Cypress Introduces the Industry’s First 4Mb Serial F-RAM


New F-RAM™ Expands the Density Range of the Most Energy-Efficient Nonvolatile RAMs for Mission-Critical Data Storage.

Cypress Semiconductor introduced a family of 4 Mb serial Ferroelectric Random Access Memories (F-RAMs™), which are the industry’s highest density serial F-RAMs. The 4Mb serial F-RAMs feature a 40-Mhz Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI), a 2.0 V to 3.6 V operating voltage range and are available in industry-standard, RoHS-compliant package options. All Cypress F-RAMs provide 100-trillion read/write cycle endurance with 10-year data retention at 85 °C and 151 years at 65 °C.

Cypress F-RAMs are ideal solutions for applications requiring continuous and frequent high-speed reading and writing of data with absolute data security. The 4 Mb serial F-RAM family addresses mission-critical applications such as industrial controls and automation, industrial metering, multifunction printers, test and measurement equipment and medical wearables.

Cypress Introduces the Industry’s First 4Mb Serial F-RAM – [Link]

ESP8266 Breadboard adapter


Baoshi of DigitalMe wrote an article detailing his ESP8266 (ESP-07/12) Full I/O Breadboard adapter, that is available at Github:

The rise of the ESP8266 WiFi chip was almost overnight with Espressif’s open approach and pushing from Hackaday. While no ground-breaking product has yet emerged, the development on the chip are phenomenon. However due to an unknown reason the ESP8266 modules manufacture seems to prefer non-standard 2.0mm pitch connector, which gives a lot of headache to breadboarding lovers like me. This forced me to make a breadboard friendly ESP8266 breakout board.
The modules I’m targeting are ESP-07 and ESP-12, both having identical pinout but only differ in antenna type. I choose these two because they have all the I/O available, and using same edge castellation (half vias) connectors which is easy to work with.

ESP8266 Breadboard adapter – [Link]


Interfacing PIR sensor to 8051 microcontroller


Praveen from CircuitsToday has written up an article on interfacing PIR sensor to 8051 microcontroller:

PIR sensors are widely used in motion detecting devices. This article is about interfacing a PIR sensor to 8051 microcontroller. A practical intruder alarm system using PIR sensor and 8051 microcontroller is also included at the end of this article. Before going in to the core of the article, let’s have a look at the PIR sensor and its working.

Interfacing PIR sensor to 8051 microcontroller – [Link]

Samsung Announces Their Entry into the Arduino Family


by Matt Stultz @

When you think about Samsung, the first products that come to mind are probably phones or televisions, not Maker-focused electronics. Today, with their announcement at Internet of Things World, Samsung has entered the Maker world with their ARTIK platform, an Arduino compatible family of devices targeted towards Internet of Things applications.

Currently there are three ARTIK devices: The ARTIK 1, ARTIK 5, and ARTIK 10. All are multi-core ARM processors with built in Bluetooth Low Energy. The ARTIK 5 and 10 also include Wi-Fi, BT, Zigbee, and Thread wireless connections.

Samsung Announces Their Entry into the Arduino Family – [Link]

Samsung Building World’s Most Expensive Fab for 10-Nanometer FinFETs


by R. Colin Johnson @

PORTLAND, Ore. — The world’s most expensive semiconductor fabrication plant–at over $14 billion–was announced at the ground breaking ceremony Thursday (May 7) by Samsung. Located in the Godeok Industrial Complex at Pyeongtaek City Gyeonggi-do Province–called “Samsung Semiconductor Valley”–in South Korea, Samsung will be building 10-nanometer FinFET semiconductors there.

Samsung Building World’s Most Expensive Fab for 10-Nanometer FinFETs – [Link]

WeatherPi – Solar Powered Raspberry Pi weather station


by SwitchDocLabs @

WeatherPi is a solar powered Raspberry Pi WiFi connected weather station designed for Makers by SwitchDoc Labs. This is a great system to build and tinker with. All of it is modifiable and all source code is included.

WeatherPi – Solar Powered Raspberry Pi weather station – [Link]


Enjoy the exhibition from the comfort of your office…


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]

Noncontact sensors monitor respiration and movement


by Susan Nordyk:

Novelda offers two noncontact sensor modules—one for monitoring respiration and the other for detecting human presence at a range of up to several meters— for use in home automation, sleep monitoring, baby monitoring, and elderly care applications. Both sensors employ the company’s XeThru technology, which uses radio waves to “see through” a variety of objects, including lightweight building materials and blankets.

The XeThru X2M200 sensor module for respiration monitoring measures both the rate and depth of breathing to allow breathing patterns to be tracked in real time. With a sensor range of 0.5 m to 2.5 m, the X2M200 provides a reliable but nonintrusive way to monitor respiration and movement, capturing breathing patterns and frequency without being blocked by blankets or other obstacles.

Noncontact sensors monitor respiration and movement – [Link]

Arduboy – Card Sized Gaming


Arduboy, the game system the size of a credit card. The easiest way way to play, make and share 8-bit games! Powered by Arduino!

Arduboy is an open platform for people to play, create and share games. A game system the size of a credit card. Choose your favorite classic game from the completely free Arduboy Arcade. Built on the popular Arduino software, it’s also an excellent way to learn how to program! Because you can learn to make your own games, Arduboy is a game system the size of your imagination!

Arduboy – Card Sized Gaming – [Link]