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October 8, 2011 8:57 am | by Chris Anderson, Spectrum Design Solutions - a division of Digi International, www.digi.com; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

I do radio for a living. I chose it because people said it was hard, (“we choose to go to the moon…”) maybe hard isn’t the best word, but esoteric at least. The arcane specialty of the magic everybody uses and less than five percent of the population understands. Like many things, the more you know about it

Resonant Controller-Power Switch Combination Enables Efficient Power Solution for LED Street Lighting

October 8, 2011 7:51 am | by Wonseok Kang, Sungmo Young, Fairchild Semiconductor, www.fairchildsemi.com | Articles | Comments

This article will explore a total solution for a switching power supply targeted to LED street lighting. The new resonant controller combined with new power switch enable a high efficiency solution for LED lighting power supplies without sacrificing

Four-quadrant PWM Servo Controller Touts Large Bandwidth

October 7, 2011 1:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Maxon’s NEW ESCON 36/2 DC is a four-quadrant PWM servo controller for use with DC motors up to 72 W. This fast digital current controller features a large bandwidth for optimal motor current/torque control. The drift-free and dynamic speed behavior enables

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Diode Laser Stack Product Line Includes 1940-nm Wavelength

October 7, 2011 1:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

DILAS announced the expansion of its QCW high-power vertical diode laser stacked arrays. These devices are now available at 1940 nm with power ranges up to 12 W QCW per bar and optional fast-axis collimation. These compact, completely AuSn soldered vertical stacks are

The Tinker's Toolbox - Jeff Smoot of CUI on Board-Level Power Management

October 7, 2011 12:42 pm | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Jeff Smoot, VP of Engineering and Quality at CUI about DC/DC power at the board level, the challenges to the engineer, and what CUI is doing to address them.

cPCI Serial Board with Freely Configurable FPGA IP Core Offers Flexible Configuration

October 7, 2011 11:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. offers the G215, a universal CompactPCI Serial peripheral board that provides flexible serial communication via an individual mix of UART and fieldbus interfaces. Although equipped with five standard interfaces, the board features

Return to Zero - Reliability Testing

October 7, 2011 10:41 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. 

Perception Project an Online Hit

October 7, 2011 10:14 am | Videos | Comments

Even if you aren't in imaging or deal with perception, display systems, pattern recognition, or other optical science, you should see this video.

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Another Successful ECOC Exhibition

October 7, 2011 6:13 am | by Beverley Lucas, Group Event Manager, Nexus Business Media (www.ecocexhibition.com) | Blogs | Comments

The ECOC (European Conference on Optical Communications) 2011 exhibition last month saw an increase in visitors , with over 5,000 attending – a figure that has continued to rise for the past three years.

Integrated Silicon-Based EMI Suppression Devices Help Move Smartphone Design Forward

October 7, 2011 6:09 am | by Tim Micun, ON Semiconductor, www.onsemi.com | Articles | Comments

While form factor and electromechanical interference (EMI) remain a primary concern for smartphone designers, provisioning all of the high end peripherals in a format which is comfortable to hold and carry, creating a clean EMI ecosystem and not interfering with the wireless transmit and receive functions remains a complex challenge.

LDRA and MathWorks Join Forces to Ease Compliance

October 7, 2011 5:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

LDRA and MathWorks have integrated the LDRA tool suite with Simulink modelling tools. The integration offers independent verification and full traceability of all artifacts, minimizing the time and cost of achieving standard compliance.

Automotive Varistor Touts Low Specified Leakage Current

October 6, 2011 1:06 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has developed an advanced varistor designed for general ESD protection use in automotive circuits, including CMOS, bi-polar, and SiGe based systems. The AEC Q200-qualified Automotive StaticGuard Series varistor delivers

Power and Control Module Suits Rugged Environments

October 6, 2011 12:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems announced a rugged Power and Control Module (PCM) board that provides high level control and bridging to a system host via Ethernet (IEEE 802.3), USB, RS-232 and CANbus. This rugged

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L- & S-Band Solid State Power Amplifier

October 6, 2011 12:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

NuWaves Engineering, an international communications company, has expanded their NuPower series of power amplifiers with the introduction of the L-&S-Band PA.

Planar Transformers Tout High Performance From Space-Saving Designs

October 6, 2011 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Standex Electronics introduced a full lineup of planar transformers which are asserted to deliver high-performance from compact, low-profile designs. The planar transformers provide low leakage inductance and repeatable capacitance. Available in

LDRA Tool Suite Automates Embedded Software Development

October 6, 2011 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

LDRA has boosted the automation, efficiency and customization of certification processes with Version 9 of the LDRA tool suite. While maintaining legacy tools and features, LDRA has unified its tools with a common user interface, central repositories and performance optimizations to offer superior lifecycle traceabilit

Triaxial Accelerometers Are Tailored for Low-to-Medium Frequency Applications

October 6, 2011 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dytran Instruments has introduced the 7503A Series, a family of high precision triaxial MEMS DC accelerometers designed for use in both commercial and military applications. The accelerometers combine a

Audio-Visual Industry Case Study: Channel D

October 6, 2011 11:42 am | by Ken Tumblison, President of Buckeye Shapeform | Blogs | Comments

Behind every successful theatrical production, rock concert, or television broadcast is a tightly-coordinated production crew making sure all goes smoothly. From lighting and sound to wardrobe changes and directors, the behind-the-scenes hustle and bustle of the production crew...

Clock Generator Simplifies Timing Architectures for Wired, Optical Communications

October 6, 2011 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced an integrated clock generator featuring exceptional jitter performance. The National LMK03806 offers designers the ability to synthesize their required clock frequencies from a single low-cost crystal, enabling

Silicon Carbide Schottky Diodes Improve Energy Efficiency in Solar Micro Inverter Designs

October 6, 2011 9:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree continues its mission of advancing the adoption of SiC into mainstream power applications with its latest additions to its 1200V SiC Schottky diode family. The surface-mount devices come in 2A, 5A, 8A, and 10A current ratings packaged in the TO-252 D-Pak

Integrated Firewall Solution Protects Embedded Devices from Attacks

October 6, 2011 8:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Icon Labs announced the availability of Icon Labs’ Floodgate Firewall with Stateful Packet Inspection, creating what is presented as the only embedded firewall protecting against Internet-based attacks.

Testing LTE Network Capacity Over the Air Interface - Benefits and Challenges

October 6, 2011 8:17 am | by Nick Carter, Aeroflex Test Solutions (www.aeroflex.com) | Blogs | Comments

The advent of LTE introduces a number of new challenges for capacity testing and requires different techniques and expertise from those used for 3G networks.

RFID Chip Targets Logistics Applications

October 6, 2011 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

CEITEC, a Brazilian company that develops and produces application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) today announced the final development phase of a new integrated circuit (IC) for multiple logistics applications

The Tinker's Toolbox - Dermot O'Shea of Taoglas on Wireless Systems

October 6, 2011 6:03 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Taoglas Director Dermot O'Shea about wireless systems like LTE and WiMax, and the required antenna infrastructures.

GreenArrays Is Having A Contest

October 6, 2011 5:50 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

Green Arrays in conjunction with Schmart Board announced a hobbyist board for the Green Arrays GA144 chip. Things have progressed some since that announcement was made. You can now buy the mounting PC board and the GreenArrays GA144 chip together...

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