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Field-to-Lab Testing Equals Better Real-World Performance for Mobile Devices

May 13, 2011 10:03 am | by Vivek Vadakkuppattu, Azimuth Systems (www.azimuthsystems.com) | Articles | Comments

Real-world drive testing is very expensive; lab testing is much less expensive and faster -- provided that the real world can be emulated with sufficient fidelity.

Return to Zero - Catch-22 Circuit

May 13, 2011 8:15 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.  

The Tinker's Toolbox - TI DAC Boasts Low Power and High Speed

May 13, 2011 7:14 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode, we talk with Philip Pratt of Texas Instruments about their latest 4-channel, 16-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter), presented as the industry’s most power-efficient.

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IR Introduces Industry’s First PFC and Ballast Control IC Integrated in an 8-Pin SO-8 Package

May 13, 2011 6:09 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced the industry’s first IC to integrate power factor correction (PFC) and ballast control in a single compact 8-pin SO-8 package. The new IRS2580DS Combo8 IC simplifies design and reduces overall component count...

Wall Mount Enclosures House Electronic Equipment and Controllers

May 12, 2011 3:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

OKW launched the new ‘WALLTEC’ Series of wall mount enclosures which replace the previous ‘TYPE S’ series. The enclosures have a more modern and robust design, and being rated to IP 65 (NEMA 4), offer a much higher

Connectors for Medium Voltage Cables Eliminate Need for Additional Tools

May 12, 2011 2:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Shearbolt Connectors from 3M create a reliable, consistent connection using continuous shearing determined by contact force not torque value. In addition, the bolt shears below the connector body because the bolt shears axially, not at a pre-defined shear point. This eliminates

1.95-mm SIM Card Connector Suits Space-Constrained Consumer Devices

May 12, 2011 2:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) launched 1.95-mm connectors to fit into various consumer devices such as cell phones and tablets that have limited space for SIM cards. These connectors offer partial shielding that provides

Solar Junction Box Suits Apps That Require Diodeless Box

May 12, 2011 1:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Heyco Products, Inc., has announced availability of its PVB 001 Potted Solar Junction Box. Designed for applications that require a diodeless junction box, the PVB 001 can be used with USE-2 and 1000V PV wire, and it features

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40 GHz Bandwidth Socket Works With PBGA521

May 12, 2011 1:37 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics has recently introduced a new BGA socket product line using unique elastomer capable of high speed, low inductance, high endurance and wide temperature applications. The SM-BGA-9000 socket is designed for

N Female Connector Is Designed for Popular Plenum Cable

May 12, 2011 1:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

To meet the connection needs of Times Microwave’s LMR-400-LLPL plenum cable, RF Connectors has designed the RFN-1028-I2 N female connector with

LED Module Outshines 26-W CFLs, 100-W Incandescent Bulbs

May 12, 2011 12:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cree announced its new 1000 lm LMR4 LED module, providing 66 lm/Watt efficiency in a fully integrated solution for downlight applications where high-quality light is essential such as

Fast, Rugged, Highly-Reliable Connectors for Extreme Environments

May 12, 2011 8:36 am | by Greg Powers, Global Aerospace, Defense & Marine, Tyco Electronics | Articles | Comments

At VITA Standards Organization meetings, customers consistently voiced a need for an improved stacking connector to be used as an alternative to the VITA 42 connector.

Power Supply Delivers 95% Efficiency

May 12, 2011 8:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

API Defense today announced the release of the API Powerficient 95 Power Supply (PS9501). The compact power supply delivers 2.5 kilowatts of power with efficiency greater than 95%, an average of 15% higher than comparable products.

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Will Femtocells or Wi-Fi Save Mobile Networks from the Data Deluge?

May 12, 2011 6:08 am | by Steve Shaw, Kineto Wireless (www.kineto.com) | Articles | Comments

People love their smartphones.  The convenience of having access to the Internet anywhere and at any time is extremely compelling.

RF-IF Amplifiers and VGAs Cover The Entire Signal Chain

May 12, 2011 5:16 am | by Ashraf Elghamrawi, Analog Devices (www.analog.com) | Articles | Comments

The amplifier is one of the most versatile building blocks used in RF/IF signal chains today. They are commonly used throughout designs to overcome signal losses incurred from passive mixers, filters, baluns, and other passive elements.

Return to Zero - Go-Go Segway

May 12, 2011 4:54 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.

Atmel Design Suite Overview at the 2011 Embedded Systems Conference

May 11, 2011 9:07 am | Videos | Comments

Atmel shows off its latest in design tools and reference library in their booth at the 2011 embedded systems confference in San Jose.

Return to Zero - Deluxe Segway

May 11, 2011 4:49 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.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Talking about Secure Solid-State Storage with Jack Bogdanski of Microsemi

May 11, 2011 4:31 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode, we talk with Jack Bogdanski, Director of New Product Development at Microsemi about their new TRRUST-Stor secure solid state drive (SSD) designed from the ground up for aerospace, defense, and military applications.

Cree 231 Lumen Per Watt LED Shatters LED Efficacy Records

May 10, 2011 11:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree, Inc. reports another industry-best efficacy record of 231 lumens per watt for a white power LED. This result is a significant advance beyond Cree's previous industry record and further demonstrates how Cree's relentless innovation continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with LED lighting.

Lighted Alarm Pairs Bright Red Light with Ultra Loud Sound(2)

May 10, 2011 10:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Floyd Bell’s Twin Turbo Lighted Alarm is a small (approx. 1”x1”) panel-mount piezoelectric audio alert that emits a daylight-viewable bright red light when activated, effectively combining the company’s Turbo Series Alarms with its

100-W, AC-DC Power Supplies Tout Miniature Size

May 10, 2011 10:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct’s MPO-100S Series of 100-W open frame AC/DC power supplies is fabricated on a miniature 4 x 2-inch PC board. Four standard models operate from a universal input of 90 V to 264 VAC, providing

Lithium Manganese Dioxide Cylindrical Cells Tout Long Term Reliability

May 10, 2011 9:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic has unveiled two high safety and energy density cells, the CR-AG and CR-2/3AZ. The cells use Manganese-based cathode material to deliver desirable temperature tolerance so they may

AC-DC Converter features extremely low no-load power consumption

May 10, 2011 9:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

RECOM announces the release of a new range of isolated AC/DC power supply modules with very low standby input currents, ideally suited for low power applications or standby power supplies.

VCXOs Tout 1600 PPM Pull Range and 1 Percent Linearity

May 10, 2011 8:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

SiTime Corporation introduced the SiT380X family of MEMS-based Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCXOs) for telecom, networking and embedded applications. The SiT3808 and SiT3809 VCXOs offer

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