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Tension-Compression Load Cells offer 0.50 Percent Accuracy

June 2, 2009 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The subminiature tension/compression load cells series VLU850 offers small size coupled with standard output of 2 mV/V and an integral temperature and zero balance board.  This product by Stellar Technology is suited for ranges 10 to 1,000 lbf.

April Semiconductor Sales Increase

June 2, 2009 6:44 am | News | Comments

Worldwide sales of semiconductors rose to $15.6 billion in April, an increase of 6.4 percent from March when sales were $14.7 billion, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today. April sales were 25 percent lower than April 2008 when sales were $20.9 billion.

No Vacancies at the Space Station

June 2, 2009 6:24 am | by MARCIA DUNN | News | Comments

Life on board the international space station is busier and more crowded now that it's a full house. For the first time ever, the space station is accommodating a permanent crew of six, the way it was intended when the first piece flew a decade ago. The population at the orbiting outpost doubled Friday when three new residents moved in.

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Workshop for Women in Design Automation at DAC

June 2, 2009 5:53 am | News | Comments

The 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC) program once again includes the popular Workshop for Women in Design Automation (WWINDA). This year, the half-day session will address the key issue faced eventually by many in the technology industry: whether to continue along a technical career path, or to make the switch to a management track.

Rugged Interface Converter Addresses Multi-Point Apps

June 2, 2009 5:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for applications requiring a single point-to-point or a multi-point communications link, the Model 4152/4153 ST Fiber-to-Multi-Point RS485/422/232 Interface Converter from Electro Standards Laboratories has typical operating speeds up to 1.5 Mbps for RS232 to fiber conversion and up to 5 Mbps for RS485/422 to fiber conversion.

ECN Eye On Efficiency

June 1, 2009 1:16 pm | Blogs | Comments

Here are a couple of articles on efficiency in flywheel and electro-optical systems from Douglas Electrical Components and Wavelength Electronics.

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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

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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.

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