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The Tinker's Toolbox - Jonathan Chien of Conexant on Audio Systems in Smart Devices

August 17, 2011 5:06 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Jonathan Chien, Audio Marketing Director of Conexant about audio management in home telepresence and speech recognition applications as well as next-generation Smart TV and video game consoles.

Anatomy of a Digital Isolator

August 16, 2011 2:25 pm | by David Krakauer, Analog Devices, Inc., www.analog.com | Articles | Comments

For years, designers of industrial, medical and other isolated systems had limited options when implementing safety isolation: the only reasonable choice was the optocoupler. Today, digital isolators offer advantages in performance, size, cost, power efficiency and integration. Understanding the nature and interdependence of three key elements of a digital isolator is important in choosing the right digital isolator.

Power Factor Correction Techniques in LED Lighting

August 16, 2011 1:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

High power LED based light fixtures are replacing fluorescent and HID light sources in many general lighting applications. Since LED lighting represents a green technology, the issue of power factor is very important. Power factor is defined as

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Hybrid Aluminum-Polymer Capacitors Feature Low ESR, Wide Temp Range

August 16, 2011 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Tecate Group announced the release of the MXCPB and MXCPT Series of aluminum-polymer hybrid construction capacitors. The new SMD series combines the low ESR of polymer capacitors with the low

Cable Clips Tout Double Compression Design for Solar Wires

August 16, 2011 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Heyco Products, Inc. has announced availability of its HEYClip SunRunner(TM) Cable Clips. Designed to provide a better method for PV module wire management, the clip fits

Return to Zero - Square Dance

August 16, 2011 10:55 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. 

PWM controllers boost efficiency in telecom, industrial power supplies

August 16, 2011 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments today introduced two high-efficiency PWM power supply controllers with integrated, programmable-delay synchronous rectifier control outputs and pre-bias start-up circuitry. The UCC28250 and UCC28950 “green controllers” simplify design...

Enclosures: The heart of speedy telecommunications products and services

August 16, 2011 9:58 am | by Ken Tumblison, President of Buckeye Shapeform | Articles | Comments

Speed. There is nothing of greater consequence in human communication than speed. Although we have come a long way since the pony express, the need for speed in the telecommunications industry is greater now than ever.

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High-Power Series PIN Diode Serves Transmit-Receive Switch Applications

August 16, 2011 8:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions introduced a high-power, series PIN diode for large signal transmit and receive switching applications.

Type 6 COM Express Modules Feature 2nd-Gen Intel Core Processor & ECC RAM

August 16, 2011 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

American Portwell Technology released the PCOM-B217VG-VI-ECC embedded computer module to add Intel's second-generation quad-core and dual-core Intel Core i7/i5 processors to its Type 6 COM Express product portfolio.

300-W, AC-DC Switching Power Supplies Suit Space-Constrained Apps

August 16, 2011 8:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct’s MPU-300 Series is packaged in a 5.0 x 3.2 x 1.5-inch U-Chassis with only 25 cfm airflow. The switching power supplies provide up to 300W of output power. Four standard models operate from

Digital I-O media module holds up to extreme ambient conditions

August 16, 2011 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Belden extends its Hirschmann product range with a digital I/O media module for the MICE family of Fast and Gigabit Ethernet switches. When version 7.0 of the "Layer 2 Professional” software is installed on the switches, this module enables signals to be sent and status messages to be analyzed with four digital inputs and outputs.

LVDTs Certified For Use On General Electric Gas Turbines

August 16, 2011 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

US-based sensor manufacturer Macro Sensors (www.macrosensors.com) is now an approved LVDT supplier for General Electric (GE) gas turbines. The LVDTs are implemented for position measurement on governor valves, throttle valves...

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Make the Safe Choice, or the Right Choice?

August 16, 2011 6:28 am | by Gordon Vinther, founder and president of Ardent Concepts (www.ardentconcepts.com) | Blogs | Comments

Where does innovation – true innovation – get implemented in your product roadmap?  How do you as a product development or R&D team ensure you are pushing the envelope and enabling next-generation electronic solutions?

Honeywell Sensing and Control Limitless Switch

August 16, 2011 6:07 am | Videos | Comments

Honeywell Sensing and Control Limitless Technology: Dr. Larry previews the promise of wireless technology to a world of applications.

Application Understanding Impacts Cost of Interconnect Solutions

August 15, 2011 1:08 pm | by Michael Giesler, Application Specialist, 3M | Articles | Comments

Every day, consumers embrace multiple levels of interconnecting in our activities without thinking about it. Whether it is waking up to an alarm clock, turning on the lights, placing a call on your cell phone, operating your automobile, accessing data on your computer from the cloud...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Tim Colleran of Qualcomm Atheros on the Smart Grid and the 'Internet of Things'

August 15, 2011 11:23 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Tim Colleran, Director Internet of Things, Qualcomm Atheros. The 'Internet of Things' is the idea that everyday objects can be readable, recognizable, locatable, addressable, and controllable via the Internet.

Bus converter supports an input range of 36-60 V

August 15, 2011 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

CUI introduced the engineering release and initial customer sampling of the NQB Series isolated dc-dc quarter brick based on their patented Solus Power Topology. As part of CUI’s Novum Advanced Power portfolio, the 720 W intermediate bus converter will initially support an input range of 36-60 V...

Optimizing RF Systems

August 15, 2011 7:20 am | by Pushkar Nandkar and Balasatish Gurlinka, Applications Engineers, Cypress Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Wireless technology, with its ability to increase system flexibility and mobility, has become an integral part of many embedded and consumer applications. Even a simple RF system, however, introduces many critical design issues with a fair number of tradeoffs.

Inductive Charging

August 15, 2011 7:08 am | Videos | Comments

Electric vehicles can be charged contact-free via inductive energy flow. It is safe and no cables are needed.

Connected Devices: A New Era of Electronics Design

August 15, 2011 6:58 am | by Bob Potock, Director, Americas Marketing, Altium | Articles | Comments

According to IDC Research, 15 billion devices will be connected to the internet by the year 2015. That is a big jump from the estimated 3 billion today. When we talk about “connected devices” our minds immediately go to mobile devices.

GUI-Building Software Enables Easy User Interface Creation

August 15, 2011 5:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

SEGGER Microcontroller has developed a new tool to help the engineer shorten the time to create their application by replacing the tedious task of creating user interfaces in hand written code with a simple straight forward drag-and-drop interface.

Flash Controller IP Core Enables Faster Data Transfer

August 15, 2011 4:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Posedge, a leading supplier of Wired/Wireless Secure Networking Semiconductor Intellectual Property solutions has expanded its IP portfolio by announcing the availability of ONFI-3.0 compliant Universal Flash Controller (UFC).

DIN-mount Power Supplies Suit Restricted Installation Depths

August 12, 2011 9:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Five COMPACT units have joined WAGO Corporation’s DIN-rail mount EPSITRON Power Supply line. Suitable for restricted installation depths, the offering complies with DIN 43880, specifying equipment dimensions for distribution and meter panels. Ranging between

Understanding Overload and Short Circuit Protection of DC-DC Power Converters

August 12, 2011 8:12 am | Videos | Comments

VPT, Inc. produced a new instructional video on overload and short circuit protections of DC-DC converters. Topics include how DC-DC converters respond to overload and short circuit conditions, a demonstration of

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