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Driving on "Green" Electrons

September 6, 2011 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

So you’ve decided you want to drive on electricity. You’ve considered your commute, how often you could plug in your car, and whether you want a plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) or all-electric vehicle (EV) . But you have one more decision to make – your electricity...


NXP announces inaugural best supplier awards

September 6, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

NXP presented its first Best Supplier awards at the company’s Supplier Day on September 1. The event drew participation from NXP’s global supply base with over 90 suppliers across 17 countries represented.  The winners were as follows: -    Best Supplier …

New 5V MCU families provide smooth migration paths for industrial/automotive

September 6, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Freescale has launched two new families of 5V 8-bit microcontrollers with excellent durability and reliability for industrial and automotive applications. Scalable and compatible with existing devices, Freescale says these entry-level MCUs are designed to help OEMs get to market quicker...


Murata improves acoustic characteristics of thinnest piezoelectric speaker

September 5, 2011 9:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Murata has enhanced the audio characteristics of its ultra-thin piezoelectric speaker. Measuring just 0.5mm in thickness, the VSLBP2115E1100 series is believed to be the world’s smallest piezoelectric speaker. By optimising the product’s structure and the use of new materials...

Freescale announces automotive sensor modules for its Tower system

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

Freescale has announced new automotive sensor modules for its popular Tower System development platform. The new modules are designed to help engineers rapidly design and build innovative automotive applications, such as airbags, electronic stability control, electric parking brakes, tilt...

Mouser and MikroElektronika partner to deliver advanced development systems

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

Mouser has partnered with Belgrade, Serbia-based MikroElektronika to help grow the company’s North American market and bring their line of development systems and compilers to Mouser customers across the world. MikroElektronika produces a wide range of microcontroller development systems,...

u-blox’ GPS chip used in Android phone for Chinese market

September 2, 2011 9:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

u blox’ ultra-sensitive GPS chip UBX-G6010-ST powers the GPS functionality in Meizu’s latest M9 multimedia smartphone with GPS, for the Chinese market. The M9 includes out-of-the-box GPS features such as navigator, digital compass, and accelerometer. The M9 boasts a 3.54-inch …

Vertical Micro USB Connectors Rival Right Angle Configurations in Many Applications

September 2, 2011 9:09 am | by Laurence Hill, Global Connector Technology, | Comments

Customers who choose to use Micro USB connectors are faced with a multitude of connector options in horizontal PCB orientation. Horizontal orientation is perfect for handheld applications where the PCB runs parallel to the device (such as a cell phone)...


High resolution single-turn encoder is optimised for servo and motor feedback applications

September 2, 2011 8:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Avago’s latest addition is a high-resolution absolute optical encoder for high-performance servo and motor feedback applications. The AEAT-9000 ultra-precision absolute encoder provides excellent accuracy for smooth motor drive performance. The device is available in a modular package...

CellGuide adds 3D Compasses to its GPS chip

September 2, 2011 8:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

CellGuide has chosen Baolab’s 3D NanoCompass IC to their GPS chip, to create the CLIOX-C integrated GPS and compass device. CellGuide says that integrating the Compass and GPS together enables ‘point and identify’ augmented reality features to be easily incorporated …

Automotive window lift reference design features analogue-integrated Freescale MCU

September 2, 2011 7:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Freescale and Tongji University (Shanghai, China) have jointly developed a reference design for automotive window lift systems. The reference design, based on Freescale’s S12 MagniV S12VR64 mixed-signal microcontroller, provides a ready-to-use, rugged anti-pinch window lift control...

How Do You Like the Monthly Recaps?

September 2, 2011 5:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

No doubt you’ve noticed them by now, but this year we started a regular column on the Energy Savers blog where we show you what’s new on the website, what we’ve talked about, our weekly questions, and a few posts from the archives.We’d like to know: Do you find the...


This Month on Energy Savers: August 2011

September 1, 2011 11:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

August was the hottest month on record for some of us, while others braced ourselves for the likes of hurricane Irene and earthquakes! Unfortunate power outages aside, saving energy is always a hot topic during the dog days of summer. See what we've been talking about in August:


Survey reveals SSD and flash drives are reliable but not foolproof

September 1, 2011 10:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

According to a recent survey carried out by data recovery company Kroll Ontrack, while more than 90% of respondents perceive SSD/Flash failure rates to be minimal and the technology to be reliable, 57% of respondents have experienced data loss with …

Lauterbach’s TRACE32 debug solution supports MIPS32 M14K Core Family

September 1, 2011 10:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

The TRACE32 series of debugging solutions from Lauterbach now supports MIPS Technologies’ MIPS32 M14K and M14Kc processor cores. This announcement builds on Lauterbach’s already extensive support for the MIPS architecture, including the MIPS32 M4K core, bringing the TRACE32 debugging...


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