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Application Portfolio Management: New Path to Strength and Innovation

May 9, 2011 4:34 am | by Hayden Lindsey, IBM Rational | Blogs | Comments

If you’re part of a medium to large IT organization, it’s likely that you’re spending an increasing percentage of your application budget just to keep the lights on.

Repeaters Assert Triple the Reach of PCI Express Gen-3 Standard

May 4, 2011 8:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor introduced a family of PCI Express (PCIe) Gen-3 (8 Gbps) repeaters that offer desirable signal conditioning performance and low-power consumption for data center servers and storage systems. Powered by

Codec Chip Can Encode Multitude of Audio Formats

May 4, 2011 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

VLSI Solution announced the VS1063 audio codec chip. According to the company, this IC can encode an unforeseen multitude of audio formats, from MP3 and Ogg Vorbis to G.711 u-law, G.711 A-law, G.722 and 16-bit PCM. The proprietary

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Dual Core Processors Target Advanced 64-bit x86 Embedded Apps

May 4, 2011 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

VIA Technologies’ Nano X2 E-Series processors feature an optimized, power-efficient dual-core architecture most demanding 86-bit x86 embedded system design applications. Available in two models running at speeds of 1.2+ GHz and 1.6+ GHz, these processors

Capacitive Touch Controllers Integrate Haptic Effects

May 4, 2011 5:22 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel Corporation has integrated haptics capability to its QTouch capacitive touch controllers to support buttons, sliders and wheels (BSWs). This integration allows our customers to have a richer experience with

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

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

Geo-Magnetic MEMS Modules Tout Accurate Output for Mobile Compassing

April 30, 2011 8:58 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced the LSM303DLHC geo-magnetic module. Housed inside a miniature 3 x 5 x 1 mm package with operating current consumption down to just 110 uA, this module meets

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Silicon-Based Crystal Oscillator Clock Module Line Adds Dual Voltage Capabilities

April 29, 2011 7:54 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor extended its silicon based crystal oscillator (XO) clock module range. Six additions to the NBX Series provide a high accuracy reference clock solution with dual voltage capabilities and total frequency stability as low as

Taming Quality in Chaos - Quality Management in Systems of Systems

April 28, 2011 11:08 am | by By: Bruce Douglass, IBM Rational | Blogs | Comments

From cars to consumer goods, to military equipment to ATMs, we’re all familiar with systems. Increasingly, smart, connected devices are embedded in common, everyday devices in addition to special purpose systems, enabling huge improvements in our ability to manage the complexities of modern life.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Talking Hardware & Software Integration with Ashok Reddy of IBM

April 27, 2011 6:33 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to returning guest Ashok Reddy, Director of IBM Rational, and continue our discussion on hardware and software, developing and disruptive technology, and the challenges facing today's engineer.

Hardened USB Drive Provides Robust Data Storage

April 26, 2011 4:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Datakey Electronics’ new RUGGEDrive line of portable memory solutions offers the data storage and transfer capabilities of consumer-grade USB flash drives and SD cards in a more reliable and secure package

Pitt-Led Researchers Create Single-Atom Transistor

April 21, 2011 8:40 am | News | Comments

A University of Pittsburgh-led team has created a single-electron transistor that provides a building block for new, more powerful computer memories, advanced electronic materials, and the basic components of quantum computers.

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A Novel Way to Stop a Clicking Hard Disk

April 20, 2011 8:25 am | Videos | Comments

The person in the video shows how to stop a corrupted HD from clicking. Other tools can be used but this very novel solution has the advantage of being simple and directly effective.</

Hall-effect Switch Saves Power, Touted as World’s Smallest

April 14, 2011 12:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Diodes Incorporated has released what it asserts is the world’s smallest dual output omnipolar Hall effect switch IC, designed for open/close detection in portable, battery-powered products including cell phones and notebook PCs. The dual output AH1891 is

Logic Packages are Positioned as World’s Smallest for Handheld Mobility

April 14, 2011 11:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced what it asserts are the world’s smallest logic plastic packages measuring 0.9 x 1.0 x 0.35 mm with 0.3 mm pitch. The compact packaging design is suitable for leading-edge portable handheld devices such as smartphones, tablets and SD cards where

Single and Dual Digital Rotary Encoders Tout Compact Design

April 14, 2011 7:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

TT electronics BI Technologies has developed a line of single-and dual-digital rotary encoders. Designated the EN08 Series, the RoHS-compliant rotary encoders feature an 8-mm design with options of a

Digital Microphone Includes Fully Integrated 0.70 mm2 MEMS Device

April 14, 2011 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Akustica, Inc. announced a new single-chip digital MEMS microphone for high-quality voice applications in laptops, tablets and netbook PCs. The AKU230 leverages Akustica’s patented

Oscillators Are Designed to Minimize Jitter

April 12, 2011 2:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Laboratories Inc. introduced a family of crystal oscillators (XOs) and voltage-controlled XOs (VCXOs) designed to minimize jitter and design complexity for a range of applications up to 250 MHz. The Si51x XO/VCXO family offers

Oscillators Offer Low Current Consumption, Small Footprint

April 12, 2011 11:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fox Electronics, a leading global supplier of frequency control solutions, now offers a new series of small footprint, low current consumption oscillators for small and portable devices. The F100 HCMOS oscillator family is

Anti-moisture Metal Film Resistors Handle Up to 1600 VDC

April 12, 2011 11:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole Electronics released the RNV Series of axial leaded metal film resistors. The series has a standard ¼-Watt body size and is able to handle voltages up to

Large Diameter, Solder-in EMI Filters Wishstand up to 300°C

April 11, 2011 1:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Advanced Specialty Products announced the latest addition to its solder-in filter product line, .400" diameter mounting with high temperature construction able to withstand 300°C installation. This new filter offers

Multilayer Ferrite Coils Are Asserted to Have the Industry’s Highest Rated Current

April 11, 2011 12:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-EPC has developed a TDK multilayer ferrite coil (MLZ2012-H Series) in case size EIA 2012 with a rated current that is 2.5 times higher than existing products, according to the company. With a current capability of up to 700 mA at 1.0 µH and dimensions of

Multilayer Varistor Series Includes 16-V Rating

April 11, 2011 8:15 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation offers the ability to clamp transients and filter EMI at a significantly higher voltage with the expansion of its Transguard multilayer varistor series. Designed for

The Tinker's Toolbox - A Talk with TI About the CAN interface

April 7, 2011 6:48 am | Podcasts | Comments

On the 25th anniversary of the controller area network (CAN) interface standard,  we talk to Jean Anne Booth and Scott Monroe of Texas Instruments about CAN and what it means to the industry today as well as into the future.

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