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Motor Control Development Kit Features Spartan-6 FPGA

December 13, 2011 8:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed in collaboration with Xilinx, the Spartan-6 FPGA Motor Control Development Kit from Avnet enables engineers to prototype motor control designs for applications in industrial, consumer, medical, and robotics.

Nexeon Signs up Major Global Automotive OEM

December 13, 2011 8:33 am | News | Comments

Nexeon has begun a collaboration with a global tier one automotive OEM with a view to optimising the company’s technology for electric vehicle applications. The joint development agreement, which is worth ‘several million pounds’, will see the two companies co-operate in the development and evaluation of Nexeon’s silicon materials.

Power Solution Features 3-Way Digital 3D Power X79 Motherboard Platforms

December 13, 2011 8:12 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today announced that its digital power solution featuring GUI-based VR design for fast, real-time tuning and system-level optimization powers All New 3-Way Digital X79 motherboards from GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards.


Thermistor-RTD Sensor Suits Tower Tanks, Hot Water Heater Apps

December 13, 2011 8:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kele Precision Manufacturing announced the latest addition to its line of thermistors and RTD Sensors, the ST-TS* Series. The ST-TS* Series’ sensing element is a highly stable precision thermistor or platinum RTD.

RJ45 Connector is IP67-Rated

December 13, 2011 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kycon offers an IP67-rated RJ45 connector, which combines the ease of Ethernet connectivity with industrial-rated protection. The GM67X Weries provides quick secure connections for

GE WattStation Electric Vehicle Charger Available at

December 13, 2011 7:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

GE Energy has reached an agreement with to sell its award-winning GE WattStation Wall Mount electric vehicle (EV) charger directly to U.S. consumers through the online retailer’s popular website.

BLDC Fan Motor Driver Features Resistor-Programmable, Sensorless Sinusoidal Architecture

December 13, 2011 7:39 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its sinusoidal, sensorless, 3-phase BLDC fan motor driver portfolio with the MTD6505 — a standalone, resistor-programmable driver that enables

Sealed Switches Helps Vehicles Endure Corrosive Effects of Winter Road Salt

December 13, 2011 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cole Hersee, announced that it has launched a new line of switches with a sealed engineered-plastic body that helps fleets endure the extremely corrosive effects of winter road salt brine.


Low Forward Voltage Schottky Rectifiers Offer Improved Switching Efficiency

December 13, 2011 7:16 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has introduced a family of 100-V trench-based low forward voltage Schottky rectifiers (LVFR) for applications such as switching power supplies for notebook adapters or flat panel displays, reverse battery protection circuits, and

The Tinker's Toolbox - Valerie Rothermel-Nelson of Honeywell on Ambient Environmental Sensing

December 13, 2011 5:33 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Valerie Rothermel-Nelson, Senior Global Product Marketing Manager, Thermal Products, of Honeywell Sensing and Control about Ambient Environmental Sensing and the challenges to the design engineer.

AirMax Connectors for CompactPCI Serial Applications

December 13, 2011 4:34 am | Videos | Comments

Take a look at this introduction video to FCI Electronics AirMax connectors for CompactPCI serial applications.

Three-Dimensional EM Simulation Platform Enhances RF Simulation Speed

December 13, 2011 3:45 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced shipment of the latest release of its Electromagnetic Professional software, EMPro 2011.11. The updated 3-D modeling and simulation platform features enhancements to further speed and improve RF design and verification.

Image Sensor Quantum Efficiency Versus Wavelength Optimization

December 12, 2011 1:31 pm | by Gareth Powell, Pierre Fereyre, e2v semiconductors SAS, France, | Articles | Comments

Technology advances applied to improving the performance of traditional front-illuminated CMOS imagers are yielding surprising results.


Ahlstrom Acquires 49 Percent Stake in U.S. Battery Separator Company

December 12, 2011 11:20 am | by | News | Comments

Ahlstrom Corp., a specialist high-performance materials company, has signed an agreement to invest in Porous Power Technologies, LLC, a Colorado, U.S. based company developing technology for lithium-ion battery separators. Under the agreement, Ahlstrom will...

NREL Releases Report on Testing Electric Vehicles to Optimize their Performance with Power Grids

December 12, 2011 11:20 am | by | News | Comments

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have released a technical report that could help improve the performance of electric vehicles (EVs) and the efficiency of the electric utility...

Taiwan Smart Grid Plans Detailed at Darnell's DC Building Power Asia 2011

December 12, 2011 11:20 am | by | News | Comments

The third-annual DC Building Power Asia conference was opened by Dr. Faa-Jeng Lin, Chair of the National Energy Project – Smart Grid and AMI Division, National Science Council, and Chair Professor, Dept. E. E....

Switching Regulators Offer an Efficiency of up to 96%

December 12, 2011 10:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

GAPTEC Electronic launched a family of LMS78 non-insulated 0.5A switching regulators with an extended input voltage range (up to 4:1) and a high efficiency of up to 96%.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Tom De Schutter of Synopsys on Transaction-Level Models

December 12, 2011 10:01 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Tom De Schutter, Senior Product Marketing Manager, System Level Solutions at Synopsys about transaction-level models, which raise designer productivity by increasing the level of abstraction at which they design.

Hot consumer technologies in 2012

December 12, 2011 7:53 am | by Jerry Kolbe, Director of Technology and Marketing Communications, Murata Electronics North America, | 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...

Motorola wins German patent case ruling vs Apple

December 12, 2011 7:43 am | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility won a preliminary injunction against Apple Inc in Germany, which could bar the sales of iPhones and iPads in the country.

Samsung says sells over 300 million mobile handsets in 2011

December 12, 2011 7:40 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd said on Sunday its annual mobile handset sales this year had exceeded 300 million units for the first time in the company's history.

Intel Q4 hit by hard disk drive supply shortage

December 12, 2011 7:32 am | News | Comments

Intel Corp warned that fourth-quarter results would miss its previous forecast due to hard disk drive supply shortages caused by floods in Thailand.

Op Amps Add Precision and Save Space

December 12, 2011 5:47 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced two new families of low-power operational amplifiers with enhanced accuracy and reduced package size. ST’s TSV85x and LMV82x devices aim to upgrade the industry-standard (LMV321) in signal-conditioning applications across the Computer, Industrial and Medical fields.

Motor Control Kit Spins and Tunes Three-Phase Motors in Minutes

December 12, 2011 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Adding to its growing portfolio of motor control solutions, Texas Instruments announced a new motor control kit for spinning three-phase brushless motors with a Stellaris Cortex-M3 microcontroller (MCU).

Film Capacitors Tout Low Insertion Height

December 12, 2011 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-EPC has developed a wide range of EPCOS MKP and MKT film capacitors with low insertion heights. The new capacitors with a lead spacing of 37.5 mm feature insertion heights of only 15 mm or 19 mm. These components are designed for

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