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FPGA Family is Industrial-temperature Qualified

June 2, 2009 8:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lattice Semiconductor announced that industrial temperature-qualified versions of all its non-volatile LatticeXP2 FPGAs have been released to volume production. Based on the company’s 90 nanometer hybrid flexiFLASH technology, the XP2 family features small form factor Chip Scale 132 BGA packaging, and pre-engineered source-synchronous I/O that supports

Eye Meter Provides Comprehensive Sensors

June 2, 2009 8:04 am | 3M Electronics Solutions Division | Product Releases | Comments

The 3M EM Eye Meter consists of a base unit and three separate sensors for electromagnetic interference (EMI), radio frequency (RF) and electrostatic discharge (ESD) detection.  The 3M offers a color touch screen display in a hand-held size which logs data on an SD card.

Linear Cable Transducer Features Adaptable Installation

June 2, 2009 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The linear cable transducer model LT25 features adaptable installation, eliminating shaft misalignment and allowing the cable to fit in hard to reach areas. The transducer offers digital position and speed feedback. This product measures linear motion applications with a flexible cable mounted to an internal spring-loaded spool and a


SMT PIN Diode Switches Handle up to 100 W of RF Power

June 2, 2009 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Optimized to function in the 20 MHz to 700 MHz and the 400 MHZ to 4,000 MHz bands, a family of surface mount, silicon PIN diode SP2T switches from Aeroflex / Metelics has a power handling capability of up to 100 W C.W.

Microsoft Unveils Motion Control for Xbox 360

June 2, 2009 6:54 am | by DERRIK J. LANG | News | Comments

Microsoft introduced a prototype camera Monday that can be used as a controller for the Xbox 360. Codenamed "Project Natal," the camera eliminates the need for a handheld input device — instead, the gizmo can track a player's full body movement, recognize their face and voice, scan images of real items and respond to both physical and vocal commands.

Tension-Compression Load Cells offer 0.50 Percent Accuracy

June 2, 2009 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The subminiature tension/compression load cells series VLU850 offers small size coupled with standard output of 2 mV/V and an integral temperature and zero balance board.  This product by Stellar Technology is suited for ranges 10 to 1,000 lbf.

April Semiconductor Sales Increase

June 2, 2009 6:44 am | News | Comments

Worldwide sales of semiconductors rose to $15.6 billion in April, an increase of 6.4 percent from March when sales were $14.7 billion, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today. April sales were 25 percent lower than April 2008 when sales were $20.9 billion.

No Vacancies at the Space Station

June 2, 2009 6:24 am | by MARCIA DUNN | News | Comments

Life on board the international space station is busier and more crowded now that it's a full house. For the first time ever, the space station is accommodating a permanent crew of six, the way it was intended when the first piece flew a decade ago. The population at the orbiting outpost doubled Friday when three new residents moved in.


Workshop for Women in Design Automation at DAC

June 2, 2009 5:53 am | News | Comments

The 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC) program once again includes the popular Workshop for Women in Design Automation (WWINDA). This year, the half-day session will address the key issue faced eventually by many in the technology industry: whether to continue along a technical career path, or to make the switch to a management track.

Rugged Interface Converter Addresses Multi-Point Apps

June 2, 2009 5:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for applications requiring a single point-to-point or a multi-point communications link, the Model 4152/4153 ST Fiber-to-Multi-Point RS485/422/232 Interface Converter from Electro Standards Laboratories has typical operating speeds up to 1.5 Mbps for RS232 to fiber conversion and up to 5 Mbps for RS485/422 to fiber conversion.

ECN Eye On Efficiency

June 1, 2009 1:16 pm | Blogs | Comments

Here are a couple of articles on efficiency in flywheel and electro-optical systems from Douglas Electrical Components and Wavelength Electronics.


Design Talk - Chips and DIPs

June 1, 2009 11:57 am | by poe, ehternet, power, transformer, REACH | Articles | Comments

Here are some essays on design for you on Power over Ethernet (PoE), Transformer Basics, and info on the REACH chemical regulations.


Brainstorm: Solid-State Lighting Adoption

June 1, 2009 10:59 am | Articles | Comments

This Month's Question: What do you think is the chief factor preventing the mainstream adoption of solid-state lighting?


Silicon Oscillators Offer EMI Improvements

June 1, 2009 10:50 am | by Greg Zimmer, Linear Technology, | Articles | Comments

One of the most difficult electronics design challenge is to track down and eliminate electromagnetic interference (EMI). Switching regulators, a common source of EMI, continue growing in usage due to their space and efficiency advantages over linear regulators. For the designer, however, the EMI and associated regulatory requirements can present a significant challenge. To specifically address EMI in switching regulators, a multi-phase, spread-spectrum silicon oscillator is an appropriate solution.


Fathoming the future

June 1, 2009 10:31 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor in Chief | Articles | Comments

Once upon a time, if you wanted to know the future you went to a colorful character who told you your fortune by examining bird guts, tea leaves, or other obscure random pattern generator. They were called witch doctors, clairvoyants, and fortune-tellers. Today we call them business analysts.



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