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    NEC Supplies TOP500 Supercomputer to Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany

    TOKYO, Nov 16, 2017 - NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) today announced that NEC Deutschland GmbH has delivered an LX series supercomputer to Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), one of Germany's leading research universities and part of the German Gauss Alliance consortium of excellence in high-performance computing (HPC). The new HPC cluster ranks 65th in the most current TOP500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world from November 2017 and 51st in the Green500 list of the most energy-efficient supercomputers.
    This cluster extends the existing MOGON-II cluster, thereby providing a total computational capacity of approximately 1.9 Petaflop/sec. It offers high performance computing services for researchers at JGU and the Helmholtz Institute Mainz (HIM), a research institute specializing in high-energy physics and antimatter research. JGU is a member of the "Alliance for High-Performance Computing Rhineland-Palatinate" (AHRP) and offers access to MOGON-II to all universities in Rhineland-Palatinate.
    The new MOGON-II HPC cluster upgrade consists of 1040 dual-socket compute nodes, each equipped with two Intel(R) Gold 6130 CPUs and a total memory of 122 TB.
    The nodes are connected through a high-speed Intel(R) Omni-Path network with a topology that allows continuous expansion of the system, which meets the ongoing growth of HPC demand from researchers from JGU and HIM.
    The MOGON-II cluster is connected to a 5 PetaByte NEC LxFS-z parallel file-system capable of 80 GigaByte/s bandwidth. This highly innovative ZFS-based Lustre solution provides advanced data integrity features paired with a high density and high reliability design.
    "We have been working together with NEC for many years now, and we are happy to confirm that this collaboration has always been very fruitful to our research members and to the excellence in research at Mainz University. The high sustained performance and stability of NEC's HPC solution, as well as the dedication and skill of their team continuously deliver exceptional results," emphasizes Professor Andre Brinkmann, Head of the Zentrum fur Datenverarbeitung and of the Efficient Computing and Storage Group at JGU.
    "We are honored to see Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and Helmholtz Institute Mainz, two highly respected members of the research community, adopt NEC's latest HPC solution as part of extending the capabilities of the MOGON-II cluster," said Yuichi Kojima, Vice President HPC EMEA at NEC Deutschland.

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    Analog Devices’ Integrated Precision Solution Enables Safer and Up to 50% More Efficient Battery Manufacturing

    AD8452New Delhi, November 17, 2017 Analog Devices, Inc. today introduced a precision integrated analog front end, controller, and pulse-width modulator (PWM) for battery testing and formation capable of increasing system accuracy and efficiency in lithium-ion battery formation and grading.  Compared to conventional technology, the new AD8452 provides 50% more channels in the same amount of space, adding capacity and increasing battery production throughput. The AD8452 uses switching technology that recycles the energy from the battery while discharging and delivers 10 times more accuracy than conventional switching solutions. The higher accuracy allows for more uniform cells within battery packs and contributes to longer living batteries in applications such as electric vehicles. It also enhances the safety of manufacturing processes by providing better detection and monitoring to help prevent over and undercharging which can lead to battery failures. The AD8452 delivers bill of material (BoM) cost savings of up to 50% for charging/discharging boards and potential system cost savings of approximately 20%. System simulating demonstration boards will be available and can enable lower R&D engineering cost and shorter time to market for test equipment manufacturers.

    • View the AD8452 product page, download data sheet, order samples and evaluation boards: http://www.analog.com/AD8452
    • Learn more about Analog Devices’ industrial battery manufacturing products: http://www.analog.com/en/products/application-specific/industrial/industrial-battery-manufacturing.html

    AD8452 Features

    • Enables energy recycling battery formation/grading for systems of 20Ah or less with up to 95% power efficiency
    • Industry leading precise measurement of current and voltage better than 0.02% over 10⁰C temperature change
    • Solution size 70% smaller than previous product generation
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    Raspberry Pi in Collaboration with element14 Community Launch Major New Cooking-Based Design Challenge

    Fifteen challengers will use the Raspberry Pi to cook, bake, or brew something which expands creativity in the kitchen

    Bangalore, India, 16 November 2017 – Raspberry Pi, in collaboration with element14.com, the world’s largest electronic design community, has launched a new Design Challenge for designers and engineers called ‘Pi Chef.’ This partnership will be element14’s biggest Design Challenge of the year. Fifteen sponsored challengers will use their creativity and the Raspberry Pi as their main ingredient to improve the culinary process. Projects should show how the Raspberry Pi can be used to advance the world of food, whether it is through kitchen safety, food sustainability, or the creation of new preparation methods. Potential entries could include an intelligent kitchen scale, a commercial-grade ripening container, or even a Fridge2Sofa IoT Beer delivery system.

    Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community and Social Media, element14 said: “We have asked our community members to create a variety of projects with the Raspberry Pi, from IoT devices for the home to science-fiction inspired gadgets. For this competition we are focussing on food. Food has always been an important cultural touchstone but the increased availability of ingredients and new technology have elevated food and cooking into a sophisticated affair. Countless start-ups have appeared offering solutions for improving safety and enhancing the cooking experience. From Michelin-starred chefs to at-home gourmets, everyone is always on the lookout for a new device that will expand the possibilities of their kitchen.”

    Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading said:“The Raspberry Pi has proved itself in many areas since it was first launched, over 5 years ago – we have even seen a Raspberry Pi in space.  We are looking forward to introducing a new audience to the Raspberry Pi as challengers from the element14 community show how technology, built upon the Raspberry Pi, can enhance chefs’ experience in the kitchen.”

    element14 will accept applications for the ‘Pi Chef’ Design Challenge until 1st December 2017. Fifteen official challengers will be announced on 15th December and will receive a complimentary kit containing the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, 8MP Raspberry Pi Camera, Raspberry Pi Sense HAT, NXP Explore NFC Expansion board, 2.4” Touch Screen HAT, and Piface Digital 2. Each of the 15 challengers will provide weekly updates on their progress through blog posts, photos, and videos via the element14 Community.

    Challengers will have until 2nd March 2018 to submit their projects. Entries will be judged on originality, innovation, and technical merit by a panel of judges including experts from Raspberry Pi and element14. The winners will be announced in March 2018.

    The grand prize winner will receive a Brevill Barista Espresso Machine and an element14 cart equivalent to $1,500 USD. The runner-up prize is a Whynter Ice-Cream Maker and an element14 cart equivalent to $750 USD. The third-place prize is a Breville Tea Maker and an element14 cart equivalent to $500 USD. All challengers who complete their projects, use the Raspberry Pi, post 10+ updates in the Pi Chef space, and adhere to the requirements in the Terms and Conditions will receive a Tenma prize pack.

    To learn more about the ‘Pi Chef’ Design challenge and to submit an entry, visit www.element14.com/PiChef or follow #pichef on Twitter.

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    Diodes Incorporated is Named as a Finalist in the 2017 ACE Awards

    Plano, Texas – 16 November 2017 – Diodes Incorporated is pleased to announce that its innovative PI3USB31532 ( https://www.diodes.com/products/connectivity-and-timing/switches-mux/protocol-switches/usb-switches/part/PI3USB31532 ) USB 3.1 Gen 2/DisplayPort 1.4 Crossbar Switch for Type-C has been shortlisted for an ACE Award in the highly competitive category of Logic/Interface/Memory.
    Diodes is a finalist, in part, because it is one of the first semiconductor manufacturers to offer a USB 3.1 Gen 2 switch capable of implementing Alternate Mode switching, which allows non-USB data to be shared over USB. This is expected to be a major feature for emerging consumer devices, as it enables DisplayPort signals to be multiplexed with USB signals on the same connector and cable, potentially alongside power, to create a true ‘one port’ paradigm.
    “We are delighted to have our innovation and expertise acknowledged,” said Andy Tsong, Division Manager for Precision Timing and Connectivity Products of Diodes Incorporated. “To be a finalist for such a prestigious award recognizes all the hard work and dedication our engineers have put into developing this device.”
    The Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards take place on 6 December 2017, at the San Jose Convention Center during the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley.  The Awards, in partnership with EE Times and EDN, showcase the best contributions in 2017 to the electronics industry including the most innovative new products, start-up companies, design teams and executives.
    "The ACE Awards bring together top talent in the industry to celebrate innovations, recognize forward-looking companies, and inspire a larger discourse among leaders in the field," said Suzanne Deffree, content director, ESC. "These finalists are a testament to the incredible strides the electronics industry has made this year. The high caliber of submissions we received presented a unique challenge to our judges, and every one of our finalists should be immensely proud of the work they've accomplished that led to their selection."
    Further information is available at http://www.diodes.com

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    Mouser-Backed Vaillante Rebellion Heads to Bahrain at Top of FIA WEC LMP2 Standings

    November 16, 2017 – The Mouser-sponsored Vaillante Rebellion racing team scored a spectacular double-podium victory Nov. 5 at the 6 Hours of Shanghai. The victory at Shanghai is the second consecutive first-place finish for the No. 31 car and marks the team’s seventh podium finish in eight races this season.

    The No. 31 car, driven by Bruno Senna, Nicolas Prostand Julien Canal, took first place, while the No. 13, driven by Nelson Piquet Jr., Mathias Beche and David Heinemeier Hansson, finished third in the LMP2 category. The win moves the No. 31 car to the top of the LMP2 team classification of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with only one race to go.

     

    With Senna behind the wheel, the Mouser-backed No. 31 car dominated the first 90 minutes of the race. Both cars overtook the Jackie Chan DC Racing No. 38 car in the last hour of the race to claim the first and third podium spots.

     

    “Shanghai proved to be a thrilling race from the start to the extraordinary finish,” said Todd McAtee, Mouser’s Vice President of Americas Business Development. “The Vaillante Rebellion team has been exceptional all season, and all of us at Mouser are cheering them on as they prepare for Bahrain.”

     

    Mouser is proud to partner with valued supplier LEMO, a global leader in the design and production of precision custom connection solutions, to sponsor Vaillante Rebellion for the entire 2017 FIA WEC season. Mouser distributes the full line of quality LEMO connector solutions including their original push-pull connectors.

     

    Racing is all about speed and endurance, and Mouser sees racing sponsorships as an innovative way to communicate its performance-driven business model and promote the newest technologies from its manufacturer partners. The Mouser-backed Rebellion team ran away with the crown in the LMP1 Privateer Class in 2016.

     

    The 2017 FIA WEC season ends Nov. 18 at the 6 Hours of Bahrain. The No. 31 car will defend its four-point lead in the LMP2 standings on the 15-turn, 3.36-mile (5.4-km) course at the Bahrain International Circuit.

     

    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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    NXP’s i.MX RT Crossover Processors, Now at Mouser

    November 16, 2017 – Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorized global distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is now offering the i.MX RT crossover processors from NXP Semiconductors. Combining the high performance of a processor with the real-time functionality and ease-of-use of a microcontroller, the highly integrated i.MX RT series supports a wide range of applications, including industrial and home automation, Internet of Things (IoT) gateways, robotics, motor control, and audio subsystems.

    The NXP i.MX RT crossover processors, available from Mouser Electronics, are based on an Arm® Cortex®-M7 core that operates at 600 MHz, more than 50 percent faster than other Cortex-M7 products. The processors tout a robust feature set that includes advanced multimedia capabilities, high-speed extensive external memory interfaces, and a healthy assortment of both wired and wireless connectivity options. The iMX RT series processors operate on half the run mode power of other Cortex-M7 products, enabling longer battery life.

    In addition to speed and integrated processing power, the iMX RT series also supports greater design flexibility for engineers through an extensive array of external memory interfaces (include NAND, eMMC, QuadSPI NOR Flash, and Parallel NOR Flash) and connectivity options as well as security features to protect applications from outside threats. The iMX RT series supports wired Ethernet and USB, plus Wi-Fi, classic Bluetooth® and Bluetooth low energy, ZigBee and Thread. To keep applications secure, the processors provide 128-bit AES cryptography and true random number generation, high assurance booting, and on-the-fly QSPI flash decryption. The high-speed interfaces, combined with the on-the-fly decryption capabilities, enable designers to have secure external data storage without the need for embedded flash.

    Microcontroller designers can maintain their current tool chain (such as MCUXpresso, IAR, and Keil) without worrying about the time, cost or complexity of adding Linux software development to their design cycle. The devices also enable rapid prototyping and development with NXP’s FreeRTOS, SDK, Arm mbed and the global Arm ecosystem, which provide software libraries and online tools and support.

    Engineers can further accelerate development with the NXP MIMXRT1050-EVK evaluation kit, which features an Arduino interface, 6-axis accelerometer and magnetometer, SD card interface, and parallel LCD and camera connectors.

    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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    Maxim Transceivers Provide 2x Faster Data Rates and Up to 50% Extended Cable Length for Motion Control and Industrial Applications

    San Jose, CA—November 15, 2017—Industrial designers can now achieve 2x faster data rates and extend cable length by up to 50% with MAX22500EMAX22501E, and MAX22502E RS-485 transceivers from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM).
    With motion control systems requiring more accuracy over longer distances, system designers are challenged to maintain faster data rates and achieve robust communications with longer cables. A production site, for example, may not efficiently function with a slow data rate and short cables as it must transfer accurate information quickly and over a long distance.
    The MAX22500E/MAX22501E (half-duplex) and MAX22502E (full-duplex) ESD-protected RS-485/RS-422 transceivers extend the reach of communication up to 100Mbps over 50m. This provides the industry’s fastest data rates for accurate, cost-effective, and robust communication across long cables for a variety of motion control applications. The settable pre-emphasis feature within the MAX22500E and MAX22502E enables 2x faster data rates compared to competitive solutions for increased encoder resolution and reduced latency. Pre-emphasis extends cables up to 50% longer to communicate over longer distances. A large receiver hysteresis (250mV) provides superior robustness to EFT. In addition, by improving the signal integrity and robustness, system designers can achieve the same level of performance with lower-cost cables. The transceivers operate over the -40-degree Celsius to +125- degree Celsius temperature range.
    Key Advantages
    ·       Robust communications: Extends the reach to 100Mbps over 50m (or 50Mbps over 100m); Settable pre-emphasis improves data integrity with high data rates; 250mV receiver hysteresis for EFT robustness
    ·       High Performance: Fastest 100Mbps data rate for higher resolution/accuracy communication; Flexible low voltage logic supply interface down to 1.6V; Improved signal integrity enables less expensive cable costs
    ·       Small Size: Reduced footprint with small 8-, 10-, and 12-pin TDFN packages
    Commentary
    “These RS-485 transceivers demonstrate Maxim’s commitment to the industrial and motor control market, and are pushing the envelope to meet customer challenges,” said Susie Inouye, Research Director at Databeans.
    “Our solutions offer customers with the flexibility and performance they need to upgrade their systems,” said Timothy Leung, Executive Business Manager, Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit at Maxim Integrated. “For example, they can swap out the IC on their hardware while keeping the same infrastructure. Similarly, end customers can adjust data rates and cable lengths.”
    Availability and Pricing
    ·       The MAX22500E is available in a 10-pin TDFN (3mm x 3mm) package for $3.51 (1000-up, FOB USA) at Maxim’s website and select authorized distributors
    ·       The MAX22501E is available in an 8-pin TDFN (3mm x 3mm) package for $1.79 (1000-up, FOB USA) at Maxim’s website and select authorized distributors
    ·       The MAX22502E is available in a 12-pin TDFN (3mm x 3mm) package for $3.94 (1000-up, FOB USA) at Maxim’s website and select authorized distributors
    ·       The MAX22500EEVKIT#MAX22501EEVKIT#, and MAX22502EEVKIT# evaluation kits are each available for $95
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    Expanded WLAN Measurements under Realistic Operation Conditions RF Quality Tests with Security Onusing Network Mode

    hero-banner-mt8862a-en-(2)Atsugi, Japan – October 16, 2017 - Anritsu Corporation starts sales of its WLAN Security Function MX886200A-020software for MT8862A, supporting evaluations of devices with built-in WLAN functions for the rapidly growing IoT market using the Network Mode even when WLAN security is on.

    The Wireless Connectivity Test Set MT8862A uses the Network Mode measurement function to execute tests while the WLAN device is actually operating; adding this new security function supports evaluation while the WLAN device built-in WEP, WPA-Personal, WPA2-Personal, etc., security is on.

    With the future spread of IoT devices using built-in WLAN incorporating security functions, more devices are expected to be operated while security is on, and Anritsu hopes this new option for the MT8862A will help further improve the quality of WLAN devices.

    [Development Background]

    WLAN are appearing rapidly not only in mobile devices such as smartphones, but also in many other applications, including home electronics like TVs and cleaners, the connected car, industrial equipment, sensors, and more because of expanding IoT.

    Makers of these equipment are receiving increasing end-user enquiries about wireless reception range and sensitivity, etc., and are expected to see increasing need for actual  operating conditions testing as well as for WLAN measuring instruments.

    To ensure WLAN security, many devices have functions for switching security settings on and off, but the need for data security is becoming increasingly important as applications diversify. Consequently, many WLAN devices are expected to operate under actual operating conditions with security functions set to on and many commercial models with WLAN functions will probably eliminate the ability to disable security settings.

    Under these circumstances, in addition to supporting previous WLAN evaluation with security off, installing the WLAN Security Function MX886200A-020 software in the MT8862A now supports WLAN evaluations in the Network Mode under actual operating conditions with security set to on.

    [Product Outline]

    The MT8862A is a WLAN measuring instrument supporting IEEE802.11ac/n/g/b/a. It uses built-in communications protocols and performs tests of WLAN device RF TRx characteristics (Tx power, modulation accuracy, Rx sensitivity, etc.)in the Network Mode.

    [Key Features]

    ■Measurement with Security On

    Installing the WLAN Security Function MX886200A-020 in the MT8862A supports evaluation of WLAN devices while security functions are on, allowing WLAN device makers to evaluate their products under near-to-end-user usage conditions.

    ■ Supports Firmware and License Installation from Web Browser

    This security function option is used by performing MT8862A firmware updates and option license installation from a web browser, eliminating the need for factory upgrades.

    [Target Markets and Applications]

    ■ Target Markets: Vendors of smart home appliances, automobiles, gateways, etc, with built-in WLAN functions

    ■ Target Applications: Testing of RF TRx characteristics of devices with built-in WLAN functions

    Contact:

    Madhukar Tripathi

    Anritsu India Pvt Ltd

    Office No 18, Ground Floor,

    Stellar IT park, C25, Sect 62

    NOIDA (UP) INDIA

    Pin Code 201 309

    Phone +91 120 4211330-31-32

    Email Madhukar.Tripathi@anritsu.com

    Cell Phone : +91 9310 666 466

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