Semiconductors

Green light on the data highway – the future of the automobile.

A current study carried out by the marketing and communications group Young & Rubicam focussing on young adults shows: even in Germany, the very heartland of the automotive industry, smartphone brands (79%) have left car brands (49%) far behind them regarding their personal relevance. The former status symbol might be fun to drive, but meanwhile very often just serves a purpose. But there is no need for car makers to get nervous. The future is not a question of either-or. More and more, smartphone and tablet infotainment technologies are being incorporated into cars, which with the help of sophisticated microtechnologies are set to become an integral, autonomous part of the IoT.

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Timing Devices


Timing Devices

New, extremely small kHz-range FC-135R crystal with even lower series resistance.

With the new FC-135R Tuning Fork Crystal Unit, Epson have been able to considerably surpass the excellent series resistance of the FC-135 in the family of extremely small kHz timing devices. With a maximum of 50kΩ compared to the previous maximum of 75kΩ, the modified FC-135R emphasizes the “low power” strategy of the Japanese component manufacturer.

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Sensing Solutions

In spite of high winds and extreme swells: Epson IMU's provide reliable navigation at high sea.

The literal translation of the Latin term "navigare" is "to sail". That is a clear indication that all navigation techniques have their origin in seafaring. To avoid running out of food and water, correct navigation has been essential for survival for thousands of years. But even with today's high-tech ship automation systems, the stormy sea is still enormously challenging. High precision QMEMS gyro sensors from Epson are reliable and provide successful navigation under any weather and swell conditions.

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Semiconductors

Invisible but essential now and in the future: embedded systems.

The international trendsetting fair in Nuremberg Embedded World 2015 is opened, providing a fitting occasion for a quick look at the status quo and future of embedded systems. In visionary concepts like the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0, the small mini-computers with wireless capability are considered a central element. However, before things reach that stage, many questions still remain to be answered with regard to energy independence, security and effective, safe wireless standards.

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Sensing Solutions

Ready for serious applications? Wearables in fitness and healthcare.

Ever since the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, wearables such as activity trackers, Internet watches and data glasses are often discussed in the media. However, a recent survey by TNS Infratest found that half of the people in Germany who are familiar with the term in the first place think that wearables are high-tech toys. But current developments and research show that they will cause a revolution, particularly in the healthcare area.

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Semiconductors

High resolution for small budgets: The new Low-Cost LCD Controller (LCDC) from Epson.

As market leader for LCD Controller products Epson Electronic surprised the experts with a new series of LCD Controller (LCDC) S1D13L0x with embedded SRAM which enable a 8-/16-bit MCU-based system to be able to drive a High Resolution Display.

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