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PMIC Devices Target Li-Ion Battery Based Mobile Products

October 10, 2011 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems announced two new members of its Power Management IC (PMIC) family. According to the company, these devices feature essential power management building blocks and flexibility to provide a complete power solution for the next generation of

The Tinker's Toolbox - Lance Riley of Unicircuit on Board-Level Design

October 10, 2011 11:24 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Lance Riley of Unicircuit about board-level design and board infrastructures.

Multiplexing Communications Units Aid Taxi Drivers

October 10, 2011 11:08 am | by Dave Rice, Electronics Design Engineer at GB Electronics | Blogs | Comments

In-Taxi dispatch control systems have traditionally consisted of mobile data units, which exchange dispatch information with the central office using Public Mobile Radio (PMR).

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6U cPCI Power Supply Touts Increased Output Power

October 10, 2011 10:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Digital Power Corporation increased the output power of its 6U CompactPCI power supply series models CPCI-AC-6U-650 and CPCI-DC-6U-650 to 650 Watts. The product line is fully

Middleware Connects Android Apps to Any Platform

October 10, 2011 9:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Solving the problem of Android apps communicating with other devices, application developers can now use ORBexpress from Objective Interface Systems to connect their Android apps to any platform while also solving the Android device fragmentation problem by using a standard interface.

Development Kit Features 'Giant Gecko' Cortex-M3 Microcontrollers

October 10, 2011 8:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro has announced the availability of a development kit supporting their ARM Cortex-M3-based EFM32 Giant Gecko microcontrollers. Referenced EFM32GG-DK3750, the kit provides users with full J-Trace and J-Link support plus access to the Giant Gecko´s low energy features.

Electric Potential Sensor Detects Changes in Electric Field, in Contact, at Distance, Even Through Walls

October 10, 2011 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Plessey Semiconductors announced that commercial samples of its Electric Potential Integrated Circuit (EPIC) sensors are available. The first products are optimized for use as an ECG sensor and provide a resolution as good as or better than

Return to Zero - The 70s

October 10, 2011 6:30 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. 

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How iCoupler Digital Isolators Achieve 8.3mm Creepage

October 10, 2011 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Learn how iCoupler digital isolators have achieved the CSA certification for packaging with a minimum of 8mm creepage for systems that operate up to 220-250 V AC, enabling designers to replace optocouplers.

Express Logic Adds IPsec to NetX Duo

October 10, 2011 5:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Express Logic has extended its NetX Duo TCP/IP IPv4/IPv6 dual stack with support for the IPsec protocol, the de-facto standard for securing connected devices in consumer, medical and industrial markets. 

Wires Are Good

October 8, 2011 8:57 am | by Chris Anderson, Spectrum Design Solutions - a division of Digi International, www.digi.com; posted by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

I do radio for a living. I chose it because people said it was hard, (“we choose to go to the moon…”) maybe hard isn’t the best word, but esoteric at least. The arcane specialty of the magic everybody uses and less than five percent of the population understands. Like many things, the more you know about it

Resonant Controller-Power Switch Combination Enables Efficient Power Solution for LED Street Lighting

October 8, 2011 7:51 am | by Wonseok Kang, Sungmo Young, Fairchild Semiconductor, www.fairchildsemi.com | Articles | Comments

This article will explore a total solution for a switching power supply targeted to LED street lighting. The new resonant controller combined with new power switch enable a high efficiency solution for LED lighting power supplies without sacrificing

Four-quadrant PWM Servo Controller Touts Large Bandwidth

October 7, 2011 1:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Maxon’s NEW ESCON 36/2 DC is a four-quadrant PWM servo controller for use with DC motors up to 72 W. This fast digital current controller features a large bandwidth for optimal motor current/torque control. The drift-free and dynamic speed behavior enables

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Diode Laser Stack Product Line Includes 1940-nm Wavelength

October 7, 2011 1:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

DILAS announced the expansion of its QCW high-power vertical diode laser stacked arrays. These devices are now available at 1940 nm with power ranges up to 12 W QCW per bar and optional fast-axis collimation. These compact, completely AuSn soldered vertical stacks are

The Tinker's Toolbox - Jeff Smoot of CUI on Board-Level Power Management

October 7, 2011 12:42 pm | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Jeff Smoot, VP of Engineering and Quality at CUI about DC/DC power at the board level, the challenges to the engineer, and what CUI is doing to address them.

cPCI Serial Board with Freely Configurable FPGA IP Core Offers Flexible Configuration

October 7, 2011 11:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. offers the G215, a universal CompactPCI Serial peripheral board that provides flexible serial communication via an individual mix of UART and fieldbus interfaces. Although equipped with five standard interfaces, the board features

Return to Zero - Reliability Testing

October 7, 2011 10:41 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. 

Perception Project an Online Hit

October 7, 2011 10:14 am | Videos | Comments

Even if you aren't in imaging or deal with perception, display systems, pattern recognition, or other optical science, you should see this video.

Another Successful ECOC Exhibition

October 7, 2011 6:13 am | by Beverley Lucas, Group Event Manager, Nexus Business Media (www.ecocexhibition.com) | Blogs | Comments

The ECOC (European Conference on Optical Communications) 2011 exhibition last month saw an increase in visitors , with over 5,000 attending – a figure that has continued to rise for the past three years.

Integrated Silicon-Based EMI Suppression Devices Help Move Smartphone Design Forward

October 7, 2011 6:09 am | by Tim Micun, ON Semiconductor, www.onsemi.com | Articles | Comments

While form factor and electromechanical interference (EMI) remain a primary concern for smartphone designers, provisioning all of the high end peripherals in a format which is comfortable to hold and carry, creating a clean EMI ecosystem and not interfering with the wireless transmit and receive functions remains a complex challenge.

LDRA and MathWorks Join Forces to Ease Compliance

October 7, 2011 5:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

LDRA and MathWorks have integrated the LDRA tool suite with Simulink modelling tools. The integration offers independent verification and full traceability of all artifacts, minimizing the time and cost of achieving standard compliance.

Automotive Varistor Touts Low Specified Leakage Current

October 6, 2011 1:06 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has developed an advanced varistor designed for general ESD protection use in automotive circuits, including CMOS, bi-polar, and SiGe based systems. The AEC Q200-qualified Automotive StaticGuard Series varistor delivers

Power and Control Module Suits Rugged Environments

October 6, 2011 12:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems announced a rugged Power and Control Module (PCM) board that provides high level control and bridging to a system host via Ethernet (IEEE 802.3), USB, RS-232 and CANbus. This rugged

L- & S-Band Solid State Power Amplifier

October 6, 2011 12:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

NuWaves Engineering, an international communications company, has expanded their NuPower series of power amplifiers with the introduction of the L-&S-Band PA.

Planar Transformers Tout High Performance From Space-Saving Designs

October 6, 2011 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Standex Electronics introduced a full lineup of planar transformers which are asserted to deliver high-performance from compact, low-profile designs. The planar transformers provide low leakage inductance and repeatable capacitance. Available in

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