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Climate Bill May Spur Energy Revolution

June 30, 2009 6:21 am | by H. JOSEF HEBERT | News | Comments

Congress has taken its first step toward an energy revolution, with the prospect of profound change for every household, business, industry and farm in the decades ahead.

Rugged Inductors Suit Automotive Applications

June 30, 2009 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

With features such as a base plate with injection-molded termination clips, SMT power inductors from Epcos increase mechanical stability and improve temperature distribution during the solder process in demanding automotive applications.  With dimensions ranging between 7.3 mm x 7.3 mm x 4.5 mm and 12.5 mm x 12.5 mm x 8.5 mm

Sealed Boards Suit High-Volume High-Density Applications

June 30, 2009 4:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hermetically-sealed circuit boards in flex, rigid, hybrid, and flat-flex cable circuits from Douglas Electrical Components are best for high-volume applications requiring high conductor density. With hermetically sealed boards, electrical connection points are eliminated, minimizing voltage drops and removing the need for testing the wire-to-circuit connection point.

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Synchronous Clock Generator Serves SONET/SDH/ATM Apps

June 29, 2009 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supporting major FEC rates such as 15/14 and 255/237, the SFX-800G Synchronous Clock Generator from Connor-Winfield can translate a frequency input into one of eight selectable output frequencies from 10 MHz to 1.125 GHz. The 1.2” x 1.0” x 0.285” RoHS-Compliant device provides a jitter filtered, wander following output signal synchronized to a superior Stratum or peer input reference signal.

Connector Family Targets RF Applications

June 29, 2009 11:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

A family of devices has recently expanded Molex’s RF connector and cabling solutions.

Obama Administration Awards First Advanced-Vehicle Loans

June 29, 2009 10:23 am | Blogs | Comments

Today, the Obama Administration announced $8 billion in conditional loan commitments for the development of innovative, advanced vehicle technologies that will create thousands of green jobs while helping reduce the nation’s dangerous dependence on foreign oil. The loan commitments announced today by the President include $5.9 billion for Ford Motor Company to transform factories across Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio to produce 13 more fuel efficient models

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LED Lamps Are Drop-In Replacements for Fluorescent Tubes

June 29, 2009 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

A drop-in replacement for T8 fluorescent tubes in general lighting, 48” long LED48T8-288-001W T8 bi-pin LED lighting tubes from LEDtronics can deliver the light output of a 24-W to 32-W fluorescent lamp while consuming less than 19 W.

Panasonic Locks out 3rd-Party Camera Batteries

June 29, 2009 10:09 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

If you download the latest firmware for Panasonic digital cameras, beware of one caveat: it locks out “non-genuine” Panasonic batteries. It allegedly does so for safety reasons. Frankly, I find this cynical explanation unconvincing. According to Panasonic’s site, “Panasonic Digital Cameras now include a technology that can identify a genuine Panasonic battery. For the protection of our customers Panasonic developed this technology after it was discovered that some aftermarket 3rd party batteries do not meet the rigid safety standards Panasonic uses.”

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Current Switches Use Magnetic Sensing

June 29, 2009 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Provided in versions rated at 135 A or 200 A, the CSS and CSC Series of digital current switches from Setra Systems uses magnetic current sensing with low, fixed, or adjustable setpoints. The split-core CSC features five models with set points as low as 0.15 A, while the solid-core CSS features three models available in set points as low as 0.25 A.

Toyota Creates Brain-Steered Wheelchair

June 29, 2009 8:33 am | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. says it has developed a way of steering a wheelchair by just detecting brain waves, without the person having to move a muscle or shout a command. Toyota's system, developed in a collaboration with researchers in Japan, is among the fastest in the world in analyzing brain waves

Wirewounds Handle Continuous Overload Conditions

June 29, 2009 8:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

WWF Series fusible conformal-coated wirewound from Stackpole provides surge handling under constant or sustained overload conditions. The fusing characteristic can be adjusted to fuse quickly or more slowly and can also have their inherent inductance adjusted up or down.

LED Driver Provides Front-Panel Activity Control

June 29, 2009 8:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems expanded its LED driver portfolio with the AS1115 user interface (UI) LED driver. It combines display driving and key scanning providing a complete front panel solution which eliminates the use of secondary µP or other logics plus discrete devices.

Potentiometer IC Boasts Low Tolerance

June 29, 2009 8:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in a 3-mm² TDFN package, the ISL22317 Digitally Controlled Potentiometer from Intersil has less than a 1 percent typical resistor tolerance, giving users flexibility in open-loop applications. Accepting an input from 2.7 V to 5.5 V, the device can track an external resistor within 10 ppm/°C, improving overall system accuracy for temperatures up to 125°C.

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Improved RFIC For Millimeter-Wave Imaging

June 29, 2009 7:50 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Electrical engineers from the University of California, San Diego invented radio frequency integrated circuits that could lead to significantly less expensive imaging systems for identifying concealed weapons, for helping helicopters to land during dust storms, and for high frequency data communications. UC San Diego engineers presented this circuit at the 2009 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium on June 9, where it won one of the best three-student-paper awards.

Trading an iPod for a Walkman for a Week

June 29, 2009 7:39 am | by Scott Campbell | News | Comments

When the Sony Walkman was launched, 30 years ago this week, it started a revolution in portable music. But how does it compare with its digital successors? BCC invited 13-year-old Scott Campbell to swap his iPod for a Walkman for a week.

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