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Design Talk - Chips and DIPs

June 1, 2009 11:57 am | by poe, ehternet, power, transformer, REACH | Articles | Comments

Here are some essays on design for you on Power over Ethernet (PoE), Transformer Basics, and info on the REACH chemical regulations.

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Brainstorm: Solid-State Lighting Adoption

June 1, 2009 10:59 am | Articles | Comments

This Month's Question: What do you think is the chief factor preventing the mainstream adoption of solid-state lighting?

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Silicon Oscillators Offer EMI Improvements

June 1, 2009 10:50 am | by Greg Zimmer, Linear Technology, www.linear.com | Articles | Comments

One of the most difficult electronics design challenge is to track down and eliminate electromagnetic interference (EMI). Switching regulators, a common source of EMI, continue growing in usage due to their space and efficiency advantages over linear regulators. For the designer, however, the EMI and associated regulatory requirements can present a significant challenge. To specifically address EMI in switching regulators, a multi-phase, spread-spectrum silicon oscillator is an appropriate solution.

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Fathoming the future

June 1, 2009 10:31 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor in Chief | Articles | Comments

Once upon a time, if you wanted to know the future you went to a colorful character who told you your fortune by examining bird guts, tea leaves, or other obscure random pattern generator. They were called witch doctors, clairvoyants, and fortune-tellers. Today we call them business analysts.

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HDMI 1.4 Will Support Ethernet and 3-D

June 1, 2009 8:20 am | by Mark Long | News | Comments

The licensing arm for the HDMI standard governing the wired transfer of high-definition multimedia content between consumer electronics devices said an upgrade to the spec will be ready for industry-wide adoption by the end of next month.

Rugged 10-Gigabit Ethernet XMC Module Has Dual Optical Interfaces

June 1, 2009 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for use in harsh physical environments where long cable runs or EMI concerns preclude the use of copper-based interconnects, the V1121 conduction-cooled 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) XMC module from AdvancedIO Systems has dual front-panel optical interfaces.

Rotary Position Sensor Is Completely Non-contacting

June 1, 2009 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cherry's AN9 series dual output rotary position sensor is electrically and physically non contacting, making it appropriate for applications where high reliability and uncertain physical tolerances are involved. Its dual output design allows a connected controller to diagnose potential problems

Microsoft Hopes Bing Makes Internet Bling

June 1, 2009 7:23 am | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is rolling out a redesigned search site in the coming days and hopes it will lure more Web surfers than the two most recent incarnations, Live Search and MSN Search.

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Compact Motor Driver Serves Applications up to 100 W

June 1, 2009 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Containing a level shift high-side driver, low-side driver, bootstrap diodes, IGBTs, and free-wheel diodes, the M81500FP 500-V three-phase motor driverfrom Powerex occupies a footprint of 11.93 x 17.5 mm.

SoC Addresses Car Navigation and Infotainment

June 1, 2009 7:04 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Provided in a 21 × 21 mm 449-pin BGA package, Renesas’ SH-NaviJ SH77722 is designed for use in compact portable navigation systems and low-end through mid-range dashboard-mounted car navigation and infotainment systems.

Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors Offer Soft Termination

June 1, 2009 6:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation has announced that it has developed soft termination MLCC capacitors that offer improved thermal and mechanical robustness. To address reliability issues with the C1005 (CC0402) through C3225 (CC1210) case sizes, TDK has developed a four-layer termination structure that exhibits

Google Hopes Web Surfers Will Ride their Wave

June 1, 2009 6:38 am | by Michael Liedtke | News | Comments

Google Inc. is hatching a new species of e-mail and instant messaging, but the Internet search leader first wants the hybrid service to evolve even more with the help of independent computer programmers.

World's Largest Laser Opens for Business

June 1, 2009 6:28 am | News | Comments

The Department of Energy today announced that the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has certified the completion of the historic effort to build the world’s largest laser.

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Fundamental Flaw in Transistor Noise Theory Found

June 1, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

Chip manufacturers beware: There’s a newfound flaw in our understanding of transistor noise, a phenomenon affecting the electronic on-off switch that makes computer circuits possible.

Time Warner To Officially Spin Off AOL

June 1, 2009 5:05 am | News | Comments

When AOL flashed $147 billion in stock puffed up by the dot-com boom, Time Warner, one of the world's biggest media companies, fell into its arms in 2001. They swooned over their combination of Internet access and traditional media.

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