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B & K Precision Introduces Sub-$1K Bench DSOs with Deep Waveform Memory and Built-in LAN Interface

December 15, 2011 7:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision today announced two new digital storage oscilloscopes (DSO) and completely refreshed its DSO portfolio. These new oscilloscopes, models 2540B and 2542B, offer bandwidths of 60 MHz and 100 MHz respectively with 1 GSa/s sampling rates.

Buck Controller Provides Complete DDR Power Solution

December 15, 2011 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC3876, a high-efficiency dual output synchronous step-down DC/DC controller that generates the VDDQ supply voltage, the VTT bus termination voltage and the VTTR reference voltage for DDR1/DDR2/DDR3 and future standard memory applications.

CEVA and Idea! Electronic Systems Partner to Deliver Software-Based ISDB-T Solution for DTV Demodulation

December 15, 2011 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

CEVA today announced a new software-based product offering for multi-standard DTV demodulation based on its CEVA-XC DSP core. The company has partnered with Idea! Electronic Systems to develop a complete, ISDB-T solution based on a multi-standard reference architecture...

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Premier Farnell sets new benchmark for board-level design solutions across CAD libraries, PCB design and PCB prototyping

December 15, 2011 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Premier Farnell today announced the immediate availability of over 45,000 CAD model files for use by its electronics design customers. The models support products from many of the world’s leading electronic component and semiconductor suppliers, and used alongside PCB design tools, help designers to quickly and accurately realise their printed circuit board (PCB) design.

Consumers benefit from smart grid implementation

December 15, 2011 6:09 am | by Bill Kutsche, business development manager, Murata Electronics North America | Articles | Comments

As we look forward to a new year, the Smart Grid and the technologies that enable energy efficiency within the grid will become a part of our daily lexicon as consumers begin to benefit from the grid’s implementation.

The top of my Holiday wish list

December 15, 2011 5:44 am | by Joe Graves, Stratus Technologies, www.stratus.com | Blogs | Comments

The cool product at the top of my list is the AR quadicopter (http://ardrone.parrot.com/parrot-ar-drone/usa/how-does-it-work) drone by Parrot. It is a small helicopter that is remotely controllable from an iphone, ipad or android-based device.

Yassir Ali of Atmel on the Touch Interface

December 15, 2011 4:48 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Yassir Ali of Atmel on the Touch Interface and discuss their maXStylus technology, an active stylus solution for tablets and smartphones.

Use of Project Status Reports for Patent Application Deadlines

December 15, 2011 3:52 am | by Keith Haddaway, Venable LLP (www.venable.com) | Blogs | Comments

The patent application process is puzzling, especially with respect to timing and the amount and type of information that should be included.

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Deadline for 3rd Edition of EN 60601-1 Looms

December 14, 2011 6:32 am | by Jeffrey VanZwol, Micro Power Electronics, jvanzwol@micro-power.com, www.micro-power.com | Articles | Comments

IEC 60601-1 applies to all electrical and electronic medical devices and its accessories. The 3rd edition is in the process of being adopted by global regulatory authorities. But on a national level, regulatory affectivity dates are not harmonized across global jurisdictions.

DC-DC converters provide high power density

December 14, 2011 6:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available immediately from MicroPower Direct; the I2000RU series is a high performance family of 20W DC/DC converters. They are specifically designed to provide high power density, long field reliability and high performance features for space critical applications.

Renesas Electronics Develops Industry's First 40nm Embedded Flash Memory Technology IP for Automotive Real-Time Applications

December 14, 2011 6:06 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation today announced that it has developed the industry's first 40-nanometer (nm) memory intellectual property (IP) for automotive real-time applications. Renesas will also be the first to launch 40nm embedded flash microcontrollers (MCUs) for automotive applications...

Aluminum Bodied LED String Lights are Explosion Proof

December 14, 2011 5:48 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Today Magnalight.com introduced explosion proof string lights for use in locations requiring equipment with Class 1 Division 1 & 2 compliance approval. Designed similarly to traditional fluorescent string lights, this premium quality set incorporates high intensity LEDs instead of fluorescent tubes...

austriamicrosystems supplies light sensors in high volume for Samsung Galaxy smartphones

December 14, 2011 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems today announced that the company is supplying high volumes of intelligent ambient light and proximity sensors for four Samsung Galaxy models.

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Gifts for Geeks

December 14, 2011 5:08 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

So you waited until the last minute to complete your shopping list...luckily, your trusty friends at ECN are here to help. And praise the lord for that, because geeks are a tough crowd: They don’t bow to the fashion gods, patronize expensive beauty salons, or play anything that involves cardiovascular activity.

PWM Servo Controller Touts High Speed, Bandwidth

December 14, 2011 4:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxon’s new ESCON 36/2 DC 4-quadrant PWM servo controller is for use with DC motors up to 72 Watts. This very fast digital current controller, with desirable bandwidth for optimal motor current/torque control, provides drift-free yet extremely dynamic speed

12-bit Encoder IC Includes Absolute, Incremental and BLDC Motor Commutation Signals

December 14, 2011 4:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

The iC-MH8 system on chip magnetic encoder device provides fast step response for motor control applications. Combined with a diametrically magnetized permanent magnet, this compact device (QFN28 5x5 package) can be used to

Push-pull Solenoids Offer High Force Using Low Power

December 14, 2011 3:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for remote or renewable energy applications where rechargeable or standard batteries or capacitors are used, the new Geeplus range of small Push-Pull solenoids is presented as a robust solution for a number of applications requiring

Designing Better ThinkPads

December 14, 2011 3:35 am | by Nick O’Donohoe, a science and technology writer in Providence, RI | Blogs | Comments

The Lenovo ThinkPad line of laptops is known for its striking aesthetics. The shape of the original IBM design was inspired by Japanese bento lunch boxes (a form still used in ThinkPads today).

Scalable One-piece Board-to-Board Connector Touts Design Flexibility

December 13, 2011 1:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity introduced a sleek, one-piece compressive board-to-board connector that enables connecting to a gold-plated secondary board by compression of the contacts. This connector is scalable in a number of positions, height and pitch, to enhance design

Designing Smart Gas and Water Meters for the Utmost in Energy Efficiency

December 13, 2011 12:59 pm | by Keith Odland, Director of Marketing, Microcontrollers, Silicon Labs, www.silabs.com; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

Electronic water and gas meters represent vexing low-power design challenges for embedded control systems requiring RF connectivity. The nature of these applications requires them to be battery powered (i.e., electricity is rarely provided at the point of service for gas or water utilities). The expected battery life for these metering systems is often

QFP Test and Burn-In Socket Adds Moveable Ground Pin

December 13, 2011 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yamaichi Electronics introduced the moveable ground pin for its popular Open Top socket series IC357 for QFP type IC packages with exposed pad in test & burn-in applications. With its gull-wing shaped lead feet surface mount, QFP is most

Return to Zero - Quadrocopter Testing

December 13, 2011 10:55 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. 

DC Signal Conditioner Amplifier is Microprocessor Controlled

December 13, 2011 10:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dytran Instruments, Inc. has introduced the model 4010, a microprocessor controlled, 3-channel DC signal conditioner amplifier, designed for use with bridge type or differential output accelerometers and pressure transducers for a variety of

Brainstorm: Smart Grid & Alternative Energy

December 13, 2011 9:13 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

What impact is the build-out of the smart grid having on the electronics industry?

Inductors Offer Superior EMI Suppression

December 13, 2011 8:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

With advanced magnetics designed to eliminate common noise to all lines in power supply designs, the new CMT-8100 Series Common Mode Inductors from Triad Magnetics feature rugged construction and materials for high-temperature applications in demanding electronics operating environments.

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