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.
I think it's pretty fair to assume that most readers of this blog can list a line of relatives, teachers, mentors, pastors, coaches and others who guided and inspired us, ultimately leading us into our careers as engineers, scientists, technologists, administrators, salespeople, marketers, designers, artists...
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jim Templeton at the recent APEC event. Jim is one of the first advocates of digital power, first as a founder of Zilker Labs and currently as a director of Maxim's digital power effort.
Just back from the frigid Milwaukee Regional! As a first time FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) attendee, I had a certain set of expectations before I came to the event. Being a competition, I was expecting teams to be a bit guarded when it came to discussing the details of their design or their "secret sauce.”
RF Connectors’ 30-piece classic Unidapt kit has been a favorite of bench and line technicians for years. We now offer this kit with white bronze plating, RFA-4024-WB. White bronze provides a tarnish free. non-magnetic solution with electrical performance rivaling silver plated products.
The DC Series of Coin Cell Style Supercapacitors from Illinois Capacitor provide on-board memory backup at long life spans. With 0.15 F to 8 of capacity, at voltages up to 5.5 WVDC these devices can supply
Powerstax announced its TVS1001 ruggedized 1000-W DC-DC power supply. The supply utilizes two of the company’s F501 DC-DC converters which are able to perform under the harshest of conditions with
Columbia Research Laboratories, Inc. offers precision compact and miniature force balance accelerometers for airborne applications. SA-102BHC/SA-302BHC compact and SA-102MFTB/SA-302MFTA miniature precision force balance accelerometers are designed to
The latest video from Ericsson Power Modules shows how power systems designers can achieve substantial efficiency gains using dynamic intermediate bus optimisation with advanced digital power modules.
Engineers throughout the world are being asked to design products more quickly, with fewer iterations and using an ever broadening range of technologies requiring analog, RF, power and mixed-signal expertise.
Flash memory devices have been around in one form or another since the early 1980s; today, they’re widely used in applications such as memory cards, USB flash drives, MP3 players, and solid-state drives for popular consumer products like Apple’s MacAir laptops.
Absopulse Electronics’ CSI 2KT-2A rugged, portable DC/AC inverter system uses microprocessor controlled high frequency PWM technology to generate 2 kVA output power with pure sine wave output voltage. High frequency conversion enables
Trombetta's reversible Intelligent Motor Controller can be customized to meet DC motor application requirements. The controller is capable of switching loads up to 100 A and providing
The magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck Northeast Japan on March 11 and the tsunami that followed later killed thousands and devastated huge parts of the country. In the process, multiple nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station were damaged...
Thermacore (www.thermacore.com) introduces a new line of cold plates that meet the most recent VME64x/VPX standards and support commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) packaging formats. These high conductance cold plates offer significant improvement in electronics cooling performance...
Texas Instruments Incorporated today introduced the industry’s first Class H VDSL line driver in full production. Compared to Class AB alternatives, the gated, dual-port THS6226 consumes 47 percent less power, a critical requirement for the high-density VDSL applications used in high-speed broadband networks.
MSC offers eight new low power 32-bit MCUs in the V850ES/Jx3-L Series from Renesas Electronics. These devices are suited to mobile smart metering and medical applications with high memory demand. The typical
Bias Power’s BPWXL Series of 4-, 6- and 10-W constant current LED drivers offer 350 mA constant current operation with 1 percent regulation over the entire input voltage range of 100 V to 308 VAC, 50/60 Hz. The drivers have
Honeywell today introduced the Honeywell Hawk Resolvers 1-Inch Series, Fully Housed Configuration, which provide enhanced accuracy (±7 arcmin) for precise motion control.
Thomas Edison designed and built the first electricity generating plant in the United States. His Pearl Street plant in Manhattan started operating in September 1882. It initially supplied electricity to nearly 500 lamps for about 50 customers...
This years CES and the recently completed Mobile World Congress in Barcelona indicate that we are be on the verge of a tipping point in the computing ecosystem versus what we have known for the past 20 years.
L-com, Inc. has released new PoE amplifier kits for 802.11b/g WiFi applications. The new kits come as FCC-certified systems and are priced the same as the conventional amplifier alone.
I attended the regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in San Antonio last week, providing technical support and mentoring to young innovators of tomorrow. The FRC was a great event! I walked away with a few tips for students, mentors and volunteers, so I thought I’d share...
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.
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jason Posselt of Bridgelux about their latest LED arrays, presented as having twice the output of currently available commerical devices...