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Fiber-Optic Switch Uses Mirrors

March 18, 2009 5:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Employing mirror technology, the QuickSwitch Model 6259 16-Channel Fiber Optic ST Simplex A/B/Off-Line Switch from Electro Standards Laboratories enables devices connected to the Common port of each channel to access the A or B port of each channel. The 2U rackmount unit goes offline on power loss and will stop passing data.

Digital Humidity Sensor Addresses Space-Sensitive Apps

March 17, 2009 6:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

With a 3 x 3-mm footprint and a height of 1.1 mm, the SHT21 digital humidity sensor from Sensirion also supports additional communication modes, including analog modes.

N-Channel MOSFETs Withstand 2kV ESD

March 17, 2009 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Incorporating two isolated 50-V, 280-mA MOSFETs, the CMLDM7003 from Central Semiconductor has built-in 2-kV ESD protection. Additional features of the SOT-563-packaged device include transient voltage suppressors across the source and gate of each device as an added protection against high voltage transients.


USB-IF Announces Plan to Receive UWB Specifications

March 17, 2009 6:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

As announced by the WiMedia Alliance today, the organization will transfer its UWB specifications to Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) and Wireless USB Promoter Group as they apply to each entity’s expertise for standardization and certification or both.

Speedier flexible electronics possible with new fabrication process

March 17, 2009 6:00 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

A clever but simple new way of making transistors out of high-performance organic microwires presents a potential path for products such as smart merchandise tags, light and cheap solar panels, and flexible "digital paper".

Objects in the Toolbar May Be Further Away Than They Seem

March 17, 2009 5:26 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Have you experienced a difference between your devices’ actual battery life relative to what the manufacturer tells you to expect? I thought so.

Connectors Save Board Real Estate

March 16, 2009 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Up to 30 percent smaller than comparable products, the POWERMOD PSX family of PCB interconnects are intended for use when board space is at a premium and overall mating heights must be minimized. with power contacts rated to 60 amps and signal contacts rated to 1 amp (ratings per UL1977).

Infineon Extends its Industrial MCU Portfolio

March 16, 2009 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting a range of drive applications across a variety of industries, Infineon Technologies announced the availability of microcontrollers (MCUs) with embedded flash technology, including 8-, 16-, and 32-bit devices for industrial applications.


Walking, Talking Female Robot to hit Japan Catwalk

March 16, 2009 6:38 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

A new walking, talking robot from Japan has a female face that can smile and has trimmed down to 43 kilograms (95 pounds) to make a debut at a fashion show. But it still hasn't cleared safety standards required to share the catwalk with human models. Developers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, a government-backed organization, said their "cybernetic human," shown Monday, wasn't ready to help with daily chores or work side by side with people — as many hope robots will be able to do in the future.

Power Reference Design Delivers High Efficiency

March 16, 2009 5:51 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Using a zero voltage switching technique, the RD212 200-W DC/DC converter reference design from Fairchild Semiconductor can operate at an efficiency of up to 94 percent. With user's guide, application notes and schematics, the design uses the FEB212 evaluation board and features the FSFR2100 FPS power switch, PFM controller, and a high-voltage gate driver with two fast-recovery MOSFETs.

Breakthrough For Post-4G Communications

March 16, 2009 5:38 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

With much of the mobile world yet to migrate to 3G mobile communications, let alone 4G, European researchers are already working on a new technology able to deliver data wirelessly up to 12.5Gb/s. The technology – known as ‘millimetre (mm)-wave’ or microwave photonics – has commercial applications not just in telecommunications (access and in-house networks) but also in instrumentation, radar, security, radio astronomy and other fields.

Reference Design Creates Digital Audio Systems

March 16, 2009 4:56 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Addressing the need for increased digital audio functionality in devices, the AVR32 ATEVK1105 Digital Audio Gateway kit from Atmel uses AVR AT32UC3A 32-bit Flash microcontrollers to create systems for digital audio streaming, decoding and playback. The AVR32 CPU’s DSP functionality handles audio decoding and the UC3A handles two audio interfaces with a stereo 16-bit bitstream audio DAC with internal FIR and Comb filters.

PTC Inrush Current Limiters Feature Heat Capacity of 2.3 J/K

March 13, 2009 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Additions to the B5910XJ* family of PTC inrush current limiters for power supplies from EPCOS have increased heat capacity from 2 J/K to 2.3 J/K. The PTCs are designed for voltages of 260 V, 440 V, and 560 V with rated resistances of 22 ?, 56 O, and 100 O. Six types of leaded PTC inrush current limiters with heat capacities of between


HLC Converts Digital Values into Analog Signals

March 13, 2009 9:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HART Loop Converter (HLC) from Pepperl+Fuchs allows users to access the digital information from HART-enabled field devices and makes it available to the analog world of process control. The HLC uses the HART protocol to communicate with the field device connected to it, and transfers its digital values into analog signals

Pushbutton Switch has Vertical and Right-Angle Termination Options

March 12, 2009 12:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The LP4 series illuminated pushbutton switch from E-Switch-Lamb Industries has two termination options: a vertical PCB mount and a right angle PCB mount. LED color options are blue, green, red, white, and yellow. Other features include: electrical life of 50,000 cycles; operating force of 250 +/- 100 gf; contact rating of 100 mA @ 30 VDC; contact resistance


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