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A New Mindset in Product Design: 3D printing can help bring products to market faster

November 13, 2012 12:09 pm | by Stratasys | White Papers

The terms “3D printing” and “additive manufacturing” refer to processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data. The technology is already well-used in many sectors including transportation, health care, military and education.

90-W to 105-W medical & ITE AC/DC power adapters tout efficiency and up-to-date agency approvals

November 1, 2012 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tumbler Technologies + TRUMPower launched the TMP105 Series of 90 W to 105 W AC/DC power...

Fujitsu announces new ARM cortex-based bridge SoC

October 31, 2012 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fujitsu Semiconductor America today introduced an Interface Bridge SoC that incorporates 10...

China rare earths producer suspends output

October 25, 2012 11:34 am | by JOE McDONALD - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

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Japan's large-scale PV power exhibition

October 22, 2012 7:53 pm | by SEMICON | News | Comments

PVJapan 2012, the leading photovoltaic exhibition in Japan, will take place on December 5-7. PVJapan is the best event for industry stakeholders to gain knowledge of Japan’s renewable energy industry, including solar energy. Leading-edge technologies will be exhibited on the show floor...

SEMICON Japan 2012: Focus on Next-Generation Technology Challenges — with Keynotes from Toshiba, Intel, Xilinx and TSMC

October 22, 2012 12:53 pm | by SEMI | News | Comments

SEMICON Japan 2012, one of the largest exhibitions in the world for semiconductor manufacturing and related processing technology, will take place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on December 5-7. Today, SEMI announced an exceptional lineup of keynotes speakers

Eight-channel mixed-signal oscilloscope ideal for testing, debugging applications

October 17, 2012 3:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new Yokogawa DLM4000 is the industry’s only eight-channel mixed- signal oscilloscope. Combining the large screen and eight-channel capability of Yokogawa’s earlier eight-channel DL7480 oscilloscope with the mixed-signal technology of the company’s pioneering DLM2000 Series,

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Freezing electrons in flight

October 16, 2012 10:12 am | by University of Arizona | News | Comments

Using the world's fastest laser pulses to freeze the ultrafast motion of electrons and atoms, physicists have caught the action of molecules breaking apart and electrons getting knocked out of atoms. Their research helps us better understand molecular processes and ultimately be able to control them in many possible applications.

Bonso enters new era in Xinxing, China

October 12, 2012 10:50 am | News | Comments

Bonso Electronics International, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of sensor based products, reported the grand opening ceremony of its new manufacturing facility at Xinxing (Guangdong Province, China). Company services include product design and prototyping...

Microwave / RF signal generators available for wide variety of applications

October 11, 2012 12:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Berkeley Nucleonics commercially releases a full line of high performance, robust, and extremely cost effective Microwave / RF signal generators. This Microwave / RF product line sets a new standard in performance to cost. Capable of producing in excess of 20GHz, with very low phase noise, fast switching speeds,

Light may prompt graphene devices on demand

October 11, 2012 10:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Rice University researchers are using graphene with light in a way that could lead to the more efficient design and manufacture of electronics, as well as novel security and cryptography devices. The breakthrough details a novel concept...

U.S importers leaving China to manufacture goods elsewhere

October 3, 2012 4:00 pm | News | Comments

Due to uncertain macroeconomic conditions in Europe and China, importers and manufacturers who sell to America’s retailers continue to be concerned with the economic resources of manufacturers, according to Capital Business Credit (CBC), a non-bank lender that services the retail sector.

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Growth in Asia to Help Synthetic Rubber Sector Bounce Back

October 3, 2012 3:19 pm | News | Comments

Asia’s weakened demand for synthetic rubbers, commonly used in tire production, is expected to recover following this year’s drop in car production, says a new report from petrochemical experts GBI Research. The business intelligence firm’s latest research states that hunger for synthetic rubbers has been damaged...

Design Tips To Lower Magnetic Component Costs

July 16, 2012 8:00 am | by Datatronics | White Papers

The design, development and delivery of affordable magnetic components is a complex process. The design development process begins once performance requirements are specified. Upon design approval, the procurement of materials for a prototype build is initiated. During this stage, specifications are not final and options remain open for cost-effective production. Specifications must be reviewed and design trade-offs evaluated to ensure that the technical requirements are economically attainable with consideration given to performance and tolerance in relation to affordable cost.

A new foundation for 1-D barcode reading: Hotbars image analysis technology

July 2, 2012 9:00 am | by Cognex | White Papers

If contemporary technology has a grand theme, it is that eventually digital will replace analog, and solid state will replace mechanical. Whether it be music or video, publishing or photography, telecommunications or engine control, the story is similar. Mechanical, analog machines have been around for decades, sometimes centuries. They are mature technologies—the kinks have been worked out, the costs have been squeezed as much as possible, the strengths and weaknesses are well understood. The newer solid state, digital challengers at first offer more promise than performance, but with continued innovation and development they come to dominate the market. So it will be with linear barcode readers. The market is currently dominated by mature, opto-mechanical laser scanners. The weaknesses of laser scanners, however, as also well known. When a new image analysis system is combined with advances in image formation including high-intensity LEDs, liquid lenses and megapixel sensors, the result is a mature barcode reader that delivers the promise of solid-state, digital technology while not yielding performance to opto-mechanical laser scanners.

Microcontrollers feature ARM Cortex-M core for projects needing digital signal control

June 26, 2012 3:42 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics is now delivering the first samples of its new STM32 F3 series of microcontrollers, featuring the ARM Cortex-M core, to major OEM customers.

Dielectric cure monitoring solutions provide insight about thermoset materials

June 26, 2012 10:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lambient Technologies LLC announced instruments, sensors and software for monitoring the dielectric properties of curing polymers.  These properties provide insight into the chemistry, formulation, reaction rate, viscosity and cure state of epoxies, polystyrenes, polyurethanes, silicones, SMC, BMC and

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Current sensing resistor features 5 watt size

June 25, 2012 2:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole Electronics Inc. announced the addition of a 5 watt size to its ultra-precision current sensing resistor series, the CSS/CSSH.

Super junction MOSFETs employ ultra-low on-state resistance for reverse recovery performance

June 25, 2012 1:27 pm | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation today announced the availability of three new super-junction MOSFETs.

Betavoltaic power source provides source of continuous nanoWatt power for 20+ years

June 18, 2012 5:16 pm | News | Comments

City Labs, Inc. has released its first commercial product, a tritium-based betavoltaic power source that enables low-power microelectronic and sensor applications where battery replacement is difficult, impossible, or life-threatening. The Model P100a betavoltaic power source provides

AXSEM RF IC Chip offers solution for narrow-band multi-channel operation in licensed/unlicensed bands

May 22, 2012 1:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The AX5043 is a true single chip narrow-band RF transceiver for the 70 MHz to 1050 MHz frequency bands. It offers the unique receiver combination of highest sensitivity, high selectivity and ultra-low power.

10 Reasons to Choose Image-based ID Readers

March 5, 2012 5:49 am | White Papers

Image-based ID readers stand poised to replace laser scanners in several industries. Thanks to advances in microprocessors, imaging sensors and decoding algorithms, ID readers have become not only more affordable, but also more powerful. Download this white paper to learn how today’s most advanced ID readers have overcome the technical and economic hurdles to offer a more attractive alternative to laser scanners as well as how to choose the right image-based ID reader for your application.

Product Safety Certification for Today’s Global Economy

October 12, 2011 9:37 am | by TUV | White Papers

Product safety certification/approval is the process of evaluating an electrical product to applicable standards and/or specifications, which are dictated by the type of product and the locality for which the sale of the product is intended. Product safety standards were typically written and enforced on a country by country level. Early on, the local nature of the regulations were not problematic, as local markets tended to be served by local manufacturers; American manufacturers built products for American consumers, Japanese manufacturers built for the Japanese consumers, and so on.

ENERGY STAR for Consumer Electronics and Information Technology Products

August 8, 2011 11:40 am | by TUV Rheinland | White Papers

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced the ENERGY STAR program in 1992 to encourage the production and use of energy-efficient devices in more than sixty different product categories. Program results have been dramatic-a desktop computer that once consumed 30 watts in sleep mode now uses only 4 watts-with estimated savings of more than 213 billion kilowatts and $12 billion in its first eighteen years.

Making Sense of the Changes in RoHS for Medical Devices & Control Equipment

August 8, 2011 11:27 am | by TUV Rheinland | White Papers

Significant changes are happening to European environmental regulations. While there has been a great deal of discussion and debate over the past few years, in June 2011 the European Union issued Directive 2011/65/ EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The new directive recasts Directive 2002/95/EC, and has come to be known in the industry as the RoHS Recast. While many of these changes seem confusing, compliance will be mandatory for any company that hopes to sell into that territory. This paper seeks to cut through the complications and lay a foundation that is easy to understand.

Upgrading to Lithium-ion from Lead Acid

July 28, 2011 9:06 am | by Micro Power Electronics, Inc. | White Papers

Both the Lithium-ion (Li-ion) and Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) battery markets are expected to grow over the next several years. Applications with high voltage and capacity requirements are adopting Li-ion technology because of its many advantages- especially the high energy density, small size and low weight that this technology provides. Historically, SLA batteries have had a few superior technical traits, in addition to their extremely low cost, that have kept them leading the majority of the overall battery market. However, recent innovations in Li-ion chemistry has made it extremely competitive in markets that are weight sensitive and inconvenienced by SLA’s need for frequent maintenance. Many devices have required batteries for power back-up and these are primed for direct Li-ion replacement of SLA. In the medical market alone, these applications include infusion pumps, ventilators, wheelchairs and workstation carts. This paper will outline the technical and business considerations involved in converting an existing product from SLA to Li-ion.

Portable Power Considerations for Portable Medical Device Design

July 28, 2011 8:59 am | by Micro Power Electronics, Inc | White Papers

Many medical devices are moving from simple back-up power to true portability. This creates challenges unique to medical devices and adds new advances in battery technology that can enhance and differentiate portable medical products. This white paper will look at the following advances in portable battery technology and the special considerations for medical device applications:  •Lithium Ion (Li-ion) chemistries' advantages over older technology  •Fuel gauging accuracy •Unique form factors using Li-Polymer  •Use of Lithium Iron Phosphate for high current and Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) replacement  •Sterilization of Li-ion for surgical equipment

Using Lithium Polymer Batteries in Portable Devices

July 28, 2011 8:46 am | by Micro Power Electronics, Inc. | White Papers

Lithium polymer batteries have become common in single-cell consumer applications like cell phones and MP3 players, but industrial and commercial applications are now putting them to good use as well. The thin and custom shaped cells are now used in large, complex packs. This white paper is an overview of the advantages, disadvantages and guidelines for using Lithium polymer based battery packs. It looks at Lithium polymer cells versus metal-cased cylindrical and prismatic Li-ion cells and gives a brief description of battery pack construction considerations.

The Dangers of Counterfeit Battery Packs

July 28, 2011 8:30 am | by Micro Power | White Papers

Battery packs are no longer a simple configuration of cells. They are carefully engineered products with many safety features. The main components include of a battery pack include; the cells, which are the primary energy source, the printed circuit board, which provides the intelligence of the system with features such as the fuel gauge and protection circuitry, the plastic enclosure, external contacts, and insulation.

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