Porsche 918 Spyder 2014


0-60mph: 2.5 seconds
2014 is the year Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren collide in the contest for the ultimate hypercar. And it's first blood to Porsche thanks to the 918 Spyder's borderline-unbelievable 2.5-second sprint to 60mph when fitted with the optional Weissach high-performance pack. Over to you McLaren and Ferrari...
Price: £703,000...

McLaren P1 2014


Ever wondered which cars can do the famous 0-60 mph test the quickest? Well here at T3 we're not just about the latest smartphones and tablets, we love our motor vehicles as well, so we aimed to find out. From Bugatti's to Ariel's, the is the ultimate list of speed.

Best Golf Driver to buy in 2014

Ping Rapture 3-Wood

Ever since Phil Mickelson won the Open by switching to a 3-Wood, manufacturers have been clambering over each other to offer handicap-cutting amateurs quality new drivers, with an increased loft. The new Rapture is a far cry from the fairway 3-Woods most are accustomed to and is aimed at those looking for more control from the tee box.
The 13 degree angle means it behaves like a 2-wood than a 3-wood, and you can actually adjust that down 0.5 degrees for a little more distance. However, unlike the classic driver it's more forgiving, offering greater loft, which can help fix that slice. Add a multi-material construction, blending a titanium face with a tungsten sole plate, and you have one incredible weapon in your arsenal.
£395 | Ping...

Best Bluetooth speaker to buy in 2014 ..


Libratone Zipp w/ BT 4.0

Wrapped in colourful Italian wool, this AirPlay, Bluetooth, DNLA and Spotify Connect compatible, highly portable speaker screams fun and is feature packed. FullRoom tech ensures your whole room is filled with fantastic sounding, crisp audio and the eight hour battery makes this great for outdoor parties or just going sans cable. The covers themselves can be easily replaced if you fancy a bit of a colour change.
£299 | Libratone...

SF2000HT 2014


Digital Dynamic LED Display, USB/SD compatible, Built in FM radio, Easy button control, Source select / Pro logic..

IGBT platform increases solar inverter efficiency 2014

IGBT platform increases solar inverter efficiency


Vishay Intertechnology has introduced the Trench-IGBT platform featuring Punch Through (PT) and Field Stop (FS) technologies. Designed to increase efficiency in motor drives, UPS, solar inverters, and welding machine inverters, the devices, offer low collector-to-emitter voltages, as well as fast and soft turn-on and -off for low conduction and switching losses.
Available in various bare die sizes with collector current ratings from 30 to 240A and breakdown voltages of 600 and 650V, the IGBT chips include Trench PT and FS devices, each available as sawn or unsawn die.
Offering extremely low conduction losses, the Trench PT devices feature a negative temperature coefficient for low collector-to-emitter voltages down to 1.07V at 50% rated current and 1.34V at full rated current and +125°C. With a Trench construction, the IGBTs offer a smaller size than planar devices, providing higher current density and lower thermal resistance without compromising performance and reliability. Providing breakdown voltages of up to 650V for increased reliability, the Trench PT IGBTs are optimised for low switching frequencies to 1kHz...

800W power supply has output voltages of 160, 320 or 650VDC 2014

800W power supply has output voltages of 160, 320 or 650VDC

An 800W model has been added to TDK-Lambda's Z+ series of high voltage programmable DC power supplies. Addressing the requirements for applications such as deposition processes, ROVs and ATE systems, as well as general laboratory and industrial use, the higher power model is offered with output voltages of up to 160, 320 or 650VDC (as well as an additional model offering up to 375VDC).
Sharing the same features and compact dimensions as the other Z+ ranges, the model achieves efficiencies of up to 89% and carries a five year warranty. All units in the Z+ range can operate in either constant current or constant voltage modes and accept a universal (85-265VAC) input. For higher power systems, such as those used in test or simulation applications, up to six units can be connected in parallel in a master-slave configuration. To increase the output voltage or to provide a bipolar output, up to two identical units may be connected in series with external diodes.

150W LED power supply joins entry level lighting range 2014

150W LED power supply joins entry level lighting range
An economy level family of LED power supplies has been unveiled by MEAN WELL . The LP family is aimed at the entry-level lighting market. For constant current output applications, this family consists of LPLC-18/LPHC-18 (18W), LPC-20 (20W), LPC-35 (35W) and LPC-60 (60W). In order to fulfill the requirements for the higher wattage, the family has been extended up to 150W for the new LPC-150 series.

controller enhances power supply reliability 2014

OR'ing controller enhances power supply reliability


Aimed at improving reliability of Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) in telecomms, data centers and server duties, Diodes Incorporated has introduced a 40V-rated active OR’ing controller. The ZXGD3108N8 is designed to enhance very low RDS(ON) power MOSFETs, enabling lossy Schottky blocking diodes to be replaced and resulting in a lowered operating temperature and increased UPS system integrity.
By driving MOSFETs in this way, the controller improves the overall system efficiency of standard 12 and 24V common rail systems. The company states that, compared to alternative devices, the ZXGD3108N8 offers the lowest turn-off threshold voltage at less than -3mV. With a tight tolerance of ±2mV, system stability and efficiency is improved under light load conditions.

MOSFETs suit industrial applications 2014

MOSFETs suit industrial applications


International Rectifier has expanded its StrongIRFET MOSFET portfolio to include a range of 75V devices.
The modules are suitable for a variety of industrial applications, including power tools, light electric vehicle inverters, DC motor drives and Li-ion battery pack protection.

The MOSFETs features ultra low on-state resistance (Rds(on)) for improved performance in low frequency applications, very high current carrying capability, soft body diode and 3V typical threshold voltage to improve noise immunity...

PWM controller suits high current applications 2014

PWM controller suits high current applications


Intersil has announced the ZL8801; a dual phase, DC/DC digital PWM controller.
The device is suitable for higher current applications ranging from 40 to 100A. With the ability to current share across multiple devices, its range can be extended up to 300 amps for high end FPGAs and ASICs employed in densely populated power supplies in servers, storage equipment and basestations.

Used in conjunction with Intersil's PowerNavigator graphical user interface, the ZL8801 is said to simplify system power conversion and speed the design process.

The device also utilises the company's patented ChargeMode control loop architecture to deliver superior transient response compared to today's analogue controllers. 

Crystals approved for CSR's uEnergy Bluetooth Smart chipsets 2014

Crystals approved for CSR low energy Bluetooth Smart chipsets


AEL Crystals has added to its family of quartz based frequency control products.
The 16MHz E3SB16.0000F09G11AE and 32.768kHz X32K768L102 have been approved for use with CSR's CSR101x range of single chip µEnergy radio chipsets, which are designed for automotive Bluetooth, Internet of Things (IoT) networks and other emerging Bluetooth Smart applications. 

DC/DC modules offer 'leading' power density 2014

DC/DC modules offer 'leading' power density


GE's SlimLynx series of encapsulated and non isolated DC/DC conversion power modules is now available from Solid State Supplies.
The digital and analogue power converters target applications in distributed power and intermediate bus voltage architectures widely used in the telecom and datacom sectors, as well as in servers, storage and networking equipment.

The modules operate over a range of input voltages from 3 to 14.4V(DC) and provide a precisely regulated output voltage from 0.45 to 5.5V(DC), programmable via an external resistor or via PMBus control in the case of the digital modules. Module versions in the series offer either 6 or 12A of output current.

Available in a DOSA (Distributed-power Open Standards Alliance) approved footprint and measuring 20.32 x 11.43 x 3mm (maximum), the SlimLynx modules feature an ultra low height design for very dense power applications. 

Murata adds 1300W model to AC/DC family 2014

Murata adds 1300W model to AC/DC family


Murata has expanded its D1U3CS family of front end AC/DC power supply products to include a 1300W model.
The new device is designed to deliver 1,300W from a 108 to 264VAC universal input. It is hot pluggable, has no minimum load requirement and incorporates low loss integral ORing Field Effect Transistors (FETs) on its main 12V output, for fault tolerant and N+1 redundant applications.

With a power density of 23W per cubic inch, the power supply can achieve a high typical conversion efficiency of 92% at half full load.

The D1U3CS-W-1300F has a primary 12VDC output and an optional auxiliary output of either 3.3 or 5VDC for powering standby circuitry. Active power factor correction is used to minimise input harmonic current distortion and ensure compliance with the IEC61000-3-2 standard, with a power factor of 0.99 typical. It accepts the universally available IEC C14 AC input power connector.

Smallest' power supplies suit medical and industrial applications 2014

'Smallest' power supplies suit medical and industrial applications


The CCL400 series of convection cooled, 400W AC/DC power supplies is designed to achieve efficiencies up to 94%.
Because the components within the devices run at lower temperatures, XP Power says increased reliability and service life can be achieved.

Unlike similar products, the CCL400 family can continuously deliver the full 400W output with convection cooling over a temperature range of -40 to 50°C and across almost the entire input voltage range.

Measuring 100.3 x 177.8 x 39.9mm, the devices comply with the standard 1U chassis mount format. An optional enclosing cover is available to order.

The CCL400 range comprises four single output models that provide nominal output voltages of 12, 24, 30 or 48VDC. A user trim function provides output voltage adjustment of +/-3% of stated nominal in order to accommodate load losses.

The series conforms to the ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1 medical 3rd edition safety standard and also complies with the internationally recognised IEC/UL/EN60950-1 safety standard for IT equipment. 

COM Express modules offer improved reliability 2014

COM Express modules offer improved reliability


Diamond Systems has announced the availability of the Vega COM based SBC family.
The high density, conduction cooled modules come with integrated data acquisition and expandable I/O for improved reliability and rugged construction.

Designed in the COM Express Basic form factor (125 x 95mm), the Vega family offers performance scalability with three COM Express processor options: 2.1GHz Intel Core i7-3612QE, 1.7GHz Intel Core i7-3517UE and 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 827E CPU.

Diamond Systems says the use of interchangeable COM Express modules helps extend product lifecycles or keep up with new market needs by making it easy to replace an obsolete CPU or increase processing performance simply by replacing the COM module

Toshiba has application processor for wearables 2014

Toshiba has application processor for wearables

Toshiba has expanded its ApPLite family with the launch of the TZ1021MBG application processor.
Suitable for wearable devices such as activity monitors, smart watches, smart wristbands and smart glasses, the device integrates high resolution A/D converters and can measure weak biomedical signals such as pulse wave and electrocardiogram (ECG).

The processor features an original low power consumption design, allowing use in wearable devices that require long battery runtimes. It also comes with an embedded ARM Cortex-M4F processor and floating point processing unit.

Measuring just 6.7 x 4 x 1mm, the IC is smaller than its predecessor, the TZ1001MBG. The smaller and thinner package is achieved by the inclusion of just the application processor and 8Mbit memory in the IC, to provide a lower cost, more flexible solution. 

Audio processor shrinks time to market 2014

Audio processor shrinks time to market

STMicroelectronics has introduced a new generation of processors for car radio and display audio applications.
The Accordo2 offers a fully integrated audio subsystem, including media decoding, audio routing, sound processing, and analogue audio inputs and outputs, as well as an independent secure CAN microcontroller subsystem.

"Until now, car infotainment manufacturers had to use multiple devices to achieve the same result that a single Accordo2 device delivers today," said ST in a statement.

In addition to minimising BOM cost, Accordo2 is said to facilitate faster product development as it comes with a complete turnkey software solution that includes middleware, media players, audio codecs and sound effect processing.

Moreover, the various members of the family offer application scalability to design a basic car radio all the way up to connected car radio and display audio applications.

Dragon Age Inquisition PS4 Reviews Stand Trial 2014

Dragon Age: Inquisition PS4 Reviews Stand Trial

Truly the age of dragons
Dragon Age: Inquisition, the hotly anticipated fantasy role-playing game by BioWare, has been poked, prodded, and pushed to its limits – with critics assigning a score to the title after giving it a thorough onceover. We haven’t finished our first run through the gigantic title yet, but just so you know whether it’s...

Weirdness This Sneaky Sony Engineer Hid His Name in Your PS4 2014

 The best way for him to leave an indelible mark on the Japanese giant was to quite literally implant himself into its newest console.
Indeed, as you can see in the image below, this crafty coder has managed to slip his entire name into one line of the PS4's HDD code. The eagle-eyed among you may notice that he has actually committed a slight spelling error. However, we suspect that this was an intentional gaffe, put in place to make sure the code ran properly.

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