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Renco Electronics Releases New Surface Mount Inductor

January 26, 2012 8:06 am | Renco Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

As more details of our lives are converted into digital formats, demand for computing devices and network systems will continue to rise. With critical information (i.e. medical health records) now available in electronic form, professionals and individuals require their devices and networks to be secure and reliable.

Packaging Enhances Automotive MOSFETs

January 26, 2012 6:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Infineon Technologies introduced an innovative package technology providing high-current capability and high efficiency for demanding automotive electronics applications, including electric and hybrid vehicles.

Notes From Embedded Tech Trends 2012

January 26, 2012 6:27 am | by Jerry Gipper, VITA ( | Blogs | Comments

Held this year in Cocoa Beach on January 16 and 17, Embedded Tech Trends 2012 is a networking event for companies in the critical embedded computing industry.


Online Voting Begins for "America's Next Top Energy Innovator"

January 26, 2012 6:21 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Americans will pick the most innovative start-up companies using laboratory inventions to create new businesses, products

Fastrax Decreases GPS Power Drain and Reduces Time to First Fix in Portable, Battery-Operated Devices

January 26, 2012 6:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fastrax introduced the Fastrax IT530, an ultra-low power consuming and super-sensitive OEM GPS module in a tiny form factor. Advanced power-saving features ensure very fast time to first fix (TTFF) without sacrificing battery life...

Car-Door Controller IC Features Integrated Window Function

January 26, 2012 5:46 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced what is presented as the market’s first multi-functional door-zone driver with an integrated electric-window control.

Compact Storage Chokes Handle High Currents

January 26, 2012 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-EPC has extended the range of its standard ERU Series of power inductors with the EPCOS ERU 20 Series. These new components are characterized by a particularly high current capability. At inductance values of between

The Tinker's Toolbox - Melissa Chee of Fresco Microchip on Consumer Product Design

January 26, 2012 4:56 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Melissa Chee of Fresco Microchip, a leader in RF, analog and digital semiconductors, about consumer product design.


Battery Fuel Gauge: Factual or Fallacy?

January 25, 2012 12:12 pm | by Isidor Buchmann, CEO & founder of Cadex Electronics Inc.,; | Articles | Comments

People may imagine the battery as being an energy storage device that is similar to a fuel tank dispensing liquid fuel. For simplicity reasons, a battery can be seen as such; however, measuring stored energy from an electrochemical device is far more complex. The battery fuel gauge is generally poorly understood in the medical field, and this article describes the challenges of measuring energy in a battery.

Capacitive and Resistive Touch Sensing Platform

January 25, 2012 11:40 am | Videos | Comments

This video shows the Xtrinsic capacitive and resistive touch sensing platform (CRTOUCH) running graphic apps on a resistive screen.

'Worm speak' uses chemicals to communicate

January 25, 2012 11:21 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

A study reports that a species of roundworms combine chemical fragments to create precise molecular messages that control social behavior. Study unravels 'worm speak' that uses chemicals to communicate.

MEMS Industry Group Launches MEMS Executive Congress Europe

January 25, 2012 11:13 am | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

MEMS Industry Group (MIG) will host its first MEMS Executive Congress® Europe, March 20, 2012 in Zurich. This European edition of MIG’s highly successful executive event features an opening presentation by MIG Managing Director Karen Lightman, keynotes by Audi AG and STMicroelectronics, and panels on innovative uses of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) in both established and emerging markets

100-V Synchronous Buck Regulator Includes Integrated MOSFETs

January 25, 2012 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced a 100-V synchronous buck regulator with integrated MOSFETs. The 600-mA LM5017 is appropriate for telecommunication, industrial, smart grid and automotive systems. Used in conjunction with the WEBENCH online design tool, the regulator is


SMD Current Sensing Resistors Tout Wider Termination to Handle More Current

January 25, 2012 10:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole Electronics Inc. announced the addition of the 1210 size to the CSR/CSRN Series of thick film SMD current sensing chip resistors. The CSR1210 has a 0.5-Watt power rating and can achieve

Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Sensors Division Selects LynuxWorks LynxOS RTOS for UK AWACS

January 25, 2012 9:31 am | News | Comments

LynuxWorks announced that the Mission Systems and Sensors Division (MS2) of Lockheed Martin in Owego, NY, has selected the LynxOS real-time operating system (RTOS) and Luminosity Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for use in conjunction with the United Kingdom (UK) Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS).

MCUs Tout Flexibility for Next-gen Single-phase Metering and Energy Monitoring Apps

January 25, 2012 6:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated announced the MSP430F673x/F672x family of ultra-low-power 16-bit microcontrollers. According to the company, these new devices guarantee no interruption of operation through a backup capable microcontroller

Design Talk Live: Johnson Controls to improve energy efficiency at Fort Bliss

January 25, 2012 6:49 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this edition of Design Talk Live!, ECN's Technical Editor, Jason Lomberg, chats with Mark Wagner, Vice President of Government Relations at Johnson Controls, about the company's new project and other initiatives.

1500 VA AC Power Source Offers Programmable AC Voltage, Frequency Up to 450 Hz

January 25, 2012 5:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision introduced model 1657, an AC power source. It delivers up to 1500 VA in two selectable output voltage ranges of 135 VAC or 270 VAC, at frequencies from 45 Hz to 450 Hz. With a standard 19" rack-mountable design, this new AC power source is

Visure Solutions’ IRQA Offers Requirements Engineering Solution for Embedded Systems

January 25, 2012 4:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Visure Solutions today announced the release of IRQA Systems Engineering Template, an IRQA extension designed to address the challenges of increasingly complex embedded software systems.

Soitec and Sumitomo Electric Announce Milestone in Joint Development of Engineered Gallium Nitride Substrates

January 24, 2012 11:20 am | by | News | Comments

Soitec and Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. have reached a major milestone in their strategic joint development program started in December 2010 by demonstrating four- and six-inch engineered gallium nitride (GaN) substrates and launching pilot...

TI Reports Financial Results for 4Q11 and 2011

January 24, 2012 11:20 am | by | News | Comments

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced fourth-quarter revenue of $3.42 billion, net income of $298 million and earnings per share of 25 cents. EPS includes 16 cents in charges associated with the company’s acquisition of...

Lithium-Ion Battery Production Forecast to Grow Nearly 400% Worldwide

January 24, 2012 11:20 am | by | News | Comments

A new report has been released from IDC Energy Insights that quantifies expected explosive global growth in manufacturing capacity of Lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries of approximately 390% from 6,689MWh in 2011 to 26,149MWh in...

Mouser Electronics to Sponsor NASA In-Flight Interactive Event

January 24, 2012 11:16 am | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics today announced its plans to sponsor a NASA In-Flight Education Downlink designed to inform and entertain students. The unique event is scheduled for January 31.

AFE Devices Tout High Measurement Accuracy for Smart Grid Apps

January 24, 2012 10:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cirrus Logic Inc.’s CS5484/80/90 family of analog front end (AFE) ICs features the highest energy measurement accuracy in the industry, according to the company, to give designers of single and polyphase utility meters and smart energy products a desirable

Pushbuttons Are Presented as Having the Industry’s Shortest Above-Panel Dimension

January 24, 2012 10:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

NKK Switches announced the availability of the YB2 Series of 24-mm square, flush mount and tamperproof panel seal pushbutton switches. These devices are appropriate for applications requiring a low-profile, yet secure and splash proof design. Available in

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