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3G SAW-less Transceiver Module is Highly Integrated

September 16, 2009 8:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) has introduced a highly integrated transceiver module supporting 3GPP WCDMA/EGPRS wireless phones. The MB86L01A eliminates 3G TX and RX inter-stage SAW filters and low-noise amplifiers (LNAs). It features a high-level programming model for

Potting Compound Protects Heat-Sensitive Parts

September 16, 2009 7:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Containing no solvents or diluents, Master Bond's EP30M3LV low exothermic epoxy system formulated to help avoid excess heat buildup and damage to thermally sensitive components during potting operations.

NEC Electronics and Renesas to Integrate Business

September 16, 2009 5:52 am | News | Comments

NEC Electronics, Renesas Technology, NEC, Hitachi, and Mitsubishi Electric today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to integrate business operations at NEC Electronics and Renesas.

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Obama CIO Touts Cloud Computing as Money-Saving

September 16, 2009 5:24 am | by Mike Kent | News | Comments

A cloud-computing initiative was outlined Tuesday by the Obama administration. It aims to cut costs and reduce the government's environmental impact.

FPGAs Tout 820K Logic Elements

September 15, 2009 1:19 pm | 3M Electronics Solutions Division | Product Releases | Comments

Altera Corporation announced it increased the high-end density range of its 40-nm Stratix IV E FPGAs to 820K logic elements (LEs). Altera's Stratix IV E FPGAs feature four devices ranging in density from 230K to 820K LEs. The new EP4SE820 delivers

Pico-ITX Board Delivers Fanless HD Video Playback

September 15, 2009 12:51 pm | 3M Electronics Solutions Division | Product Releases | Comments

VIA’s EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX board uses the latest VIA VX855 media system processor to provide smooth playback of the latest HD video formats for next-generation digital interactive devices. With this board, the VIA VX855 MSP takes the video decompression burden from the central processor, applying

Op Amp Delivers Desirable Sound in Pro Audio Apps

September 15, 2009 12:15 pm | 3M Electronics Solutions Division | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduce dual-channel, bipolar-input audio op amp. The OPA1612 offers designers desirable noise and distortion characteristics for clear, crisp sound in applications such as professional audio and broadcast studio equipment. Features include bipolar input which achieves

HVAC Combo Kit includes three key test Tools

September 15, 2009 12:07 pm | 3M Electronics Solutions Division | Product Releases | Comments

The Electrical/HVAC Combo Kit from Fluke includes the Fluke 62 Mini Infrared Thermometer, the Fluke T+PRO Voltage and Continuity Tester, and the Fluke 1AC-II VoltAlert Non-Contact Voltage Detector. All three tools are compliant with the 2009 edition of NFPA 70E. The thermometer measures from -30ºC to 500ºC

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32-channel Module supports high-voltage isolation

September 15, 2009 11:33 am | 3M Electronics Solutions Division | Product Releases | Comments

Resisting noise interference, the PCM-3730I, a 32 channel isolated digital I/O PCI-104 module from Advantech, supports high-voltage isolation (2,500 VDC) on each input/output channel. With an input voltage range of 5 VDC to 30 VDC, the PCM-3730I allows different modules to be stacked together in a small system.

Modules Provide dual Port capability for RS interfaces

September 15, 2009 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The USB-COM-PLUS family of communication modules from Future Technology Devices provides dual port capability for the RS422 differential and RS485 multipoint differential interfaces. All multi-port modules feature a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (480 Mb/s) interface, and feature a 5 V output that can provide up to 250 mA.

Google Unveils 'Page Flipping' Web Functionality

September 15, 2009 8:49 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, | News | Comments

Google Inc. is testing a new format that is supposed to make reading online stories as easy as flipping through a magazine, a shift that eventually could feed more advertising sales to revenue-starved publishers.

Startup lets you play Console Video Games remotely

September 15, 2009 7:18 am | News | Comments

As any video game aficionado knows, it's easy to pop a game into your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and spend hours working your way from one level to the next. Without the hefty console, though, you're out of luck if you want to keep blasting those aliens while away from home. A startup called Spawn Labs thinks it has a solution to this problem.

France to vote on new Internet piracy Bill

September 15, 2009 7:06 am | News | Comments

French legislators vote Tuesday on a pioneering bill allowing authorities to cut off Internet access to people who download illegally, a measure that entertainment companies hope will be a powerful weapon against piracy. The bill has garnered attention beyond France, both from music and film industries struggling to keep up official revenue and from privacy advocates who say it threatens civil liberties.

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Power, Control and Management of Lighting Applications

September 15, 2009 6:28 am | by by Richard Zarr, National Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

When lighting applications started using solid-state sources, engineers began to understand the issues in the migration away from incandescent bulbs. It is fairly well known that LED sources lack the IR spectrum of their filament based counterparts requiring thermal management via conduction rather than emission. Driving and managing these solid-state light sources can be challenging

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Data Acquisition Rules of the Road: Selecting High-Speed Differential ADC Drivers

September 15, 2009 6:14 am | by John Ardizzoni and Jonathan Pearson, Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

As applications engineers, we are constantly bombarded with a variety of questions about driving high-speed analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) with differential inputs. Indeed, selecting the right ADC driver and configuration can be challenging. To make the design of robust ADC circuits somewhat easier, we’ve compiled a set of common “road hazards” and solutions.

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