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Astute Electronics to distribute Excelsys’ power Designer of high efficiency power supplies Excelsys Technologies has added Astute Electronics to its distribution network. Astute will distribute solutions from Excelsys Technologies to customers in the Military, Security, Communication and Defence Industries throughout the UK. Astute will particularly focus on the company’s range of High-Rel COTS power supplies including Xgen, UltiMod and Xsolo, all of which are all field proven. These platforms are all designed for use in harsh operating environments common in the Military, Security, Communication and Defence Markets; typical applications from 200W to 2KW include: Radar Systems, Simulators, Diagnostics, Test & Measurement and Data Processing and Communications. Astute Electronics www.astute.co.uk Add location-awareness with multiconstellation GNS module, in distribution Distributor Alpha Micro has the CAM-M8 module from u-blox, that offers a simple way to add global positioning in applications that require location-awareness. It offers the option of concurrent operation with any two of the three main satellite-positioning systems currently in operation - GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou. The 9.6x14x1.95mm module supports satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS) that combine data from ground stations with satellite signals for better positioning accuracy. The CAM-M8, which delivers positioning data accurate to within 2 metres, updates at 18 Hz when connected to a single satellite network and at 10 Hz in multi-GNSS mode. Acquisition time is one second from a ‘hot’ start. Alpha Micro Components www.alphamicro.net Bluetooth Smart/LE module for drop-in connectivity, in distribution Distributor Farnell element14 has Panasonic’s PAN1740 next-generation Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) Module enabling low-energy wireless connectivity. The 9.0x9.5x1.8mm unit comes in a SMD package with shielded case and chip antenna A single-mode configuration, the Bluetooth Smart System-on-Chip module is optimised for low power, small size and low system cost products, making it suitable for smart watches, fitness trackers, smartphone accessories, medical monitors (such as heart rate monitors and glucose meters) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Farnell element14 www.premierfarnell.com Arrow to support FPGA-based instantdevelopment kit Arrow Electronics has expanded its line card to include the new Attila Arria 10 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) mezzanine card (FMC) Instant-development kit (DevKit). The kit, based on Altera’s Arria 10 technology, is designed and manufactured by ReFLEX CES, an established provider of modified-off-the-shelf solutions and turnkey embedded systems and designs. The board offers developers an out-of-the box design solution that combines a compact hardware platform with an efficient, intuitive software environment. The DevKit’s unique install and graphical user interface enable an immediate start, and its reference designs enable fast turn-around for short, secure developments. Arrow Electronics www.arrow.com RS Components to sponsor first TV steps of hexapod machine RS Components is providing sponsorship for a robot creation built by inventor Matt Denton, an electronics specialist within TV and film. The Mantis, a two-tonne turbo diesel-powered hexapod walking machine, brings together art and engineering, and will feature on Channel 4’s Gadget Man on 22 June. Matt, founder of Micro Magic Systems, has 20 years experience primarily within creature effects departments on sci-fi and fantasy films. He has built the machine using components predominantly from RS, and has taken it to festivals and events where it has received media attention, as well as being driven by The Gadget Shows anchorwoman Pollyanna Woodward when it was featured on the show in December. RS Components www.rs-online.com SPI NOR Flash surpasses AEC-Q100 reliability tests Solid State Supplies has announced a series of AEC-Q100- certified SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) multiple-I/O NOR Flash memory ICs from AMIC Technology. Specified for operation over the –40 to +125°C temperature range, the addition of AEC-Q100 certification for the AMIC A25L series of 3V SPI NOR Flash devices makes them well suited for automotive and other industrial applications. Furthermore, a key feature of the series is that these SPI products are based on a robust and well-proven 90nm process technology platform, rather than being implemented in the latest 65nm Flash technologies. The AMIC SPI Flash series is available in a number of memory densities ranging from 512K up to 64Mbit, and in a range of package styles including SOP, DIP, USON, WSON and BGA. The ICs have a maximum clock rate of 100MHz, operate from a 2.7 to 3.6V single supply voltage for read, erase and program operations and have standby currents ranging from 15μA down to 2μA for the 64Mbit devices. Solid State Supplies www.sssplc.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe July-August 2015 49


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