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16-bit Low Power FRAM MCUs Tout Faster Write Times, Power Savings

May 3, 2011 1:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced what it asserts are the industry’s first ultra-low-power ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) 16-bit microcontrollers. The MSP430FR57xx FRAM Series ensures data can be

High Reliability Passives Remain Vital in Medical Contact, Imaging, and Analysis

May 3, 2011 11:27 am | by Stephen Oxley, tt electronics Fixed Resistors Busines Unit | Articles | Comments

The great advances of recent years in medical diagnostic and therapeutic capability owe as much to electronic engineering as they do to medical science. Furthermore, medical devices are leaving the confines of hospitals and serving the growing community-based and home-based healthcare markets.

MEMS test solution responds to the lowest-cost products

May 3, 2011 9:23 am | by Medical Design Technology | News | Comments

OpenATE Inc. has developed a PXI-based test system using Queued Serial Peripheral Interface (QSPI) modular instruments and National Instruments Chassis for a variety of (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) MEMS tests to validate performance.

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Rice U. parlays sun's saving grace into autoclave

May 3, 2011 8:24 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(Rice University) Rice University senior engineering students are using the sun to power an autoclave that sterilizes medical instruments and help solve a long-standing health issue for developing countries.

IC Combines Downconverter and Synthesizer for Next-gen Basestations

May 3, 2011 6:22 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has announced an integrated device targeting next-generation mobile network basestations. The STW82100B Series will also target RF instrumentation and general wireless-infrastructure applications. The ICs integrate

Dual Output POL Regulator is Positioned as Alternative to LDOs

May 3, 2011 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech’s SC197 is a 500 mA, dual-output, point-of-load (POL) regulator, combining two PWM DC-DC regulators in a 2 mm x 3 mm x 0.6 mm package with an overall footprint of 80 mm2. According to the company, the small size and footprint

16-bit Low Power MCUs Feature Capacitive Sensing That Works in Sleep

May 3, 2011 5:57 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced it has expanded its low pin-count 16-bit eXtreme Low Power PIC MCUs by adding an on-chip 12-bit ADC, EEPROM, intelligent mTouch capacitive sensing, and the capability to

Digital Zero-Power AC-DC PWM IC Targets Offline Chargers, Adapters

May 3, 2011 5:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

iWatt announced the iW1700 Zero Power AC/DC Digital PWM Controller. The controller is designed to enable low-cost, energy-efficient 120V/230VAC offline adapters and chargers (up to 5 W) which consume

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Power Switch Device Technology Addresses Energy Star Requirements

May 3, 2011 5:23 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor developed the FSL1x6 Series of green-mode Fairchild Power Switch (FPS) devices. These integrated PWM controllers include proprietary green-mode functions that

LNAs Feature Bypass and Shutdown Functionality

May 3, 2011 5:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies announced four low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) to extend the RF performance and diversity of LNA portfolio. The modules feature high linearity that improves an application’s ability to

Medigus presents world?s smallest camera for medical endoscopy based on TSV Packaging

May 3, 2011 3:22 am | by Medical Design Technology | News | Comments

Based on advanced CMOS image sensor and Through-Silicon-Vias (TSV) packaging assembly, the camera breaches 1 mm diameter threshold, lowers cost and enables a variety of medical procedures. Medigus targets fast growing market for disposable endoscopy cameras, estimated at over half a...

Microfluidic chip for quick on-site diagnosis of infectious diseases

May 2, 2011 9:26 pm | by Medical Design Technology | News | Comments

The control of infectious diseases such as the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza hinges on handy analytical tools that can rapidly and accurately identify infected patients at the doctor's office or at an airport.

New method to improve the electrical conductivity of polymeric composites

May 2, 2011 9:25 pm | by Medical Design Technology | News | Comments

Polymeric composites consist of two or more materials and are used for example to shield off electrostatics in airplanes.

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Cities Across France Using Echelon based Smart Street Lighting Systems

May 2, 2011 2:21 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Echelon Corp. announced that its energy control technology for smart, networked street lighting systems is continuing to experience rapid adoption. Similar to its success in China, the market in Europe, and in particular France,...

EPRI Paper Provides Analysis of Energy Storage Applications and Technology Options

May 2, 2011 2:21 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has published a comprehensive analysis of energy storage applications and technology options that also assesses the potential benefits and markets for energy storage in the United States. The analysis...

Monolithic Power Systems Announces First Quarter Financial Results

May 2, 2011 2:20 pm | by PowerPulse.net | News | Comments

Monolithic Power Systems (MPS) announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011. Net revenues were $44.5 million, a decrease from $47.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and $50.3 million in...

Detroit's exodus will continue without a revival

May 2, 2011 12:05 pm | by COREY WILLIAMS - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

For over a month, Detroit has been reeling from new census numbers that showed the city lost more population in the last 10 years than anyone realized — 230,000 or about 25 percent. City officials are trying to get the estimate increased, arguing that thousands of residents went uncounted.More...

High Accuracy, LabVIEW Compatible Digital Pressure Transducer

May 2, 2011 8:28 am | by Medical Design Technology | News | Comments

The Heise DXD digital pressure transducer delivers the unique benefits of digital communication at a bargain price. This versatile instrument is now available with a LabVIEW driver and...

Precision Mixed-Signal Microcontroller Combines High Accuracy and Low Power Operation

May 2, 2011 7:13 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has introduced the Q32M210, the first in a new family of mixed-signal microcontrollers for precision measurement and monitoring. Designed for use in portable sensing applications and built with the ARM Cortex-M3 processor...

May 2011: Military & Aerospace

May 1, 2011 1:48 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

This issue of ECN focuses on the military & aerospace sector, including floating-point FPGAs, OpenVPX, managed switch technology, and power quality. Jon Titus presents another installment in his popular “Kits for Kids” column, while the Brainstorm collaborative Q&A section discusses trends in wireless electronics and how they relate to test & measurement.

USB Data Acquisition Subsystem Supports European Applications

April 30, 2011 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microstar Laboratories, Inc. has announced the release of the xDAP 7410 data acquisition subsystem. xDAP 7410 is LVD tested and fully CE compliant, making it suitable for worldwide applications, including in the European Union. It is also compatible with

Test Leads Change Tip Length with a Single Twist

April 30, 2011 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation announced the availability of the its TL175 TwistGuard Test Leads with a manually adjustable test tip guard for use in different measurement environments. By twisting the test lead, the user can

Spring-Loaded Plunger Assemblies Enable Quick Repositioning of Equipment Without Tools

April 30, 2011 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

PEM Type PTL2 spring-loaded plunger assemblies allow users to quickly and easily move racks, slides, access panels, and similar equipment to new positions without requiring tools. If necessary, a unique lockout feature

Optically Clear, Flexible Epoxy Cures at Room Temp, and Cryogenic Conditions

April 30, 2011 9:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Bond developed Polymer System EP37-3FLF. This optically clear, two component epoxy has resistance to cryogenic temperatures and severe thermal cycling. Its low exotherm also makes it

Dual Central Office VDSL2 Splitter Module Touts Space Reduction

April 30, 2011 9:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse introduced a dual central office VDSL2 splitter module. The B8891DVNL combines two central office (CO) splitter modules onto one platform. This configuration increases available printed circuit board space by 40 percent while

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