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Transphorm Advanced GaN Power Electronics Demonstration at APEC 2011

March 21, 2011 9:23 am | Videos | Comments

In this video we see a booth demonstration of Transphorm's new GaN Power Electronics at APEC 2010.

'Pruned' microchips are faster, smaller, and more energy-efficient

March 21, 2011 7:06 am | by BY JADE BOYD, Rice News staff | News | Comments

An international team of computing experts from the United States, Switzerland and Singapore has created a breakthrough technique for doubling the efficiency of computer chips simply by trimming away the portions that are rarely used.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Talking with Sriram Peruvemba of E Ink

March 21, 2011 5:45 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to  Sriram Peruvemba of E Ink about their technology and how it stands in the marketplace. We discuss related bistable technologies as well as E Ink's endeavors in the LCD space.

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Think Outside the Chip…MEMS-Based Systems Solutions

March 21, 2011 5:25 am | by Roger Grace, President, Roger Grace Associates, rgrace@rgrace.com | Articles | Comments

MEMS is an acronym for Microelectromechanical Systems however most “MEMS” implementations to date have not been systems at all but rather devices. This article addresses the creation of solutions that are enabled by MEMS...

The ECN Roundtable - Mil-Aero Trends

March 21, 2011 5:01 am | Articles | Comments

This month's Roundtable question was "What technology will most impact the military and aerospace market in the near future?" Our answers this month come from Matt Behr of MathWorks and Joe Moxley of Custom Electronics.

EMC's anti-hacking division hacked

March 17, 2011 4:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EMC Corp. says its RSA security division has been hacked. The intruders compromised a widely used technology for preventing computer break-ins.The breach is an embarrassment for one of premier security vendors and potentially threatens highly sensitive computer systems.EMC's statement is a rare...

High-Performance RF Connectors come in Jack, Plug or bulkhead styles

March 17, 2011 12:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek has released its line of High-Performance passivated stainless steel RF Connectorsin a vareity of styles - SMA, TNC, N-Type, 2.4mm, 2.9mm (K) – in jack, plug or bulkhead styles.

NEMA 5-15 Cord Sets Feature Eight Plug Direction Options

March 17, 2011 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Interpower Corporation offers angled NEMA 5-15 which present the user a choice of eight different angles in which the cord exits the outlet. The cord sets are designed for business, medical, or testing applications.

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International Rectifier's New PowIRstage High-Power ICs

March 17, 2011 10:57 am | Videos | Comments

This video shows Deepak Savadatti of International Rectifier giving a demonstration (with heat imaging) of the high-power performance of the new PowIRstage power management ICs at their booth at the APEC Power industry event.

The Tinker's Toolbox - A New 3G-4G Small Cell Base-Station Platform

March 17, 2011 10:16 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Dr Arnon Friedmann of  Texas Instruments  about one of their latest devices, a new small cell base-station platform focused on 3G and 4G high speed data systems.

Energy Measurement SoC Provides More Management and Control of AC-DC Power Supplies

March 17, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing a higher level of management and control to servers and other equipment in data centers, the Teridian/Maxim 78M6613 energy-measurement SoC is presented as the industry’s first SoC energy-measurement solution for AC/DC power supplies .

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March 17, 2011 5:06 am | by Chris WraggeAssociated Press | News | Comments

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Return to Zero - Binary Programming

March 16, 2011 11:11 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a new comic strip for engineers, with lab humor and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.

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TI's New Swift DC-DC Converters at APEC

March 16, 2011 10:34 am | Videos | Comments

This video shows a booth demonstration of TI's new SWIFT family of synchronous, step-down DC/DC converters for point-of-load applications.

Don't be so Glum, Britannia!

March 16, 2011 6:47 am | by Rupert Baines, Picochip (www.picochip.com) | Articles | Comments

The Daily Telegraph in the UK has recently run a blog post titled, "No wonder the UK lags behind America: we're a bitter and broken nation," and I couldn't disagree more.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Maxim's 'In Tune' Digital Power Technology

March 16, 2011 6:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jim Templeton at the recent APEC event. Jim is one of the first advocates of digital power, first as a founder of Zilker Labs and currently as a director of Maxim's digital power effort.

Coin-Style Supercapacitors Provide Memory Backup for Critical Circuits

March 15, 2011 12:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The DC Series of Coin Cell Style Supercapacitors from Illinois Capacitor provide on-board memory backup at long life spans. With 0.15 F to 8 of capacity, at voltages up to 5.5 WVDC these devices can supply

1000-W DC-DC Power Supply Performs Under Harsh Conditions

March 15, 2011 12:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Powerstax announced its TVS1001 ruggedized 1000-W DC-DC power supply. The supply utilizes two of the company’s F501 DC-DC converters which are able to perform under the harshest of conditions with

Miniature Force Balance Accelerometers Suit Airborne Apps

March 15, 2011 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Columbia Research Laboratories, Inc. offers precision compact and miniature force balance accelerometers for airborne applications. SA-102BHC/SA-302BHC compact and SA-102MFTB/SA-302MFTA miniature precision force balance accelerometers are designed to

Reference Circuits Help Engineers Solve Common and Complex Design Challenges

March 15, 2011 10:30 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Engineers throughout the world are being asked to design products more quickly, with fewer iterations and using an ever broadening range of technologies requiring analog, RF, power and mixed-signal expertise.

2 kVA Portable Inverter Includes Sine Wave Output for Field Apps

March 15, 2011 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Absopulse Electronics’ CSI 2KT-2A rugged, portable DC/AC inverter system uses microprocessor controlled high frequency PWM technology to generate 2 kVA output power with pure sine wave output voltage. High frequency conversion enables

Motor Controller Switches Loads Up to 100 A

March 15, 2011 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Trombetta's reversible Intelligent Motor Controller can be customized to meet DC motor application requirements. The controller is capable of switching loads up to 100 A and providing

The Teardown - Verizon's iPhone 4

March 15, 2011 7:41 am | Articles | Comments

Now available for Verizon's CDMA network, Apple's iPhone 4 continues to lead the industry as one of the most advanced smart phones available.

The Teardown - Microsoft Kinect

March 15, 2011 7:23 am | Articles | Comments

The Kinect is a horizontal bar of sensors connected to a small base with a motorized pivot, and is designed to be positioned lengthwise below the video display. The Kinect is not a handheld game controller like the Wiimote or the Playstation Move...

Industry’s first Class H VDSL line driver consumes 47 percent less power

March 15, 2011 6:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated today introduced the industry’s first Class H VDSL line driver in full production. Compared to Class AB alternatives, the gated, dual-port THS6226 consumes 47 percent less power, a critical requirement for the high-density VDSL applications used in high-speed broadband networks.

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