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Chip Package System Convergence Requires Holistic Approach

October 26, 2011 8:16 am | by Ji Zheng, Apache | Blogs | Comments

With extreme demands on power, performance and regulatory specifications, it becomes essential to view the chip, package and system as a cohesive network of interdependent parts.

Atmel Unveils Fifth-Generation ARM Cortex-M4 based Flash Microcontroller Family

October 26, 2011 7:45 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel, a leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, is sampling the Atmel SAM4S16, the first device in the Cortex-M4 processor-based family, to lead customers. With a continued commitment to its ARM-processor-based MCU offerings, Atmel is also unveiling its fifth generation Cortex-M4 based Flash MCUs.

A Dimmable AC-DC LED Lighting Driver Controller

October 26, 2011 7:18 am | Videos | Comments

This is a demo video on how the Texas Instruments TPS92070 high efficiency lighting driver controller reduces part count, size, and cost.

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Return to Zero - User Interface

October 26, 2011 6:31 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. 

IAR Embedded Workbench Updated for ARM Cortex Users

October 26, 2011 5:00 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

IAR Systems announced the availability of a new version of IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM that adds significant speed optimizations and new features making it more powerful. Optimizations are targeted for the ARM CMSIS DSP library and for general speed improvements when generating code for Cortex-M processors.

Inclinometer Line Features Rugged and Super-rugged Versions

October 25, 2011 2:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL’s ACCELENS (ACS) inclinometers are now available in two major product lines. The first of these is designed primarily for industrial environments and features a tough fiber-reinforced PBT plastic housings and fully-encapsulated electronic components. These devices can

Non-Contacting Rotary Position Sensor Performs in Harsh Environments

October 25, 2011 1:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns, Inc. announced the availability of a new non-contacting magnetic rotary position sensor which is asserted to help increase product lifespan and reliability of applications that operate in harsh and high vibration environments.

Thin Film Fuse Series Touts High Accuracy, Low Current

October 25, 2011 1:25 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has extended the current rating of the Accu-Guard II Low Current Series to include 200 mA, 150 mA, 125 mA, 100 mA, 75 mA, 62.5 mA and 50 mA versions in a 0603 package. The miniature 0603 low

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Probe Sockets Target Package-on-Package Devices

October 25, 2011 12:07 pm | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics has recently introduced series of high performance BGA socket for high speed probing of the memory chip and processor debugging during the design phase. One such BGA socket is designed for a 1 Gb Mobile DDR2-S4 SDRAM (12 mm x12 mm, 0.5 mm pitch, 168 FBGA Package). The stacked

Flash Memory Portfolio Features Ultra-Compact Devices

October 25, 2011 11:36 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced an expansion of its Multi-Purpose Flash Plus (MPF+) memory portfolio, with the introduction of the SST39VF80XC and SST39VF160XC. The SST39VF80XC offers 8-Mbit of memory, while the SST39VF160XC offers

Level V compliant power supply provides 30-60 watts

October 25, 2011 11:27 am | Protek Power North America | Product Releases | Comments

Offering from one to three outputs, the PUP60 Series of AC/DC desktop switching power supplies from Protek Power provide 30-60 watts of continuous output power. They are enclosed in a compact case with an IEC320/C14 inlet for world-wide use.

Semtech Expands the 4D-Touch Platform with Multi-Touch Support to Enhance the User Experience

October 25, 2011 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech today announced the SX8674/75/76/77/78 multi-touch resistive touchscreen controllers which bring pinch and stretch gesture recognition to the Semtech 4D-Touch platform. Semtech is the first to provide standard resistive panels with proximity sensing...

Honeywell Rolls Out Advanced Wing Union Sensor for Oil & Gas Exploration

October 25, 2011 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell has expanded its popular Wing Union sensor portfolio with two new models designed to meet the changing demands of global upstream oil and gas exploration and drilling, where maximizing productivity and avoiding downtime are critical.

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Healthcare Interconnect Solutions

October 25, 2011 10:27 am | by Steve Sheehan, Director of Medical Business Development, Hypertronics | Articles | Comments

As the exorbitant cost of healthcare in United States continues to cartwheel out of control, the medical community is today demanding a much healthier ROI across the boards from the technology solutions that it deploys across multiple disciplines.

IC for Non-isolated LED Driver Applications Offers Improved Performance and Greater Cost Efficiency

October 25, 2011 10:03 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced the IRS2980 high-voltage buck regulator control IC for LED light bulb replacement, LED tube lighting and other non-isolated LED driver applications.

Boost Charger IC Empowers Nanoenergy Harvesting

October 25, 2011 6:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TI boost charger for nano (ultra low) power energy harvesting manages the microwatts to milliwatts of power generated from a number of sources and stores the extracted energy in various storage elements, including Li-ion batteries and super capacitors.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Richard Macary of SelectConnect on Laser Direct Structuring

October 25, 2011 6:00 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Richard Macary, President of SelectConnect Technologies, about Laser Direct Structuring and three-dimensional molded interconnect devices.

EnSilica launches Updated eSi-RISC Development Suite

October 25, 2011 4:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

EnSilica has launched a major new version of its ceSi-RISC Development Suite, a complete development environment for evaluating the EnSilica family of eSi-RISC highly configurable and low-power soft processor cores and creating embedded applications.

2.4 GHz Balanced Output Filter is Presented as World’s Smallest

October 24, 2011 1:14 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Electronics North America announced the launch of its LFB182G45BG2D280 balanced output matching filter, aimed at a broad range of 2.4 GHz wireless applications using ZigBee and Bluetooth low energy technologies. The new filter has

D2 Technologies Partners with Altair Semiconductor to Create Ultra-Low Power 4G VoLTE Communications Solution

October 24, 2011 12:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

D2 Technologies announced that it has partnered with one of the world's leading suppliers of commercial semiconductor solutions for FDD/TDD LTE, Altair Semiconductor, to meet the demand for turnkey LTE solutions. D2’s mCUE, a converged 4G mobile communications client for Voice over LTE (VoLTE)...

Software helps users post-process PCB designs

October 24, 2011 12:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

DownStream Technologies today announced the release of new versions of both of their industry-leading PCB post-processing solutions, CAM350 and BluePrint-PCB. Both releases include many new features and performance improvements designed to help users post-process PCB designs...

Triton Ice Thermoelectrics Chill to Unprecedented Temperatures

October 24, 2011 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Marlow Industries today announced the availability of a new Triton ICE thermoelectric module series that will chill electronics as much as 2°C below current market offerings. Inspired by sub-zero temperatures on Neptune’s moon Triton...

Addressing the Future with Lime Microsystems

October 24, 2011 11:48 am | by Dale Wilson, Product marketing director, Lime Microsystems | Blogs | Comments

When joining Lime I saw an innovative company with an exciting product with a fantastic 'yes we can' attitude and an opportunity to be a key part of this, helping to implement and affect its plans for market capitalisation.

Configurable Modules Protect Batteries and Battery-Powered Equipment in Vehicles

October 24, 2011 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cole Hersee announced the availability of its new FlexMod LVD, a family of configurable electronic modules that protect batteries and battery powered equipment.

FTDI Expands Range of ‘Instant USB’ Solutions with USB Hi-Speed to Digital Level UART Cables

October 24, 2011 10:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

USB solutions specialist Future Technology Devices International Limited (FTDI) has added two more cables to its USB to digital level serial interface product offering. The new products, which make up the company’s C232HD USB 2.0 Hi-Speed to Digital Level UART cable series...

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