, analysis, storage, and documentation capabilities.

A key differentiator for all the Spectrum Instrumentation PCIe cards is their capability to stream data directly to and from a CUDA GPU. This is made possible by the company’s SCAPP package (Spectrum’s CUDA Access for Parallel Processing), which is available as a low-cost option. SCAPP includes the drivers for CUDA GPU support and allows users to develop their own processing routines. To help getting started, the package includes working examples that can be modified and built upon. It is ideal for users who need to perform data intensive processing, like continuous averaging for noise reduction, or MPoint-FFTs for spectral analysis.

Another option that is available for the new cards is on-board summation averaging (option M5i.33xx-spavg). Averaging is a very useful tool for reducing unwanted signal noise. At the same time, it can improve measurement resolution beyond the digitizers standard 12-bit performance, delivering more dynamic range and better SNR. The option uses the cards on-board FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) technology to average waveforms, even when they are sampled at the full 10 GS/s. The result is one of the fastest signal averaging solutions on the market, capable of averaging at an astonishing rate of up to 15 million events per second due to the extremely short dead-time of less than 40 ns between events!

Oliver Rovini, Chief Technical Officer, said “These new digitizer cards represent a significant technological step for Spectrum Instrumentation. By offering faster sampling rates and higher bandwidth, we can now address a broader market. For example, we can help more engineers and scientists when they need to acquire and characterize waveforms in the GHz range, or very fast pulses with sub-nanosecond edge speeds. The products are designed to be easy to use and flexible enough to handle almost any signal. It could be a low-level pulse coming from a reflected laser source or high-speed communications signals that involve some sort of sophisticated modulation technique.”

Like all Spectrum Instrumentation products, the new M5i.3350-x16 and M5i.3357-x16 cards carry a 5-year product warranty. They come with customer support, direct from the engineering team, and free software/firmware updates are provided for the whole lifetime of the product. The M5i.33xx series offers 5 different models, with one or two channels, letting you select sampling rates of 3.2, 6.4 or 10 GS/s, and bandwidths of 1, 2 or 3 GHz. For more information, please visit www.spectrum-instrumentation.com

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Global Consumer Electronics Market Size to surpass USD 1000.9 Billion by 2030

ELE Times - Thu, 03/16/2023 - 09:56

The Global Consumer Electronics Market Size was valued at USD 720 billion in 2021 and the worldwide consumer electronics market size is expected to reach USD 1000.90 billion by 2030, According to a research report published by Spherical Insights & Consulting.

The Global Consumer Electronics Market Size to grow from USD 720 billion in 2021 to USD 1000.90 billion by 2030, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5% during the forecast period. Growth in the global market for consumer electronics can be attributed to an increase in demand from households, changing lifestyles of individuals, easier access to credit, and rising disposable incomes. Companies are focusing on developing high-performing and convenient-to-use devices owing to the increasing consumer demand. The advent of technology and digitalization is further likely to push the demand for electronic items and domestic appliances. Asia Pacific is witnessing strong economic growth and high demand due to rapid industrialization, favorable government policies in the region like China, India Malaysia is attracting huge FDIs in the Asia.

Consumer electronics are defined as all electronic gadgets with a practical application in daily life. Semiconductor technology is the main type of technology used to power electronic devices. These devices are used for communication, entertainment, and office and home conveniences. The vast bulk of the items make use of digital and information technology. A wide range of electronic items that fulfil one or more tasks in the home or for a specific user are referred to as “consumer electronics.” The term originally referred to electrical equipment installed or utilised just within a home or other structure. However, they now come with portable computing and mobile devices, like a tablet or a phone, that you can carry outside the house. The development of semiconductor technology, which evolved as a result of technical development, is the main force behind the market’s expansion. The industry is also predicted to grow as a result of consumers’ increased use of consumer goods like smartphones and automated home appliances. The smartphone will dominate the global consumer electronics market, according to predictions. Increased sales of this device are being driven by innovative features created by various smartphone makers. The key drivers of demand are anticipated to be innovation, the introduction of 3G and 4G technologies, and technological improvements. The market share of the consumer electronics sector is increasing as a result of numerous companies creating new features in this space. As countries went on lockdown during the outbreak, online sales increased. Consumer electronics demonstrated the same phenomenon. Consumer electronics and home appliances were two of the online sales sectors that expanded the quickest globally. It is anticipated that weak economic conditions and a lack of energy will limit industry growth in developing countries.

The Personal Application segment is anticipated to witness the fastest market growth over the forecast period.

Based on application, the global consumer electronics market is segmented in personal and professional. Over the projection period, the personal application segment is anticipated to experience the quickest market growth. Urbanization, improved internet access, and higher pay are all predicted to promote growth. Demand for personal consumer electronics including Bluetooth speakers, earbuds, smartphones, and smart wearables is increasing as prices are falling.

The Offline segment holds the largest market share over the forecast period.

On the basis of distribution channel, the global consumer electronics market is segmented into offline, online. Due to the fact that specialty electronic stores assist customers in understanding the features of the product in person, the offline segment of the market is expected to hold the biggest market share over the projection period. Customers will find it easier to compare the goods to those of other brands thanks to this.

Asia Pacific holds the largest market share over the forecast period.

The Asia Pacific region will have the biggest market share overall over the projection period. The Asia Pacific area is seeing rapid industrialization and robust economic expansion. Because of the welcoming government policies in countries like China and India, there is a significant FDI influx into the region. The main companies are establishing their manufacturing facilities as a result of the accessible and reasonably priced production-related inputs in this region. The production of electrical devices is increasingly concentrated in China and India. In addition, two of the top producers of consumer electronics worldwide are Taiwan and South Korea.

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Electronics manufacturing gets a fresh Rs 765-crore PLI scheme

ELE Times - Thu, 03/16/2023 - 09:52

The government has approved another tranche of production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme worth Rs 765 crore for electronics manufacturing. Wistron is Apple’s contract manufacturer in India. It will receive Rs 601.93 crore of the total Rs 765 crore.

Dixon Technologies’ unit Padget will receive Rs 149.63 crore. AT&S, Shogini, and Alcon Electronics will receive incentives worth Rs 7.58 crore, Rs 3 crore, and Rs 2.40 crore, respectively.

“Enthused to feel the vigour in the electronics manufacturing space. Nation is seeing a new era of great coordination between industry and policy makers/implementers,” ICEA chairman Pankaj Mohindroo told.

IT and Electronics Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar had on March 3 said that production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme should be considered as a transition period for India and not as a permanent solution.

The scheme under the Make-in-India programme is expected to attract a capex of approximately Rs 3 lakh crore over the next five years, as per the Economic Survey 2023.

“It has the potential to generate employment for over 60 lakh in India and increase the share of the manufacturing sector in total capital formation, which currently stands at around 17-20 percent between FY12 and FY20,” it said.

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Vertiv Powers Cell Sites and 5G Radio Networks with New Compact Outdoor Rectifier and Lithium-Ion Battery

ELE Times - Thu, 03/16/2023 - 09:50

Vertiv introduced the new Vertiv NetSure IPE outdoor rectifier, to facilitate 5G rollout and enable operators to increase capacity in areas where demand for data is vast. These easy-to-deploy devices, available with lithium-ion battery backup, help to minimize power losses while feeding radios on top of towers and rooftops, common in these types of applications. The NetSure IPE R48-2000C2 is available now globally.

This outdoor rectifier supports telecommunications infrastructure in mobile networks and is ideal for use in network edge applications including 5G small cells, RAN, distributed telecommunications networks, and locations with high data demand, such as sports arenas, stadiums, public transport systems, airports, shopping and educational centers.

High consumption of mobile data in these areas can cause networks to suffer from capacity bottlenecks that are difficult to manage. The next generation technology of NetSure IPE R48-2000C2 outdoor rectifiers quickly and reliably powers the radios needed to increase capacity and expand 5G networks. If the grid fails, depending on load and battery capacity, lightweight and maintenance-free lithium-ion batteries efficiently keep the network running for an hour or longer, while operating at higher temperatures and charging faster than lead-acid alternatives.

“The increase of data traffic at cell sites and other high-demand applications at the network edge has accelerated the need for a reliable, compact and efficient outdoor power solution, suitable to work in harsh environmental conditions, Vertiv NetSure IPE provides an elegant DC power system that meets the challenges of these critical sites,” said Henrik Nilen, global director of DC power offerings for Vertiv.

“In today’s hybrid working world, connectivity and efficient power backup solutions are crucial to ensure business continuity. With the recent deployment of 5G networks in India, the amount of data created and generated by a remote and on-site workforce is anticipated to increase manifold,” said Mr. Dinesh Dhut, senior director, DC power/OSP (SEA & India). “In order to effectively manage the increased loads, it’s important for businesses to upgrade their existing IT infrastructure. The new Vertiv NetSure IPE series is a reliable new solution designed to support evolving business requirements at the network edge in order to enable uninterrupted business operations. We’re excited to be launching this new offering as we stay committed to constantly innovate our product portfolio to suit the quickly changing business landscape.”

Vertiv NetSure IPE features easy installation, multiple mounting positions, small size, and does not need to be configured prior to installation and launch. It can be powered through alternating or direct current; giving the end user the versatility to use the connection type best suited to the site and network. The rectifier meets IP65 rating for use in harsh outdoor environments, and it can be equipped with dedicated lithium-ion battery backup, for fast and easy deployment in public spaces.

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Inspired by Zebra Stripes, Researchers Solve Size Constraints of TEGs

AAC - Thu, 03/16/2023 - 01:00
Gwangju Institute researchers have developed a thin, lightweight, and flexible TEG that makes use of zebra-like stripes to generate electric energy.


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