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The Tinker's Toolbox - Derek Phillips of Freescale on the Smart Grid

November 21, 2011 4:23 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Derek Phillips  of Freescale on the Smart Grid and the challenges it poses to the design engineer.

Power Supplies meet latest Medical Approvals

November 21, 2011 3:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Powerstax is pleased to announce that its MEDISTAX range of power supplies for medical applications has now been approved to the latest versions of safety approvals IEC 60601-1:2005 3rd Edition.

Miniature Hi-Rel-COTS Oscillator Boasts Wider Frequency Range

November 21, 2011 3:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Valpey Fisher announced it expanded the frequency range offered in its VFH3225, presented as the industry’s smallest size High Reliability/Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) oscillator with outstanding performance for military applications.

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Kindle Fire may change the game… but not for Apple

November 21, 2011 3:10 am | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

The web is awash with reviews of the Kindle Fire, many positive (some scathingly negative), and the comparisons to the iPad are just as plentiful.  The question that keeps coming up, however, is the Fire a game changer in the tablet war?

Agilent Technologies Enhances VEE Test and Measurement Software for Simplified Programming

November 18, 2011 10:41 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies introduced the enhanced version of Agilent VEE, an interactive graphical programming application for test and measurement. Enhancements include greater compatibility with the latest Agilent instruments, faster data analysis and a more versatile user experience.

Liquid Level Sensor Intended for Plastic Containers

November 18, 2011 10:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cosense broadened its product line with the introduction of a non-invasive sensor (SL-630) for plastic containers that: is easily installed outside the container so no fluid contamination; functionality independent of color, transparency, shape and size of the bottom of the container...

Xirrus Extends XR Line of Modular Wireless Switches

November 18, 2011 10:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Xirrus announced the XR-1000 and XR-2000 Wireless Arrays, extending the flexibility of the XR-series wireless switch platform to cover a broad range of wireless deployments. The XR-1000 model provides flexibility for delivering wireless service in low user density scenarios...

48V GaN-on-Si process platform features 114 years mean time to failure

November 18, 2011 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nitronex has developed a 48V GaN-on-Si process platform. Designated NRF2, this new platform delivers double the power density, 1-2dB higher gain, improved broadband performance, higher breakdown voltage and higher supply voltage operation over Nitronex's 28V NRF1 process technology.

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5kW Pure Sine Wave Inverter Contain Less Than 3% Total Harmonic Distortion

November 18, 2011 9:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer introduces the AEP-5000 Series of 5000W, rugged, high efficiency, pure sine wave inverters. The “clean” pure sine wave output of the AEP-5000 Series, with less than 3% total harmonic distortion, is ideal for powering sensitive loads...

Power Partners Introduces a 40W Ultra Compact Power Supply

November 18, 2011 9:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

With an ultra compact footprint of only 1.5” x 3.0” x 0.94”, the PPWA40 Series provides up to 40 Watts of continuous output power and up to 50 Watts of peak power. These small, power packed supplies are ideal for low cost, low power applications where space is at a premium.

Army developing self-aware, decision-making network

November 18, 2011 8:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. Army is developing a “self-aware, decision-making network” that will ultimately reduce human decision-making requirements and increase network performance. The Cognitive Algorithm & Network Design Experiment (CANDE) was designed to enable easier network maintenance, reduce human decision-making requirements, increase network lifetime, transfer data with less delay, and reduce energy consumption.

Electro-Mech's Split Image Lens Assembly Offers NVIS Compability

November 18, 2011 5:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Electro-Mech’s new SW44752 split image switch assembly offers Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) compatibility by incorporating NVG Green-B light filters into its Series 600 Quad Lamp/LED pushbutton switch series. This new product introduction expands Electro-Mech’s offerings...

High Voltage Power Supply for Electrostatic Air Filtration

November 18, 2011 5:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

LHV Power has released a family of line operated Electrostatic Air Filtration power supplies in the 40W range. It is based on a 2 transistor topology with switchmode buck regulation the Electrostatic Air Filtration power supply units boast 80% efficiency.

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SR Motors...Sinking Relevance or Suddenly Respectable?

November 18, 2011 5:11 am | by Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

So what's going on with the Switched Reluctance motor? Everywhere I go, I see engineers huddled together in dark corners at parties or sporting events, speaking in hushed whispers, asking this question. However, nobody wants to speak too loudly...

The Roundtable - Power Predictions

November 18, 2011 4:35 am | by Edited by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

This month's question is: “What application area do you feel will lead the pack in finding increased energy efficiencies in technologies or processes in 2012?”

Pasquale Pistorio on Singapore’s Semiconductor Industry

November 18, 2011 3:49 am | Videos | Comments

Mr Pasquale Pistorio speaks on the State of the Semiconductor Industry at the Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA) Summit 31 Oct 2011.

UV Curable Epoxy Features Enhanced Chemical Resistance

November 17, 2011 2:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Combining desirable physical strength and fast cure rates, Master Bond UV16 is formulated for demanding bonding, sealing, and coating applications. It is a one-component, no-mix system and cures in

USB Mixed-Signal Oscilloscope is Lightweight

November 17, 2011 1:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. announced the availability of a new, entry-level mixed-signal oscilloscope - the PicoScope 2205 MSO. This lightweight scope adapter provides a two-channel oscilloscope combined with a

SBC Presents Expanded Modular Design Concepts for Display and Box Computers

November 17, 2011 1:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. has released the SC24, a rugged, maintenance-free single board computer (SBC) with a modular design that is presented as enabling the rapid implementation of custom computing requirements. The board's

Modules and Connectors Cut Construction Costs

November 17, 2011 12:38 pm | by Gil Ajero, Controls Engineer at TAS Energy, www.tas.com | Articles | Comments

To satisfy peak power demands, utilities worldwide are increasingly turning to GTs, but these versatile power sources have an Achilles heel. The power output from a GT decreases as the outside ambient air temperature and humidity increases, so peak power may not be available when it’s most needed

Return to Zero - Refactoring

November 17, 2011 11:18 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.

Advanced Flex Connectors Aid Assembly, Speed Time to Market

November 17, 2011 10:36 am | by Andy Kotas, AVX Corporation, www.avxcorp.com | Articles | Comments

Connectors have aided the acceleration in speed-to-market for several technologies. There have been advances in flex connector technology, enabling additional features that make engineering more efficient. Of course, reduction in size continues to

Cinterion Launches High-Speed Automotive M2M Module

November 17, 2011 8:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cinterion launches AH3, its new high-speed automotive M2M module with a new triple-diversity antenna design. AH3 delivers reliable always-on communications across global 2G and 3G cellular networks for advanced applications...

DC-DC converters suitable for industrial and telecommunications applications

November 17, 2011 7:52 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions today announced the MEE3 series of single output 3 Watt ultra compact DC/DC converters suitable for a wide range of industrial and telecommunications applications. These single-in-line 4 pin packages (SIP4) are alleged to provide 50% more power than previous 2 W devices...

IC Reduces Noise Sensitivity for Electronic Ballast and SMPS Applications

November 17, 2011 7:31 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today announced the introduction of the IRS2500S µPFC power factor correction (PFC) control IC for switch mode power supply (SMPS), LED drivers, fluorescent and HID electronic ballast applications.

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