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Crystal comes in ultra-miniature size

August 18, 2014 11:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

CTS Corporation announced the smallest member of its quartz crystal products, Model 402. The product is housed in a 2.0-mm x 1.6-mm seam sealed ceramic four-pad surface mount package – providing …

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3U CompactPCI processor blade presents high reliability for railway services

August 18, 2014 11:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology announced availability of its new 3U CompactPCI processor blade, the cPCI-3620, which runs on a low power, quad-core Intel Atom System-on-Chip (SoC) carrying up to 4GB DDR3L-1333 ECC soldered memory and providing…

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Dual-output DC/DC controller operates with 0.25 milliohm sense resistance

August 18, 2014 10:38 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LTC3882, a dual-output multiphase synchronous step-down DC/DC controller with a serial digital interface. The LTC3882 uses leading-edge modulation voltage-mode control for excellent transient response....

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Chip-current sense resistor features a 1 watt power rating

August 18, 2014 10:16 am | Koa Speer Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics (Bradford, PA) introduces the TLR2BW metal plate chip current sense resistor, featuring a 1 watt power rating in a 1206 chip size, and a low resistance of 1 mΩ ~ 20 mΩ. The metal alloy of the TLR2BW provides superior corrosion and heat resistance....

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PowerLab Notes: How to Remote Sense your Power Supply

August 18, 2014 10:14 am | by Tiger Zhou, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Blogs | Comments

In high-end telecommunication applications, you often face the challenges of delivering power across large-scale printed circuit boards (PCBs). To give precious real estate to critical ASICs and processors, the power supplies are often allocated to the corner or edge of the board. To compensate for the resistive drop of power path, remote sensing is often used – especially for low-voltage, high-current applications.

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The one thing engineers regret about their careers

August 18, 2014 10:09 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

If only they knew then what they know now, who knows what would have happened? It’s a lamentable thought, but, short of the invention of some sort of time machine, the best engineers can do is offer their advice to the younger generation. It might be nice to go back and make a few changes, but considering over half of you consider engineering “your home” and made it very clear you’d do it all over again...

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Power management IC integrates display power and backlight LED driver functions

August 18, 2014 10:03 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL98611 display power and LED driver for smartphones. The ISL98611 is the first power management IC that integrates the display power and backlight LED driver functions in a single chip....

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Visual control of big data

August 18, 2014 9:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the age of big data, visualization tools are vital. With a single glance at a graphic display, a human being can recognize patterns that a computer might fail to find even after hours of analysis. But what if there are aberrations in the patterns?

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New X-ray imaging developed by scientists

August 18, 2014 9:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have developed an x-ray imaging system that enables researchers to see 'live' how effective treatments are for cystic fibrosis. Published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the imaging method allows researchers....

Credit allocation among researchers determined by new algorithm

August 18, 2014 9:44 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new algorithm developed at Northeastern's Center for Complex Network Research helps shed light on how to properly allocate credit. The research was published this month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in a paper co-​​authored by Hua-​​Wei Shen....

Scientists discover interstellar stardust

August 18, 2014 9:41 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

We may joke about looking for a needle in a haystack, but that's nothing compared to searching for stardust in a foil! A new paper published in Science reveals that such work has led to the discovery of seven dust particles that are not only out of this world, they're out of this solar system....

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'Cavity protection effect' helps to conserve quantum information

August 18, 2014 9:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The electronics we use for our computers only knows two different states: zero or one. Quantum systems on the other hand can be in different states at once, they can store a superposition of "zero" and "one". This phenomenon could be used to build ultrafast quantum computers....

Fascinating rhythm: Light pulses illuminate a rare black hole

August 18, 2014 9:33 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The universe has so many black holes that it's impossible to count them all. There may be 100 million of these intriguing astral objects in our galaxy alone. Nearly all black holes fall into one of two classes: big, and colossal. Astronomers know that black holes ranging from about 10 times to 100 times....

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Microchip reveals how tumor cells transition to invasion

August 18, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using a microengineered device that acts as an obstacle course for cells, researchers have shed new light on a cellular metamorphosis thought to play a role in tumor cell invasion throughout the body. The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process in which epithelial cells ...

A shift in the code: New method reveals hidden genetic landscape

August 18, 2014 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With three billion letters in the human genome, it seems hard to believe that adding a DNA base here or removing a DNA base there could have much of an effect on our health. In fact, such insertions and deletions can dramatically alter biological function, leading to diseases from autism to cancer....

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