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congatec AG Expand Product strategy with ARM Architecture

November 22, 2011 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

congatec AG, a leading manufacturer of embedded computer modules, is set to expand its product portfolio with the addition of ARM technology. This will allow the company to offer products with extremely low power requirements in the future.

At Last...Remote Debugging is HERE!

November 22, 2011 5:49 am | by Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

When I was a young engineer, I was involved in a pretty ugly incident with a three-phase power inverter. No, I didn't get hurt, but the incident shook me up a little. I had designed a three-phase matrix converter, and I had just got it working to the point where I could spin a motor.

''Because the Computer Said So...''

November 22, 2011 5:41 am | by Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Over the course of my 32 year career, I have seen the personal computer evolve from a Commodore VIC-20, to the dual core mobile workstation I am writing this blog with. From 1980 until now, on-board RAM has increased by over five orders of magnitude...


The Tinker's Toolbox - Alan Grau of Icon Labs on Embedded System Security

November 21, 2011 10:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Alan Grau, President and CEO of Icon Labs on the issues of security in embedded systems.

AC-DC external power supplies output from 40 to 65W

November 21, 2011 9:50 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda UK has introduced the DTM-C series of medically-certified AC-DC external power supplies – the DTM65-C model with output power ratings from 40 to 65W and the DTM110-C rated at 90 to 110W.

Count On Tools Improves StripFeeder Trays

November 21, 2011 8:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Count On Tools announces improvements to its revolutionary StripFeeder Trays for loading tape-and-reel components onto compact modules for prototyping and high-mix low-volume applications.

Coolers Utilize Aerospace Fluid-Bearing Technology

November 21, 2011 8:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Jaro's new tightly-designed MR-16 LED coolers optimize longevity and temperature with a highly-efficient fluid-bearing structure. At speeds of up to 4200RPM±15%, these very quiet DC coolers provide a chilly, yet quiet air-flow of 1.850CFM (min.: 1.573 CFM).

Custom Nozzles Intended for CREE XLamp XP-E High-Efficiency LED Components

November 21, 2011 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Count On Tools introduces its new series of Custom SMT Pick-and-Place Nozzles for CREE XLamp XP-E high-efficiency white (HEW) LED components. The new series is manufacturer-approved, based on CREE Inc.’s strict requirements and specifications.


Fanless DIN-rail PCs Contain Intel Atom Processors

November 21, 2011 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech has released two new Intel Atom-based DIN-rail controller platforms, the UNO-1170A and UNO-1170AE.

Roller sensor allows for simple installation

November 21, 2011 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

With zero tools, you can mount the roller sensor between rollers. When mounting, you can choose between three mounting solutions: hexagonal 7/16", ø 8mm, or adhesive supports. This simple installation saves you up to 50% in installation and adjustment time.

Workforce Management Mobile App Ideal for Users On-the-Go

November 21, 2011 7:11 am | Product Releases | Comments ( has announced the upcoming release of its mobile application, TotalHRWorks. Available to licensees and the user community in early 2012, TotalHRWorks will encompass features across the entire workforce management suite.

ADC Offers Low Noise and High Performance for Medical Imaging

November 21, 2011 6:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments  introduced an octal-channel, 14-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) that operates at 80 MSPS with a best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio of 75.5 dBFS at 5 MHz and a sampling frequency of up to 80 MSPS.

Color TFT-LCD Modules Serve Industrial and Outdoor Applications

November 21, 2011 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mitsubishi Electric launched 7.0-inch WVGA and 10.6-inch WXGA color TFT-LCD modules with white LEDs and extended backlighting. These industrial-use modules are suitable for outdoor applications such as digital signage and marine electronics.


Return to Zero - Terms of Service

November 21, 2011 4:50 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. 

70W Buck-Driver Powers Longer LED-Strings and Larger Multi-Chip Arrays

November 21, 2011 4:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RCD-48 series from RECOM Powers is a step-down constant current source designed for driving high power LED applications. With input voltage up to 60VDC and constant current outputs of 350, 500, 700 and 1200mA the RCD-48 Series provides power up to 70W.

LED Flat Panel Downlight Acts as Replacement for 2X2 FT. Fluorescent Troffer Ceiling Lights

November 21, 2011 4:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) is offering a 2x2 ft. square LED flat panel downlight assembly that provides a brighter, lighter weight and more efficient replacement for 2x2 ft. fluorescent lay-in troffers used in recessed ceiling lights.

In the event of an actual emergency...

November 21, 2011 4:29 am | by Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Earlier this month, the federal government flexed its muscles and assumed control of all of the broadcast media in the United States. It was the most expansive test ever of the Federal Emergency Broadcast System. The result was a colossal failure.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Derek Phillips of Freescale on the Smart Grid

November 21, 2011 4:23 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Derek Phillips  of Freescale on the Smart Grid and the challenges it poses to the design engineer.

Power Supplies meet latest Medical Approvals

November 21, 2011 3:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Powerstax is pleased to announce that its MEDISTAX range of power supplies for medical applications has now been approved to the latest versions of safety approvals IEC 60601-1:2005 3rd Edition.

Miniature Hi-Rel-COTS Oscillator Boasts Wider Frequency Range

November 21, 2011 3:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Valpey Fisher announced it expanded the frequency range offered in its VFH3225, presented as the industry’s smallest size High Reliability/Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) oscillator with outstanding performance for military applications.

Kindle Fire may change the game… but not for Apple

November 21, 2011 3:10 am | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

The web is awash with reviews of the Kindle Fire, many positive (some scathingly negative), and the comparisons to the iPad are just as plentiful.  The question that keeps coming up, however, is the Fire a game changer in the tablet war?

Agilent Technologies Enhances VEE Test and Measurement Software for Simplified Programming

November 18, 2011 10:41 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies introduced the enhanced version of Agilent VEE, an interactive graphical programming application for test and measurement. Enhancements include greater compatibility with the latest Agilent instruments, faster data analysis and a more versatile user experience.

Liquid Level Sensor Intended for Plastic Containers

November 18, 2011 10:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cosense broadened its product line with the introduction of a non-invasive sensor (SL-630) for plastic containers that: is easily installed outside the container so no fluid contamination; functionality independent of color, transparency, shape and size of the bottom of the container...

Xirrus Extends XR Line of Modular Wireless Switches

November 18, 2011 10:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Xirrus announced the XR-1000 and XR-2000 Wireless Arrays, extending the flexibility of the XR-series wireless switch platform to cover a broad range of wireless deployments. The XR-1000 model provides flexibility for delivering wireless service in low user density scenarios...

48V GaN-on-Si process platform features 114 years mean time to failure

November 18, 2011 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nitronex has developed a 48V GaN-on-Si process platform. Designated NRF2, this new platform delivers double the power density, 1-2dB higher gain, improved broadband performance, higher breakdown voltage and higher supply voltage operation over Nitronex's 28V NRF1 process technology.

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