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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

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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

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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

MCUs Feature Numerous Integrated Peripherals

May 3, 2011 11:46 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. today announced it has expanded its 8-bit Enhanced Mid-range Core product portfolio with the new, low-cost PIC16F1516/7/8/9 and PIC16F1526/7 (PIC16F15XX) microcontrollers (MCUs). These new, general-purpose MCUs...

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High Reliability Passives Remain Vital in Medical Contact, Imaging, and Analysis

May 3, 2011 11:27 am | by Stephen Oxley, tt electronics Fixed Resistors Busines Unit | Articles | Comments

The great advances of recent years in medical diagnostic and therapeutic capability owe as much to electronic engineering as they do to medical science. Furthermore, medical devices are leaving the confines of hospitals and serving the growing community-based and home-based healthcare markets.

Tiny Tech Gains in Stature

May 3, 2011 10:03 am | Articles | Comments

Until recently nanotechnology has been little more than a buzzword for many, with the major announcements in the space being mostly about using nanoparticle technology in traditional materials applications. But new technology and capabilities are moving nanotech from the realm of science fiction into the realm of the real for application areas previously unthought-of.

Module Features Advanced GPS Jammer Detection and Report System

May 3, 2011 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

GlobalTop Technology Inc. today expands the u5 family series with the introduction of the Gmm-u5j, a unique standalone GPS module featuring Anti-J.A.C.K.™, or Anti-Jamming Assessment Command Feedback, for critical asset protection and security.

RFM Launches Tiny ZigBee Pro Module

May 3, 2011 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

RF Monolithics, Inc. today introduced the ZPM3570 2.4 GHz ZigBee Pro module at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) 2011 in Silicon Valley (booth #1043). Its small size, 1MB data logging flash memory, and ZigBee Smart Energy and Home Automation Profiles support...

Return to Zero - The Heist

May 3, 2011 6:50 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.

IC Combines Downconverter and Synthesizer for Next-gen Basestations

May 3, 2011 6:22 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has announced an integrated device targeting next-generation mobile network basestations. The STW82100B Series will also target RF instrumentation and general wireless-infrastructure applications. The ICs integrate

Dual Output POL Regulator is Positioned as Alternative to LDOs

May 3, 2011 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech’s SC197 is a 500 mA, dual-output, point-of-load (POL) regulator, combining two PWM DC-DC regulators in a 2 mm x 3 mm x 0.6 mm package with an overall footprint of 80 mm2. According to the company, the small size and footprint

16-bit Low Power MCUs Feature Capacitive Sensing That Works in Sleep

May 3, 2011 5:57 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced it has expanded its low pin-count 16-bit eXtreme Low Power PIC MCUs by adding an on-chip 12-bit ADC, EEPROM, intelligent mTouch capacitive sensing, and the capability to

Digital Zero-Power AC-DC PWM IC Targets Offline Chargers, Adapters

May 3, 2011 5:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

iWatt announced the iW1700 Zero Power AC/DC Digital PWM Controller. The controller is designed to enable low-cost, energy-efficient 120V/230VAC offline adapters and chargers (up to 5 W) which consume

Power Switch Device Technology Addresses Energy Star Requirements

May 3, 2011 5:23 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor developed the FSL1x6 Series of green-mode Fairchild Power Switch (FPS) devices. These integrated PWM controllers include proprietary green-mode functions that

LNAs Feature Bypass and Shutdown Functionality

May 3, 2011 5:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies announced four low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) to extend the RF performance and diversity of LNA portfolio. The modules feature high linearity that improves an application’s ability to

Wash-Aways provide consistent spacing between printed circuit boards and PCB components

May 2, 2011 11:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Multi-Seals Inc. introduces Wash-Away dissolvable spacers, designed to provide consistent spacing between printed circuit boards and PCB components. These organic polymer spacers locate PCB components during soldering operations.

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