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16-bit Low Power FRAM MCUs Tout Faster Write Times, Power Savings

May 3, 2011 1:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced what it asserts are the industry’s first ultra-low-power ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) 16-bit microcontrollers. The MSP430FR57xx FRAM Series ensures data can be

MCUs Feature Numerous Integrated Peripherals

May 3, 2011 11:46 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. today announced it has expanded its 8-bit Enhanced Mid-range Core product portfolio with the new, low-cost PIC16F1516/7/8/9 and PIC16F1526/7 (PIC16F15XX) microcontrollers (MCUs). These new, general-purpose MCUs...

High Reliability Passives Remain Vital in Medical Contact, Imaging, and Analysis

May 3, 2011 11:27 am | by Stephen Oxley, tt electronics Fixed Resistors Busines Unit | Articles | Comments

The great advances of recent years in medical diagnostic and therapeutic capability owe as much to electronic engineering as they do to medical science. Furthermore, medical devices are leaving the confines of hospitals and serving the growing community-based and home-based healthcare markets.

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Tiny Tech Gains in Stature

May 3, 2011 10:03 am | Articles | Comments

Until recently nanotechnology has been little more than a buzzword for many, with the major announcements in the space being mostly about using nanoparticle technology in traditional materials applications. But new technology and capabilities are moving nanotech from the realm of science fiction into the realm of the real for application areas previously unthought-of.

Module Features Advanced GPS Jammer Detection and Report System

May 3, 2011 7:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

GlobalTop Technology Inc. today expands the u5 family series with the introduction of the Gmm-u5j, a unique standalone GPS module featuring Anti-J.A.C.K.™, or Anti-Jamming Assessment Command Feedback, for critical asset protection and security.

RFM Launches Tiny ZigBee Pro Module

May 3, 2011 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

RF Monolithics, Inc. today introduced the ZPM3570 2.4 GHz ZigBee Pro module at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) 2011 in Silicon Valley (booth #1043). Its small size, 1MB data logging flash memory, and ZigBee Smart Energy and Home Automation Profiles support...

Return to Zero - The Heist

May 3, 2011 6:50 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.

IC Combines Downconverter and Synthesizer for Next-gen Basestations

May 3, 2011 6:22 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has announced an integrated device targeting next-generation mobile network basestations. The STW82100B Series will also target RF instrumentation and general wireless-infrastructure applications. The ICs integrate

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Dual Output POL Regulator is Positioned as Alternative to LDOs

May 3, 2011 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech’s SC197 is a 500 mA, dual-output, point-of-load (POL) regulator, combining two PWM DC-DC regulators in a 2 mm x 3 mm x 0.6 mm package with an overall footprint of 80 mm2. According to the company, the small size and footprint

16-bit Low Power MCUs Feature Capacitive Sensing That Works in Sleep

May 3, 2011 5:57 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced it has expanded its low pin-count 16-bit eXtreme Low Power PIC MCUs by adding an on-chip 12-bit ADC, EEPROM, intelligent mTouch capacitive sensing, and the capability to

Digital Zero-Power AC-DC PWM IC Targets Offline Chargers, Adapters

May 3, 2011 5:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

iWatt announced the iW1700 Zero Power AC/DC Digital PWM Controller. The controller is designed to enable low-cost, energy-efficient 120V/230VAC offline adapters and chargers (up to 5 W) which consume

Power Switch Device Technology Addresses Energy Star Requirements

May 3, 2011 5:23 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor developed the FSL1x6 Series of green-mode Fairchild Power Switch (FPS) devices. These integrated PWM controllers include proprietary green-mode functions that

LNAs Feature Bypass and Shutdown Functionality

May 3, 2011 5:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies announced four low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) to extend the RF performance and diversity of LNA portfolio. The modules feature high linearity that improves an application’s ability to

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Wash-Aways provide consistent spacing between printed circuit boards and PCB components

May 2, 2011 11:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Multi-Seals Inc. introduces Wash-Away dissolvable spacers, designed to provide consistent spacing between printed circuit boards and PCB components. These organic polymer spacers locate PCB components during soldering operations.

RGB Portfolio

May 2, 2011 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

This module, provided by Digi-Key and Osram, will provide an overview of OSRAM's RGB product portfolio and discuss the features, benefits, and potential applications.

Wind River Turns 30: Looking Back and Moving Forward

May 2, 2011 9:46 am | by Tomas Evensen, Wind River | Blogs | Comments

2011 marks Wind River’s 30th anniversary. The big 3-0…it’s a major landmark moment in anyone’s book. This year, we’ll be taking time to honor this milestone with a retrospective of Wind River’s history and also a series of employee stories.

Return to Zero - Cash Out

May 2, 2011 8:02 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.

Precision Mixed-Signal Microcontroller Combines High Accuracy and Low Power Operation

May 2, 2011 7:13 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has introduced the Q32M210, the first in a new family of mixed-signal microcontrollers for precision measurement and monitoring. Designed for use in portable sensing applications and built with the ARM Cortex-M3 processor...

PCIe Synchro-Resolver Output Card Designed for Test Applications

May 2, 2011 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Data Device Corporation (DDC) introduces its exciting new Digital-to-Synchro/Resolver simulation PCIe card (SB-3623X), designed for test applications involving instrument grade angle position simulation of up to 6 channels at 30 arc seconds accuracy.

Test Leads Change Tip Length with a Single Twist

April 30, 2011 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation announced the availability of the its TL175 TwistGuard Test Leads with a manually adjustable test tip guard for use in different measurement environments. By twisting the test lead, the user can

Spring-Loaded Plunger Assemblies Enable Quick Repositioning of Equipment Without Tools

April 30, 2011 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

PEM Type PTL2 spring-loaded plunger assemblies allow users to quickly and easily move racks, slides, access panels, and similar equipment to new positions without requiring tools. If necessary, a unique lockout feature

Optically Clear, Flexible Epoxy Cures at Room Temp, and Cryogenic Conditions

April 30, 2011 9:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Bond developed Polymer System EP37-3FLF. This optically clear, two component epoxy has resistance to cryogenic temperatures and severe thermal cycling. Its low exotherm also makes it

Dual Central Office VDSL2 Splitter Module Touts Space Reduction

April 30, 2011 9:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse introduced a dual central office VDSL2 splitter module. The B8891DVNL combines two central office (CO) splitter modules onto one platform. This configuration increases available printed circuit board space by 40 percent while

VCO Operates From 2850 MHz to 2950 MHz

April 30, 2011 9:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek’s CVCO55CC-2850-2950 operates from 2850 MHz to 2950 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3 V to 4.7 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -105 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and has

Power MOSFET Chipset Targets DC-DC Apps Requiring High Power Density

April 30, 2011 9:06 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier announced the introduction of an automotive DirectFET2 power MOSFET chipset optimized for DC-DC applications used in internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, hybrid and electric vehicles. The 40-V logic level gate drive

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