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Contrarian corner: The 3DS

April 12, 2011 6:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

E3 2010: the mecca for gamers. Nintendo officially unveils the 3DS, and gamers everywhere swoon in fits of ecstasy. I finally try out Nintendo’s miracle handheld, and my impressions are…underwhelming. The mainstream gaming press was a bit less, shall we say, nuanced...

Murata Develops World's Lowest Profile RF Micro Coaxial Connector Series

April 12, 2011 6:28 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Electronics North America today announced the release of the world's lowest profile RF micro coaxial connector series. The new JSC series has a maximum profile of just 1.0mm, making it ideal for high-tech wireless products...

Rack cases feature good EMC performance

April 12, 2011 5:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The latest addition to Verotec’s family of 19 inch rack cases is the Veroshield 19” EMC screened version, which combines the ability to easily mount a wide range of electronic, electric and electro-mechanical equipment in a standard 19” enclosure with good EMC performance.

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Zero-drift Amplifier Achieves Industry’s Lowest Voltage Noise

April 12, 2011 5:35 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) introduced today the industry’s lowest-noise, zero-drift operational amplifier. The ADA4528 zero-drift op amp is designed for instrumentation and medical applications that require precision over time and temperature without system calibration.

Chip resistors feature power ratings from 50mW to 1500mW

April 12, 2011 5:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

State of the Art, Inc. (SOTA) announces the offering of their Z termination line of miniature, high reliability chip resistors. Thin single surface and wrap around designs. The resistors range in size form 0402 (.040" X .020") to 2512 (.025" X .025")...

Line Driver Demonstrates Compliance with EMI-EMC Requirements of RTCA-DO-160G

April 12, 2011 5:19 am | Holt Integrated Circuits | Product Releases | Comments

Holt Integrated Circuits today announced compliance of its 5V ARINC 429 line driver, HI-8592, with the EMI/EMC requirements of RTCA/DO-160G, Section 21, Category P. This specification provides a standardized test methodology...

Efficient Motion Control Engineering with Siemens Simotion Scout

April 12, 2011 4:30 am | Videos | Comments

Seen as a whole, SIMOTION in Version 4.2 is packed with many new features, which support the programmer so that he can create error-free, stable motion control applications in an even more user-friendly fashion, faster and more efficiently.

N-Channel and P-Channel MOSFETS Come in Miniature SOT-563 Package

April 11, 2011 1:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Central Semiconductor Corp. announced the introduction of its CMLDM3757 dual, complementary N-Channel and P-Channel MOSFETs packaged in the miniature SOT-563 surface mount case. Both devices have a maximum rated drain-source voltage of 20 V, and a

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Power Inductors Assert Enhanced Power Conversion Efficiency

April 11, 2011 1:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Taiyo Yuden’s BRHL2518 (2.5 mm x 1.8 mm, with a maximum height of 1.5 mm) wire-wound chip power inductors are presented as helping to realize a more compact DC/DC converter, and to enhance power conversion efficiency. Compared to

VCO Operates at 3830 MHz

April 11, 2011 1:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-3830-3830 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 3830 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5 V to 4.5 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -108 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and has

Large Diameter, Solder-in EMI Filters Wishstand up to 300°C

April 11, 2011 1:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Advanced Specialty Products announced the latest addition to its solder-in filter product line, .400" diameter mounting with high temperature construction able to withstand 300°C installation. This new filter offers

Normally-off SIC JFET Family Handles up to 50 kW

April 11, 2011 1:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SemiSouth Laboratories, Inc. has announced that it is shipping its latest range of vertical trench JFETs – including a normally-off family of devices to handle up to 50 kW – in commercial volume quantities. The company asserts

Multilayer Ferrite Coils Are Asserted to Have the Industry’s Highest Rated Current

April 11, 2011 12:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-EPC has developed a TDK multilayer ferrite coil (MLZ2012-H Series) in case size EIA 2012 with a rated current that is 2.5 times higher than existing products, according to the company. With a current capability of up to 700 mA at 1.0 µH and dimensions of

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DC-DC bus converter combines high efficiency with wide input range

April 11, 2011 9:09 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions has introduced a new cost effective Regulated Bus Converter (RBC) that delivers up to 210W output power, with a Vin range of 36-75V, ultra-high efficiency (92.5% @ full load) with Vout regulation (±1.5%) in a quarter brick open frame package.

Driver Powers Up to Six Strings of LEDs

April 11, 2011 9:05 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda has launched its second generation ALD6 series of multi-output dc-dc backlight LED drivers. The ALD6 was specifically designed for LCD displays that are increasingly migrating from cold cathode florescent (CCFL) backlighting to LEDs...

Power Film Capacitors for Inverter Apps Are Rated U to 1300 VDC

April 11, 2011 8:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Advanced Specialty Products offers DC link power film capacitors with voltage ratings up to 1300 VDC. These power capacitors use segmented, self-healing metallized polypropylene, internally fused using a

Connectorized Clock Oscillators Suit PCI, SONET-SDH and FPGA Apps

April 11, 2011 8:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

PLXO Series Phase-Locked Crystal Oscillators from EM Research are designed to operate at select custom frequencies from 5 MHz to 500 MHz as reference clocks in military and commercial rf/microwave systems. Locked to an

Low Power Current Monitors Assert Accurate Current Measurement

April 11, 2011 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

With an operating current of 3 µA, the ZXCT11xx Series of low power high-side current monitors from Diodes Incorporated provides accurate, high efficiency measurement of load current in motor drive, overload

Capacitor Simulation Tool Is Updated with New Libraries

April 11, 2011 8:19 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX has expanded the capabilities of its SpiTanIII software to enable designers to view all basic characteristics and parameters for tantalum and Oxicap (niobium oxide) capacitors. The company has

Multilayer Varistor Series Includes 16-V Rating

April 11, 2011 8:15 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation offers the ability to clamp transients and filter EMI at a significantly higher voltage with the expansion of its Transguard multilayer varistor series. Designed for

Sheet molding compound cuts press cure time by 50%

April 11, 2011 8:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

A New Preheating System for plastic sheet molding compound (SMC) that uses Radio Frequency Heating Technology is being introduced by Radio Frequency Co., Inc. of Millis, Massachusetts. This new system is reported to enhance the distribution of reinforcement fibers...

The Roundtable - Standards and Regulations

April 11, 2011 7:19 am | by Edited by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

This month's Roundtable question is “How important do you feel regulation and standards are to the electronics industry? Do you feel they help development, or hinder it?” Our answers come from engineers at Fraunhofer, Microsemi, GreenPeak, and Texas Instruments.

Cree Expands LED Module Options to Speed Customer Time-to-Market

April 11, 2011 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree, Inc. announces the Cree LED LMH6 module, a high-lumen LED module designed to further simplify lighting design, reduce overall cost and accelerate time-to-market for Cree customers in Europe and Asia. Featuring Cree TrueWhite Technology...

TI achieves industry’s first SuperSpeed USB four-port extensible host controller with USB-IF certification

April 11, 2011 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today announced that it is the first semiconductor company to receive certification from the USB Implementer’s Forum (USB-IF) for its SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) four-port extensible host controller (xHCI).

The Teardown - Apple iPad 2

April 11, 2011 6:44 am | Articles | Comments

In this teardown we look inside the new Apple iPad 2. Tech specs of the device include a 1-GHz Apple A5 dual-core processor, 512 MB of LPDDR2 RAM, 16/32/64 GB internal storage capacity, a 9.7-inch LED-backlit glossy multi-touch 1024 x 768 IPS LCD...

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