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Reference Design Enables Flicker-Free TRIAC Dimming for LED Downlights

October 13, 2011 10:07 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations introduced a new reference design detailing an 85%-efficient, 15 W PAR38 downlight driver that delivers flicker-free dimming without the use of unreliable high-voltage electrolytic bulk capacitors.

Stepper Motor Drive Module Offers RS-485 Communication Protocol

October 13, 2011 9:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The IDEA stepper motor drive platform now has the capability of communication using an RS-485 data protocol, overcoming the limitations of other drive communication methods.

Fast 1200V IGBTs Reduce Switching and Conduction Losses

October 13, 2011 9:12 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier announced the introduction of a family of reliable, efficient 1200 V Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs) for induction heating, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) solar and welding applications.

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Atom AMPD Introduces Kwick Key Portable Software Installation

October 13, 2011 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Atom AMPD has now introduced the Atom OS Kwick Key, a portable software installation key for network and communications bringing users up to a 70% lower  total cost of ownership.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Alfamation CEO Mauro Arigossi on Automated Test

October 13, 2011 7:26 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Alfamation CEO Mauro Arigossi about testing the latest devices and test products and solutions for the automotive, consumer electronics, telecom and medical industries.

Agilent Technologies to Demonstrate InfiniiVision Oscilloscopes at Automotive Testing Expo

October 13, 2011 6:42 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies will feature the InfiniiVision 3000 X-Series oscilloscopes with CAN and LIN applications at the Automotive Testing Expo (Booth 12028), Oct. 25-27, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich.

AirMax Connectors for CompactPCI Serial Applications

October 13, 2011 6:28 am | Videos | Comments

This is an FCI Electronics Product introduction video on AirMax connectors for CompactPCI serial applications

Ruggedized LED Indicator Provides NEMA 4-Level Protection

October 12, 2011 1:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC has developed a new, panel-mounted, ruggedized indicator that meets NEMA 4 requirements for resistance to dust, wind, rain and other threats in harsh environment applications. Designated CNX 480, the

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Optocouplers for Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Apps Withstand Up to 1140 V Continuous Working Voltage

October 12, 2011 1:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies announced three new digital optocouplers optimized for use in onboard chargers and other high-voltage systems in hybrid and electric vehicles. The new ACPL-K4xT optocouplers are qualified to AEC-Q100 Grade 1 stress test requirements for automotive applications. The devices offer

12-bit DACs Suit Speed-Critical Applications

October 12, 2011 1:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

DATEL announced the DAC-12100 Series of low power 12-bit current output digital to analog converters that have TTL/CMOS compatible inputs. With a 100 MHz conversion rate, these ultra-high speed devices suit speed critical applications such as

Watertight Miniature Switches Suit Harsh-duty, Wash down Areas

October 12, 2011 12:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell’s MICRO SWITCH Basic Switch line has been expanded with the addition of the V15W Series of Watertight Miniature Switches. With an IP67 waterproof seal rating and as the only V-switch in the industry rated up to 10 A, according to the company, the new switches can

600 V and 650 V N-Channel Power MOSFETs Feature Currents From 22 A to 47 A

October 12, 2011 12:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. released a series of 600 V and 650 V n-channel power MOSFETs with ultra-low maximum on-resistance from 64 m? to 190 m? at 10 V and with a wide range of current ratings from 22 A to 47 A. Based on the

Motion Everywhere: New Roles and Functions for CE Devices

October 12, 2011 11:25 am | by Dave Rothenberg, Movea, Inc., www.movea.com | Articles | Comments

Motion is the latest trump card available to CE manufacturers, enabling the ability to create a new generation of products to operate how people naturally interact. Enabling this trend is a unique class of motion-sensing chips, referred to as MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems).

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Return to Zero - Equipment Review

October 12, 2011 8:22 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. 

Mitigating Strategies for Smart Phone Signaling Overload

October 12, 2011 7:49 am | by Deepak Kataria, IP Junction Inc, www.ip-junction.com | Articles | Comments

This article discusses the impact of increased signaling traffic fueled by growing mobile broadband and machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity on networks, systems and network processors. While data offload strategies have received considerable attention in industry, the impact of signaling overload and mitigation strategies have not been widely addressed. A good understanding of the reasons for signaling traffic increases, its impact at the network level, system level and network processor level is needed to clear misnomers prevailing in the industry.

Polyacene Capacitors Target LED Flash Used in Compact Mobile Devices

October 10, 2011 3:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Taiyo Yuden introduced the Polyacene Capacitors (Supercap) PAS2126FR2R5504, measuring 26 mm x 20 mm with a maximum height of 0.9 mm. At 0.9 mm thin, the Polyacene Capacitor realizes a high capacitance of 0.5 F. This product is

Snap-action Pushbutton Switches Offer Fast Switching, Long Electrical Life

October 10, 2011 1:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) introduced new miniature ALCOSWITCH Blue Series pushbutton switches for power and signal applications. This miniature series of switches incorporates an innovative snap-action mechanism that produces an extremely fast switching moment.

Pluggable PSUs Are Optimized for cPCI Systems

October 10, 2011 12:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Verotec has extended its range of modular pluggable power converters with the introduction of 11 new models specifically designed to be fully compliant with the PICMG 2.11 Power Interface specification. To meet the cPCI high current requirements

PMIC Devices Target Li-Ion Battery Based Mobile Products

October 10, 2011 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems announced two new members of its Power Management IC (PMIC) family. According to the company, these devices feature essential power management building blocks and flexibility to provide a complete power solution for the next generation of

The Tinker's Toolbox - Lance Riley of Unicircuit on Board-Level Design

October 10, 2011 11:24 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Lance Riley of Unicircuit about board-level design and board infrastructures.

Multiplexing Communications Units Aid Taxi Drivers

October 10, 2011 11:08 am | by Dave Rice, Electronics Design Engineer at GB Electronics | Blogs | Comments

In-Taxi dispatch control systems have traditionally consisted of mobile data units, which exchange dispatch information with the central office using Public Mobile Radio (PMR).

6U cPCI Power Supply Touts Increased Output Power

October 10, 2011 10:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Digital Power Corporation increased the output power of its 6U CompactPCI power supply series models CPCI-AC-6U-650 and CPCI-DC-6U-650 to 650 Watts. The product line is fully

Middleware Connects Android Apps to Any Platform

October 10, 2011 9:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Solving the problem of Android apps communicating with other devices, application developers can now use ORBexpress from Objective Interface Systems to connect their Android apps to any platform while also solving the Android device fragmentation problem by using a standard interface.

Development Kit Features 'Giant Gecko' Cortex-M3 Microcontrollers

October 10, 2011 8:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro has announced the availability of a development kit supporting their ARM Cortex-M3-based EFM32 Giant Gecko microcontrollers. Referenced EFM32GG-DK3750, the kit provides users with full J-Trace and J-Link support plus access to the Giant Gecko´s low energy features.

Electric Potential Sensor Detects Changes in Electric Field, in Contact, at Distance, Even Through Walls

October 10, 2011 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Plessey Semiconductors announced that commercial samples of its Electric Potential Integrated Circuit (EPIC) sensors are available. The first products are optimized for use as an ECG sensor and provide a resolution as good as or better than

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