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3D Integration of Power MOSFETs Drives Performance in Low-voltage Synchronous Buck Converters

March 23, 2011 5:54 am | by Jeff Sherman and Juan Herbsommer, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Efficiency and power loss in microelectronic devices is a major issue in power electronics applications. The engineers are challenged every year to increase power density and at the same time reduce the amount of power dissipated in the applications...

Integrate Flat Wire Inductors in High Frequency, High Current Designs

March 22, 2011 6:09 pm | by Guido Zehnder, Bourns, Inc. | Articles | Comments

As electronics increasingly become faster and smaller, it is imperative that the components scale appropriately, and inductors are no exception. In order for an inductor to provide a highly conductive solution...

America’s power(ful) industry

March 22, 2011 7:06 am | Articles | Comments

I recently attended the 2011 Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) and was struck by how strong and vibrant the American power electronics industry is. The exhibit hall was full of engineers discussing new technology as well as new business, and the well-attended seminars addressed issues and topics important to the industry.

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Eyes-only Video Gaming from Waterloo Labs

March 22, 2011 5:54 am | Videos | Comments

At CES 2011, Technical Editor Jason Lomberg had the chance to try out Waterloo Labs' eyes-only video gaming tech ("electro-oculography").

Return to Zero - Slide Rulers Rule

March 22, 2011 5:51 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a new comic strip for engineers, with lab humor and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.

EVC Series connectors enable Level I and II charging from 15A-120V to 75A

March 22, 2011 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Interconnect Solutions has donated its SAE J1772 EVC Series Electric Vehicle Charging System Connector Assemblies to Mississippi State University for its entry to the EcoCAR Challenge Competition (www.ecocarchallenge.org).

Awesome Augmented-Reality Demo

March 22, 2011 4:55 am | Videos | Comments

This video is an excellent example of what can be done in a public space with Augmented Reality and only hints at future applications.

Transphorm Advanced GaN Power Electronics Demonstration at APEC 2011

March 21, 2011 9:23 am | Videos | Comments

In this video we see a booth demonstration of Transphorm's new GaN Power Electronics at APEC 2010.

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The Tinker's Toolbox - Talking with Sriram Peruvemba of E Ink

March 21, 2011 5:45 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to  Sriram Peruvemba of E Ink about their technology and how it stands in the marketplace. We discuss related bistable technologies as well as E Ink's endeavors in the LCD space.

Think Outside the Chip…MEMS-Based Systems Solutions

March 21, 2011 5:25 am | by Roger Grace, President, Roger Grace Associates, rgrace@rgrace.com | Articles | Comments

MEMS is an acronym for Microelectromechanical Systems however most “MEMS” implementations to date have not been systems at all but rather devices. This article addresses the creation of solutions that are enabled by MEMS...

The ECN Roundtable - Mil-Aero Trends

March 21, 2011 5:01 am | Articles | Comments

This month's Roundtable question was "What technology will most impact the military and aerospace market in the near future?" Our answers this month come from Matt Behr of MathWorks and Joe Moxley of Custom Electronics.

Flexible Integrated RF Devices For Digital Wireless Markets

March 21, 2011 4:53 am | by C.N. Wilson, CML Microcircuits | Articles | Comments

Today we see a huge number of wireless systems in use, with two categories, in terms of numbers of RF devices, tending to dominate; both are high volume consumer markets. The first category is cellular technology...

Improve Margins for Your 6-Gbps Storage Design by Choosing the Right Oscilloscope

March 18, 2011 5:29 am | by Min-Jie Chong, Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

Two standards bodies that oversee storage interconnect technology -- the Serial ATA International Organizations (SATA-IO) and International Committee for Information Technology Standards...

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High-Performance RF Connectors come in Jack, Plug or bulkhead styles

March 17, 2011 12:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek has released its line of High-Performance passivated stainless steel RF Connectorsin a vareity of styles - SMA, TNC, N-Type, 2.4mm, 2.9mm (K) – in jack, plug or bulkhead styles.

NEMA 5-15 Cord Sets Feature Eight Plug Direction Options

March 17, 2011 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Interpower Corporation offers angled NEMA 5-15 which present the user a choice of eight different angles in which the cord exits the outlet. The cord sets are designed for business, medical, or testing applications.

International Rectifier's New PowIRstage High-Power ICs

March 17, 2011 10:57 am | Videos | Comments

This video shows Deepak Savadatti of International Rectifier giving a demonstration (with heat imaging) of the high-power performance of the new PowIRstage power management ICs at their booth at the APEC Power industry event.

The Tinker's Toolbox - A New 3G-4G Small Cell Base-Station Platform

March 17, 2011 10:16 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Dr Arnon Friedmann of  Texas Instruments  about one of their latest devices, a new small cell base-station platform focused on 3G and 4G high speed data systems.

Nuclear Power Station Problem Foreseen

March 17, 2011 9:34 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

My PhD thesis from 1967 showed that well-used water-cooled nuclear reactors had a vulnerability. The zirconium alloy used to clad the nuclear fuel becomes more chemically reactive after a prolonged and massive dose of neutrons caused by very extensive use.

Return to Zero - PCB Crafting

March 17, 2011 6:57 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a new comic strip for engineers, with lab humor and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.

Energy Measurement SoC Provides More Management and Control of AC-DC Power Supplies

March 17, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing a higher level of management and control to servers and other equipment in data centers, the Teridian/Maxim 78M6613 energy-measurement SoC is presented as the industry’s first SoC energy-measurement solution for AC/DC power supplies .

Family of Video Chips Intended for ARM-based Smart Phones and Tablet Computers

March 16, 2011 11:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chrontel (www.chrontel.com) today announced three low-power video ICs for mobile Internet devices, netbook systems, tablet computers, portable book readers and smart phones. Designed specifically to interface with a wide range of host processors, including popular ARM mobile processors...

Return to Zero - Binary Programming

March 16, 2011 11:11 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a new comic strip for engineers, with lab humor and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.

TI's New Swift DC-DC Converters at APEC

March 16, 2011 10:34 am | Videos | Comments

This video shows a booth demonstration of TI's new SWIFT family of synchronous, step-down DC/DC converters for point-of-load applications.

An Introduction to Solid State Lighting: LED Selection and Optics

March 16, 2011 10:14 am | by Rob Rix, VP Lighting, TE Connectivity Ltd. | Articles | Comments

Unlike the incandescent/fluorescent lamp world of today’s electrical lighting fixtures, solid-state lighting is in the realm of electronics with multiple interdependent ancillary systems. The purpose of this series of articlesis to provide an informative summary...

Don't be so Glum, Britannia!

March 16, 2011 6:47 am | by Rupert Baines, Picochip (www.picochip.com) | Articles | Comments

The Daily Telegraph in the UK has recently run a blog post titled, "No wonder the UK lags behind America: we're a bitter and broken nation," and I couldn't disagree more.

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