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2010 Reader's Choice Tech Awards - Boards, Modules & Embedded Systems

November 2, 2010 10:35 am | Comments

Vote for Boards, Modules & Embedded Systems.

The ECN Roundtable - Test and Design

November 2, 2010 10:12 am | by Edited by Alix Paultre | Comments

The answers to our November Roundtable question: “What facets of testing are most often overlooked by design professionals?” underscore not only the importance of test in design, but also how many ways test can help the engineer.

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2010 Reader's Choice Tech Awards - WINNERS

November 2, 2010 10:08 am | Comments

ECN proudly presents the winners of the 2010 Reader's Choice Tech Awards! Congratulations to the winners and to all who were nominated!

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Accurate Compassing in Harsh Environments

November 2, 2010 6:57 am | by Andrew Leuzinger, PNI Sensor Corporation, www.pnicorp.com | Comments

Today’s electronic compasses are built to withstand harsh environments – mechanical shocks, extreme temperatures and battlefield conditions. Yet the most challenging environment for electronic compasses is transitory magnetic field distortion encountered in everyday situations.

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Improving Efficiency in Datacenters, Telecom and Communications

November 2, 2010 5:52 am | by Mike Speed, Segment Marketing Director, Fairchild Semiconductor | Comments

Introducing a game-changing component is a bit like golfer hitting a hole in one. Both events happen relatively infrequently, yet everyone knows there’s another one coming...

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Digital Power Reduces Design Risk, Makes Power Supply Compensation Very Easy

November 1, 2010 12:39 pm | by Chris Young, Intersil Zilker Labs | Comments

Digital power helps reduce risk in new designs by allowing for rapid changes as new information is encountered concerning the load behavior, noise environment, fault conditions, or simply last minute changes. A few years ago, power supply engineers had to re-spin the board, change the bill of materials, add filtering, or change controllers.

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Charging System Design: Custom Versus Off-The-Shelf

November 1, 2010 12:21 pm | by Marko Dimitrijevic, International Components Corporation, www.iccus.com | Comments

Advances in lithium-ion battery technology have created new opportunities for the development of portable devices. As these new devices demand more performance and longer battery life, newer and more innovative methods of battery management must be developed and adopted.

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Low-Noise LDOs Offer Advantages for Noise Sensitive Analog and RF Applications

November 1, 2010 12:07 pm | by Ken Marasco, System Applications Manager, Analog Devices | Comments

Low dropout (LDO) linear regulators provide essential performance characteristics for many precision analog and mixed-signal applications including low noise, fast transient response, high power supply rejection ratio and small size.

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Looking back on the year that was

November 1, 2010 8:57 am | Comments

Considering the tumult in the last several years, from disruptive technologies to political discord to financial meltdown and market re-adjustments, it’s kind of hard to say that 2010 was notable. Yet there are many things that mark this year that will make it a memorable one.

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Ethernet Ports in Harsh Environments

October 29, 2010 9:36 am | by Fred Kozlof, General Manager, CONEC | Comments

The RJ45 connector is commonplace on computer systems in offices and homes, but there is often a need to network industrial equipment as well, resulting in a growing need for an Ethernet connector that can withstand harsh environments.

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Novel Contactless Current Sensors for HEV-EV and Renewable Energy Applications

October 27, 2010 9:44 am | by Robert Racz , Melexis, CH-6300 Zug, Switzerland, ror@melexis.com | Comments

Electrical currents can either be measured by resistive shunts or by magnetic sensors. Magnetic sensors offer system level advantages, such as contactless operation, and no requirement for galvanic isolation between the current conductor and the sensor.

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Power Saving With Digital Power Technology

October 27, 2010 5:42 am | by James Xie, Jerry Zhai, and Jason Duan, Power Management Products, Analog Devices | Comments

Why is saving energy so important? Saving power reduces carbon dioxide emissions, produces a better environment, promotes a greener lifestyle, and reduces the cost of applications where the electric bill is significant, especially if air conditioning is required to remove dissipated heat.

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Taking batteries green

October 25, 2010 9:25 am | by Thomas Blaha, Memory Protection Devices, Inc. | Comments

As more information becomes available about the long-term effects of environmental degradation caused by our industrialized society, governments and industry associations worldwide will be forced to start taking increasingly pro-active measures to help protect the future of our planet and its inhabitants.

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Motion Measurement in Unmanned Systems

October 25, 2010 9:15 am | by Matt Liberty, Hillcrest Laboratories, www.hillcrestlabs.com | Comments

Autonomous systems that navigate their surroundings are becoming more viable as sensor technology improves and computing power increases. Google’s car is the most recent high-profile system, but even vacuum cleaners and lawn mowers now drive themselves.

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SIMULIA Answers Coaxial Cable Design Challenges

October 25, 2010 6:41 am | by Lynn Manning, a science and technology writer | Comments

So many people feel they can’t live without their cellular telephones these days, but how do cell phones survive all that use – and abuse – from people?

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