The newest generation of household appliances and white goods includes more electronics than ever, enabled by innovation and integration in 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) along with advances in the always-reliable low-end 8-bit controllers.
This month's question, “What needs to be done for digital power technology to become more accessible to the industry, especially for smaller companies?”, was ansered by Mark Adams of CUI, Chris Young of Intersil, and Rick Zarr of National Semiconductor.
Orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) offers many advantages to LTE, notably the ability to deliver high data rates and perform well even in low quality channels. However, the technology does present some difficulties.
Now that the first LTE networks have gone live, the race is on to provide mobile broadband services on a large scale. However, have all the technical issues been addressed?
Thanks to microcomputer-based control electronics, consumer white goods and home appliances are easier and more convenient to use, work better and are more energy efficient. But what if something in the circuitry goes wrong?
The U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E) is pushing to encourage conservation by getting consumers to replace old, wasteful appliances with new, more efficient Energy Star certified machines. A program that kicked in last year will offer consumers cash to help buy new home appliances.
Improving military electronic systems involves enhancing the basic processes of sense, detect, communicate and act.
New PICMG 2.30 standard enables enhanced functionality of CompactPCI systems for defense applicationsApril 2, 2010 10:02 am | by Jim Vana, Applications Engineering Specialist, 3M Electronic Solutions Division | Comments
Recent advancements in military technology have produced some awe-inspiring, highly sophisticated combat and reconnaissance equipment. In the U.S., such advances are expected to continue at a steady clip as robust defense spending drives the development of next-generation equipment.
Western high-tech businesses know they must continuously deliver innovative ideas and unique features to their customers, to protect market share and brand value. This situation makes the defense of intellectual property against threats such as reverse engineering, cloning and tampering extremely important.
Similar to technology trends in other arenas, reduced size and weight, highly reliable materials, and greater functionality are in the forefront of connector design trends for the military market. Deployed in a variety of modern and “future soldier” applications, such as sophisticated command, control, communications, computer, and intelligence (C41) systems...
Extending the Human-to-Machine Interface (HMI) using wireless communications is a fast developing field. Important improvements in HMI functionality have been made possible by continuing advancements in Machine-to-Machine interfaces in terms of increased baud rate, low power consumption and reach (distance) of communication.
Electronic medical systems have become substantially more sophisticated and powerful in recent years. As a result, the majority of these systems contain large arrays of power hungry electronic components that require high-performance heat sinks to prevent them from overheating and being damaged or destroyed.
The personal computer (PC), currently the standard information-processing device for office and home use, communicates with most peripherals using the universal serial bus (USB). Standardization, cost, and the availability of software and development tools have made the PC very attractive as a host-processor platform for medical and industrial applications...
An Electronic Engineer builds a system out of components; resistors, ICs, MOSFETs and IGBTs. The Power Electronic Engineer has to go beyond the electrical parameters of components and start looking at thermal resistance and capacity, cooling and parasitic inductance.
The statistics vary, but all seem to be in agreement that nearly 30 to 40% of the present load base on the grid is caused by induction motors