Electronics Weekly - Synopsys Cryptography, TI LLC Controller & More
Vincent Charbonneau posted on November 10, 2017 |

Hitachi Predictive Diagnostics

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(Image courtesy of Hitachi.)
Hitachi has announced the launch of “Prognostic Version” to help equipment operators optimize the Remaining Useful Life of their assets. The predictive diagnostic and prognostic solution is designed to improve production efficiency and the stable operation of machinery, maintenance and asset management.

The system is based on the IoT Platform “Lumada” and algorithms developed by Cassantec. On the basis of stochastic algorithms and machine leaning concepts that analyze collected historical sensor data, the Remaining Useful Life of equipment is predicted. In addition to failure forecasts based on conventional polynomial approximation, the system can determine when a malfunction will occur with at a higher accuracy than before, thereby helping to further increase the utilization of customers' assets and to decrease their maintenance and management costs.

For more information, visit Hitachi’s website.

Microchip USB Smart Hub ICs

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(Image courtesy of Microchip.)
Microchip has released five USB 2.0 smart hub ICs which provide a connection between a car’s display and one or more smartphones or tablets. The five devices enable multiple architectures so that manufacturers can implement their design of choice to interface with all major smartphone operating systems.

These systems allow the graphical user interface of the phone or tablet to be displayed on the vehicle’s screen and enable integration with voice commands inside the car, all while simultaneously charging the mobile devices. They also allow driver assistance applications on mobile handsets to be integrated with an automobile’s infotainment system.

The smart hub ICs provide USB configurations including single and dual-bus implementations for optimal connection to infotainment systems. All devices operate with standard USB drivers present in most automotive head units for faster development, system validation and field updates. Each device also contains an integrated 32-bit microcontroller for advanced bridging, audio application support and USB Power Delivery.

Additional technical specifications are available on Microchip’s website.

Microsemi Smart Storage HBAs and RAID Adapters for Data Centers

(image courtesy of Microsemi.)
(image courtesy of Microsemi.)
Microsemi has introduced the production release of its Smart Storage SAS/SATA adapters. The addition of these Smart Storage adapters advances the company’s line of SAS/SATA server storage in data centers with full board-level products as well as silicon and software for custom embedded solutions.

The entire product portfolio, which includes the Adaptec HBA 1100 family, SmartHBA 2100 family and SmartRAID 3100 family, is based on the Microsemi’s 28nm SmartIOC 2100 and SmartROC 3100 storage controller integrated circuits (ICs), and is designed to provide increased performance, low power and other features tailored to a variety of server storage applications, including software-defined storage, cold storage and enterprise applications.

For more information, visit Microsemi’s website.

Synopsys NIST-Validated Cryptography

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(Image courtesy of Synopsys.)
Synopsys has announced that it has successfully validated the DesignWare Cryptography Software Library through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cryptographic Algorithm Validation Program (CAVP). To earn validation, the Cryptography Software Library passed a suite of validation tests for secure functions including block ciphers (AES, DES), digital signatures (RSA and ECC based), secure hashing (SHA-1, 2 and 3) and random number generation.

The Cryptography Software Library features symmetric and asymmetric cryptography algorithms in a range of size and performance configuration options including hardware offload. For applications that will be ported to multiple platforms, the Cryptography Software Library supports DesignWare ARC, ARM and x86 processor platforms and build environments including Linux, Android, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Information concerning pricing and availability can be found on Synopsys’ website.

TI LLC Controller

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(Image courtesy of Texas Instruments.)
Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced an inductor-inductor-capacitor (LLC) resonant controller with an integrated high-voltage gate driver that has low standby power as well as a longer system lifetime. The UCC256301 aims to provide a cost-effective system that helps meet energy-efficiency standards for a range of AC/DC applications, including digital televisions, gaming adapters, desktop computer and power-tool battery chargers.

The first in a family of LLC controllers, the UCC256301 provides standby power of less than 40 mW when fully regulating the system output, while also performing better than industry efficiency requirements. By providing fast transient response plus fault-protection features such as zero current switching avoidance, the device allows reliable operation over end-equipment lifetimes.

For more information, visit TI’s website.

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