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Littelfuse’s AEC-Q101 Qualified TVS Diode Offers Single-Component Protection Solution for Transients Up to 550V

Tuesday, November 14 2017

Littelfuse’s AEC-Q101 Qualified TVS Diode Offers Single-Component Protection Solution for Transients Up to 550V

IGBT active clamping in HVAC and convertor/invertor systems. Series battery protection in Battery Management Systems (BMSs). “Both unidirectional and bidirectional AEC-Q101 qualified TPSMB Series TVS Diodes can now deliver higher voltage protection in a standard DO-214AA SMB package,” said Charlie Cai, global product manager, Electronics Business Unit at Littelfuse. “The combination of higher voltage protection and a small footprint means circuit designers don’t need to reserve additional circuit board space to accommodate multiple TVS Diodes.” TPSMB Series Automotive TVS Diodes offer these key benefits: 600W peak pulse power dissipation rating is popular for automotive applications. AEC-Q101 qualified devices are well-suited for applications that demand high reliability. Compact DO‑214AA package allows for quick and easy PCB layout. 10V to 550V standoff voltage range meets automotive design requirements and addresses needs of IGBT active clamping and Xenon head lamp ignitor protection. Compliance with IEC 61000-4-2 and IEC 610000-4-4 helps designers meet global regulatory standards. Availability TPSMB Series Automotive TVS Diodes are available in tape and reel format in quantities of 3,000. Sample requests may be placed through authorized Littelfuse distributors worldwide. Forv more information visit Littelfuse.com TAGS

Shanghai Smart Home Technology 2017 concluded with record breaking visitor attendance

Tuesday, November 14 2017

Shanghai Smart Home Technology 2017 concluded with record breaking visitor attendance

Shanghai Smart Home Technology 2017 concluded with record breaking visitor attendance Shanghai Smart Home Technology 2017 concluded with record breaking visitor attendance The concepts of ‘innovation’, ‘core technology’, ‘trends’ and ‘connectivity’ help illustrate future industry progression November 14, 2017 69 The third edition of Shanghai Smart Home Technology (SSHT) concluded on a bright note. The fair was held concurrently with Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology (SIBT) from 5 – 7 September 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai. Collectively, the two shows hosted 240 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions which showcased the latest smart home and intelligent building innovations. The fairs also welcomed a record-breaking 27,275 visitors, an 18% increase from last year, from 54 countries and regions. Regarding this year‘s fair, Ms Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, commented: “I would like to express my gratitude to our co-organisers, especially China Smart Home Industry Alliance (CSHIA) as well as all of our industry peers for their support. This year, SSHT elaborated on current industry movements through four concepts — ‘innovation’, ‘core technology’, ‘trends’ and ‘connectivity’. The development of Internet of Things (IoT), big data and cloud platform has changed our everyday habits and these ongoing developments are driving the smart home industry to go further. The fair successfully positions itself as a one-stop showcase platform covering a full spectrum of exhibits. In order to foster information exchange and collaboration, we organised a series of seminars and forums. To make smart living a reality we will require new ideas, hardware and above all a close-knit industry. We are confident to make SSHT an influential event to offer a comprehensive display for industry professionals.” The concepts of ‘innovation’, ‘core technology’, ‘trends’ and ‘connectivity’ help illustrate future industry progression Innovation – Gathering leading brands to exhibit the latest inventions From individual smart home products to total solutions Thriving development of smart home entertainment and audio-visual(AV) Smart door locks and home security are on the rise Smart home control systems Pursue forward-thinking solutions Core technology – Integrating cross-sector expertise to enhance competitiveness Internet of Things (IoT) technology Trends – Keeping up with market intelligence to capture opportunities for growth

NI Announces Industry’s First PXI Chassis With 58 W of Power and Cooling per Slot

Tuesday, November 14 2017

NI Announces Industry’s First PXI Chassis With 58 W of Power and Cooling per Slot

NI Announces Industry’s First PXI Chassis With 58 W of Power and... NI Announces Industry’s First PXI Chassis With 58 W of Power and Cooling per Slot The new chassis is also NI’s quietest PXI Express chassis in its 38 W cooling profile mode November 14, 2017 59 NI, the provider of platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, announced on November 14, 2017, the PXIe-1095 chassis, the industry’s first PXI Chassis with 58 W of dedicated power and cooling per slot. This represents a 50 percent increase in power and cooling per slot compared to previously released NI PXI Express chassis. In addition to higher power, the new chassis also features a significant reduction in fan noise in its 38 W cooling profile mode, delivering a 13 dB improvement compared to the previously released PXIe-1085 chassis and making it NI’s quietest PXI Express chassis. “With 58 W of power and cooling in every slot of our newest chassis, we can continue to expand the PXI platform to serve even the most challenging instrumentation needs of our customers,” said Steve Warntjes, vice president of R&D, modular instruments at NI. “This new chassis will not only provide more power and cooling for power-hungry FPGA processing applications but also provide higher power budgets for future PXI modules.” In addition to providing higher power and lower fan noise, the 18-slot PXIe-1095 chassis offers two hot-swappable, redundant 1,200 W power supplies for high-availability applications. Using PCI Express Gen 3 technology, the new chassis features 24 GB/s of system bandwidth for high-throughput peer-to-peer or peer-to-disk data transfer applications. Furthermore, the chassis offers an optional timing and synchronization upgrade that includes a built-in OCXO for increased clock accuracy and external clock and trigger routing. Finally, like all NI PXI Chassis, the PXIe-1095 includes software resources for monitoring system health data such as temperature and fan speed. The PXIe-1095 is an important part of the NI ecosystem that engineers can use to build smarter test systems. These test systems benefit from more than 600 PXI products ranging from DC to mmWave and feature high-throughput data movement using PCI Express bus interfaces and sub-nanosecond synchronization with integrated timing and triggering. Supported by a vibrant ecosystem of partners, add-on IP and applications engineers, the NI platform helps dramatically lower the cost of the test, reduce time to market and future-proof testers for tomorrow’s challenging requirements. Read this white paper to learn more about how NI’s new high-power chassis helps engineers build smarter test and measurement systems. TAGS

New High Power Thin Film Chip Resistors that will Lower the Costs and Save Space

Tuesday, November 14 2017

New High Power Thin Film Chip Resistors that will Lower the Costs and Save Space

New High Power Thin Film Chip Resistors that will Lower the Costs... New High Power Thin Film Chip Resistors that will Lower the Costs and Save Space November 14, 2017 84 Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. Nov. 13, 2017, introduced a new series of Automotive Grade thin film chip resistors that features the industry’s highest rated power dissipation in the compact 0402, 0603, and 0805 case sizes. For electronics in automotive, industrial, and renewable energy applications, Vishay Beyschlag MC HP series devices combine high operating temperatures to +175 °C with low load life drift ≤ 0.2 % after 1,000 hours of operation at rated dissipation. With rated power dissipation up to 0.4 W, the MCS 0402 HP, MCT 0603 HP, and MCU 0805 HP deliver over two times the dissipation of standard thin film chip resistors in their respective case sizes while also exceeding the ratings of components in the next largest case sizes. To save space, reduce component counts, and lower costs, the MC HP series allows designers to use compact resistors in place of larger devices, or to replace multiple standard resistors of the same case size. The AEC-Q200 qualified devices released today feature a resistance range from 1 Ω to 100 kΩ, TCR down to ± 25 ppm/K, and tolerances down to ± 0.1 %. The MC HP series offers superior temperature cycling robustness and advanced sulfur resistance as verified according to ASTM B 809. Suitable for processing on automatic SMD assembly systems, the lead (Pb)-free devices are RoHS-compliant. The MCS 0402 HP, MCT 0603 HP, and MCU 0805 HP are the perfect choice for most fields of modern electronics in which power dissipation, reliability, stability, and robust design are major concerns. Typical applications will include DC/DC converters; power supply, motor, and electronic control units; inverters; and test and measurement equipment. Device Specification Table:

Advanced Wireless Charging Chip from STMicroelectronics For Speed Charging Devices

Wednesday, November 15 2017

Advanced Wireless Charging Chip from STMicroelectronics For Speed Charging Devices

Advanced Wireless Charging Chip from STMicroelectronics For Speed Charging Devices Advanced Wireless Charging Chip from STMicroelectronics For Speed Charging Devices November 15, 2017 75 New charging controller supports the latest industry standard (Qi Extended Power) for faster charging of smartphones and tablets Patented detection and safety features, with best-in-class standby power, ensure superior user experience and efficiency STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is powering up wireless charging for mobile devices by introducing one of the world’s first chips to support the latest industry standard for faster charging. Nowadays, people are using their smartphones and tablets so intensively that many need to top up battery power several times a day. With wireless charging, users don’t need to carry the charger or a bulky power bank, and can charge their electronic devices as fast as with a cable. Major mobile manufacturers are committing to wireless charging by joining the industry alliances and launching compatible products. Users on the move, who put their mobiles down to charge for a few minutes – say, during a break or in a meeting — need the device to be ready to go again when they are. To enable this, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) that manages the Qi specification — a widely adopted industry standard — has introduced the Extended Power profile for faster charging. By raising the maximum charging power from 5W to 15W, this new profile enables devices to be charged up to three times more quickly. One of the market’s first wireless-charging controllers to support Qi Extended Power, ST’s STWBC-EP combines best-in-class energy efficiency, consuming just 16mW in standby and able to wirelessly transfer more than 80% of the total input power, with unique features created by ST to enhance the user experience. These include a patented solution enhancing active presence detection to wake the system quickly when a compatible object is presented for charging. The patented technology also enhances the performance of Foreign Object Detection (FOD), to cut power and prevent overheating if objects containing metals are brought too close to the charger. Other unique innovations enhance power control and energy transfer to maximize efficiency and ease of use. “ST’s Advanced Wireless-Charging chip enables manufacturers to create new, high-power products that offer superior features and efficiency,” said Domenico Arrigo, General Manager, Industrial, and Power Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics. “The Qi Extended Power support dramatically shortens charging time and our patented detection and safety innovations greatly improve safety and ease of use.” The STWBC-EP provides the level of integration allowing to simplify charger design while providing the flexibility to work with supply voltages ranging from 5V USB power up to 12V. To help accelerate time to market for product developers, ST has created an associated reference design with a Qi 15W ready-built transmitter board and documentation to get started. ST also has a 15W receiver chip (STWLC33) for use in high-speed chargeable devices, which developers can use to complete their applications. ST’s new wireless-charging chip will be showcased at the Qi Wireless Power Developers Conference and Tradeshow held in San Francisco on November 16-17. The STWBC-EP is available now, as a 32-lead QFN (5mm x 5mm) device, priced from $3.175 for 1000 pieces. For further information refer to www.st.com/wb TAGS

Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology Shanghai New International Expo Centre Shanghai, China, 5 – 7 September 2017

Wednesday, November 15 2017

Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology Shanghai New International Expo Centre Shanghai, China, 5 – 7 September 2017

Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology Shanghai New International Expo Centre Shanghai, China, 5... Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology Shanghai New International Expo Centre Shanghai, China, 5 – 7 September 2017 November 15, 2017 71 The 11th edition of Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology (Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology - SIBT) ended on a positive note with a record-breaking number of visitors. The fair was held concurrently with Shanghai Smart Home Technology (SSHT) from 5 – 7 September 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. Collectively, the two shows hosted 240 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions which displayed the latest intelligent building and smart home technologies. The 2017 edition also welcomed a record-breaking 27,275 visitors from 54 countries and regions, an 18% increase from last year. Ms Lucia Wong, Deputy General Manager of Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, said: “The 11th edition of SIBT concluded with great success. We would like to express our gratitude to our industry friends for their generous support. China’s new urbanisation and development of IoT is having a huge impact on the building industry. Conventional buildings are evolving into intelligent buildings that can provide greater comfort and convenience and it is well understood that IoT will bring sweeping changes to the industry. In addition, a series of thoughtprovoking forums and seminars were held covering topics including connectivity, IoT, smart hotels, intelligent building and smart home standards. Expert speakers were invited to share information about the latest innovations and industry trends with fairgoers in the hope of fostering cross-sector collaboration and technological convergence.” The Intelligent Engineering Branch of China Exploration & Design Association was one of the fair co-organisers. Ms Hu Ping, President, commented on the show as well as on the future development of the industry: “SIBT is an important fair with strong participation from leading brands and industry professionals. As technologies evolve, people demand better living standards. With the application of smart technologies, buildings not only provide safety and shelter for citizens but they make life more comfortable, greener and healthier.” Comprehensive display of the latest innovations receives positive approval by fairgoers Backed by steadfast support from renowned overseas and domestic companies over the years, the fair is dedicated to presenting innovative solutions. Participating exhibitiors included A-OK, ABB, ANJUBAO, Apollo, AVE-Leelen, Baiwei, CARLO, Dnake, DUEMMEGI, EnOcean Alliance, HDL, Honyar, HUTLON, KNX Association, Rishun, RUI XIANG, SAVEKEY, Security & Fire, SenseAir, Supcon, Systec, T-Touching, Taijeisai, WISTAR and ZF Friedrichshafen. China Security & Fire IoT Sensing Co Ltd specialises in sensors. Mr Tang Fei, Manager, was pleased with the progress demonstrated by the industry over the past few years: “Although the intelligent building industry takes time to achieve technological breakthroughs, the speed of applying these new ideas into products is always stunning. I am glad to see many theories raised during the previous editions have been put into reality this year.” Zhejiang Supcon Instrument Co Ltd focuses on design, research and development of intelligent buildings and smart cities. Mr Wang Kai, Chief Engineer, Building Intelligence Division, shared: “Our systems are particularly designed for commerical and public buildings. We exhibit at SIBT on a regular basis as we see the fair as a must-attend industry event. We also participated in the forum this year and the quality of the atteedees was impressive. In addition to the integration and introduction of technologies, setting up a uniform standard is also vital to help the smart industry progess.” Guangdong Digital Technology Co Ltd was a first-time exhibitor. The company engages in building intercoms, parking, access control systems and smart homes. Ms Zhang Shuming, Vice President and General Manager of Smart Integration Business Department said: “Intelligent buildings involve a wide range of disciplines including cloud computing, artificial intelligence, building and data communication. Only if every enterprise strives to perform at its best will the industry develop further. The visitor flow was far beyond my expectation. Visitors were able to fully experience the products and technologies on display during the show. SIBT is an ideal platform for business promotion.” Concurrent forums analysed future industry trends with a spotlight on Building Internet of Things (BIoT) The ever-changing intelligent building market creates an increasing demand for innovative technologies and ideas. This year, SIBT explored future industry trends with a spotlight on Building Internet of Things (BIoT). Influential decision-makers were invited to the fair to share their thoughtful insights: Intelligent buildings Organised by Engineering Intelligent Design Branch of China Exploration and Design Association, Engineering Intelligent Design Branch of China Exploration and Design Association Shanghai Expert Committee, and Intelligent Building & Smart City Magazine, the forum “Intelligent Building.Smart Future–Intelligent Building Industry Integrated Development Forum 2017” discussed the technological integration, development and innovation of the industry. Ms Hu Ping, President, Engineering Intelligent Design Branch of China Exploration Page 3 Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology Shanghai, 5 – 7 September 2017 and Design Association, stated: “The forum was well-received and fully occupied, some attendees who were not able to get seats had to stand in the seminar area for the presentation. The forum was a great occasion for them to learn from the assembled experts and to learn about innovative technologies. The forum will not only help their individual work, but also assist the industry as a whole to make further progress.” Connectivity Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) organised a seminar entitled “The Impact of the Internet of Things (IoT) on Intelligent Buildings and Multi-Dwelling Unit Buildings”. Mr Greg Walker, Research Director, CABA, was invited as a speaker. He remarked: “The forum analysed the issue from the perspectives of different stakeholders. I think the content really matched what the industry needs. The questions from the floor reflected the quality of the attendees and their feedback was positive.” Intelligent hotels Ms Helen Huang, Secretary-General of China Hotel Engineering Alliance, was invited to be one of the guest speakers of the forum “New Thinking on Intelligent Hotel – Increase in service value when hotels become intelligent”. Other speakers were from ABB, Eastsoft, Haier, Lutron, Tridium and VersLink. Ms Huang said: “The participating companies at the forum represented different sectors including wireless technologies, smart lighting and lighting control. Before applying smart products in homes, a lot of people gain firsthand experience of using these products when staying in hotels. The hotel industry is the pioneer of smart technologies. The attendees raised questions which identified the current challenges we are facing and it was an excellent occasion for information exchange and learning new ideas.” Intelligent building and smart home communication protocols A diverse array of forums were organised to enhance the communication and integration among smart system providers. Participating organisations include EnOcean Alliance, KNX Association, LonMark International, Wi-Fi Alliance and Zigbee Alliance. As the speaker of “EnOcean Batteryless Wireless Technology for Intelligent Buildings and IoT – Embracing the Internet of Things in the New Era of Cognitive Buildings”, Mr Graham Martin, Chairman & CEO, EnOcean Alliance, commented: “In commercial buildings, users are not always concious of energy saving. Therefore, property owners are more determined to adopt energy-saving technologies to reduce operation costs. I am glad to see the forum was successfully held and a full-house exceeded my expectations. The forum acts as a highly efficient avenue for industry peers to learn about the latest market intelligence. Attendees can listen to their topics of interest and then go to the booth and talk to the experts in detail after the seminar.” KNX Association organised “KNX Technical Seminar” to explore future developments in smart homes and smart cities through case studies. Ms Shen Pu, Executive Secretary, KNX China, shared: “In addition to helping audiences better understand our brand, we also provided new angles for the audience to view the industry. For example, the emergence of smart hospitals has allowed us to examine in more detail medical issues related to aging populations. The forum was well- Page 4 Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology Shanghai, 5 – 7 September 2017 attended and feedback from audience was positive.” Wi-Fi Alliance elaborated on the application of smart living by presenting the topic “Wireless to Smart by Wi-Fi Alliance”. Mr Jerry Huang, Director, Greater China Region, Wi-Fi Alliance, said: “I would like to provoke new thinking by illustrating case studies related to chips, modules, solutions, strategy and end-users’ market. The forum was in line with the market’s expectation and the audience was highly engaged in the discussion.” Zigbee Alliance introduced its technologies and illustrated the application through the topic of “Smart Inside, Beauty Outside”. Ms Laura Shang, China Regional Representative, Zigbee Alliance, said: “Most of the attendees were from the smart home sector which meets our expectation. The guest speakers we invited covered a full spectrum of the industry including chips and modules. It was an efficient platform for industry professionals to discuss the latest trends.” Organised by a&s, the forum “Application of Intelligent Open Video Technology Innovation Forum” introduced security products and technologies with a wide range of smart features. These smart security solutions are able to be applied in many different ways for industrial and urban planning. SIBT is jointly organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, Shanghai Hongshan Exhibition Service Co Ltd, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade – Shanghai Pudong Sub Council and the Intelligent Engineering Branch of China Exploration & Design Association. The next edition of the fair will be held from 3 – 5 September 2018 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre in China. SSHT and SIBT are both headed by the biennial Light + Building event which will take place from 18 – 23 March 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany. Messe Frankfurt also organises a series of light and building technology exhibitions in China including the Shanghai International Lighting Fair, Parking China, Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition and Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology. The company’s light and building technology fairs also extend to markets in Argentina, India, Russia, the UAE and other countries and regions. For more information on Light + Building shows worldwide, please visit www.light-building.com/brand . To learn more about SIBT, please visit www.building.messefrankfurt.com.cn TAGS

ROHM Eyeing Indian E-Vehicle Market with a foray of Energy Efficient Power Solutions

Wednesday, November 15 2017

ROHM Eyeing Indian E-Vehicle Market with a foray of Energy Efficient Power Solutions

ROHM Eyeing Indian E-Vehicle Market with a foray of Energy Efficient Power... ROHM Eyeing Indian E-Vehicle Market with a foray of Energy Efficient Power Solutions November 15, 2017 73 ROHM, a Japanese semiconductor manufacturer plans to foray into the Indian market with its low power and energy efficient power supplies to meet the growing demand for Electric Vehicles and other Hybrid-Electric-Vehicles (also called xEV). ROHM is a major supplier of auto-electronic components providing energy efficient power solutions for xEV. The drive towards eco-friendly mobility across the world means that Electric Vehicle is a key focus area for the company. Starting 2016, ROHM has started to extend support for Formula E, as an official technology partner to the Venturi Formula E team, that attracts motorsports fans from around the world. Also, ROHM is a key player in the Consumer electronics, with an array of power devices for Set Top Boxes, Smartphones, home infotainment to name a few. Smart infrastructure along with efficient power is a key focus area in IoT . In India, ROHM focus on Automotive and Industrial equipment. “In 2006, ROHM ventured into India with a representative office, followed it up by establishing a fully owned subsidiary in 2011. In 2014, an R&D center was established in Bengaluru to technical support Indian customers. Combined with the years of experience from the global markets, and a strong local sales and support organization, we are all set to play a vital role in the Indian Electric Vehicle revolution.” Said Mr. Nakamura, Managing Director, ROHM Semiconductor India. “Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) is working towards reducing the accidents due to human errors. Indian Automotive consumers will be benefitted from adopting some, if not all of the ADAS systems, like pedestrian avoidance, obstruction detection, automatic parking, etc. Besides, the number of electric motors in an automotive is steadily increasing, along with the electronics needed for the control. ROHM is working with some of the key enablers of some of these technologies to supply highly efficient semiconductor devices.” Said Mr Britto Edward, Head, Design Center, India. ROHM on November 14, 2017, announced the availability of new power supply IC based on Nano Pulse Control Technology for the Indian market a 2MHz switching regulator with built-in MOSFET that achieves the highest step-down ratio in the industry. This is required for 48V automotive systems such as mild hybrid vehicles . The latest switching regulator (BD9V100MUF-C) from ROHM, utilizes proprietary technology to reduce the minimum ON time to an unprecedented 9ns which are 10x shorter than the existing technology, thus enabling step-down operation from high input voltages like 60V to around 2.5V, at a constant frequency of 2MHz. It is very much useful in the new Automotive, Industrial & Solar energy segments. In addition, the current-mode control provides easy phase compensation and use fewer external parts, while the integrated high-voltage MOSFET expands the input voltage range to 65V enabling wide adoption. TIn recent years, mild hybrid vehicles with 48V systems provide better cost performance over full hybrid cars improving fuel efficiency over conventional 12V power supply systems. The automotive sector is experiencing strict emission norms, combined with the environmental awareness is very much focused on saving every single drop of energy. The Industry always wanted a switching regulator operating at 2MHz operation for Automotive systems. Besides, there has not been a power supply IC capable of stepping down 48V to the 3.3V or 5V needed for low power devices inside the ECU, and typically such a regulator always used 2-stage step down, which this product will enable in a single stage, improving efficiency to a large extent. Terminology Nano Pulse Control: Nano Pulse Control refers to the ultra-fast switching technology that can achieve very high step down ratio. It is a combination of analog circuit design, layout, besides other processes. It utilizes ROHM’s vertically integrated production system to the maximum. This technology contributes towards greater miniaturization in 48V applications ranging from mild hybrid vehicles and industrial robots to base station power supplies. Formula E: Formula E is an electric car equivalent of Formula-1 and uses the normal roads in the heart of the city, instead of the racing tracks. Ten teams with 20 drivers and 40 electric racing cars line up in Formula E with a change of cars half-way through. Power comes from a lithium-ion battery, so energy management is the key to success. Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag explains: “Formula E is the best place for developing new technologies. I’m certain that we can make a major contribution.” TAGS

Why the Networking and Telecom Industry Shouldn’t Trust Quartz Timing Solutions

Wednesday, November 15 2017

Why the Networking and Telecom Industry Shouldn’t Trust Quartz Timing Solutions

Why the Networking and Telecom Industry Shouldn’t Trust Quartz Timing Solutions Why the Networking and Telecom Industry Shouldn’t Trust Quartz Timing Solutions Jim Holbrook, Director, Customer Engineering, SiTime Corporation November 15, 2017 55 Quartz-based oscillators have served the electronics industry for over 75 years in applications that require precise frequencies with part-per-million accuracy. Until recently, quartz oscillators have served the industry well despite certain intrinsic weaknesses. Because of the limitations of quartz and the higher economy of scale associated with silicon production infrastructure, silicon-based MEMS timing devices have begun to replace quartz oscillators. In 2006, the first MEMS-based oscillator was released. These MEMS oscillators demonstrated superior performance in the areas of shock and vibration immunity, and the absence of sudden frequency jumps at certain temperatures (activity dips and micro jumps). Since 2006, the technology has improved considerably, improving the temperature compensation, as well as the phase lock loop (PLL) to deliver lower jitter and phase noise. Only MEMS Oscillators Can Deliver Dynamic Performance Exposure to high temperature, thermal shock, vibration, and widely varying air flow makes for a bad environment for quartz oscillators. What’s more, power supply noise, electromagnetic interference (EMI), and other types of noise are hard to minimize with crystals. That’s where MEMS oscillators come in. Today’s state of the art MEMS oscillators are the result of years of technology refinement and millions of dollars in investment. The latest MEMS timing solutions inherently perform better in the presence of dynamic environmental conditions. MEMS timing technology delivers low-noise/low-jitter clocks with unmatched resilience to environmental stresses including shock, vibration, airflow, and fast temperature transients. This dynamic performance enables the best reliability, highest performance, and highest quality of service in telecom, networking, storage, and server, industrial, automotive and high-reliability products. Figure 1 shows how MEMS technology performs compared to quartz technology in the face of environmental inhibitors like vibration. MEMS Oscillators Can Handle Vibration MEMS-based oscillators are much more resistant to a variety of environmental stressors including shock and vibration. Resonator size is a major factor in making MEMS immune to mechanical shock and vibration. Compared to quartz resonators, the mass of MEMS resonators is approximately 1,000 to 3,000 times lower. This means a given acceleration imposed on a MEMS structure, such as from shock or vibration, will result in a much lower force than its quartz equivalent and therefore induce a much lower frequency shift. Figure 2 compares the size and construction of a MEMS resonator to a quartz resonator. With MEMS Timing, Temperature Transients Aren’t a Problem Another important environmental stressor is thermal stress induced from changes in ambient temperature and board temperature. The most extreme thermal transients are usually caused during system power up and when the system enters and resumes from low-power states. Oscillators are often placed near a processor or system on a chip (SoC), and will therefore be subjected to the most severe thermal transients when the processor or SoC transitions from low-power to high-power states and vice versa. These severe thermal transients can cause quartz-based oscillators to exceed their datasheet specifications. Elite Platform oscillators, based on the latest MEMS timing architecture, are particularly well suited for use in systems that are subjected to rapid thermal transients. This architecture employs a DualMEMS configuration, shown in Figure 3. With DualMEMS, one of the MEMS acts as a temperature sensing element. This MEMS temperature sensor shares the same die substrate as the MEMS resonator with less than 200 µm separation between the two MEMS elements, ensuring the best possible coupling between the resonator and temperature sensor. This level of coupling is not possible in quartz oscillators because of the physical separation between the quartz resonator and temperature sensor. With advances in temperature sensing, tight thermal coupling between the resonator and the temperature sensor, and the advances in the TDC (temperature to digital converter), the MEMS Elite Platform can support temperature stability below ±100 ppb as shown in Figure 4. MEMS Timing Solutions Are Designed for Reliability High quality is built into MEMS oscillators. During MEMS manufacturing, an Epi-Seal process is used to clean the resonator and hermetically seal it in a vacuum to eliminate aging mechanisms. This process is the basis for the very high reliability of MEMS oscillators. Over 900 million MEMS oscillators have been shipped with no in-product failures attributable to the MEMS resonator. Figure 5 illustrates the reliability benefit of MEMS oscillators compared to quartz, over 30 times lower defective parts per million (DPPM) than Tier 1 quartz suppliers. Choose MEMS Timing for the Most Reliable Performance MEMS oscillators have intrinsic advantages over quartz oscillators. New MEMS timing technology leverages these advantages and demonstrates dynamic performance levels not previously possible. System architects and designers across all industries, especially in industries such as networking and communications that require reliable performance under dynamic conditions, are recognizing these benefits and rapidly adopting MEMS timing solutions. These advantages include the absence of activity dips and the ability to maintain performance in the presence of shock and vibration, rapid temperature changes, and airflow transients. Figure 6 summarizes the advantages of MEMS oscillators compared to quartz oscillators TAGS

Digital India Initiatives will make Indian Government spend more in IT

Wednesday, November 15 2017

Digital India Initiatives will make Indian Government spend more in IT

Digital India Initiatives will make Indian Government spend more in IT Digital India Initiatives will make Indian Government spend more in IT November 15, 2017 23 IT spending in the Indian government sector is projected to reach $8.5 billion in 2018, an increase of 8.9 percent from 2017 estimated spending of $7.8 billion, according to the latest forecast by Gartner Inc. Software and IT services continue to exhibit strong growth with device spending continuing to drive the majority of the overall IT spending in the Indian government sector. Software spending is projected to grow by 15.6 percent in 2017, and will grow another 15.1 percent in 2018 to reach $1.2 billion (see Table 1). IT services spending is on pace to grow by 15.3 percent in 2017 to total $2 billion in 2017, and increase by 13.8 percent in 2018 to reach $2.3 billion. “Spending on devices, which includes printers/copiers/MFPs, mobile devices, PCs and tablets, is estimated to see the highest growth in 2017, with an increase in spending by nearly 21 percent to reach $1 billion,” said Moutusi Sau, principal research analyst at Gartner. “This will further increase by another 9.4 percent to reach $1.1 billion in 2018.” Table 1. Government Sector IT Spending Forecast, India, (Millions of U.S. Dollars) 8.9 Source: Gartner (October 2017) “The Indian government sector is picking up pace again after the brief slowdown in the past two quarters due to effects reverberated by demonetization and a drop in industrial production,” said Ganesh Ramamoorthy, managing vice president at Gartner India. Several initiatives by the government, such as the Make in India, Start-up India, Skill India, and the corresponding policy frameworks to support these initiatives, such as the new electronics policy, software product policy, data security, and protection policy, will have a positive effect on government IT spending in the near future. However, the chief among all these initiatives is the Digital India programme. “The Digital India programme, which aims to transform the country into a digitally-empowered society and knowledge economy, will call for technology investments in the backbone infrastructure, advanced data analytics, digital security, digital payment and e-commerce infrastructures, digitally-enabled G2G, G2B and G2C services, and score of other related services,” said Mr. Ramamoorthy. “This will be the key driver for IT spending growth in the Indian government sector over the next five years.” Digital government relies on the use and reuse of data and analytics to simplify transactions for end users. It creates information from data to support and enhance decision making, and it fosters the creation of new, collaborative and disruptive service delivery models. In the process, underlying service models are re-engineered to improve mission effectiveness and to achieve long-range cost savings through optimized outcomes. To be successful, Indian government’s digital strategy must address a variety of issues. “While focusing on citizen services is an essential element of the digital strategy, the main and more sustainable benefits will come to the government from the transformation of its internal data and processes,” said Ms. Sau. Therefore, establishing a sustainable collaboration among stakeholders in different domains and tiers; adopting more flexible funding, agile procurement and project management processes; improving IT workforce skills and management practices; and securing the technologies and/or services needed to support the digitalization of government business functions, will all be very essential for the Digital India programme to succeed. SHARE

Exports Trade Deficit Goes Up, Breaks 13 Month Record

Wednesday, November 15 2017

Exports Trade Deficit Goes Up, Breaks 13 Month Record

Reversing a 13-month upward trend, Indian exports in October declined year-on-year by 1.12 per cent to $23 billion due to a drop in shipments of textiles, pharmaceuticals, leather goods and gems and jewellery, according to official data released. Exports in September had risen over 25 per cent to a six-month high of $28.61 billion. Imports in October, however, grew by 7.6 per cent to $37.11 billion, from $34.5 billion in the same month last year, a Commerce Ministry release said. Consequently, India’s trade deficit widened to $14 billion during the month, as against $11.13 billion in October last year. While petroleum exports in October grew by 14.74 per cent, engineering was up 11.77 per cent and chemicals exports rose 22.29 per cent. Segment-wise, the data showed that India’s oil imports during October shot up by 27.89 per cent to $9.29 billion, from $726 billion in the same month last year. The Global Impact “The global Brent prices have increased by 19.42 per cent in October 2017 vis-a-vis October 2016 as per World Bank commodity price data,” the statement said. Non-oil imports during October at $27.83 billion grew by 2.19 per cent over non-oil imports of $27.23 billion in October last year. Cumulative exports during April-October, however, increased by 9.62 per cent to $170.28 billion while imports grew by 22.21 per cent to $256.43 billion, resulting in a trade deficit of $86.14 billion for the first seven months of the current fiscal. As per Reserve Bank of India ( RBI ) data on Tuesday, Indian services exports in September this year at $13.73 billion resulted in a positive trade balance on this account for the month ($5.28 billion). Earlier on Tuesday, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu said India was keen to develop regional free trade partnerships. “Overall, we would like to increase exports but not discourage imports,” Prabhu said at the inauguration here of the 37th India International Trade Fair . “India would like to develop regional partnerships and relationships,” he said, adding that the ongoing mid-term review of the Foreign Trade Policy would be presented soon. Share on: Posted by SMEStreet Desk SMEStreet is fast growing platform dedicated to entrepreneurs from small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). Committed to facilitate Knowledge & Networking for Business Growth, SMEStreet offers value added content which shows the actual voice of Indian MSMEs. Tagged with

Apple is making an app exclusively for India | Gadgets Now

Wednesday, November 15 2017

Apple is making an app exclusively for India | Gadgets Now

NEW DELHI: Apple Inc has agreed to give limited help to the Indian government to develop an anti-spam mobile application for its iOS platform, after refusing to do so based on privacy concerns, according to sources and documents seen by Reuters. The U.S. tech giant has been locked in a tussle with India's telecoms regulator for more than a year. Officials complained Apple dragged its feet on advising the government how to develop an app that would allow iPhone users to report unsolicited marketing texts or calls as spam. The government app was launched on Google 's Android platform last year, but an industry source with direct knowledge of the matter said Apple pushed back on requests for an iOS version due to concerns that a government app with access to call and text logs could compromise its customers' privacy. Facing public criticism from the regulator, Apple executives flew to New Delhi last month and told officials the company would help develop the app, but only with limited capabilities, according to a government official aware of the matter. Apple's executives have told India that its current iOS platform might not allow for some of the government's requests, such as making call logs available within the app that would allow users to report them as spam, the official said. "They (Apple) will help develop an app which, to an extent, can solve the requirements," said the official. An Apple spokesman confirmed that the new iOS features to combat spam text messages would help the government build the app, but did not comment on the app's potential inability to access call logs for reporting spam, as the Android version does. The spokesman said Apple had not changed its stance on privacy. Apple's stand-off with the regulator comes at a time when it is seeking greater access in India, the world's third-largest smartphone market. The company has been lobbying the government for tax breaks to expand its phone assembly operations in the country, where it reported doubling its revenue versus the previous year for the quarter ending Sept. 30. Balancing growth and market share with protecting customer privacy has become a defining challenge for global tech companies such as Apple, which regularly clash with governments over allowing access to content on their devices, especially for law enforcement needs. "This has now become more of an ego tussle between Apple and the regulator," said Neil Shah of Hong Kong-based technology research firm Counterpoint Research. He added that Apple was unlikely to agree to any requests specific to India because of the precedent that would set. The chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) R.S. Sharma said he was unhappy with Apple for not responding swiftly to the government's requests. "We've told them they are harming their consumers," Sharma told Reuters in an interview. "I hope good sense prevails upon them." Apple did not comment on TRAI's criticism, but said that it had taken time to develop a privacy-friendly solution. APP TUSSLE, PRIVACY WOES Pesky marketing calls and unsolicited commercial text messages have become a big problem in India. Despite mobile users having the option to register themselves under a so-called "do not disturb" service to block marketers, businesses have gamed the system by using multiple phone numbers for promotions. TRAI's anti-spam mobile application, also called Do Not Disturb, has been downloaded more than 100,000 times from the Google Android app section. Before the app launches, it asks the user to allow it access to contacts and view text messages. Users can then start reporting numbers as spam. A spokesman for Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, did not directly comment on the app, but said: "We believe in openness and in the ability of users to make purchasing and downloading choices without top-down enforcement or censorship. Users are prompted with requests for permissions that they can choose to accept or decline." Apple, however, has been worried. "The app can peep into logs, Apple had conveyed that their (privacy) policy does not allow this," said the industry source familiar with the matter. TRAI said the app does not raise any privacy concerns. View As Photolist » In pics: iPhone X hits stores; Apple ‘super fans’ from across the world 1 11 In pics: iPhone X hits stores; Apple ‘super fans’ from across the world Apple's one of the biggest-ever iPhone launch so far, iPhone X, has hit the stores in India and 50-plus others countries. Apple fans around the world lined up to grab their 'favourite' new smartphone, the tenth-anniversary edition of iPhone. The launch drew huge crowds in most locations worldwide. In India too, long lines were witnessed outside major Apple resellers. Here are some pictures from around the world. Apple iPhone X's 'baraat' Man goes to purchase iPhone X riding a horse with dhol in Thane's Navpara, Maharashtra. ​ We love you Steve Jobs Ayano Tominaga (L) and other customers pose for a selfie photo with a cushion printed with a portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on it, as they wait in queue for the release of Apple's new iPhone X in front of the Apple Store in Tokyo's Omotesando shopping district, Japan, November 3, 2017. ​ Long queues are back at Apple Stores People are queuing up early to get their hands on the new iPhone X. Night-long vigil for iPhone X Fans queue overnight for the iPhone X launch outside the Apple store in Singapore November 3, 2017. ​ Yay, I got it! Shalin Mobi, of India, reacts after being the first person to purchase the new iPhone X at the Apple Union Square store Friday, November 3, 2017, in San Francisco. ​ I love Animojis! Aadhyan Vaka, 6, of Plainsboro, New Jersey (US), reacts while playing with the Animoji feature of the new iPhone X at the Apple Union Square store Friday, November 3, 2017, in San Francisco. Selfie time with Apple CEO Tim Cook Apple CEO Tim Cook (C) takes a selfie with customers as the new iPhone X goes on sale at an Apple Store on November 3, 2017 in Palo Alto, California. ​ Apple welcomes you Apple CEO Tim Cook greets customers as they prepare to purchase a new iPhone X at an Apple Store on November 3, 2017 in Palo Alto, California. Excitement in the air Customers arrive to purchase an iPhone X at an Apple store in New York, US, November 3, 2017. Just can't wait Customers queue outside the Apple Store in Regents Street before it opens on the day that the new iPhone X goes on sale in London. MEETINGS, E-MAILS Apple has flown in several overseas-based executives to resolve the dispute with the Indian regulator, including its senior director for global privacy, and former Google executive, Jane Horvath. At least seven meetings have been held between the two sides and dozens of emails exchanged since last year, according to government officials and documents reviewed by Reuters. In August this year, months after the talks began, Apple wrote to TRAI saying that a technical meeting would help them establish "what is possible and not possible". The TRAI pushed back. "The whole exercise in organising the proposed meeting would be a waste of resources ... please share concrete solutions that have a likelihood of addressing the issues we have been discussing over the past one year," the regulator wrote in September. Later that month, Apple again approached the TRAI saying it had identified potential solutions but they would require additional discussions with the regulator's technical staff. Horvath and other Apple executives met TRAI officials in October and conveyed they would help them develop the first version of the app with limited features. "They (Apple) are adopting dilatory tactics," said Sharma, the TRAI chief. "They've had meetings, meetings and meetings."

The FA Announces Digital Transformation Partnership with Cognizant

Tuesday, November 14 2017

The FA Announces Digital Transformation Partnership with Cognizant

EVENTS The FA Announces Digital Transformation Partnership with Cognizant LONDON, Nov. 14, 2017 -- The FA has today announced an agreement with Cognizant (NASDAQ-100: CTSH), one of the world’s leading professional services companies, making Cognizant The FA’s digital transformation partner, supporting the football governing body’s new digital engagement programme. Cognizant will become both the ‘Official Digital Transformation Partner of The Emirates FA Cup’ and ‘ Official Digital Transformation Partner of Club Wembley’ . They will also become The FA’s ‘Official Digital Partner’. The partnership is central to The FA’s strategy to embrace the ever-changing digital landscape, helping players, fans and enablers to get the most from their football experiences and, in so doing, creating more meaningful relationships with the governing body and County Football Associations. New digital solutions developed and managed by Cognizant will make it easier for all to get involved in the sport, improve themselves, be rewarded and be inspired to nurture football communities across the nation. The new relationship coincides with the relaunch, via a new mobile version, of the popular ‘Full-Time’ digital service for grassroots football. The advances in the application enabled by Cognizant will provide a step change in the participant’s experience, making it easier than ever for the millions of grassroots players, their families and volunteers to find and favourite their local team(s) via their handheld device. The digital engagement programme has also launched The FA’s ‘For Girls’ digital platform. Created with Cognizant prior to this summer’s UEFA Women’s EURO, the mobile-first site is home to the latest news, content and information for female football fans and players of all ages. Now an established destination, it aims to be both informative and inspirational and support The FA in its aim to double participation in and support for the women’s game. Russell James , The FA’s Director of Digital Engagement, said: “This is the beginning of a long-term approach, which will be a game changer for all involved in the game from players, volunteers and fans of both men’s and women’s football. We will make the football experience easier, more enjoyable for all. By modernising our approach to match how people use mobile devices as part of their everyday life, we will provide meaningful benefits to the game, our partners and the role that The FA and County Football Associations have with the people we are here to serve and inspire.” Clifford Burroughs, The FA’s Chief Technology and Procurement Officer said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Cognizant on our new digital engagement programme. We needed a partner who is a leader in the digital space and can support an organisation like The FA on this journey. The work to date has been establishing ‘For Girls’ . ‘ Full Time’ will evolve with additional features planned over the next few months. Both projects demonstrate our intention to work together to transform how we engage with everyone involved in football at any level." Santosh Thomas, President, Global Growth Markets, Cognizant, said: “We are pleased to be The Football Association’s exclusive digital transformation partner, helping encourage people from all walks of life to take part in the sport. Digital is about being able to access the content you want, when you want it, on the device of choice, all converging to provide an engaging experience. Digital technologies are now central to everything The FA does and, as the digital transformation partner, Cognizant will support The FA as it innovates and transforms, evolves its brands to foster fan loyalty, and drives growth of the sport.” -ENDS- About Cognizant Cognizant (NASDAQ-100: CTSH) is one of the world’s leading professional services companies, transforming clients’ business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 205 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Learn how Cognizant helps clients lead with digital at www.cognizant.com or follow us @Cognizant. For further information: FA Press Office 0844 980 0700 Twitter