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Thoughts on a Two-Year Race

October 5, 2011 6:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

If you were in Washington, D.C. this past week, you probably heard about or even attended our biannual Solar Decathlon. This event started in 2002 - one month after I started working at the Department of Energy, as a matter of fact - and has just completed its fifth iteration. What began...

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eoSemi names Intralink as business development partner for East Asia

October 5, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Congleton, UK-based silicon oscillator company eoSemi has appointed Intralink as strategic sales partner for the East Asian markets of Japan, China, Taiwan and Korea. eoSemi has a patent pending for an all-silicon replacement technology for quartz crystals using standard CMOS …

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Cortex-M0 MCU features with Segment LCD Drivers

October 5, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

NXP claims its recently announced LPC11D00 and LPC12D00 series of MCUs are the first ARM Cortex-M0 microcontrollers with integrated segment LCD drivers. Featuring the NXP PCF8576D LCD driver, the LPC11D00 and LPC12D00 are capable of driving any static or multiplexed …

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PCB connector height minimised to 2.9mm

October 5, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Erni Electronics has developed a new IDC-PCB terminal with a total height of only 2.9mm, which it claims eliminates manual preparation of wires prior to termination. The IDC dual contact provides a reliable gas tight connection, meaning costly and unreliable …

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There's more to life than OLEDs and Electrophoretic Displays...

October 4, 2011 12:56 pm | by Dr Harry Zervos, Technical Analyst, IDTechEx | Comments

At the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA in Santa Clara, there will be a focus on technologies such as OLEDs and electrophoretic displays. But there are other display technologies emerging that promise new possibilities.

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iPower conference to showcase UK power electronics

October 4, 2011 3:21 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

IMAPS-UK and the NMI have released details of their forthcoming “iPower” Technical Conference, which will bring together specialists in the field of power engineering from Science, Academia, Supply and Industry at The University of Warwick on 30 November and 1st …

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New audio ¼ inch jack sockets and 3.5mm connectors introduced by Cliff

October 4, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Cliff Electronics has expanded its range of audio jack sockets and plugs, with new families of 3.5mm plugs and sockets for professional audio, industrial, consumer and mobile phone applications. The new S6 and S9 series of 3.5mm professional audio sockets …

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FTDI confirms Yosun as distribution partner for South East Asia

October 4, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

USB specialist Future Technology Devices International (FTDI) has signed a distribution deal with Yosun Industrial. Yosun will represent FTDI in Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. FTDI says this new distribution partnership will give engineering and procurement staff in these...

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Solar Decathlon: Appalachian State Wins People’s Choice Award

October 3, 2011 7:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Originally posted on the Solar Decathlon News Blog on October 1, 2011. See original post

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Bringing Solid-State Lighting to the Masses

October 3, 2011 4:48 am | by Jake Jacobsen, Ph.D., Technical Marketing Manager, Optical Solutions Group at Synopsys | Comments

One of the biggest barriers to mass adoption of solid-state lighting is the large installed base of fixtures designed for what is a fundamentally different source. LEDs differ optically, electrically and thermally from traditional sources.

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6U compact PCI power supply boosted to 650W output

October 3, 2011 4:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Gresham Power Electronics has increased the output power of its 6U compact PCI power supply to an impressive 650W. According to the company, since applications for 6U cPCI footprint systems are growing rapidly, they developed the 650W cPCI-6U-650 to respond …

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u-blox acquires Fusion Wireless, gains CDMA technology

October 3, 2011 3:21 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Swiss positioning and wireless chip and module company u-blox has acquired San Diego-based Fusion Wireless, a provider of CDMA wireless modules for consumer and M2M applications in North America. U-blox says this acquisition will expand its reach in the US …

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NXP works with Microsoft to ensure NFC solution supports Windows 8

October 3, 2011 3:21 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

NXP’s PN544 near field communication (NFC) radio controller will support Windows 8, the company has announced. NXP says it worked closely with Microsoft to develop an NFC driver for Windows 8, enabling a variety of use cases that are triggered …

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Variable gain amplifier modules deliver linearity and space savings

October 3, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Avago Technologies has unveiled a high-linearity variable gain amplifier (VGA) module for base transceiver station (BTS) applications. The new small-footprint ALM-81224 VGA module is suitable for replacing discrete solutions, providing space savings. Operating in a broad frequency band...

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Ericsson extends vertical-mount voltage regulator series for space-critical applications

September 30, 2011 5:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Ericsson has introduced two new vertical-mounting members into its family of 3E digital PoL voltage regulators aimed at space-critical applications. The new 12A BMR462-SIP (BMR4622002) and 20A BMR463-SIP (BMR4632002) complement the recently announced 40A BMR464-SIP (BMR4642002). Ericsson...

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