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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...

Saving Money on Your Energy-Saving Upgrades

August 16, 2011 9:25 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Summer is one of the best times of the year to get motivated to make those energy efficiency upgrades on your to-do list, and the Department of Energy can point you to some incentives to make the initial investment more affordable. Energy-saving products will save you considerable money...


Make the Safe Choice, or the Right Choice?

August 16, 2011 6:28 am | by Gordon Vinther, founder and president of Ardent Concepts ( | Comments

Where does innovation – true innovation – get implemented in your product roadmap?  How do you as a product development or R&D team ensure you are pushing the envelope and enabling next-generation electronic solutions?

Tiny 400mA Step-Down DC-DCs minimise external components required

August 16, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Torex Semiconductor Europe has announced the XC9244/45 series of synchronous step-down DC-DC converter ICs which provide high efficiency and a stable power supply with output currents of up to 400mA achievable using only a coil and two ceramic capacitors connected …

New wide input range 200W power supply for outdoor event and broadcast systems

August 16, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Gresham Power Electronics has introduced a new wide input range AC-DC single output power supply designed for use in outdoor lighting and sound control systems. The Salisbury, UK based MIL and Commercial power conversion specialist says the PS200-48-32-GR features an …


Ignis acquired by Finisar

August 16, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Ignis, the Norwegian provider of optical components and network solutions for fiber optic communications, has been acquired by Finisar. As a result of its previously-announced recommended voluntary public offer and subsequent mandatory public offer to acquire all outstanding Ignis shares...

New Local Incentive Search Widget: DSIRE

August 15, 2011 8:30 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

The Energy Savers mailbox gets requests for the latest in tax credits, appliance rebates, and other energy efficiency incentives on a regular basis. So when the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) released its new incentive search widget, we were thrilled...



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