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Coping with the Smart Grid

March 4, 2010 7:39 am | Comments

This year at APEC I moderated a rap session on dealing with the Smart Grid. It had a standing-room-only crowd, and demonstrated how much interest exists on both the technical and political issues involved.

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Design Smart - Design Safe - Design Fast

March 4, 2010 7:27 am | by Hans Wiedemann, Manager - Product Marketing, Vincotech | Comments

With GPS rapidly becoming an increasingly vital part of our business and private lives, the market for these devices has seen a strong and steady business growth. Apart from traditional GPS applications, such as navigation and car breakdown emergency systems, GPS functionality has expanded well into the industrial and business markets.

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Efficient Material Handling in Automotive Manufacturing Applications

March 4, 2010 7:05 am | by Todd Belt, Systems Sales Manager, Pepperl+Fuchs | Comments

Pick and place robotics has been a common sight in the automotive industry for some time. It is capable of auto racking, bin picking, positioning parts for assembly, and other repetitive tasks that help automate production sequences and reduce costs.

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Partial Networking: In-Vehicle Networks Can Reduce Costs and CO2 Emissions

March 4, 2010 6:40 am | by Holger Huber, System Marketing Manager In-Vehicle-Networking, NXP Semiconductors | Comments

In the past, electronic control units (ECUs) in automotive applications were connected by individual signal wires. However, today, close to 100% of the ECUs are connected by bus systems such as LIN, CAN and FlexRay. This yields significant advantages, including improved data availability, straightforward wiring and standardized interfaces.

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Power politics

March 3, 2010 12:26 pm | Comments

I recently had the great honor of moderating the Smart Grid Rap Session at this year’s Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC). It brought home to me that in addition to the technical challenges facing the power industry, there are also political issues that must be addressed as we move forward. The old political arguments around power revolved around NIMBY issues about the location of power plants...

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Telematic Antenna Testing

March 2, 2010 8:35 am | Comments

Today’s automobiles have a wide variety of RF systems with antennas on them for Sirius and XM radio, collision avoidance radars, the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other systems. Conventional test facilities can only perform terrestrial directed pattern measurements of the antenna on the automobile.

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How Distributors Add Value Today

February 24, 2010 4:39 am | by Michael Knight, TTI Vice President Product Marketing and Supplier Marketing | Comments

Thanks to things like twix machines, and then fax machines, and more recently, the Internet, e-mail and excel spreadsheets, the component distribution business certainly has changed a lot over the years. What hasn’t changed is a component distributor’s fundamental value proposition.

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Specialty Distributors offer Advantages over Big Box and On-line Outlets

February 24, 2010 4:20 am | by John Hamilton, Director, Product Marketing, RFMW | Comments

What value does a component distributor offer other than obtaining goods from a single source? Can they offer value beyond that convenience? Large distributors offer everything from resistors to Fully Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs).

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Addressing the Needs of Today’s LED Lighting Manufacturers; Where Art Meets Engineering

February 24, 2010 4:10 am | Comments

To be a global leader in the electronics industry, a component distributor must support OEMs with technical information and engineering resources, while providing global logistics and inventory services that streamline the manufacturing process.

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A Simple Solution for Powering LED Streetlights

February 19, 2010 11:04 am | by Brian King, Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Comments

As LEDs continue to penetrate the market and replace last generation light sources, new engineering challenges arise. These challenges come in the form of thermal, optical and electrical issues. For the electrical engineer, maximizing efficiency is usually at the top of the list. However, selecting the proper LED driver topology sometimes can be dictated by the application.

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Distribution is more than just Providing Parts

February 19, 2010 7:39 am | by Alix Paultre | Comments

It isn’t easy to be an engineer these days. You have to be on top of rapidly-developing technology while creating devices and systems with the latest in functionality and integration.

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Choosing the Best Board-Mounted DC-DC Power Converter for Your High-Performance System

February 19, 2010 4:52 am | by Joel Zaens, Emerson Network Power Embedded Power | Comments

As the demand for high-performance, cost-effective systems continues to increase, power system design has become more challenging and complex than ever before. In addition to being responsible for the critical selection of the most cost-effective board mounted power solutions from discrete to modular dc-dc solutions and other board-level components...

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Brainstorm: CES 2010

February 19, 2010 4:39 am | Comments

This year’s CES brought forth a number of new and exciting products and technologies for the consumer. As with each year’s show, there were hits and misses with some products primed to become major retail successes while others may never make it to the store shelves.

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Design Talk: March 2010

February 12, 2010 4:51 am | Comments

At the fundamental and certainly traditional level, electronics design is about assembling and connecting electronic components together to achieve the intended, functional result. It’s a workable view that has loosely fitted the process of electronics design since its inception – even when you take into account the more ethereal concepts of embedded systems and software-defined functionality.

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Transient Response Options for Power Designers

February 10, 2010 7:20 am | by Robert Marchetti, Sr. Manager, BBU Product Marketing, Vicor Corporation | Comments

For DC-DC converters, fast transient response has become ever more critical because of the increasingly higher speeds of contemporary devices.

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