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Designing your perfect inverting rail

December 11, 2014 8:38 am | by Anston Joel Lobo, System and Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

We often come across designs needing an operational amplifier (op amp) and confoundedly ask, where can I source that pesky negative supply? The quest for a cost-effective, simple and flexible solution often descends down a path of topologies and ...

Innovative application of metamaterials to improve radars

December 10, 2014 5:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

At the International Radar Conference held in Lille (France) the researchers of the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre Pablo Rodríguez-Ulibarri and Miguel Beruete-Díaz, together with their former lecturer and current CEO of Tafco Metawireless S.L. ...

39 W LED driver offers simple programming

December 10, 2014 4:52 pm | Thomas Research Products | Product Releases | Comments

Thomas Research Products (Elgin, IL) introduces a new programmable LED Driver. The new LED39WPR series constant-current driver offers OEMs a flexible, easy way to reduce complex parts inventory. The key advantage of this product is simple ...

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The world’s smallest automotive 4G LTE communication module

December 10, 2014 3:54 pm | Marvell Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Marvell (Santa Clara, CA) announced  that Alps Electric Co., Ltd. has launched the world’s smallest automotive 4G LTE high-speed data communication module, the UMDZ series, with dimensions of 28.90 × 29.80 × 4.22 mm. Powered by Marvell’s ARMADA ...

Watch the Navy blow up boats with their new laser

December 10, 2014 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It's official. The U.S. Navy has deployed its newest laser weapon prototype to the Persian Gulf and (as an added bonus) has released footage of the laser being used to blow things up. Your government tax dollars at work, folks. But on a more serious note, the LaWS Laser Weapons ...

Maximizing solar power on electrical grids

December 10, 2014 3:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The ...

PoL DC-DC converter delivers 50 A/165 Watts

December 10, 2014 2:25 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Mansfield, MA) has announced the OKDx-T/50 series of 50 Amp digitally controlled point-of-load (PoL) DC-DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. These converters, adding to Murata’s Okami range of non-isolated converters, are ...

TFT display modules offer HD quality imaging

December 10, 2014 2:15 pm | Tianma Microelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Tianma NLT America (Santa Clara, CA) and Tianma Microelectronics USA have announced the introduction of new 4.66” and 5.7” 720 x 1280 (720 HD) TFT display modules. The TM046JDHP01 and TM057JDHP04 modules offer HD quality imaging and ...

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Switch mode power supply measurement and analysis with a bench oscilloscope

December 10, 2014 1:56 pm | by Varun Merchant, Tektronix | Articles | Comments

The power supply is integral to virtually every type of line-powered and battery-operated electronic product, and the switch-mode power supply (SMPS) has become the dominant architecture in many applications. A single switch-mode power supply’s performance ...

New solutions and challenges for digital control of power converters

December 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Stephen Pimpis, Vice President, Strategic Product Marketing; Bill Smith, Director of Marketing, Board Mounted Power; and Paul Knauber, Murata University Coordinator: Murata Power Solutions | Articles | Comments

Advancements in semiconductor technologies and system-level performance requirements, particularly in the telecom and datacom markets, have had a tremendous impact on the board level power infrastructure. Moore’s Law has been driving device ...

Could prettier, quieter wind turbines make it in the city?

December 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Despite many complaints about noise, size, and appearance, wind turbines are one of the most innovative and productive sources of clean energy to date. However, because of these grievances most wind turbines have been exiled to the countryside or ...

Low power? No power!

December 10, 2014 11:25 am | by Matthias Kassner, Product Marketing Director, EnOcean | Articles | Comments

This article describes the benefits associated with using energy harvesting wireless sensor nodes within the context of an Internet of Things. It discusses key architectural requirements and design trade-offs of such devices and gives examples of current ...

Controller, converter, or module — which is right for my design?

December 10, 2014 10:57 am | by Chris Ammann, Global Technical Marketing Engineer, Power Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

Power supplies come in many shapes and sizes. As technologies have advanced, more and more integration has become commonplace when designing a power system. In a lot of instances, integration makes for a simpler design process. However ...

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What is the most creative way LEDs have been implemented?

December 10, 2014 10:11 am | Articles | Comments

The next generation of lighting is addressing the increasing demand for solutions that produce higher light output, higher optical density and better heat dissipation with fewer LED placements — ultimately resulting in system cost reductions that can ...

Bra stops sexual assault with 3,800 kilovolt electric shock

December 10, 2014 8:49 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

I’ve seen numerous devices and ideas for empowering women — pepper spray, tasers, self-defense courses, firearms — but I can honestly say I’ve never seen a bra used as a weapon. Engineering students Manisha Mohan, Niladhri Basu Bal, and Rimpi Tripathi ...

Module offers fast time-to-market

December 9, 2014 1:34 pm | Adlink Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced a new SMARC form factor computer-on-module running a Freescale i.MX6 processor based on the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture. With a choice of dual or quad-core processors running at from 800 MHz ...

The key to STEM education

December 9, 2014 11:57 am | by Nick Soggu, Founder and President of Silvertech | Blogs | Comments

There is a constant challenge for educators and communities to find new ways to promote and encourage science, technology, engineering, and math interests to students at young ages as well as throughout a child’s educational development. My commitment to STEM education and personal interests and experiences with technology businesses drives my support for STEM learning and other educational community initiatives.

Bionic Bra proves necessity is apparently not the mother of invention

December 9, 2014 11:12 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering ... why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them....

LED enables brighter stage lighting

December 9, 2014 10:19 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced a new LED for stage lighting. Compared with previous members of the product family, the new Osram Ostar Stage offers more than twice the lumen output with a component surface that ...

Polymer chip capacitors sized for space-conscious applications

December 9, 2014 9:24 am | Illinois Capacitor | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor (Lincolnwood, IL) XMPL Series Polymer Chip Capacitors are sized for applications where space is at a premium. With very-low ESR and ripple current ratings, they will easily outperform surface mount electrolytics of greater ...

This is why you shouldn’t fly drones indoors

December 9, 2014 9:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Flying drones indoors is rarely a wise decision. Flying large drones indoors near innocent bystanders is asking for trouble. So when TGI Friday’s mistletoe-toting drones injured someone in a cramped restaurant in Brooklyn, well, we should’ve seen this coming....

Linear position sensor designed for factory automation

December 8, 2014 3:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has expanded its sensor product offering by adding to its line the LR-27 Series Inductive Linear Position Sensors. These are contactless devices designed for factory automation and a variety of heavy duty ...

Wearable fitness software automatically senses and interprets activity

December 8, 2014 1:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Performance Lab (San Francisco, CA) unveils the ARDA Coaching Engine, a new, patented software platform that will redefine the wearable fitness tracker market by bringing real time context and intelligence to wearable fitness devices. The ARDA ...

Solid-state proteins maximize intensity of fluorescent-protein-based lasers

December 8, 2014 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The same research team that developed the first laser based on a living cell has shown that use of fluorescent proteins in a solid form rather than in solution greatly increases the intensity of light produced, an accomplishment that takes advantage of ...

VCO features output power of +5 dBm min

December 8, 2014 9:58 am | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO33CC-2500-2500 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 2500 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.0V~3.3 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -110 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and has excellent ...

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