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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.

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

MCUs Suit Portable Smart Metering, Medical Applications

March 14, 2011 2:07 pm | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

MSC offers eight new low power 32-bit MCUs in the V850ES/Jx3-L Series from Renesas Electronics. These devices are suited to mobile smart metering and medical applications with high memory demand. The typical

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A New World Order for Tech Computing

March 14, 2011 11:02 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Blogs | Comments

This years CES and the recently completed Mobile World Congress in Barcelona indicate that we are be on the verge of a tipping point in the computing ecosystem versus what we have known for the past 20 years.

Illuminated Rotary Encoders Include Matching Translucent Control Knobs

March 11, 2011 10:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cliff Electronics introduced a new range of LED illuminated rotary encoders with a matching range of translucent control knobs. The company’s rotary encoder range features LED illuminated spindles to provide

PCB Toggle Switch Touts Miniature Size

March 11, 2011 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

E-Switch’s 200U series ultra-miniature toggle switch offers a variety of functions in a tiny size. With right or vertical PCB mounting, it also has angle mounting options. Sealed to IP67 ratings, specifications include

Detect Switches Offer A Postive, Snap-Acting Mechanism

March 11, 2011 6:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components expanded its snap-acting switch line to include subminiature versions that can be used as detect switches. Designated the ZMA Series, the detect switches feature a

Rectifiers Feature Wide Range of Current Ratings

March 8, 2011 12:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. expanded its portfolio of TMBS rectifiers using Trench MOS Barrier Schottky technology. Twenty new 45-V devices in four power package types were added, featuring

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Power MOSFETs Combine Low On-resistance with a Low Gate Charge

March 8, 2011 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor (AOS) introduced two power MOSFETS. The new low-voltage devices are optimized for use on the secondary side of high efficiency DC/DC converters. By combining

60 A Driver IC Achieves High Current in Small Form Factor

March 8, 2011 9:31 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier’s IR3550 integrated PowIRstage synchronous buck gate driver IC with co-packed control and synchronous MOSFETs and Schottky diode is optimized internally for PCB layout, heat transfer and driver/MOSFET timing. The 60-A rated device is positioned to

PoL Converters Power FPGAs and Microprocessors

March 7, 2011 11:21 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions has introduced the OKI-T/36W Series of SMT point of load (PoL) DC-DC converters to its Okami range. Offered in the same DOSA standard SMT pinout as the company's OKY-T/3 and -T/5, the 24 Vin OKI-T/36W Series is said to achieve

Peripheral Controllers Bridge USB 3.0 to PCIe 2.0

March 7, 2011 10:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

PLX Technology introduced SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) general-purpose peripheral controllers that bridge USB 3.0 to PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0, thus matching the high-performance 5 Gbps bus speed . This controller family

PWM Controllers Target AC-DC Adapter Apps

March 7, 2011 9:48 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor expanded its portfolio of AC-DC power solutions for home electronics with the introduction of the NCP1234 and NCP1236 family of fixed frequency pulse width modulation (PWM) current mode controllers. These solutions are

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PWM Controller Provides Low Standby Power Under 10 mW for Portable Device Chargers

March 7, 2011 7:42 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s FAN302HL PWM controller for low standby power charger applications incorporates the company’s mWSaver technology to minimize standby input power consumption to <10 mW at 230 VAC to meet

Fully Encapsulated Digital Power Module Uses PMBus for Real Time Monitoring

March 7, 2011 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil introduced its ZL9101M fully encapsulated digital DC/DC power module for PoL power management in servers, telecommunications, networking, and storage equipment. This variable output step-down PMBus-compliant digital power supply includes

SoC Provides Power Management, Control for Datacom Equipment

March 7, 2011 6:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products launched a new Teridian/Maxim energy-measurement system on chip (SoC), the 78M6613. This energy-measurement solution for AC/DC power supplies brings a high level of management and control to servers and other equipment in data centers. The SoC enables

Software Console Touts Reduced MCU Development Time

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

Energy Micro has released its first version of Simplicity Studio, a software console providing instant access to the tools, documentation, software and other resources needed to develop systems based on

IBM Delivers New Software to Advance Industry Transformation

March 2, 2011 4:49 am | News | Comments

IBM today introduced software to help bring a new level of intelligence to the world's physical infrastructure. The software aims to advance smarter cities and industry transformation across water, energy, transportation and healthcare industries by monitoring and analyzing new streams of data.

Video Processors Enable Three Simultaneous 1080p60 fps Streams

March 1, 2011 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments expanded its DaVinci digital media processor platform by introducing the TMS320DM8168 and TMS320DM8148 video processors. The high-performance DM8168 DaVinci digital media processor offers

Base Station Analyzer Measures 4G Standards and Installed 2G-3G Networks

February 28, 2011 9:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company’s MT8222B BTS Master handheld base station analyzer supports 4G standards now being deployed, as well as installed 2G/3G networks. It provides field engineers and technicians with a lightweight, handheld analyzer that can

Thunderbolt Sideswipes USB3.0 – or does it?

February 28, 2011 5:03 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Blogs | Comments

The big question is – will Thunderbolt kill USB3.0 before it has even begun to become popular? The simple answer is no.

Archive of WWII codebreaker Alan Turing preserved

February 25, 2011 8:53 am | News | Comments

Papers relating to codebreaker and computer pioneer Alan Turing will go to a British museum after the National Heritage Memorial Fund stepped in to help buy them for the nation. The government-backed fund said Friday it had donated more than 200,000 pounds ($320,000)...

Stereo Analog Subsystem Includes Class G Headphone Amp for Extended Playback

February 24, 2011 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor announced what it asserts is the industry’s first stereo analog subsystem with integrated Class G headphone amplifier and automatic level control (ALC) for smartphones and feature phones. The PowerWise LM49251’s Class G headphone amp dynamically

GE Intelligent Platforms Signs National Instruments to Distribute Reflective Memory Module

February 24, 2011 3:47 am | News | Comments

GE Intelligent Platforms today announced that it has signed an agreement that will see National Instruments (NI) distribute the GE cPCI-5565PIO Reflective Memory PMC and PMC Carrier Card for 3U CompactPCI systems.

New Technologies Usher in the Millimeter-scale Computing Era

February 22, 2011 5:39 am | News | Comments

A prototype implantable eye pressure monitor for glaucoma patients is believed to contain the first complete millimeter-scale computing system. 

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