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Return to Zero - Red Alert

August 31, 2011 6:16 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. 

VCO operates from 2400 MHz to 2500 MHz

August 31, 2011 6:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCOT8BE-2400-2500 TO-8 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 2400 MHz to 2500 MHz and provides high-performance frequency control in harsh, demanding environments.

Cables for Fiber-Optic Sensors Are Vibration Resistant

August 30, 2011 1:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Omega introduced its E32 Series of shock and vibration resistant cables for fiber-optic sensors. This CE compliant product can withstand high temperatures (350 degrees Celsius/660 degrees Fahrenheit) and

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Auto-Transformers Allow North American Appliances to be Used Worldwide

August 30, 2011 12:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Foster Transformer introduced a new line of Auto-Transformers or autoformers that use a single non-isolated winding to step up or step down the available line voltage to match the requirements of the load. With an integral enclosure to facilitate hook-up, they are

30-V, 100-mA, Schottky Diode Comes in Space Saving TLM2D3D6 Package

August 30, 2011 11:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Central Semiconductor Corp. announced the CTLSH01-30 and CTLSH01-30L Low VF Schottky diodes in the space saving, low profile TLM2D3D6 surface mount package. These new devices have a peak reverse voltage rating of 30 V and a maximum forward current rating of 100 mA. The CTLSH01-30 has a

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com Announces Addition of Explosion Proof LED Manhole Entryway Light

August 30, 2011 7:42 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Magnalight.com announced today the release of an innovative manhole mounted light fixture to its explosion proof lighting inventory. The Magnalight MMLP-1MLED Temporary Manhole Mount Light Fixture is approved for use in enclosed spaces...

Return to Zero - Printing Paper

August 30, 2011 7:40 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. 

Modules accommodate various safety standards

August 30, 2011 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens has expanded its SIMATIC ET 200iSP I/O system with three new modules to accommodate safety standards IEC 61508 up to SIL 3 or ISO 13849-1 up to PLe e. The modules are suitable for emergency shutdown...

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The Tinker's Toolbox - Scott Kulchycki of National Semiconductor on RF-Sampling ADCs

August 30, 2011 7:30 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Scott Kulchycki, marketing manager for National Semiconductor’s High-Speed Signal Path products about seeking new ways to increase radio capacity while reducing cost, size and weight.

Oscilloscope Combines Scope and Spectrum Analyzer Functionality In a Single Instrument

August 30, 2011 7:03 am | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix introduced what it asserts is the first mixed domain oscilloscope (MDO) that delivers the functionality of an oscilloscope and a spectrum analyzer in a single instrument. The MDO4000 Series gives engineers the ability to

Very-High-Resolution Oscilloscope Includes Low-distortion Signal Generator

August 30, 2011 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new PicoScope 4262 from Pico Technology is a two-channel, 16-bit very-high-resolution oscilloscope (VHRO) with a built-in low-distortion signal generator. With its 5-MHz bandwidth, it can analyze

Digital PFC Controller Features Accurate Power Metering, GUI Interface

August 30, 2011 6:30 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices introduced a digital PFC (power factor correction) controller with accurate AC power meter capability and inrush control functionality. This chip is desirable for AC/DC power-factor correction and precision power metering applications that require

3-Axis Gyroscope Boasts Smallest Package Size

August 30, 2011 5:55 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has expanded its motion-sensor portfolio with the addition of what is presented as the world’s smallest high performance 3-axis analog gyroscope.

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Low-cost, 200-MHz Embedded Processor Offers 400-MMAC Performance

August 29, 2011 2:02 pm | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices introduced a 200-MHz version of its ADSP-BF592 Blackfin embedded processor that delivers 400-MMAC performance for $1.99 each (in 1,000-unit quantities). The 200 MHz version achieves

Power Line Soft-Modem Development Kit Complies With Utility Band

August 29, 2011 1:42 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a Power-Line Modem (PLM) PICtail Plus Daughter Board Development Kit (part # AC164145) that is compliant with the utility frequency band and enables products to communicate using

Counterfeits Threaten Security and Thwart Innovation

August 29, 2011 1:08 pm | by Peter Hlavnicka, Director, Brand Protection and Compliance Americas, Dolby Laboratories, Inc., www.dolby.com, AGMA Treasurer and Education & Program Committee Chairperson, www.agmaglobal.org | Articles | Comments

Due to their much higher failure rate versus genuine equipment, counterfeits pose a threat not just to consumer safety but also to national security - because when they fail the entire systems in which they are embedded may also fail.

Slotless DC Motor Touts Efficiency and Smooth, Quiet Motion

August 29, 2011 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Pittman family of slotless brushless DC servo motors are used to power a wide range of applications for the medical/biotech, semiconductor processing, business and computer equipment, and automation industries. The motor’s

SMD Resistor Handles Up To 12 Watts

August 29, 2011 10:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HPC12 from Stackpole is a high power handling SMD resistive device. It is rated for 5 W of power in free air, but can handle 12 W continuously with 400 lfm air movement on standard recommended solder pads with

TT Electronics OPTEK Technology Earns QML Certification Status for JAN Products

August 29, 2011 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

TT electronics OPTEK Technology has earned QML (Qualified Manufacturer List) certification from DSCC (Defense Supply Center – Columbus), re-establishing the company as a US-based supplier of JAN/JANTX semiconductors for high-reliability applications in defense and aerospace electronics systems.

High Density Matrix Touts Easy Control in Ethernet-LAN Apps

August 29, 2011 7:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of LXI switch solutions with the introduction of the 60-590 high density matrix. The matrix can be provided in configurations of 40x40 or 40x20 and has provision for loop thru connections and

Texas Instruments MSP430 Launchpad

August 29, 2011 7:12 am | Videos | Comments

Another Geek Moment Video discussing Texas Instruments' msp430 launchpad and cc430 low power microcontroller. Watch as this rocket is launched wirelessly from Digi-Key headquarters.

Automotive LED Driver Incorporates Hysteretic Control of LEDs and High Side Current Sensing

August 29, 2011 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex, Inc. introduced AT9919, an LED lamp driver integrated circuit (IC), designed for solid-state lighting applications in automobiles, such as head lights, tail lights, brake indicator lights, dome lights, and panel backlights. This AEC-Q100-compliant IC drives

Corelis Offers Integrated JTAG Solution with National Instruments

August 29, 2011 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Corelis announced support for National Instruments High Speed Digital I/O (HSDIO) instruments with Corelis’ ScanExpress suite of high-performance JTAG test and measurement tools.

QorIQ Qonverge Wireless Base Station Processor Portfolio

August 29, 2011 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor is now sampling the first “base station-on-chip” products built on its innovative QorIQ Qonverge multimode platform.

Development Board Explores Enhancement-Mode Gallium Nitride (eGaN) FETs

August 29, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation introduced the EPC9005 development board to make it easier for users to start designing with a 40V enhancement-mode gallium nitride (eGaN) field effect transistor (FET)...

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