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Gate driver development boards enable high-speed power circuit creation

December 17, 2013 12:59 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Corporation announced today the introduction of the DVRFD630 and DVRFD631 RF MOSFET Gate Driver Development Boards by its IXYS Colorado division. These general-purpose circuit boards are designed to demonstrate the performance of the IXRFD630 and IXRFD631 RF MOSFET gate drivers....

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Voltage regulators provide the interface signals to an LNB down-converter via coaxial cable

December 17, 2013 12:51 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC adds to its extensive portfolio of low noise block regulators (LNBRs) designed for satellite receivers in Set Top Boxes and LCD TVs. Allegro’s “Generation 5” A8300 and A8300-1 are fully integrated linear and switching voltage regulators that are specifically designed to provide the power and the interface signals to an LNB down-converter via coaxial cable.

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10 must-have products to survive the Walking Dead

December 17, 2013 12:42 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The EXP-LED-F4W is an intrinsically safe 4 watt LED flashlight that has a very tight, well focused pencil beam of light. The light beam on this LED flashlight reaches 100 feet in distance. With its great runtime on three AA batteries, you won't have to worry about it going dead....

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Google deal adds to company's robotics toolbox

December 17, 2013 11:16 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google may be gearing up to build robots that resemble props in science-fiction movies as the ambitious Internet company expands into yet another technological frontier. To gather the expertise and research it needs, Google has purchased eight companies that specialize in robotics this year.

Toyota eyes putting higher focus on environmental, safety technologies

December 17, 2013 11:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to increase resources including funds and engineers devoted to advanced environmental and safety technologies starting next year even at the cost of reducing such resources for the development of new models, sources close to the matter said Tuesday.

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LED packs more power for projectors

December 17, 2013 9:48 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors has introduced two new high-power versions of the Osram Ostar Projection LED for projectors with a brightness of up to 1700 lumens. Thanks to their optimized design, they offer very high luminous flux from the available chip surface.

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High-speed I/O connectors operate at frequencies from 5Gbps to 10Gbps

December 17, 2013 9:31 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation introduces four input/output (I/O) connectors that meet the standards and fulfill the demands of high-performance computing such as cloud computing, data centers, enterprise servers, the switch market, and consumer electronics.

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Cord retaining system designed for IEC C8 appliance inlets

December 17, 2013 9:26 am | Schurter Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER has expanded its broad range of cord retaining systems to include a new retaining clip for IEC C8 inlets and mating cord sets. The new clip is a further addition to the already successful wide range of SCHURTER cord retaining systems.

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Photos of the Day: Google deal adds to company's robotics toolbox

December 17, 2013 9:16 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google may be gearing up to build robots that resemble props in science-fiction movies as the ambitious Internet company expands into yet another technological frontier. To gather the expertise and research it needs, Google has purchased eight companies that specialize in robotics this year.

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Google's top searches peer into society's mindset

December 17, 2013 8:15 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year. Three of the world's four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of famous men. Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died earlier this month...

3 Questions: Randolph Kirchain on the spread of electronic waste

December 17, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Randolph Kirchain, a senior research scientist in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division, has long specialized in analyzing the raw materials used to manufacture new products and the waste generated by those projects at the end of their useful life. In a new study sponsored by the StEP (Solving the E-waste Problem) Initiative and administered by United Nations University....

Predicting end-of-life for future mobile devices

December 16, 2013 4:07 pm | by Timothy McMullen, Director of Product Marketing, Reliability Test Systems, Cascade Microtech, Inc. | Cascade Microtech | Articles | Comments

Consumer expectations continue to create a relentless challenge for the electronics industry, demanding that each new generation of mobile devices delivers increased performance — more applications, faster speed, and longer battery life — all without sacrificing reliability.

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The pushback against the NSA we’ve been waiting for

December 16, 2013 3:57 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Politics often makes for strange bedfellows. So when you see the logos of Facebook, Google and Yahoo along with Microsoft and tech companies side-by-side and consider the vast amount of users they serve, there’s a good chance it pertains to a matter of importance to both Washington and just about everyone in our connected world.

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The design challenges of capacitive displays

December 16, 2013 3:41 pm | Articles | Comments

Capacitive screens have become fairly ubiquitous in the world of electronics. You can find them in tablets, cell phones, medical devices, and pretty much anywhere else you look. But using capacitive displays in designs can still be challenging. We want to know what you (or your company or your fellow engineer) struggle with when it comes to designing with touchscreens.

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How to select an AC power supply

December 16, 2013 3:17 pm | by Grady Keeton, AMETEK Programmable Power | Articles | Comments

Today’s electronic products must work under all types of conditions, not just ideal ones. That being the case, AC sources used in test applications must not only supply a stable source of AC, they must also simulate power-line disturbances and other non-ideal situations.

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