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PID Based Servo Tuning: Black Art, Rocket Science, or Walk in the Park

July 15, 2011 9:28 am | Articles | Comments

This article provides an overview of PID (proportional, integral, derivative) based servo tuning, and introduce two standard manual tuning methods that work well for a large variety of systems. It also shows that

BLDC Motor Controller Chips Help Conserve Energy

July 15, 2011 5:21 am | by Scott C. Chen, Fairchild Semiconductor, www.fairchildsemi.com | Articles | Comments

AC and DC are the two types of motors used in household appliances. DC can be further categorized as either brushed or brushless DC (BLDC) motors. Considerable breakthroughs have recently been made in both the technology and production of BLDC motors. The BLDC motor offers

Indicator Features Power-Optimized Electronics, Independent Pushbutton

July 14, 2011 9:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Banner Engineering introduced the EZ-LIGHT K50L with an independent pushbutton. The pushbutton is mapped to a dry contact output and is designed for use with wireless sensor networks, specifically

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PWM Driver Module Enables High-Current Device Integration

July 14, 2011 8:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mosaic has added a new member to its family of plug-in I/O modules called the Wildcards. Mosaic’s new PWM Driver Wildcard makes it a snap to interface high current peripherals to any instrumentation or automation project and offers

ILEX Architectural Lighting Announces Acquisition of Davis-Muller Lighting.

July 14, 2011 7:22 am | News | Comments

ILEX Architectural Lighting, a market leader in energy-efficient lighting solutions for both the hospitality and commercial markets, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the privately held Davis / Muller Lighting.

Market for Semiconductors In Appliances Forecast to be Over $2 Billion Next Year

July 14, 2011 7:01 am | News | Comments

IMS Research forecasts the market for semiconductors in major home appliances (MHAs) will be worth more than $2 billion in 2012, up from $1.5 billion in 2010. Such components have a whole host of functions including: controlling operation of the motor in an appliance; sensing various operational parameters; driving touch-control devices; storing menus, languages & safety sub-systems; maybe even

Trends in Smart Grid and Alternate Energy

July 13, 2011 12:59 pm | by Nagarajan Sridhar, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Articles | Comments

With global prosperity on the rise, the demand for energy is increasing and is approximately expected to double by 2030. In parallel, there is a concern of energy supply issues on the long run. This has resulted in an increasing activity and proliferation of employing sustainable/alternate energy sources and improved energy transmission methods over the last decade from all fronts

Waterproof High Power Connector Handles 75 A to 260 A

July 13, 2011 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products (APP), introduced the SPEC Pak High Power Connector. This connector has power handling capacity from 75A to 260 A and an IP68-rated waterproof environmentally sealed shell, making it

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Aeroflex Launches a New Product Line for Characterization and Production Testing

July 13, 2011 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aeroflex Incorporated is launching the AX-Series at SEMICON West today, a completely new product line for characterization and production testing of consumer RF and mixed-signal semiconductors.

JTAG Technologies Will Showcase the Latest Mil-Aero Developments and Products at IEEE Autotestcon

July 13, 2011 8:18 am | News | Comments

IEEE AUTOTESTCON is the United States' largest conference focused on automatic test systems for U.S. military systems, and has been held annually since 1965. The conference is held in Baltimore, Maryland this fall, all themes focused precisely on the current issues facing military automated test.

RFID Customizes Disc RFID Sticker for Preventing Losing

July 13, 2011 7:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

DAILY RFID announces the launch of adhesive RFID sticker with self-adhesive 3M Glue on one side. This adhesive RFID sticker can be glued on flat and clean surfaces for tracking usage, thus preventing object from losing.

Latest RFID Wristband for Timing in Marathon

July 13, 2011 7:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

DAILY RFID has recently released a latest RFID Wristband for personnel tracking, especially for runner timing in marathon. Basing on HF frequency, this disposable wristband is waterproof and heat-resistant to support long-term usage in marathon.

Long-range Active RFID Reader for Easy Asset Management

July 13, 2011 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

DAILY RFID has recently released 2.45 GHz Active RFID Reader DL9130 for easy asset management. With a long read range of up to 100 meters, this 2.45GHz RFID Reader is ideal for asset management due to its fast read rate and automatically tags detection within its read range.

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CML Microcircuits Launches Digital Private Mobile Radio Baseband Processor

July 13, 2011 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

CML Microcircuits has announced the launch of the world leading single chip Digital Private Mobile Radio (dPMR®) Baseband Processor, the CMX8341.

MA-COM Technology Solutions Appoints Vincent Pelliccia Senior Director Asia Pacific Sales

July 13, 2011 6:13 am | News | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions (M/A-COM Tech) is pleased to announce Vincent Pellicia’s appointment as Senior Director of Asia Pacific Sales, reporting to Jack Kennedy, Vice President of Sales for M/A-COM Tech. Mr. Pelliccia is now responsible for leading the company's Asia Pacific Sales initiatives.

Nokia Siemens Networks Promotes GSM for Machine to Machine Applications

July 13, 2011 6:04 am | News | Comments

GSM subscriptions supporting Machine to Machine (M2M) applications are expected to reach 1 billion by 2015*. This increase in the use of GSM networks to support automated communication between devices and applications will cause signaling capacity, traffic management and Quality of Service (QoS) to become significant operator issues.

Sangshin Elecom Develops a Suite of Monoblock Filters

July 13, 2011 5:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sangshin Elecom announces a suite of monoblock Filters for ADS-B / UAT / TCAS applications. These filters are designed with a common footprint allowing for increased design flexibility.

Digi-Key Corporation Offers Delta’s Full Line of DC-DC Solutions

July 13, 2011 5:37 am | News | Comments

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, recognized by design engineers as having the industry's broadest selection of electronic components available for immediate shipment, now stocks Delta Products Group's full line of DC/DC products.

LED Work Light Intended for Hazardous Locations

July 12, 2011 11:14 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Magnalight.com by Larson Electronics has released a two foot long LED work light designed to exceed the performance and safety of traditional hazardous location fluorescent work lamps. Although almost identical in appearance to drop lights equipped with fluorescent tubes...

Advanced Roller Pinion Technology Provides Increased Accuracy for Motion Control Applications

July 12, 2011 11:05 am | by Dave Hein, Nexen Group, Inc., www.nexengroup.com | Articles | Comments

Rack and pinion technology is commonly used in linear motion systems to convert rotary motion into linear motion. Providing versatile operation, rack and pinion systems can be employed in a variety of motion control applications, ranging from cutting systems to medical and robotics applications. A traditional rack and pinion system is

TNS Wi-Fi Solution Prepares To Relieve Data Traffic Pressure

July 12, 2011 9:19 am | News | Comments

Mobile operators have been given a preview of a new automatic Wi-Fi roaming solution from Transaction Network Services which is based on wireless technology from Cisco and will help enable subscribers to obtain data services with a high level of security using over 600,000 commercial hotspots around the world.

Latest Firmware Upgrade Gives u-blox Customers Highly Valuable Benefits

July 12, 2011 9:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

u-blox announces the upgrade of its latest GPS receiver platform u-blox 6. The upgrade gives customers access to many new features and benefits such as improved sensitivity, significantly lower power consumption, improved anti-jamming performance, jamming detection and shorter Time To First Fix (TTFF).

Portable Oscilloscopes Are Engineered for Harsh Industrial Environments

July 12, 2011 9:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation introduced its ScopeMeter 190 Series II two-channel handheld portable oscilloscopes. They combine the characteristics of a two-channel oscilloscope with a

AVX Develops High Q, Low ESR Multilayer Organic RF Capacitor

July 12, 2011 9:00 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has developed an 0603 case size surface mount capacitor capable of supporting frequencies from 700 MHz to well above 5 GHz.

Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. Announces the Traco Power TEN 15WI Series of DC-DC Converters

July 12, 2011 8:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TEN 15WI series is a family of high performance 15 Watt DC/DC converter modules featuring ultra wide 4:1 input voltage ranges in a 1" x 2" x 0.4" package with industry standard footprint.

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