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Schematic Symbol Viewer Now Online From PCB Matrix

July 15, 2009 11:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

PCB Matrix, a Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. company that focuses on EDA efficiency, productivity and automation, introduces the FREE Schematic Symbol Viewer, a cross platform correlation tool that allows users to import schematic symbols from multiple EDA formats and libraries, which is freely downloadable from the PCB Matrix Web site.

NOAA Scientists Find Tsunami “Shadow” Visible From Space

July 15, 2009 10:13 am | News | Comments

For the first time, NOAA scientists have demonstrated that tsunamis in the open ocean can change sea surface texture in a way that can be measured by satellite-borne radars. The finding could one day help save lives through improved detection and forecasting of tsunami intensity and direction at the ocean surface.

The information bubble

July 15, 2009 9:34 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

The wonderful communications technology infrastructure we have created has given everyone the power to communicate with anyone else on the planet at a moments notice with images, text, voice, and video. All of the focus is on the software tools such as Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube that are at the forefront of the societal sea change, but it is the newly-risen global information network that is the real hero.

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Drug Rescues Memory Lost To Alzheimer's Disease

July 15, 2009 8:52 am | News | Comments

A drug similar to one used in clinical trials for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis has been found to rescue memory in mice exhibiting Alzheimer's symptoms.

When to Use a Clock vs. an Oscillator

July 15, 2009 7:36 am | by James Wilson, Marketing Manager | Articles | Comments

Hardware design in high performance applications such as networking, wireless/RF transmission, broadcast video and test and measurement is becoming increasingly complex as hardware designers grapple with the need to support a growing number of standards, protocols, and specifications within a single hardware design.  A few examples illustrate this trend.

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Media Converters Display LED Diagnostics

July 15, 2009 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

With single-mode 1300-nm T-bus connection modules, the PSI-MOS media converters from Phoenix Contact provide LED diagnostics and proactive alarming.

Brainstorm: Sensors and Testing

July 15, 2009 6:33 am | Articles | Comments

In the development cycle, where does test play the most important role?

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Brainstorm: Military Electronics Part 2

July 15, 2009 6:18 am | Articles | Comments

What is the most pressing issue concerning the deployment of autonomous military robots?

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Piezo Motor Driver Monitors Speed and Frequency

July 15, 2009 5:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

New Scale Technologies provides a family of drive solutions for their Squiggle motors. With 170 kHz modulation frequency, the NSD-1202 dual piezo motor drive ASIC offers a PWM mode allowing independent speed control of one or two SQL-1.8 Series motors.

Brainstorm: Lighting

July 15, 2009 5:14 am | Articles | Comments

What do you think is the chief factor preventing the mainstream adoption of solid-state lighting?

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RF Switching Coaxial Connector Features Low Signal Loss

July 14, 2009 12:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for antenna and printed circuit board verification, an RF switching coaxial connector from ITT features a low signal loss of under 0.3 dB. The LCP CP1/CP2 connector also features a minimum life of 12,000 mating cycles, a return loss VSWR of 1.2:1 at 2 GHz, and a 5.6 mm test port. A cold pin minimizes RF emissions

Quad-Output Driver Generates 300 V

July 14, 2009 11:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Utilizing an inductor-based boost converter, a ±15kV quad-output driver (the MAX14521E) from Maxim IC generates 300Vp-p (max) voltage. A full-bridge output converts this voltage to the AC waveform required to drive an EL lamp. Intended for multiple electroluminescent (EL) lamps, the driver is ESD-protected

Coming Soon: Silk-Screened Batteries

July 14, 2009 10:36 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Who knew those shady vendors hawking silk-screened t-shirts at tourist traps were leading the tech revolution? Actually, that claim belongs to the Fraunhofer Research Institution, but who’s keeping track? The German institute has developed a printable battery that is produced using a silk-screening process similar to that used in t-shirts.

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MEMS-Based Switches Have Enable/Disable Capabilities

July 14, 2009 8:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using MEMS-based mirror switch technology, the 6278 dual-channel fiber optic ESCON duplex switches from Electro Standards Laboratories, which support a GB data rate, allow users to enable or disable the connection.

Watchdog Timer Boards Protect Mission-Critical Systems

July 14, 2009 8:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Used to monitor the operation of your application program as well as operating system, the P104-WDG-CSMA Series of dedicated watchdog timer boards for PC/104-based embedded systems from ACCES I/O Products will initiate a system reset in case of lockup. Targeting applications that require self-reliant systems, the device also monitors and controls a variety of system hardware parameters such as temperature, voltage, fan speed, and humidity.

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