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Small, Flexible Power Management ICs Integrate Two Bucks Regulators and Two LDOs

July 20, 2011 10:30 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices introduced its ADP5034 regulator/LDO, an integrated power management IC that combines two 3-MHz, high efficiency, 1.2-A step down regulators with two 300-mA LDO (low drop out) regulators in a

Photo-Optical Devices Deliver Reliable, Cost-Effective Sensing and Control Solutions

July 20, 2011 10:29 am | by Avi Elmaleh, ROHM Semiconductor, www.rohm.com | Articles | Comments

Infrared (IR) PhotoOptic devices are used for sensing and control in a variety of general market applications. These devices – LEDs and phototransistors - operating in the near IR region (700-1400 nm)...

Getting Back “in Touch” with Mobile Devices

July 20, 2011 10:10 am | by Dirk Schapeler, CEO, Artificial Muscle Inc. | Articles | Comments

Varying the “touch” or “feel” of tomorrow’s touchscreens represents the next wave of mobile device customization thanks to advances in Electroactive Polymers (EAP) actuator technology. Imagine downloading customized effects that enable a mobile device’s smooth touchscreen...

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Remote Controls Go Wireless RF

July 20, 2011 9:56 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

About two years ago, the Radio Frequency for Consumer Electronics (RF4CE) Consortium joined with the ZigBee Alliance to create a wireless protocol specifically for consumer-electronic products. Manufacturers and consumers have tired of handheld infrared (IR) controls...

Medical Device Interconnects Must Address Harsh Environments

July 20, 2011 9:44 am | by Anthony Kalaijakis, Molex Incorporated, www.molex.com | Articles | Comments

Technology advances in electronic consumer devices and the telecommunications industry are converging at a rapid rate with medical device technology. For example, the medical industry now embraces membrane switches from the appliance industry...

McObject’s New eXtremeDB Cluster Provides a Powerful Distributed Database Solution for Real-Time Applications

July 20, 2011 9:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

McObject announced the release of eXtremeDB Cluster, the first clustering database system built from the ground up for distributed embedded software as well as real-time enterprise applications.

Circular Connectors Address High Power and Harsh Environment Applications

July 20, 2011 9:36 am | by Russell Park, ITT Interconnect Solutions, www.ittcannon.com | Articles | Comments

Circular connectors can be used in a wide range of high power and harsh environment applications. Whether designing casualty power connectors for shipboard use, high-power connectors for electric submersible pumps in oil wells...

New Point of Load DC-DC Power Converter Delivers 20A for Military-Avionics Systems

July 20, 2011 9:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

VPT Inc., a HEICO company expanded its line of point of load (POL) DC-DC power converters  with the introduction of a new 20A module.

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Osram ChipLED Ideal For Small and Medium Size Touch Displays

July 20, 2011 9:15 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The new ChipLED SFH 4053 infrared emitter (IRED) from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors combines tiny dimensions with high efficiency, making it ideal for low-profile all-in-one computer, tablet PC and laptop displays.

Development Environment Provides Complete Ecosystem for Star and Mesh Wireless Networking

July 20, 2011 8:55 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced its expanded MiWi Development Environment for designing star and mesh wireless networking products.

Anritsu Introduces New Multi-mode Signaling Tester For Wireless Devices

July 20, 2011 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduces the MD8475A Signaling Tester that offers the capability to test a wide range of applications and operating systems on the latest high-speed, multi-mode LTE devices.

Energy Harvesting Kit works with MCU LaunchPad Development Kit

July 20, 2011 8:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cymbet Corporation today announced that their EnerChip solid state battery energy harvesting evaluation kits now support the popular Texas Instruments MSP430 Value Line LaunchPad development kit.

Palmer Wahl Introduces the C150 On-site Multifunction Calibrator

July 20, 2011 8:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ergonomically designed Wahl C150 On-site Multifunction Calibrator features unique built in “easy connect” terminals, portable and bench top flexibility, and easy to use intuitive embedded software.

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Vector Electronics Introduces Two New Power Supply Interfaces

July 20, 2011 8:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

POWER SUPPLY INTERFACE BACKPLANE DUAL 4626-12 and POWER SUPPLY INTERFACE BACKPLANE SINGLE 4626-11 

Smart Card Connectors Add Security for Consumers

July 20, 2011 8:07 am | by Jean-Michel Bourin, C&K Components, www.ck-components.com | Articles | Comments

Viruses, identity theft and computer piracy are not isolated incidences that have only recently occurred. However, recent developments have prompted a call for increased security measures. The Playstation Network hack, for example, led to the theft of more than 77 million names...

Coin Cell Holders Feature Snap-on Cover for Increased Reliability

July 20, 2011 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

MPD has invented a category of coin cell battery holders called Snap Dragons, which are asserted to drastically increase the reliability of open top coin cell holders through the use of a snap-on cover piece. They offer

Art and technology

July 20, 2011 7:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

I must admit I am still surprised when I see technical people dismiss art as useless. Art is not only a pleasant aesthetic; it is often essential to design.

New Precision Operational Amplifier Unveiled by Analog Devices

July 20, 2011 7:04 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) introduced the ADA4096-2 dual, precision-micropower operational amplifier (op amp) -- the industry’s first precision op amp with more than ±30 V of integrated input over-voltage protection (OVP).

Return to Zero - Engineering Notebook

July 20, 2011 6:56 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.

STMicroelectronics Encourages Fast User-Interface Development for SPEAr® Processor

July 20, 2011 6:54 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics announced the availability of the Mentor® Embedded Inflexion™ User Interface (UI) software product on the SPEAr (Structured Processor Enhanced Architecture) family of processors, which are based on ARM® core technology.

Crystek Introduces a Voltage Control Oscillator Suitable for Demanding Environments

July 20, 2011 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCOT8BE-2700-3400 TO-8 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 2700 MHz to 3400 MHz and provides high-performance frequency control in harsh, demanding environments.

Mouser Shines Design Spotlight on OSRAM OSTAR Lighting Plus

July 20, 2011 5:42 am | Mouser Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

OSRAM OSTAR Lighting Plus is a high-power SMT LED that provides a large amount of light from a small area with high efficiency, impressive brightness, and high color stability.

6-to-18 GHz SP6T Switch Provides High Reliability in Defense Systems

July 20, 2011 4:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Narda today introduced the SEM066 high-performance SP6T electromechanical microwave switch that covers 2 to 18 GHz and is an excellent choice for defense applications that require broad operating bandwidth along with ruggedness and long-term reliability in the field.

Avnet Electronics Marketing Brings Bluetooth Connectivity to Customers with the Addition of Bluegiga

July 19, 2011 12:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Avnet Memec, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, has inked a distribution agreement with Bluegiga Technologies, a manufacturer of Bluetooth-based wireless module and access device products, including new Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy offerings.

Incandescent ban steamrolls past legislative efforts

July 19, 2011 12:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The Better Use of Light Bulbs Act (BULB) has been defeated in the House of Representatives. BULB would have amended the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, thereby staying the incandescent ban. But it was not to be. With no further challenges, the Edison Lightbulb faces mandatory retirement in January 2012.

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