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Serial Flash Memories Tout the Industry’s Smallest Packages per Density

November 16, 2011 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Winbond Electronics Corp. announced a family of new SpiFlash Serial Flash memories with the industry’s smallest packages per density, according to the company. The small form factors make them appropriate for space-critical designs, such as smart phones,

Digital Color Sensors Include On-Chip IR Filtering and Proximity Sensing

November 16, 2011 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

TAOS announced it has extended its leadership product portfolio with the industry’s first color sensors with an on-chip infrared (IR) blocking filter and proximity sensor.

RF Amplifier MMICs Designed to Optimize 3G-4G Infrastructure Base Stations

November 16, 2011 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD today announces off-the-shelf availability for a complete set of key building-block RF amplifiers, each of which has been designed specifically for enhanced performance in demanding applications such as 3G/4G wireless communications systems.


Transceiver designed for high-temperature automotive applications

November 16, 2011 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems has announced the AS8222 FlexRay transceiver. This transceiver, with an in-package maximum ambient temperature of 150°C and bare dice with a maximum temperature of 165 °C, is the first to be able to work in harsh, high temperature powertrain applications.

Thinfilm and Inventables offer Arduino-Powered Development Kit

November 16, 2011 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thin Film Electronics ASA (“Thinfilm”) today announced that a new Arduino--powered development kit is now available online through Inventables – “the innovator’s hardware store.” Leveraging the Arduino open-source electronics prototyping platform...

ICs Available in Low-Profile Package for Fluorescent Tube Replacements

November 16, 2011 5:36 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations today announced the availability of LinkSwitch-PH LED driver ICs in a low-profile eSIP-7F (Lpackage)that measures just 2 mm high. The new package targets LED-based replacements for fluorescent tubes, where very low-profile packages...

CIT Relay & Switch offers NEW DH Series Splash & Vandal Proof Illuminated Pushbutton Switch

November 16, 2011 5:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

CIT Relay & Switch introduces the DH Series in 22mm and 25mm size. This newest addition to the CIT panel mount switch line is heavy-duty and rugged in construction - both splash and vandal proof. The DH series is available as momentary or latching in both SPST and DPST...

Tony Valentino of Quickfilter Technologies on Signal Management

November 16, 2011 5:06 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Tony Valentino, Quickfilter Technologies COO, about signal managment issues and the challenges facing the designer.


LED-Driver is dimmable down to zero and flicker-free

November 16, 2011 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

RECOM released the RACT20-family, a new generation of AC/DC-drivers that can be dimmed linearly and without flicker from 100% down to zero. The RACT20-family is equipped with a specially developed TRIAC input, which is not affected by the PFC-circuit of the driver...

Apply Security Standards to Wireless Problems

November 16, 2011 3:59 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

You need not roll your own wireless security protocols. Many standards already include them.

Get the Fundamentals

November 16, 2011 3:54 am | by David Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

As an aspiring engineer in the late '70s, I once asked a senior mentor to tell me the secret of his great success as an engineer. After a brief moment of introspection, he simply replied, "Get the fundamentals." I'm sure the puzzled look on my face was rather amusing...

Return to Zero - Internet Ads

November 16, 2011 3:30 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. 

Enpirion's PowerSoc Technology

November 15, 2011 9:28 am | Videos | Comments

ECN recently visited Enpirion's offices and sat down with Mark Cieri, Director of Marketing and Business Development, and Ahmed Abou-Alfotouh, Ph.D., manager Systems Architect Group. In this video, Mark and Ahmed discuss the company's PowerSoC technology and the newly released EN5339 DC-DC converter which touts very high power density, efficiency, and reliability, while simplifying design flow and reducing total solution cost. 


Signal conditioner ICs ideal for automotive and industrial pressure sensing applications

November 15, 2011 9:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

ZMD AG (ZMDI) introduced four smart sensor signal conditioner ICs. ZMDI designed the ZSSC3131, ZSSC3135, ZSSC3136 and ZSSC3138 for the signal conditioning of resistive bridge sensing elements...

Quantenna Launches World’s First 802.11ac Gigabit-Wireless Solution

November 15, 2011 8:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Quantenna Communications today introduced the QAC2300 chipset, the world’s first gigabit-speed IEEE 802.11ac wireless local-area networking (WLAN) solution.

Capacitive Touch Controller Includes Industry’s Best Proximity Sensing Range

November 15, 2011 8:31 am | Atmel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel Corporation announced it has achieved the touch controller market’s longest proximity sensing range of over 10 inches (25cm) with the QTouch AT42QT2120. A longer sensing range enables a system to wake up as an object or finger approaches the system.

Direct Drive Motor Systems Available in Custom Configurations

November 15, 2011 8:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Applimotion introduces custom direct drive motor systems with precision encoders and bearings in unique packages.

Design Kit Provides Assortment of RF Transformers for CATV and Broadband Applications

November 15, 2011 6:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions, a leading supplier of high performance analog semiconductor solutions, introduced today a new transformer designers’ kit for CATV / Broadband applications. The kit features 12 transformer models covering multiple impedance ratios and wind schematics. 

austriamicrosystems announces industry’s first demonstration for standalone NFC MicroSD

November 15, 2011 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems today announced the first demonstration that enables NFC (near field communication) data transfer on removable secure elements using a micro-antenna design.

Magma’s SystemNav Speeds Board-Level Failure Analysis

November 15, 2011 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Magma Design Automation announced SystemNav, a next-generation tool that extends CAD navigation and circuit debug from integrated circuits (ICs) to stacked die, printed circuit boards (PCBs) and multichip modules (MCMs).

PCB Demonstrates Advanced JTAG-boundary-scan Testing and Device Programming Capabilities

November 15, 2011 5:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

JTAG Technologies announces a quantum step in training and demonstration equipment for real-world boundary-scan testing, device programming and related activities.

IP Core Approved for Dolby MS11 Multistream Decoder

November 15, 2011 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

CEVA announced that the CEVA-TeakLite-III DSP has become the industry’s first IP core approved by Dolby for the MS11 Multistream Decoder - the latest Dolby audio technology for enabling multi-format world-wide broadcast in home entertainment products.

Five Questions with Hiren Joshi of Aeroflex

November 15, 2011 5:32 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this edition of Five Questions, I am joined by Hiren Joshi of Aeroflex Ltd. The company recently added two new S-Series digital signal generators — the SGD in both 3 GHz and 6 GHz models...

Robotic Parking Systems Simplifies the Traffic Jams Associated with City Parking

November 15, 2011 5:10 am | by Mary Lou DeWynGaert, Chief Administrative Officer, Robotic Parking Systems | Blogs | Comments

Finding a parking spot in the city is a hassle, plain and simple. That’s why my company, Robotic Parking Systems, set out to change the way the world parks. Our company creates automated and high-speed parking systems.

Power SoC Combines Increased Power Density, Reliability and Fast Time-to-Market for SSD Apps

November 15, 2011 4:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Enpirion announced a new member of its power IC portfolio targeted at solid-state drives (SSDs) as well as industrial embedded applications. The EN5339 3A PowerSoC integrates the controller, power MOSFETs,

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