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Mouser now stocks Microchip’s SuperSpeed USB3 controller Mouser Electronics is now stocking Microchip’s new SuperSpeed Certified USB3 controller hub, claimed to be the world’s first with on-chip programmable memory and certified four-port USB3 Hub with 3 additional USB2 lanes. Microchip’s four-member USB553XB-5000 family is the industry’s most flexible, as it includes a seven-port hybrid version with a certified four-port USB3 hub and three additional USB2 lanes. The remaining three family members feature two-, three- and four-port USB3 hubs, respectively, providing a broad migration path for the designers of PCs, peripherals, computing platforms, storage solutions, docking stations and monitors. The chips integrate programmable memory, allowing OEMs to quickly customize their products and ensure operating-system compatibility. Additionally, the hybrid controller provides the flexibility to create applications with both USB3 and USB2 ports. Mouser Electronics www.mouser.com element14 and Microchip co-develop chipKIT Pi expansion board Developed in collaboration with volunteers from the chipKIT and Arduino communities, the chipKIT Pi Expansion Board enables the development of 3.3V Arduino compatible applications for the Raspberry Pi using a 32- bit, high-performance MCU in a prototyping-friendly package. This open source tool enables users to benefit from the PIC32 MCU’s high performance, memory and integrated peripherals while using the basic hobbyist prototyping equipment that is found in most home workshops. The chipKIT Pi can interface directly to the Raspberry Pi I/O Expansion header without any additional components, reducing both cost and design complexity. Users can also tap into the large repository of available Arduino tutorials, reference materials, curriculum and more, to create a diverse array of designs. element14 www.premierfarnell.com GP Batteries charges Avnet Abacus with European distribution Avnet Abacus’ appointment as the authorized distributor for GP Batteries industrial products portfolio across Europe is a strategic initiative by the company to strengthen its presence across Europe, with particular emphasis on achieving business growth in the industrial and OEM sectors. GP Batteries supplies off-the-shelf components but also has a complete in-house custom design battery capability. With unique battery expertise in the distribution sector, and a network of 40 offices located in Europe, Avnet Abacus offers both the technical know-how and geographic proximity to support customers in the region to the very highest standards. Avnet Abacus www.avnet-abacus.eu Rutronik builds 9,000m2 warehouse to expand its storage and logistics capacities With the symbolic breaking of ground for a new storage and logistics centre, distributor Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH is expanding its existing warehouse in Eisingen close to Rutronik’s headquarters in Ispringen near Pforzheim. The new warehouse will add 9,000 square metres of floor space, doubling the company’s storage space but also streamlining internal logistics processes through shorter routes and more effective procedures. A goods receipt department as well as a 2-storey administration area for offices and meeting rooms are integrated into the warehouse and order-picking hall. Some 100 additional employees are set to boost the current workforce of 120 at Eisingen. Construction work is due to complete in autumn 2014. Rutronik www.rutronik.com Thick film chip resistor withstands lightning surges up to 5.5kV In addition to handling much higher pulse power than same sized commodity thick film chip resistor, the RPC Series from Stackpole is also rated for surge withstanding per IEC 60115-1 up to 5.5kV. This makes the high resistance values of the RPC Series a good choice for a variety of applications where brief high voltages may damage the power supply or control circuitry. The RPC Series is available in sizes from 0603 through 2512, with tolerances as low as 1%. Stackpole Electronics www.seielect.com Digi-Key signs distribution for GainSpan’s low-power Wi-Fi Distributor Digi-Key has added GainSpan’s product portfolio to its catalogue, bringing the company’s low-power 802.11 Wi-Fi solutions to the global market. GainSpan’s easy-to-use SoC modules and software allow customers to leverage the large installed base of Wi-Fi access points and smartphones to create connected products for healthcare, smart energy, and control/monitoring applications. The solutions feature an ultra-low-power SoC that consumes a few μA of standby current and goes from standby to active mode in a few ms. GainSpan offers solutions for low-cost MCUs from many of the top suppliers. Digi-Key www.digikey.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe October 2013 49


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