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Image Sensor Quantum Efficiency Versus Wavelength Optimization

December 12, 2011 1:31 pm | by Gareth Powell, Pierre Fereyre, e2v semiconductors SAS, France, www.e2v.com | 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 PowerPulse.net | 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 PowerPulse.net | 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...

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

December 12, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | 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, www.murata-northamerica.com | 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.

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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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Energy Harvesting Enables Ultra-Low Power Applications

December 12, 2011 4:59 am | by Brian Lum-Shue-Chan and Karthik Kadirvel, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

There are a variety of systems and applications that could benefit from energy harvesting (EH). Energy harvesting refers to the technology by which ambient sources of energy such as light, thermal gradient, and vibration can be harvested and stored then applied later for doing useful work.

Development Tools Help Create Next-Generation Underwater ROVs

December 12, 2011 4:32 am | News | Comments

IAR Systems announced that its build and debug tool chain IAR Embedded Workbench has been selected by Ocean Modules, an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer of remotely-operated vehicles (ROV), for the next generation underwater technology.

PCB Software Provides Professional Board Design

December 12, 2011 4:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

CadSoft Computer announced the launch of version 6 of its ‘EAGLE’ PCB software for professional board design, which focuses on flexibility and time-saving by optimizing and integrating new features such as BGA escape routing, differential pair routing, automatic meanders, and undo/redo logs.

VCO Operates From 3750 to 3800 MHz

December 10, 2011 9:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek’s CVCO55CC-3750-3800 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 3750 MHz to 3800 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5 V to16 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -105 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and has

Photoelectric Sensor Series Offers Fast Response Time, Multibeam Redundant Detection

December 10, 2011 9:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs has expanded its family of ML4.2 Series Subminiature Photoelectric Sensors. A number of new models are available to help maximize machine productivity by delivering

14-bit Sample and Hold Amplifier Acquires in 35 ns to 0.003 Percent Accuracy

December 10, 2011 8:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

DATEL announced the availability of the SHM-14 14-bit ultra high speed linear sample-and-hold amplifier designed for extremely fast data acquisition applications. With a 70 MHz full power bandwidth, and a 250 MHz small signal bandwidth the amp achieves

Seven-bit Digital Step Attenuator Includes SPI Interface

December 10, 2011 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

TriQuint Semiconductor’s TQP4M9083, 7-bit, digital step attenuator (DSA) offers up to 31.75 dB of attenuation in 0.25 dB increments. A serial periphery interface (SPI) controls attenuation changes. A wide

Dedicated Signal Conditioners Support Focused Applications

December 9, 2011 11:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation has added six Dedicated Signal Conditioners to its JUMPFLEX 857 Series Signal Conditioner and Relay family. DSCs support focused applications requiring

Warren Buffett Bets on Solar with MidAmerican Buy of Topaz Plant

December 9, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, which is owned by Warren Buffett, announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire the Topaz Solar Farm from First Solar, Inc. The 550-megawatt photovoltaic power plant being...

China PV Installations Forecast to Surpass Both the US and Japanese Markets in 2011

December 9, 2011 11:20 am | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

According to NPD Solarbuzz, in the Asia Pacific region, the photovoltaic (PV) market is forecast to grow 39% Q/Q and 130% Y/Y in Q4’11. Q4’11 installations of more than 2 GW of PV capacity...

25 Watt AC-DC Power Supply Comes In a Chassis Mount Case

December 9, 2011 10:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

ConTech introduced the “CM25” Series of AC/DC switching power supplies. The supplies offer 25 Watts of fully regulated output power in a chassis mount case. The easily accessible terminal block and output voltage adjustment potentiometer give it the

Power Efficiency Is Key Factor in Device Miniaturization

December 9, 2011 7:52 am | by Stephen J. Swift, Sr. Vice President/General Manager, Microsemi Corporation, Communications and Medical Products Group | Articles | Comments

Reducing the size of electronic products has become an increasingly important system design objective, especially in applications such as medical implantable devices that are used for a variety of new and emerging therapies and diagnostics.

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