Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design. This month we're focusing on board-level assembly. From adhesives to thermal gap pad management, we want to know what's happening in your lab and on your benches! We know our readers have varied opinions and valuable experiences...
FETs designed to meet the requirements of X to Ku band low noise block downconverters for direct broadcast satellitesOctober 18, 2013 2:28 pm | Renesas, California Eastern Labs | Product Releases | Comments
Renesas Electronics and California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) introduce the NE3516S02 and NE3513M04 GaAs FETs which were specifically designed to meet the demanding requirements of X to Ku band low noise block (LNB) downconverters for direct broadcast satellites.
Power Integrations introduced the first reference design for a Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0-enabled charger power supply. Launched earlier this year, the Quick Charge 2.0 protocol from Qualcomm enables users to charge mobile devices, such as tablets and cellphone handsets, up to 75% faster than when using conventional USB charging technology.
HARTING has expanded its PushPull device connector family with a new 10 pole PushPull Signal for delivery of analog, low voltage and bus signals in all power ranges. The new PushPull Signal has 10 contacts to transmit rated currents of 5A with conductor wiring gauges of AWG 24 to AWG 18.
In a typical yoga class, students watch an instructor to learn how to properly hold a position. But for people who are blind or can’t see well, it can be frustrating to participate in these types of exercises. Now, a team of University of Washington computer scientists has created a software program that watches a user’s movements and gives spoken feedback on what to change to accurately complete a yoga pose.
When we sleep, our brains get rid of gunk that builds up while we're awake, suggests a study that may provide new clues to treat Alzheimer's disease and other disorders. This cleaning was detected in the brains of sleeping mice, but scientists said there's reason to think it happens in people too.
Plasmas are a soup of charged particles in an electric field, and are normally found in stars and lightning bolts. With the use of high voltage equipment, very small plasmas can be used to manipulate fluid flows. In recent years, the development of devices known as plasma actuators has advanced the promise of controlling flows in new ways...
As anyone who has ever consumed bacteria-contaminated food and experienced "food poisoning" can tell you, it's a miserable experience. Yet it's an all-too-common one, with foodborne illnesses making 1 in 6 Americans -- or 48 million people -- sick each year. Of these people sickened, 128,000 end up in the hospital, while 3,000 die.
A central topic in spoken-language-systems research is what's called speaker diarization, or computationally determining how many speakers feature in a recording and which of them speaks when. Speaker diarization would be an essential function of any program that automatically annotated audio or video recordings.
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited release a new dual MOSFET family in the common-drain configuration in both DFN 5x6 and Micro-DFN 3.2x2 packages. These devices are suitable for battery pack applications where two n-channel MOSFETs are connected back-to-back for safe charging and discharging as well as voltage protection.
IXYS Integrated Circuits Division announced the immediate availability of the CPC1968J, 2Arms Solid-State Power Relay. The CPC1968J is a single-pole normally open (1-Form-A) solid state power relay that is rated for up to 5A continuous load current.
Our increasingly connected world and the oceans of data we generate has put the datacenter under tremendous pressure to accommodate our demands efficiently and reliably. ECN recently interviewed Ajith Jain, Vicor’s director, global communications and computer unit about the trends and the challenges facing designers of datacenter devices.
Lithium-ion batteries are in our cellphones, laptops, and digital cameras. Few portable electronic devices exist that do not rely on these energy sources. Currently battery electrodes contain active materials known as intercalation compounds. These materials store charge in their chemical structure without undergoing substantial structural change.
Scientists from Yale and Harvard have recoded the entire genome of an organism and improved a bacterium’s ability to resist viruses, a dramatic demonstration of the potential of rewriting an organism’s genetic code....
An international team of astronomers has found the most distant gravitational lens yet — a galaxy that, as predicted by Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, deflects and intensifies the light of an even more distant object. The discovery provides a rare opportunity to directly measure the mass of a distant galaxy.
While cutting costs, and without increasing physical resources, companies can exponentially increase workload capacities by virtualizing their existing servers. However, despite the many obvious benefits of virtualization, it can also present challenges regarding the actual location of data on servers....
Vishay Precision Group announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) has expanded the CSM3637P ultra-high-precision, surface-mount, four-terminal current sense resistor with an increased resistance range to 200 mΩ. For power supplies, DC/DC and DC/AC converters, switching power supplies, and battery charging circuits...
The new IGEPv5 is an embedded processor development board based on Texas Instruments OMAP5432 Multimedia Application Device. The OMAP processor is designed to support high performance applications within a low power envelope, preventing the need for fans.
In this week's headlines: DOD promotes development of brain-reading devices: The US Department of Defense is working to develop a cheap, wearable system that can detect a person's brain waves and display the data on smartphones and tablets.
Look up a female scientist or technologist on Wikipedia, and you might not find what you're looking for. Many don't have detailed pages or any page at all on the free online encyclopedia created by contributors, the vast majority of them men.
Calex Mfg announces the availability of the 75 Watt Triple Output HE Series DC/DC converters. The HE Series offers a variety of models in an industry standard half brick package which provide three regulated DC outputs. All models are fully isolated input to output with output voltages of 3.3 VDC and 5 VDC....
Synopsys’ DesignWare ARC EM SEP (Safety Enhancement Package) Processor core for ISO 26262 automotive safety-compliant applications is a highly efficient 32-bit core that delivers performance up to 300 MHz and power consumption as low as 16 µW/MHz on typical 65LP silicon process....
A team of researchers including Carnegie's Mansi Kasliwal and John Mulchaey used a novel astronomical survey software system—the intermediate Palomar Transient Factory (iPTF)—to link a new stripped-envelope supernova, named iPTF13bvn, to the star from which it exploded.
As projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panels continue to gain market share in the industrial and embedded markets, they are also branching out into new markets, including the marine industry. The marine environment presents unique challenges to a PCAP sensor, requiring specialized designs to overcome these challenges and provide optimum performance.
It's always pretty interesting to see what other military forces are working with, so Maps on the Web has graced us with this baby, which takes a look at the military rifles of all the countries. Each color signifies a particular "family" of guns with variations signified by shading of the same color.