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Design Talk: Software

November 16, 2009 6:09 am | Articles | Comments

Today's mobile phones boast computing capabilities once found in mainframe computers and workstations. Mobile CPU clocks run hundreds of MHz, and mobile 32 bit processors access gigabytes of memory.


Thin-Film Piezoelectric Film Technology in Medical Device Applications

November 16, 2009 5:27 am | by Jon Dent, Product Manager, Digi-Key Corporation & Pete Smith, Senior Application Specialist, Measurement Specialties, Inc. | Articles | Comments

A growing need for sensors within the medical device market has illustrated renewed OEM focus on design efficiencies, patient comfort and enhanced quality of life. The application environment itself is uniquely stringent, with regulatory compliance standards, such as FDA approvals on Class III implantable medical devices...


Dual channel transformer provides smallest footprint on market

November 13, 2009 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DSS-3305, from Beta Transformer Technology, purportedly provides the smallest footprint dual channel transformer on the market, while satisfying the maximum height limit of 0.185” (4.7 mm). It is supposedly the smallest 2 channel transformer solution for VME boards.


CPU module based on TI AM3505, AM3517 processors

November 13, 2009 10:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

 The Lizard CPU module, from Dave, is based on the newly announced AM3505 and AM3517 ARM microprocessor from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). With compact form factor (70mm x 50mm), the Lizard features the NEON multimedia accelerator


Interface boards compatible with all standard configurations

November 13, 2009 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

With multiple operating modes, the DNx-AI-255 Synchro/Resolver interface boards (from United Electronic Industries) are compatible with all standard sensor wiring and excitation configurations. The boards are available in two models — one for use with UEI’s PowerDNA Cubes and another for rack-mounting in a PowerDNR RACKtangle or HalfRACK chassis.

Dual-motor Control MCU is ARM-based

November 13, 2009 3:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) announced availability of the TMPM370 microcontroller (MCU). This 32-bit MCU is designed for use in high-efficiency AC motor applications such as washing machines, refrigerators and air conditioners. The device combines an 80MHz ARM Cortex-M3 processing core with a

Device Enables a Single MCU to Monitor 24 Automotive Switches

November 13, 2009 3:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX13362, a 24-channel switch-contact monitor for automotive switches. This device enables a single microcontroller to monitor up to 24 mechanical switches distributed throughout the automobile, thus eliminating expense of multiple remote MCUs. The MAX13362 protects

Motion Sensor Enables Smarter Vehicle Electronics

November 13, 2009 3:17 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has introduced a motion sensor providing accurate measurements of vehicle movement for systems such as adaptive front lights, auto-levelling HID (high-intensity discharge) lamps, inertial brake lights, e-parking brake, advanced anti-theft systems and control of vehicle dynamics. The AIS226DS is a


Coffee chain adopts LED lighting

November 12, 2009 11:32 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

A certain eco-conscious purveyor of roasted beans (rhymes with dar-nucks) has announced plans to adopt solid state lighting in more than 8,000 stores by the end of next year. Utilizing GE lighting solutions, Starbucks has already “converted” more than 1,000 U.S. locations, with plans to address the international market in March 2010.


Instrument Calibrates Two Temperature Sensors Simultaneously

November 12, 2009 10:38 am | Articles | Comments

E Instruments’ HC-DB35 calibrator can calibrate two temperature sensors simultaneously or at two different temperatures in quick time. The HC-DB35 dual dry block calibrator is appropriate with fast heating and cooling times. Features include a cold range of -35°C to 123°C, hot 50°C to 350°C; accuracy: cold ±0.5°C, hot ±0.1 percent FS + one digit; stability:


PCB Software Boasts New Miniaturization Capabilities

November 12, 2009 10:35 am | Articles | Comments

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced the latest release of its Cadence Allegro and OrCAD printed circuit board (PCB) software. The Allegro and OrCAD PCB Design Release 16.3 brings PCB engineers the ability to


Micro Push-Pull Connectors Suit Medical Apps

November 12, 2009 10:32 am | Articles | Comments

Binder-USA introduced its Series 420 micro push-pull connectors. This style of connector is commonly used for small applications in the medical and commercial industries. The push-pull cable connectors have a maximum diameter of 9.5 mm and accept cables with diameters ranging from


Modulator Driver sports max data rate of 35 Gb-s

November 12, 2009 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model FO-MDA-20-25DD-1 (from Narda), a dual-channel DQPSK modulator driver for 40-Gb/s and 100-Gb/s optical transponder applications, has a maximum data rate of 35 Gb/s, and has been tested at rates as high as 113 Gb/s. It is designed to interface with a Sierra Monolithics SMI 4025 DQPSK multiplexer/clock multiplier unit on the input...


TVS device protects interfaces from ESD Damage

November 12, 2009 6:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CMNTVS12V 12-V Transient Voltage Suppressor (from Central Semiconductor) can handle up to 18 W of peak power and an ESD voltage of 8 kV. Designed to protect static sensitive data interfaces against ESD damage, the Voltage Suppressor is intended for small portable hand held electronic devices...

Brushless motors offer stall torque up to 225 oz-in

November 12, 2009 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Four pole 1.65" (42mm) slotless brushless motors (from Koford Engineering) offer stall torque up to 225 oz-in and a peak power of 74 watts at 1585 rpm. Continuous power is 63 W. Oversize bearings and 1/4" shaft purportedly make this motor well suited for medical or military pumps as well as servo applications.



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