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16th January, 2020

Save your ticket now - world’s leading fair for embedded technologies

Have you already saved the date of the world’s biggest convention of embedded experts? Be a part of the embedded world Exhibition&Conference from 25 - 27 February 2020 in Nuremberg, Germany. Discover the latest innovations – more than 1,000 exhibitors and numerous speakers are waiting for you. Use the ticket code ew20ew to get your free ticket.

94.5% Efficiency, 500W industrial AC-DC reference design


This reference design is a compact, high efficiency, 24V DC, 500W reference design for industrial AC/DC power supplies. This design consists of a front-end, two-phase interleaved transition mode (TM) power factor correction (PFC) based on the UCC28064A. This minimizes the PFC inductor size and reduces EMI filter requirements. The DC-DC is implemented using the HB-LLC stage implemented using TI's UCC256301 device. For efficiency improvement, synchronous rectification is used at secondary which uses the UCC24612.


76–81GHz radar-on-chip for short-range radar applications

The use of radar technology has grown tremendously in recent years. In the automotive context, the primary radar applications can be broadly grouped into corner radars and front radars. Corner radars (rear and front) are typically short-range radar sensors that handle the requirements of blind-spot detection (BSD), lane-change assist (LCA) and front/rear cross-traffic alert.

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Automotive low-power, zero-drift, precision instrumentation amplifier

The INA333-Q1 product from Texas Instruments is a brand new low power, precision instrumentation amplifier offering excellent accuracy. The versatile three-operational-amplifier design, small size, and low power make this device an excellent choice for a wide range of automotive applications that use resistive bridge sensors. A single external resistor sets any gain from 1 to 1000. The INA333-Q1 is designed to use an industry-standard gain equation: G=1 + (100 kΩ / RG). The INA333-Q1 provides very low offset voltage (25 µV, G ≥ 100), excellent offset voltage drift.

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Software means resolutions through increased connectivity

BluJay Solutions has announced that Aviva, the UK’s largest insurance company, has deployed BluJay’s MessageBroker EDI SaaS solution to power fast and agile data exchange. With over 33 million customers, Aviva processes thousands of updates and changes to insurance policies and records a day, resulting in millions of data transactions. The company decided to move from a legacy on-premise system to a flexible cloud-based solution. The project was calculated to increase agility and speed, reducing ongoing costs while helping ensure minimal disruption to business.

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E3AS Series offers new ways to use reflective photoelectric sensors

OMRON has launched the new E3AS Series reflective-type photoelectric sensors with the smallest body and longest sensing distance of 1,500mm in their class. The sensors provide stable detection without being influenced by sensing distances or different colours, materials, and surfaces of objects. This makes selection, adjustment, and maintenance of sensors easier, and improves system commissioning and operation rates. E3AS Sensors can be used, for example, in high-mix conveyor lines carrying products.

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ZF hardware provides software for self-driving vehicle systems

Oxbotica has signed an MoU with global automotive technology company, ZF, to integrate its autonomous driving software with ZF’s automotive-grade ProAI compute platform and sensor sets. As a first milestone, Oxbotica has completed integration and demonstration of its autonomous vehicle software with ZF’s ProAI, AI capable automotive-grade compute platform and ZF’s Full-Range Radar. Following comprehensive testing, the integrated system is running on Oxbotica’s test vehicles on public roads in and around Oxford.

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