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7 Jul 2015


by circuitstoday.com:

This is a brief review of the capabilities and ease of use of three of the most interesting, innovative and downright disruptive web-based EDA tools:

Autodesk 123D Circuits (formerly Circuits.io)

The same simple astable multivibrator circuit is entered into each tool and the design process followed through simulation (where offered), to PCB layout and Gerber download.

How to Build PCB Online using Web Based EDA Tools – [Link]

23 Jun 2015

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Access over 100,000 CAD libraries, including schematic symbols, simulation models, and PCB footprints. Their unique technology exports to all major design tools.

SnapEDA, the fastest and easiest way to find and share electronics design libraries, has introduced new export support for its popular computer-aided design (CAD) library and community.

SnapEDA accelerates the electronic design process for thousands of professional designers and engineers around the world by providing a library of millions of CAD building blocks they can build on top of to design better products faster.

By exporting to popular CAD tools, SnapEDA complements existing workflows, providing engineers with an instant productivity boost in their design tool of choice.

Today, SnapEDA is announcing support of its vast CAD library for Cadence OrCAD/Allegro and Pulsonix users. These new export formats join existing support for Altium, CadSoft Eagle, and KiCad.

In the quickly growing Internet of Things market, electronic devices are proliferating and diversifying, and time-to-market is becoming more crucial than ever for electronics companies looking to stay competitive.

SnapEDA Helps Electronics Designers Turn Ideas Into Products Faster – [Link]

10 Jun 2015

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We’ve opened up our library to help you build your skills and knowledge! Get a new FREE eBook every single day!

Every day Packt Publishing is giving away books for free to help teach new tech skills

Packt Publishing will be throwing open the virtual doors of its new Free Learning Library and offering its customers a daily chance to grab a fresh free eBook from its website. The publisher is encouraging people to learn new skills and try out new technologies and so every day it will be offering a different eBook from its huge list of titles free for anyone to download.

The Free Learning Library will be open year-round but each title will only be up for 24 hours, so make sure you keep checking back to get your hands on the latest book! Packt has well over 2000 titles published and the range of topics that could potentially feature is huge. From AngularJS to Zabbix, there’s going to be something to appeal to everyone – this is a great opportunity to try out a different technology or a new technique.

All you’ll have to do is simply click on the day’s free eBook and it will instantly be added to your account. New customers are also encouraged to take advantage, with the offer being a brilliant chance to try out Packt’s great range of books and products – all that’s required is a Packt account.

Packt Free Learning Library – [Link]

10 Jun 2015


Last year, a Santa Clara, CA startup named GPiO set out to solve the problem of comparing hardware components across vendors. With a veteran audio engineer as one of their founders, they decided to start with the microphone component and grow from there to other verticals. They gathered more than 60 of the top microphones from vendors like Knowles, ST, Cirrus and Invensense, then measured them objectively in their own lab.

GPiO, has launched its site ( discovergpio.com ) and is allowing access to anyone on the web, targeting both professional engineering teams and electronics hobbyists alike. This is the definitive place to find a microphone that matches your design needs based on objective performance data and their listing includes analog, digital, ECM and MEMS varieties. The microphone category will soon be followed by battery management ICs and other categories.

Visit discovergpio.com to get a free account and view the microphone data.

A better way to search for microphone components – [Link]

27 May 2015


We were thinking… What if we gave all the money we invest in international exhibitions directly to you – our customers? Samples for free, special offers, discounts…

You took a decision and therefore, we prepared a unique virtual exhibition virtual expo 2015 for you.

Virtual stand will be open on 

Currently, our stand offers the below:

  • more than 50 virtual product panels
  • more than 200 types of various samples for free
  • more than 30 types of samples for better prices
  • webinars
  • as a bonus – ageless PACMAN game

From 25.-29.5.2015 we have prepared special product offers. Our sales team will also be available for you from 9:00 – 16:00. And since we are not limited by space, you can visit our stand throughout the whole year.

Travel to our stand virtually. Just one click and virtual reality comes directly to you.
We’re looking forward to meeting you.

Virtual expo 2015 – Travel in space virtually – [Link]

13 May 2015


How to coordinate busy working schedule and also find time to attend the exhibition? It’s simple, just one click...

For this exhibition season, we have prepared unconventional news. You don’t have to travel to attend the exhibition to learn about news in electro-technical business no more. All of that can be done from the comfort of your office. All you need to do is just one click and we will transfer you to virtual expo to SOS stand.

You will soon learn more about what we have prepared for you on our web and facebook profile… You can already schedule a date for the virtual exhibition in your diary.

Virtual stand on “virtual expo” will be available since 

Enjoy the exhibition from the comfort of your office… – [Link]

7 May 2015


Fraunhofer TechBridge, Greentown Labs launch program to accelerate energy innovations’ path to market

Boston, MA – April 16, 2015 – Access to external feedback early in the development process is critical for building successful innovative products. For large companies, such access is easily obtained; for startup companies, however, industry feedback is hard to come by. To assist entrepreneurs in that effort, Fraunhofer TechBridge (a program of Fraunhofer CSE) and Greentown Labs have teamed up to launch PROPEL, a six-month program for startups to refine their prototypes, obtain customer feedback, and develop their businesses for success in the market.

With the vision of a smarter, interconnected world, PROPEL is seeking complementary innovations in self-powered Wireless Sensor-Actuator Networks that can radically change how we interact with our surroundings. The program, sponsored by Shell GameChanger, is seeking startups that are:

  • Creating technologies for distributed sensing and actuation networks;
  • Developing prototypes and/or integrated systems for customer validation;
  • Looking to develop strategic partnerships with industry as a potential go-to-market strategy;
  • Interested and able to relocate to Greentown Labs in Somerville, MA for the duration of the program.

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15 Apr 2015

The maker movement is made up of some 135 million adults in the U.S., however, it’s more than just a U.S. movement. Maker faires that celebrate the movement have popped up in Japan, Italy, Norway, and Chile. Makers use their skills to craft items such as clothing, baked goods, jewelry, and art; contributing $29 billion to the U.S. economy annually.

From 3D printers to laser cutters—makers employ various tools to create their goods. Many gather at makerspaces where they share these resources. Makerspaces are havens for techies, artists, and entrepreneurs. Through crowdfunding, makers are able to facilitate small-scale funding for these gathering spaces.


A Movement in the Making – [Link]

8 Apr 2015


by elektor.com:

Texas Instruments has launched what they claim is the first comprehensive online classroom for analog design engineers. The teaching resource is called TI Precision Labs. The on-demand curriculum combines theory and applied lab exercises to deepen the technical expertise of experienced engineers and accelerate the development of those just starting out in design and development. This free modular curriculum includes over 30 hands-on training and lab videos, covering analog amplifier design considerations along with online course work.

To accompany the course TI is also marketing a $199 op-amp development board called the TI-PLABS-AMP-EVM. It contains eight common op amp circuits that can be configured with jumpers and allows the user to complete each demonstrated learning activity along with the trainer. The curriculum also provides access to free design tools, such as TI Designs reference designs and TI’s TINA-TI SPICE model simulator. The documentation shows configuration examples of the EVM using the National Instruments VirtualBench and TI’s Bode Analyzer Software for VirtualBench. Standard bench-top test and measurement equipment can also be used.

TEXAS online Classes – [Link]

7 Apr 2015


by Charles Murray @ edn.com:

The free ESD Suppression Selection Tool, from Littelfuse captures the environment where a circuit-protection device resides, and then runs a software simulation of the device. “This tool doesn’t evaluate our part as a standalone device because the part never operates as a standalone device,” said Chad Marak, director of semiconductor business development for Littelfuse. “It always operates with something else—an ASIC or an IC. You have to consider the whole system.”

Select circuit-protection devices with free online tool – [Link]





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