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Distributors Address Counterfeiting, Difficult Economy

May 21, 2010 12:50 pm | by Steve Slawinski, IC Plus | Articles | Comments

The electronic component distribution market has gone through many changes over the past decade. Currently, one of the biggest problems is the emergence of counterfeit components, largely stemming from China. Although the Asian marketplace has proliferated in flooding the market with more and less expensive components, domestic profit margins have decreased largely in part to counterfeit product.

Half-Watt LEDs Fill the Gap Between 0.25 W and 1 W LEDs

May 21, 2010 12:32 pm | by Keat-Chuan Ng and Margaret Tan, Avago Technologies | Articles | Comments

Half-Watt (0.5 W) LEDs are gaining more attention from product designers because they fulfill the need for a device that falls between 0.25 W and 1 W LEDs. As more consumer products become smaller and more energy efficient, more designers are selecting 0.5 W LEDs for use in their designs.

Are You Participating in Bike-to-Work Day?

May 20, 2010 5:20 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Tomorrow is Bike-to-Work Day! Bike-to-Work Day is held each year on the third Friday in May to promote bicycles as an alternative commuting option. Biking to work is a great way to fit in some exercise, use less fuel, and save on your overall transportation costs.

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Alix Paultre on Solid State Lighting

May 19, 2010 10:36 am | Videos | Comments

Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief, ECN Magazine, provides his take on Solid State Lighting at LIGHTFAIR 2010. Courtesy of OSRAM.

NI Cooks Place Second in the Austin Rodeo BBQ Competition

May 19, 2010 5:50 am | News | Comments

National Instruments' WSN measurement nodes enabled an NI team of cooks to supply rodeogoers with delicious, perfectly-cooked BBQ that was worthy of second place in the 29th annual Austin Rodeo BBQ competition.

Understanding Low Outgassing Adhesives

May 18, 2010 12:53 pm | by Robert Michaels, V.P. Technical Sales, Master Bond | Articles | Comments

One of the most common issues addressed by our technical service department nowadays involves the outgassing characteristics of adhesives and related encapsulation and sealing compounds. And that’s understandable because a growing number of high-tech industries have discovered that their products and manufacturing processes can be sensitive to outgassed chemical compounds.

Research predicts rebound in energy efficiency spending

May 18, 2010 5:24 am | by Jennifer Layke, Director of the Institute for Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls | Articles | Comments

Despite tight budgets and limited capital availability, North American business executives and managers are putting their faith behind the value of energy efficiency. Recent research shows commercial buildings consume 18 percent of the energy and 35 percent of the electricity used in the U.S. each year.

EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge

May 18, 2010 4:21 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

While most college students' experience with vehicles goes no further than the beater they picked up for a few thousand dollars, students participating in the EcoCAR: The NeXT Challenge competition get to experience the cutting-edge of driving technology. The competition, which was...

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Vampire Power and Gaming

May 17, 2010 10:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

(No, this post has nothing to do with a certain twenty-four-year-old, side-scrolling action game series.)

The Dirty Details of White Goods Design

May 14, 2010 11:33 am | by Joe Roy, Americas Motor & Motion FAE, Fairchild Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

When the first white goods were invented in the 1850s, there was a passion to innovate and design new machines to assist in nearly every room of the house. Now that the typical family has 6-10 major household appliances, a new mantra has emerged in appliance design: do more faster with less energy at a painfully minimal cost.

Brainstorm: Consumer Electronics

May 14, 2010 10:30 am | Articles | Comments

Will tablet computers displace the netbook/laptop? Why or why not?

How Do You Shade Your Home in the Summer?

May 13, 2010 3:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, you read about some ways you can use shade to keep your home cool in the spring and summer. Some people are lucky enough to have a lot of trees for natural shade, while others of us have to create our own.

PS3 firmware update could cripple Air Force research program

May 13, 2010 12:03 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last month, Sony essentially neutered the PlayStation 3 by removing its “Install Other OS” functionality. This precipitated a huge customer backlash (and, as of this writing, at least two class-action lawsuits), but there’s one foe Sony hadn’t anticipated—the United States Air Force.

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DEFINITY LED Bulbs Achieve 770 Lumens

May 13, 2010 6:34 am | News | Comments

Lighting Science Group unveiled a DEFINITY line 9 watt LED A19 bulb that will retail in the low $30 range and is a direct replacement for America’s most commonly used 60 watt incandescent bulb. Stunning the competition, Lighting Science Group’s breakthrough 770 lumen DEFINITY LED bulb surpasses the U.S. Department of Energy’s benchmark testing of a 60 watt equivalency (739 lumens)...

Create Multifunctional, Flexible, Low Cost, Smart-Sensing Designs

May 13, 2010 5:59 am | by Sudhir Bommena, Applications Engineer, Advanced Microcontroller Architecture Division, Microchip Technology Inc. | Articles | Comments

Design engineers are looking at new, low-cost, small and innovative sensing designs for their systems. Sensing applications typically require several analog and digital blocks, such as excitation circuits, an analog front end consisting of signal-conditioning and filtering circuitry...

Correct-A-Chip Adapters Broaden Design Possibilities

May 12, 2010 5:49 am | by Frank Folmsbee, Sales Manager, Aries Electronics | Articles | Comments

A lot has changed in the past 25 years. Technological feats thought to be impossible in the 1980s have been overcome, while other problems and challenges arose in their place. Changing design requirements, technology and applications are nothing new in the world of electronic components.

Conduction-Cooled Rack System Design Offers Cost-Effective Versatility

May 11, 2010 5:36 am | by Barbara Schmitz, MEN Mikro Elektronik | Articles | Comments

Although system designers can't always control the operating conditions of embedded computing applications, they now have new cost-effective options for delivering 3U CompactPCI (cPCI) board compatibility in harsh, extreme temperature environments.

Cruising to Energy Savings This Summer Driving Season

May 11, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

My dad is obsessed with fuel efficiency. I joked with him on a recent road trip that when he retires, he'll have more time to pursue his dream career as a fuel-economy promoter. Well guess what, I just found the treasure trove of information on smart driving that's going to make his whole...

A Little Shade Can Go a Long Way

May 10, 2010 8:20 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Spring is my favorite time of year. The snow (finally!) stops, the temperature is perfect, and everything is colorful again. We rarely need to turn on the heat or air conditioner to stay comfortable at home, and there's nothing better than a relaxing evening on the deck.

High Energy Multimeter Destruction

May 6, 2010 4:36 am | Videos | Comments

Dave Jones of the EEVblog destroys some multimeters and shoots some metal with his friend Doug's high energy 4-KV capacitor discharge unit.

How Do You Save on Lighting Costs?

May 6, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, Amy discussed ENERGY STAR lighting fixtures and how they can you save on lighting costs. Lighting accounts for roughly 11% of a typical residential utility bill, so it's worth seeking ways to reduce your energy use and costs. ENERGY STAR fixtures, efficient lighting choices,...

Portable device storage

May 5, 2010 9:16 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, IDTechEx | Articles | Comments

The new report “Batteries, Supercapacitors, Alternative Storage for Portable Devices 2009-2019” is directed towards those developing, marketing and using small electronic and electrical devices, particularly those that are self-sufficient.

Energy Harvesting for a Greener Environment

May 5, 2010 9:07 am | by Michele Kinman, Energy Harvesting, www.energyharvesting.net | Articles | Comments

Energy harvesting is the process of capturing and accumulating byproduct energy as the energy becomes available, storing the energy for a period of time and conditioning it into a form that can be used later – such as operating a microprocessor with in its limits.

Distribution Trends in 2010

May 5, 2010 8:50 am | by Mark Larson, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Digi-Key Corporation | Articles | Comments

The electronics industry is enjoying what appears to be a generally strong recovery from the brutal business conditions with which we were confronted in 2009. It is interesting to note that although the economic meltdown traumatized almost all sectors of our industry and caused a sharp drop in sales, several basic industry trends continued unabated.

Future Design Needs for Next-Generation Radar and EW Systems

May 5, 2010 4:54 am | Articles | Comments

Next-generation FPGA-based processing platforms for radar and electronic warfare (EW) systems provide a substantial increase in computational resources, as well as greatly easing the implementation effort in a floating-point datapath.

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