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LED Drivers Power Outdoor Lighting Applications

October 31, 2011 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bias Power’s latest AC-DC LED Driver Module is the BPOXL Series, specifically designed for the many applications operating from a 12VAC input. These low-cost supplies provide up to four or eight watts of output power for LED string voltages up to 12VDC and 9VDC respectively.

austriamicrosystems announces the highest performance NFC Reader IC for payment and automotive applications

October 31, 2011 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems has announced the AS3911 NFC (near field communications) and HF (high frequency) reader IC. The AS3911 has unique capabilities not available in the market and enables a number of applications...

Low-power ICs available in a 3x3mm TQFN package

October 31, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parade Technologies today announced three new additions to the company’s USB 3.0 Repeater/Redriver IC product line. Parade’s new PS8711 is a single-channel unidirectional USB 3.0 Repeater/Redriver with both pin- and I2C-configurable performance controls...

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Multitest’s Quad Tech Designed for Best Contacting Integrity

October 31, 2011 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Multitest announces that its Quad Tech concept is the next generation of vertical contact technology. Its superior test yield and long probe life results in significant cost of test advantages.

Low-Power Microcontrollers Feature RC Analog-to-Digital Converters

October 31, 2011 5:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

ML610Q4xx series low-power microcontrollers offer more choice when creating battery-powered devices used for the measurement and display of temperature, humidity and carbon monoxide (CO) in industrial and commercial environments.

Optronics Releases Catalog Listing Opti-Brite White LED Utility Lighting

October 28, 2011 12:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Optronics International has released a catalog detailing an expanded offering of white LED lighting. The new listing features high output white LED lights designed using materials suitable for heavy duty applications.

Highest Capacity FPGA Now Shipping from Xilinx

October 28, 2011 11:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Xilinx introduces the Virtex-7 2000T -- the world's highest capacity programmable logic device ever built. 

RF Switches Support 6GHz Wi-Fi Applications

October 28, 2011 10:02 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics and California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) are now shipping two new high frequency GaAs MMIC SPDT switches, the UPG2422TK and the UPG2411T6R.

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Halloween Light Show 2011 - This Is Halloween

October 28, 2011 9:44 am | Videos | Comments

Not to be missed! A home from Riverside, CA performs "This is Halloween" from A Nightmare Before Christmas.

Return to Zero - On The Phone

October 28, 2011 8:33 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. 

SMT “Auto Blade” Fuse Clips Hold Firmly

October 28, 2011 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Keystone Electronics Corp. offers wide selection of surface mount, automotive blade fuse clips engineered to secure fuses in place even after multiple insertions. Suitable for high-density applications, these new, compact, low profile clips are

Distributed Temperature Sensor Targets Oil-Gas and Industrial Production Operations

October 28, 2011 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation’s DTSX200 Distributed Temperature Sensor (DTS) was released to the global market. The unit is used to monitor temperature and flow in oil/gas upstream unconventional and conventional in-well applications

Power capacitors intended for wind power plants

October 28, 2011 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-EPC has developed EPCOS power capacitors with high rated voltage, long operating life and high current handling capability, making them ideal for renewable energy generation applications, such as AC output filters in offshore wind turbines.

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Embedding Systems

October 28, 2011 6:59 am | by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

The impact of convergence on the design community is not just increasing in scope, it's also speeding up. Consolidation of functionality and integration of subsystems has meant that the very definition of what an embedded system is becomes more elusive.

Toroidal Power Transformers Target Demanding Medical Applications

October 28, 2011 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Standex Electronics toroidal power transformers are designed for the demanding needs of medical applications, including protecting sensitive medical devices in patient care environments. They are available as bare toroids which can be integrated into the devices themselves, or installed in enclosures with options to

Gefen Unveils Portable HDMI Signal Generator Upgraded for 3DTV with High Quality Audio Testing

October 28, 2011 5:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gefen’s next generation Mini Pattern Signal Generator for HDMI 3DTV is designed for easy mobility when installing, designing or trouble shooting audio/video systems in the field. Real-time testing of multiple displays and projectors, support for 3DTV...

GaAs SPDT Switches Target WLAN Applications

October 28, 2011 5:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions has introduced two small (1 x 1 mm packaged) GaAs single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) switches for WLAN applications.

Steve Jobs' Full Legacy Yet to be Written - What's Next?

October 28, 2011 4:27 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Blogs | Comments

Steve Jobs’ has left a legacy that is hard to capture. His vision and product from Pixar to Apple are still growing.

Make Sense of Software of Unknown Pedigree (SOUP)

October 27, 2011 11:58 am | by Mark Pitchford, LDRA, www.LDRA.com | Articles | Comments

Legacy software—software of unknown pedigree (SOUP)—forms the basis of new developments which must meet modern coding standards either due to client demands or simply a policy of continuous improvement within the developer organization. The need to leverage the value of SOUP while meeting new standards and further developing functionality presents its own set of unique challenges.

LED Driver Achieves High Accuracy Without High-Side Current Sensing

October 27, 2011 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex, Inc. introduced HV9861A, an open loop, average current mode control, LED driver integrated circuit (IC) designed to drive LEDs using a buck topology. It is suited for a variety of solid-state lighting applications, including

PIM Cable Assemblies Offer -181 dBc of Intermodulation

October 27, 2011 10:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

San-tron has announced a new series of PIM cable assemblies. These assemblies feature intermodulation performance as low as -181 dBc with an eSeries 7/16 connector terminated on TFlex-402 cable. Typical performance across the lineup of assemblies terminated with eSMA and eSeries Type N’s is -162 dBc.

Create a Decorative Conductive Fabric Button

October 27, 2011 10:11 am | by Dia Campbell, TechStylist at SparkFun Electronics | Blogs | Comments

Feel free to change this up and make a button that works with your project, such as a cat button with conductive thread whiskers you can stroke or a guitar button with strummable strings!

LEDs Provide High Luminous Intensity to 1400 mcd

October 27, 2011 8:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology announced the release of a series of power MiniLEDs in 2.3-mm x 1.3-mm x 1.4-mm SMD packages. Using advanced AllnGaP technology to increase light output by a factor of

Digital instrument provides a response time of under 10 seconds

October 27, 2011 8:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Control Company’s new Traceable Digital Hygrometer/Thermometer/Dew Point instrument provides a response time of under 10 seconds with a resolution of 0.01% RH, 0.01°F/°C, and 0.01° dew point °F/°C. It samples one-and-a-half times per second.

STM32F4 Discovery Kit Now Available

October 27, 2011 8:24 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics, a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has begun shipping the STM32F4 Discovery Kit to appointed distributors worldwide. The kit provides an ultra low-cost development environment enabling fast, convenient design starts using the new devices.

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