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Transceiver and Receiver Feature Low-Power Consumption

August 6, 2009 4:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Operating in a frequency range from 300 MHz to 510 MHz and receiving current of 2.5 mA, the single-chip SX1212 UHF transceiver and SX1213 UHF receiver from Semtech are designed for wireless security and meter reading applications.

Some NFL Teams Clamp Down on Tweets

August 6, 2009 4:49 am | by STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

The only tweets during the Miami Dolphins scrimmage Saturday will come from the officials' whistles. The Dolphins are at the forefront of an NFL clampdown on Twitter and other social media, with new restrictions imposed on players, reporters and even spectators. Miami's secretive Bill Parcells regime prohibits fans and media at training-camp practices from tweeting, blogging or texting.

Dispatcher Applies Tests to Unlimited Circuit Boards

August 5, 2009 12:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Dispatcher for ASSET InterTech’s ScanWorks platform for embedded instrumentation manages the application of tests and diagnostics to an unlimited number of printed circuit boards in parallel. Circuit boards being tested can be local to the ScanWorks platform or on the other side of the globe.

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Varactor Diodes Enable Tuning up to 28 V

August 5, 2009 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Billed as offering high breakdown voltage, the SMV1800-079LF and SMV1801-079LF varactor diodes from Skyworks enable tuning as high as 28 v. The diodes are intended for use in applications such as mobile handset based DTV receivers, FM tuners, and low phase noise voltage-controlled oscillators. Other features include

NI Week 2009 - a Photo Essay

August 5, 2009 11:49 am | by Alix Paultre | News | Comments

National Instruments (NI) Week is always a good show, and this year's announcement of the latest version of LabView 2009 was received by a standing-room only crowd at the Austin Convention Center. Here are some photos I shot on the exhibit floor of some of the interesting stuff.

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Switches Actuated From X or Y Axes

August 5, 2009 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The GDS Series of side-actuated detect switches from C&K Components can be actuated from either the X or Y axes. The switches feature a maximum actuation force of 30 g. Contact rating is 1 mA @ 5 VDC, with a maximum initial contact resistance of 1 ? and a minimum insulation resistance of 100 MO between adjacent contacts

LabVIEW 2009 Addresses Parallel Programming, Distributed WSNs and Real-Time Math

August 5, 2009 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Instruments’ LabVIEW 2009 addresses the development challenges of parallel hardware architectures with new virtualization technology that takes advantage of multicore systems as well as by offering new compiler improvements and IP that enhance

RFID Antenna System Comes With Weatherproof Enclosure

August 5, 2009 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Laird Technologies released its RFID HD RooTenna Series that offers six options of integrated RFID antennas covering 865 MHz to 960 MHz. The series integrates a high-performance RFID antenna and a compartment for reader electronics into an IP-67 rated weatherproof housing enclosure, making it

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ESD Absorber Protects Laser Diodes Against ESD, Surges and Reverse Bias

August 5, 2009 11:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pangolin Laser Systems has introduced what it calls the first electronic component to protect laser diodes against damage from direct and indirect electrostatic discharge (ESD).  Called LASORB, the component is described as an "ESD absorber" that

Wireless Measurement Nodes Address Remote Monitoring Applications

August 5, 2009 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Instruments announced the NI wireless sensor network (WSN) platform, a complete remote monitoring solution that consists of NI LabVIEW graphical programming software and new reliable, low-power wireless measurement nodes. The platform deliversa drag-and-drop programming environment for configuring wireless systems, extracting measurements, performing analysis and presenting data. LabVIEW also offers

Sensor Tolerates Wide Temperature Range

August 5, 2009 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for automobile applications, the single-channel TCPI1300X01 and the dual-channel TCUT1300X01 surface-mount interrupter sensors from Vishay feature an operating temperature range from -40° C to +125° C and a moisture sensitivity level rating of 1.

Thermal Management Strategies for Extreme 3U cPCI Embedded System Applications

August 5, 2009 6:47 am | by Barbara Schmitz, MEN Mikro Elektronik | Articles | Comments

As the cooling challenges of 3U CompactPCI (cPCI) embedded system applications multiply due to increased processing power, reduced package sizes and more hostile environments, new thermal management options and industry standards continue to evolve. Chip and board manufacturers have already done a vast amount of work to mitigate thermal management concerns.

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Ethernet Controllers Include Security Engines

August 5, 2009 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for use in embedded systems, the IEEE 802.3-compliant ENC624J600 100-Mbps Ethernet interface controller from Microchip combines a 10/100 Base-TX physical interface and media access controller (MAC) with a hardware cryptographic security engine.

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Nanolasers Promise Improved Computing

August 4, 2009 4:11 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Ways to make lasers smaller are being discovered through collaborative efforts of researchers at Arizona State University and Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The work opens up possibilities for using nanoscale lasers to significantly improve the performance of computers and speed up Internet access.

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RF Switch Supports Frequencies Down to 10 MHz

August 4, 2009 1:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

With support for frequencies down to 10 MHz, the UPG2405T6Q RF switch from California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) is designed for numerous wireless applications, including Near Field Communications (NFC), RFID, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and ZigBee/802.15.4. Features include

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