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Single and Dual Digital Rotary Encoders Tout Compact Design

April 14, 2011 7:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

TT electronics BI Technologies has developed a line of single-and dual-digital rotary encoders. Designated the EN08 Series, the RoHS-compliant rotary encoders feature an 8-mm design with options of a

Digital Microphone Includes Fully Integrated 0.70 mm2 MEMS Device

April 14, 2011 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Akustica, Inc. announced a new single-chip digital MEMS microphone for high-quality voice applications in laptops, tablets and netbook PCs. The AKU230 leverages Akustica’s patented

Pressure Sensors EC79 Certified for Use on Hydrogen Powered Vehicles

April 14, 2011 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (www.astsensors.com) has obtained 79/2009/EC approval for two pressure ranges of its AST Model AST2000 and Model AST4000 OEM pressure sensors. The approval is a necessary European Community Directive...

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Male Plug connectors intended for integrated microwave assemblies

April 14, 2011 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

SRI Hermetics, Inc. announces the release of their laser weldable hermetic aluminum Micro-D Male Plug connectors for integrated microwave assemblies. SRI Hermetics’ laser weldable hermetic aluminum Micro-D Male Plug connectors conform to MIL-PRF-83513 and are available in 9, 15, 21, 25, 31, 37, 51, and 100 count...

Power Supply Line Targets High Current Applications

April 14, 2011 6:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision has added five new value-priced DC power supplies to their already impressive product offering: models 1693, 1694, 1900, 1901, and 1902. These new switch mode power supplies provide current up to 60 amps and power up to 960 watts...

PCAP touch panels and optical bonding – A crystal clear solution

April 14, 2011 5:28 am | by Larry Mozdzyn, Chief Technology Officer, Ocular | Articles | Comments

Optical bonding has been around in different capacities for many years and has recently gained new notoriety for the many benefits it brings to projective capacitive (PCAP) touch panel displays. Optically bonded displays, touch and otherwise, have increased in demand...

James Cameron promotes 3D for the tube

April 13, 2011 11:57 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

James Cameron is bestowing 3D upon us, whether we want it or not. Cameron has partnered with “Avatar” cameraman Vince Pace to form a venture aimed at “driving the widespread adoption of 3D technology in episodic television, sports and advertising.”

The Tinker's Toolbox - CEI Launches New Power Division

April 13, 2011 10:59 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode we talk to Robert Van Horn, Michael Schulte, and Jonathan Dokuchitz of Custom Electronics Inc. (CEI) about their launch of a new power division to address advanced power distribution applications. 

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Floating-Point FPGAs for DSP Bring High Precision to Radar and EW Systems

April 13, 2011 7:58 am | by Ian Land, Altera Corporation | Articles | Comments

Systems used in electronic warfare (EW) and radar applications are essential parts of the strategic environment for threats on the ground, at sea and in the air. Since threats require rapid and shifting tactical responses, the design flexibility provided by programmable logic is essential in military hardware.

Return to Zero - Catch the Weasel

April 13, 2011 6:59 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.

Determining the practical limit for boost factor in DC-DC voltage conversion

April 13, 2011 6:36 am | by Emir Serdarevic, austriamicrosystems | Articles | Comments

Today almost all portable devices are powered by low-voltage batteries. However, these same devices must power some circuits -- like LEDs -- that require higher supply voltages. There is therefore a clear need for boost voltage conversion.

Delivering the Industry’s Best 60A Current Rating

April 13, 2011 5:23 am | by Carl Smith & Wenkang Huang, International Rectifier | Articles | Comments

Next generation high performance server, storage and communication system CPU’s, GPU’s and DDR memory have increasingly challenging power management requirements of up to 300A load currents at very low voltages of around 1V.

Varactor Diodes Tout Low Phase Noise

April 12, 2011 2:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions' SMV2025-079LF silicon surface mount, hyperabrupt tuning varactor diode is appropriate for use as a high-Q tuning element in an RF voltage controlled osscillator (VCO), voltage-controlled phase shifter

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Motor-run Caps Said to Offer 44 Percent Volume Reduction Over Conventional Caps

April 12, 2011 2:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The EPCOS MotorCap DM (direct mold) Series of motor run capacitors is implemented in a new housing technology in which the capacitor windings are directly molded in plastic, allowing

Oscillators Are Designed to Minimize Jitter

April 12, 2011 2:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Laboratories Inc. introduced a family of crystal oscillators (XOs) and voltage-controlled XOs (VCXOs) designed to minimize jitter and design complexity for a range of applications up to 250 MHz. The Si51x XO/VCXO family offers

Silicon Carbide Schottky Diodes Tout Low Forward Voltage, Fast Recovery Time

April 12, 2011 2:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Rohm Semiconductor announced the availability of the SCS1xxAGC Series of high-performance silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky barrier diodes (SBD). According to the company, this new class of SiC diodes offers

Thin Antenna Includes GPS and 3G Functionality

April 12, 2011 2:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse introduced a thin, active global positioning system (GPS) antenna with Global 3G functionality including GPRS, GSM, UMTS, and WCDMA. The W4150GG5000 antenna can be installed with either side facing up so

Ceramic Chip Capacitor Array Comes in EIA 0508 Size

April 12, 2011 1:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The KEMET Ceramic Chip Capacitor Array is a passive technology where multiple capacitor elements are integrated into one common monolithic structure. Features include

Polymer Tantalum Cap Series Touts Greater Capacitance in Smaller Form Factors

April 12, 2011 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET expanded its Polymer Tantalum portfolio. The T528 Low equivalent series resistance (ESR)/ equivalent series inductance (ESL) Series, T521 High Voltage Series and T520 Polymer Tantalum Series all feature

Chip Resistors Are Glueable

April 12, 2011 11:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

TT electronics offers chip resistors optimized for use with conductive adhesives and which maintain performance at high temperature up to 200°C in applications such as hybrid microcircuits or medical MRI scanners where

Oscillators Offer Low Current Consumption, Small Footprint

April 12, 2011 11:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fox Electronics, a leading global supplier of frequency control solutions, now offers a new series of small footprint, low current consumption oscillators for small and portable devices. The F100 HCMOS oscillator family is

SMD Antennas Suit Near Field Communications

April 12, 2011 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

PREMO’s SDTR1103-HF Series SMD antenna is suitable for signal´s reception at 2 MHz and/or 13,56 MHz Tx/Rx for NFC applications. The antenna has a high surface resistance NiZn ferrite core material (>10 Mohm/mm) and low initial permeability to work at high frequency. This provides

Anti-moisture Metal Film Resistors Handle Up to 1600 VDC

April 12, 2011 11:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole Electronics released the RNV Series of axial leaded metal film resistors. The series has a standard ¼-Watt body size and is able to handle voltages up to

Smoke-Detector IC Receives UL Certification

April 12, 2011 10:28 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. today announced that its RE46C190 3V programmable photoelectric Smoke-Detector IC received UL component certification for use in single- and multiple-station smoke alarms, per specification UL 217.

CIT Relay & Switch offers Custom Designed MH Series

April 12, 2011 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CIT Relay & Switch custom version of the MH Series is now available to all design engineers looking for even more variety in this highly reliable switch. The MH series has always offered multiple LED color choices including bi-color illumination with and without actuator.

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