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ICs interface between encoders and counting devices

October 16, 2009 12:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

A family of Quadrature Clock Converter ICs from LSI Computer Systems (LSI/CSI) is designed to interface between incremental encoders and counting devices by converting the encoder quadrature outputs into directional up/down clocks or clock and direction signals.

Sensorless Drives achieve efficiencies up to 99%

October 16, 2009 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

With current up to 20 A, a line of sensorless drives from Koford Engineering is purportedly up to 99% efficient. The drives are for operation in 12 V to 48 V applications, and include a PWM frequency of 56k for cool motor operation. Open loop and digital closed loop versions are available

Russia to ban incandescent bulbs

October 16, 2009 10:31 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Russia has jumped on the CFL bandwagon, and decided to ban the incandescent bulb. As of January 1, 2014, the manufacture and sale of all incandescent bulbs will be prohibited in Russia.

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SWE Achievement Award Winner Announced

October 16, 2009 10:23 am | News | Comments

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) announced Aslaug Haraldsdottir, Ph.D. as the recipient of the 2009 SWE Achievement Award for accomplishments in Air Traffic Management, communication, navigation and surveillance system design, greatly influencing the future worldwide Air Traffic Management systems.

In-App Sales and iTablet: The Killer Combo to Save Publishing?

October 16, 2009 10:07 am | by Brian X. Chen | News | Comments

Apple on Thursday made a subtle yet major revision to its App Store policy, enabling extra content to be sold through free iPhone apps. It’s a move that immediately impacts the publishing industry, and it could pay even bigger dividends if the Cupertino company indeed delivers its highly anticipated touchscreen tablet.

Tiny TCXO Saves Space, Energy

October 16, 2009 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Measuring 2.0 x 1.6 x 0.8 mm, the NT2016SA Series SMD TCXO (Temperature-Compensated Crystal Oscillator) from NDK operates with an input from +2.4 to 2.8 VDC ±0.1 V while drawing 1.5 mA max with a clipped sine output level of 0.8 V (P-P) minimum.

What Automotive Engineers are Missing When it Comes to Power Sources

October 16, 2009 7:41 am | by Chad Hall, COO of Ioxus | Articles | Comments

The demand for better and more efficient power sources in the automotive industry has been a driving force behind research in battery technology, capacitor technology, and electronic power supply design. In order to utilize energy as efficiently as possible, automotive engineers began by reducing the gross weight of an automobile

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New Wi-Fi technology to let gadgets talk directly

October 16, 2009 5:50 am | News | Comments

Starting in mid-2010, new versions of gadgets like cameras, cell phones and computers will be able to talk to each other using Wi-Fi without needing to connect to a wireless network first. The Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry group, said Wednesday it is nearly finished putting together a Wi-Fi Direct specification

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Winter forecast: Warmer West, North; cooler South

October 16, 2009 5:42 am | News | Comments

The Midwest and Northern United States are likely to get a warmer winter, while the Southeast can expect just the opposite: cooler and wetter conditions.In Thursday's winter outlook, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says an El Nino weather event - warming in parts of the Pacific that affects weather worldwide - will be a major player in America's winter temperatures.

Socket Adapter ensures mounting of ICs

October 15, 2009 1:05 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The SF-BGA199B-B-05 0.65mm Pitch BGA Socket Adapter from Ironwood Electronics allows Samsung MCP KMYFE0C0CM-D300 memory IC’s to be placed in socket. The BGA SMT adapter consists of solder balls on the bottom side and round pads on the topside.

Analog Front End enables highly-accurate measurements

October 15, 2009 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

With up to 91 dB Signal to Noise and Distortion (SINAD), the MCP3901 Analog Front End (AFE) from Microchip purportedly enables highly-accurate measurements. The AFE features dual 16-/24-bit Delta-Sigma Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs), internal Programmable Gain Amplifiers (PGAs) and voltage reference

Keyboard provides nearly silent operation

October 15, 2009 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring whisper keystroke technology, the Stream XT keyboard from Cherry provides nearly silent operation. The keyboard is purportedly highly-resistant to liquid spills, and includes standard keystroke life of greater than 10 million operations.

CEC holds hearing on TV regulations

October 15, 2009 8:55 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back in March, we reported on the California Energy Commission’s proposal to set a cap on the maximum active mode power usage (watts) for TV’s. All units above the maximum would be banned for sale in California—this would preclude the vast majority of Plasma, DLP, and Rear-projection TV’s.

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K-State Engineers use Gold 'Snowflakes' to Improve Graphene Conductivity

October 15, 2009 6:55 am | News | Comments

In an effort to make graphene more useful in electronics applications, Kansas State University engineers made a golden discovery -- gold "snowflakes" on graphene. To functionalize graphene with gold -- thus controlling its electronics properties -- Berry and Kabeer Jasuja, a K-State doctoral student in chemical engineering, imbedded gold on graphene.

Can Innovation Save the Economy?

October 15, 2009 5:59 am | by Daniel M. Harrison | News | Comments

For all the discussions of “green shoots” in housing or consumer spending over the last few months, too little attention has been paid to a classic American economic advantage: innovation. If cash flow is the blood of the global economy and spending and investment are its main artery veins, then innovation is the heart that does the pumping.

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