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Micro-machining technology: a primer

October 17, 2011 1:17 pm | by John Beigel | Articles | Comments

Micro-machining technology, simply stated, is the utilization of semiconductor manufacturing equipment in such a way that it creates micro-mechanical systems that serve a specific purpose. MEDER’s objective was to develop a micro-miniature hermetically sealed reed switch...

Atmel Launches Low-power RF Transceiver for Consumer Applications

October 17, 2011 12:46 pm | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel Corporation today announced a new RF transceiver to support the high-volume consumer markets in the 2.4GHz ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) band. The Atmel AT86RF232 transceiver includes all the necessary features to support the latest wireless applications...

Aeroflex Adds FM and ZigBee Analysis to PXI 3000 Series

October 17, 2011 12:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Aeroflex Limited announced the addition of the Generic Measurement Suite to its PXI 3000 Series of RF modular instruments, enhancing the capability of this fast, flexible modular range of RF test equipment to meet the current and future testing needs of wireless communication devices.

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Corelis Announces JTAG Embedded Testing Solution for AMD Processors

October 17, 2011 11:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Corelis announced today ScanExpress JET support for AMD embedded processors. Supported AMD processor families include Turion II Neo, Athlon II Neo, Opteron 4100, and Opteron Quad-Core (socket Fr5). These processors represent high-performance, low power processing...

MICE, IP and harsh environments

October 17, 2011 10:08 am | by Tom Williams RCDD, Director New Business Development, METZ CONNECT | Articles | Comments

When today’s communications professionals are faced with designing a system infrastructure that will be placed in a environment that is not suitable for standard cable and connectors difficult decisions must be made. Designers must look to connectors and cable that are specifically designed for harsh environments.

Fast Start With GreenArrays Software

October 17, 2011 9:01 am | Blogs | Comments

There are no doubt some diehards (like me) out there who have been playing around with the GreenArrays Software Suite (free download), but with all the things you need to learn (it seems like all at once) it is pretty tough sledding.

I-O Connectors For Harsh Environments

October 17, 2011 8:31 am | by Fred Kozlof, Tech Support, CONEC | Articles | Comments

Despite all the warnings to avoid use of electrical devices in wet areas, it seems that designers are working at a fast pace to create devices that play well with water. Traditionally, most electronic boxes have been located in a sheltered, controlled environment.

Return to Zero - A Tribute

October 17, 2011 8:06 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. 

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7.0” TFT-LCD Includes Touch Screen

October 17, 2011 7:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

OSD Displays introduced a new 7” WVGA 800 x RGB X 480 TFT LCD with resistive touch screen technology and LED backlighting. The OSD070T1141-35TS offers a

Lansdale and Freescale Partner to Manufacture RF Prescalers

October 17, 2011 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lansdale Semiconductor president, R. Dale Lillard, announced the continued availability of a series of RF prescaler circuits originally designed and built by Freescale Semiconductor Inc.

Enabling Microscopy: Piezoelectric Actuation Offers a Wide Variety of New Capabilities

October 15, 2011 9:26 am | by Scott Jordan, Physik Instrumente, L.P., www.physikinstrumente.com | Articles | Comments

The intersection of nanopositioning and microscopy is expanding and deepening rapidly. The evolutions of disciplines as diverse as single-molecule biophysics, super-resolution microscopy and automated microassay scanning share several common themes which combine to increase the prevalence of piezo-based positioning systems added-to or integrated into microscopic setups. Recently developed mechanisms of significant relevance to microscopic applications present substantial new opportunities for advancement.

Embedded Magnetics Opens Door to New Approach to Circuit Design

October 15, 2011 7:35 am | by Steven R. Kubes, TE Connectivity, www.te.com | Articles | Comments

Impedance matching and filtering of wide bandwidth data lines has long been the domain of hand-wound toroidal chokes and transformers. A new planar magnetic technology is paving the way to the manufacture of these devices utilizing established printed circuit fabrication and IC testing techniques.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Stephen Turnbull of Freescale on Wireless Networks

October 14, 2011 1:07 pm | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Stephen Turnbull of Freescale on the challenges in creating wireless networks, bases station innovations, and what Freescale is doing in the development of embedded products for advanced Wireless Network infrastructures.

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The Roundtable - Test & Measurement Trends

October 14, 2011 10:08 am | by Moderated by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

This month's question is: What functionality and/or features will drive the next generation of test & measurement products? What will be the most radical emphasis? Lower cost, better accuracy, robustness, speed, the ability to function in hazardous environments? What are you looking for in your next test device? Our answers come from people at Honeywell, Rohde & Schwarz, and Texas Instruments.

Cypress Adds SmartSense Auto-Tuning To PSoC 3 Programmable System-on-Chip

October 14, 2011 8:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor today introduced the PSoC 3 CapSense Plus capacitive touch-sensing solution for buttons, sliders, touchpads, and proximity sensing. It’s the industry’s best capacitive-sensing solution that can also perform general system control functions.

200W Desktop Power Supply Features Medical Safety Approvals and Level V Efficiency

October 14, 2011 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to cost effectively power today’s medical devices, the PPWAMD200 Series of medical desktop power supplies from Power Partners provides an industry leading 200 Watts of power in a compact 7.42” x 4.1” x 2.36” package.

Compact Fuel-Gauge Increases Li+ Battery Runtime

October 14, 2011 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX17047 fuel gauge for single-cell Li+ battery packs. Featuring the company's new ModelGauge m3 algorithm, the MAX17047 is the industry's only coulomb-counting fuel gauge that does not suffer from the abrupt corrections...

Holdover Crystal Oscillator

October 14, 2011 7:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OX-203 is the newest addition to the Vectron Family of Holdover Oscillators. This OCXO delivers exceptional stability, supporting holdover performances of 1µs over 8 hours and 8µs over 24 hours.

USB extension cable provides charging without syncing functionality

October 14, 2011 5:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Newer Technology (www.newertech.com) announced today the availability of its new premium-quality 30-Pin Dock Connector to USB 2.0 cables in four sizes: 3", 12", 36", and 72". The fully Apple-certified cables utilize the power and convenience of USB 2.0...

Connectivity Platform Touts Lower System Cost, New Music Streaming Features

October 13, 2011 1:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SMSC announced its latest generation JukeBlox 2.2 (JB2.2) platform with enhanced audio streaming features including up to a four-times faster boot time, improved WiFi performance leveraging the new WiFi Multimedia (WMM) standard, low power standby modes and

Wideband, High-Isolation Switch Includes USB Control Interface

October 13, 2011 1:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Telemakus announces the release of the TES7000-50 SPDT switch. This USB controlled switch adds to the growing family of Telemakus test equipment. Operating from 100 MHz to 7 GHz with

Sine Wave Inverters Provide Up to 3000 VA for Rail, Military and Industrial Apps

October 13, 2011 12:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer announced a series of efficient, pure sine wave inverters that provide up to 3000 VA of power. The PRP-3000 Series has versions that meet industrial (EN60950) or rail (EN50155) standards. Standard input voltages of

IR Expands SupIRBuck Online Design Tool

October 13, 2011 12:02 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today announced that the company has expanded its online design tool for the SupIRBuck family of integrated point-of-load voltage regulators to include new devices utilizing hysteretic constant on-time (COT) control...

VCO operates from 1200 MHz to 2100 MHz

October 13, 2011 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CW-1200-2100 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 1200 MHz to 2100 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5V~25V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -95 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has excellent linearity.

67-GHz Nonlinear Vector Network Analyzer Is Asserted to be World’s First

October 13, 2011 11:42 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. expanded its PNA-X Nonlinear Vector Network Analyzer to 67 GHz. A new 67-GHz phase-reference calibration standard, configured to work with the 67-GHz PNA-X NVNA, is also now available. Using this hardware, designers can

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