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Plessey announces that its multi-award winning Orion™ beam forming module has been crowned a winner in the Components and Light Sources category of the 2017 Architectural SSL Product Innovation Awards (PIAs). Organised by Architectural SSL, one of North America’s flagship trade magazines for architects, lighting designers and specifiers, the PIAs are designed to recognize the most outstanding innovations in solid-state lighting fixtures and components embracing design, manufacturing and installation. All PIA winners are feted in a special August issue of Architectural SSL magazine and trophies are presented later this year. Launched in September 2016 and targeted at directional lighting applications such as retail, track and architectural lighting, Plessey’s Orion LED modules deliver a more powerful, compact, precise and affordable replacement for chip-on-board LEDs for designers of directional luminaires. Orion can reduce the cost of a typical downlight by more than half. The small footprint and directional light emission of GaN-on-Si LEDs employed in Orion enables Plessey to create its revolutionary Stellar™ miniature optics, which feature beamforming technology. By integrating Plessey’s unique GaN-on-silicon (GaN-onSi) LEDs and optics into a tiny module, Orion delivers over 3,000 lumens from a unit just 5.6mm thick – with no secondary optics needed. The compact form factor gives much greater creative scope to designers of architectural and industrial lighting installations. The PIA judging panel consists of professionals working in lighting design and manufacturing along with industry analysts. The judges were very impressed with Orion’s compact form and excellent thermal performance which means heatsinks can be slimmer. Plessey |



Win a Microchip PIC32MZ Embedded Graphics with Stacked DRAM (DA) Starter Kit (DM320010) from Electronica Azi International. The PIC32mZ Embedded Graphics with Stacked DrAm (DA) Starter kit provides the easiest and lowest cost method to experience the high performance and advanced graphics integrated in the PIC32mZ DA mCus. microchip’s PIC32mZ DA microcontroller family is the industry’s first mCu with an integrated 2D Graphics Processing unit (GPu) and up to 32 mB of integrated DDr2 memory. This combination gives designers the ability to increase their application’s colour resolution and display size, up to 12 inches with easy-to-use microcontroller (mCu) based resources and tools. This kit provides an excellent board for development and testing of uSB and Ethernet based applications with Graphical user Interfaces. The PIC32mZ DA family is supported by microchip’s mPLAB harmony Integrated Software Framework, mPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE), mPLAB XC32 Compiler for PIC32, mPLAB ICD 3 InCircuit Debugger and mPLAB rEAL ICE™ In-Circuit Emulation System. The PIC32mZ DA series, with its integrated Graphics Controller, Graphics Processor and available on-chip 32mB of DDr2 DrAm, lifts Graphical user Interface (GuI) designs to performance and quality levels not yet seen in embedded microcontroller applications. Developers that use the PIC32mZ DA in their designs should expect microprocessor-like graphics quality while still enjoying the ease of design of an mCu. And with mPLAB harmony Graphics 2.0, designers can finish and display GuI design faster than ever thought possible. The PIC32mZ Embedded Graphics with Stacked DrAm Starter kit features a socket that can accommodate 10/100 Ethernet transceiver (rJ-45) plug-in connectors from various vendors for prototyping and development. Package contains: • PIC32mZ DA Starter kit board • LAN8740 Phy daughter board • Ethernet patch cord • One Standard-A to micro uSB cable

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22 | Powerbox releases full range of high input voltage

6 | Next-gen MCUs enable better design techniques,

DC/DC converters for microgrids and datacenters 24 | Military connectors provide the template for

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10 | Radar Sensors at CODICO 11 | At CODICO: focus on - The ever shrinking world

27 | IEAS 2017: Boosting innovation in Romanian 28 | Keeping time to save money in smart meters

of POE from SIlVERTEl 12 | Achieving Energy Savings and long Distances for the IoT – the New Radio Chip from STMicroelectronics 15 | Quectel is offering breakthrough technology to East European markets through the main local partner – Comet Electronics


Mary Tamar Tan from Microchip Technology explains how a real-time clock and calendar module can reduce component count and cut programming costs in smart meters and other applications. 15

38 | Silicon labs’ Magnetic Sensors Modernize Hall-Effect Switch and Position Sensing for the IoT Era

18 | Power Revolution at CODICO

44 | TE Connectivity Means Power

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NEXT-GEN MCUS ENABLE BETTER DESIGN TECHNIQUES, ADD FUNCTIONALITY AND USE LESS POWER DO MORE WITH lESS POWER In case you haven’t noticed, it seems that everything around us is getting smarter and connected to one thing or another. your shoes now have sensors that can tell you how to improve your running time by displaying your pace on your smart phone. your scale can automatically save your weight to your cloud–based tracking application, and it can let you know why that last doughnut you ate was a bad idea - via an alert on your smart phone. your home security system can inform you about a leak in your garage via text message, thanks to a small wireless sensor placed next to the water heater. The rise in popularity of portable batterypowered applications has increased exponentially, thanks to the technological advances over time. Engineers are constantly being pushed to increase product functionality while reducing its overall dimensions, for each successive design. These additional features put a bigger demand on the system power source. The challenge becomes how to implement these new functions while extending the battery life, all in a smaller footprint. The conventional approach for batterypowered application design is to keep as many modules in a low-power state for as long as possible, occasionally waking up to perform the required tasks before returning to sleep mode. In a complex design with multiple mCu/mPus and components, a low pin count 8-bit microcontroller is often used as the system supervisor, to perform housekeeping tasks such as turning on and 6

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by Jin Xu, Asia Pacific Business Development manager, mCu8 Division, Microchip Te

The rise in popularity of portable, battery-powered applications over the years has pushed designers to add more features into smaller form factors. This increase in functions, particularly wireless communication, puts a bigger demand on the system power source. The challenge becomes how to implement the desired system functions while extending the battery life. with the help of the most recent advances in microcontroller functionality, including various integrated features and peripherals, power management in embedded designs has become smarter and easier to implement. These mCus have also enabled better design techniques. off modules, as needed, to maximize the power efficiency. Still, the majority of designs have only one main microcontroller with a host of integrated peripherals to implement the required system functions. Therefore, the power consumption of that microcontroller becomes a critical parameter. however, not all microcontrollers are made the same when it comes to lowpower performance. This is where an 8-bit microcontroller can outshine a 32-bit device in many cases. Some 8-bit mCus consume as little as 20nA in the lowest power setting, while 32-bit bottoms out around 10 to 20 times higher, at best. There are a number of ways to wake up the microcontroller from sleep mode. using the microcontroller’s internal timers to wake up

the system periodically is a common practice. The timer can be configured to trigger an interrupt after it overflows. A 16-bit timer with 1:8 pre-scaler, running off the internal, low-power 31khz oscillator (or with an external crystal) can keep the device in sleep for about 17 seconds. Another option is to use the mCu’s watchdog Timer (wDT), ideally with a maximum idle time of 256 seconds while consuming around 440nA. (Once again, a typical 32-bit mCu with wDT enabled consumes at least 3 times the current of an 8-bit mCu.) Take an application that doesn’t need to wake up frequently, such as an environmental monitor that wakes up roughly every four hours to read the humidity sensor before going back to sleep again.


But the power consumption of this implementation can be reduced further by 50% to around 2.3µA, by using an external 32khz crystal connected to the secondary oscillator (SOSC) at a slightly higher cost.. External interrupt sources can also be used to wake up the microcontroller, such as a switch or sensor. Some of the larger mCu/mPus have multiple interrupts with priority levels, but these features are often not present in most of the low pin count mCus on the market.

specific state, in order to wake up the CPu to check the condition, very often it was awakened due to one signal change, only to find the other signals had not yet occurred. It is now possible to configure and combine the available logic functions and state machines in the CLC, or even multiple CLC modules, to create specific wake-up conditions that avoid frequent false triggers and unnecessary power drain. The device wake up time can be a large component of the “running” time in the

echnology Does this mean that we must wake up more frequently, due to the internal timer limitations? Not necessarily. One option is to use a real Time Clock (rTC) and crystal that can provide accurate time keeping in terms of hours, days, months and even years, if needed. Since not all microcontrollers offer an integrated rTC and crystal, often for cost reasons, a stand-alone rTC can also be considered. CORE-INDEPENDENT PERIPHERAlS Another option is to extend the idle period without any additional components or power penalty is to use the unique peripherals found in some next-generation 8-bit microcontrollers (such as microchip Technology’s PIC® mCus). For example, designers can connect one of these mCu’s Configurable Logic Cells (CLCs) and its Numerically Controlled Oscillator (NCO) to the 16-bit timer, in order to extend the period from 17 seconds to 205 days, before triggering an interrupt to wake up the mCu (See Figure 1). Of course, it is rare for an application to have a need to remain idle for such long period, but the capability is present if necessary. when using an internal low power (31khz) oscillator to feed the resulting (long) timer, the lowest cost solution can be achieved.

Figure 1 An 8-bit microcontroller’s core-independent peripherals are being used to extend the idle period to 205 days, without any additional components or power penalty.

Figure 2 A graphic representation of a microcontroller’s current consumption over time. remember the Configurable Logic Cell module that we used to extend the timer period in the previous example? Not only can it be used to create extra interrupt sources when the mCu has only one system INT, the CLC also allows designers to add conditional or sequential logic to the wake-up routine; making it smarter with no additional current draw. If the system requires a number of signals to represent a

periodic profile of an application. while for an 8-bit microcontroller internal oscillator this is typically limited to a handful of clock cycles (3-5 cycles corresponding to 200ns to 1us), in a 32-bit architecture, employing deep-sleep techniques to limit leakage currents, it becomes a matter of tens of microseconds, often voiding any/all benefits resulting from the subsequent typical faster execution speed. 7


while we would like to do everything in sleep mode, certain tasks must be performed in active mode where the mCu core consumes the highest amount of power relative to all other modules. This is where things can get a bit tricky. Figure 2 is a simplified graphic representation of the system current consumption over time. The area under the current-consumption line represents the total discharge over time, measured in Coulombs. If the sum of all the areas under the sleep-mode period is much greater than the active mode, then the sleep-current value is more critical since most of the energy consumption takes place in a low-power mode. vice versa, if the sum of the area under the active-mode period is significantly higher, then the sleep current value and the time spent in sleep mode become irrelevant. Applications with wireless communication, such as wi-Fi® or Bluetooth® LE, are particularly challenging systems in which to reduce power consumption. Designers of these systems must consider how much data is transmitted or received, since this will directly impact the overall current consumption. wireless modules can be used in “Beacon Mode,” to wake up periodically and search for signals; or they can go into


standby mode when not in use. In such wireless systems the mCu processing speed is actually irrelevant as the application is most often I/O bound, but the mCu wake up time impacts significantly the application profile as the radio circuitry power consumption (typically 10-20mA) is extended and ends up dominating the application budget. Analog sensors require the use of the mCu’s on-chip ADC module. Typically, the time needed for ADC sampling is much longer than the conversion time. The more time spent in active mode, the more current is consumed. however, some mCus have ADC modules that allow conversions in sleep mode, which saves power by minimizing the time spent in active mode. Some mCus integrate a wide variety of low-power active modes. These modes provide the option to turn off or reduce the speed of the core processor, while selectively keeping the system clock active for the on-chip peripherals. One frequently heard statement is “the higher the performance of the core, the faster the execution of the tasks, then the sooner it can return to sleep mode.” while this might be true in some cases, there is a flaw to this logic. we have to

Microchip Technology


microchip announces the mPLAB® ICD 4, an in-circuit programming and debugging development tool for microchip’s PIC® microcontroller and dsPIC® digital signal controller portfolios. The mPLAB ICD 4 includes all the features of the popular mPLAB ICD 3 debugger while adding increased speed through a faster processor and increased rAm. The mPLAB ICD 4’s significant improvement in speed is accomplished through a 32-bit mCu running at 300 mhz. Faster processing, together with an increased buffer memory of 2 mB, results in a product that is up to twice as fast as its predecessor. The puck-shaped mPLAB ICD 4 is housed in a durable, black case with a brushed aluminum top and is accented with an LED light strip to indicate debugging status. The tool offers the following features: • A wider target voltage range, from 1.20 to 5.5v • An optional 1 Amp of power (using an external power supply) • Selectable pull-up/pull-down option to the target interface • Configurable interface speed for optimised programming and debugging • Intelligent, robust interface with fault detection and immunity • JTAG debugging capability 8

remember that the core consumes more power than any other module in the mCu. Additionally, all of the tasks that require the core must be executed sequentially (FIFO), regardless of the speed. Therefore, the core can’t be turned off until the last task is completed. when a microcontroller can perform some of the required tasks in parallel, using integrated peripherals that can operate independently of the core, then it makes the speed of the core irrelevant while significantly reducing the overall power usage. Core independent peripherals are fully functional while the mCu’s core is in sleep mode. Designing battery-powered applications has become more complex, due to their increasing functionality. Engineers should analyze and fully understand the currentconsumption profile of each component in different power and activity modes, in order to achieve the highest battery usage efficiency. The core independent peripheral set found in the next generation of 8-bit microcontrollers enable engineers to be creative with their designs, without sacrificing performance.

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microchip’s mPLAB ICD 4 is easy to use and supports all PIC microcontrollers and dsPIC digital signal controllers in microchip’s portfolio through the mPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE). This simplifies the design process for customers when they choose to migrate from one PIC mCu to another to meet the needs of their application. The mPLAB ICD 4 (Dv164045) is available today priced at $249.95. Microchip Technology |


RADAR SEnSORS AT CODICO radar sensors emit electromagnetic waves and operate on the basis of different physical principles, such as Doppler, FSk (frequency shift keying) Doppler, and FmCw (frequency modulated continuous wave). The Doppler sensor uses a transmitter antenna to emit microwaves at a specific frequency and a receiver antenna to receive the waves reflected from the moving object. As a result of the Doppler effect, the movement of the reflecting object causes the frequency of the reflected wave to change, and this is evaluated in the sensor. FSk Doppler uses two different frequencies for the emitted wave, which are emitted alternately at a pre-defined time interval. here, too, the Doppler frequency is proportional to the speed of the moving object. The two different frequencies generate two different Doppler frequencies characterized by a phase shift. This phase shift can be used to assess the distance to the moving object. If the object is not moving, it is not possible to determine the distance. In the case of FmCw, microwaves are emitted using a linearly modulated frequency. here, the reflected wave shows a time delay. This delay is proportional to the distance and can thus be evaluated in the sensor. In summary, this allows for the following measurements: using the Doppler principle, it is possible to measure a moving object and its speed over a large area. FSk Doppler helps determine the distance and speed of a moving object. A stationary object, however, is not ÂťvisibleÂŤ to such a

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sensor. FmCw makes it possible to measure stationary objects and their distance. Previously, only modules which functioned according to one of the above principles were available in the market. Today's modules sometimes feature several modes. NJr has been developing radar sensors for many years and is well-known for its wide range of sensors. For instance, the NJr4265 module, which functions solely as a Doppler and can thus only detect motion. This module works in the 24Ghz band, and both the antenna and the mCu are integrated in the module. The module features an uArT interface for communication. It was designed for the detection of objects moving slowly and at a close distance to the sensor, such as, for instance, pedestrians. In the case of NJr4265, close distance means around 10m. Typical applications include surveillance modules for the detection of persons, e.g. in a warehouse, but also as special modules for presence detection in beverage dispensing units or other devices, and for light control in building automation systems. If distance measurement is required, NJr will also offer a module with FSk Doppler and FmCw mode. Possible applications can be found in traffic infrastructure (such as electronic toll systems, parking space management systems) and in safety and

5m Version

security (such as collision detection, area monitoring). For these applications, NJr offers the NJr4234, which works both in FSk Doppler mode and in FmCw mode. In the first development stage, it will be able to measure the distance of a moving object. In this module, both antenna and microcontroller are on board. A serial interface is available for the connection to the application. This is used for the transfer of the parameters to the module, and of

information from the module to the host. Depending on the required detection range, two versions will be available, one for 5m and one for 30m. NJr will first launch the module for 30m on the market. This module will be available at CODICO in a 38Ă—38mm size and will be just 4.2mm thin. For more details, please contact Ivan mitic. Ivan Mitic +43 1 86 305-194

30m Version


At CODICO: Focus on - The ever shrinking world of POE from SILVERTEL Introducing Ag9924 & Ag5324 – the latest modules in the Ag9900m and Ag5300 series! These two series of modules are respectively the smallest POE 12w IEEE802.3af and POE+24w IEEE802.3at PD solutions in the world. As POE becomes ever more widely adopted, it is being used in a broader range of applications than ever before. Industrial control & automation, IP cameras, IP audio, hD audio visual (including hD BaseT) and access control are all areas where POE usage has been dramatically increasing. however, there are a number of these types of applications that require 24v as opposed to the more stan-

dard 12v or 5v typically used by devices deriving power from POE. with POE being an inherently safe technology from a voltage distribution point of view (typically at 48v – so well below the SELv limits), it is clear that this has additional benefits when used in IoT, audio visual applications and household devices. with no mains voltages present, and no mains wiring needed, device or product installations are both inherently safe, simple and relatively low cost to carry out, with simple CAT5/6 cabling all that is required. when looked at in relation to the new IEC/EN60335 and IEC/EN62368 standards (successor of the currently valid IEC/ EN60950), POE power distribution at a nominal 48v is extremely advantageous cost wise and respectively in terms of ease of design for safety and meeting the requirements of these new standards. with all SILvErTEL’s modules rigorously designed to include 1.5kv impulse isolation to meet IEEE and safety regulations you can be assured that your product will be able to pass the requirements of the new standards. The tiny, ultra-miniature Ag9900m series POE PD module is truly the smallest POE module and POE solution in the world. The addition of a 24v option means the advantages of this new technology are now available to every possible POE application and designer. Significantly smaller in footprint than is possible using discrete component design, (and 40% smaller even than the Ag9800m series) yet capable of delivering up to 12w of power, while rated for up to

9w at 85°C, it packs an incredible performance into the smallest of spaces. Similarly, for Ag5324, with the only other 24v POE+ module (Ag5100) available from SILvErTEL being around 35% more expensive and 100% bigger footprint, the new module clearly provides significant advantages. Following the Ag9900m SILvErTEL focusses on their core competencies miniaturisation and cost optimization. The full Ag9900 series is accessible at CODICO and now includes 3.3v, 5v, 12v and 24v options. Each of these is also available in an over-temperature protected power de-rated (9w @ 12v & 24v; 6w @ 5v and 4.5w @ 3.3v for 85°C operation) industrial temperature version. The so called Ag9900mT modules, as well as the Ag5324 are available from April 2017 onwards for sampling. Are you interested in the products? your CODICO contact person or Ivan mitic will be pleased to help you. Ivan Mitic +43 1 86 305-194 11


Achieving Energy Savings and Long Distances for the IoT – the new Radio Chip from STMicroelectronics The S2-LP enables objects to be networked and made smart for up to ten years without a battery change. In receiver mode, it consumes just 6.7 mA, while in transmitter mode at 10 dBm, it consumes just 10 mA. In sleep and standby mode, it uses barely 600 and 350 nA respectively. “This means that the S2-LP actually has a unique selling point on the market,” explains René Hermanns, Product manager for wireless Technology at rutronik. “Values as low as this are not easy to achieve, and only a few manufacturers have the expertise required for this, for instance in the design of low-energy HF analog circuits or for integration with digital functional segments for the baseband, because energy efficiency must not come at the expense of operational reliability or connection stability – an endeavor in which ST has succeeded with the S2-LP.” with these features, the transceiver is ideal for networked devices such as alarm systems, monitoring equipment and smart energy meter solutions, as well as for building automation, industrial monitoring and control systems, and systems for lighting, traffic and parking space management in smart city applications. It is especially recommended for any application in which larger distances need to be covered, for instance to integrate outdoor sensors directly into the cloud without the need for a detour via a local gateway. “When such sensors are distributed so widely over a larger area and are often hard to reach, the very long battery life also helps to reduce maintenance costs significantly,” rené hermanns notes. 12

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wireless communication is a key aspect of any IoT application, but in many fields, it also needs to be able to cover larger distances while remaining as energy-efficient as possible. This is why rutronik is catering to the field between traditional short-range wireless communication and mobile communication technology with the new S2-LP radio chip from STmicroelectronics.


The programmable radio chip operates in license-free sub-gigahertz frequency bands and can be adapted to the requirements of individual continents accordingly. Examples of popular communication protocols used on the chip include wireless m-Bus, Sigfox, 6LowPAN and IEEE 802.15.4g, which is suitable for energy management and process control applications and therefore provides a basis for future smart grids.

Sigfox is designed to cover large distances of up to 50 km over open terrain and up to 10 km in built environments, with low data rates of 12 bytes per message and low power consumption. It operates in the sub-Ghz frequency band – at 868 mhz in Europe – using narrow-band technology with BPSk for modulation.

in the IoT segment. This includes the STm32 development infrastructure with prototype boards and a broad range of software tools and resources. “But the job isn’t done with the component alone,” explains rené hermanns. “For us, a wireless solution is only ideal if the transmis-

“This allows the S2-LP to be flexibly deployed for multiple ISM frequency bands while using the globally standard physical layer and everything above it.” Because it operates on a very narrow band of just a few kilohertz, much less energy is required for data modulation than most other wireless technologies, which usually require between 1 mhz and 20 mhz. with high-power signals of up to 16 dBm, the transceiver also ensures reliable data communication over long distances. Depending on environmental conditions, its receiver sensitivity of -130 dBm allows for transmission distances of several dozen kilometers, providing large-scale network coverage.

An end device equipped with Sigfox technology supplies its data to Sigfox base stations, which then forward it to the relevant cloud services for processing. From there, the results can be sent for display on any end device. “A SIM card is not necessary with Sigfox. The usage fee is dependent on how many messages are sent per day. It normally comes to between one and ten euros a year per end device,” rutronik's wireless specialist adds.

RElIABlE, ENERGY-EffICIENT AND COST-EffECTIVE THANKS TO SIGfOX INTEGRATION “For devices with low data traffic, Sigfox is especially interesting, as it was developed specifically for that purpose. Thanks to the integration of Sigfox in the S2-LP, IoT connectivity with the radio chip is made more reliable, more efficient and more cost-effective. System designers also benefit from the large Sigfox ecosystem,” according to rené hermanns. “While the infrastructure is still in development, many countries in Europe are already covered and Sigfox is cooperating with a number of major network operators to ensure a fast, global roll-out.”

sion protocol, the application profiles, the security aspects and certifications are a perfect match for the application in question. This is where we both support and advise our customers in relation to standards, compatibility and consortiums. And of course, the other hardware needs to be wellattuned to it.”

Depending on the programmed protocol, STmicroelectronics’ new transceiver supports networks with point-to-point, star and mesh topologies, thus offering high flexibility for networked objects. The S2-LP and the feature-rich Software Development kit (SDk) are both available from rutronik, the official franchise partner of STmicroelectronics. It is already Sigfox-certified, meaning the designs for evaluation purposes and easy prototyping can be connected to the Sigfox network immediately. The SDk is compatible with the STm32 microcontroller family, which is already widespread

under rutronik SmArT, developers can find not only wireless components but also sensors, microcontrollers and power management and security solutions for their IoT application. Supported by our cloud platforms with relevant analysis and reporting functionality, we are also able to provide one-stop complete solutions for the interested customer. Rutronik |


Quectel is offering breakthrough technology to East European markets through the main local partner – Comet Electronics Quectel Wireless Solutions is a leading global supplier of GSM/GPRS, UMTS/HSPA/(+), LTE and GnSS modules. Leveraging Quectel’s strong R&D capabilities, comprehensive expertise, wide variety of high quality products and consistent philosophy of putting the customer’s demands at the forefront, Quectel has established itself as a reliable and trustworthy provider of wireless modules since its establishment. Quectel modules can be ideally suitable for any M2M applications from Telematics to Smart Metering, to Wireless POS, to Security, to mHealth, to networking and other application fields.

Author: Gheorghita Chirculete, Business Development manager Comet Electronics Romania QUECTEl OffERS fIRST lTE CAT-M1 MODUlE Quectel Offers First LTE Cat-m1 module verizon and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOm), are accelerating innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT) with the introduction of ThingSpace-ready modules from Quectel using Qualcomm

Technologies’ mDm9206 Category m1 (Cat-m1) LTE modem. To further facilitate the creation of IoT solutions using verizon’s ThingSpace platform on the mDm9206 LTE modem, verizon is making available a development kit. Quectel BG96 is a series of LTE Cat m1 and Cat NB1 module offering a maximum data rate of 375kbps downlink and uplink. It

features ultra-low power consumption, and provides pin-to-pin compatibility with Quectel's NB-IoT module BC95, umTS/hSPA module uG95/uG96 and GSm/GPrS module m95. The new Cat m1 module BG96 from Quectel will be a strong support for Internet of Things applications. The Quectel module BG96 supports the new LTE network of category m1 and thus allows the connection of a larger number of devices to the Internet of Things. The market focus is extensive and will cover applications in many areas, such as the smart home/smart cities, security systems, industrial control and monitoring, asset and vehicle tracking, telematics, health and fitness, smart metering, smart cities, and wearables. with cost-effective SmT form factor of 22.5 × 26.5 × 2.3mm and high integration level, BG96 enables integrators and developers to easily design their applications and take advantage from the module’s low power consumption and mechanical intensity. Its advanced LGA package allows fully automated manufacturing for high-volume applications. 15


QUECTEl'S lTE MODUlE SERIES fOR IOT GATEWAY A gateway acts as a bridge between the IoT devices and the Internet beyond. Gateways can connect to the IoT devices that communicate via specific protocols, store and parse the information and then send them over to cloud servers for processing and analytics. Adding intelligent and embedded control to gateways can simplify IoT device design by providing access to shared processing resources.

Advantages of the IoT gateways • IoT gateways not only abstract the medium of communication but also provide the secure channel required for the transmission of this data. • They are able to take intelligent data from the datacenter or cloud and push into the field or network edge. • IoT gateways usually run real-time operation systems (rTOS) or a form of Linux to drive their systems. hardware and software level encryption is built right into the gateway to provide a secure channel for communication. • LTE routers are designed to enable SOhO and office users to enjoy the freedom of secure, high-speed Internet connectivity at the home, office or while on the road. • In electricity, finance, service industry and governmental institute and other commercial industries, wireless broadband router suitable for small scale industry can implement the fast deployment of wireless network. The Advantages of Quectel's Modules Quectel has a comprehensive product portfolio of LTE module series, which covering lTE CAT-1, CAT-3, CAT-4 and CAT-6. Especially, lTE CAT-4 and CAT-6 are ideal for IoT gateways, thanks to their fast and reliable data transmission. key Benefits • worldwide LTE, umTS/hSPA+ and GSm/GPrS/EDGE coverage • multi-constellation GNSS receiver 16

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available for applications requiring fast and accurate fixes in any environment • Extended temperature range, scalable bandwidth capacity and rugged small form factor • worldwide certifications and rich experiences of co-work with network carrier • mImO technology meets demands for data rate and link reliability in modem wireless communication systems lPWA NB-IoT is Changing the World We live in Quectel NB-IoT Module is Your Ideal Solution for lPWA NB-IoT Applications The Low Power wide Area (LPwA) technology Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) is one of the most widely discussed innovations in m2m communication for the Internet of Things. Analysts anticipate around three billion LPwA connections by 2023. For customers, NB-IoT enables new applications by providing a low cost, low power solution with wide area coverage and deep indoor penetration. NB-IOT fOR GAS AND WATER METERS Battery-powered NB-IoT modules need no power connection, deliver deep indoor penetration, and thereby establish a reliable connection even in areas where mobile reception is poor. The provider is able to read the meter remotely and the end customer does not have to stay at home in order to wait for the meter reader to come by. NB-IOT fOR CONNECTING STREET lIGHTS In Smart Cities, NB-IoT technology can be used in street lighting. Lamp posts fitted with appropriate modules can be switched on and off or dimmed remotely and can trigger an alarm if they malfunction. NB-IOT fOR PARKING SPACES Searching for a parking spot in a crowded city center can at times be annoying and time-consuming. According to studies, drivers aimlessly looking for a place to park cause up to 30 percent of all urban traffic congestion – not to mention the environmental cost and wasted fuel. But a smart parking solution could solve these problems. Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) with its characteristics is a suitable technology for smart parking in the city. NB-IOT fOR RUBBISH REMOVAl In waste disposal, garbage cans fitted with NB-IoT modules alert a control center when they are full. As a consequence,

waste disposal companies can optimize vehicle routes and reduce costs.

NB-IOT fOR HYDRANT hydrants equipped with NB-IoT modules can trigger alarm and send the information to the hydrant monitoring center if people leak and steal water. Once the fire happens, the hydrants with NB-IoT modules can be positioned timely and quickly, which will improve the efficiency of fire extinction.

NB-IOT fOR MONITORING lIVESTOCK AND WOODS NB-IoT technology is also suitable for agricultural use where there is no power supply or where network coverage is poor. In irrigation of fields or plantations, tank levels, pump pressure and flow rates are measured. The location and health of livestock can be monitored too, thereby preventing inter alia the spread of diseases. In forestry, low-cost sensors can be distributed in large numbers in the woods to report information such as temperature, smoke development or wind direction. NB-IOT fOR TRACKING NB-IoT is suitable for locating pets or valuables. In order to not lose sight of a pet or an expensive bike, an NB-IoT module can be a low-cost alternative to a GSm tracker. QUECTEl NB-IOT MODUlE IS YOUR SOlUTION fOR lPWA NB-IOT APPlICATIONS At present, the first NB-IoT commercial network has been deployed in Fuzhou, China on Nov. 18. 2016. Quectel’s NB-IoT BC95 module, the China’s first cellular module compli-


ant to the 3GPP release 13, has succeeded in the commercial trial of smart water metering, the first NB-IoT service in China. Quectel’s BC95 NB-IoT supports rF 900mhz/850mhz/800mhz and it will support 1800mhz/ 700mhz in the future. reserved for eSIm, it is easier for integrators and designers to cooperate with operator to develop its products. It is also compatible with Quectel GSm/GPrS module m95, which is convenient for customer to migrate from GPrS to NB-IoT. The rate at which LPwA is being adopted for devices that need to be low power and low cost is astounding. Quectel is already seeing LPwA NB-IoT embedded in water meters and trusts new applications are being invented and deployed almost daily. Let us work together to build a smarter world.

QUECTEl’S BC95 PROfIlE Quectel´s cellular NB-IoT module combines easy, affordable, global connectivity with over 10 years’ battery life for low data rate IoT applications. Quectel is the first Chinese manufacturer with a 3GPP release 13 module available in the market. Quectel’s BC95 is a high-performance NB-IoT module with extremely low power consumption. The ultra-compact 19.9 × 23.6 ×2.2mm profile makes it a perfect choice for size sensitive applications. Designed to be compatible with Quectel GSm/GPrS m95 module in the compact and unified form factor, it provides a flexible and scalable platform for migrating from GSm/GPrS to NB-IoT networks. Quectel’s BC95 NB-IoT module supports GSm 900mhz and it will support 1800mhz/ 700mhz/850mhz/800mhz in the future. reserved for eSIm, it is easier for integrators and designers to cooperate with operator to develop its products. It is also compatible with Quectel GSm/GPrS module m95, which is convenient for customer to migrate from GPrS to NB-IoT.

BC95 adopts surface mounted technology, making it an ideal solution for durable and rugged designs. The low profile and small size of LCC package allow BC95 to be easily embedded into low-volume applications and provide reliable connectivity with the applications. Due to compact form factor, ultra-low power consumption and extended temperature range, BC95 is the best choice for a wide range of m2m applications, such as smart metering, smart city, security, asset tracking, agricultural and environmental monitoring and more. Key Benefits • Compact-sized NB-IoT module • ultra-low power consumption • Super high sensitivity • LCC package makes it easy for large volume manufacturing • Compatible with Quectel GSm/GPrS module, easy for future migration • Support abundant Internet service protocols Compatible with 2G/3G/4G Modules Quectel’s BC95 module is compatible with Quectel’s GSm/GPrS module mx5, umTS module uG96&uGx5 and LTE CAT.1 module EG91.

Evaluation Kit Quectel provides you with all kinds of development kit, which can help you learn, evaluate, and use Quectel products easier. Our modules also comes with testing adapters that can be plugged into the development kit, the BC95 testing adapter can be connected to the GSm/GPrS/NBIoT EvB kIT to start the evaluation. Quectel also offers a GuI tool named QNavigator. It can help customers quickly test Quectel module’s functionality even if they are not familiar with AT Commands.

first to Receive GCf Certification Quectel’s NB-IoT BC95-B8 module has recently received GCF certification, the first of its kind around the globe. The certified module is a variant of Quectel’s NBIoT BC95 module series featuring an ultracompact 19.9 × 23.6 ×2.2mm profile LCC package. It allows for easier large-scale manufacturing which has strict requirements on cost and efficiency. As a forerunner in the NB-IoT field, Quectel launched its BC95 module in 2016, which was among the world’s first NB-IoT modules compliant with 3GPP r13 standards. Developed based on huawei's hisilicon Boudica chipset, Quectel’s BC95 module features extended coverage, massive connection, low power consumption and low device cost, and is therefore ideal for LPwA (Low Power wide Area) applications. Currently, BC95 has been widely applied in smart metering, white goods, street lighting, parking and smoke alarm. In the future, it will continue to empower more applications related with personal life, industry and agriculture, such as asset tracking, pet tracking, electronics, gas detector, machine alarm, and irrigation controller. Through our trusted partner in the SouthEast Europe region – Comet Electronics – you have access to the latest technology for NB-IoT and LPwA. Comet Electronics |



Power Revolution at CODICO POwEr INTEGrATIONS revolutionises Auxiliary and Standby Power Supply Design with the 900V InnoSwitch-EP Family when we look at the available switching power topologies there are many types that have evolved to suit specific requirements like higher power, improved efficiency, lower cost or reduced size but few can be considered revolutionary. The InnoSwitch™ family of power switching ICs from Power Integrations combine new technical innovations in power semiconductors that will revolutionise power supply design. This new high voltage Cv/CC flyback switching IC family features an integrated 900v power mOSFET, synchronous rectification and a precise secondary-side controller. Like all of the Inno-Switch families, the new InnoSwitch-EP ICs employ POwEr INTEGrATIONS’ high speed magnetoinductive communication – termed FluxLink™, incorporated into the device package which creates a magnetic coupling between the primary and secondary side. FluxLink technology can provide very precise control of both of the primary and secondary switching functions, allowing synchronous rectification to be employed, delivering high efficiency without complex control circuitry (Figure 1). replacing the traditional Schottky diode with a mOSFET is the basis of synchronous rectification. mOSFETs have a very low onresistance, rDS (ON), so the voltage drop 18

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across the transistor is much lower than for diodes, resulting in a significant increase in efficiency.

Figure 1

however, moving to synchronous rectification is not straightforward. Control circuitry is required to correctly phase the drive for


So although synchronous rectification has advantages, it can be difficult to implement because the timing of the mOSFET’s switching is challenging. The ideal approach is to control the primary-side switch from the secondary-side of the power supply. This avoids the need to predict of the state of either mOSFET allowing greatly reduced deadtime whilst ensuring that the two mOSFETs are never simultaneously in the on-state. however, until recently, synchronous rectification required additional external optocoupler circuitry, limiting the utility of synchronous rectification in compact and/or high-reliability applications.

the mOSFET on the primary side with that of the synchronous mOSFET on the secondary side. This control circuit must ensure that current only flows through one of the transistors at any given time.

Figure 2 To prevent overlap in the switching of the primary (flyback) and synchronous rectification mOSFETs (which would result in highly destructive cross conduction), controllers typically introduce a delay between the turn-off of one transistor and the turnon of the other. This “dead-time” must be sufficient to account for the variable propagation delays associated with the circuitry necessary to drive transistors on opposite sides of the isolation barrier. Integration of key switching elements (controller, mOSFETs and drivers) reduces this uncertainty and allows the dead-time to be reduced with a corresponding increase in efficiency.

The FluxLink technology (figure 2) within InnoSwitch ICs eliminates the need for this extra circuitry. Precise control ensures that the dead time is neither too conservative – which would adversely affect efficiency – nor too aggressive which would risk the damaging effects of shoot-through. As well as increasing efficiency, InnoSwitchEP Cv/CC flyback switching ICs enable excellent multi- output cross-regulation, and provide line protection and very fast transient response. Industrial applications increasingly require robust, reliable power supplies that provide long life and uninterrupted service reducing down time and service costs. multiple regulated outputs are often required to drive different functions that need power – clocks, motors, network interfaces, microprocessors, etc. Some functions require very tight voltage limits and to meet this engineers have previously used post-regulators that reduced efficiency and added cost to the solution. The forward voltage drop of a Schottky diode is current dependent (due to the epitaxial parasitic resistance in the Schottky structure) causing forward voltage drop to

increase with rising load current. A single loop controller can only directly regulate a single output and is therefore unable to compensate for this change across multiple rectification stages. The circuit shown in the right hand side of the diagram (figure 3) – based on Inno Switch-EP – uses a synchronous rectification mOSFET which has a relatively small change in voltage drop across load. This reduces cross regulation effects on the other outputs. Output voltage regulation at light and no-load is also improved by synchronous rectification. The mOSFET switch greatly reduces the peakcharging of the output capacitor that typically causes a significant increase in output voltage when output load is insufficient. These highly efficient power supply switchers are the ideal solution for engineers looking to address increasingly demanding Total Energy Cosumption (TEC) regulations with an easy-to-implement solution that improves power supply efficiency from standby to full load. For example, InnoSwitch-EP ICs enable a 20w power supply to achieve 90% efficiency in a multi- output design, while reducing no load consumption to less than 20mw. voltage regulation across line is highly accurate, better than ±3%, along with accurate controlled over-current protection also provided (Figure 4). robustness is improved by having an integrated 900v power mOSFET capable of withstanding the significant line voltage fluctuations found in motor control, grid monitoring, industrial metering and renewable energy applications. Designs can be made that support both lineneutral and phase-to-phase voltages. The 900v devices provide a high margin of safety in 450vAC systems and continue to operate during voltage swells and surges.

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The IC also integrates advanced protection and safety features including: primary sensed output OvP; output over-current protection; hysteretic thermal shutdown; and line voltage monitoring with programmable under-voltage and overvoltage protection.

Tuv (EN60950) safety-approved and EN61000-4-8 (100A/m) and EN61000-4-9 (1000A/m) compliant. InnoSwitch-EP based power supplies can also help enable electronic products to meet productspecific efficiency requirements mandated by the u.S. DOE, ENErGy STAr (r), European

eSOP package allows 900v InnoSwitch-EP ICs to be positioned across the isolation barrier which would otherwise be deadspace on the board. For more details your CODICO contact or Ivan mitic will be happy to help you!

Figure 4 Companies designing for worldwide markets can be sure that a single 900v InnoSwitch-EP design will function reliably in even the most challenging regional conditions. The 900v InnoSwitch-EP is uL1577 and


Commission (Ecodesign Directive for ErP and Code of Conduct), California Energy Commission and other agencies. Due to the high efficiency the devices do not require a heatsink and the unique


XP Power unveiled the GSP750 series of 750 w AC-DC power supply units, offering high efficiency, a peak power capability of 900 w, single outputs, intelligent fan cooling, and industrial and medical safety approvals. The GSP750 series come in a low-profile 1u-high chassis and 4 ×10inch footprint unit, and is an excellent choice for designers looking for a fully featured 750w supply in a compact mechanical package with class-leading efficiency. In addition, for certain applications, the unit’s peak power capability of 900w could offer reduced expenditure for companies rather than implementing a power supply that is rated for continuous operation at more than 750w. The series targets OEms looking to integrate a reliable power supply into medical, industrial, test & measurement and instrumentation applications, especially applications that have peak power demands of up to 900w. key applications including surgical, life support, imaging and blood processing products, as well as test and measurement equipment used in industrial markets that requires high power density to save space and enable smaller end products. The series comprises a trio of models offering respective output voltages of 12, 24 and 48vDC. The series features a 5v standby supply rated at up to 3A output to supply logic circuits, a key requirement for test and measurement applications. 20

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Other specifications include: power-fail signal; signal level control of output; always-on 5 v output to supply logic circuits; output good LED; and remote sense and current sharing for up to three units. The series’ continuous output power of 750w is delivered over a wide operating temperature range of –40 to +70°C with derating above +50°C. The series are available from Digi-key, element14, Farnell, rS Components, approved regional distributors, or direct from XP Power and come with a 3-year warranty. XP Power |


Powerbox releases full range of high input voltage DC/DC converters for microgrids and datacenters Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for four decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, has announced a new range of high-voltage input DC/DC converters for microgrid, datacenters and industrial applications. Part of its industrial line, the new series of hvDC/DC converters operate with an input voltage range of 180vDC to 425vDC, and deliver output power levels

from 150w to 750w. The range of applications powered by high-voltage DC supplies is rapidly expending, and from the latest microgrids and datacenters using high voltage DC (hvDC) bus voltages to reduce power losses through to industrial systems, all of these applications require ready to use, board-mounted power converters. Powerbox’s PQB-PhB-PFB300S series is specially designed for such applications. They are built around a high efficiency

• The 150w rated PQB150-300S is packaged in a quarterbrick format, has an input voltage of 180vDC to 425vDC and offers seven different output voltages; 3.3vDC/30A, 5.0vDC/30A, 12vDC/12.5A, 15vDC/10A, 24vDC/6.3A, 28vDC/5.4A and 48vDC/3.2A. The typical efficiency is 89%. • The PhB300-300S is a half-brick, 300w rated version with an input voltage of 180vDC to 425vDC and offers five different output voltages of 5vDC/60A, 12vDC/25A, 24vDC/12.5A, 28vDC/10.7A and 48vDC/6.25A. The typical efficiency is 89%. • The PFB600-300S comprises full-brick, 600w modules with an input voltage of 200vDC to 400vDC providing four different output voltages; 5vDC/80A, 12vDC/50A, 24vDC/25A, and 22

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topology, have a layout optimized for thermal conduction, an input/output isolation of 3,000vAC minimum and deliver output voltages from 3.3vDC to 48vDC. Energy network managers and systems architects developing electronic equipment connected to microgrids are concerned about energy efficiency and utilizing direct conversion from the 350vDC bus for specific applications. In many cases the voltage conversion is achieved using single

48vDC/12.5A. The power efficiency is typically 89% and up to 91% on the 24 and 48vDC outputs. For redundancy or additional power, the units include active current sharing. • The 750w PFB750-300S full-brick modules can be operated with an input range of 200vDC to 425vDC and are available in six different output voltages; 12vDC/62.5A, 15vDC/50A, 24vDC/31.2A, 28vDC/26.7A, 36vDC/20.8A and 48vDC /15.6A. The typical efficiency is 90% and the product includes active current sharing. • The PFB600-300S and PFB750-300S have an output trim range of 60-110% that facilitates using the modules as a constant current source or as a secondary battery charger.


stage, modular hvDC/DC converters stepping down the bus voltage to the load. The same is now happening in the latest generation of datacenters, increasing energy utilization by the reduction of power losses by migrating from AC distribution to hvDC. high voltage DC distribution is also very common in industrial electrical vehicles such as are used in the mining and tunnel industries. These require fully encapsulated power modules able to operate within a wide temperature range, and down to 40°C. Such applications are what the PrBX PQB-PhB-PFB300S hvDC/DC converters series is designed for. In order to provide a solution for any application powered from a high-voltage bus, the PrBX PQB-PhBPFB300S series includes four power levels (150, 300, 600 and 750w) in three industry-standard packaging formats and footprints; quarter, half and full-brick. Designed for use in industrial environments, the PQB-PhB-PFB300S series can be operated within a wide temperature range of -40 to +100°C and in 95% of noncondensing relative humidity. The modules’ thermal shutdown is set to protect the units when the housing reaches 105°C.

All products in the PrBX PQB-PhBPFB300S series include under-voltage, over-voltage protection and lockout, continuous short circuit protection, current limiting and over-temperature protection. Both positive and negative remote ON/OFF types are available. The output voltage can be adjusted via the trim pin and all products feature voltage sensing and compensation pins. The products are encapsulated in a plastic case with an aluminum baseplate to facilitate cooling and power dissipation. All units operate at a fixed switching frequency and including input filters (Pi or C types). As required for hvDC bus voltage applications, all products have an input to output isolation of 3,000vAC minimum. The input to case isolation is 2,500vAC and output to case is 500vAC. The isolation resistance is 107 (10 to the power of 7) ohms minimum. The PrBX PQB-PhB-PFB300S series meet the requirements of uL60950-1, EN60950-1 and IEC60950-1 standards and CE mark 2014/30/Eu. Powerbox

PRBX High-Voltage input DC/DC converters 150W to 750W series



MILITARy COnnECTORS PROVIDE THE TEMPLATE FOR RUGGED APPLICATIOnS The rise of cyber-physical systems such as robots and autonomous vehicles is leading to a demand for rugged, resilient connectors that can cope with harsh environments. These systems need to be able to withstand not just moisture and dirt but aggressively corrosive contaminants as well. There are many connectors that are supported by data sheets claiming them to be reliable and suited for demanding applications. But do they perform outside of the narrow range of conditions specified in the documentation? more important to connector design is an understanding of the different construction techniques that have been proven in harsh environments. This is something that comes through decades of experience and work in highly demanding applications. That is why, when it comes to rugged connectors, it is worth looking at the long heritage of military connectors for non-military applications. The major advantage of opting for military standard connectors is that the designs have been refined and battle-tested over time, so have the requirements. The evolution of military standards and the connectors that follow them, closely match the demanding requirements of ruggedised systems and provide a number of options to support different needs. If a connector application does not need the full complement of ruggedisation, other options are available and may come with a lower cost. The key is to match the requirements of the application to the connector type. This does not need to be as challenging as it first appears as there are specialists who can help, with specific technical skills and many years of experience in this demanding industry. Developed more than 70 years ago, the core design of the AS50515 connector has 24

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clearly stood the test of time. The structure satisfied the requirements of a connector that offers easy engagement and disengagement, the ability to house a wide variety of contact types and excellent mechanical and electrical performance under harsh conditions. In contrast to the connectors used on office computers and similar products, military designers opted for a circular architecture that has become a staple of rugged connectors ever since. The shape is important. whether the interface is Ethernet, uSB, parallel bus or a custom mix of signal pins, the same circular shape is a consistent feature of military-grade rugged connections because of its high performance. The circular shape provides the basis for higher mechanical strength, particularly if the connector is subject to shocks or high forces perpendicular to the signal flow. There are no sharp angles or corners often found in commercial-grade connectors that focus such stress into small portions of the connector body. The AS50515 standard has limitations. These issues led to the development of a number of variants that optimise contact size for high-density interconnection, as well

as providing support for features such as multi-key polarisation. Even so, the connector still has applications in sectors such as powertrain interconnection in mass transportation, and industrial robotics where high power-handling capability is essential. The mIL-DTL-28840 standard took the circular connector concept into shipboard systems, using corrosion-resistant materials and seals to protect against sea water and other hazards. The mIL-DTL-38999 standard provided a high-density connector for increas-

ingly complex electronic systems, following the trend towards subminiature connectors in the commercial IT space. The longevity of the core connector design has resulted in a design that maximises usability and robustness in real-world use. Damage caused by misaligned connectors needs to be minimised. A system cannot be


rendered unusable in active service conditions. Connections may have to be made by soldiers under fire – the connector design needs to be implemented in such as way that mis-mating and the resulting damage does not occur. In a connector based on the core AS50515 design, the metal connector shell has a number of keyways that correspond with those in the connector to which it has to mate. The configuration of these keyways depends on what is best for the application. military connectors employ keyways, not only to ensure the two halves are aligned correctly as they are brought together, but also to prevent damage to fragile pins in high-density designs. usually there is a master keyway providing primary location between shells. On this is superimposed a set of minor keyways to allow the orientation of the respective inserts to be altered

against mismating. Although the use of keyways prevents most of the potential for damage when mating connectors, there is still the danger of socket hardware injuring the pins of a high density plug with which it is to be mated. This occurs at the moment of insertion or withdrawal. The pin insert is surrounded by a cylindrical metal shield which projects well beyond the delicate pin inserts. On bringing the two halves of the connector together, this shield engages and aligns them before the pins are mated. This scoop-free design prevents damage by attempts to engage the connectors when the halves are not in line. Once the connectors are mated, they a locked together by a coupling. A common choice is between threaded, bayonet and breech-look designs. In all cases, the aim is to add extra compression to the joint before positive locking occurs, to ensure excellent contact between the two halves of the connector. The mIL-DTL-38999 connector and similar designs have evolved to employ a triple-start threading mechanism for the dual benefits of high protection against vibration, and faster mating and unmating without a loss in connection integrity. The choices of material and design for connector contacts have proven instrumental in the long-term stability of the military connector standards, making them highly suitable for any application that requires ruggedness. Connectors are precision mechanical devices whose interfaces are critical and subject to mechanical wear, more so than most other electrical components. If not catered for, the effects of oxidation and sulphide formation will reduce the connector’s capability. Connectors may be required to have con-

electrical conductivity, and can - in inferior designs - result in open, intermittent contact or excessive resistance. In some installations, mechanical strain can also adversely affect the integrity of the securing apparatus. Among the materials found in lower-cost connectors are metal alloys suitable for casting, such as zinc-based metals. The contact choices for military circular connectors focus on metals and alloys with higher endurance. Beryllium copper is a common focus for the leading manufacturers of circular connectors. Copper has the key advantage of being an excellent conductor but is a relatively soft metal. Alloying copper with beryllium, however, dramatically changes the physical performance. The alloy of beryllium with copper has the further benefit of being comparatively lightweight. Small changes in the beryllium content, typically between 0.15 and 2 by weight percentage, produces alloys with widely differing physical properties. All retain an elastic modulus of around 20 million psi, around 10 to 20 per cent higher than other copy alloys. Long-term experience with the real-world performance of connectors in demanding military applications has provided the leading manufacturers with solid experience in which alloys provide the greatest overall benefit. Gold-plated contacts provide excellent conductivity for solder or crimp termination. For the shell around the connector body, there are a number of material choices. One is aluminium that is plated or anodised for corrosion protection. A variety of plating materials can be used. Traditionally, cadmium proved to be a high-quality choice for corrosion resistance but the introduction of environmental restrictions,

relative to the master key. This is achieved by slightly altering the angle of the inserts in the shells. For instance, the pin insert may be placed some degrees clockwise relative to the master, while sockets are moved anticlockwise in the same manner. Thus, different pin arrangements are catered for without compromising the protection

tacts made and broken repeatedly and in conditions that encourage corrosion as well as mechanical wear. Industrial applications, as well as military, often subject the connector assembly to vibration or repeated physical force, which contributes to fatigue or abrasion of the contact materials. These life stresses cause degradation of

such as the rohS and rEACh directives mean less toxic materials need to be used in most applications. Experience has shown that zinc alloyed with nickel provides high salt-spray resistance comparable to that of cadmium plating. This performance is achieved without compromising electrical continuity.



higher continuity, though with less resistance to salt spray is available using nickel over aluminium. Stainless steel provides another option for the shell construction. As well as excellent corrosion resistance it is generally one of the best choices for situations that call for the ability to operate in sterile conditions – suiting the material to food and medical applications. Plating for stainless steel is generally with nickel or a passivation layer. The internal contacts will generally need to be protected from moisture ingress, possibly to the level of a hermetic seal. Examination of the internal structure of the typical circular connectors reveals how well-suited to this the design is. There are often a number of layers of insulating material packing the space between the connector body and the contacts. Looking into the front of the male connector, a user will see the interfacial seal. But behind that will be an insulator layer, a retention disc and finally a grommet that extends to the rear of the connector body. The female connector provides a deep insulating layer on top of another retention disc and the grommet. As well as participating in the sealing ability of the connector, the retention discs help assure a firm


contact between the electrically important mating parts. The insulating materials are carefully chosen. Dielectric materials in low-cost commercial connectors may include polyethylene and polystyrene, possibly glass-filled for high voltage breakdown performance. Circular connector manufacturers will often specify FEP fluorocarbon or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). For connectors with a sealed interface, the gasket material is typically silicone rubber. A careful choice of insulating materials as well as contacts assures high performance in electrically demanding applications, such as high-frequency signal interfaces. These connectors will provide consistent electrical performance and mechanical reliability. Also, basing connector choice around a known and well-supported standard such as mIL 38999, assures uniform performance among products from different vendors. For example, such a standard will demand gold plating levels to a specified minimum level to guarantee conductivity. A further advantage of the materials specified for military use lies in the typical operational temperature range of the connectors. They can be used across a wide range of temperatures, often down to as low as -65°C

and up to +200°C depending on the model. For operation in hazardous, fire-prone environments, another option is for fibreoptic connections. Because of the high signal integrity achievable using photonic transmissions, there are many options for fibre-optic connectors in military product ranges – as well as pertinent standards, such as mIL-PrF-29504 termination. Designed to fit mIL-DTL-28840, mIL-DTL38999 and similar connectors, the mILPrF-29504 standard determines performance criteria for fibre-optic termination to ensure clean mating. Because of the need to preserve optical continuity under shock and vibration, fibre-optic standards are more stringent in this respect and ensure that reliable performance is maintained in compliant products. A combination of experience and clear standardisation that maximises interoperability and resilience makes the military circular a smart choice for a wide range of industrial applications that need to go into harsh environment applications with stringent performance requirements. Heilind


DEfINED SPACING BETWEEN PCBS! wr-BTB is a new family of signal plug connectors from würth Elektronik eiSos suitable for SmT assembly. The plugs with coded guide are available in versions with 40, 64, 80 or 100 pins. The models with 0.8 and 1-mm pitch are also available in various heights. various male and female plugs can be combined to achieve precisely defined spacing between two boards through the use of stable board-to-board connectors – so purely mechanical spacers may not be necessary and could be dispensed with, under certain circumstances. wr-BTB connectors with 1-mm pitch are achievable with a board spacing of 7.6 mm, 9.6 mm, 11.6 mm, 12.6 mm and 14.6 mm. The 0.8-mm pitch plugs allow even more combination options for spacing from 4.9 mm to 15.9 mm. The high-grade connectors are specified for operating temperatures from -55 to +85°C. The plugs are available from würth Elektronik eiSos from stock in unlimited quantities and free samples can be requested. Würth Elektronik eiSos | 26

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Boosting innovation in romanian universities The competition has two sections: Start Up and Technic Innovation and succeeded in collecting dozen of cutting-edge innovation proposals and projects. The contest will have the Awarding Gala on September 19, during the opening day of IEAS exhibition. The list of submitted projects comprise proposals such as 3D printed robots, virtual reality platforms, Industrial Smart Box devices, humanoid and Spherical robots or even magnetic levitation systems. The submitted projects will be also presented to the partner and exhibitor companies of IEAS, as a meaningful prove for innovation and education role in boosting local business environment.

The XIII edition of International Electric & Automation Show, held between September 19 and September 22 at Palace of Parliament has as key themes innovation and the 4.0 Industry. The new IEAS business platform, freshly launched in 2017, is furthermore interested in promoting strong and efficient partnerships amid Academia and the exhibitor companies. In this context, IEAS technic event had also initiated an innovation contest, benefiting by support of prestigious academic institutions as: Technical university of Civil Engineering Bucharest, Technical university of ClujNapoca, university of Târgoviste wallachia, or the Faculty of mechanical Engineering

and mechatronics, Politehnica Bucharest. Student Technical Innovation Awards represents a creativity hub, helping undergraduate and postgraduate students, together with early career researchers, to share their projects within fields as Automation, NanoTechnologies or robotics.

“Student Technical Innovation Awards project is about converting local capital of knowledge into new business opportunities. Romanian and foreign companies need to reconnect with academic research and to establish a sustainable innovation ecosystem. Romanian students remain the most valuable resource of local economy and a key factor for a sustainable future,” concluded Cătălin Neamțu, president of Dk Group, organizer of IEAS.

The 2017 agenda of IEAS include educational workshops and innovation pitches (19 September). Partner companies of IEAS 2017 are Phoenix Contact, Schneider Electric and mitsubishi Electric.

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mary Tamar Tan from microchip Technology explains how a real-time clock and calendar module can reduce component count and cut programming costs in smart meters and other applications. mary Tamar Tan is Applications Engineer at microchip Technology.

reducing both the component count and user programming costs are goals in almost any design. however, help from both of these can come from using a real-time clock and calendar (rTCC) module that provides accurate time and date keeping and is optimised for low power usage with little or no intervention from the CPu. These can provide benefits in applications such as digital alarm clocks and smart energy meters, something becoming increasingly important as more and more countries role out smart grids. Available with microchip PIC microcontrollers, the module is a 100-year clock and calendar with automatic leap-year

Keeping time to save money in smart meters detection. The range goes from the first second of 1 January 2000 until a second before midnight on 31 December 2099 and uses the 24-hour rather than the Am and Pm 12-

Figure 1: Block diagram of the RTCC module. 28

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hour format with visibility down to 0.5s. The alarm is configurable for 0.5, 1 and 10s, 1, 10 and 60min, or day, week and month. Fig. 1 shows the block diagram of the module. It uses a separate clock source coming from an external crystal oscillating at 32.768khz from the secondary oscillator (SOSC) of the T1OSC for some devices. This lets the module continue running even when the CPu clock is disabled during deep sleep mode. The 1:16384 clock prescaler provides the 0.5s visibility to the user, which in turn allows the rTCC timer to increment the appropriate second, minute, hour, day, month and year values stored in the rTCvALx registers. These values are compared with the userset alarm values to trigger an alarm interrupt whenever a match occurs. The alarm values are stored in the ALrmvALx registers. Alarm masks are used to set the time interval between each alarm event if multiple periodic alarms are needed.


Once the rTCC is enabled, the timer proceeds with the count from the configured starting point. Also, to avoid accidental writes to the rTCC timer register, it is advised that the rTwrEN bit be cleared when not writing to the register. The alarm feature is configurable from half

An on-chip power switch detects the power loss from the vDD and connects the vBAT pin to the retention regulator. This provides power at 1.2v to maintain the retention regulator, as well as the rTCC, with its clock source if enabled and the deep sleep general purpose registers

Figure 2: VBAT mode topology. a second to one year and can be repeated as desired by the user. Every read or write to the ALrmvALh register decrements the alarm pointer value by one.

(DSPGPrx). The rTCC continues to operate as of there was no power interruption. The device automatically wakes from vBAT mode once vDD is restored. wake up from

The rTCC pin can output either the seconds clock or an alarm pulse at half the frequency of the alarm depending on the configured settings. To simplify the firmware, the register interface for the rTCC and alarm values are implemented using binary coded decimal (BCD) format. PERIPHERAl CONfIGURATION The user configures the time by writing the required year, month, day, hour, minutes and seconds to the timer registers. however, the rTCC enable bit (rTCEN) and the rTCvALh and rETCvALL registers can only be written to when the rTCC value registers write enable bit (rTCwrEN) is set to one, otherwise any write to these registers will be ignored. The rTCC timer (rTCvALx) and alarm timer (ALrmvALx) registers can only be accessed through corresponding register pointers. Every write or read to the rTCvALh register decrements the rTCC pointer value by one until it reaches 00. when the rTCC output pin is enabled, the user can choose either to output the seconds clock or an alarm pulse, operating at half the frequency of the alarm. For more accurate timing and to ensure uninterrupted operation of the rTCC even in deep sleep, the SOSC is recommended as the peripheral’s clock source.

Figure 3: Digital alarm clock implementing the RTCC module. BATTERY BACK-UP MODE A feature of the rTCC module is its ability to continue operating from a back-up battery if there is a power loss that would otherwise affect its timing accuracy. This is vBAT mode, and the PIC microcontrollers have both mCu power reduction and uninterrupted operation of the rTCC through the vBAT hardware-based power mode. This mode uses a back-up power source connected to the vBAT pin as shown in Fig. 2.

this mode is identified by checking the state of the vBAT bit. If this is set when the device is awake and starting to execute the code from the reset vector, it indicates that the exit was from vBAT mode. To identify future vBAT wake-up events, the bit must be cleared in software. One of the microchip demonstration boards that supports the vBAT operation is the LCD Explorer Demonstration Board. It is provided with a battery holder for a Cr2032 3v button cell. 29


DIGITAl AlARM ClOCKS Fig. 3 shows a sample implementation of the rTCC with the LCD driver and the capture-compare-PwN (CCP) modules for a digital alarm clock application. The SOSC provides the clock for the rTCC module. If the rTCC pin is configured to output the seconds clock, this allows LED D1 to blink once every second. The values in the rTCvALx registers are manipulated by firmware to be displayed on LCD1 through the LCD driver module. The alarm interrupt triggers the CCP module to generate a pulse-width modulated output that activates the P1 piezo buzzer on every alarm event. The duration of the alarm is controlled through firmware. The S1, S2 and S3 pushbutton switches are used to set the initial rTCC time and date as well as the alarm settings. One of the buttons can also be used to trigger the start of the rTCC count. There are several microchip demonstration boards that can be used for this application. Several PIC microcontrollers with


the rTCC module also have an internal LCD driver module that can directly drive the LCD glass while others can use the mSSP module to communicate with the LCD while displaying the time and date. ENERGY METERS In an energy-metering device, the rTCC module can be integrated with other peripherals such as the analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) and LCD driver modules. mCus for metering applications should have a highresolution ADC for voltage and current measurements, must consume low power, be able to operate from a battery to maintain uninterrupted operation of the rTCC, and have an EEPrOm for data logging and storage of calibration data. microchip has a number of 8bit PIC microcontrollers that meet these requirements. The periodic autoadjust feature in the rTCC module can be used with the ADC module to perform software temperature compensation for a more accurate time. These microcontrollers also

CONClUSION The rTCC modules of PIC microcontrollers provide the necessary features to maintain accurate time and date keeping. They are easy to configure, provide automatic error calibration and have very low power consumption. Since the rTCC is usually not implemented by itself, its usefulness is better appreciated when integrated with other peripherals. PIC microcontrollers provide versatile choices of peripherals that can be implemented with the rTCC module for digital alarm clocks, energy meters and other applications. Microchip Technology


microchip announces availability of a new 1.8v Serial Quad I/O™ SuperFlash® memory device. The SST26wF064C, a low-voltage 64-megabit device, combines Dual Transfer rate (DTr) with proprietary SuperFlash NOr Flash technology, making it ideal for wireless and battery-powered applications. DTr gives customers the ability to output data on both edges of the clock which reduces overall data access time and power consumption. SuperFlash technology also reduces power consumption by providing the industry’s fastest erase times. Typical chip-erase time for the SST26wF064C is between 35 and 50 milliseconds, compared to competitive Flash devices which take more than 30 seconds to erase. The SST26wF064C also integrates a hardware-controlled reset functionality enabling a robust device reset. most serial Flash devices in the market do not support hardware reset function due to pin-count limitations on the package. with this microchip device, customers have the option to reconfigure the hOLD# pin for this reset function. Operating at frequencies reaching 104 mhz, the device enables minimum latency eXecute-In-Place (XIP) capability without the need for code shadowing on Static random Access memory (SrAm). The new device uses a 4-bit multiplexed I/O serial interface to boost performance while maintaining the compact form factor of standard serial Flash devices. The SST26wF064C also supports full command-set compatibility with traditional Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) protocol. 30

have a built-in LCD module that can directly drive an LCD to show the real-time energy consumption. And they have an external interface for a battery source through the vBAT pin, which lets the rTCC run continuously during a power loss.

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microchip’s high-performance SuperFlash technology also means the device is based on a proprietary split-gate Flash memory cell giving additional capabilities such as high endurance cycling of up to 100,000 erase/write cycles, data retention of over 100 years and the industry’s fastest erase times. Developers can begin designing with the SST26wF064C Flash memory today using verilog and IBIS models as well as device drivers. The SST26wF064C is offered in a variety of package options including an 8-contact wDFN (6 mm × 5 mm), 8-lead SOIJ (5.28 mm), 16-lead SOIC (7.50 mm) and 24-ball TBGA (8 mm × 6 mm). Microchip Technology |


mICrOChIP EXTENDS CuSTOm PrOGrAmmING SErvICE TO INCLuDE Avr® AND SAm mICrOCONTrOLLErS microchip Technology Inc. has expanded its custom programming service to include Avr® and SAm microcontrollers (mCus). For the first time ever, users can add their custom code to mCus from more than 30 Avr and SAm families, along with nearly all PIC® mCus and memory devices, directly from the manufacturer via microchipDIrECT. microchip is the only company in the industry that provides an online custom programming service to all of its clients. For more information about this custom programming service, visit: microchip’s custom programming service, which has been widely successful with PIC microcontrollers and memory devices over the past decade, is available to any client regardless of their order size and can be used throughout the development process. From very small runs to verify that the code is working, all the way up through full-scale production runs, this cost-effective programming service offers customers the flexibility to add their code to any order size, from one device to millions. Additionally, each first verification order is complimentary and includes three free samples programmed to each client’s exact specifications. To get started, clients simply choose their part number on microchipDIrECT and then add their code and other configuration settings, shown on the intuitive online form, directly into the encrypted website. The mCus will then be programmed directly by microchip with no need to involve a third party programming or manufacturing facility, thus eliminating the risk of code exposure during the programming process. “no other manufacturer makes it easier or faster for clients to securely add custom code to their microcontrollers and memory devices,” said Mitch little, vice president of worldwide sales and applications at microchip. “Being able to both program and purchase devices through microchipDIRECT truly makes it a one-stop shop that greatly enhances the purchasing experience for our clients

while decreasing their risk of code exposure.” In addition to custom programming services, microchipDIrECT also offers value-added services such as tape and reeling, labels, ink dotting and more. with the largest inventory of microchip products in the industry, microchipDIrECT provides a full service channel for all purchasing needs. The mobile-optimized website also offers global support in ten languages, volume pricing, live service agents, numerous payment options and order notifications for customer convenience. For more information or to begin purchasing, visit Custom programming directly from microchip is available for nearly all PIC mCus and more than 30 Avr and SAm families with additional device support rolling out over the next year. Microchip Technology

DIGI-kEy ADDS kICAD PCB mODEL DOwNLOAD Digi-key, a global electronic components distributor, announced the addition of kiCad open source EDA software to its list of EDA model output formats for schematic symbols and PCB footprints covering 1 million in-stock Digi-key parts. “One added value we provide our customers is the ability to download EDA and CAD models for many of the parts we sell,” said Jeremy Purcell, Program manager Digital Design Tools, Design Support at Digi-key. “We’ve recently seen an increase in the number of requests for KiCad model support, so we worked with our model partner to add KiCad support to Ultra Librarian.”

Digi-key’s interface to ultra Librarian offers an easy download of library components in 24 CAD formats supporting most EDA and CAD toolsets now including kiCad. Customers can verify the Digikey and manufacturer’s part number, preview the graphics for the models, choose the output formats, and download up to 15 parts per month. “Having fully-qualified symbols, footprints, and 3D models through Digi-Key and Ultra Librarian will be a tremendous resource for our KiCad user base,” said Wayne Stambaugh, kiCad Project Leader. “As an open source project, we welcome all support for our community.”

To start downloading EDA and CAD parts from Digi-key, go to a part detail page 372491?wT.mc_id=Pressrelease, look for the row labeled “EDA/CAD Models” and click on the Download from ultra Librarian link. Digi-Key Electronics


NEWS SILICON LABS’ rADIO SOLuTION SOLvES AuTOmOTIvE INDuSTry ChALLENGE OF SCALING PrICE POINTS AND PErFOrmANCE Silicon Labs has introduced the industry’s most scalable, flexible and cost-effective car radio solution for the global automotive infotainment market. Silicon Labs’ new portfolio of Global Eagle and Dual Eagle Am/Fm receivers and digital radio tuners and Digital Falcon coprocessors enables automakers and Tier 1 suppliers to address all market segments, cost and performance levels, and digital radio standards while meeting rigorous automotive quality standards. OEm and aftermarket radio designs based on Silicon Labs’ new portfolio can scale from low-cost, single-tuner Am/Fm radios to high-performance systems with multiple tuners and antennas, enabling car radio suppliers to leverage their r&D across multiple product lines, all with a common software API. According to IhS markit, the global light vehicle market will reach 93.5 million units this year, with radio systems segmented by entry-level, mid-range and premium feature tiers. To address this broad market, radio vendors must develop different radio systems while meeting diverse cost targets, often within the same car models. with existing solutions, it takes substantial r&D investment to address all market segments across numerous car models. Silicon Labs is the only automotive radio solution provider offering a scalable hardware/software platform that enables car radio suppliers to address multiple markets with a


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common radio hardware and software design. This exceptional flexibility helps customers reduce design, qualification, sourcing and inventory costs. The Global Eagle (Si4795x) and Dual Eagle (Si4796x and Si4797x) families of analog Am/Fm receivers and digital radio tuners set a new standard for scalability and automotive broadcast reception. The Eagle families extend the field-proven performance of Silicon Labs’ tuners and receivers, which are deployed by leading automotive OEms and Tier 1 suppliers worldwide. Si479xx devices leverage Silicon Labs’ patented low-IF digital architecture, delivering superior rF performance and interference rejection. In addition, the Si479xx family’s comprehensive firmware algorithms dynamically adjust signal reception in moving cars to ensure optimal reception under the harshest field conditions. The audio subsystem of both Eagle families provides a complete solution to synchronize, process and distribute digital and audio signals in the automotive head unit. To accelerate time to market, Silicon Labs provides four- and six-channel audio postprocessing reference designs supporting cabin equalization, loudness compensation, tone control, chime generation and audio source mixing. This flexible architecture enables integration of customer or third-party algorithms.

The Digital Falcon (Si469x) family of digital radio coprocessors provides channel demodulation and source decoding of hD radio and DAB/DAB+ digital signals delivering audio and data. Digital Falcon coprocessors simplify system design and minimize the bill of materials (BOm) by eliminating the need for an external rAm memory module for channel decoding typically required by third-party digital radio processors. The Digital Falcon family enables designs to scale from low- to highend systems with its seamless blending capabilities for DAB/DAB+, as well as its support for Automatic Level and Time Alignment (ALTA) for hD systems. “When Silicon Labs introduced its first singlechip RF-in-CMOS audio ICs 12 years ago, we redefined how AM/FM receivers were designed into consumer electronics products by reducing component count by more than 90 percent and board space by more than 60 percent,” said Brian Mirkin, General manager of Broadcast Products at Silicon Labs. “To date, Silicon Labs has shipped more than 1.5 billion radio-on-a-chip ICs including more than 50 million OEM automotive tuners, culminating with our latest Global Eagle, Dual Eagle and Digital Falcon families, comprising the industry’s most advanced, scalable car radio system solution.” Silicon labs |


CIrruS LOGIC vOICE CAPTurE DEvELOPmENT kIT FOr ALEXA vOICE SErvICE (AvS) AvAILABLE EXCLuSIvELy ThrOuGh DIGI-kEy Digi-key Electronics, a full-service global distributor of electronic components, is proud to announce Cirrus Logic’s voice Capture Development kit for Amazon AvS (598-2471-kIT-ND) is available for immediate shipment worldwide exclusively from Digi-key and is priced at just $400. The kit is a complete solution for developing a hands-free AvS product enabled with Alexa, Amazon’s intelligent voice control service. The kit features Cirrus Logic’s SoundClear® voice capture solution, smart codec, mEmS microphones, and control console that leverages the AvS APIs to help developers, design engineers, and OEms (Original Equipment manufacturers) easily build commercial-grade, voice-activated products. The Cirrus Logic voice Capture Development kit for Amazon AvS is ideal for applications such as Portable Smart Speakers, Networked Smart Speakers, Digital Assistants, and Smart home voice Control, among others.

box. They also designed a custom, anti-static case that aids in the protection, transportation, storage, and even operation of the kit. “Hands-free, voice-activated products are continuously gaining popularity in our industry and the Cirrus Logic Voice Capture Development Kit for Amazon AVS will enable our customers to easily integrate those features into their designs,” said David Stein, vP, Global Semiconductor at Digi-key. “We are pleased to partner with Cirrus Logic to offer this complete solution to engineers and manufacturers around the world, reduce their development costs, and enable innovation.” Cirrus logic | Digi-Key Electronics |

“Our voice capture development kit delivers superior voice command performance that, when combined with the provided Cirrus Logic tools and software, enables OEMs to bring high-fidelity speakers with superior Alexa voice interaction to market faster,” said Carl Alberty, vice President of marketing, Cirrus Logic audio products. “Together with Digi-Key, we are providing an easy-to-use solution that reduces BOM costs and system costs of emerging voice-enabled products.” Digi-key worked closely with Cirrus Logic to select and source highquality components to create a complete solution right out of the

rENESAS SyNErGy™ PLATFOrm STrENGThENS SECurITy AND EXPANDS IOT DEvICE-TO-CLOuD CONNECTIvITy renesas Electronics announced the latest update of its renesas Synergy™ Platform, the first qualified, maintained and fully supported software/hardware platform that accelerates time to market, reduces total cost of ownership and removes the obstacles engineers face designing Internet of Things (IoT) products. The renesas Synergy Platform consists of fully integrated software, development tools and a family of scalable microcontrollers (mCus) with no upfront fees or back-end royalties – everything is included in the purchase price of the mCu device. The Synergy Platform’s new release includes the Synergy Software Package (SSP) version 1.3.0, which integrates Express Logic’s NetX Secure™ Transport Layer Security (TLS) and message Queue Telemetry Transport (mQTT) for NetX Duo™. SSP v1.3.0 also adds wi-Fi, LTE cellular and Bluetooth® low energy (BLE) wireless application frameworks that simplify adding or exchanging radio frequency (rF) modules in IoT devices. Low power management is enhanced by adding the Power Profile application framework to make it easy to use the Synergy mCus’ complex low-power modes. The Synergy Platform also includes software and development tool support for three additional mCu groups – S5D5, S3A6, and S128. New low-cost S5D5 and S3A6 target board kits and S128 development kit further reduce development cost barriers. SSP v1.3.0 integrates NetX Secure to safeguard connected IoT device communications over public networks and the Internet.

Developers can easily deploy NetX Secure to authenticate the senders and receivers identity, and prevent eavesdropping and tampering with data sent across the network. NetX Secure uses the TLS protocol to achieve socket layer security while using the NetX Duo TCP/IP network stack. TLS provides security three ways: by establishing secret keys between the client and server, applying hashing algorithms to detect alteration or forgery of packet content, and remote host identity using digital certificates. Renesas Electronics Europe |


NEWS rENESAS ELECTrONICS hIGh-PErFOrmANCE AuTOmOTIvE ChIPS ADOPTED By NISSAN FOr ITS NEw LEAF AuTOmATED-PArkING SySTEm renesas Electronics announced that its r-Car system-on-chip (SoC) for car infotainment and advanced driving assistant systems (ADAS) as well as its rh850 automotive control microcontroller (mCu) have been adopted by Nissan for the ProPILOT Park, a full-fledged automated-parking system, of its new LEAF, Nissan’s new 100 percent electric vehicle which debuted on September 6, 2017. The r-Car SoC adopted in the ProPILOT Park of the new Nissan LEAF recognizes spaces adequate for parking, verifies that there are no obstacles in the way, and handles the role of issuing control commands for acceleration, braking, steering and shifting. The rCar SoC includes renesas’ exclusive parallel image processor (ImP) dedicated for image processing. The ImP takes the high-resolution images from the latest automotive CmOS digital cameras and performs high-speed, low-power signal processing. The rh850 mCu accepts the chassis control commands from the rCar SoC and transmits these commands to the various electronic control units (ECus) used. This enables the Nissan LEAF's ProPILOT Park to achieve safe and reliable parking operation. “As part of our efforts to promote the spread of the driving assistant technologies, nissan has been the pioneer in the industry in around view monitor implementation thanks to Renesas’ image processors,” said Takashi Yoshizawa, vice President and Alliance Global Director of EE and Systems Engineering Division, at Nissan motor Corporation. “I am very pleased that together with Renesas we were able to bring the ProPILOT Park, which is a full-fledged automatedparking features in our new nissan LEAF.”

“We believe from our expertise and long-time experience in the automotive area that, in addition to achieving performance and quality, the balance between the control of heat, space, and other parameters is also essential,” said Ryuji Omura, Executive vice President, renesas Electronics Corporation. “We are proud that our track record has been recognized with the adoption of our automotive chips in nissan's new automated-parking system. Renesas is poised to delivering innovative technologies for autonomous driving to foster the advancement of the automotive industry.” Renesas Electronics Europe |

INTErSIL ANNOuNCES INDuSTry’S FIrST 15A, 42v ANALOG POwEr mODuLE Intersil announced the first 42v single-channel DC/DC step-down power module that delivers up to 15A of continuous current. The ISL8215m operates from a single wide input voltage range that includes industry standard 12v, 18v, and 24v intermediate bus power rails. The module offers adjustable output voltages from 0.6v to 12v, and provides the highest power density of 60mA/mm2 in a 13mm × 19mm package. Its 96.5% peak efficiency drives point-of-load (POL) conversions for FPGAs, DSPs and mCus in industrial, medical, rF communications, after-market automotive, and portable equipment that use Li-ion batteries. The ISL8215m is a complete DC-to-DC power supply that includes a controller, mOSFETs, inductor and passive components inside a single encapsulated package to simplify system design and speed time to market. The module’s proprietary high Density Array (hDA) package offers unmatched electrical and thermal performance through a single-layer conductive package substrate that reduces lead inductance and dissipates heat primarily through the system board. The ISL8215m’s components are mounted to a copper lead-frame structure that allows the module to operate at full load over a wide temperature range with no airflow or heatsinks, further reducing size and cost. The ISL8215m also provides fast transient response and excellent loop stability while its 40ns typical minimum on time allows single34

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step low duty cycle down conversions to point-of-load voltages. The device offers selectable light load efficiency to extend battery life in Li-ion powered applications, and support Energy Star® compliant products. The device provides voltage, temperature and current protection features that ensure safe operation under abnormal operating conditions. The ISL8215m also provides automatic restart upon fault clearance to protect the load and system. Intersil |


BrAINChIP INTrODuCES wOrLD’S FIrST COmmErCIAL hArDwArE ACCELErATION OF NEurOmOrPhIC COmPuTING BrainChip holdings Ltd., a leading developer of software and hardware accelerated solutions for advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning, announced the release of its hardware acceleration board, BrainChip Accelerator. BrainChip Accelerator is an 8-lane, PCI-Express add-in card that increases the speed and accuracy of the object recognition function of BrainChip Studio software by up to six times, while increasing the simultaneous video channels of a system to 16 per card. The card is very low-power and can be easily installed within existing video surveillance systems without upgrading power systems or thermal management. BrainChip Studio helps law enforcement and intelligence organizations rapidly identify objects in large amounts of archived or live streaming video. By processing multiple video streams simultaneously, the BrainChip Accelerator add-in card enables these organizations to search increasing amounts of video faster, with a higher probability of object recognition and lower total cost of ownership. The system learns from a single low-resolution image, which can be as small as 20 × 20 pixels, and excels in recognition in low-light, low-resolution, noisy environments. As the first commercial implementation of a hardware-accelerated spiking neural network system, BrainChip Accelerator is a significant milestone in the development of neuromorphic computing, a

branch of artificial intelligence that simulates neuron functions. The processing is done by six BrainChip Accelerator cores in a Xilinx kintex ultrascale field-programmable gate array (FPGA). Each core performs fast, user-defined image scaling, spike generation, and spiking neural network comparison to recognize objects. Scaling images up and down increases the probability of finding objects, and due to the low-power characteristics of spiking neural networks, each core consumes approximately one watt while processing up to 100 frames per second. In comparison to GPu-accelerated deep learning classification neural networks like GoogleNet and AlexNet, this is a 7x improvement of frames/second/watt. BrainChip Holdings ltd. |

NEw CONGATEC mODuLES wITh 10 GBE BANDwIDTh rAISE ThE BAr FOr EmBEDDED EDGE COmPuTING congatec - a leading technology company for embedded computer modules, single board computers and embedded design and manufacturing services - announces the launch of the congaB7AC, a new Intel Atom C3000 processor based COm Express Type 7 Server-on-module that raises the bar for embedded edge computing through 10 GbE bandwidth support. with a power consumption starting at only 11watt, the new low-power multicore Server-on-modules with up to 16 cores offer up to 4x 10 GbE real-time capable network performance. The feature set is designed for modular industrial micro servers as well as rugged telecom and network equipment - such as small cells, factory gateways and storage systems - and is deployable even in the extended temperature range from -40°C to +85°C. The conga-B7AC is based on the new PICmG COm Express 3.0 specification and, as a commercially off-the-shelf available, standardized building block, perfectly suited for efficient custom designs of very small sized, solely passively cooled embedded edge devices. The new COm Express Type 7 Server-on-modules from congatec are application ready for redundancy, real-time communication and virtualization technologies to maximize uptime and resilience, minimize latency and to get the most out of each processing core. Their cloud API for distributed embedded edge servers further provides all the capabilities that data center managers need to remotely monitor system health, power consumption and environmental conditions. with the support of up to 20 PCI Express (PCIe)

lanes, the new Intel Atom C3000 processor based COm Express Type 7 Server-on-modules also offer minimum latency for storage devices as well as very fast access lanes to all the various sensor networks, field busses and industrial Ethernets. congatec offers comprehensive board support packages for all current 64 bit microsoft windows variants as well as red hat Enterprise Linux Server. An extensive range of accessories, such as cooling solutions and the new COm Express Type 7 carrier board for evaluation, simplifies the design-in even further. congatec AG |


NEWS ATOLL SOLuTIONS AND u BLOX PrOvIDE EASy ACCESS TO LPwA TEChNOLOGIES FOr SmArT CITIES IN INDIA u blox and Atoll Solutions Pvt, a leading IoT gateway platform, sensor node and wireless module provider, announce the availability of an IoT starter kit based on LTE Cat m1 and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) modules from u blox. with an extensive Smart City program already announced, India’s infrastructure is moving towards low-power wide-area (LPwA) technologies to enable Smart Street Lighting and Smart metering. The starter kit provides the perfect development platform for nodes and gateways based on LTE Cat m1 and NB-IoT.

“Many leading cellular operators in India are already offering LTE Cat M1 and nB IoT support, with many more about to follow,” said Rado Sustersic, Product manager, Product Center Cellular at u-blox. “This announcement will help accelerate the adoption of lowpower wide-area (LPWA) technologies for Smart Cities and provide OEMs with the tools they need to get to market quickly.”

“narrowband LTE has the power to add affordable and reliable connectivity to a wide range of assets, creating truly Smart Cities through Smart Lighting and Smart Metering”, commented Jithu Niruthambath, Founder and CEO of Atoll Solutions Pvt. “We believe this starter kit will enable our customers to build and deploy scalable solutions in the IoT with ease and confidence.”

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Supporting both the NB-IoT (LTE Cat NB1) SArA-N2 and LTE Cat m1/NB1 SArA r4 module series from u blox, the starter kit will enable the rapid development of IoT solutions, ready for deployment in a Smart Grid. Future development will include complete reference designs incorporating other u blox solutions, including Bluetooth Low Energy and GNSS modules.

AmBEr wIrELESS INTEGrATES BONDING FuNCTION IN ITS AmB2621 BLuETOOTh SmArT mODuLE AmBEr wireless Gmbh, a würth Elektronik eiSos Group company, expands the functionality of its AmB2621 Bluetooth Smart module: The packet size for payload data transmission is raised from 128 to 243 bytes. Additionally, the extremely compact and energy-saving wireless module now has a bonding option. In use, this allows the pairing key to be stored securely in the module and a new connection with the device equipped with AmB2621 can be established without re-authentication. AmB2621 is a 2.4 Ghz wireless module compliant with the Bluetooth Smart 4.2 standard and is available with or without an integrated antenna. As a special feature for the industrial wireless module domain,

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AmB2621 also offers the ‘peripheral only’ operating mode. This even allows pairing to be initiated from a smartphone, as the device in which the AmBEr wireless module is integrated provides a BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) connection. The manufacturer has now advanced a method from consumer electronics, whereby the wireless module stores the key of the remote terminal and renders pairing permanent. This ‘bonding’ means the user only needs to enter a key with the first connection.

Transmitter) is only active once a wireless connection is established. The module offers manufacturers of controllers for industrial or Smart home applications a very simple means of

devices. The ‘peripheral only’ operating mode, static passkey pairing and bonding make a secure connection easy - as familiar to users from their car hands-free speaking system.

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u-BLOX CErTIFIES wOrLD'S SmALLEST QuAD-BAND LTE-m mODuLE FOr AT&T'S uS AND mEXICO NETwOrkS u-blox announced certification of its SArA-r410m module on AT&T's LTE-m network to support a broad spectrum of IoT applications, such as utility meters, telematics, asset & vehicle tracking, security systems, building automation, as well as smart lighting solutions and parking sensors. Quad-band configuration for cross-border deployment SArA-r410m is among the first cellular modules certified to support AT&T's LTE-m network. with a quad-band configuration (B2/B4/B5/B12), it is the only certified module capable of operating on both AT&T's uS LTE-m network and their mexico network, which is expected to launch by the end of 2017.

low power consumption and robust design with IoT and m2m devices required to operate for long periods of time on a small battery, the u-blox SArA-r410m includes power-save mode (PSm) and extended discontinuous reception (eDrX) that together deliver battery life of up to 10 years. And with manufacturing in ISO/TS 16949-certified production sites and an extended operating temperature range of –40°C to +85°C, it is ideal for industrial applications. u-blox |

future-proof upgrade path measuring only 16 × 26 mm, SArA-r410m is the world’s smallest quad-band LTE-m module available in market today, a distinction that enables designers to keep device sizes to a minimum. At the same time, it allows for form factor compatibility and easy technology transition from u-blox's existing 2G and 3G modules. Patty felts, Product manager Cellular at u-blox stressed: “Future firmware updates can also be supported over-the-air with u-blox’s uFOTA client/server solution that uses LWM2M, a light and compact protocol that is ideal for IoT applications. This ensures longevity of customer platforms for many years to come.”

u-BLOX NINA SErIES EXPANDED wITh BLuETOOTh 5 QuALIFIED AND OPEN CPu wI-FI mODuLES u-blox, a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, announced enhancements to its series of NINA standalone short range radio modules. NINA B1 Bluetooth low energy modules are now Bluetooth 5 qualified. And for the first time, the ultra-compact NINA-w101 and NINAw102 wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless modules give developers access to their microcontroller units (mCu), allowing them to run their own applications right in the module.

Open CPU multiradio modules NINA-w101 and NINA-w102 open up the mCu of the ultra-compact NINA-w1 stand-alone multiradio module to developers, allowing them to load their own applications into the modules, saving hardware cost and precious space in end devices. The cost-efficient professional-grade module supports wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Bluetooth low energy as well as a slew of wired interfaces. The NINA-w1 series is ideal for applications such as industrial automation,

telematics, smart cities and buildings, pointof-sales, and health devices. “With this latest expansion of the nInA family, we’re pleased to provide our customers with increased connectivity and flexibility to help them stay ahead of the game. We hope to keep up the pace with more announcements in the coming months,” says Pelle Svensson, market Development manager at u-blox’s Short range radio Product Center. u-blox |

Bluetooth 5 qualified NINA-B1 modules can be upgraded to run Bluetooth 5 via the Nordic Semiconductor Software Development kit. Based on Nordic Semiconductor’s nrF52832 chip, the modules offer groundbreaking Bluetooth 5 features such as higher throughput and advertisement extensions. Improved data rate and enhanced data transfer capacity cut power consumption and open new application avenues including wireless point of sale printers and telematics.


NEWS SILICON LABS’ mAGNETIC SENSOrS mODErNIZE hALL-EFFECT SwITCh AND POSITION SENSING FOr ThE IOT ErA Si72xx Hall-Effect Sensors Enhance Power Efficiency, Sensitivity, Ease of Use and Tamper Protection for Industrial, Consumer and Automotive Designs Silicon Labs brings hall-effect sensing into the 21st century with a magnetic sensor portfolio offering industry-leading power efficiency, best-in-class sensitivity, flexible I2C configuration, and built-in tamper detection and temperature sensing. Silicon Labs’ new Si72xx portfolio includes the most advanced, feature-rich magnetic sensors available today, outclassing reed switches and traditional hall-effect devices in a wide range of open/close and position-sensing applications. The Si72xx magnetic sensors provide solid-state reliability for white goods, flow meters, cordless power tools, wheel and dial-type controls for consumer electronics, industrial alarms, motor controls and door/window security applications. The sensors are AEC-Q100-qualified for automotive applications and designed to withstand harsh industrial environments. Silicon Labs’ Si72xx sensors solve several tradeoffs in selecting the right magnetic sensing solution for power- and cost-sensitive applications. reed switches consume very little power but are bulky and unreliable. while hall-effect sensors offer solidstate reliability, they are more power hungry. Traditional hall-effect designs are also stuck in the past, providing only a few of the programmable capabilities and advanced features offered by other modern sensor


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types used in IoT applications. Si72xx sensors address these needs by matching the power efficiency of reed switches with the reliability of hall-effect sensors, while adding more advanced features, higher sensitivity and exceptional configurability. Ultra-low Power: Developers can finally add reliable hall-effect-based sensors to battery-powered systems without impacting the system’s battery life. Operating below 100nA (sleep current) and less than 400nA for a 5hz sampling rate, Si72xx sensors can help designs achieve multiyear and decade-long battery lifetimes, even when powered by very small batteries. High Sensitivity: The outstanding sensitivity of Si72xx sensors (<1.1mT Bop, <30uT rmS noise, <0.1% linearity and 20mT/200 mT ranges) enables developers to reduce the size of magnetics in their designs by 50 to 80 percent or extend sensing range by 2x or more. Configurability: Si72xx sensors can easily be configured, measured and controlled over an I2C interface, providing greater flexibility during design and in the end product. using an I2C interface dramatically reduces current for position-sensing applications by enabling the sensor to be queried as needed instead of continuously. Advanced features: Si72xx sensors

include many useful built-in capabilities such as a tamper threshold feature that enables systems to detect attempts to bypass security. most reed switch and halleffect sensor-based security systems can be defeated by a strong external magnetic field. The Si72xx sensors’ tamper detection technology detects anomalous magnetic fields, and a built-in self-test mode can be used to verify the sensor’s continued accurate operation in the field. Si72xx sensors also include a ±1°C accurate temperature sensor, eliminating the need for discrete temperature sensing, reducing system size and cost, and enhancing functionality. The Si72xx sensor portfolio includes three families: • The Si720x family supports digital output switch and latch capabilities in a variety of sampling rates and sensitivities. • The Si721x family includes linear output devices for position-sensing applications that produce signals directly proportional to the strength of the magnetic field. • The Si7210 family of I2C-configurable sensors supports all of the features and capabilities of the other two families while providing unmatched design flexibility and programmability. Silicon labs |


QuICkLy DEvELOP QuALITy POwEr SuPPLIES wITh mAXIm’S EE-SIm® DC-DC CONvErTEr TOOL Power novices can now create custom designs with speed and confidence, while power experts can develop finely crafted circuits using the free EE-Sim® DC-DC Converter design and simulation tool from maxim Integrated Products, Inc. • Try the EE-Sim DC-DC Converter tool: • EE-Sim DC-DC Converter Tool Overview video:

• Simple interface: No learning curve to customize simulations; easily modify load, source, and simulator parameters • reference designs: Simulate or modify these hardware-tested designs both online and offline • Easy documentation: Save customized graphs, annotate schematics, and edit reports Maxim Integrated |

without a robust development tool, power design can use up valuable time and resources. with maxim’s re-engineered EE-Sim DC-DC Converter tool, power designers can create and simulate complex circuits with more confidence. Novices can create designs in just a few minutes, while experts wield a high degree of control over simulation parameters and visualizations with the user-friendly EE-Sim DC-DC Converter tool. Key Advantages • recalculate: recompensates the circuit to accommodate user changes to components • Compare: Evaluate differences between similar design versions • Best-in-class waveform viewer: Explore, customize, and interact with simulation results

mAXIm’S DuAL ChANNEL TrANSCEIvEr ADOPTED By OmrON FOr IO-LINk SENSOr APPLICATIONS maxim Integrated Products, Inc. announced that its mAX14827A dual IO-Link® transceiver has been adopted by Omron Corporation. The high-performing device from maxim, which utilizes IO-Link sensors to reduce maintenance and increase uptime, provides continuous diagnostics and monitoring at Omron’s customers’ production sites. It dissipates >50% less heat than other solutions and is the smallest solution available. IO-Link, a standardized IO technology which has rapidly been adopted in Europe, is now tracking on the same growth curve in the Japan market. It has recently been attracting attention as a technology to realize smart factory applications by seamlessly connecting facilities with various plant sensors through digital communications. recognizing the importance of IO-Link, maxim has developed a variety of products using IO-Link technology, including products like the mAX14827A IO-Link dual-channel transceiver in new Industry 4.0 applications.

data for stable facility operations, with PLCs and other superior controllers, via EtherCAT through a master unit. IO-link Overview IO-Link is the first standardized IO technology worldwide (IEC 61131-9) for communication with sensors and actuators. The powerful point-to-point communication is based on the long established 3-wire sensor and actuator connection using existing cables. Maxim Integrated |

Omron is expanding its IO-Link sensor series primarily in photoelectric and proximity sensors. Equipped with an individual identification confirmation feature and unique ability to detect abnormalities and monitor situations, Omron’s IO-Link sensors deliver solutions that shorten downtime, lower frequency of sudden failures, and increase efficiency in changing arrangements. This enables smarter production facilities by collecting critical


NEWS COmPACT OLED DISPLAyS BrEAk NEw GrOuND IN ThEIr rANGE OF uSES with a wide range of extremely compact OLED displays, ELECTrONIC ASSEmBLy has paved the way for new fields of use. The monochromatic display elements now come in a variety of designs featuring different sizes, profiles, resolutions and colours to suit various uses – even where it has not been possible to integrate a screen until now. The low-power OLED displays by ELECTrONIC ASSEmBLy come in round, square and rectangular designs. The diagonal size of the smallest display unit is hardly 0.66” (just under 1.7cm). Their extremely flat construction (starting at 2.05 mm) allows all display elements to be fitted neatly into miniaturised devices. A further strength of the OLED displays made by ELECTrONIC ASSEmBLy is their versatility: as full-screen graphic displays with up to 16,384 pixels, they allow graphical and alphanumeric elements to be combined on the screen. All versions have a built-in graphics controller which can optionally be ordered with an SPI or I2C bus interface and a 3.3 volt logic operating voltage All displays are designed for operating temperatures between 40°C and +80°C. This huge temperature range allows them to be used both outdoors in winter temperatures and in extremely hot industrial environment. Other universal features include the large

viewing angle of 170 degrees and the high contrast ratio of 2000:1, which together make the displays extremely good to read. The displays also respond very quickly even at low temperatures; a typical value is 10 microseconds, even at -40°C! ElECTRONIC ASSEMBlY GmbH |

EvErLIGhT ELECTrONICS INTrODuCES INFrArED LED FOr IrIS rECOGNITION – ThE NIr-C19m SErIES EvErLIGhT ELECTrONICS CO., LTD. launches the NIr-C19m series with a wavelength of 810nm which exert the clearest contrast effect to read the pattern of the iris. The recognition process is precise, quick and features excellent heat dissipation. This makes it perfectly suitable for iris recognition applications in security surveillance systems (access control) and portable handsets. Following the market demand and the resulting development of appropriate high technology, the concept of “body is access code” has been integrated into many systems and devices. Smart biometric identification allows measuring the users’ unique patterns in the fingerprint, voice, iris and face quickly and easily to avoid the problem of recalling traditional long passwords. Infrared LEDs for non-contact optical identification have the advantages of compact size, strong security and quick recognition speed which make them to an increasingly sought-after advanced technology around the world. EvErLIGhT’s NIr-C19m series for non-contact optical iris recognition adopts a molding manufacturing process. Compared to the traditional glue dispense manufacturing process, molding results in a smoother surface which not only enhances the look but also increases reliability. The NIr-C19m series works with a wavelength of 810nm and uses an advanced ISP image processor together with CmOS sensor to receive the infrared reflection by the human eye to authenticate iris identification. Its unique optical design achieves a clear high reflection rate, a small angle (FOv=25) and a radiant intensity of up to 2,700mw/Sr below/less than 40

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1000mA. The heat dissipation with a thermal resistance of 4.38 /w is superior to any other competing product in the market. The device has also passed IEC62471, a safety regulation to prove that no harm arises to human eyes and skin. In addition to these excellent optical features, the dimension of NIr-C19m series is merely 3.5 × 3.5 × 2.3 mm which is particularly desirable for space-constrained portable devices. EVERlIGHT Electronics Co. ltd. |

EvErLIGhT’s 810nm infrared LED NIr-C19m series for iris recognition/surveillance applications (Structures and materials depend on demand of client). Source: EvErLIGhT Electronics, Ltd.


PLESSEy EXTENDS LED POrTFOLIO wITh hIGh PErFOrmANCE mIDION™ mID-POwEr LEDS Plessey announced that it is extending its LED product portfolio into a variety of mid-power LED packages. Plessey now offers lighting equipment manufacturers a complete and competitive portfolio of solid-state lighting products and solutions for all general illumination market applications. Plessey’s mid-power LED product offering, called mIDION™, includes products with leading-edge performance with efficacies up to 210 Lm/w, modules with zero flicker and LED components at 90 CrI. All lumen maintenance is certified to Lm-80 and offered in standard colour temperatures for all general lighting applications. Available throughout the portfolio are various high CrI, high-voltage, super-efficient, and three-step macAdam ellipse (SCDm) as standard and single-step macAdam ellipse (SCDm) reels available on request.

The mIDION™ range features the ultra-small dotLED™ plus variants of the industry standard 2835, 3014, 3030, 5050, and 5630 PLCC packages. The series spans colour temperatures from 2700–6500 k with nominal flux levels from 20-140 lm and a typical viewing angle of 120. Plessey |

Giuliano Cassataro, Plessey’s Sales Director, said, “We are very excited about the launch of the MIDIOn™ product range which augments and enhances our existing LUCIAn™ range of high power LED products. Plessey has established itself as a credible Europeanbased manufacturer of LEDs with best in class performance and competitive pricing. Our new extended offering of mid-power LEDs enables us to address an even wider range of lighting applications.”

rAyvIO uv LED TEChNOLOGy AvAILABLE wOrLDwIDE FrOm DIGI-kEy rayvio’s portfolio of uvB and uvC LEDs are available for immediate shipment globally through Digi-key Electronics, a global electronic components distributor, as the result of a new distribution agreement. rayvio is a leader in uv LEDs, specializing in uvB and uvC technology. This exciting and emerging technology within the uv lighting industry is being harnessed to both protect people from infection and treat certain skin conditions. “Partnering with Digi-Key is an important step forward for those companies that are combating the spread of germs, bacteria, and viruses through communities,” said Dr. Robert C. Walker, CEO of rayvio. “Easy access to the latest UV LED technology will allow products like humidifiers, water bottles and pitchers, toothbrushes and more to incorporate disinfection capabilities and promote better health and hygiene.”

able to use these products to create and bring innovative and beneficial projects into the consumer space.” For more information about rayvio and to see their entire product listing, please visit their Supplier Center page on the Digi-key website ce6c2231ef9a39d&id=fb27965e94&e=165e618fdf To learn more about uvB and uvC and how they can be used to benefit human health, check out Digi-key’s article “Ultraviolet Radiation – Its Attributes and Benefits” featuring rayvio products. Digi-Key Electronics |

rayvio uv LEDs deliver 1-70 mw of power and unprecedented quality and reliability. They are ideal for health, hygiene, water and surface disinfection, skin care/phototherapy, and horticulture applications, among many others. “We are excited to partner with RayVio as they are our first lighting supplier to focus solely on UVB and UVC LEDs and their applications,” said David Stein, vP, Global Semiconductor at Digi-key. “It’s an emerging market with unlimited applications within the health and hygiene industries, and we believe our customers will be


NEWS rOBuST ISL32741E AND ISL32740E DELIvEr INDuSTry’S hIGhEST wOrkING vOLTAGE AND uLTrA-LOw EmI FOr INDuSTrIAL IOT NETwOrkS Intersil, a subsidiary of renesas Electronics Corporation, announced two new high-speed, isolated rS-485 differential bus transceivers that provide 40mbps bidirectional data communication for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) networks. The ISL32741E offers 1,000vrmS working voltage and 6kv of reinforced isolation, more than 2x higher than competitive solutions. The higher working voltage and reinforced isolation is required for today’s most rigorous medical and high-speed motor control applications. The ISL32740E with 2.5kv of isolation and 600vrmS working voltage comes in the industry’s smallest package, enabling high channel density for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) in factory automation applications. The ISL3274xE transceivers provide additional advantages over other isolation technologies, including ultra-low radiated emission and EmI susceptibility, support for up to 160 devices on the bus, and an extended 125°C temperature range. These devices leverage giant magnetoresistance (Gmr) technology that provides galvanic isolation to keep the communication bus free from common-mode noise generated in electrically noisy factory and building automation environments. In addition, Intersil’s Gmr isolation does not require the elaborate encoding schemes found in capacitive and transformer-based isolators that use rF carriers or pulsewidth modulation (Pwm) to transfer DC and low frequency signals across the barrier. The ISL3274xE transceivers are ideally suited for the equipmentto-bus interface in PrOFIBuS DP and high-speed rS-485 networks that connect PLCs to instruments, robots, motor control drives, as well as data acquisition and digital I/O modules.

In addition to not requiring any shielding, these transceivers simplify PCB layout, use less board space, and enhance data transmission reliability and integrity. The ISL3274xE devices also offer low power consumption. For example, the ISL32740EIAZ’s 60mA supply current allows it to operate in a tiny 4mm × 5mm QSOP package at maximum speed without overheating. The ISL3274xE transceivers are fully compliant with the EN 50081 and EN 50082-2 electromagnetic compatibility (EmC) standards and the umbrella line-voltage standard for information technology equipment (ITE) EN 61000. Intersil |

ruTrONIk PrESENTS rED rOCk rr110/120/130 FrOm COTO The distributor rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente Gmbh now has digital switches in its portfolio in the form of the red rock rr110/120/130 series from Coto. Thanks to their very low energy consumption and small size, they are suitable for use in numerous fields, ranging from medical engineering to wildlife tracking to automotive. The rr120 switch is a Tmr-based solution that contains a small SOT-23 package with high magnetic sensitivity and low energy consumption. The rr120 is only 1.12 millimeters tall and has a total surface area of 4.26 square millimeters. Thanks to its diminutive size, the switch is suitable for medical use, specifically for endoscopic examinations of the gastrointestinal tract. A capsule endoscope is used, taking the form of a tablet that the patient swallows. As it passes through the gastrointestinal tract, it continuously records images which are transmitted to a recording device on the patient’s belt. hearing devices are another example of a medical application. here, the Tmr prevents acoustic feedback. The rr130 switch on the other hand is used in tracking wildlife. with a volume of 4.76 mm³, a mass of 8 milligrams and low energy consumption, this switch is suitable for tracking both birds and fish. here, the Tmr-based magnetic digital switch of the rr130 is used to start the recording system. The watertight, sealed tracking device stores and then transmits data to the end user using an 42

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ultra-low power microprocessor. This series can also be used for a wide range of other applications. In battery management systems, red rock prevents power consumption before actual usage, for instance for GPS tracking in container monitoring. As a substitute for reedContact technology, red rock can be deployed in all fields for metering, level sensoring and counting. The Tmr can also be used in white goods for motor synchronization and to shut off water.

The Coto rr110/120/130 series is available on e-commerce platform reset:0?campaign=prome/0717/coto Rutronik |


EXTEND BATTEry LIFE OF uSB TyPE-C™ DEvICES wITh mAXIm’S FLEXIBLE BuCk CONvErTEr Developers of multi-cell, uSB Type-C products that need higher current, dual input, and I²C support now have a flexible option with the mAX77756 24v, 500mA, low quiescent current (Iq) buck converter from maxim Integrated Products, Inc. uSB Type-C products must generate an always-on 3.3v rail to detect uSB insertions. Products utilizing the Power Delivery (PD) voltage range (5v to 20v) can generate an always-on (1.8v/3.3v/5.0v) digital supply rail for the port controller using the mAX77756 step-down converter. In addition, the mAX77756 has a 20µA quiescent current that extends battery life by reducing idle power consumption. To simplify the system design, the mAX77756 has a dual input ideal diode Oring circuit that allows the chip to power from the external uSB source if the battery is empty. multi-cell battery-operated devices - such as ultrabooks, laptops, tablets, drones, and home automation appliances - can easily evolve to Type-C with PD using the flexible mAX77756 power supply. The mAX77756 has a unique combination of wide input voltage range, low quiescent current, higher current load, dual input, and I²C for flexibility and programmability. There is also a default power mode if customers do not want to use the I²C bus. The mAX77756 is a robust IC with short-circuit and thermal protection, 8ms internal soft-start to minimize inrush current, proven current-mode control architecture, and up to 26v input voltage standoff.

Key Advantages • Low quiescent current: 1.5µA Buck and 20µA muX for always-on operation • high efficiency: up to 92% with integrated power muX • Small solution size: 2.33mm × 1.42mm 15-bump wLP; no external Schottky array needed • wide input voltage: Operates on full vBuS range (5v-20v) and vBATT (2S, 3S, 4S Li+) Maxim Integrated |

NEw EXTENDED rAIL rm8 TrANSFOrmErS FrOm wurTh ELECTrONICS mIDCOm NOw AvAILABLE The new mID-OLrm extended rail rm8 transformer series for offline applications from wurth Electronics midcom is now available.

To view the transformer family, visit Free samples can be requested at

“For the past 30 years, the RM packages have required flying leads to meet reinforced insulation and creepage and clearance distances. We decided to change this by adding an extended rail to the existing RM8 package; eliminating the need to have flying leads. This package also meets the stringent IEC61558-2-16 standard with reinforced insulation,” explained Swaroop Vaidyanath, Product marketing Engineer at wurth Electronics midcom.

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Available with single or dual 5v or 12v outputs, these flyback transformers are built with grounded cores for improved EmI performance, small footprint, and reinforced insulation. The 7508112110, 7508112349, 750811618, and 7508116316 transformers are best suited for white goods, industrial controls, metering, LED lighting, offline flyback power supplies, space-constrained power supplies, and smart adapter applications. About Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. Wurth Electronics Midcom is a global leader in the design and manufacture of custom magnetics. A standard line of magnetics is offered, including inductors, ferrites, chokes, and EMI shielding materials. Recently, the electromechanical and interconnect line was added to the product offering, which includes Boardto-Board, Wire-to-Board, Terminal Blocks, and Input/Output Communication. Customers in Asia, Europe and the Americas are supported through a local direct technical sales network, regional design and applications engineers and manufacturing based in the People’s Republic of China. Wurth Electronics Midcom offers all catalog products in stock. Free samples are offered to customers on connectors and both catalog and custom magnetics. More information at



TE COnnECTIVITy MEAnS POWER Every electrical and electronic system needs power, but “power” means different things to different engineers. For the PCB designer, power might mean a 5 volt power supply delivering a few hundred milliamps. But for the industrial motor designer, power might mean hundreds of amps and hundreds of volts. The engineer needs a wide selection of components that can handle the power, whatever the application. Fortunately, our friends of TE Connectivity have an extensive range of components, from connectors and resistors to filters and heatshrink, that really deliver! POWER TRIPlE lOCK (PTl) CONNECTORS - PROVIDING 3-IN-1 RElIABIlITY TE Connectivity have been designing connectors for board-to-wire applications for decades. From the very popular mATE-N-LOk family to the Economy Power series, the choice for the PCB designer is huge. however, one of the rising stars of the range is the Power Triple Lock. we have looked at the PTL before, and with good reason. This relatively new product is actually a versatile connector system that is designed to take everyday applications in its stride. The PTL delivers excellent current capability of up to 20A per circuit combined with a contact pitch of only 6mm. It features three locking systems to ensure reliable operation in everyday use, and a number of polarisation options to prevent incorrect mating. The Power Triple Lock range is available from rS Components.

TE Connectivity Power Triple Lock Series 6mm Pitch 6 way 2 row Female Straight Crimp Connector housing Specifications:

RS Stock no: 782-4355 Brand: TE Connectivity Mfr. Part. no.: 1-1971775-3 Power Triple lock Cap Housings Key A Panel Mount • A range of Panel mount Power Triple Lock Cap housings with key A for Standard Temperature applications. • For Power Triple Lock Contacts see stock number 782-4377 typical. • For mating Free hanging Power Triple Lock Plug housings see stock number 782-4317 typical. • For optional Power Triple Lock Connector Position Assurance (CPA) Locking Plates see stock number 782-4409 typical 44

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Number of Contacts Number of Rows Pitch Gender Mounting Type Series Body Orientation Length Width Depth Housing Material For Use With

6 2 6mm Female Panel Mount Power Triple Lock Straight 27.5mm 23.05mm 30.65mm PBT Wire-to-Panel Connector


TE Connectivity Power Triple Lock Crimp Contact, Female, 14AwG to 14AwG, Tin Plating Specifications:

RS Stock no: 782-4386 Brand: TE Connectivity Mfr. Part. no.: 1971781-1 TE Connectivity Power Triple lock Contacts A range of tab and receptacle contacts for use in Power Triple Lock plug and receptacle connector housings. The PTL (Power Triple Lock) plug housings accept receptacle contacts and the PTL receptacle housings accept tab contacts. These Power Triple Lock connector contacts are made from copper alloy with a pre-tin plating and are available in a range of wire sizes. versions are also available with a high temperature rating of 150°C.

Gender For Use With Series Termination Method Contact Plating Minimum Wire Size AWG Maximum Wire Size AWG Contact Material Minimum Operating Temperature Maximum Operating Temperature

Female Wire to Wire Connector Power Triple Lock Crimp Tin 14AWG 14AWG Copper Alloy -55°C +105°C

CIRCUlAR PlASTIC CONNECTORS (CPC) - RUGGED, VERSATIlE AND AffORDABlE For more demanding applications, the Circular Plastic Connector series offers the versatility of a circular connector with the cost- and weight-saving attributes of high impact plastic. The CPC is a established and popular connector series and has been solving engineers' connectivity problems in a wide range of industries, from domestic equipment to industrial control systems. The CPC system offers the choice of different contact sizes, and even offers hybrid types that can handle power and signal in the same connector. rS has a wide range of circular connectors from TE Connectivity including the CPC family.

TE Connectivity, 4 Pole Panel mount Circular Connector Socket, Female Contacts, Quick Connect mating RS Stock no: 909-8097 Brand: TE Connectivity Mfr. Part. no.: 1-1813099-1 TE Connectivity Plastic 2.5mm Circular Connectors A series of DIN 72585 sealed circular connectors from TE Connectivity. These circular connectors offer some excellent mechanical properties including resistance to physical shock, vibration and high temperature. The circular connectors when used with the appropriate contacts and wire seals would be rated to IP67.Applications would include sensors, solenoid valves and power supplies. See part number 909-8116 (contact 17-13 AwG) and 395-7606 (wire seal) and 909-8110 (contact 20-17 AwG) and 395-7448 wire seal.

TE Connectivity T411 Series, 5 Pole Cable m12 Circular Connector Socket, IP67, IP68, 20 Shell Size, Female Contacts RS Stock no: 124-7129 Brand: TE Connectivity Mfr. Part. no.: T4110401051-000 From TE connectivity, this unshielded m12 connector has screw locking for a secure connection. The connector has a screw terminal and cable gland and is field serviceable. with PBT housing and gold plated contacts, this robust connector assures a reliable connection. Applications: m12 connectors are Euro-style sensor connectors that are ideal for connection in industrial and factory automation. These m12 connectors have B-coded polarization and are used primarily in fieldbus applications, such as interbus and profibus systems.

Specifications: Number of Contacts 4 Gender Female Mounting Type Panel Mount Termination Method Solder Contact Gender Female Voltage Rating 12 V dc Mating Type Quick Connect Body Orientation Straight Housing Material PBT Contact Material PBT GF Minimum Operating Temperature -40°C Maximum Operating Temperature +120°C

Specifications: Contact Gender Contact Material Voltage Rating Mating Type Body Orientation Contact Plating Maximum Operating Temperature Minimum Operating Temperature Housing MaterialGlass Termination Method Number of Contacts Mounting Type Connector Size IP Rating

Female Bronze 125V Threaded Straight Gold +85°C -40°C Filled PBT Screw 5 Cable M12 IP67, IP68

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T411 Female 20 4A 5P


PRODUCT NEWS HEAVY DUTY CONNECTORS (HDC) fOR USE IN HARSH ENVIRONMENTS For demanding applications in tough environments, the heavy Duty Connector (hDC)family is the big hitter of the TE Connectivity range. The hDC Designed to the DIN standards for housings and connector interfaces, the hDC family offers current ratings of up to 200A. The housings can be made from die-cast aluminium or hard-wearing thermoplastics to suit different requirements, and can be sealed up to IP69k for the most demanding situations. Over the years, the hDC family has proved itself time again in a huge list of industries, from military and transportation to power generation and robotics. The hDC family is available to buy from rS Components.

hE Series Connector Insert, male, 16 way, 16A, 400v RS Stock no: 300-3670 Brand: TE Connectivity Mfr. Part. no.: 1-1103638-1


male and female inserts will fit either cable hood housings or base housings.Each insert has a separate earth contact.,If 32 way connectors are required both the 1-16 pole (16 way) and 17-32 pole inserts should be purchased. These inserts will fit alongside each other in size 10 hE housing. Approvals: uL listed, CSA certified, SEv

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16 Connector Insert 16A HE 400 V Male 16P+E

HEATSHRINK PRODUCTS - PROTECTION fOR THE TOUGHEST APPlICATIONS TE Connectivity don't just make connectors. Included in the TE range is the raychem range of heatshrink tubing and moulded parts. heatshrink is made using cross-linked polymers (thermoplastics). The material is moulded and then expanded whilst hot. The cross-linking process means that, once heated again (as with a heatshrink gun) the plastic will â&#x20AC;&#x153;rememberâ&#x20AC;? its original shape and shink. Take a look at our video to see raychem heashrink products in action. heatshrink products can be made of a range of thermoplastic materials, all with different characteristics. Some are particularly good at resisting abrasion, whilst others are good for protecting against chemicals. For our purposes, some offer really good electrical insulation, making them ideal for the power engineer. TE heatshrink products are avaiable from rS Components in a huge range of colours, sizes and materials.

POWER RElAYS - fROM TRUSTED BRAND NAMES The TE Connectivity family includes a wide range of relays and contactors from some of the most trusted brand names in the industry, including Potter & Brumfield, AmP and kilovac. The range includes PCB-mounted power relays and some of the largest contactors, including the massive kilovac range with contact current ratings of up to 500A. rS Components offers a range of power relays and contactors.


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3100 2 Pole Contactor, 30 A, 208 → 240 vac Coil RS Stock no: 782-3033 Brand: TE Connectivity Mfr. Part. no.: 3100-20u6999


3100 Series - Model 96 • Definite purpose contactor with AC coil and convenient mounting plate • 1 and 2 pole contactors • Shunt available on 1 pole models • Operating Temperature -40°C to +65°C

Series Number of Poles Coil Voltage Contact Current Rating Normal State Configuration Terminal Type

3100 2 208 → 240 Vac 30A NO Quick Connect

POWER lINE fIlTERS - PROTECTING VITAl EQUIPMENT Switching large currents can cause unwanted electromagnetic interference (EmI). Power line filters can protect vital and sensitive equipment, and rS Components has a broad range of filters from the TE Connectivity range, including from trusted brand names including Corcom. with current ratings of up to 230A, rS has the filter for you.

TE Connectivity AyO Series 6A 250 v ac 50 hz, 60 hz Flange mount rFI Filter, with Spade Terminals 3 Phase Corcom AYO Series Compact low Current 3-phase WYE RfI filters Corcom filters are recognized worldwide for providing EmI/rFI filtering solutions. TE offers over 70 Corcom filter series that are suitable for a wide range of applications across multiple industries. All Corcom filters have been designed and tested for susceptibility and/or emissions applications and have received approval from major safety agencies throughout the world including uL, CSA and vDE. AyO Series 3-phase filters offer a space saving design with easy to connect terminals and low leakage current. Designed for 3-phase, four wire, wyE applications, these rFI filters are suitable for use in gaming machines, vending machines, food service equipment and small machine tools. • • • • •

Good for attenuation beginning at 100khz Filters each of the three lines plus neutral Single stage Screw mounting (flange or panel) Spade terminals

RS Stock no: 881-3810 Brand: TE Connectivity Mfr. Part. no.: 6AyO1

Specifications: Maximum Current Rating 6A Maximum Voltage Rating 250 V ac Mounting Type Flange Mount Termination Style Spade Number of Phases 3 Series AYO Operating Frequency 50 Hz, 60 Hz Length 85.6mm Depth 38.7mm Height 52.5mm Minimum Operating Temperature -10°C Maximum Operating Temperature +40°C Dimensions 85.6 × 38.7 × 52.5mm

TE CONNECTIVITY - THE lARGEST CONNECTOR MANUfACTURER IN THE WORlD hopefully, you will have seen a power product here that will help you solve your next design dilemma. rS Components holds thousands of these and other TE Connectivity products in stock for rapid delivery. Click the link to see the complete TE Connectivity range.

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Electronica Azi International no. 4 - September 2017  

The English version of the "Electronica Azi" magazine