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The benefits of solid state lighting

August 19, 2011 6:18 am | by Irene Signorino, Director of Marketing, Microsemi Corporation ( | Comments

The benefits of LEDs are driving adoption in a wide range of general illumination applications due to the unique characteristics of this novel light source. The reasons for choosing LED are many, but the deciding factor is strongly dependent on where the fixture is used.


Farnell receives Outstanding Sales Growth 2010 Award from MTL Instruments

August 19, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Farnell has been awarded the Outstanding Sales Growth 2010 award from MTL Instruments, a developer and supplier of system infrastructure products and protection equipment to the Process Industries. The award, presented to Jamie Scott, Farnell Product Manager, by Andy Tither, …

Two senior appointments at MPS’ Milton Keynes HQ

August 19, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Murata Power Solutions has made two senior appointments at its Milton Keynes, UK facility. Paul Lee will take on the role of Director of Business Development for low power and magnetic products, taking responsibility for all product management and business …


Leoni reduces weight of vehicle’s cables by 3kg

August 19, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Cable provider Leoni now offers a solid aluminium conductor for the motor vehicle industry to wire the battery as an alternative to the common copper cable. It can be shaped in three dimensions and weighs only about half as much …

Creating a New Natural User-Interface Paradigm

August 18, 2011 5:49 am | by Guillaume Largillier, Co-Founder and CSO, Stantum ( | Comments

Multi-modal interfaces allow us to choose the input technique that looks the most appropriate for a given task or context: the tip of our finger to flip the pages of a book, a stylus for drawing or annotating it.


Have You Taken Advantage of These Incentives Yet?

August 18, 2011 5:26 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

This week, Andrea showcased the new Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) incentive search widget, which people can use to quickly find rebates and other incentives for purchasing renewable energy or energy-efficient items for their homes and businesses....


From the Fire into the Frying Pan

August 18, 2011 5:25 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Summer in Texas is always hot, but this year has been especially so. We're closing in on the all-time record of 63 days of 100 degree temperatures, and it's been 24 straight days since we've seen a high of 99 or less. Yep - it's summer in Texas and the heat will likely stay with us for a...

Let's Create More Efficient Electronic Systems Together

August 18, 2011 5:17 am | by Eric Persson, Executive Director FAE, International Rectifier ( | Comments

IR was founded on the principles of energy efficiency back in 1947, and our founder’s 1912 Baker electric car (which IR modified to become the world’s first solar-powered car in 1958) is still on display at our Temecula wafer Fab.


Avago debuts market’s First 16 Gigabit fibre channel transceiver for storage networking

August 18, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Avago Technologies’ 16 Gigabit Fibre Channel transceiver with industry-standard signalling rates up to 14.025GBd is now available. The new AFBR-57F5PZ SFP+ transceivers support high-speed serial links over multimode optical fibre with double the data throughput of existing 8 Gigabit fibre...

3A step down converter with efficiency up to 96%

August 18, 2011 3:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Austriamicrosystems has announced the AS1328 high-efficiency 1.5 MHz synchronous DC-DC step-down converter. This buck regulator features efficiencies up to 96%, excellent light load efficiencies and a quiescent current of only 25?A. The AS1328 DC-DC can deliver up to 3A of …


AVX develops smallest dual element mulitlayer varistor with exceptionally high ESD value

August 18, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

AVX has expanded its rugged automotive portfolio to include a miniature, dual element AC multilayer varistor designed for use in automotive low power AC circuits. Designated the MAV Series, the AEC Q200-qualified MLV not only has the ability to clamp …

Google Buys Motorola Mobility – Is this the Gee-Phone deal?

August 17, 2011 5:50 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon ( | Comments

There is a lot of speculation in the industry as to what is behind the Google purchase of Motorola Mobility and likewise a plethora of speculation on the future of Motorola Mobility now that they are part of Google.


UK EMS company gains full process and quality approvals

August 17, 2011 2:21 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

UK EMS provider AWS Group was recently accredited by Nadcap, the body which aims to provide continual improvement within the aerospace, defence, automotive and related industries, a challenging approval which completed a comprehensive range of quality and process certifications. AWS...


Aitech to demonstrate new ruggedised COTS graphics boards at DSEi

August 17, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Aitech will be demonstrating a number of new ruggedised and compact COTS graphics boards and highly flexible computer systems for harsh, environmentally-demanding defence and aerospace applications at DSEi 2011 ExCeL London, 13-16 September, Stand S7-1010. Aitech will demonstrate its new...

Marl showcases energy efficient military LED lighting

August 17, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Marl International’s stand (N4191) at DSEi will feature its infra-red LED assemblies providing energy efficient night vision for military vehicle crews. Marl’s stand will exhibit a host of innovative defence grade LED lighting products that provide robust and efficient illumination...


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