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The RL78 Green Energy Challenge is On!
Have You Checked Out lately?
Buy CC Gold, Get a Free CC Key!
DesignSpark chipKITTM Challenge Winners Announced
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The June issue of Circuit Cellar is now available and features articles on both human-to-machine (H2M) and machine-to-machine communication. Log in to read about Kevin Gorga's "AC Tester" project, an isolated variable voltage power source that includes an electronic circuit breaker for testing and debugging equipment. An mbed controller displays voltage and current, and it controls the breaker's trip point and response time.

The month's featured Q&A is with Aubrey Kagan. Circuit Cellar has published 15 of Aubrey's articles from 2000 to 2010. To read these articles and more, and to download your digital issue, visit



Low Power Advanced Analog Integration

PIC16F(LF)178X enhanced core MCU family includes advanced analog and integrated communication peripherals. The "LF" versions of the MCUs feature eXtreme Low Power Technology, for active & sleep currents of just 32 A/MHz & 50 nA, extending battery life & reducing standby current consumption.   



The RL78 Green Energy Challenge is On!

Engineers from around the world have requested an RDK to compete for the title of the RL78 Green Energy Challenge Grand Prize winner! Our team has gone through the requests and approved all those who qualified. Everyone who successfully completed a kit request has been sent a notification whether they have been approved or denied and all of the kits have shipped.

If you weren't approved for the free kit, don't worry, you can still participate!  Any RL78 MCU may be used in this competition! RDKs and other RL78 MCU products may be purchased at and

Follow Renesas on Twitter and Facebook for a chance to win additional prizes from official contest partners. Pmods, development tools, and even more cash prizes are up for grabs. Join the RL78 Green Energy Challenge today!    






Anaren Offers New AIR Module for ZigBee Standard

Based on Texas Instruments' CC2530, Anaren now offers its AIR module (A2530E24R91) to help electrical engineers introduce with wireless functionality to devices or equipment intended for ZigBee Standard compliant applications. Developed with Tesla Controls, the
module runs the TI Z-Stack and features time-saving code examples for easy combining and compiling.


Have You Checked out Lately?

Since the launch of the new this year, exciting content has been added to the site daily. The website enables engineers and programmers around the world to communicate and share ideas through project articles, videos, and social media.'s features range from project posts (how-to articles, videos, and photos) to daily updates about products and industry news.

Check out the latest submission from Vincent Hemp, A Prolific Engineer's Two-Bench Workspace in Silicon Valley.

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CC Gold's USB archive contains more than two decades of engineering excellence right at your fingertips! For a limited time, save $35 off this tiny but mighty USB drive. Select contest and project add-ons are just $5 each, and you're automatically upgraded to a 16-GB drive! You'll even receive a FREE CC Key to share with a friend.

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CC Gold is the ultimate archive for all things Circuit Cellar: project articles, tutorials, source code, and more. Take advantage of this offer today!


*Offer Expires May 31st, 2012

DesignSpark chipKITTM Challenge Winners Announced

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Elektor and Circuit Cellar, in participation with DesignSpark, are pleased to present the winners of the DesignSpark chipKITTM Challenge! Engineers from around the globe submitted their eco-friendly and energy efficient designs which were built around a Microchip Technology chipKITTM Max32TM microcontroller board.


Congratulations to Dean Boman, whose Energy Monitoring System earned him First Prize honors and $5,000! A special thanks goes out to all who participated and congratulations to the rest of the winners! Check out all the winning projects from this competition.       



Now Available from Digi-Key - LeCroy Oscilloscopes, Waveform Generators and Logic Analyzers 

LeCroy is a leading manufacturer and supplier of oscilloscopes and serial data test solutions. Since its founding in 1964, LeCroy has focused on creating products that improve productivity by helping engineers resolve electronic design issues faster and more effectively in telecommunication, computer-semiconductor-consumer electronics, data storage, automotive-industrial, and military-aerospace markets.

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