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MOSFETs Provide Efficient Operation for Battery-powered “Green” Products

March 4, 2010 9:33 am | by Kevin Turchin, FAE Manager, ROHM Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Portable products increasingly rely on a single 3.7V Li-Ion battery for the energy source. For these and other low-voltage applications, lower gate voltage power MOSFETs improve the efficiency for extended battery life and reduce the heat dissipation involved in switching the loads. In addition, they simplify the design of numerous control functions by allowing direct control / drive.

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KB Home says Burkle won't run for new board term

March 4, 2010 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Homebuilder KB Home said Thursday that billionaire investor Ron Burkle will not stand for re-election to the company's board at its next annual meeting.The company said Burkle, who has been on the board for 15 years, wants to devote more time to his other business interests. Burkle made his...

Exotic Antimatter Detected at Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC)

March 4, 2010 9:22 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists report discovery of the heaviest known antinucleus and the first containing an anti-strange quark, laying the first stake in a new frontier of physics.

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Suntech posts $50M profit in 4th quarter

March 4, 2010 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Suntech Power Holdings Co. on Thursday said the company earned nearly $50 million in the fourth quarter after reducing expenses while boosting shipments of solar products to the U.S. The company posted a loss in the same period of 2008.The Chinese solar company reported net income of $49.9...

Coping with the Smart Grid

March 4, 2010 7:39 am | Articles | Comments

This year at APEC I moderated a rap session on dealing with the Smart Grid. It had a standing-room-only crowd, and demonstrated how much interest exists on both the technical and political issues involved.

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Kohl's key sales figure up in February

March 4, 2010 7:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kohl's Corp. reported Thursday that a key sales figure for February rose, though it fell just below analyst estimates.The company said sales at stores open at least a year were up 3.7 percent for the four weeks ended Feb. 27. That's an important gauge for retailers because it excludes sales...

Design Smart - Design Safe - Design Fast

March 4, 2010 7:27 am | by Hans Wiedemann, Manager - Product Marketing, Vincotech | Articles | Comments

With GPS rapidly becoming an increasingly vital part of our business and private lives, the market for these devices has seen a strong and steady business growth. Apart from traditional GPS applications, such as navigation and car breakdown emergency systems, GPS functionality has expanded well into the industrial and business markets.

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Thermal Mass Follow Up

March 4, 2010 7:21 am | by Screaming Circuits | News | Comments

RoHS has been with the electronics manufacturing world for quite a while now but there is still a lot of issues and uncertainty associated with it. As I wrote not long ago, even parts that are supposedly compliant can in...

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Non-contact Safety Switches Are Fully Sealed, Encapsulated

March 4, 2010 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tapeswitch is expanding is product line with Mechan Controls, a British designer and manufacturer of machine guard safety systems whose non-contact safety switches ranges from simple, low cost magnetic safety versions through fully electronic safety systems with the option of

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Efficient Material Handling in Automotive Manufacturing Applications

March 4, 2010 7:05 am | by Todd Belt, Systems Sales Manager, Pepperl+Fuchs | Articles | Comments

Pick and place robotics has been a common sight in the automotive industry for some time. It is capable of auto racking, bin picking, positioning parts for assembly, and other repetitive tasks that help automate production sequences and reduce costs.

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Partial Networking: In-Vehicle Networks Can Reduce Costs and CO2 Emissions

March 4, 2010 6:40 am | by Holger Huber, System Marketing Manager In-Vehicle-Networking, NXP Semiconductors | Articles | Comments

In the past, electronic control units (ECUs) in automotive applications were connected by individual signal wires. However, today, close to 100% of the ECUs are connected by bus systems such as LIN, CAN and FlexRay. This yields significant advantages, including improved data availability, straightforward wiring and standardized interfaces.

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JC Penney sales rise in February

March 4, 2010 6:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

J.C. Penney Co. said Thursday that sales at stores open at least a year rose 1.2 percent in February, surprising industry experts who expected that cautious consumers would lead to a sales decline.Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters anticipated sales to slide 1.3 percent.Same-store sales is a...

Power Resistors Deliver 20 W to 600 W with Low Inductance

March 4, 2010 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

TT electronics IRC’s MHP Series power resistors feature power ratings from 20 W to 600 W in industry standard TO-220, TO-247 and SOT-227 transistor-style packages. The resistors provide

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Green Phase-shifted Full-bridge IC Controls Synchronous Rectifier Output

March 4, 2010 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) introduced a phase-shifted full-bridge PWM controller with synchronous MOSFET control outputs and light load power management. According to the company, the UCC28950 can achieve efficiencies above 90 percent from light load to full load, enabling it to

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Power MOSFETs for DC-DC Conversion Tout Reduced Gate Switch Charge

March 4, 2010 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. has launched its latest generation of power MOSFETs for synchronous DC-DC conversion. The seventh generation trench process in the Toshiba fast switching series, UMOS VII-H, is asserted to

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