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Op Amp Delivers Desirable Sound in Pro Audio Apps

September 15, 2009 12:15 pm | 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 | 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

32-channel Module supports high-voltage isolation

September 15, 2009 11:33 am | 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.

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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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Nanotech safety: Smaller particles may be riskier

September 14, 2009 1:52 pm | by Julie Steenhuysen | News | Comments

In determining the safety of improbably small materials known as nanoparticles, special properties associated with some of the very smallest particles may be the key, scientists said on Sunday.

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User-Configurable Planar Transformer Features Frequency Range of 50 kHz to 400 kHz

September 14, 2009 1:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology announced a planar transformer designed for switchmode power supply (SMPS) applications, including flyback, forward, push-pull, and half-bridge converters. The Sfernice PLAC 100 is user-configurable with software supplied by Vishay, which allows designers to

Dual ESD/EMI Audio Filter Integrates 10 Discrete Component Functions

September 14, 2009 1:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

With 10 discrete component functions integrated on one chip, the EPCOS ESD/EMI audio filter (CA04F2FT5AAUD010G) reduces parasitic noise and increases audio quality in portable devices. The filter features low series resistance, comes in a 405, two-fold array package, a cut-off frequency of

Automotive-grade Crystals Cover frequency range to 150 MHz

September 14, 2009 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FXA series of ceramic SMD (surface mount device) automotive-grade crystals from Fox Electronics feature a frequency range from 6 MHz to 150 MHz. The crystals have standard frequency stabilities from ±50 ppm to ±100 ppm and operating temperatures from -40°C to 125°C.

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Voltage Linear Regulator offers low noise operation

September 14, 2009 10:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The LT3050 voltage linear regulator, from Linear Technology, offers low noise operation of 30µVRMS across a bandwidth range of 10 Hz to 100 kHz. The device delivers up to 100 mA output current with a 340 mV dropout voltage at full load. It features a 2 V to 45 V input voltage range, delivering adjustable output voltages from 0.6 V to 44.5 V.

Cyber Criminals targeting small Businesses

September 14, 2009 8:39 am | News | Comments

Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting small and medium-sized businesses that don't have the resources to keep updating their computer security, according to federal authorities. Many of the attacks are being waged by organized cyber groups that are based abroad, and they are able to steal not only credit card numbers, but personal information

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