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Conductive paint spreads inventivity Distributor RS Components is expanding its offering with products from Bare Conductive; Electric Paint and the company’s Arduino-based Touch Board. The products are aimed at the complete range of potential customers, from hobbyists to professional engineers, and including the ‘maker’ sector. Bare Conductive says that one reason it has partnered with RS is for the access that the distributor has to each of those constituencies. Electric Paint is a carbon-based paint or ink that comes either in a direct-dispense tube or pen ; or in pots for brushing or screening. The product is electrically conductive (in both liquid and dried states), non-toxic, solvent-free, and water-soluble. RS Components http://uk.rs-online.com TTI to represent Knowles brand Syfer Technology Already supported by TTI Inc. in Europe and Asia this move sees the brand available worldwide from this leading authorized distributor of interconnect, passive, electromechanical and discrete components. With a history traceable back to Erie Electronics in the 1960s, Syfer is a global leader in Capacitor products, EMI filters and EMC solutions. The company was later acquired by the Dover Corporation and is now part of The Knowles Corporation, a recent spin-off from Dover. The brand is a constituent part of Knowles along with DLI, Novacap and Voltronics. The company has lead the industry over the years with leading technical advances like FlexiCap and ProtectiCap and have developed a successful Capacitor and EMI filter product line. TTI Inc. www.ttiinc.com Element14 releases Raspberry Pi 2 Model B with more processing power, memory Priced at €31.15, the successor to the four million unit selling Raspberry Pi is six times faster than its predecessor and now boasts 1GB of RAM to run bigger and more powerful projects. The Raspberry Pi 2 marks a major modification for the credit card-sized computer, with a new Broadcom BCM2836 ARMv7 Quad Core Processor powered Single Board Computer running at 900MHz with 1GB of RAM. For a superior user experience the new Raspberry Pi 2 boots up in less than half the time of its predecessor. All previous Raspberry Pi projects are compatible with the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, and the expanded GPIO pins, advanced power management and connectivity, make it possible to connect up to four USB devices, including some powered devices such as hard drives. The 40-pin GPIO enables multiple sensors, connectors and expansion boards to be added, with the first 26 pins identical to the Model A and B board. element14 www.element14.com RFMW to distribute Qorvo’s 2-6GHz GaN driver amplifier RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for a 2 - 6GHz GaN driver amplifier from Qorvo, the new company name for the merger of TriQuint and RFMD. The TGA2597 provides a saturated output power of 31.5dBm with over 31% PAE. Small signal gain of the TGA2597 is greater than 24dB with large signal gain over 13.5dB. Qorvo offers the TGA2597 for radar, EW and communication applications requiring low current (40mA) from a 25V supply. Offered as DIE, a packaged version is available from Qorvo as the TGA2597-SM. RFMW www.rfmw.com Digi-Key to host FIRST Robotics Challenge kick-off Electronic distributor Digi-Key sponsored a regional kick-off event for high school students planning to participate in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics’ 2015 Global Challenge. In conjunction with a global unveiling of the contest hosted by Inventor Dean Kamen, Digi-Key invited several regional high schools to its headquarters last Saturday for a presentation by one of Digi-Keys executive vice presidents and to receive their kit for this years challenge. With growing interest around the world in innovation and engineering, over 75,000 high school students, comprising nearly 3,000 teams, have signed up to participate in this years FIRST Robotics challenge. Digi-Key Corporation www.digikey.com SPST and SP4T switches for impedancematching and aperture-tuning Richardson RFPD now offers full design support for two new tuning control switches from Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, the PE613010 and PE613050. Based on Peregrine’s UltraCMOS technology, a patented variation of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology on a sapphire substrate, these tuning control switches support a wide variety of tuning circuit topologies, with emphasis on impedance-matching and aperture-tuning applications. Both of the new switches feature low on-resistance (1.2 and 1.6 Ohm respectively) and insertion loss (0.20 dB @ 900 MHz and 0.40 dB @ 1900 MHz for the PE613010) across key cellular frequency bands from 100 to 3000 MHz. Richardson RFPD www.richardsonrfpd.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe February 2015 49


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