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Sofradir scores hat trick in space mission contract wins in 2011

December 15, 2011 6:56 am | News | Comments

Sofradir announced today that it has been awarded a contract in the value of tens of millions of euros to manufacture Infrared (IR) detectors for the engineering and flight model phases for the next generation of European meteorological satellites, MTG.

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.

The top of my Holiday wish list

December 15, 2011 5:44 am | by Joe Graves, Stratus Technologies, www.stratus.com | Blogs | Comments

The cool product at the top of my list is the AR quadicopter (http://ardrone.parrot.com/parrot-ar-drone/usa/how-does-it-work) drone by Parrot. It is a small helicopter that is remotely controllable from an iphone, ipad or android-based device.

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Yassir Ali of Atmel on the Touch Interface

December 15, 2011 4:48 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Yassir Ali of Atmel on the Touch Interface and discuss their maXStylus technology, an active stylus solution for tablets and smartphones.

Evatran Teams Up With Sears Home Services for the Installation of Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

December 14, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Sears Home Services, the residential and commercial installation arm of Sears Holdings, announced its installation agreement with Evatran, a developer of wireless charging systems for electric vehicles. Plugless Power systems, which offer the ultimate in...

Pan-Asian Researchers Present Latest DC-Powering Developments

December 14, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

At Darnell’s third-annual DC Building Power Asia conference (DCBPA ’11) in Taipei this week, the latest dc-power developments were presented by researchers from India, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan. During one of the networking breakout...

GE WattStation Electric Vehicle Charger Available at Amazon.com

December 14, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

GE Energy has reached an agreement with Amazon.com to sell its GE WattStation™ Wall Mount electric vehicle (EV) charger directly to U.S. consumers through the online retailer’s website. Just in time for the holidays, EV...

Deadline for 3rd Edition of EN 60601-1 Looms

December 14, 2011 6:32 am | by Jeffrey VanZwol, Micro Power Electronics, jvanzwol@micro-power.com, www.micro-power.com | Articles | Comments

IEC 60601-1 applies to all electrical and electronic medical devices and its accessories. The 3rd edition is in the process of being adopted by global regulatory authorities. But on a national level, regulatory affectivity dates are not harmonized across global jurisdictions.

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Renesas Electronics Develops Industry's First 40nm Embedded Flash Memory Technology IP for Automotive Real-Time Applications

December 14, 2011 6:06 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation today announced that it has developed the industry's first 40-nanometer (nm) memory intellectual property (IP) for automotive real-time applications. Renesas will also be the first to launch 40nm embedded flash microcontrollers (MCUs) for automotive applications...

austriamicrosystems supplies light sensors in high volume for Samsung Galaxy smartphones

December 14, 2011 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems today announced that the company is supplying high volumes of intelligent ambient light and proximity sensors for four Samsung Galaxy models.

Gifts for Geeks

December 14, 2011 5:08 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

So you waited until the last minute to complete your shopping list...luckily, your trusty friends at ECN are here to help. And praise the lord for that, because geeks are a tough crowd: They don’t bow to the fashion gods, patronize expensive beauty salons, or play anything that involves cardiovascular activity.

PWM Servo Controller Touts High Speed, Bandwidth

December 14, 2011 4:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxon’s new ESCON 36/2 DC 4-quadrant PWM servo controller is for use with DC motors up to 72 Watts. This very fast digital current controller, with desirable bandwidth for optimal motor current/torque control, provides drift-free yet extremely dynamic speed

35 Million Handsets in 2011 Marks Breakthrough Year for Mobile Near-Field Communications

December 14, 2011 4:07 am | News | Comments

According to a new report by IMS Research, a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry the number of Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled phones shipped in 2011 totaled 35 million globally.

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12-bit Encoder IC Includes Absolute, Incremental and BLDC Motor Commutation Signals

December 14, 2011 4:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

The iC-MH8 system on chip magnetic encoder device provides fast step response for motor control applications. Combined with a diametrically magnetized permanent magnet, this compact device (QFN28 5x5 package) can be used to

Push-pull Solenoids Offer High Force Using Low Power

December 14, 2011 3:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for remote or renewable energy applications where rechargeable or standard batteries or capacitors are used, the new Geeplus range of small Push-Pull solenoids is presented as a robust solution for a number of applications requiring

Designing Better ThinkPads

December 14, 2011 3:35 am | by Nick O’Donohoe, a science and technology writer in Providence, RI | Blogs | Comments

The Lenovo ThinkPad line of laptops is known for its striking aesthetics. The shape of the original IBM design was inspired by Japanese bento lunch boxes (a form still used in ThinkPads today).

Scalable One-piece Board-to-Board Connector Touts Design Flexibility

December 13, 2011 1:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity introduced a sleek, one-piece compressive board-to-board connector that enables connecting to a gold-plated secondary board by compression of the contacts. This connector is scalable in a number of positions, height and pitch, to enhance design

Micro Power Electronics Announces Merger

December 13, 2011 1:21 pm | by Posted by Chris Warner | News | Comments

Micro Power Electronics, Inc., the global leader in portable power solutions for mission-critical equipment, today announced that Electrochem Solutions, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a 100 percent interest in Micro Power from Weston Presidio.

Designing Smart Gas and Water Meters for the Utmost in Energy Efficiency

December 13, 2011 12:59 pm | by Keith Odland, Director of Marketing, Microcontrollers, Silicon Labs, www.silabs.com; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

Electronic water and gas meters represent vexing low-power design challenges for embedded control systems requiring RF connectivity. The nature of these applications requires them to be battery powered (i.e., electricity is rarely provided at the point of service for gas or water utilities). The expected battery life for these metering systems is often

PMICs are presented as the smallest for solid state drives

December 13, 2011 12:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced a family of tiny, single-chip, power management integrated circuits (PMICs) for powering all the supply rails in solid state drives (SSDs), hybrid drives and other Flash memory management applications. The new LM10504, LM10503 and LM10506 PMICs feature

QFP Test and Burn-In Socket Adds Moveable Ground Pin

December 13, 2011 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yamaichi Electronics introduced the moveable ground pin for its popular Open Top socket series IC357 for QFP type IC packages with exposed pad in test & burn-in applications. With its gull-wing shaped lead feet surface mount, QFP is most

Advanced LED Drives Detailed at Darnell's DC Building Power Asia

December 13, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Speakers from Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Germany’s Osram AG described new LED drive approaches this week during Darnell’s DC Building Power Asia in Taipei. The new drives were designed to optimize...

ABB to Acquire Newave to Broaden Offering in Uninterruptible Power Supply

December 13, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

ABB and Newave Energy Holding SA, a Switzerland based specialist in uninterruptible power supply (UPS), have agreed that ABB will acquire Newave in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately CHF 170 million1. The deal...

Tigo Energy Raises Additional Capital Resources to Accelerate the Growth of Their Solar SmartModules

December 13, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Tigo Energy,® a specialist in SmartModule™ technology for photovoltaic (PV) solar installations, announced that it has raised $18 million in additional financing, bringing the total company funding in excess of $50 million. Led by Bessemer...

DC Signal Conditioner Amplifier is Microprocessor Controlled

December 13, 2011 10:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dytran Instruments, Inc. has introduced the model 4010, a microprocessor controlled, 3-channel DC signal conditioner amplifier, designed for use with bridge type or differential output accelerometers and pressure transducers for a variety of

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