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Switch mode power supply measurement and analysis with a bench oscilloscope

December 10, 2014 1:56 pm | by Varun Merchant, Tektronix | Comments

The power supply is integral to virtually every type of line-powered and battery-operated electronic product, and the switch-mode power supply (SMPS) has become the dominant architecture in many applications. A single switch-mode power supply’s performance ...

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New solutions and challenges for digital control of power converters

December 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Stephen Pimpis, Vice President, Strategic Product Marketing; Bill Smith, Director of Marketing, Board Mounted Power; and Paul Knauber, Murata University Coordinator: Murata Power Solutions | Comments

Advancements in semiconductor technologies and system-level performance requirements, particularly in the telecom and datacom markets, have had a tremendous impact on the board level power infrastructure. Moore’s Law has been driving device ...

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Low power? No power!

December 10, 2014 11:25 am | by Matthias Kassner, Product Marketing Director, EnOcean | Comments

This article describes the benefits associated with using energy harvesting wireless sensor nodes within the context of an Internet of Things. It discusses key architectural requirements and design trade-offs of such devices and gives examples of current ...

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Controller, converter, or module — which is right for my design?

December 10, 2014 10:57 am | by Chris Ammann, Global Technical Marketing Engineer, Power Avnet Electronics Marketing | Comments

Power supplies come in many shapes and sizes. As technologies have advanced, more and more integration has become commonplace when designing a power system. In a lot of instances, integration makes for a simpler design process. However ...

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What is the most creative way LEDs have been implemented?

December 10, 2014 10:11 am | Comments

The next generation of lighting is addressing the increasing demand for solutions that produce higher light output, higher optical density and better heat dissipation with fewer LED placements — ultimately resulting in system cost reductions that can ...

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The age of rapid development

November 24, 2014 8:48 am | by Jason Gouw, CEO, Qfusion Labs, LLC | Comments

The evolution of technology has come to a point that enables bootstrap developers to create rapid prototypes even faster than some established companies. But this effect isn't caused by the advent of new technology alone. Instead, intuitive UI ...

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The race to find a strong and lightweight design

November 19, 2014 5:24 pm | by Kevin Balben, Product Specialist, DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC | Comments

Last month I wrote an overview about the classic advantages of bonding. This month I would like to discuss the increase in demand by companies for lightweight constructed products and what challenges this demand brings. In industries like ...

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Airport parking valet robots take flight

November 19, 2014 10:41 am | by Chris Warner | Comments

It’s no secret to travelers that navigating the airport can be a stressful experience, and perhaps the biggest reason is because time is in very short supply. From the long lines to check in and pass through security to the congested highways nearby, many ...

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Staying safe in the air with advanced avionics technologies

November 11, 2014 8:53 am | by Chad Marak, Director of Technical Marketing, Littelfuse, Inc. | Comments

Statistics from the past 50 years reveal that commercial air travel has become one of the safest, most reliable forms of transportation. As the safety of commercial flight continues to increase, the demand for advanced commercial avionics technologies ...

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The biggest challenge for electric vehicles

November 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Manfred Brandl, ams AG Product manager, Battery management ICs | Comments

The battery: As long as energy storage capacity (drive range) is limited and costs are high, EV’s will remain a niche market for urban use by a small group of people, also because of the slowly-adapting charging infrastructure. Another challenge ...

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The insatiable demand for analog spectrum technology

November 10, 2014 8:21 am | by Luc Langlois, Director, Global Technical Marketing, Digital Signal Processing, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Comments

The need for higher performance in all technology segments from consumer to military, is relentlessly pushing the bandwidth limits of the analog signals that carry information through the physical universe. This has prompted dramatic improvements....

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Simplifying the measurements of mobile devices’ current pulses

November 7, 2014 5:07 pm | by David Wyban, Keithley Instruments | Comments

As both businesses and individuals become increasingly dependent on (or some might say, addicted to) mobile communication products, the portion of integrated circuits and electronic sub-assemblies being designed for use in these applications is growing rapidly. Being mobile means these devices typically operate on battery power, so they have a limited supply of power available to them.

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The true cost of outsourcing

November 6, 2014 9:52 am | by David Holmes, Raytheon, Systems Verification Center Test Systems Dept Technical Staff | Comments

Many electronics and defense companies are investigating the possibility of reducing costs by outsourcing work that is not part of their core business.Assembly of automated test equipment (ATE) often falls in this category.Companies sometimes assume....

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Solar power is rising

November 6, 2014 8:49 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Comments

Many perspectives on solar generation undervalue or devalue the technology because utilities can’t depend on it to provide steady, predictable amounts of power as they can on traditional fossil-fueled or (dare I mention) nuclear-powered generators....

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Robotic snake-arm slithers into extreme environments

November 5, 2014 9:31 am | by Anja Schütz, maxon motor ag | Comments

Robot as agile as a snake can explore almost any hidden nook and cranny. Problems often occur in confined and hazardous spaces, and whilst these spaces are difficult for humans to work in, a snake-arm robot has no issue. As if it’s in a science fiction film ...

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