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Is Digital Power the Right Choice?

November 10, 2011 10:49 am | by Bruce Haug, Linear Technology Corporation, | Articles | Comments

Experienced digital power users are normally well aware of the benefits of digital power system management. However, for those who are considering whether it makes sense for their products, its benefits may not be so obvious.

Device Monitors Temperature Over the Internet

November 10, 2011 10:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega’s iSD-TC Series provides web based temperature monitoring in critical equipment and locations. The device accepts two thermocouple inputs (types J, K, T, E, R, S, B, C, N, L) triggers an alarm if

Hillcrest Named CES Innovations Awards Honoree for Two Products

November 10, 2011 7:58 am | Hillcrest Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Hillcrest Labs today announced that two of its products, the Freespace MotionEngine and Scoop pointer, have each been named as International CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Awards Honorees in two different categories.


Rohde & Schwarz Provides All-In-One LTE Drive Test Scanner

November 10, 2011 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rohde & Schwarz has developed a multi-functional universal radio network analyzer that provides advanced drive testing. The R&S TSMW drive test scanner supports LTE (Long Term Evolution) formats in all current and future wireless communication bands, with no additional costs.

MEMS Accelerometer Presented as Smallest of its Type

November 10, 2011 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

MEMSIC, a leading provider of MEMS devices and sensor- based systems, has announced the availability of its MXC6226XC MEMS two-axis digital accelerometer, presented as the world’s smallest, fully-integrated MEMS accelerometer.

Inverter Uses SiC JFETs for Higher Power Density

November 10, 2011 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

SemiSouth Laboratories has announced that silicon carbide JFETs made by the company are being used in small 0.5 litre inverters to achieve an output power density of 30kWh/l.

DSCs and MCUs Bring 70 MIPS Performance and Cap Touch to Cost-Sensitive Designs

November 10, 2011 6:16 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the expansion of its enhanced core  16-bit dsPIC33 and PIC24 “E” Digital Signal Controller (DSC) and microcontroller (MCU) families  to include on-chip op amps and Microchip’s Charge Time Measurement Unit peripheral.

Control LED Temperature Rise with Thermal Feedback

November 10, 2011 5:52 am | by John Betten, Application Engineer, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Illuminating an LED at high brightness requires driving it with as high a current as allowed by the manufacturer, but the life expectancy of LEDs is heavily dependent on operating temperature. An increase of only 10°C can cut its useful life in half.


Three-Phase Power Quality Analyzers Directly Measure Energy Wasted in Electrical Systems

November 10, 2011 5:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation introduced the Fluke 430 Series II three-phase power quality analyzers, the first tools to use a patented algorithm to measure energy waste and quantify its cost.

Plessey releases new EPIC sensor for movement sensing applications

November 10, 2011 5:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Plessey Semiconductors announced today that it has released the latest version of the Electric Potential Integrated Circuit (EPIC) sensor specifically tailored to detect movement. This version of the EPIC has been optimised for security, switching and gaming applications.

Security Chip Protects High-End Consumer Products

November 10, 2011 4:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

INSIDE Secure today introduced the VaultIC 150, a low-cost and compact turnkey NFC-based security solution designed for embedding into high-end consumer or luxury products that are often targeted by counterfeiters and cloners.

TV System on Chip Achieves Irdeto Security Certification

November 10, 2011 4:47 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics announced the Freeman Premier family of TV System on Chip devices has been certified for Security Application by Irdeto, a global software security and media technology company.

DC:DC Converters Offer Efficiency up to 92%

November 10, 2011 4:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

GAIA Converter has released a new family of high input voltage DC/DC Converters targeting Avionic, Aerospace, Military and Missile applications. The MGDS-75-S series have an input voltage range of 155-480V...


The Tinker's Toolbox - Ed Pazmino of Accent on the Smart Grid

November 10, 2011 3:54 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Ed Pazmino of Accent about the smart grid and the smart devices needed to operate within it.

Fault Insertion PXI Modules Include 10 Channels

November 9, 2011 12:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of over 20 PXI Fault Insertion solutions with the introduction of the 40-199. Fault Insertion (FI) modules are used within an Automatic Test System to simulate common fault conditions such as an open, short to ground or a short to

Ionization Smoke-Detector IC With Programmable Calibration and Feature Selection

November 9, 2011 12:18 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the RE46C180 — said to be the world’s first ionization smoke-detector IC with programmable calibration and programmable feature selection, and the first with horn synchronization and auto alarm locate. This ASIC also

Collaboration Brings SYSGO PikeOS Virtualization to MIPS32 Cores

November 9, 2011 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

MIPS Technologies and SYSGO announced they are collaborating to bring SYSGO’s embedded virtualization technology to MIPS32 processor cores. 

Mounting Kits for PC104 and PC104-Plus Bus Drives Ideal for Limited Spaces

November 9, 2011 10:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new series of Hardware Mounting Kits for PC/104 and PC104-Plus Bus Drives ideal for limited space design/installation applications is among the latest developments from Keystone Electronics.

LED drivers serve automotive, industrial and general lighting applications

November 9, 2011 8:08 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has introduced two new LED drivers to help designers optimize their solutions for automotive, industrial and general lighting applications.

Micro-D Connectors Feature 27% Lower Profile Than Comparable Products

November 9, 2011 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

SOURIAU PA&E’s new Mini-Micro-D connectors are designed for space, airborne, down-hole oil and any other hermetic applications where reducing size and weight are priorities. They have a 27% lower profile than standard Micro-D connectors...

High-Voltage Amplifier is First to Deliver ±50kV Performance

November 9, 2011 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

TREK introduced a new DC-stable high-voltage linear amplifier – Trek Model 50/12 – which is the first in the industry to deliver ±50kV performance (100kV peak-to-peak).

ET International Announces First Commercial Implementation of ParalleX Execution Model

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

E.T. International today announced that its SWARM (SWift Adaptive Runtime Machine) technology is providing the first commercial implementation consistent with the ParalleX execution model, an open parallel execution model designed to eliminate the primary constraints...

Printed Electronics Technology Moves Closer to Fully-Printed Devices

November 9, 2011 7:10 am | by Dr. Harry Zervos, | Blogs | Comments

Screen Printing is one of the more established technologies utilised in the manufacture of what a lot would consider "conventional" electronics.

Molex Demonstrates World’s First 100-Gbps Integrated Optical Transceiver Products

November 9, 2011 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated has successfully demonstrated the industry’s first single chip CMOS photonics-based 100 Gbps optical interconnect to support next-generation cloud computing, data center and high performance computing connectivity. 

Hall Effect Measurement Fundamentals

November 9, 2011 5:41 am | Videos | Comments

This video from Keithley shows how to make Hall effect measurements as they relate to semiconductor materials and device characterization.

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