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    NXP’s MRFX1K80H Transistor, Now at Mouser

    September 25, 2017 – Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry's leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the MRFX1K80H LDMOS transistor from NXP® Semiconductorshttp://www.mouser.com/Texas-Instruments/. The MRFX1K80H is part of the MRFX series of radio frequency (RF) MOSFET transistors that incorporate a new laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductor (LDMOS) technology. The LDMOS technology found in the MRFX1K80H helps increase the output power in wideband applications while maintaining appropriate output impedance.

    The NXP MRFX1K80H LDMOS transistor, available from Mouser Electronics, is designed to deliver 1800 W of a continuous wave at 65 V for RF applications from 1.8 to 470 MHz with the ability to handle a voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) of 65-to-1 at all phase angles. The device offers impedance matching to 50 Ohms, helping to reduce the overall development time. Designed for an extended power range from 30V to 65V, the MRFX1K80H features a high breakdown voltage that provides enhanced reliability and higher efficiency. The high voltage lowers the current in the system, limiting the stresses on DC power supplies thereby reducing magnetic radiation. The higher output power also helps decrease the number of transistors to combine and simplify the power amplifier complexity and reduce the overall size.

    The MRFX1K80H is suitable for linear applications with appropriate biasing and offers integrated electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for improved Class C operation. Target applications for the MRFX1K80H include industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) applications as well as broadcast, aerospace, and mobile radio equipment.

    With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser strives to empower innovation among design engineers and buyers by delivering advanced technologies. Mouser stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is continually updated and offers advanced search methods to help customers quickly locate inventory. Mouser.com also houses data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.

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    TTI signs franchise deal with ITT Cannon and ITT Veam hi-rel connector lines covering entire European region

    ITT Cannon and Veam brands address defense, aerospace, transportation, industrial and medical sector applications

    September 2017 – TTI, Inc., a world leading specialist distributor of electronic components, has announced that it has signed a franchise distribution agreement with ITT for their Cannon and VEAM brands covering the whole Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) region. ITT is a leading global manufacturer of connector products serving international customers in the aerospace and defense, transportation, industrial and medical end markets through the Cannon and VEAM brands. Previously the agreement was limited only to France.

    “ITT Cannon designs and produces a variety of highly engineered interconnect solutions that make it possible to transfer data, signal and power in an increasingly connected world,” says Ronald Velda, Supplier Marketing Director Connectors TTI, Inc. in Europe. “The company’s harsh environment products are an excellent addition to our portfolio as they have been designed to meet the needs of markets that a large part of our customer base operates in.”

    “We’re excited to grow our partnership with TTI as they offer customers a comprehensive inventory combined with deep technical product expertise backed by advanced logistics systems,” says Alessandro Durigon, European Sales Director at ITT. “We’ve experienced excellent results in France and we are delighted to expand the agreement to cover the entire EMEA region.”

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    Reliable data storage for automotive applications

    Bronschhofen (Switzerland), September 25, 2017 – Swissbit, a leading manufacturer of industrial flash memory solutions, will be exhibiting at the VDI Congress ELIV (Electronic in Vehicles) which is taking place from 18-19 October 2017 at the World Conference Center in Bonn. On booth #147, Swissbit will present a selection of particularly robust and durable SSDs and memory cards, and will also focus on one specific theme: secure storage modules as a solution for the challenges of networked automotive electronics.

    Car-2-Infrastructure communication, automated driving, assistance systems, over-the-air software updates, infotainment - for current trends in automotive electronics, data and communication security is both a requirement and a challenge. With its Secure SD and microSD memory cards, Swissbit offers components for security solutions in automotive electronics. The secure memory cards can be optimized for different tasks. For example, a flash memory configured as read-only ensures that vehicle data recorded during vehicle operation cannot be manipulated later and provides evidential value in case of a dispute. Other storage media are used to protect reference databases for driver assistance systems.

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    Communication via bus systems, the internet or between components of car electronics as well as with external IT systems, must be secured. Data security is a key part of functional security. Swissbit offers SD memory cards with a Secure Element. This provides a cost-effective, easy-to-implement, and at the same time secure way to assign a unique identity to each participant in machine-to-machine communication. At the same time, such a memory card can be used for encryption of communication data.

    For more information about the company and its memory solutions for automotive applications, please visit www.swissbit.com.

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    Mouser Electronics Sponsors CLIK Lab Hackathon at Polytechnic University of Turin

    September 25, 2017 – Mouser Electronics, the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is sponsoring the Create the Polito Virtual Butler Hackathon Challenge at the Sept. 27 grand opening of the Contamination Lab & Innovation Kitchen (CLIK) Lab at the Politecnico di Torino. The CLIK Lab is designed to help students of the prestigious Italian engineering university realize and accelerate new projects and innovative ideas.

    The Politecnico di Torino will inaugurate the new CLIK Lab by hosting a two-day hackathon that tasks participants with creating voice-controlled home automation solutions. Teams will design and produce a virtual lab assistant based on the Raspberry Pi 3 single-board computer, provided by Mouser Electronics. The virtual assistant designs will perform actions such as controlling video recording, managing automation in the lab, and any other tasks students can devise. Mouser will select the most impressive projects to exhibit at Maker Faire Rome, Dec. 1 through 3.

    Mark Patrick, Mouser’s Technical Marketing Manager, EMEA, commented, “This program is a perfect example of how Mouser is positioning itself as a strong supporter of engineering education in Europe, especially in innovation and development. We have worked with CLIK Lab manager Professor Massimo Violante before, and we are sure that his expertise and enthusiasm will ensure that this is a highly successful event.”

    To learn more about the Create the Polito Virtual Butler Hackathon Challenge, visit http

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    Arduino unveils two new boards delivering easy-to-use connectivity in IoT project development

    Designed to make the IoT seamless, new boards deliver embedded LoRa and GSM connectivity, enabling quick development of devices and applications

    TURIN, ITALY - September 25, 2017: Arduino has unveiled the new Arduino MKR WAN 1300 (LoRa) and the Arduino MKR GSM 1400, two new boards that are designed to offer a practical and cost-effective solution for developers, makers and enterprises, enabling them to quickly add connectivity to their projects and ease the development of battery-powered IoT edge applications.
    The new Arduino MKR WAN 1300 delivers LoRa low-power WAN connectivity, and the Arduino MKR GSM 1400 adds global 2G/3G communications capability. Both of the highly compact boards feature dimensions of only 67.64 x 25mm, together with low power consumption, making them an ideal choice for emerging battery-powered IoT edge devices in the MKR form factor for applications such as environmental monitoring, tracking, agriculture, energy monitoring and home automation.
    The two new boards, which were formally introduced during Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi’s talk at the Maker Faire in New York on Saturday, are also available for pre-order via the global online Arduino Store.
    Offering 32-bit computational power similar to the Arduino MKR Zero board, the new Arduino MKR WAN 1300 is based around the Murata LoRa low-power connectivity module and the Atmel SAM D21 microcontroller, which integrates the 32-bit low-power ARM Cortex-M0+ processor, 256KB Flash memory and 32KB SRAM. The board’s design includes the ability to be powered via either two 1.5V AA or AAA batteries or an external 5V input via the USB interface – with automatic switching between the two power sources.
    As well as low-power LoRa IoT communications capability, the MKR WAN 1300 offers the usual rich set of I/O interfaces expected with an Arduino board, and ease of use via the Arduino IDE software environment for code development and programming. Other features of the board include an operating voltage of 3.3V; eight digital I/Os; 12 PWM outputs; and UART, SPI and I2C interfaces.
    Like the MKR WAN 1300, the Arduino MKR GSM 1400 is also based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ based SAM D21, but integrates the u-blox module to deliver global 3G communications ability. The board also features automatic power switching, however, it uses either a 3.7V lithium polymer (LiPo) battery or an external Vin power source delivering 5V to 12V. While the USB port can also be used to supply 5V to the board, the MKR GSM 1400 is able to run with or without the battery connected.
    The MKR GSM 1400 also offers a rich set of I/O interfaces including: eight digital I/Os; 12 PWM outputs; UART, SPI and I2C interfaces; analogue I/O including seven inputs and one output; and eight external interrupt pins.

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    Highly Integrated, Low-Power Clock ICs from Silicon Labs Simplify Timing for Demanding 10/25/100G Designs

    New Si5332 Family Offers Best-in-Class Clock Tree Consolidation, Replacing Multiple Oscillators, Buffers and Clock ICs

    AUSTIN, Texas – Sept. 25, 2017 – Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB) has introduced a new family of high-performance clock generators offering the industry’s most highly integrated timing solution for 10/25/100G applications. The new Si5332 clock family leverages Silicon Labs’ proven MultiSynth fractional clock synthesis technology to deliver a timing solution that provides best-in-class frequency flexibility and jitter performance of 230 fs rms. Multiple Si5332 options spanning 6, 8 and 12 clock outputs enable clock tree consolidation for demanding applications including hyperscale data center switches, servers, storage, networking, small cells, broadband, broadcast video, multi-function printers and industrial applications.
    Complex devices such as Ethernet switches, high-speed switch fabrics, network processors, server SoCs and FPGAs combine data path processing, CPU functions and multiple serializers/deserializers (SerDes) into a single IC. As a result, these devices require a diverse combination of reference timing. 10/25/100G SerDes have stringent jitter requirements, often requiring clocks with <300 fs rms maximum jitter performance. CPU phase-locked loops have lower jitter requirements but often use spread spectrum clocking to minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI). Unlike traditional timing solutions that use a mix of crystal oscillators, buffers and fixed-frequency clock generators, Si5332 clocks generate all SerDes, processor and system clocks in a single-chip device while providing significant jitter margin, enabling system developers to simplify clock trees and design with confidence.
    “Hyperscale data centers are quickly migrating from 10G to 25G, 50G and 100G Ethernet to accelerate data transfer and network efficiency. This new investment cycle is spurring equipment manufacturers to upgrade switch and access ports to higher speeds and to adopt higher performance timing solutions,” said James Wilson, Senior Marketing Director for Silicon Labs’ timing products. “By choosing Silicon Labs’ Si5332 any-frequency clocks, system designers can optimize their clock tree designs without compromising timing performance.”
    The Si5332 family is optimized to provide reference timing for the high-speed serial interconnects used in next-generation data centers. The new product family supports PCI Express, the long-term dominant standard for interconnecting microprocessors, networking, storage and memory. The Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG) recently introduced PCI Express 4.0 (revision 0.9), which supports 16 gigatransfers per second (GT/s) data rates. The Si5332 family fully complies with PCI Express 4.0 while providing 60 percent jitter margin to PCIe Gen 4 specifications.
    Other industry consortia, including CCIX, Gen-Z, NVLink and OpenCAPI, are working on alternate serial interconnect technology supporting speeds up to 25 GT/s. In addition to requiring low jitter clocks, some of these solutions require spread spectrum reference clocks. The Si5332 family provides a versatile solution supporting dual independent spread spectrum paths. Spread spectrum clock generation is enabled on a per output basis, enabling a single clock device to simultaneously support a mix of spread and non-spread clocks. Collectively, these features make the Si5332 family the best solution to provide reference timing for high-speed serial interconnects.
    Si5332 clock generators are purpose-built to simplify clock tree design without compromising performance or power. The new family combines two MultiSynth fractional clock synthesizers and five independent integer dividers, eliminating the need for fixed-frequency clocks and oscillators for clock generation. With jitter performance of 230 fs rms, Si5332 clocks offers 2x to 5x lower jitter than competing solutions while providing margin to 10/25/100G SerDes timing requirements. Si5332 clocks integrate extensive on-chip power supply regulation, eliminating the need for expensive discrete low dropout (LDO) regulators required by competing solutions. The Si5332 family’s MultiSynth-based architecture is similarly optimized for power efficiency, with 50 to 60 percent lower power than competing solutions.
    Each Si5332 clock output can be configured as LVPECL, LVDS, HCSL, or LVCMOS and supports 1.8 V to 3.3 V, eliminating the need for discrete format or voltage translators and simplifying interfacing to FPGAs, ASICs and SoCs. In addition to I2C control, the clocks support user-defined control pins that can be used to quickly configure each device without the need of a serial interface. Like other Silicon Labs timing products, the Si5332 clocks are configurable and customizable using flexible ClockBuilder Pro software.

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    Silicon Labs Launches Industry’s First Wireless Clocks Supporting 4G/LTE and Ethernet

    New Si5381/82/86 Timing Devices Replace Multiple Clock ICs and VCXOs in Radio Access Networks

    AUSTIN, Texas – Sept. 25, 2017 – Silicon Labs (NASDAQ: SLAB) has introduced a new family of high-performance, multi-channel jitter attenuating clocks for 4.5G and Ethernet-based Common Public Radio Interface (eCPRI) wireless applications. The new Si5381/82/86 clocks leverage Silicon Labs’ proven DSPLL technology to deliver an advanced timing solution that combines 4G/LTE and Ethernet clocking in a single IC. These highly integrated clocks eliminate the need for multiple clock devices and voltage-controlled crystal oscillators (VCXOs) in demanding applications including small cells, distributed antenna systems (DAS), -BTS, baseband units (BBU) and fronthaul/backhaul equipment.
    Over the next several years, service providers will lay the groundwork for 5G by deploying small cells, pico cells, DAS, µ-BTS and backhaul equipment that complements existing 4G/LTE networks by increasing outdoor network coverage and capacity and improving indoor signal reception. As carriers transition to Ethernet-based eCPRI fronthaul networks to increase the capacity of fronthaul connections between base band units and remote radio heads, they are also deploying heterogeneous network (HetNet) equipment at the edge of the network where cost, power and size constraints present unique challenges for hardware designers. By combining 4G/LTE and Ethernet clocking in a single IC, the Si538x family dramatically simplifies HetNet clock generation, providing a breakthrough solution that is 55 percent lower power and 70 percent smaller than competing solutions.
    “HetNet and eCPRI equipment deployments are paving the way to 5G. By choosing Silicon Labs’ Si538x wireless clocks, wireless system designers can minimize the cost, power and complexity of small cells, DAS, -BTS and other designs,” said James Wilson, Senior Marketing Director for Silicon Labs’ timing products. “Silicon Labs’ DSPLL-based Si538x clocks are the industry’s first timing ICs that combine low-phase-noise 4G/LTE clocking and low-jitter Ethernet clocking in the same device. We’re excited to see wireless customers adopting our technology to optimize HetNet designs and accelerate the deployment of 4.5G networks.”
    The Si538x clocks are optimized to provide reference timing for HetNet equipment. Small cells and DAS equipment are “all-in-one” base stations that need reference timing for 4G/LTE transceivers, baseband processing and Ethernet/Wi-Fi connectivity. The Si5386 clock’s low-phase-noise DSPLL replaces a discrete clock IC, VCXO and loop filter components in a compact, single-chip design. In addition, the Si5386 clock integrates five MultiSynth fractional clock synthesizers to provide simplified Ethernet and baseband reference timing. This streamlined, single-PLL design provides superior reliability to alternate solutions that rely on multiple PLLs and discrete oscillators.
    Baseband units have complex timing requirements requiring multiple independent clock domains for CPRI or links to remote radio heads, Ethernet-based eCPRI for fronthaul networks and general-purpose clocks for local baseband processing. The Si5381/82 clocks combine a high-speed, low-phase-noise DSPLL supporting wireless frequencies up to 3 GHz with flexible any-rate DSPLLs optimized for Ethernet and general-purpose timing. Like the Si5386 clock, the Si5381/82 devices require no external VCXOs or crystals. All PLL components are integrated on-chip in a space-saving 9 mm x 9 mm 64-LGA package. In addition, the Si538x clocks support a hitless switching capability that enables system designers to easily switch between different clock inputs and minimize phase transients, ensuring downstream PLLs remain in lock. Like other clock products from Silicon Labs, the Si538x devices are configurable and customizable using Silicon Labs’ flexible ClockBuilder Pro software.

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    Nexperia extends its leadership with the launch of 80 V Automotive LFPAK56D dual Power MOSFETs for ultimate space efficiency

    Industry’s widest portfolio of devices offered by Nexperia

    Nijmegen, Sept 25, 2017: Nexperia, the former Standard Products division of NXP, today announced a new range of 80 V dual Power-SO8 MOSFETs in the popular LFPAK56D package. With the addition of this new 80 V range of MOSFETs Nexperia now offers the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of devices, ranging from 30 V to 100 V. LFPAK56D is fully automotive qualified to AEC-Q101 and has a proven track record for quality and reliability. The LFPAK56D copper clip gull wing package technology offers exceptional board level reliability in thermally demanding applications such as engine management, transmission control and ABS systems.

    The LFPAK56D offers two isolated MOSFETs in one Power-SO8 package. The LFPAK56D occupies 77% less PCB space than two DPAK’s or 50% less space than a single Power-SO8 device, offering significant savings in space, weight and cost. The release of the new 80 V technology extends Nexperia’s LFPAK family of gull wing, copper clip devices in LFPAK56, LFPAK56D and LFPAK33, offering customers the ultimate flexibility to optimise their design for performance, flexibility and size.

    Commented Richard Ogden, Nexperia’s product marketing for Automotive MOSFETs: “Engine management is a thermally demanding application space, with PCB modules exposed to harsh temperature cycles. These temperature cycles cause the PCB to expand and contract resulting in significant stress on the PCB solder joints. Due to the unique design of the LFPAK56D these stresses on the PCB solder joints are absorbed resulting in excellent board level reliability. By combining innovative internal and external package features the LFPAK56D is the ideal MOSFET for engine management systems.

    LFPAK56D is typically used in applications such as solenoid control, motor control and DC/DC power conversion, with the 80 V portfolio specifically aimed at engine management and LED lighting applications. The full portfolio of dual Power-SO8 MOSFETs in LFPAK56D are available now.

    For more information, please visit http://www.nexperia.com/automotivemosfets/lfpak56d


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