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White space M2M standard makes ‘huge progress’ in first plenary session

May 15, 2012 10:19 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Weightless, the body behind the machine-to-machine communications standard for white space spectrum, has held its plenary session at The Technology Partnership in Melbourn near Cambridge, UK. The main purpose of this event was to discuss the ongoing evolution of the … Continue reading

Seminar series on combining MCUs and FPGAs comes to UK

May 15, 2012 10:18 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

MSC Gleichmann UK, Lattice Semiconductor and Atmel have announced a series of workshops aimed at helping engineers to develop systems that combine microcontrollers (MCUs) and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). In addition to the latest developments in MCU and FPGA … Continue reading

Tester targets photovoltaic modules and strings

May 14, 2012 9:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

MC Technologies’ PROFITEST-PV allows the measurement of I-U-parameters as well as photovoltaic-modules and strings. A new patented procedure enables the test unit to read peak power, serial resistance, parallel resistance at the same time. All information can


ITAC brings industrial trackballs and joysticks to Europe

May 14, 2012 6:01 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

ITAC Systems Inc., a Texas, USA manufacturer of industrial desktop and panel-mount trackballs, joysticks and other rugged human-machine interfaces (HMI), has opened its first European facility, located in Milton Keynes, UK. Dave Mellor is heading ITAC Systems Limited, offering direct … Continue readin...

95% efficient power supply meets 3rd edition medical approvals

May 14, 2012 5:59 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

XP Power has announced the CCB250 series of efficient single output 250 Watt AC-DC power supplies aimed at a broad range of industrial and medical applications. With an operating efficiency of up to 95%, the convection cooled CCB250 series generates … Continue reading →...

Humidity and temperature sensor targets high production volumes

May 11, 2012 3:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Sensirion announced the SHT20, a low-cost member of the SHT2x family of sensors. With a typical accuracy of 3 percent RH, the new sensor is appropriate for price-sensitive applications. The SHT20 humidity and temperature sensor offers

User-programmable HO current transducers launched at PCIM

May 11, 2012 10:49 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

LEM has announced the HO series of current transducers at PCIM in Nuremberg earlier this week.  The HO series of open-loop ASIC based current transducers deliver improved performance in areas such as thermal drift, response time, power supply and noise … Continue reading →...

Cyntech wins Adam Tech interconnect franchise for UK

May 11, 2012 10:46 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Cyntech Components has won a franchise to distribute Adam Tech connectors in the UK and Ireland. Adam Tech, based in New Jersey, USA, designs and manufactures mod jacks, connectors for RF, video and optical communications, industry-standard IDC and D-type connectors, … Continue reading


Counterfeit-part risk expected to rise as semiconductor market shifts into higher gear

May 10, 2012 10:27 am | News | Comments

With the semiconductor industry entering a phase of accelerating growth, the number of counterfeit-part incidents also is expected to rise to new record highs, according to an analysis of trends conducted by information and analytics provider IHS

NanoCompass success enables Baolab to create MEMS inertial measurement units

May 10, 2012 9:43 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Baolab Microsystems has said it expects to be able to modify the structures that it designed for its 3D NanoCompass to build a range of other motion sensors and, ultimately, to create low cost, smart, reconfigurable Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs). … Continue reading

Avnet Memec changes European marketing structure, promotes Bill Walker

May 10, 2012 9:41 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Avnet Memec is changing its technical marketing strategy for Europe. The new strategy will be headed by the company’s regional vice president for Northern Europe, Bill Walker. As part of a broader restructure, Walker will absorb the role of vice … Continue reading

Avnet Embedded introduces first module with an integrated SIM card and micro SD card holder

May 9, 2012 5:55 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Avnet Embedded has announced availability of a 3G PCie module with an integrated SIM card holder and micro SD card holder and optional WiFi from Option. Markets such as digital signage have traditionally been challenging and expensive to integrate with … Continue read...

Acal awarded Performance Excellence Award for RF and Fibre Optics

May 9, 2012 5:13 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Acal BFi has been awarded a Performance Excellence Award for Best Product Line Performer 2011 for RF and Fibre Optic products by Avago Technologies. Acal BFi has provided specialist design support on Avago Technologies’ products to customers in applications which … Continue reading


Development kit helps build personalized pulse networks

May 8, 2012 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq offers a development kit that allows automotive technicians and engineers to design their own pulse networks.  By using the FLX 5510 in conjunction with Teseq’s NSG 5500, automotive EMC laboratories can design their own pulses as well as

University of Manchester joins UK Electronics Skills Foundation

May 8, 2012 5:54 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

The University of Manchester has joined the UK Electronics Skills Foundation, which seeks to reverse the decline in the number of UK graduates entering the electronics industry by linking talented electronic engineering degree students with companies for scholarships with work … Continue reading...

Avnet Embedded EMEA launches software microsite

May 8, 2012 5:48 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Avnet Embedded EMEA has developed a microsite to explain the benefits of Microsoft’s family of software for dedicated devices. The new site, which is now live at, details the available products and their suitability for certain vertical markets. Manufacturers … Continue reading

Low capacitance bus switch exhibits extended operating voltage range

May 7, 2012 9:23 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

The TC7SB3157CFU from Toshiba Electronics Europe is a 1-bit SPDT (single pole double throw) bus switch for high-speed digital applications requiring a 5V interface. With low I/O terminal capacitance (CI/O) and on resistance (RON) the new device is ideal for … Continue reading

Automotive motor drivers bring single chip solution to BLDC motors and actuators

May 7, 2012 9:20 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Melexis has launched its next generation IC family for sensor-less and sensor based BLDC motor control in automotive applications. The new IC family consists of 4 base members; the MLX81205, MLX81207, MLX81210 and MLX81215. Each is available with a variety … Continue reading

"Made in space" coming soon to a product near you

May 4, 2012 1:01 pm | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

The European Space Agency is hatching plans for a branding campaign aimed at making people more aware of the benefits of spending their hard-earned taxes on the International Space Station (ISS). The list of products and technologies that have their roots in space research is long...

Higher solar cell efficiencies taking benefits of IC technology experience

May 4, 2012 9:36 am | by Philip Pieters, business development director Energy at imec, | Blogs | Comments

By bringing expertise of the semiconductor industry to the PV industry, we can significantly increase the efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cells. Of course, the semiconductor processes cannot simply be copied into the PV lines. They must be adapted towards higher throughput and lower cost. This is a challenge but also an opportunity for

Almunia says won't rush Google antitrust decision

May 4, 2012 9:00 am | by Foo Yun Chee, Reuters | News | Comments

EU regulators are in no rush to decide any antitrust charges against Google, in a complicated investigation into complaints by rivals about its search results, the EU's competition chief said on Friday. The European Commission launched a probe into Google in November 2010 after rivals, including Microsoft, accused the company of manipulating search results and promoting its own services, while demoting theirs.

Nujira files 150th Envelope Tracking patent

May 4, 2012 5:35 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

Nujira has filed its 150th patent relating to Envelope Tracking (ET).  The milestone comes just 12 months after reaching the 100 patent landmark in April 2011. Nujira’s patents cover not only the core technical breakthroughs that underpin Nujira’s high bandwidth, … Continue reading →

EAGLE design competition prize pot worth $7000

May 4, 2012 5:25 am | by ECN Europe | News | Comments

element14 has teamed up with CadSoft Computer to invite engineers to take part in the EAGLE Design Competition. Electronic design engineers and enthusiasts will need to submit their innovative design projects to win prizes with a pot value of $7000. … Continue reading →

New Greek parties thrive online

May 3, 2012 11:28 am | by DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

From his tiny, windowless office, George Palamarizis tirelessly chips away at Greece's political establishment. The web designer creates content for the Democratic Left - one of a crop of new parties that have rapidly built an online following that is translating into real electoral clout.

Metrology tool family enables faster measurements

May 3, 2012 9:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MicroProf is the successful model from the FRT metrology tool family and is in use more than 400-fold in the industrial sector. In time for the Control show, the leading trade fair for industrial metrology in Germany, FRT is presenting the new version of the internationally established multisensor measuring device.

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