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RFID Chip Targets Logistics Applications

October 6, 2011 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

CEITEC, a Brazilian company that develops and produces application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) today announced the final development phase of a new integrated circuit (IC) for multiple logistics applications

The Tinker's Toolbox - Dermot O'Shea of Taoglas on Wireless Systems

October 6, 2011 6:03 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Taoglas Director Dermot O'Shea about wireless systems like LTE and WiMax, and the required antenna infrastructures.

GreenArrays Is Having A Contest

October 6, 2011 5:50 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

Green Arrays in conjunction with Schmart Board announced a hobbyist board for the Green Arrays GA144 chip. Things have progressed some since that announcement was made. You can now buy the mounting PC board and the GreenArrays GA144 chip together...

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Thinking Differently: Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

October 6, 2011 5:28 am | by Alix L Paultre, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The world will be a little less interesting with Steve Jobs gone. He was one of the people who had truly changed the world, how we percieve it, and how we live in it. He and Steve Wozniak literally created the personal computing industry in that famous garage in California.

Accelerometers, Fantasy and Reality

October 5, 2011 2:16 pm | by Harvey Weinberg, Analog Devices, www.analog.com | Articles | Comments

As applications engineers supporting ADI’s compact, low-cost, gravity-sensitive iMEMs accelerometers, we get to hear lots of creative ideas about how to employ accelerometers in useful ways; but sometimes the suggestions violate physical laws! We’ve rated some of these ideas on an informal scale, from “real” to “dream land”:

5 Questions - Leyden Energy

October 5, 2011 11:58 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this first edition of 5 Questions, I'm joined by Marc Juzkow, vice president of R&D and engineering at Leyden Energy, and Noam Kedem, vice president of marketing at Leyden energy. The company's Lithium-ion battery technology touts exceptional thermal properties so the battery can operate and cycle at

Composite Shell Circular Connectors Suit Low Weight Apps

October 5, 2011 11:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies' Spectrum Control product line announces its new composite connector series. These composite connectors feature shells fabricated from high grade thermoplastic. Designed to

8 GHz Bandwidth Socket Accommodates Kyocera 1760FCBGA

October 5, 2011 10:35 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics recently introduced a new high performance BGA socket for 1-mm pitch, 1760 pin BGA ICs. The SG-BGA-6348 socket is designed for 42.5-mm x 42.5-mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 8 GHz with less than 1 dB of insertion loss. The sockets are designed to

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Piezoresistive Accelerometers Are Designed for Legislative and Safety Testing

October 5, 2011 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems has introduced the Endevco model 7264C Series, a low-mass piezoresistive shock accelerometer family. Featuring a frequency response extending down to DC (steady state), the series is designed to measure the

Eight-bit Microcontrollers Integrate Configurable Logic

October 5, 2011 9:38 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced from the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston several new  8-bit PIC microcontrollers that feature configurable logic and a high level of peripheral integration in 6- to 20-pin packages. 

Return to Zero - Weekend Warriors

October 5, 2011 8:00 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. 

Capacitive sensor conditioning IC delivers 14-bit resolution

October 5, 2011 7:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

ZMD AG has expanded its family of capacitive sensor signal conditioning devices with the wide-dynamic-range ZSSC3123 integrated circuit (IC). The chip delivers 14-bit resolution and 0.25 % accuracy over a wide range of sensor capacitances and temperatures.

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight Releases Permanent Mount LED Beacon

October 5, 2011 6:24 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight has announced the release of an LED beacon light designed for permanent mounting that provides a powerful signal in a compact package. The Magnalight SL4-A-LED Strobe Beacon can be set to operate as a strobe or steady burning marker...

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LED driver features industry’s highest efficiency

October 5, 2011 6:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems has announced the AS1130, the most advanced and smallest dot-matrix LED driver (channels vs. PCB space) available. The AS1130 drives 132 LEDs but requires only 5 mm² PCB space. It also reduces external component count, allows use of cheap connectors and requires fewer PCB...

N-PLC modem combines PHY, MAC with mixed signal components

October 5, 2011 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SM2400 is a highly programmable OFDM based N-PLC modem combining PHY, MAC with mixed signal components for optimal system cost and performance. The SM2400 combines the benefits of programmable architecture with power and cost efficiency...

Power supplies include output ratings from 90 to 110 watts

October 5, 2011 5:23 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda Americas has released a new range of Medical-Certified AC-DC external power supplies with output power ratings from 90 to 110 watts. These supplies are EISA and CEC Efficiency Level V compliant. The DTM110-C series operate with a universal AC input of 90 to 264Vac...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Charlie Ashton of 6WIND and Jim St. Leger of Intel on Packet Processing

October 4, 2011 1:51 pm | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Jim St. Leger of Intel and Charlie Ashton of 6WIND about packet processing and data exchange within a network.

There's more to life than OLEDs and Electrophoretic Displays...

October 4, 2011 12:56 pm | by Dr Harry Zervos, Technical Analyst, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

At the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA in Santa Clara, there will be a focus on technologies such as OLEDs and electrophoretic displays. But there are other display technologies emerging that promise new possibilities.

Synchro Resolver-to-Digital PC-104 Card Touts Versatility

October 4, 2011 11:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Data Device Corporation (DDC) introduced a new PC/104 card offering one to four channels of fully independent synchro-to-digital or resolver-to-digital (S/R-D) conversion. The SB-36330CX can

Plastic Electrical Enclosures: Solutions for Extreme Customization

October 4, 2011 11:33 am | by David Crooks, General Manager, Fibox Enclosures | Articles | Comments

Rather than create a custom package, OEMs often choose to modify or customize a standard enclosure to lower development cost, reduce final product cost, and achieve a faster time to market.

7-16 DIN Adapter Comes in White Bronze Plating

October 4, 2011 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

RF Connectors’ The RFA-4013-WB adapter kit with white bronze plating offers a means to bridge type N devices to 7-16 DIN interfaces. The company’s legacy DIN adapters in the RFA-4013 are silver plated. Silver offers

Atmel Launches Industry’s Smallest Low-frequency RF IDIC Package for Direct Coil Mounting

October 4, 2011 8:22 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel Corporation today announced the availability of an ultra-small XDFN (Extremely Thin Dual Flat No Leads) package including a 363-bit read/write transponder IDIC. The transponder IDIC ATA5577M1 is a high-volume low-frequency (LF, 100-150kHz) RFID (radio frequency identification) device...

Return to Zero - Losing Focus

October 4, 2011 6:44 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. 

MoSys Demonstrates Bandwidth Engine IC Interoperability with Avago Technologies SerDes

October 4, 2011 5:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

MoSys has successfully demonstrated interoperability of its Bandwidth Engine IC with the SerDes characterization and evaluation board from Avago Technologies. MoSys’ Bandwidth Engine SerDes is compatible with the OIF CEI-11 specification allowing it to interface with high-performance network processing ASICs such as those available from Avago Technologies.

Controllers Drive Gesture Recognition on Resistive Touch Screens

October 4, 2011 4:58 am | by Javier Calpe, Italo Medina, Alberto Carbajo, and Maria Jose Martinez of Analog Devices, Inc., www.analog.com | Articles | Comments

Although resistive technologies have conventionally been used to detect the position of a single touch on the screen, this article examines a new dual-touch concept that uses a resistive touch-screen controller to detect the most common two-finger gestures (zoom, pinch and rotation) using inexpensive resistive touch screens.

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