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Bi-Directional Logic Gate Optocoupler Provides Reliable Optical Isolation

January 17, 2011 7:47 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Design engineers working with industrial communication designs need to transmit high speed data over the communication fieldbus without the risk of damaging sensitive controllers, ADCs or sensors. The current solution uses two single-channel optocouplers or other technology...

Extender boards enable active boards to be brought out from the subrack

January 17, 2011 4:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vero Technologies manufactures a wide range of double sided and multilayer Eurocard extender boards that enable active boards to be brought out from the subrack for testing and debugging while retaining the interconnect with the backplane.

CES 2011: SanDisk's New Flash Drive Selection

January 17, 2011 4:35 am | Videos | Comments

Kent Perry with SanDisk discusses three new flash drives, including the 128 gb compact flash drive. purportedly the biggest card in the industry.

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Silicon Carbide Power MOSFETs Replace Silicon Devices in High Voltage Power Electronics

January 17, 2011 4:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

In a move that heralds a performance revolution in energy-efficient power electronics, Cree, a market leader in silicon carbide (SiC) power devices, has introduced the industry’s first fully-qualified commercial silicon carbide power MOSFET.

CES 2011: Contour Energy Systems' New 3 V Battery System

January 17, 2011 4:32 am | Videos | Comments

Eric Lind with Contour Energy Systems discusses their new 3 V battery system at CES 2011.

An Introduction to Solid State Lighting

January 17, 2011 4:28 am | by Rob Rix, VP, Tyco Electronics Lighting | Articles | Comments

Unlike the incandescent / fluorescent lamp world of today’s electrical lighting fixtures, solid-state lighting is in the realm of electronics. The purpose of this series of articlesis to provide an informative summary of the elements that comprise these new electronic systems...

NXP Announces Industry’s First Integrated CAN Transceiver Microcontroller Solution

January 17, 2011 4:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors announced the LPC11C22 and LPC11C24 – the industry’s first integrated high-speed CAN Physical Layer transceiver and microcontroller with on-chip CANopen drivers.

Let's Select a DC-DC Boost Converter

January 17, 2011 3:25 am | Videos | Comments

Dave of the EEVblog is on the search for a single AA cell to 500mA 5V DC DC boost converter chip. Is it possible?, what will he find?,

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PLL Products Use 28nm Low-Power Common Platform Process

January 17, 2011 3:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Bits announced availability of a full design kit for their PLL IP products, supporting the 28nm Common Platform process of IBM, Samsung and Global Foundries.

RFMD Achieves 4G Performance Milestone

January 14, 2011 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

RF Micro Devices, Inc. today announced it has achieved a major performance milestone related to its PowerSmart power platforms. RFMD’s PowerSmart power platforms are a new product category reshaping the future of multimode, multi-band cellular RF architectures.

Deliver High-Performance Car Radio Designs at Low Cost

January 14, 2011 7:25 am | by Lokesh Duraiappah, Silicon Labs, www.silabs.com | Articles | Comments

High-growth economies such as Brazil, Indonesia, India and China have an emerging middle class and rapidly growing automotive markets. The vehicle retail price in these markets must be relatively low, putting cost pressure on components in these vehicles.

EcoCAR Challenge Countdown - The Road to the Finals

January 14, 2011 6:02 am | by John Kruckenberg, Ohio State University | Blogs | Comments

The EcoCAR Challenge is an opportunity for university students to apply cutting edge technology and experiment with solutions to the problems of the future. The goal of the three-year student competition is to design practical vehicles that improve efficiency, emissions, and performance while remaining functional.

Tinker's Toolbox - The First MEMS Resonator

January 14, 2011 4:46 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox, we talk to Piyush Sevalia of SiTime about their SiT1052, the first MEMS resonator for real time clock and time-keeping applications.

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Lithium Ion Battery Assembly Challenges

January 14, 2011 4:29 am | by Marko Dimitrijevic, Applications Engineer, International Components Corporation | Articles | Comments

Advances in lithium-ion battery technology have created new opportunities for the development of portable devices. Contemporary lithium-ion cells offer energy densities that are significantly higher than legacy battery chemistries such as nickel cadmium (NiCd), nickel metal hydride (NiMh) and lead acid (LA).

Satellite IF switch IC allows 16 satellite inputs

January 14, 2011 4:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX12005, the industry’s first 8 x 4 satellite IF switch IC that is expandable to allow up to 16 satellite signals. Highly integrated, the MAX12005 is flexible and adaptable for a wide range of space-constrained, satellite IF distribution and multiswitch applications.

LED tube enables high light transmission

January 14, 2011 3:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ilumisys MK2 light-emitting diode (LED) tube, an energy-efficient, mercury-free replacement for traditional fluorescent light tubes, achieves excellent light transmission and light diffusion qualities with Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s Makrolon 6717 polycarbonate.

Innoquest Unveils the Spotcheck Reel Estimator

January 14, 2011 3:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Innoquest, Inc. recently unveiled the SpotCheck Reel Estimator, a revolutionary handheld digital meter for determining tape and reel part counts. Using patent pending technology, the new Reel Estimator quickly and accurately determines part counts to within 5 percent for any surface mount part supplied on tape and reel...

3D: The panacea no one wants

January 13, 2011 12:22 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

To paraphrase David Farragut, damn the sales figures; full speed ahead! If CES 2011 signaled anything, it was the industry’s intent on shoving 3D down our throats. The most vocal proponent, Sony, claims they’ll “lead the industry’s charge for 3D.” Yet for the industry, it’s more like a holy crusade.

DSP Core Delivers Broad Codec Support

January 13, 2011 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

CEVA, Inc. announced the latest addition to its CEVA-TeakLite-III DSP architecture. The CEVA-TL3211 is an advanced DSP targeting the growing needs of low cost smartphones and high-definition (HD) audio features within digital televisions (DTV), set-top-boxes (STB), and Blu-ray Disc players.

Ceiling Mount Antenna Has Wide Bandwidth Performance

January 13, 2011 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Antenna Factor is pleased to announce the exciting OM-DW Series antennas. Capable of covering all popular frequency bands from 860MHz through 5.88GHz, the OM-DW Series eliminates the need to stock multiple antenna frequencies.

Power MOSFET Achieves 52 Percent Lower Loss

January 13, 2011 6:00 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the availability of a new high-voltage N-channel po w er metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect-transistor (MOSFET), the RJK60S5DPK, for power supply units that delivers high efficiency.

Semtech Expands EcoSpeed Regulator Platform with 24V, 3A Device

January 13, 2011 5:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corp. has expanded its efficient, high-performance EcoSpeed regulator platform to include a 3A output current device with a wide input voltage range from 5.5 to 24V. The new SC410 joins Semtech’s existing platform of EcoSpeed converters...

Electronic Current Limiter Solutions

January 13, 2011 5:14 am | by Paul Wiener, Telecom Market Director at Bourns, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Ethernet is the most pervasive interface technology used in Local Area Networking (LAN). There are several variations of Ethernet; the most common types are the 10BaseT at 10 Mbps data rate, Fast Ethernet at 100 Mbps and a growing trend toward Gigabit Ethernet (GbE).

Power connectors Suit Back-up Power and UPS Systems

January 12, 2011 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Positronic announced its Wondersun power connector. These single pole or multi-pole power connectors are for use in applications such as back up power and UPS systems; telecom, datacom, and server power distribution; test equipment; transportation; and industrial and process controls.

Power Module Designs Aim for Efficiency, Heat Management, and Flexibility

January 12, 2011 5:49 am | by Joe Sullivan, Product Marketing Manager, Vicor Corporation | Articles | Comments

As electronic systems continue the trend toward lower voltages and higher currents and as the speed of contemporary loads ? such as state-of-the-art processors and memory ? continues to increase, the power systems designer is challenged...

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