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14-Bit Capacitive Sensor Conditioning IC draws just 60uA

October 11, 2011 12:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

ZMDI latest capacitive sensor signal conditioning device, the wide-dynamic-range ZSSC3123, features 14-bit resolution and 0.25% accuracy over a range of sensor capacitances and temperatures. Target applications include low power battery driven sensor applications, sensors for humidity,...

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X-FAB qualifies cadence physical verification system for all process nodes

October 11, 2011 12:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Analogue and mixed-signal foundry X-FAB has qualified Cadence’s Physical Verification System for the majority of its process technologies. Foundry qualification means that X-FAB has given its stamp of approval for silicon accuracy of the Cadence Physical Verification System across all...

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Multiplexing Communications Units Aid Taxi Drivers

October 10, 2011 11:08 am | by Dave Rice, Electronics Design Engineer at GB Electronics | Comments

In-Taxi dispatch control systems have traditionally consisted of mobile data units, which exchange dispatch information with the central office using Public Mobile Radio (PMR).

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OpenET Alliance announces API for energy efficient 4G handsets

October 10, 2011 1:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

The OpenET Alliance, the not-for-profit organisation that promotes energy efficient wireless transmission through Envelope Tracking, today announced that it has released a new API specification for 4G handsets to support further industry collaboration. Envelope Tracking is the most...

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U-blox buys precision timing technology for femtocells

October 10, 2011 1:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

U-blox has made another acquisition – this time, the company has bought Australia-based SigNav. This follows the news last week that U-blox had acquired Fusion Wireless. SigNav is a 15-year veteran in precision-timing and reference frequency technologies required by consumer …

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Improving communications between electronic engineers and and PCB designers

October 10, 2011 1:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Zuken has launched its Cadstar Placement Planner, which helps electronic engineers communicate their intent and provide guidance to the PCB designer more effectively, without time-consuming iterations that can cause unnecessary delays. Zuken developed Placement Planner, an add-on to...

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Hey Baby I Hear the Blues A-Callin'.....

October 10, 2011 12:21 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Week number two of the SolidWorks 2012 Road Show continues this week in the Northwest US.  After a short weekend at home, I'm leaving today for Seattle. Washington and three events this week. Tuesday, October 11th - Seattle, WashingtonHawk Ridge SystemsSeattle is home to the original...

Wires Are Good

October 8, 2011 8:57 am | by Chris Anderson, Spectrum Design Solutions - a division of Digi International, www.digi.com; posted by Chris Warner | Comments

I do radio for a living. I chose it because people said it was hard, (“we choose to go to the moon…”) maybe hard isn’t the best word, but esoteric at least. The arcane specialty of the magic everybody uses and less than five percent of the population understands. Like many things, the more you know about it

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What Do You Think About Solar Decathlon?

October 7, 2011 11:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Solar Decathlon 2011 ran from Sept. 23 - Oct. 2, and the event was a great success! This week we highlighted a story from the Solar Decathlon News Blog, which announced Appalachian State University as the winner of the People's Choice award. Drew gave us a thoughtful recap of the event...

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Differential probes appeal to users with high signal fidelity and easy operation

October 7, 2011 8:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Rohde & Schwarz’s newly developed differential probes offer very low noise (typ. 3 mV) and a wide dynamic range. Their high DC input impedance of 1 megaohm and low input capacitance (0.6 pF) ensure that the load on the DUT’s …

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Farnell stocks Amphenol’s TMM contact spacing connectors

October 7, 2011 7:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Farnell says it’s the first European distributor to stock Amphenol’s TMM range of contact spacing connectors. The new components are designed for wire-to-wire and board-to-board interconnections in a wide range of industrial and telecoms applications. These new Amphenol TMM connectors...

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Neul appoints David Smyth as CFO

October 7, 2011 7:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

TV white space radio start up Neul has announced the appointment of David Smyth as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Smyth joins Neul with over twenty years Telecoms experience in ambitious, high-growth Telecom companies. Having sat on the Boards of …

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Another Successful ECOC Exhibition

October 7, 2011 6:13 am | by Beverley Lucas, Group Event Manager, Nexus Business Media (www.ecocexhibition.com) | Comments

The ECOC (European Conference on Optical Communications) 2011 exhibition last month saw an increase in visitors , with over 5,000 attending – a figure that has continued to rise for the past three years.

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Audio-Visual Industry Case Study: Channel D

October 6, 2011 11:42 am | by Ken Tumblison, President of Buckeye Shapeform | Comments

Behind every successful theatrical production, rock concert, or television broadcast is a tightly-coordinated production crew making sure all goes smoothly. From lighting and sound to wardrobe changes and directors, the behind-the-scenes hustle and bustle of the production crew...

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Freescale opens Automotive RD Centre in East Kilbride

October 6, 2011 9:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor has opened a Research and Development Centre of Excellence (CoE) in East Kilbride, Scotland. This automotive R&D program employs more than 170 highly skilled employees primarily involved in the development of new products for Freescale’s automotive customers...

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