Here are some more interesting things seen on Day 1 at the show:


The Micro:Bit and the Mi:Node kit

The micro:bitmicro:bit is a tech highlight; it offers immense ease-of-use for children and beginners through several programming languages (including graphical and text based languages) with an online development environment. Using it is a very smooth experience. Furthermore it offers a lot of functionality on-board; as well as the 5x5 LED matrix that can display scrolling text, there is built-in wireless (Bluetooth Smart) and sensors capability.



The wireless functions and the edge connections allow the micro:bit to be expanded. It was only a matter of time until a kit was available to assist with that.



The Mi:Node is a large kit from Embest with excellent card box packaging (it would make an extremely nice gift) that contains a docking station for the micro:bit and many attachments including motors and sensors.



I think beginners would have a lot of fun using this kit.


BitScope Demo

I’d not seen a BitScope USB oscilloscopeBitScope USB oscilloscope in real life before, it is very small! It can be seen in the photo below propped up at the top of the LCD screen. A ‘BitScope BladeBitScope Blade’ was also part of the demo. This is a board that can supply power to the Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi and peripherals, as well as allowing more than one PCB to be interfaced to the signals on the Pi’s 40-way header. This was demonstrated using a ‘Sense HATSense HAT’ and a LCD display (Pi 7” Capacitive DisplayPi 7” Capacitive Display) attached at the same time to the Pi 3.




Silicon Labs USBXpress Family CP2102N

Always interested in easy-to-use USB UART devices, it was great to see a new Silicon Labs device, the CP2102NCP2102N. This is very different from the older non-N variant CP2102.


The key differences are higher baud rate capability (up to 3Mbaud), logic level extended down to 1.8V, USB battery charger detection capability (it allows you to signal to a suitable charger circuit that current of up to 1.5A is available) and up to 7 general-purpose input/output (GPIO) pins available.




Phoenix Contact

Looking around Embedded World, there were a lot of connector manufacturers. It is good to see the range visually so I took photos of some of Phoenix Contact’s offerings.







Wurth Elektronik

Wurth have a new book available, regarding how to use LTspicenew book available, regarding how to use LTspice.  It looks interesting. They also had their 15W standards-based wireless power demo board on display; this is a step up from their previous 5W offering. The demo board is based on a Rohm chipset.



Wurth also had one of the best ways to showcase small electronic parts : )