Electronics & Computers

32-bit Flash Microcontrollers (ESC Booth 306)

STMicroelectronics (Mansfield, TX) has released the STM32 Family of 32- bit Flash microcontrollers based on ARM® Cortex™—M3 core. The STM32 is offered in the STM32F103 performance line, with 72 MHz clock frequency for 32- bit devices, and the STM32F101 Access line, with 36 MHz clock frequency for 16- bit devices. Both lines offer 32K to 128K of embedded Flash memory. At 72 MHz executing from Flash, the STM32 consumes only 36mA.

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Video Application Processors (ESC Booth 3028)

Renesas Technology America, Inc. (San Jose, CA) has added two new application processors to the SH-Mobile series. The SH-MobileL3V2 offers additional video formats, high-resolution video capture, and enhanced functionality to control image quality. The smallpackage SH-MobileUL is suitable for use in mainstream mobile phone models. The processors support the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and VC-1 movingimage compression standard.

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Network Appliance Board (ESC Booth 2110)

VIA Technologies, Inc. (Taipei, Taiwan) has released the VIA NAB 7500 network appliance board for network security or gateway applications, including Firewall, VPN, UTM, Anti-Virus, and Intrusion Prevention System products.

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The Evolution of Storage

The embedded computing industry is being inundated with changes to storage products driven by technological advancements, market forces and environmental concerns. The precipitous drop in solid-state flash drive (SSD) prices has enabled designers, previously turned off by the cost, to now consider solid state as an option over rotating hard disk drives (HDD). With that decision comes a serious list of performance benefits, including improvements in durability and security, which SSDs have over HDDs.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Application Briefs, Board-Level Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Design processes, Computer software / hardware, Data management
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Protection Schemes for Advanced Shipboard Electrical Systems

A research program has made progress toward the development of schemes for protection against faults in next-generation DC zonal shipboard electrical systems (DC SESs) and for configuration management in these systems to enable surviving parts of the systems to continue to distribute electric power to critical loads. Computational simulations of a representative prototype DC SES have shown that these schemes could afford protection at a system level (in contradistinction to a local level), thereby imparting, to the DC SES, an intended capability for self-healing.

Posted in: Briefs, Electronics & Computers, Architecture, Electrical systems, Reliability, Marine vehicles and equipment
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DC Power Converter for 200°C Containing SiC Transistors

A DC-to-DC power converter, nominally rated for a power of 180 W, an input potential of 28 V, an output potential of 270 V, and a maximum operating temperature of 200°C has been designed, built, and tested. This power converter serves as a prototype for further development of power converters required to be capable of operating in high-temperature environments in diverse settings, including automobile, aircraft, and spacecraft engines, and oil and gas wells.

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A Comparison of SiC-Based Devices for Use as Power Switches

A report details a survey of the state of technological development and commercial availability of SiC-based electronic devices that has been performed to evaluate the suitability of such devices as power switches in present and future applications in which high reliability and/or capability for high-temperature operation are or will be required. Examples of such applications include high-temperature motor drives, switch modules, and DC-to- DC power converters, and DC-to-AC power inverters. The survey consisted primarily of a comparative study of the relative advantages and disadvantages of SiCbased vertical-junction field-effect transistors (VJFETs) and SiC-based metal oxide/semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs). Other devices, including conventional Si-based MOSFETs and SiCbased bipolar junction transistors (BJTs) were considered, but only in passing, because it was assumed, at the beginning of the study, that the superiority of SiCbased VJFETs and SiC-based MOSFETs over other devices for power-switching applications had already been established.

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Advances in Organic-Based Electronic Devices

A program of research has addressed multiple topics in the field of electronic and optoelectronic devices based on polymers and other organic substances, with special attention to memory devices and solar photovoltaic cells. The accomplishments of this research are summarized as follows:

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AlxInyGa1-x-yN Ultraviolet Light-Emitting Triodes

Light-emitting triodes (LETs) have been the focus of a program of research with a goal of increasing the quantum efficiencies of ultraviolet-lightemitting devices implemented in the AlxInyGa1-x-yN (0 ≤ x+y ≤ 1) material system. Heretofore, AlxInyGa1-x-yN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have exhibited "efficiency droop" — decreasing quantum efficiency with increasing injection current. LETs can be used as means of studying and overcoming efficiency droop.

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Single Board Computer

VersaLogic Corp. (Eugene, OR) offers the Sidewinder, a single board computer (SBC) designed to complement their existing EBX product line. The Sidewinder is a reliable fanless design featuring a robust array of onboard I/O functions including 8-channel 12- bit analog input, and 32- channel digital I/O. The RoHS-compliant Sidewinder includes VersaLogic’s proprietary SPX™ expansion interface that allows users to easily add a wide range of low-cost I/O options to the platform.

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