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The Tinker's Toolbox - Talking with Matt Williams of Tyco about Reflowable SMT Protection Devices

March 24, 2011 11:16 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Matt Williams of TE Circuit Protection about their latest circuit protection devices based upon Hybrid PPTC (MHP) and Reflowable Thermal Protection (RTP) technology.

Maingear Charges up Desktops with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590

March 24, 2011 5:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

MAINGEAR, an award-winning PC system builder offering custom desktops, notebooks, workstations and media centers, updates their desktop configuration options with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 graphics card that delivers high-end performance with style.

Awesome Augmented-Reality Demo

March 22, 2011 4:55 am | Videos | Comments

This video is an excellent example of what can be done in a public space with Augmented Reality and only hints at future applications.

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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.

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...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Advanced Bridgelux LED Arrays

March 14, 2011 8:23 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jason Posselt of Bridgelux about their latest LED arrays, presented as having twice the output of currently available commerical devices...

Hall Effect Switches Suit Rugged and Harsh Environments

March 11, 2011 6:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

APEM has introduced two Hall effect switches, designed to work in rugged and harsh environments. The new IH Series of switches are low maintenance, contact less, sealed pushbuttons that come in two versions

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Mini-Blower is Multidirectional

March 11, 2011 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

JARO's new JRB2235 Series blower rotates at 8500 rpm and produces 1.2 cfm of super-cooled air (with a static pressure of .122" of H2O). Operating voltage is 4.0 V to 5.5 VDC. The availability of single or dual unit configurations provides

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

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

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

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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

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

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

The Tinker's Toolbox - Top Tech Trends for 2011

March 2, 2011 3:53 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Sinclair Vass, senior director of marketing and business operations at JDSU, about the top tech trends for 2011.

March 2011: Consumer

March 1, 2011 11:17 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This issue addresses consumer electronics, including and especially automotive infotainment. An article discusses the EDS show, while former Editor-in-Chief, Alix Paultre, editorializes about the “weaponized internet.”

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

One Box Tester Includes TD-LTE RF Measurements with Call Processing

February 28, 2011 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduced TD-LTE measurement software for its MT8820C One-Box Tester. The addition of TD-LTE support to the analyzer provides designers and manufacturers of mobile handsets with a single-instrument, solution for

The Teardown - MacBook Pro 15-inch

February 25, 2011 9:46 am | Articles | Comments

The MacBook Pro 15- and 17-inch models bring quad-core power to almost everything you do.

The Teardown - Logitech Revue

February 25, 2011 9:36 am | Articles | Comments

The Logitech Revue is the first set-top box device on the market with Google TV.

The Teardown - Sony Playstation Move

February 25, 2011 9:27 am | Articles | Comments

A look inside the Sony Playstation Move shows that in addition to the internal electronics, the sphere at the end of the PlayStation Move handheld motion controller allows the PlayStation Eye Camera to pinpoint every movement and position within the room.

The Teardown - Motorola Droid 2

February 25, 2011 9:13 am | Articles | Comments

We look inside the Motorola Droid 2. It has an improved keyboard over its predecessor, as well as a faster processor and twice the RAM.

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