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Distributed Temperature Sensor Targets Oil-Gas and Industrial Production Operations

October 28, 2011 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation’s DTSX200 Distributed Temperature Sensor (DTS) was released to the global market. The unit is used to monitor temperature and flow in oil/gas upstream unconventional and conventional in-well applications

Power capacitors intended for wind power plants

October 28, 2011 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-EPC has developed EPCOS power capacitors with high rated voltage, long operating life and high current handling capability, making them ideal for renewable energy generation applications, such as AC output filters in offshore wind turbines.

Embedding Systems

October 28, 2011 6:59 am | by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

The impact of convergence on the design community is not just increasing in scope, it's also speeding up. Consolidation of functionality and integration of subsystems has meant that the very definition of what an embedded system is becomes more elusive.

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Toroidal Power Transformers Target Demanding Medical Applications

October 28, 2011 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Standex Electronics toroidal power transformers are designed for the demanding needs of medical applications, including protecting sensitive medical devices in patient care environments. They are available as bare toroids which can be integrated into the devices themselves, or installed in enclosures with options to

Gefen Unveils Portable HDMI Signal Generator Upgraded for 3DTV with High Quality Audio Testing

October 28, 2011 5:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gefen’s next generation Mini Pattern Signal Generator for HDMI 3DTV is designed for easy mobility when installing, designing or trouble shooting audio/video systems in the field. Real-time testing of multiple displays and projectors, support for 3DTV...

GaAs SPDT Switches Target WLAN Applications

October 28, 2011 5:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions has introduced two small (1 x 1 mm packaged) GaAs single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) switches for WLAN applications.

Steve Jobs' Full Legacy Yet to be Written - What's Next?

October 28, 2011 4:27 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Blogs | Comments

Steve Jobs’ has left a legacy that is hard to capture. His vision and product from Pixar to Apple are still growing.

Make Sense of Software of Unknown Pedigree (SOUP)

October 27, 2011 11:58 am | by Mark Pitchford, LDRA, www.LDRA.com | Articles | Comments

Legacy software—software of unknown pedigree (SOUP)—forms the basis of new developments which must meet modern coding standards either due to client demands or simply a policy of continuous improvement within the developer organization. The need to leverage the value of SOUP while meeting new standards and further developing functionality presents its own set of unique challenges.

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LED Driver Achieves High Accuracy Without High-Side Current Sensing

October 27, 2011 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex, Inc. introduced HV9861A, an open loop, average current mode control, LED driver integrated circuit (IC) designed to drive LEDs using a buck topology. It is suited for a variety of solid-state lighting applications, including

PIM Cable Assemblies Offer -181 dBc of Intermodulation

October 27, 2011 10:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

San-tron has announced a new series of PIM cable assemblies. These assemblies feature intermodulation performance as low as -181 dBc with an eSeries 7/16 connector terminated on TFlex-402 cable. Typical performance across the lineup of assemblies terminated with eSMA and eSeries Type N’s is -162 dBc.

Create a Decorative Conductive Fabric Button

October 27, 2011 10:11 am | by Dia Campbell, TechStylist at SparkFun Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Feel free to change this up and make a button that works with your project, such as a cat button with conductive thread whiskers you can stroke or a guitar button with strummable strings!

LEDs Provide High Luminous Intensity to 1400 mcd

October 27, 2011 8:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology announced the release of a series of power MiniLEDs in 2.3-mm x 1.3-mm x 1.4-mm SMD packages. Using advanced AllnGaP technology to increase light output by a factor of

Digital instrument provides a response time of under 10 seconds

October 27, 2011 8:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Control Company’s new Traceable Digital Hygrometer/Thermometer/Dew Point instrument provides a response time of under 10 seconds with a resolution of 0.01% RH, 0.01°F/°C, and 0.01° dew point °F/°C. It samples one-and-a-half times per second.

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STM32F4 Discovery Kit Now Available

October 27, 2011 8:24 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics, a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has begun shipping the STM32F4 Discovery Kit to appointed distributors worldwide. The kit provides an ultra low-cost development environment enabling fast, convenient design starts using the new devices.

Freescale-based Desktop Platform Offers Optional Wi-Fi Support

October 27, 2011 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

WIN Enterprises announces the PL-80380, a compact network platform designed for Internet security applications. The compact platform is just 9.4 inches wide and is suitable for the SOHO (Small Office, Home Office), SMB (Small Medium Business), and ROBO (Remote Office, Branch Office) markets. Optional Wi-Fi support is provided.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Bruce Douglass of IBM Rational on Ubiquitous Computing

October 27, 2011 7:49 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Bruce Douglass of IBM Rational on Ubiquitous Computing and the challenges it presents to the design engineering community.

40-W LED Driver for Street light Fixtures Eliminates Step-down Transformers

October 27, 2011 7:47 am | Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Microsemi Corporation unveiled a new LED driver designed for North American street light installations. The efficient LXMG221D-0700040-D2F LED driver eliminates bulky step-down transformers typically used in street light fixtures in

AgileSwitch Receives BFTP Funding For Solar Inverter Power Modules

October 27, 2011 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

AgileSwitch, LLC announced today that it has received funding from Ben Franklin Technology Partners (“BFTP”) of Southeastern Pennsylvania for design, development and testing of Advanced Power Conversion Assemblies (APCA) modules to be delivered to potential customers...

Noise cancelling ICs enable improved clarity in Bluetooth and wired mono headsets

October 27, 2011 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems today announced two new additions to its active noise cancellation (ANC) IC family for improved hearing in noisy environments. Both the AS3400 and AS3420 feature the lowest power available...

High-Brightness WVGA Color TFT-LCD Module Suits Rugged Outdoor Apps

October 27, 2011 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mitsubishi Electric is introducing a 5.0” WVGA color TFT-LCD module for industrial use. The product, AA050MG01, features a high brightness of 800 cd/m2. The improved backlight structure reduces the thickness of the module to

Valpey Fisher Announces VCXO with Extended Temperature Range

October 27, 2011 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Valpey Fisher Corporation today announced its latest product offering: the VFHV570, voltage controlled crystal oscillator, which offers wide pull range with extended temperature range. The device delivers frequency stability of ±50ppm...

Inductive spiking tutorial

October 27, 2011 5:41 am | Videos | Comments

This is a basic instructional video to refresh your knowledge. This one is on Inductive spiking and how a diode can save your circuits.

Different Solutions, Same Questions

October 26, 2011 2:32 pm | by Chris Anderson, Spectrum Design Solutions - a division of Digi International, www.digi.com; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

I come from a generation that didn’t do much radio. I’ve met relatively few other RF Engineers around my age. Most are older than me, though at work we frequently mentor new RF Engineers from scratch. When I started in radio you had to build a

MEMS-Based Differential Oscillators Tout 10 PPM Stability, Only 500 fs Jitter

October 26, 2011 2:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SiTime’s SiT9121 and SiT9122 MEMS-based differential oscillators feature a high stability of up to ±10 ppm and 500 fs of integrated RMS phase jitter. They are suited for use in centralized and edge routers, SATA / SAS / Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters

Choosing the Right Sensor Signal Conditioning IC

October 26, 2011 1:48 pm | by David Grice, ZMDI, www.zmdi.com; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

Designing and implementing sensor interface designs for nonlinear, temperature-dependent transducers presents some difficult challenges. The advent of dedicated and powerful Sensor Signal Conditioning (SSC) ICs has made the job easier, but choosing the right IC for a particular sensor and application is critical for

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