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Inline filters and filter housings increase vacuum and air performance in the equipment

March 24, 2011 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Count On Tools Inc. introduces MYDATA Replacement Inline Filters and Filter Housing components. Count On Tools replacement inline filters have been field tested and are proven to increase vacuum and air performance in the equipment while lasting longer than OEM versions.

Vehicle Power System Satisfies MIL-STD-1275

March 24, 2011 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MIL-VicH Series is a series of ruggedized military compliant DC to DC and DC to AC systems built for deployment and operations equipment. This series is available to all military, homeland security and government contractors.

Manual braking system enhances user ability of UtiliTrak product line

March 24, 2011 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation announced today the addition of compact carriage brakes to its popular UtiliTrak linear guide product line. This new option offers a simple two-component assembly solution for manually securing a carriage to rail in confined spaces.

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Maxim-Teridian Power Metering Smart-Grid ICs at APEC

March 24, 2011 6:24 am | Videos | Comments

This is a demonstration of Maxim/Teridian's new family of power-management ICs that perform metering functions for smart-grid applications at their booth during APEC.

Elma Offers Over 500 Knob Configurations for Rotary Switches & Encoders

March 24, 2011 5:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic offers over 500 configurations of knobs in various styles. The knob types include push-on, set-screw, collet, wing, bell-shaped, aluminum, locking, and specialty knobs.

Understanding Signals with the PropScope Parts & Text Kit

March 24, 2011 5:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

This kit includes the PropScope USB, electronic components for breadboard circuits, and a printed text that guides you step-by-step from the basics through advanced electronic measurement techniques.

Maingear Charges up Desktops with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590

March 24, 2011 5:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

MAINGEAR, an award-winning PC system builder offering custom desktops, notebooks, workstations and media centers, updates their desktop configuration options with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 graphics card that delivers high-end performance with style.

FIRST Robotics - Why I Got Involved and You Should Too!

March 23, 2011 7:08 am | by Rebecca Phillips | Blogs | Comments

After a late night of mixers with film makers and interactive folks, what would make someone show up at 9:30 am for a panel? Why robots of course! As Arik highlighted last week, TI participated in a 2011 SXSW Interactive panel about FIRST robotics and mentoring...

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FIRST Robotics: Technically You're Changing the World

March 23, 2011 6:58 am | by Arik Flanders | Blogs | Comments

Wow! If you've ever been to SXSW, you know what I mean. Over the past 6 days I've been attending numerous presentations that focus on everything from international digital media to robotics.

Schottky diode has a peak repetitive reverse voltage of 30V

March 23, 2011 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Central Semiconductor Corp. announces the CFSH2-3L Low VF Schottky diode in the space saving, low profile SOD-882L package. This new device has a peak repetitive reverse voltage of 30V and a maximum forward current of 200mA.

Power supplies offer typical efficiency of up to 90%

March 23, 2011 6:42 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda Americas has upped the output power of its ZPSA series of compact open-frame AC/DC power supplies with the introduction of a 100 Watt model. The new single-output ZPSA100 accepts a wide input voltage range, has a very low profile (1.3”)...

Stamped spring pin features 19 gram actuation force per ball

March 23, 2011 6:18 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics recently introduced a new BGA socket addressing high performance requirements for BGA devices - CBT-BGA-6014. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 19 gram actuation force per ball and cycle life of 500,000 insertions.

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...

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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.

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.

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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