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EMC filters minimize earth leakage currents

December 11, 2014 9:05 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) presents the EPCOS LeaXield active filter module, a completely new solution for the minimization of earth leakage currents in power drive systems with frequency converters. Leakage current can cause RCDs (residual current devices) to ...

Transformers provide common mode noise reduction

December 11, 2014 8:57 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) introduces its new HDBaseT transformers that provide common mode noise reduction for improved EMI performance and isolation for power over HDBaseT (PoH) applications. Pulse Electronics' HD8004FNL ...

Designing your perfect inverting rail

December 11, 2014 8:38 am | by Anston Joel Lobo, System and Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

We often come across designs needing an operational amplifier (op amp) and confoundedly ask, where can I source that pesky negative supply? The quest for a cost-effective, simple and flexible solution often descends down a path of topologies and ...

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39 W LED driver offers simple programming

December 10, 2014 4:52 pm | Thomas Research Products | Product Releases | Comments

Thomas Research Products (Elgin, IL) introduces a new programmable LED Driver. The new LED39WPR series constant-current driver offers OEMs a flexible, easy way to reduce complex parts inventory. The key advantage of this product is simple ...

The world’s smallest automotive 4G LTE communication module

December 10, 2014 3:54 pm | Marvell Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Marvell (Santa Clara, CA) announced  that Alps Electric Co., Ltd. has launched the world’s smallest automotive 4G LTE high-speed data communication module, the UMDZ series, with dimensions of 28.90 × 29.80 × 4.22 mm. Powered by Marvell’s ARMADA ...

Watch the Navy blow up boats with their new laser

December 10, 2014 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It's official. The U.S. Navy has deployed its newest laser weapon prototype to the Persian Gulf and (as an added bonus) has released footage of the laser being used to blow things up. Your government tax dollars at work, folks. But on a more serious note, the LaWS Laser Weapons ...

PoL DC-DC converter delivers 50 A/165 Watts

December 10, 2014 2:25 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Mansfield, MA) has announced the OKDx-T/50 series of 50 Amp digitally controlled point-of-load (PoL) DC-DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. These converters, adding to Murata’s Okami range of non-isolated converters, are ...

TFT display modules offer HD quality imaging

December 10, 2014 2:15 pm | Tianma Microelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Tianma NLT America (Santa Clara, CA) and Tianma Microelectronics USA have announced the introduction of new 4.66” and 5.7” 720 x 1280 (720 HD) TFT display modules. The TM046JDHP01 and TM057JDHP04 modules offer HD quality imaging and ...

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Switch mode power supply measurement and analysis with a bench oscilloscope

December 10, 2014 1:56 pm | by Varun Merchant, Tektronix | Articles | Comments

The power supply is integral to virtually every type of line-powered and battery-operated electronic product, and the switch-mode power supply (SMPS) has become the dominant architecture in many applications. A single switch-mode power supply’s performance ...

New solutions and challenges for digital control of power converters

December 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Stephen Pimpis, Vice President, Strategic Product Marketing; Bill Smith, Director of Marketing, Board Mounted Power; and Paul Knauber, Murata University Coordinator: Murata Power Solutions | Articles | Comments

Advancements in semiconductor technologies and system-level performance requirements, particularly in the telecom and datacom markets, have had a tremendous impact on the board level power infrastructure. Moore’s Law has been driving device ...

Could prettier, quieter wind turbines make it in the city?

December 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Despite many complaints about noise, size, and appearance, wind turbines are one of the most innovative and productive sources of clean energy to date. However, because of these grievances most wind turbines have been exiled to the countryside or ...

Low power? No power!

December 10, 2014 11:25 am | by Matthias Kassner, Product Marketing Director, EnOcean | Articles | Comments

This article describes the benefits associated with using energy harvesting wireless sensor nodes within the context of an Internet of Things. It discusses key architectural requirements and design trade-offs of such devices and gives examples of current ...

Controller, converter, or module — which is right for my design?

December 10, 2014 10:57 am | by Chris Ammann, Global Technical Marketing Engineer, Power Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

Power supplies come in many shapes and sizes. As technologies have advanced, more and more integration has become commonplace when designing a power system. In a lot of instances, integration makes for a simpler design process. However ...

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What is the most creative way LEDs have been implemented?

December 10, 2014 10:11 am | Articles | Comments

The next generation of lighting is addressing the increasing demand for solutions that produce higher light output, higher optical density and better heat dissipation with fewer LED placements — ultimately resulting in system cost reductions that can ...

Bra stops sexual assault with 3,800 kilovolt electric shock

December 10, 2014 8:49 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

I’ve seen numerous devices and ideas for empowering women — pepper spray, tasers, self-defense courses, firearms — but I can honestly say I’ve never seen a bra used as a weapon. Engineering students Manisha Mohan, Niladhri Basu Bal, and Rimpi Tripathi ...

Gate driver features wide voltage range of 10V to 20V

December 9, 2014 3:48 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Integrated Circuits Division (Beverly, MA) announces the immediate availability of the IX3180 2.5A Gate Drive Optocoupler. The IX3180 combines IXYS ICD’s optocoupler expertise from its OptoMOS product line with its popular 600-Series of ...

Adapter/carrier cards designed for embedded open architectures

December 9, 2014 3:37 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) offers a wide range of adapter cards that allow standard mezzanine cards of multiple formats to be utilized within the system. The adapter cards and carriers allow the re-use of legacy boards and the leveraging of ...

Exclusive interview with Mythbusters star Grant Imahara

December 9, 2014 1:53 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD | @JMooneyWDD | Videos | Comments

WDD's Editor in Chief, Janine Mooney, interviews Grant Imahara (you may remember him from Mythbusters) on his new partnership with Mouser Electronics at Electronica 2014. Engineer and longtime Mouser Electronics' customer Grant Imahara of Mythbusters ...

Module offers fast time-to-market

December 9, 2014 1:34 pm | Adlink Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced a new SMARC form factor computer-on-module running a Freescale i.MX6 processor based on the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture. With a choice of dual or quad-core processors running at from 800 MHz ...

Bionic Bra proves necessity is apparently not the mother of invention

December 9, 2014 11:12 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering ... why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them....

LED enables brighter stage lighting

December 9, 2014 10:19 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced a new LED for stage lighting. Compared with previous members of the product family, the new Osram Ostar Stage offers more than twice the lumen output with a component surface that ...

Polymer chip capacitors sized for space-conscious applications

December 9, 2014 9:24 am | Illinois Capacitor | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor (Lincolnwood, IL) XMPL Series Polymer Chip Capacitors are sized for applications where space is at a premium. With very-low ESR and ripple current ratings, they will easily outperform surface mount electrolytics of greater ...

This is why you shouldn’t fly drones indoors

December 9, 2014 9:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Flying drones indoors is rarely a wise decision. Flying large drones indoors near innocent bystanders is asking for trouble. So when TGI Friday’s mistletoe-toting drones injured someone in a cramped restaurant in Brooklyn, well, we should’ve seen this coming....

Exploding batteries among 4 design fails this week

December 8, 2014 3:45 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Horizon Hobby is recalling its HobbyZone Super Cub S radio-controlled aircraft due to a fire hazard. Manufactured in China, the power supply units and chargers can overcharge the battery. The company has received 18 incident reports, including reports ...

Linear position sensor designed for factory automation

December 8, 2014 3:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has expanded its sensor product offering by adding to its line the LR-27 Series Inductive Linear Position Sensors. These are contactless devices designed for factory automation and a variety of heavy duty ...

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