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The Tinker's Toolbox - Valerie Rothermel-Nelson of Honeywell on Ambient Environmental Sensing

December 13, 2011 5:33 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Valerie Rothermel-Nelson, Senior Global Product Marketing Manager, Thermal Products, of Honeywell Sensing and Control about Ambient Environmental Sensing and the challenges to the design engineer.

AirMax Connectors for CompactPCI Serial Applications

December 13, 2011 4:34 am | Videos | Comments

Take a look at this introduction video to FCI Electronics AirMax connectors for CompactPCI serial applications.

Three-Dimensional EM Simulation Platform Enhances RF Simulation Speed

December 13, 2011 3:45 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced shipment of the latest release of its Electromagnetic Professional software, EMPro 2011.11. The updated 3-D modeling and simulation platform features enhancements to further speed and improve RF design and verification.


Image Sensor Quantum Efficiency Versus Wavelength Optimization

December 12, 2011 1:31 pm | by Gareth Powell, Pierre Fereyre, e2v semiconductors SAS, France, | Articles | Comments

Technology advances applied to improving the performance of traditional front-illuminated CMOS imagers are yielding surprising results.

Switching Regulators Offer an Efficiency of up to 96%

December 12, 2011 10:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

GAPTEC Electronic launched a family of LMS78 non-insulated 0.5A switching regulators with an extended input voltage range (up to 4:1) and a high efficiency of up to 96%.

Amplifier for High Common-Mode Voltage Applications Touts Accuracy

December 12, 2011 10:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

With a best-in-class common-mode rejection ratio (CMRR) of 100 dB, the INA149 from Texas Instruments is presented as the most accurate difference amplifier for high common-mode voltage applications up to +275 V.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Tom De Schutter of Synopsys on Transaction-Level Models

December 12, 2011 10:01 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Tom De Schutter, Senior Product Marketing Manager, System Level Solutions at Synopsys about transaction-level models, which raise designer productivity by increasing the level of abstraction at which they design.

The Most AWESOME Motors in the Whole World!

December 12, 2011 9:18 am | by Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Next to the wheel, the electric motor is arguably the most significant object ever invented by man. Just try to find any other invention that affects our lives as much as the electric motor. Its impact can be traced back to the early 19th century...


Hot consumer technologies in 2012

December 12, 2011 7:53 am | by Jerry Kolbe, Director of Technology and Marketing Communications, Murata Electronics North America, | Articles | Comments

This is the time of the year when I am always asked to give my prediction on the next killer consumer product for the new year. Since I am not Zoltar or don’t own a crystal ball, this is a difficult question to answer as it depends...

FRAMOS Announces USB3.0 Super-Speed Interface for Visiosens VFU Camera Platform

December 12, 2011 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

FRAMOS announces the new USB3.0 Super-Speed Interface for the Visiosens VFU Camera Platform enabling data transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps.

1.25 GHz Module Ideal for Beamforming and Multichannel Waveform Generation

December 12, 2011 6:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pentek today released its highest-performing D/A converter module for RF and IF waveform playback, the Cobalt Model 71670. The module delivers four independent analog outputs each through its own digital upconverter and 16-bit D/A with sampling rates to 1.25 GHz.

1.5W Isolated Low Noise DC-DC µModule Converters Include Transformer

December 12, 2011 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTM8047 and LTM8048 1.5W output DC/DC µModule converters with 725VDC galvanic isolation in a 9mm x 11.25mm x 4.92mm BGA (ball grid array) package. All components, including the transformer, control circuitry and power switches...

DfR Solutions and ISD Italia Partner on Sherlock ADA Software

December 12, 2011 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

DfR Solutions announced today that ISD Italia has joined forces with DfR Solutions’ North American (NA) sales teams in offering DfR Solutions’ revolutionary automated design analysis tool, ‘Sherlock’.


Curtiss-Wright Controls Launches Industry’s First Fermi architecture NVIDIA GPGPU 3U OpenVPX Engine

December 12, 2011 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has announced its first 3U OpenVPX general purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU)- multi-core engine, the VPX3-491 GPU Application Accelerator. The small form factor VPX3-491 features an NVIDIA GPU based on the NVIDIA Fermi architecture with 240 CUDA cores.

Op Amps Add Precision and Save Space

December 12, 2011 5:47 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics introduced two new families of low-power operational amplifiers with enhanced accuracy and reduced package size. ST’s TSV85x and LMV82x devices aim to upgrade the industry-standard (LMV321) in signal-conditioning applications across the Computer, Industrial and Medical fields.

Motor Control Kit Spins and Tunes Three-Phase Motors in Minutes

December 12, 2011 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Adding to its growing portfolio of motor control solutions, Texas Instruments announced a new motor control kit for spinning three-phase brushless motors with a Stellaris Cortex-M3 microcontroller (MCU).

Film Capacitors Tout Low Insertion Height

December 12, 2011 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-EPC has developed a wide range of EPCOS MKP and MKT film capacitors with low insertion heights. The new capacitors with a lead spacing of 37.5 mm feature insertion heights of only 15 mm or 19 mm. These components are designed for

Energy Harvesting Enables Ultra-Low Power Applications

December 12, 2011 4:59 am | by Brian Lum-Shue-Chan and Karthik Kadirvel, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

There are a variety of systems and applications that could benefit from energy harvesting (EH). Energy harvesting refers to the technology by which ambient sources of energy such as light, thermal gradient, and vibration can be harvested and stored then applied later for doing useful work.

Good Politics

December 12, 2011 4:39 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

I don't normally do politics here but this is too good to pass up. And it is relevant to the work we all do. According to Wired Magazine and Senator Scott Brown himself, the Senator is sponsoring a bill to help little guys raise capital the same way the big boys do.

PCB Software Provides Professional Board Design

December 12, 2011 4:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

CadSoft Computer announced the launch of version 6 of its ‘EAGLE’ PCB software for professional board design, which focuses on flexibility and time-saving by optimizing and integrating new features such as BGA escape routing, differential pair routing, automatic meanders, and undo/redo logs.

VCO Operates From 3750 to 3800 MHz

December 10, 2011 9:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek’s CVCO55CC-3750-3800 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 3750 MHz to 3800 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5 V to16 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -105 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and has

Photoelectric Sensor Series Offers Fast Response Time, Multibeam Redundant Detection

December 10, 2011 9:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs has expanded its family of ML4.2 Series Subminiature Photoelectric Sensors. A number of new models are available to help maximize machine productivity by delivering

14-bit Sample and Hold Amplifier Acquires in 35 ns to 0.003 Percent Accuracy

December 10, 2011 8:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

DATEL announced the availability of the SHM-14 14-bit ultra high speed linear sample-and-hold amplifier designed for extremely fast data acquisition applications. With a 70 MHz full power bandwidth, and a 250 MHz small signal bandwidth the amp achieves

Seven-bit Digital Step Attenuator Includes SPI Interface

December 10, 2011 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

TriQuint Semiconductor’s TQP4M9083, 7-bit, digital step attenuator (DSA) offers up to 31.75 dB of attenuation in 0.25 dB increments. A serial periphery interface (SPI) controls attenuation changes. A wide

Dedicated Signal Conditioners Support Focused Applications

December 9, 2011 11:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation has added six Dedicated Signal Conditioners to its JUMPFLEX 857 Series Signal Conditioner and Relay family. DSCs support focused applications requiring

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