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RS Components now stocking STM32F4 Discovery Kit from STMicroelectronics

November 15, 2011 12:24 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

RS Components has announced that the STM32F4 Discovery Kit from STMicroelectronics is in stock now for same-day despatch. The kit provides a low-cost development environment enabling engineers to start designing into applications quickly using the new STM32F4 series, the world’s …...

LTE Deployment and Timing Considerations

November 14, 2011 9:37 am | by Deepak Kataria, IPJunction ( | Comments

When considering the deployment and timing considerations for LTE and LTE Advanced, a well thought out migration strategy needs to be in place.


LCD Market Trends - Smartphones vs. TVs

November 14, 2011 5:11 am | by Gyan Tiwary, SVP and General Manager DC/DC Business, iWatt ( | Comments

This past summer, for the first time in the history of LCDTVs, the average selling price (ASP) of a 42” LCDTV dropped below that of a Smartphone.


Smart Grid Security?

November 14, 2011 3:57 am | by M. Simon | Comments

Can some one please tell me the point of making our electrical grid more hackable than it already is? And please. Don't tell me about "security". Security is only a delaying tactic. Some one who wants to can figure out how to defeat it.


Murata extends partnership with Arrow Electronics across Europe

November 13, 2011 11:25 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Murata announced today that it has extended its distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics. Already a strong partner for Murata over many years, the new contract expands the geographical reach to include a number of new countries. Gary Atkins – Director …

Vector Fabrics closes series B round of funding

November 13, 2011 11:25 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Vector Fabrics today closed its B round of financing, led by new investor Newion Investments. Return investors TechnoStars and Point-One Starter Fund also joined this B round, further expanding their holdings. Vector Fabrics develops programming tools for multicore embedded systems...

New warehouse and logistics centre doubles component distribution capacity

November 13, 2011 11:24 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

In order to streamline stockholding and logistics and to accommodate continued rapid business growth, Transonics will be relocating its European warehouse operation from London, UK to a new 12,000ft² warehouse in the Meridian Business Park in Leicester in January 2012. …

Power Distribution Units Play a Vital Role for Mission-Critical and OEM Platforms

November 11, 2011 4:35 am | by Dave Proli, Engineering Manager, Marway Power Solutions ( | Comments

Long gone are the days of thinking that a power distribution unit (PDU) is nothing more than a surge strip on steroids. Today’s PDU’s offer an array of important power options for industrial environments, control systems and IT/data centers as well as a wide variety of mission-critical military aerospace platforms and applications.


Dev kit combines Cortex-M3 MCU and FPGA on a single board

November 11, 2011 12:25 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Silica has introduced a dev kit which it says is the industry’s first to combine a Cortex-M3 microcontroller and a Spartan-6 FPGA on a single board.  The new Xynergy board provides engineers with an innovative development environment for applications requiring …

New 5.0” VGA TFT Display for harsh environments

November 11, 2011 12:25 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Hitachi Europe’s Display Products Group has introduced a high performance 5.0” VGA TFT display module, the TX13D04VM2CAA, which is designed to operate in demanding industrial and extreme environmental conditions. The transmissive display module is the latest addition to Hitachi’s Rugged+...

Major enhancements to latest version of IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM Cortex

November 11, 2011 12:25 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

IAR Systems’ new version of IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM is now available. The new version adds significant speed optimisations and several new attractive features, making it even more powerful. Optimisations are targeted for the ARM CMSIS DSP library and …

ECN’s Tale of Two Veterans

November 10, 2011 12:27 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

The military deserves our eternal gratitude, and this Veterans Day, we extend our heartfelt appreciation for their immeasurable sacrifices...for their blood, sweat, and tears shed in defense of this great nation of ours. You may not know this, but Electronic Component News has two veterans in its midst. Your humble author, formerly 2nd Lieutenant Lomberg, served three years in the Army Reserve.


What Inspires You to Save Money and Energy at Home?

November 10, 2011 2:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Personal inspiration for energy efficiency and renewable energy comes in many forms. Be it social, economical, or environmental, there is no shortage of motivation to save money and energy at home and on the road.


HD audio for PCs extends notebook battery life

November 10, 2011 12:25 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Wolfson Microelectronics has announced the WM8861 and WM8862, two new high definition audio devices targeting PCs and laptops. These new devices offer a DAC signal-to-noise ratio of 105dB and true 2Vrms capless output capability. Used in conjunction with the advanced …

TTI appoints new European product development manager for connectors

November 10, 2011 12:25 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

TTI has appointed Volker Gerhardt as Product Development Manager Connectors for Central Europe. Volker will work within the Connectors Supplier Management team, managed by Director John Sandy, to develop and drive TTI’s connector strategy within its Central European branches. Volker...


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