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Do ultracapacitors make wind energy a sustainable option?

November 5, 2012 12:27 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The idea of using wind to create energy isn’t exactly new. The first examples can be traced back to 200 B.C. in Persia – a creation of Heron of Alexandria. That particular device simply harnessed the wind to power a machine, so a case could be made that the first real windmills were built a little bit later, in the 7th century in Sistan, modern day Iran.

Moving money by cellphone: US-backed effort that bypasses banks starts slowly in Haiti

June 11, 2012 1:35 pm | by Trenton Daniel | News | Comments

In further attempts to rebuild Haiti, the U.S. government and the...

Solving the great design dilemma: ‘Distinctive’ v ‘Discrete’

April 26, 2012 2:17 pm | by Robert Cox, VP of Marketing, OKW Enclosures, Inc., www.okwenclosures.com | Articles | Comments

Creating standard electronics enclosures is a challenging process – they have to last 20 years...

The end of sensored BLDC control?

April 16, 2012 9:28 am | by Thomas Freitag, Melexis, www.melexis.com | Articles | Comments

Vehicle manufacturers are increasingly appreciating the benefits of Brushless DC (BLDC) motor...

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Selecting the best three-phase BLDC motor design technique

April 4, 2012 7:55 am | by Brian Chu, Product-Line Marketing Manager, Microchip Technology | Articles | Comments

Three-phase Brushless DC (BLDC) motors offer several advantages over other popular motor drive architectures. These advantages—such as a lack of voltage drop across brushes, low acoustic noise and low mechanical vibrations—enable better system efficiency...

Lighting applications for large-size projected capacitive touch panels

March 30, 2012 9:55 am | by John Blackburn, Senior Electrical Engineer, Ocular LCD | Articles | Comments

The demand for projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panels is growing at a rapid rate. The increased durability and enhanced look and feel a PCAP touch panel provides can benefit a wide variety of products. The all glass construction allows for increased optical clarity...

Next-gen components help reduce energy use in new motor system designs

March 30, 2012 9:08 am | by Lydia Meijer, Bourns, www.bourns.com | Articles | Comments

Today, electric motors are more closely scrutinized as a result of broad spectrum application use, which is strictly regulated. Electric motors consume more than half of all electric energy produced.

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What are customers asking about industrial wireless networks?

March 12, 2012 5:25 am | by Joseph Citrano, Honeywell Sensing & Control | Articles | Comments

In the last year, informed wireless buyers have become more educated in the kinds of questions to ask. They have become more comfortable implementing wireless solutions when they get the right answers.

Modular, functionally versatile, and economical TPMS systems

March 9, 2012 5:58 am | by Ivan Zagan, Product Line Manager, Melexis | Articles | Comments

Today, feature-rich automobile electronic systems manage safety and control functions. Airbags, antilock brakes, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMSes), navigation and infotainment features are governed by burgeoning numbers of microcontrollers (MCUs).

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth coexistence

March 2, 2012 5:56 am | by Sue White, Documentation and Certification Manager and Ron Seide, President, Summit Data Communications | Articles | Comments

Because Bluetooth and Wi-Fi transmit in different ways using different protocols, interference can occur when Wi-Fi operates in the 2.4GHz band.This article discusses effective methods forachieving successful coexistence (through temporal, spatial, and frequency isolation)...

VPX: The state of the ecosystem

March 1, 2012 10:22 am | by Gregory Powers, Market Development Manager, Aerospace, Defense & Marine, TE Connectivity | Articles | Comments

High-speed processing requires generous bandwidth from the board level to the I/O. VPX, with a backplane connector system supporting 6.25 Gb/s in a switched fabric architecture, is the latest generation of embedded computer systems.

Looking ahead for the electronic components industry

February 15, 2012 10:52 am | by Robin Gray, Electronic Component Industry Association | Articles | Comments

Rather than looking back at 2011, I will take a look at what is ahead in 2012 for the electronic components industry in general and Electronic Component Industry Association (ECIA) members specifically. There are several exciting association projects that are currently under development...

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Reducing Size While Improving Functionality and Safety in Next-Generation Medical Device Design

February 14, 2012 8:49 am | by Stephen J. Swift, Sr. Vice President / General Manager, Medical Products Microsemi Corporation, Communications and Medical Products Group (CMPG), and Minal Sawant, Product Marketing Manager, Medical Products Microsemi Corporation, SoC Group | Articles | Comments

System designers face multiple challenges in the medical device market, including reducing size, increasing functionality and extending battery life for implantable devices while ensuring safety through optimal security, reliability and efficacy.

Make Your Tablets and Smart Phones Smarter – Add Serial Capability for Seriously Remote Data

February 3, 2012 11:50 am | by Andrew C. Ross (aross@bb-elec.com), Director of Wireless Applications for B&B Electronics (www.bb-elec.com) | Articles | Comments

To paraphrase Mark Twain, rumors about the demise of serial ports are greatly exaggerated. Too many people have too much invested in serial-equipped devices for the standard to disappear any time soon.

Mobile is the New Buzzword

February 2, 2012 10:30 am | by Hayne Shumate, Mouser Electronics Vice President of Internet Business | Articles | Comments

At Mouser Electronics, we burn a lot of brain cells discovering better ways to get design engineers the information and products they need faster and easier than before. This is particularly difficult when the engineer has not yet selected a component.

Cable companies and set-top box service providers will deliver the smart, automated home

February 2, 2012 9:44 am | by Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies (http://www.greenpeak.com) | Articles | Comments

Many technology watchers have predicted that the arrival of automated smart home – that home owners will seek out and install the latest, coolest gizmos that will make a house truly smart. Well, it isn’tgoing to happen that way.

Energy Measurement for Appliances

January 16, 2012 11:31 am | by Prasad Dhond, Marketing Manager, Smart Grid Home Area Network, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Energy consumption awareness is a crucial step in going green as an individual consumer. Real-time energy usage data aggregated at the home-level by smart meters is useful, but drilling down to the energy consumption of each major home appliance is even better and more actionable.

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Consumers benefit from smart grid implementation

December 15, 2011 6:09 am | by Bill Kutsche, business development manager, Murata Electronics North America | Articles | Comments

As we look forward to a new year, the Smart Grid and the technologies that enable energy efficiency within the grid will become a part of our daily lexicon as consumers begin to benefit from the grid’s implementation.

Hot consumer technologies in 2012

December 12, 2011 7:53 am | by Jerry Kolbe, Director of Technology and Marketing Communications, Murata Electronics North America, www.murata-northamerica.com | Articles | Comments

This is the time of the year when I am always asked to give my prediction on the next killer consumer product for the new year. Since I am not Zoltar or don’t own a crystal ball, this is a difficult question to answer as it depends...

Energy Harvesting Enables Ultra-Low Power Applications

December 12, 2011 4:59 am | by Brian Lum-Shue-Chan and Karthik Kadirvel, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

There are a variety of systems and applications that could benefit from energy harvesting (EH). Energy harvesting refers to the technology by which ambient sources of energy such as light, thermal gradient, and vibration can be harvested and stored then applied later for doing useful work.

Body Area Networks: A way to improve remote patient monitoring

November 1, 2011 9:21 am | by Iboun Taimiya Sylla, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

With today’s aging population, monitoring healthcare systems represents an important element of the healthcare issue, especially in countries where the limits of the system are being tested. Monitoring the health condition of elderly people and sharing information...

Healthcare Interconnect Solutions

October 25, 2011 10:27 am | by Steve Sheehan, Director of Medical Business Development, Hypertronics | Articles | Comments

As the exorbitant cost of healthcare in United States continues to cartwheel out of control, the medical community is today demanding a much healthier ROI across the boards from the technology solutions that it deploys across multiple disciplines.

Micro-machining technology: a primer

October 17, 2011 1:17 pm | by John Beigel | Articles | Comments

Micro-machining technology, simply stated, is the utilization of semiconductor manufacturing equipment in such a way that it creates micro-mechanical systems that serve a specific purpose. MEDER’s objective was to develop a micro-miniature hermetically sealed reed switch...

Motion Everywhere: New Roles and Functions for CE Devices

October 12, 2011 11:25 am | by Dave Rothenberg, Movea, Inc., www.movea.com | Articles | Comments

Motion is the latest trump card available to CE manufacturers, enabling the ability to create a new generation of products to operate how people naturally interact. Enabling this trend is a unique class of motion-sensing chips, referred to as MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems).

Mitigating Strategies for Smart Phone Signaling Overload

October 12, 2011 7:49 am | by Deepak Kataria, IP Junction Inc, www.ip-junction.com | Articles | Comments

This article discusses the impact of increased signaling traffic fueled by growing mobile broadband and machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity on networks, systems and network processors. While data offload strategies have received considerable attention in industry, the impact of signaling overload and mitigation strategies have not been widely addressed. A good understanding of the reasons for signaling traffic increases, its impact at the network level, system level and network processor level is needed to clear misnomers prevailing in the industry.

Resonant Controller-Power Switch Combination Enables Efficient Power Solution for LED Street Lighting

October 8, 2011 7:51 am | by Wonseok Kang, Sungmo Young, Fairchild Semiconductor, www.fairchildsemi.com | Articles | Comments

This article will explore a total solution for a switching power supply targeted to LED street lighting. The new resonant controller combined with new power switch enable a high efficiency solution for LED lighting power supplies without sacrificing

Integrated Silicon-Based EMI Suppression Devices Help Move Smartphone Design Forward

October 7, 2011 6:09 am | by Tim Micun, ON Semiconductor, www.onsemi.com | Articles | Comments

While form factor and electromechanical interference (EMI) remain a primary concern for smartphone designers, provisioning all of the high end peripherals in a format which is comfortable to hold and carry, creating a clean EMI ecosystem and not interfering with the wireless transmit and receive functions remains a complex challenge.

Plastic Electrical Enclosures: Solutions for Extreme Customization

October 4, 2011 11:33 am | by David Crooks, General Manager, Fibox Enclosures | Articles | Comments

Rather than create a custom package, OEMs often choose to modify or customize a standard enclosure to lower development cost, reduce final product cost, and achieve a faster time to market.

High Performance Solutions for the Thermal Management of Electronics in Harsh Environments

September 23, 2011 5:02 am | by Mark Montesano, Vice President of engineering, k Technology, a Division of Thermacore | Articles | Comments

The range of applications and functions of military electronics is rapidly expanding. From smart weapons to unmanned vehicles, the challenge of packaging significant processing power in very limited volumes that need to survive extremely harsh environments is rising.

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