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Accelerating PCB Power Delivery Network Design and Analysis

December 1, 2011 8:54 am | by Dennis Nagle, Staff Product Engineer & Dingru Xiao, Staff Product Engineer, Cadence Design Systems | Articles | Comments

Current design trends have made the power delivery network (PDN) of a printed circuit board (PCB) as critical as multi-gigabit data channels. Continuous increases in clock frequencies have coupled with large increases in power, while voltage levels have trended lower and lower.

Sub-1 GHz Wireless Connectivity Module and BoosterPack for MSP430 MCU Value Line LaunchPad Development Kit

December 1, 2011 8:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anaren announced a new sub-1 GHz radio frequency (RF) module, based on the CC110L sub-1 GHz value line transceiver from Texas Instruments.

IR3553 40A PowIRstage Delivers High Current in Smallest Form Factor

December 1, 2011 7:47 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier announced the expansion of its PowIRstage family of integrated devices with the introduction of the 40A IR3553, optimized for next-generation servers, consumer and communication systems.

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MEMS Acceleration Sensor Promises Smaller, Sleeker Gadgets

December 1, 2011 7:37 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced ultra-low-power, high-performance three-axis accelerometers in 2-mm x 2-mm packages. Reducing the size by a factor of 2 over current-generation devices, according to the company, this acceleration-sensor family is

C-band Gallium Nitride High-Electron Mobility Transistors Address Satellite Earth Stations

December 1, 2011 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced it has developed two Gallium Nitride (GaN) High-Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMT) C-band (4–8GHz) amplifiers for satellite earth stations.

Lithium-Ion Battery-Charging Control IC Supports USB Charging

December 1, 2011 6:44 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a charging control integrated circuit (IC), the R2A20055NS, that achieves further miniaturization and safe charging control for single-cell lithium-ion batteries used in portable devices. In addition to the

Data Acquisition and Analysis Software for Force Measurement is USB-Based

December 1, 2011 6:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kistler has introduced the USB-based Type 2825A DynoWare universal data acquisition and analysis software, designed for direct compatibility with Kistler stationary and rotary measuring systems, including single- and multi-component dynamometers and other force sensors. Its operation allows for

nRFready 2.4GHz RF Smart Remote Reference Design for Advanced Browsing Control

December 1, 2011 5:17 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor announces the nRFready 2.4GHz RF Smart Remote, a complete hardware and software reference design for advanced browsing control of the latest Internet-enabled and Web 2.0-enabled TVs and set-top boxes (STBs).

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Engineering Power Adventures

December 1, 2011 4:56 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

First let me say that the design of the XP15K power supply kit by Elenco is a very functional design. It does what it is supposed to do. It is the engineer behind the soldering iron (me) that needs some adjustment.

Movea’s GestureBuilder advances State of the Art for Gesture Control in Consumer Electronics

December 1, 2011 3:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Movea announced today that it is making State of the Art gesture recognition and gesture database design capabilities available to Consumer Electronic OEMs and Systems Integrators though its ground breaking GestureBuilder software.

Air-Cored Spring Coil Family Offers Custom Designs

December 1, 2011 3:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in both leaded and SMT configurations, a family of Air-Wound Spring Coils includes a standard range from 2.5nH to 500nH and custom wound designs with an infinite variety of winding types.

Low-g Accelerometers Support Variety of Zero-to-Medium Frequency Apps

November 30, 2011 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Designs, Inc. has announced the global market introduction of its new LG Series, a dedicated product family of low-g range chips and modules, designed to support of a variety of zero-to-medium frequency aerospace, automotive, defense, energy, industrial, and general test & measurement requirements. The LG Series provides

Portable Receiver Offers LTE and Cable System Interference Detection and Spectrum Clearing

November 30, 2011 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rohde & Schwarz has developed an advanced portable receiver and directional antenna for interference detection and spectrum clearing of LTE and cable systems. The R&S PR100 Series portable receiver operates

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PIM Analyzer Covers the 900 MHz Band

November 30, 2011 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduced the MW8209A PIM Master, a passive intermodulation (PIM) analyzer that covers the 900 MHz band to address the growing need to measure PIM in E-GSM networks, including UMTS Band VIII and LTE Band 8. Designed for use

40-W DC-DC Converters Come In a Compact Case

November 30, 2011 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct’s F4000RW Series DC/DC converters provides 40 Watts of isolated, tightly regulated output power in a compact 2 x 1.6-inch case. They are specifically designed for applications requiring high power density, robust performance and

Integrated Power Circuit Touts Simpler Power Design and System Voltage Management for MCUs

November 30, 2011 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) introduced a complete power management solution for the company’s C2000 real-time control, 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) and other DSP and FPGA processors. The TPS75005 integrated power circuit comes in a

Brainstorm: Holiday Wish List

November 30, 2011 9:58 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

With the holidays approaching, what product or technology is on your wish list?

Return to Zero - Moonbeams In a Jar

November 30, 2011 9:28 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems. 

Current-sense amplifiers cut offset to 30µV

November 30, 2011 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Touchstone Semiconductor today announced the TS1100 family of 1?A current-sense amplifiers that cut offset to 30µV, over 3X tighter than the closest competitor. The tight offset allows users to not have to increase power consumption in order to achieve improved accuracy.

ON-Delay Industrial Interval Timer with Instantaneous Relay and 12 Ranges in a Single Unit

November 30, 2011 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Marsh Bellofram Corporation (www.marshbellofram.com) has announced the introduction of the 405AR series, an economical industrial timer family with on-delay instantaneous relay functionality, designed for a variety of daily-use OEM and control package timing applications.

Murata Power Solutions launches AC digital ammeter with built-in current transformers

November 30, 2011 7:39 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions today announced the ACM3P series of low profile 3-phase AC digital ammeters suitable for front panel mounting. Capable of high precision measurement to within 0.1 A and display of true-rms values of 2- or 3-phase mains current up to a maximum of 100 A per phase...

LDRA streamlines regulatory burden with support for QNX Momentics

November 30, 2011 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

LDRA has announced today that its LDRA tool suite now supports QNX Software System Limited’s QNX Momentics Tool Suite and QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System (RTOS). This offers a best-in-class approach fine-tuned for development needs and compliance to industry standards.

Software Suite Complies with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection 2.1 Standard

November 30, 2011 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elliptic Technologies has announced the release of its HDCP 2.1 SDK, presented as the first commercially available solution in the market that complies with the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection 2.1 standard.

Class D Audio Amplifiers Overview

November 30, 2011 6:35 am | Videos | Comments

This tutorial, provided by Digi-Key and NXP, will provide a brief introduction to Class D audio amplifiers, as well as NXP's product offering in the low, medium, and high power output Class D amplifier markets.

Hops and Pops in Timing aren't a Child's Game

November 30, 2011 6:31 am | by By Aaron Partridge, SiTime (www.sitime.com) | Blogs | Comments

Quartz resonators have many desirable properties, but they also show something called “hops and pops”. Unlike the fun subjects of Dr. Seuss' children's book, hops and pops in timing set a limit on how precise a frequency one can get from a quartz TCXO.

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