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DC-AC Inverter Offers Alarm Signal Output

March 30, 2009 12:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Taiyo Yuden's LS6Q-1612A-RH — low-profile DC-to-AC inverter is intended for driving cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) in Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) back-lighting applications. Designed specifically for use with 12-17” industrial-grade LCD panels, the LS6Q-1612A-RH provides dual LCD panel capability. It features

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Proposal Could Ban the Sale of Plasma TVs in California

March 30, 2009 12:23 pm | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is moving ahead with a proposal that could make Plasma TVs legally obsolete. Based on the 2008 Report, “Draft Efficiency Standards for Television” (which drew heavily from Pacific Gas and Electric Company findings), the proposal would set a cap on the maximum active mode power usage (watts). This would effectively ban the sale of Plasma, DLP, rear projector, and certain LCD TV’s in California

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Audio Subsystems Feature Low Power for Handhelds

March 30, 2009 12:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor has extended its family of low-power Boomer Class D audio subsystems with two devices that are said to simplify portable product design. The LM49352 mixed-signal audio subsystem and LM49151 analog subsystem are targeted at smart phones, full-featured phones, portable gaming devices and portable GPS devices. The LM49352 integrates

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DSCs Bring Digital Power to Mainstream Applications

March 30, 2009 5:18 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the first seven next-generation 16-bit dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) for common, multi-loop Switch-Mode Power Supplies (SMPSs) and other power-conversion applications. The new dsPIC33F “GS” series digital-power DSCs enable digital control loops with four to eight high-speed, 1 ns resolution pulse-width-modulators (PWMs) and one or two 10-bit, on-chip ADCs, providing

True-rms AC Ammeters Are Completely Self-Contained

March 28, 2009 9:25 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions has introduced a series of digital AC ammeters with alarm for the measurement and display of complex, true-rms, non-sinusoidal AC currents. The DATEL ACA-20RM-ALM AC Ammeters are completely self-contained and include a built-in current transformer. The integral alarm is triggered when the user-settable over current value is exceeded. The red LED display

Feedthrough Plates Minimize Potential Downtime

March 28, 2009 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Douglas Electrical Components' (DECo) Portplate systems, which combine fully assembled, pre-tested multiple feedthroughs on a single plate are said to minimize the amount of potential downtime due to system leaks, which would usually result in high costs and delays, associated with troubleshooting. These plates can

Comments are Enabled Again

March 27, 2009 12:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ECN recently underwent a site upgrade which affected the comment function. The function has been re-enabled, and ECN apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused you.- The Editors

First Look at the Stunning Tesla Model S

March 27, 2009 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tesla Motors' Model S is a stunningly beautiful car that that builds upon the cachet of the Roadster and proves the company is serious about pushing electric vehicles into the mainstream. Company CEO Elon Musk compared the luxury and practicality of his car to the BMW 5 series and Mercedes Benz CLS sedans and said history will place it alongside the Ford Model T.

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Adhesive Serviceable to Over 400°F

March 27, 2009 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Purportedly resistant to impact, thermal shock, vibration, and fatigue cracking, the Supreme 10HT adhesive from Master Bond is serviceable over a temperature range of 4 K to over 400°F. It is resistant to chemicals including water, oil, fuels, and most organic solvents. The adhesive meets NASA low outgassing specifications

OCXO Reaches Frequencies up to 38.88 MHz

March 27, 2009 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FC100 series 3.3 V CMOS or Clipped Sinewave OCXO from Connor-Winfield comes in frequencies of 10 MHz, 13 MHz, 19.2 MHz, 19.44 MHz, 20 MHz, 26 MHz, and 38.88 MHz. Other features include: 200 ppb frequency offset over 0° to 70°C, with low phase noise of –145 dBc at 10 kHz offset for 20 MHz carrier frequency

10 GbE Mezzanine Card Offers Dual Channels

March 26, 2009 12:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The V3021 dual-channel 10GbE connectivity and packet processing Advanced Mezzanine Card from AdvancedIO Systems provides two front-panel SFP+ ports, a Xilinx Virtex-5 XC5VLX110T FPGA, and SRAM memory.

Student Improves Supercollider Algorithm

March 26, 2009 11:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Xiaohang Quan ’09 was working on her senior thesis when she found a miscalculation in the hardware of the world’s largest particle accelerator.

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Power ICs Tolerate Radiation

March 26, 2009 10:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

A family of high-reliability power management ICs from Texas Instruments target applications exposed to long-term radiation and extreme temperatures, such as downhole drilling, x-ray imaging, satellite systems and high-altitude avionics.

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Voltage Suppressors Exhibit Max Leakage Current of 2µA

March 26, 2009 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring non-linear, bi-directional voltage-current characteristics, a Zinc Oxide-based varistor series of voltage suppressors from AVX exhibits a leakage current of 2µA maximum. The UltraGuard Series comes in discrete chips available in 0402, 0603, and 0805 sizes; 2-element packages in 0405 and 0508 sizes; and 4-element 0612 packages

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LCD Needs No Video Controller

March 26, 2009 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

With built-in controllers and LED backlights, LXD Small TFT Displays don't require an external video controller. Sizes range from 2.0” to 4.3”. Each display is designed with a touch panel option. The interconnect is a flex circuit to a Molex series connector 51296 (bottom mount) or 54104 (top mount). Intended applications include aerospace

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