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Understanding Hi-Rel MOSFETS

November 27, 2013 11:11 am | by Paul L. Schimel PE, International Rectifier | Articles | Comments

While most designs using High Reliability MOSFETS are straightforward, there are a few problems that can arise during the design and debug cycle that need to be well understood. These are often difficult to pinpoint. Mysterious problems can occur when shifting to a higher switching frequency....

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Venezuela signs joint venture with Samsung

November 27, 2013 10:49 am | by JORGE RUEDA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government allied with Samsung on Wednesday to jointly produce consumer electronics and appliances, a deal coming after a week of raids on Venezuelan retailers and the emptying of store shelves by consumers taking advantage of officially forced discounts.

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Bridge devices translate into longer life for NTDS systems

November 27, 2013 10:20 am | by Chris Warner, ECN Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

“It’s like turning around an aircraft carrier.” This analogy is often used in the business world to indicate how hard it can take a large entity to change direction, usually amounting to months or even years. But for the United States Navy, which is charged with turning these massive vessels, turning around an aircraft carrier pales in comparison with keeping communications networks up to date.

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NRA wary of conditional use of safety system at TEPCO nuclear plant

November 27, 2013 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said Wednesday that it could be difficult for reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant to pass the safety screening process if Tokyo Electric Power Co. says it will only use a planned key safety system after securing local approval.

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Technology and economic trends in the defense industry drives new thinking in test & measurement

November 27, 2013 9:44 am | by John S Hansen, Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

Emerging military systems, driven by new mission requirements and enabled by quickly advancing technologies, demand sophisticated test equipment and methods to develop and characterize. For example, the incorporation of wider bandwidth signals in military systems, for better resolution in radar systems and higher data rates in communications...

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Choke for automotive Ethernet boasts desirable common-mode noise suppression

November 26, 2013 3:19 pm | Tdk Corporation Of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announced a series of chokes for automotive Ethernet that features, according to the company, the world’s best common-mode noise suppression. Measuring in with a footprint of 4.5-mm x 3.2-mm and an insertion height of just 2.8-mm, the miniaturized ACT45L Series is said to

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Here’s what the ECN Editors are thankful for this year

November 26, 2013 3:18 pm | by the Editors | Blogs | Comments

Say what you will about Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa. For our money, the “most wonderful time of the year” is Thanksgiving, when the fall foliage sets the scene for family, football, turkey, more football, and dessert (in that order). And though “Black Friday” has crept into Thursday, there’s much to be thankful for this year. Here’s what the ECN staff had to say....

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Turning the world’s biggest landfill into a NYC solar power plant

November 26, 2013 3:00 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In a recent Engineering Update, we took a look at Japan’s largest solar power plant, which boasts the capability of powering 22,000 homes with its 313 acre facility. Now, we’re checking out New York’s newest solar project. This solar facility will be located at Freshkills Park on Staten Island and was, at one point, considered to be the largest landfill in the world.

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Power harvesters enable next wave of energy harvesting design

November 26, 2013 2:47 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced five new next-generation power management integrated circuits that acquire and manage microwatts (µW) to milliwatts (mW) of power harvested from light, heat or mechanical energy sources. The bq25570, bq25505, TPS62740, TPS62737 and TPS62736 maintain

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Study: US spewing 50% more methane than EPA says

November 26, 2013 2:28 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The United States is spewing 50 percent more methane - a potent heat-trapping gas - than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says. Much of it is coming from just three states: Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. That means methane may be a bigger global warming issue than thought, scientists say.

Nuclear waste burial debate produces odd alliances

November 26, 2013 2:23 pm | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Ordinarily, a proposal to bury radioactive waste in a scenic area that relies on tourism would inspire "not in my backyard" protests from local residents - and relief in places that were spared. But conventional wisdom has been turned on its head in the Canadian province of Ontario....

Protecting industrial PCs: Early discovery and containment with CIFS monitoring

November 26, 2013 1:59 pm | by Dan Schaffer, Phoenix Contact | Articles | Comments

A large number of legacy industrial PCs (IPCs) are still deployed in active control and monitoring roles. Most of these IPCs are running older, out-of-support operating systems such as Windows 2000 or XP. Microsoft Windows 2000 support expired July 2010, and Windows XP support ends April 2014.

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User-configurable switch-mode power supplies targeted at the telecommunications and medical markets

November 26, 2013 12:40 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces the release of three new switch-mode power supplies. The C, HWB and SWF series have been designed with a user-configurability feature to prevent customers from replacing the entire set of power supplies making it much easier to change specifications.

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DC/DC converter designed to bias avalanche photodiodes in optical receivers

November 26, 2013 12:22 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The LT3905 is a fixed frequency, current-mode step-up DC/DC converter designed to bias avalanche photodiodes (APD) in optical receivers. The LT3905 features high side APD current monitoring with over five decades of dynamic range and better than 2% relative accuracy over the 3µA to 3mA range.

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Application-ready platform targets mil/aero

November 26, 2013 11:54 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Vadatech has announced its first application-ready platform (ARP). This pre-configured system platform is suited for mil/aero applications requiring front-end deterministic processing and high data rates. The ARP200 Application-Ready Platform for Mil-sensor processing uses

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