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Streamlining development processes through an automotive architecture framework

December 21, 2010 5:39 am | by Meg Selfe, Vice President, Complex & Embedded Systems Executive, IBM | Articles | Comments

Vehicle complexity has increased dramatically over the past two decades. New “smarter” vehicles are evolving with intelligent, built-in safety and comfort functions; green technologies such as hybrid and fully electric engines...

Why Are Your Lights on All Day Long?

December 21, 2010 4:59 am | by Ron Flores, WECC ( | Blogs | Comments

Why do you turn on all your facility’s lights, at full brightness, every day?  Actually, why do you turn your lights off in the first place?

LED Driver IC Offers Reduced System Cost

December 21, 2010 4:05 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics America Inc.  today announced the availability of its R2A20134 LED driver IC that supports LED lighting applications with high efficiency and a high power factor at low cost. The market scale of the LED lighting field is expected to grow substantially...


Signal Injectors Tout Improved Regulator, Power Supply Testing Accuracy

December 20, 2010 1:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Picotest has released a family of signal injectors/adapters, which are said to improve voltage regulator, LDO, and power supply testing accuracy. Increased bandwidth and higher resolution measurements are enabled for PSRR, stability, reverse transfer, input impedance,

Modular PXI Voltage-Current Source Solution Reduces Test Time

December 20, 2010 1:29 pm | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies introduced the M9186A PXI isolated single-channel voltage/current source for use in automotive electronics test applications. The modular PXI-based solution enables testers to

Scope Conducts BER Measurements and Eye Pattern Analysis from 125 Mbit-s to 12.5 Gbit-s

December 20, 2010 1:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduced hardware options for its MP2100A BERTWave series that allow the instrument to support BER measurements and Eye Pattern signal analysis between 125 Mbit/s and 12.5 Gbit/s for measurements on optical modules, cables and

DAQ Modules Offer Open-Collector Outputs, Optically Isolated Inputs

December 20, 2010 12:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems announced two additions to the its SeaI/O family of modular I/O – the SeaI/O-530 and SeaI/O-540 digital I/O modules. Offering a selection of open-collector outputs and optically isolated inputs, the modules are designed to interface to

Portable Oscilloscopes Suit Harsh Industrial Environments

December 20, 2010 12:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation has introduced the ScopeMeter 190 Series II handheld portable oscilloscopes, said to be the first four-channel scopes that are safety rated for CAT III 1000 V/CAT IV 600 V environments. The four input channels are


High Speed LED Characterization Spectrometers Tout Accuracy, Reliability

December 20, 2010 12:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Labsphere has introduced the CDS-5400 and CDS-9800 High Speed LED Spectrometers. Both models are presented as offering reliability, speed and accuracy with a choice of

LTE Test Feature Touts Simplified Base Station Testing

December 20, 2010 12:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The LTE test case wizard is asserted to ease the task of generating the correct signals for specific LTE base station test scenarios. An operator of a signal generator only has to

PFC-PWM Controller Provides High Efficiency in Dual-Switch Flyback Topologies

December 20, 2010 12:05 pm | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s FAN6920MR combines a power factor correction (PFC) controller and a quasi-resonant PWM controller. For PFC, the device uses a controlled on-time technique to provide

The Ben Heck Show - Salute to the Troops

December 20, 2010 10:08 am | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of “The Ben Heck Show,” Ben and element14 salute the troops with a military-grade portable gaming system designed for a couple working with the military overseas.

400-Watt Power Supplies Meet Medical and ITE Safety Specs

December 20, 2010 7:29 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda Americas has extended the power range of their digitally-controlled EFE-M series of medical/ITE power supplies from 300W to now 400W. The EFE400M series was designed with Medical and ITE applications in mind.


Brainstorm: Consumer Electronics

December 20, 2010 7:21 am | Articles | Comments

What consumer technology will make the biggest splash in the new year?

Capacitor Chips Offer Non-Magnetic Termination

December 20, 2010 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

AVX has expanded its porcelain and ceramic dielectric multilayer capacitor (MLC) chip product offering to include non-magnetic termination versions.

RTD and High Speed Analog Input Modules offer Improved Functionality

December 20, 2010 5:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech introduces two new I/O modules, an 8-channel Resistive Thermal Device (RTD) module (APAX-5013) and a 12-channel High Speed Analog Input module (APAX-5017H).

Software Automates In-Circuit Test Coverage Reports

December 20, 2010 5:29 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The ATCC software performs two significant tasks. First, it measures the test coverage of a product after the tests have been developed. Second, it quickly predicts the test coverage of a product based only on the CAD layout files.

Will Feature Phones Become an Endangered Species?

December 20, 2010 5:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

There is no doubt that there will always be a set of consumers that only want their mobile phone to be, well, a phone

Energy 111: Magneto Hydrodynamics and Total Energy Systems

December 20, 2010 4:22 am | by Ken Johnson | Blogs | Comments

Don’t let the title scare you into excluding this from your reading schedule. An attempt will be made to simplify the concept and its uses. Let’s start by calling them MHD and TES respectively for short. Many practical applications of TES were evolved from its age-old principles over a half century ago...

Chip Delivers Reliable Communications for Smart Grid Applications

December 20, 2010 4:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semitech Semiconductor today announced the availability of the SM2101 -- an FSK/BPSK based power line transceiver. The SM2101 represents the next generation of power line communication transceivers, and is designed with an emphasis on Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI)...

PCIe 3.0 Analysis Tool Enables Automatic Configuration of Test Execution

December 17, 2010 8:11 am | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix, Inc. today announced a new addition to the industry’s most comprehensive solution for PCI Express 3.0. The new offering provides physical layer transmitter (Tx) verification, debug, characterization and compliance testing using Tektronix DPO/DSA/MSO70000 Series oscilloscopes.

System-on-chip manages acoustic environments for improved voice clarity

December 17, 2010 8:07 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor today introduced BelaSigna R261. This complete system-on-chip (SoC) solution for portable consumer electronics incorporates a highly optimized digital signal processor (DSP) with an advanced dual-microphone noise reduction algorithm to improve speech intelligibility in noisy environments...

VCOs contain an extra modulation port

December 17, 2010 7:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55FLM VCOs (Voltage Controlled Oscillators) contain an extra modulation port (TX modulation), making the family an ideal choice for transmitter applications. The modulation port has a negative slope and a typical modulation sensitivity of -20KHz/V.

Load Board Designed for Conduction Cooled Chassis

December 17, 2010 7:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Bustronic Corporation, an industry leading designer and manufacturer of high performance backplanes has announced a new 6U VPX Load Board in a conduction-cooled format. The board is designed per the IEEE standard 1101.2 mechanical format.

Analog + digital VGA reduces solution footprint by 31%

December 16, 2010 10:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX2062, the industry's only fully programmable, multistate, dual-channel, analog + digital IF/RF variable-gain amplifier (VGA). This easy-to-control device delivers an unparalleled combination of VGA performance...

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