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SPDT Switches Target High Power Access Points and Routers

November 23, 2011 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. has introduced a family of high power 50 Ohm terminated, single-pole, double throw switches. The small-package SKY13348-374LF and SKY13370-374LF are appropriate for high power access points and router applications

HSSI breakout box monitors all signals of the SCSI-2 interface

November 23, 2011 8:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 800 (HSSI) High Speed Serial Interface (SCSI-2) Breakout Box is lightweight, pocket-sized tool designed for use to monitor all signals of the SCSI-2 interface. SCSI is a hardware interface that allows for the connection of up to 15 peripheral devices to a single PCI board...

ARM-based MPUs Help Accelerate Industrial Designs

November 23, 2011 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Developers looking to ease and accelerate their industrial automation designs can now benefit from the industry’s first ARM® Cortex-A8 system solution with multiple integrated industrial communication protocols, offered by Texas Instruments. The Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 microprocessors, launched last month, deliver

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Return to Zero - Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011 6:37 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. 

GPS module includes integrated patch antenna

November 23, 2011 6:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FGPMMOPA6C, from Alpha Micro, is a single-chip ultra-small GPS module with integrated patch antenna from GlobalTop Technology. Ideal for asset tracking and telematics applications, the PA6C single chip solution measures just 16mm x 16mm x 6.2mm...

Die-cast enclosures serve audio and industrial applications

November 23, 2011 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Responding to customer requests from several different sectors for die-cast enclosures to provide a strong and robust environmentally sealed housing with good EMC screening in a non-rectangular shape, Hammond Manufacturing has extended its popular 1590 family with the introduction of the 1590TRP and STP models.

Common Mode Absorption Device Ensures Reproducible Emissions Measurements

November 23, 2011 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq has introduced a new line termination clamp as required by CISPR test methods. Reproducible emissions measurements require a defined line termination for the frequency range where connected lines provide a significant

Software Tool Takes Guesswork out of Battery Life Predictions

November 23, 2011 4:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro, the energy friendly microcontroller and radio company, has introduced a software tool enabling designers to accurately predict battery cell life expectancy in applications based on its low power EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers.

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Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions Introduces IDEA Size 23 Programmable Linear Actuator

November 23, 2011 4:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions has introduced the Haydon RoHS compliant IDEA Size 23 Non-captive Linear Actuator. The IDEA Size 23 linear actuator combines high-output force, rotary to linear motion, stepper drive and programmable control in a single integrated package.

Compact Power Supplies Serve Multiple Applications

November 23, 2011 4:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meeting IT equipment safety specifications and stringent medical safety standards, the EMH series of single-output 250 Watt and 350 Watt AC-DC power supplies suit a broad range of IT, industrial, and medical applications.

Atollic Bundles SEGGER J-Link JTAG Probe with TrueSTUDIO Embedded Development IDE

November 23, 2011 3:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Atollic announced the launch of a complete embedded development package comprising its award-winning Atollic TrueSTUDIO C/C++ development tool, and the J-Link JTAG debug probe from SEGGER Microcontroller.

Return to Zero - Matinee Movie

November 22, 2011 12:32 pm | 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. 

Plug-and-Play Junction Box Provides Versatility, Modularity

November 22, 2011 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol Industrial introduced the ModLink junction box. This modular plug-and-play system allows manufacturers, distributors, installers and owners/operators to insert 'smart' modules as needed at any time onto

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Rotary Angle Sensors Are Touchless

November 22, 2011 12:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Novotechnik U.S. introduced the Vert-X 90E Series of touchless rotary angle sensors. These sensors use a magnetic pick up that is secured to the rotating object, so that there is no direct mechanical linkage between the shaft and the measuring system, and therefore

Photoelectric Sensor Reliably Detects Clear Objects for Challenging High-Speed Applications

November 22, 2011 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Banner Engineering introduces the Q26 Series photoelectric sensor to its line of clear object detection sensors. Featuring a polarized retro coaxial design, the Q26 provides reliable detection of clear, translucent or opaque objects, including mirror-like surfaces.

Foil Resistors Operate at up to +240°C, Tout Desirable Load-Life Stability

November 22, 2011 11:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors division (VFR) has introduced a new series of ultra-high-precision Bulk Metal Z1-Foil hybrid chip resistors designed for demanding high-temperature applications

I-O Extension Module Adds Analog and Digital Processing Capabilities to FPGA Computing Boards

November 22, 2011 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new AXM-75 is a multi-function I/O extension module that adds A/D, D/A, and digital I/O signal processing functions to a FPGA processor board.

Chip Resistor can Handle 3000V

November 22, 2011 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available with voltage ratings up to 3Kv and resistance values from 100k up to 100Gohms, the new Ohmite HVC Series of wrap around terminal chip resistors have a standard TCR of 100ppm and standard tolerances of 5%, although tolerances as low as 0.50% can be achieved.

Mark Frauenfelder Presents Maker Faire

November 22, 2011 8:40 am | Videos | Comments

MAKE editor-in-chief Mark Frauenfelder would like to introduce you to some of his favorite makers, and the projects they've brought to Maker Faire.

ICs protect Lithium-ion Battery Packs

November 22, 2011 7:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

SII's lithium-ion rechargeable battery protection ICs protect lithium-ion battery packs from overcharge, over-discharge and over-current. High-accuracy voltage detectors and delay circuits are included.

PC Kit Includes Eden X2 Processor, HD Video, HDMI Connectivity, 64-bit Computing in Palm-sized Chassis

November 22, 2011 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

VIA Technologies announced the launch of the VIA ARTiGO A1150 a sub-liter dual core DIY PC kit. The kit is suitable for home server, media streaming and surveillance applications or great as a regular desktop PC, using only a

Robust Mini-B-USB Receptacle Serves both Consumer and Industrial Applications

November 22, 2011 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

SUYIN’s 020200MA005XX56XX series is specially designed to meet the requirements of consumer products. At the same time, however, due to its particularly robust construction, it is also well suited for use in industrial automation tasks.

32-bit kit for STMicroelectronics ARM Cortex-M4 Released

November 22, 2011 6:36 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

IAR Systems today announces a new 32-bit kit for STMicroelectronics’ first ARM Cortex-M4 based microcontroller series, called the STM32 F4.

Mini Carrier Baseboard Accelerates Design-In

November 22, 2011 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

congatec AG, a leading manufacturer of embedded computer modules, presents the conga-QMCB, a new mini carrier baseboard for space-critical applications based on the Qseven standard.

Some Tools I Use

November 22, 2011 6:02 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

Operating an engineering shop on an extreme budget isn't easy. I have to watch my pennies. Let alone nickels. So here is what I use for schematic capture. TinyCAD. They don't have a lot of parts in their library but, making parts is easy. And the price is right.

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