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June 2011 Supplement: Smart Grid & Alternate Energy

June 2, 2011 12:00 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Check out the June 2011 Smart Grid & Alternate Energy supplement.

Micro flow switch and bubble detector for liquids

June 1, 2011 10:24 pm | by Medical Design Technology | News | Comments

The Swiss sensor manufacturer Sensirion AG is launching the LG01 micro flow switch for ultra-low liquid flow rates and bubble detection.

$20M for SiTime

June 1, 2011 10:23 pm | by Medical Design Technology | News | Comments

Sunnyvale, CA-based SiTime, which makes silicon-based MEMS timing devices, has raised $20 million in Series E funding, according to a report today in Dow Jones VentureWire.


RFMD introduces GaN unmatched power transistor family

June 1, 2011 9:23 pm | by Medical Design Technology | News | Comments

RFMD introduces the development of its GaN unmatched power transistor (UPT) family comprised solely of gallium nitride (GaN) transistors.

Transphorm Inc. to ramp production of power conversion technology with Aixtron 6-inch GaN-on-silicon system

June 1, 2011 9:23 pm | by Medical Design Technology | News | Comments

Aixtron SE reports that Transphorm Inc., a startup company based in Goleta, California USA, which develops power conversion technology, has ordered an Aixtron 2800G4 HT system in a 6x6-inch configuration.

BASF Entering into Electrolyte Activities

June 1, 2011 1:20 pm | by | News | Comments

BASF is entering the business of electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries (LIB) and is forming a global electrolytes team in its Intermediates division for this purpose. By adding electrolytes to its existing portfolio for the...

Primus Power Completes $11M Financing Round

June 1, 2011 1:20 pm | by | News | Comments

Primus Power has received $11 million in its most recent round of financing. DBL Investors and I2BF Global Ventures joined existing investors Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The funds...

Holtek Unveils New AC-DC Converter Power Management Devices

June 1, 2011 1:20 pm | by | News | Comments

With many years of experience in the design of power management devices, Holtek has announced its entry into the ac-dc converter arena, with the release of two new ac to dc converter power management...


Multi-functional Connector System Suits LED Applications

June 1, 2011 12:58 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose has developed a 2-mm pitch, multi-functional connector system that provides wire-to-board, board-to-board joint and short-circuit sockets in a single connector design.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Jim Vanover of Wurth on Dual-Coil Chokes for LED Applications

June 1, 2011 11:36 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode, we talk to Jim Vanover of Wurth about their latest series of dual-coil common mode chokes with high dual-impedance capabilities.

Teams Selected For Red Bull Creation Following Nationwide Search

June 1, 2011 11:35 am | News | Comments

Circuit boards were soldered, sheets of metal sawed methodically, voltage cranked up to a million and of course, many things were set on fire. Red Bull Creation’s call for submissions had been answered. For the alarmingly innovative, the qualifier rules were simple...

Web summit considers cyber-nonproliferation pact

June 1, 2011 10:59 am | by Paisley Dodds, Associated Press | News | Comments

America's new cyber czar said Wednesday that international law and cooperation - not another treaty - was enough to tackle cybersecurity issues for now.

Return to Zero - Breakfast is Served

June 1, 2011 10:57 am | Articles | Comments

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


Power supplies conform to UL60601-1 and TUV 60601-1 medical safety standards

June 1, 2011 10:44 am | News | Comments

The new PM400 Series’ of AC/DC power supplies from Protek Power offer 400 watts of performance packed design and compliancy to UL60601-1 and TUV 60601-1 medical safety standards. Units are also RoHS compliant. This low profile 400W Series is ideal for a variety of medical and dental applications...

IQ Modulators Integrate Fractional-N synthesizers and VCOs

June 1, 2011 10:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

RF Micro Devices announced it has extended its portfolio of broadband components to include two new low power IQ Modulators featuring integrated fractional-N synthesizers and voltage controlled oscillators (VCO).

Bacterial Protein Caught in the Act of Secreting Sticky Appendages

June 1, 2011 10:22 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Atomic-level structural images and mechanism suggest new targets for antibacterial drugs.

Molex Versatile Light Module demo at Lightfair 2011

June 1, 2011 8:37 am | Videos | Comments

Victor Zaderej, manager of advanced solid state lighting development at Molex Incorporated, demonstrates the company's "Versatile Light Module." 

Back-thinned CCD With Electronic Shutter Function

June 1, 2011 8:24 am | by Medical Design Technology | News | Comments

Hamamatsu Photonics introduce a new design of back-thinned linear CCD image sensor. The S11155-2048 and S11156-2048 utilize a resistive gate structure, with “on chip” electronic shutter function...

IC design using Electric Potential sensor technology to be announced at Sensors Expo

June 1, 2011 8:02 am | News | Comments

Plessey Semiconductors announced that it will be demonstrating its Electric Potential Integrated Circuit (EPIC) sensor technology at Sensors Expo (Chicago, USA June 6-8 2011). The EPIC sensor is a completely new area of sensor technology...

Apacer debuts fifth-generation Industrial CF Card

June 1, 2011 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Data safety in storage devices has been the prime concern of enterprise users - in particular for industrial enterprises. To assist users in protecting data in such storage devices, Apacer Technology Inc. today unveiled the fifth-generation industrial CF card...

Talkin’ displays in the City of Angels

June 1, 2011 6:50 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

This year, the Society for Information Display (SID) returned to Los Angeles for its annual Display Week conference. Apart from the weather, which mimicked last year’s Seattle venue, the show was a smashing success. This being Los Angeles, we had Hollywood royalty on display—visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner)discussed trends in production and exhibition technologies...

Electric Potential Technology Creates New Sensors

June 1, 2011 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Plessey Semiconductors announced that it will be demonstrating its Electric Potential Integrated Circuit (EPIC) sensor technology at Sensors Expo (Chicago, USA June 6-8 2011). The EPIC sensor is a completely new area of sensor technology that measures changes in an electric field in a similar way to a magnetometer detecting changes in a magnetic fiel

Energy Harvesting Reference Design Enables Power-Efficient Wireless Sensor Node Apps

June 1, 2011 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Laboratories introduced a wireless sensor node solution powered by a solar energy harvesting source. The new turnkey energy harvesting reference design enables developers to implement

Smart Antenna Increases Mobile Device Flexibility

June 1, 2011 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics introduces a new adaptive antenna concept that can be adapted for integration into devices that use an expanding spectrum of operating frequencies to enable faster data transmission rates

Smart Parking Sensor Platform Saves Motorists Time and Fuel

June 1, 2011 6:06 am | News | Comments

Libelium announced the launch of its Waspmote-based Smart Parking platform, designed to be buried in parking spaces and to detect the arrival and departure of vehicles.

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