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Analog switches feature low on-resistance of 1.5 Ω

October 29, 2013 3:25 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology introduced three new ± 15 V precision monolithic quad single-pole single-throw (SPST) CMOS analog switches. Built on a new CMOS process, the Vishay Siliconix DG1411, DG1412, and DG1413 offer low on-resistance of 1.5 Ω.

Multicell battery gas gauge makes direct measurements of 3.6V to 20V battery stacks

October 29, 2013 3:18 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC2943 multicell battery gas gauge which makes direct measurements of 3.6V to 20V battery stacks. Absolutely no level shifting circuitry on the supply and measurement pins is required to interface with multicell voltages, so total current consumption is minimized and measurement accuracy is preserved.

Super-thin membranes clear the way for chip-sized pumps

October 29, 2013 1:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The ability to shrink laboratory-scale processes to automated chip-sized systems would revolutionize biotechnology and medicine. For example, inexpensive and highly portable devices that process blood samples to detect biological agents such as anthrax are needed by the U.S. military and for homeland security efforts.

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Combination sensors targeted at medical, HVAC, and industrial applications

October 28, 2013 4:04 pm | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell announced that new 6000, 7000, 8000, and 9000 Series of the HumidIcon combination digital output relative humidity (RH) and thermal sensor solutions are now available. Primarily targeted for medical, HVAC, and industrial applications, these new sensors offer industry-leading long-term accuracy....

Through-hole resistors extend range down to 5 Ohms

October 28, 2013 1:20 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) has enhanced the Z Series of ultra-high-precision Bulk Metal Z-Foil through-hole commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) resistors with an extended resistance range down to 5 Ω. For high-precision applications in harsh environments, the devices provide very low nominal TCR....

DSP-based System-on-Chip designed for hearing health solutions

October 28, 2013 1:10 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has launched the Ezairo 7100 series of integrated circuits and packaged hybrids for advanced hearing aids and hearing implant devices. With five times the processing power of previous systems, the system-on-chip (SoC) provides built-in flexibility to support evolving algorithm, wireless and system-level needs.

Nanomaterials database improved to help consumers, scientists track products

October 28, 2013 12:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nanomaterials are the heart of the smaller, better electronics developed during the last decade, as well as new materials, medical diagnostics and therapeutics, energy storage, and clean water. However, exposure to nanomaterials may have unintended consequences for human health and the environment.

Creating innovative, precise, and specialized medical equipment enclosures

October 28, 2013 12:19 pm | by Ken Tumblison, President of Buckeye Shapeform | Articles | Comments

Advances in medical technology in the past century alone have made possible what was previously considered unfeasible. Where once certain illnesses caused the deaths of millions worldwide, medical innovation has now eliminated many dreaded diseases.

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FAQ: The infrared motion sensor

October 28, 2013 12:08 pm | by Aiman Kiwan, Senior Product Manager, Panasonic Corporation of America | Articles | Comments

Many of the automation systems that increasingly appear in our daily lives have a fundamental need to sense the presence and movement of human beings. Whether that system simply shuts off the lights to save energy at home or triggers an emergency response in a health care facility, accurate motion sensing is a crucial requirement.

Texas A&M Engineering entrepreneurs among Aggie 100

October 25, 2013 5:07 pm | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

The 100 fastest-growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led businesses in the world were recognized today (Oct. 25) at the 9th Annual Aggie 100 program, sponsored by the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. The Aggie 100 focuses on growth as an indicator of job creation, product acceptance and entrepreneurial vision. Of the......

Evaluation kit helps launch Internet of Things (IoT) development

October 24, 2013 4:56 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) announced the MSP430 USB LaunchPad Evaluation Kit and supporting ecosystem of software and support for its portfolio of USB microcontrollers. The MSP-EXP430F5529LP LaunchPad, based on the low power MSP430F5529 microcontroller (MCU), provides engineers and

Solid-state power relay rated for up to 5A continuous load current

October 24, 2013 4:27 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

The CPC1968 is a single-pole normally open (1-Form-A) solid-state power relay rated for up to 5A continuous load current with a 5°C/W heat sink. The output is constructed with MOSFET switches and photovoltaic die, while the input utilizes a highly efficient GaAIAs infrared LED to provide the optically coupled control.

‘Anklebot’ helps determine ankle stiffness

October 24, 2013 1:03 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

For most healthy bipeds, the act of walking is seldom given a second thought: One foot follows the other, and the rest of the body falls in line, supported by a system of muscle, tendon, and bones. Upon closer inspection, however, locomotion is less straightforward. In particular, the ankle — the crucial juncture between the leg and the foot...

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Bee sting venom can help develop immunity to bee stings

October 24, 2013 12:02 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Bee stings can be painful, and for people who are allergic to the bee’s venom, they can be deadly. But a new study from Yale School of Medicine finds that the key toxic component in bee venom — the major allergen — can actually induce immunity and protect against future allergic reactions to the toxin....

Nuclear technology in your life today

October 24, 2013 12:50 am | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

In response to National Nuclear Science Week, two students, Lily Raabe and Kristina Yancey, of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M wrote the following, in hopes to share knowledge not commonly known to the general public about nuclear technology in our lives. Electricity has many applications, from phones and video games to hospital equipment and air conditioning. It......

Reconfigurable heterogeneous architectures deliver flexibility and performance for complex applications

October 23, 2013 4:47 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Embedded systems designers, more than ever, are seeking flexibility in how they work with processing elements to help keep risks low, speed time to market and control cost. Traditional embedded systems often rely on general-purpose processors and microcontrollers or multicore processors.

Microprocessor crystal occupies 50% less surface area than similar products on the market

October 23, 2013 1:59 pm | Raltron Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Raltron Electronics Corp, Miami, FL has just released its new Model R1612 Microprocessor Crystal at 1.6 x 1.2 x 0.4 mm in size addressing the ever increasing demand for smaller size components. Featuring ultra-small, ultra-thin size; with automatic processing and reflow capability and its excellent use for high density usages, make the R1612 a superior choice....

MOSFETs offer excellent stability and low intermodulation distortion

October 23, 2013 8:50 am | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD announces availability and full design support capabilities for two new high-frequency vertical diffusion metal oxide semiconductor (VDMOS) MOSFETs from Microsemi Corporation (Microsemi). The new high-power, high breakdown voltage (V(BR)DSS), common source configuration devices offer excellent stability and low intermodulation distortion (IMD).

Predicting the fate of stem cells

October 22, 2013 4:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Toronto researchers have developed a method that can rapidly screen human stem cells and better control what they will turn into. The technology could have potential use in regenerative medicine and drug development. Findings are published in this week's issue of the journal Nature Methods.

Are we addicted to smartphones?

October 22, 2013 4:13 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, Photography by Melissa Spivak | Blogs | Comments

Do you own a “Crackberry” or, god forbid, an iPhone? Is it always within arms’ reach, and do you compulsively check it every 5-10 minutes? Do you scour your smartphone with no clear purpose in mind? And do you have a strong desire to resist this “constant connectivity”? You may be experiencing “pushback”, according to a new paper from the University of Washington. But is this a symptom of smartphone "addiction"?

Controlling the triggers of age-related inflammation could extend ‘healthspan’

October 21, 2013 12:12 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Inflammation is the common denominator of many chronic age-related diseases such as arthritis, gout, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes. But according to a Yale School of Medicine study, even in the absence of a disease, inflammation can lead to serious loss of function throughout the body, reducing healthspan — that portion of our lives spent relatively free of serious illness and disability....

Yoga accessible for the blind with new Microsoft Kinect-based program

October 18, 2013 12:24 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

In a typical yoga class, students watch an instructor to learn how to properly hold a position. But for people who are blind or can’t see well, it can be frustrating to participate in these types of exercises. Now, a team of University of Washington computer scientists has created a software program that watches a user’s movements and gives spoken feedback on what to change to accurately complete a yoga pose.

Study: Good night's sleep cleans out gunk in brain

October 18, 2013 12:10 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

When we sleep, our brains get rid of gunk that builds up while we're awake, suggests a study that may provide new clues to treat Alzheimer's disease and other disorders. This cleaning was detected in the brains of sleeping mice, but scientists said there's reason to think it happens in people too.

Salmonella sensing system

October 18, 2013 12:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As anyone who has ever consumed bacteria-contaminated food and experienced "food poisoning" can tell you, it's a miserable experience. Yet it's an all-too-common one, with foodborne illnesses making 1 in 6 Americans -- or 48 million people -- sick each year. Of these people sickened, 128,000 end up in the hospital, while 3,000 die.

Solid-state power relay rated for up to 5A continuous load current

October 18, 2013 10:25 am | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Integrated Circuits Division announced the immediate availability of the CPC1968J, 2Arms Solid-State Power Relay.  The CPC1968J is a single-pole normally open (1-Form-A) solid state power relay that is rated for up to 5A continuous load current.

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