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Real-Time Controllers Offer Smaller Form Factor and Target High-Volume Deployments

May 9, 2011 8:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Instruments announced the release of its NI cRIO-9075 and cRIO-9076 integrated chassis and controllers, which lower the cost of the NI CompactRIO platform for embedded control and monitoring applications. The platform is powered by

Embedded GPU Offers Support for OpenCL and Six Independent Displays

May 9, 2011 8:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMD introduced the Radeon E6760 embedded discrete graphics processor. The GPU offers embedded system designers the combination of OpenCL support along with support for six independent displays to enable

Module utilizes the Texas Instruments CC2564 base band chip

May 9, 2011 7:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

BlueRadios, Inc. and Stonestreet One together introduce BlueBridge BR-LE4.0-D2A, a completely self-contained Bluetooth 4.0 dual mode low energy module which utilizes the Texas Instruments CC2564 base band chip, integrating antenna, radio, MSP430 microcontroller...

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Return to Zero - Dive Bomb

May 9, 2011 7:21 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.

Complementary N-Channel and P-Channel MOSFETs in the SOT-953 package

May 9, 2011 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Central Semiconductor Corp. introduces the new 20V, 100mA CMNDM7001 (N-Channel) and CMNDM8001 (P-Channel) MOSFETs in the ultra miniature SOT-953 package. These complementary devices extend Central’s range of energy efficient MOSFETs.

Enhancing Smart Grid Awareness with Mobile Technologies

May 9, 2011 6:31 am | by Eugene Fodor, Software Engineering Manager, Digi International | Articles | Comments

Smart phones have completely altered the way we access information and communicate with each other through mobile applications. The majority of the population now has the answers to almost every question – ranging from how much traffic exists...

New Biometric Latching Systems Offer New Level of Physical Security

May 9, 2011 6:04 am | by Steve Spatig, Southco Inc. | Articles | Comments

As electronic recordkeeping becomes accepted as common practice so does the risk of data being hacked, stolen or corrupted. Data centers must be on the cutting edge of access control to secure valuable business assets.

Trusting the Battery in Critical Situations

May 9, 2011 5:51 am | by Isidor Buchmann, Founder and CEO, Cadex Electronics | Articles | Comments

A battery is a corrosive device that begins to fade the moment it comes off the assembly line. The stubborn and unpredictable behavior of a battery has left many users in awkward situations. Battery failure is common; some are simply a nuisance but others can have serious consequences.

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Return to Zero - Money Maker

May 6, 2011 7:35 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.

Security and the embedded system

May 6, 2011 6:43 am | Articles | Comments

In February, when Kevin Butler, the marketing facade of Sony, retweeted, “@TheKevinButler Lemme guess... you sank my Battleship? RT @exiva: 46 DC … C2 Come at me, @TheKevinButler,” Sony unwittingly published its PlayStation 3 master signing key for the world to see and use.

Palladium Energy’s Powerful Future

May 5, 2011 1:02 pm | by Arthur W. Salyer, Palladium Energy (www.palladiumenergy.com) | Blogs | Comments

Throughout my experiences, I have developed a passion for really cool electronic gadgets and the power inside that keeps the world in touch and up to date.  

Return to Zero - Stock Picker

May 5, 2011 12:28 pm | 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.

Enabling ZigBee’s Smart Energy 2.0 with Advanced Wireless Modules

May 5, 2011 11:05 am | by Dennis McCain, Director of Marketing for Murata Wireless Solutions | Articles | Comments

Smart Meters, a key part of the modernization of the electric grid system coined “Smart Grid”, are now smarter with the deployment of the ZigBee Alliance’s Smart Energy (SE) version 2.0 application profile. Nearly all Smart Meters are mandated...

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Printed circuit board Test Points now available in silver-plate

May 5, 2011 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Components Corporation announced today theversatile surface mounted TP- 107 Series of printed circuit board Test Points are now available in silver-plate, a direct cross to the industry familiar 5000 Series. This economical replacement for other manufacturers’ test point products...

SP3T Switches Handle High Power

May 5, 2011 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Aeroflex MSW3200-320 and MSW3201-320 SP3Ts cover frequencies of 10 MHz to 1500 MHz and 200 MHz to 4500MHz respectively. Both switches handle up to

FPGA Family Includes 4 x 3.125 Gbps SRIO

May 5, 2011 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lattice Semiconductor announced the availability of a 4 x 3.125 Gbps version of the Serial RapidIO 2.1, Level 1 endpoint core using the LatticeECP3 FPGA family. This is an extension of the previously announced SRIO v2.1 core that

Nylon Self-Retaining Spacers and Washers

May 4, 2011 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new assortment of cost-saving, Nylon spacers and washers designed to grip the outside of a screw shank is now available from Keystone Electronics Corp. These unique Retaining Spacers and Washers feature specially configured inside diameters to grip screw shank.

Return to Zero - Stock Competition

May 4, 2011 10:04 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.

Repeaters Assert Triple the Reach of PCI Express Gen-3 Standard

May 4, 2011 8:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor introduced a family of PCI Express (PCIe) Gen-3 (8 Gbps) repeaters that offer desirable signal conditioning performance and low-power consumption for data center servers and storage systems. Powered by

Power Amplifier Achieves Efficiency Over 50%

May 4, 2011 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The GCM5C5DHO (SKU 3114) is a 2110-2170 MHz, 47 dBm, GaN, multi-function, microprocessor controlled amplifier. This amplifier is small (2” x 6”) and lightweight (<0.5 pounds) providing 50 watts over the entire -40C to +85C temperature range.

30-V, 2.4-A P-Channel MOSFET Comes in SOT-23F

May 4, 2011 5:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Central Semiconductor Corp. introduced the CMPDM302PH 30V, 2.4A P-Channel MOSFET in the industry standard SOT-23F package. It features a desirable continuous drain current rating of 2.4 A, a combination of an exceptional

Analog Devices Introduces Industry’s First 3-GHz HDMI Receiver

May 4, 2011 5:31 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. tday introduced the industry’s first 3-GHz (gigahertz) HDMI receiver for advanced television solutions. This new dual input receiver incorporates HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) specification version 1.4a...

Dual Core Processors Target Advanced 64-bit x86 Embedded Apps

May 4, 2011 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

VIA Technologies’ Nano X2 E-Series processors feature an optimized, power-efficient dual-core architecture most demanding 86-bit x86 embedded system design applications. Available in two models running at speeds of 1.2+ GHz and 1.6+ GHz, these processors

Capacitive Touch Controllers Integrate Haptic Effects

May 4, 2011 5:22 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel Corporation has integrated haptics capability to its QTouch capacitive touch controllers to support buttons, sliders and wheels (BSWs). This integration allows our customers to have a richer experience with

16-bit Low Power FRAM MCUs Tout Faster Write Times, Power Savings

May 3, 2011 1:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced what it asserts are the industry’s first ultra-low-power ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) 16-bit microcontrollers. The MSP430FR57xx FRAM Series ensures data can be

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