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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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Printed Displays offer New World of Design Opportunities

February 10, 2010 5:29 am | by Dennis Brestovansky, President and CEO of Aveso Displays | Comments

A new world of printed electronic display technology is evolving, offering unlimited opportunities for mass consumer and industrial applications. New flexible, printed displays are increasingly being integrated into a variety of everyday products...

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The role of wideband transceiver technology in enabling LTE

February 9, 2010 6:37 am | by Ebrahim Bushehri, CEO, Lime Microsystems | Comments

Long term evolution (LTE) is firmly on course to be the dominant wireless communications standard in the next decade. There is overwhelming operator commitment to adopting the LTE standard and capitalising on the unquestionable benefits it will bring to their subscribers, even more so than was demonstrated for its 3G predecessors.

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Select the Best Isolated Brick DC-DC Converter For Your Application

February 5, 2010 10:11 am | by Paul Knauber, Field Applications Engineer, Murata Power Solutions | Comments

Selecting the best isolated brick DC/DC converter for an application can pose a challenging task for the design engineer. There are a number of circumstances that can motivate a particular choice. These could be transient response, efficiency, environmental conditions, or mechanical packaging.

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Electromechanical modules: More than just the switch

February 4, 2010 10:36 am | by David Webber, Director of Product Development, C&K Components | Comments

Today, switch manufacturers are no longer developing just the switch. Original equipment manufacturers are frequently requesting that switch manufacturers develop the complete module, which may include an electro-mechanical switch or sensor, complementary electronics, a source of illumination, and a means of connection.

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USB Connects Car Makers to the Consumer

February 4, 2010 6:16 am | by Henry Muyshondt, SMSC | Comments

USB is the interface of choice for many of today’s consumer electronics products. Everything from cameras, to telephones and media players, as well as portable navigation devices use USB. Even devices with wireless interfaces, such as a Bluetooth phones, need to be connected to charge their batteries. USB provides the perfect interface: it is in widespread use and has a very well defined connector that makes it easy for both carmakers and device makers to use.

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Turning Wireless Technology into Enhanced Mobile Experiences

February 3, 2010 10:47 am | by Jarkko Vatjus-Antilla, EB, Elektrobit Corporation | Comments

From smartphones to netbooks and everything in between, mobile devices are rapidly changing the way in which the world communicates. New platforms, operating systems and application frameworks are altering the embedded mobile playing field, driving the need for developers to stay ahead of market trends and end-user expectations. The new game has developers more focused on understanding the different technologies being used, and how each can create enriched mobile experiences that match to shifting end-user demands.

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The ECN Roundtable - Harsh Environment Needs

February 1, 2010 10:38 am | Comments

Given the improved performance of modern parts and packaging, how much certification and categorization does a product intended for operation in a harsh environment require?

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