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U-Shaped Connectors Ideal for LED Lighting Applications

July 8, 2011 8:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Board to board connector specialists GradConn launch U-Shaped thru hole connectors for planar PCB mating. The new range offers 2.00mm pitch spacing with single and dual in line options, the headers may be used as a economical one piece solution...

Wireless Sensor Networks Go The Distance

July 8, 2011 8:27 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Whether you use a handful or thousands of sensors in a wireless network, communications can occur in many ways. But each approach requires a thoughtful analysis of distances between sensor nodes, node-power requirements, protocols, and network layouts, among other characteristics.

Starter Kit Features STMicro ARM Cortex-M3-based STM32 F-2 Series

July 8, 2011 8:10 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

IAR Systems today announced a complete starter kit for STMicroelectronics’ ARM Cortex-M3 based high performance STM32 F-2 series

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Rugged 40 V to 75 V Automotive-qualified MOSFETs Provide Low On-State Resistance

July 8, 2011 8:02 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced a family of automotive qualified MOSFETs for a range of applications requiring low on-state resistance (RDS(on)) including heavy load applications used in

The World's Most Competitively Priced Quartz MINI SMD

July 8, 2011 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The internationally active quartz crystal and oscillator specialist PETERMANN-TECHNIK from the town of Kaufering (Germany) presents the world’s most competitively priced quartz crystal MINI SMD.

Ultra-low Dropout Regulators Help Reduce Power Consumption

July 8, 2011 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

With a low dropout voltage of 220 mV at 1.5 A, the AP7362 and AP7363 fixed and adjustable output linear regulators from Diodes Incorporated are positioned to help reduce power consumption and increase regulated voltage output stability. Their

ETL-Listed T8 Fixture Replacements for LED Tube Lights

July 8, 2011 6:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

LEDtronics announces its new line of ETL-listed LED Tube Light Fixtures specifically designed for energy-efficient, environment-conscious and high-output T8 LED tube lights that help commercial, governmental and industrial facilities reduce their power consumption and maintenance costs as well as minimize their ecological footprint.

Return to Zero - Emergency Radio

July 8, 2011 5:43 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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Microchip Talks 16-bit PIC MCUs and dsPIC DSCs at ESC Chicago 2011

July 7, 2011 12:02 pm | Videos | Comments

Bill Hutchings of Microchip Technology discusses the company's latest offering of 16-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) and dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) that bring advanced control to cost-sensitive general-purpose and motor-control designs.

Digital PMUs with Multi-rail DC-DC Offer 94 Percent Peak Efficiency

July 7, 2011 11:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Akros Silicon Inc. announced the Energy$ense family of multi-output, digital DC/DC power management unit (DPMU) ICs. Technology features include real-time power measurements and

Retirement of Shuttle leaves void in manned space program

July 7, 2011 11:20 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

After Atlantis’ two-week mission, NASA will retire the Space Shuttle. Between the Shuttle’s retirement and the completion of the International Space Station in 2020, the U.S. faces a nine-year gap during which we’ll lack the ability to independently ferry astronauts into space. The Space Shuttle fit the textbook definition of government mismanagement. Envisioned as “routine and economical”, the finished product was neither.

Smart Electric Field Probe Allows Accurate Measurements Down to 2 V-m

July 7, 2011 10:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation has upgraded its line of laser-powered star probes with a new electric field probe, that replaces the previous model FL7018.

Non-Contact Infrared Temperature Sensor Includes Wireless Transmitter

July 7, 2011 9:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega’s new infrared sensor with wireless transmitter features remote IR sensor and radio wireless transmitter in a NEMA enclosure.

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Lightweight, MIL-DTL 38999 Series III-style Connecter Performs in Low-pressure Apps

July 7, 2011 9:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Interconnect Solutions has developed a MIL-DTL 38999 Series III style connecter capable of desirable performance in low-pressure applications. The new KJAYA Series Connector uses lightweight aluminum shells that provide a

Ribbon Attach Conductive Adhesive Touts Desirable Conductivity for Silicon Solar Modules

July 7, 2011 8:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Engineered Conductive Materials, LLC, a leading global supplier of conductive interconnect materials for photovoltaic applications, introduced the DB-1541-S3 Conductive Stringer Attach Adhesive for use in thin-film, organic and thinned silicon solar modules. This material formulation has

Motor driver IC features unipolar microstepping design

July 7, 2011 8:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. announces a new unipolar two-phase constant-current mode motor driver IC which is manufactured and developed by Sanken Electric Co., Ltd. in Japan. The SI-7321M features an efficient unipolar driver design for full- and half-step operation, and 1/4 , 1/8 , and 1/16 microstepping.

Super Wideband Audio Chip Addresses Home Telepresence and Smart TV Applications

July 7, 2011 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Conexant Systems announced the CX20708, presented as the world’s first super wideband (SWB) voice input processor SoC, targeting home telepresence and speech recognition applications as well as next generation Smart TV and video game console applications.

Third-Generation RLDRAM Memory Targets High-Performance Networking Applications

July 7, 2011 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Micron Technology announced that early engineering samples are available for its third-generation reduced latency DRAM (RLDRAM 3) high-bandwidth memory technology that enables a more efficient transfer of information across the network.

DC-DC converter suits high volume low cost telecoms applications

July 7, 2011 6:41 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions today announced the UEE series of fully isolated, open frame DC/DC converters. Designed specifically for high volume cost sensitive telecom, networking, and instrumentation applications, these highly efficient modules, typically up to 90% efficient...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Talking about IP Cores and Embedded Systems Development

July 7, 2011 6:05 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode, we talk to Simon Hambly and David Harold of Imagination Technologies, creators of communications semiconductor IP cores for highly complex System-on-Chip (SoC) devices.

Single Board Computer Supports LGA775 Intel Core 2 Quad SBC with VGA-Dual GbE

July 7, 2011 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech announces the new PICMG 1.0 full-sized single board computer—PCA-6011, designed with the Intel G41 and the ICH7R chipset for industrial applications. PCA-6011 is a high performance quad core SBC with strong I/O capability.

WaferSense Vibration Sensor Helps Identify Vibration Sources to Increase Wafer Yield

July 7, 2011 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

When a diffusion furnace team at a 200 mm fab experienced defect problems in specific stocker locations of its high volume semiconductor process, CyberOptics WaferSense Auto Vibration Sensors (AVS) helped test a theory that excessive vibrations created by stocker fans effected die yield.

Return to Zero - Going Mad

July 7, 2011 5:41 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.

Laser-Structured 2.4 GHz Antennas Suit a Variety of General Applications

July 7, 2011 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated has released a new standard antenna for applications using the 2.4 GHz ISM (industrial, scientific and medical) band and Wi-Fi.

ECG Cardiac Monitor Saves Lives and Cuts Costs

July 7, 2011 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra low power RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor announces that British medical services startup, Isansys Lifecare Limited, has announced the world's first commercially-available, clinical-grade, wireless cardiac monitor to support low cost continuous ECG heart monitoring.

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