Monthly Archives January 2013

CES 2013: NXP gets cozy and warm with LED lighting

Convincing customers to switch to LED lighting remains a challenge. Despite the widely-known energy saving and lifespan benefits, many consumers are not satisfied with the light quality, which is indeed rather poor compared to old-style bulbs. For example, one of the biggest complaints regarding dimmable LEDs is that they don’t change Read More

Posted by René Jansen  /   January 18, 2013  /   Posted in Slider Main, Slider Sub  /   2 Comments

Software-defined protocol sequencer tackles interface issues

One of the exciting products that we showcased at our recent Innovation Day media event in Amsterdam was the Serial GPIO, a software-defined protocol sequencer.  The Serial GPIO solves a common problem caused by the wide variety of peripherals available on the market that use non-standard serial interfaces. Not only Read More

Posted by René Jansen  /   January 18, 2013  /   Posted in Enabling Technologies, Slider Sub  /   No Comments

A multi-tasking approach to battery refreshes: AN1139 Li-ion charger with the LPC111x

Rechargeable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are everywhere these days, powering everything from laptops and tablets to cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, and all sorts of portable electronics. But what’s the best way to charge them? This app note looks at using an LPC111x MCU to do the job, because this Read More

Posted by LPCzone  /   January 16, 2013  /   Posted in MCUs, MCUs Featured, Microcontrollers  /   No Comments

Teach your MCU to talk: AN11085 Speex on LPC175x/6x

A growing number of applications, including VoIP, voice messaging, internet audio streaming, and audio books, involve the recording and playback of human speech. To support these applications, we’ve developed source code and a sample application for running Speex, the open-source, royalty-free software codec for voice data. The sample application demonstrates Read More

Posted by LPCzone  /   January 16, 2013  /   Posted in MCUs, MCUs Featured, Microcontrollers  /   1 Comments

30 Years of the IGBT

Last month was the thirtieth birthday of another key component in the electronics world: the insulated gate bipolar transistor, or IGBT. December 1982 saw the issuing of what is commonly described as the seminal patent in the development of the IGBT. The device is essentially a power transistor switch that Read More

Posted by Richard Stockdill  /   January 15, 2013  /   Posted in News  /   No Comments

CES 2013 preview: Smarter and More Secure Living in a Hyper-Connected World

Perhaps the biggest trend in consumer electronics right now is the ability for devices to talk to and share information with each other – not just computers and phones, but all electronic and digital devices, from tiny sensors that can monitor energy usage in a house through to major electro-mechanical Read More

Posted by Pieter van Nuenen  /   January 08, 2013  /   Posted in Automotive, Automotive Featured, Events, Identification, Innovation, News  /   1 Comments