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New high-reliability contact system facilitates automated assembly

March 17, 2010 9:43 am | by Dave Humphreys, Product Manager, Harwin Inc | Articles | Comments

There are many applications whose operating environments demand the use of an interconnect system with a high-reliability contact. If equipment is to be used where high shock and vibration or extremes of temperature are experienced, connectors based on a standard contact will not be reliable or rugged enough to guarantee signal integrity.

Next Generation PoP for Processor and Memory Stacking

March 10, 2010 6:47 am | by Helen Katske, Manager, Engineering Services, Micro-Electronics group, Tessera, Phil Damberg, Vice President, Next Generation Packaging, Micro-Electronics group, Tessera, & KM Bang, Senior Engineer, Package Development, Micro-Electronics group, Tessera | Articles | Comments

The continued increase in mobile handset functionality is being enabled by more powerful baseband and applications processor chips, which are more frequently coupled with memory devices using package-on-package (PoP) stacking.

Design Smart - Design Safe - Design Fast

March 4, 2010 7:27 am | by Hans Wiedemann, Manager - Product Marketing, Vincotech | Articles | Comments

With GPS rapidly becoming an increasingly vital part of our business and private lives, the market for these devices has seen a strong and steady business growth. Apart from traditional GPS applications, such as navigation and car breakdown emergency systems, GPS functionality has expanded well into the industrial and business markets.

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Efficient Material Handling in Automotive Manufacturing Applications

March 4, 2010 7:05 am | by Todd Belt, Systems Sales Manager, Pepperl+Fuchs | Articles | Comments

Pick and place robotics has been a common sight in the automotive industry for some time. It is capable of auto racking, bin picking, positioning parts for assembly, and other repetitive tasks that help automate production sequences and reduce costs.

Partial Networking: In-Vehicle Networks Can Reduce Costs and CO2 Emissions

March 4, 2010 6:40 am | by Holger Huber, System Marketing Manager In-Vehicle-Networking, NXP Semiconductors | Articles | Comments

In the past, electronic control units (ECUs) in automotive applications were connected by individual signal wires. However, today, close to 100% of the ECUs are connected by bus systems such as LIN, CAN and FlexRay. This yields significant advantages, including improved data availability, straightforward wiring and standardized interfaces.

Telematic Antenna Testing

March 2, 2010 8:35 am | Articles | Comments

Today’s automobiles have a wide variety of RF systems with antennas on them for Sirius and XM radio, collision avoidance radars, the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other systems. Conventional test facilities can only perform terrestrial directed pattern measurements of the antenna on the automobile.

Specialty Distributors offer Advantages over Big Box and On-line Outlets

February 24, 2010 4:20 am | by John Hamilton, Director, Product Marketing, RFMW | Articles | 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).

Addressing the Needs of Today’s LED Lighting Manufacturers; Where Art Meets Engineering

February 24, 2010 4:10 am | Articles | 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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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 | Articles | 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...

Transient Response Options for Power Designers

February 10, 2010 7:20 am | by Robert Marchetti, Sr. Manager, BBU Product Marketing, Vicor Corporation | Articles | Comments

For DC-DC converters, fast transient response has become ever more critical because of the increasingly higher speeds of contemporary devices.

The role of wideband transceiver technology in enabling LTE

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

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 | Articles | 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.

Address evolution in ever-changing medical devices market

January 27, 2010 5:21 am | by Rajesh Verma, Srikanth (Srik) Gurrapu, & Fei Gao, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Articles | Comments

In today’s rapidly growing healthcare marketplace, portability and functionality are the name of the game when it comes to medical devices. Healthcare is steadily moving away from hospitals to the point of incident and into the patient’s home. Around the globe, physicians and patients are turning to low-cost telemedicine solutions that give patients the ability to safely and effectively monitor their own health.

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High Temperature Quartz Oscillators Meet Oil and Gas Exploration Challenges

January 19, 2010 9:26 am | by Farzin Jahed, Application and Product Engineer, Statek | Articles | Comments

Application of high temperature quartz oscillators in oil, gas, and geo-thermal exploration has been the subject of increasing discussion in recent years. The need for these devices, and high temperature electronics in general, has arisen from application requirements that have pushed the upper temperature range limit higher.

Femtocells and Backhaul Issues

January 15, 2010 3:33 am | by Rupert Baines | Blogs | Comments

One of the questions that often gets asked around femtocells is “What about the backhaul issues?” Indeed, some people have suggested that DSL will need to be upgraded to some carrier-grade Ethernet or xPON service to solve this issue.

Blindness groups, ASU settle suit over Kindle

January 12, 2010 11:11 am | News | Comments

Two organizations representing the blind have settled a discrimination lawsuit against Arizona State University over its use of Amazon's Kindle e-reader device. Arizona State is among several universities testing the $489 Kindle DX, a large-screen model aimed at textbook and newspaper readers.

Seek Production Expertise During Li-ion Cells Selection

December 18, 2009 9:13 am | by Chris Turner, Director Battery Technology, Nexergy, Inc. & Dr. George Thomas, Vice President, Shiningstar Technology Corp. | Articles | Comments

From a modest start in 1990, lithium-ion cell production has mushroomed into a multibillion-units-per-year industry with manufacturing facilities spread all over the world. Because of the potential for dangerous thermal-related incidents during the manufacture and use of Li-ion cells, extreme care must be taken during the manufacturing processes to produce high-quality cells that are as safe as possible.

Improvements in Battery Charger ICs Keep Pace with Rapid Increases in Mobile Handset Capabilities

December 18, 2009 7:24 am | by Giampaolo Marino and Tamara Schmitz, Intersil Corporation | Articles | Comments

In the era of global wireless connectivity, almost nothing is more important than keeping a smart phone or mobile Internet device charged. Expanding features on the constantly improving portable and handheld device create a major challenge for designers of battery charger ICs.

Shielding Materials Help Prevent Last-Minute Test Failures

December 9, 2009 12:17 pm | by David Garagnani, Application Engineer, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., www.gore.com | Articles | Comments

Electronics packaging solutions are developed on many levels, from the board architecture all the way up to the mechanical enclosure. The individual elements that compose these solutions need to work together so that the device can pass compliance tests.

Ultracapacitors Make Battery Modules Greener

December 9, 2009 5:18 am | by Michael Tentnowski, vice president of marketing and business development of Ioxus, www.ioxus.com | Articles | Comments

In order to see how ultracapacitors make battery modules greener, one needs to have a basic description of the devices.  Batteries rely on a chemical reaction to dissipate stored energy. There is no chemical reaction in ultracapacitors, as they store energy in an electrostatic field.

System Optimization for Netbooks, Ultra-mobile PCs, and Mobile Internet Devices

December 9, 2009 5:07 am | by Jinrong Qian, Battery Charge Management Manager, Distinguished Member Technical Staff, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Articles | Comments

Small-size and low-cost netbooks, ultra-mobile PCs (UMPC) and mobile internet devices (MIDs) are becoming more popular and gaining wide user acceptance. The Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery charging system used in these portable devices is much more sophisticated than that used in cellular phones.

Collin's Lab: Infrared heart sensor

December 2, 2009 4:34 am | Videos | Comments

The beating of the heart is often recorded via sound or simply with touch - but there's also another interesting and somewhat lesser known option - light. An infrared emitter/detector pair can be used along with a programmable microcontroller, to effectively visualize the effects of the human body's hardest-working muscle

Optimizing Touch Panels for the Industrial Environment

December 2, 2009 4:33 am | by Bruce DeVisser, Fujitsu Components America, http://us.fujitsu.com/touchpanels/ | Articles | Comments

In the industrial environment, touch panels, or touchscreens, facilitate operator input in a very simple, yet reliable, way. As touch input-based handheld and mobile devices enter more industrial applications – such as portable flow controls and handheld terminals for field testing – companies need to protect and extend their investment.

Industrial-Strength Features Make a Difference in Embedded Processing

December 2, 2009 4:20 am | by David Katz and Rick Gentile, Analog Devices, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Many general-purpose signal processors are acceptable for industrial applications based on their computing performance and baseline connectivity features. However, there are important peripheral enhancements that can significantly upgrade the processor’s capabilities for more demanding industrial systems.

Build Entertainment-Grade Consumer Home Networks for Simplicity

November 19, 2009 8:25 am | by David Sorensen, Vice President of Marketing, Gigle Networks | Articles | Comments

Increasingly, the biggest challenges designers of consumer electronics products face have less to do with performance or feature-richness, and more to do with ease of use and simplicity. This is especially true in entertainment networking, where multiple technologies currently vie for adoption, and consumers have made it clear they want a simple solution, right out of the box.

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