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Smart Load Sensor Suits a Wide Range of Industrial Operations

February 17, 2011 10:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

A smart load sensor developed by Sensor Technology the information needed to optimize efficiency and increase profitability of a wide range of industrial operations, according to the company. The development allows weighing processes to be fully integrated with handling operations.

Step-Down Converter with Linear Bypass Powers Multimode PAs in Mobile Handsets

February 17, 2011 10:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX8989, a step-down converter designed to power PA (power amplifier) modules in mobile phones. The first DC-DC converter in the industry to support power management for multiple communication protocols (e.g., LTE, WCDMA, GSM, and EDGE)...

NKK Switches Introduces Single-Click 3D CAD Models on Digi-Key Website

February 17, 2011 8:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

NKK Switches today announced single-click 3D CAD model availability for its switches and pushbuttons on the website of top electronic components distributor Digi-Key. This new integration makes obtaining part number-specific 3D models of NKK switches...


A Day Made of Glass...Made possible by Corning

February 17, 2011 8:21 am | Videos | Comments

For 160 years Corning Incorporated has been synonymous with glass. From the formulation of the first glass envelop (think light bulb) for Thomas Edison, to the invention and commercialization of optical fiber...

STMicroelectronics Unveils Solution for Modular Smart Meters

February 17, 2011 8:13 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

As installations of smart meters in homes and businesses accelerate globally, STMicroelectronics, a global leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a leader in semiconductors for energy management...

DC-DC converter intended for LED street light, wall washer and tunnel light applications

February 17, 2011 8:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Macroblock introduces a high efficiency 60V, 1A DC/DC buck converter-MBI6661 for LED street light, wall washer and tunnel light applications. MBI6661 accepts wide input voltage range from 9V to 60V and provides up to 97% efficiency.

Integrated Switch Increases Versatility of the One Inch Can Stack Linear Actuator

February 17, 2011 7:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions Inc. offers an integrated end-of-stroke proximity sensor available on the one inch 25000 Series captive linear actuators. The proximity sensor utilizes miniature hall effect technology in an IC package mounted directly on the actuator.

Energy 113: Fossil Fuels

February 17, 2011 4:12 am | by Ken Johnson | Blogs | Comments

This will be the last of my 13 ‘Soapbox’ episodes dealing with ‘Energy’ systems, most of which I consider as “exotics”, in that they are interesting oddities that could be used as energy sources, however, fossil and nuclear fuels are safe, cheap, and plentiful, so why bother?


Profibus RS-485 Transceiver Integrates Driver for High Eficiency and Low EMI

February 16, 2011 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced an isolated half-duplex differential line transceiver with integrated transformer driver. The ISO1176T provides the primary voltage for an isolation transformer and

Enclosures designed for personal electronic devices

February 16, 2011 9:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Following customer demand, OKW have extended their award winning ‘MINITEC’ range of pocket-size enclosures. These highly attractive multi-colored housings have been designed for personal electronic devices which can be carried in the hand, on a key ring, wrist strap, or lanyard.

Photovoltaic metallization paste delivers up to 0.4 percent greater conversion efficiency

February 16, 2011 9:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM) has introduced DuPont Solamet PV701 photovoltaic metallization paste as its newest generation of Metal Wrap Through (MWT) technology for back side interconnected silicon solar cell designs.

Return to Zero - Perfect Match

February 16, 2011 8:41 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.

Connector Offers Sub-Miniature Design Flexibility

February 16, 2011 6:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new ZPD Series wire-to-board, double row, crimp style connectors recently introduced by JST Corporation, Waukegan, Illinois, is designed with a secure locking device to ensure connector mating integrity even under adverse conditions.


Maxim extends TacTouch family with 4- and 10-finger multitouch capacitive touch-screen ICs

February 15, 2011 11:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

At Mobile World Congress 2011, Maxim Integrated Products is demonstrating the MAX11855 and MAX11871, projected capacitive touch-screen controllers offering 4-point and 10-point touch detection with industry-leading sensitivity and noise immunity performance.

Wide Input 3 Watt DC-DC Converters in Surface Mount Package

February 15, 2011 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

To meet the increased demands of automated production processes and board space constraints, Mornsun introduces the WRA/WRB-LT-3W Series’ of surface mount dc/dc converters. The WRA-LT-3W and WRB-LT-3W products offer 3W of power...

No Risky Business: Eliminating the Dangers of EOL Device Procurement

February 15, 2011 10:31 am | by George Karalias, Rochester Electronics | Articles | Comments

In the past, there were only two end-of-life (EOL) solutions available to procurement professionals: make a one-time, last-time purchase from the original manufacturer, or purchase residual inventory through distribution. A last-time buy can be a significant financial burden...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Near-Field Communications

February 15, 2011 9:04 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jeff Miles, the Director of Mobile Transactions at NXP about their work in the Near Field Communications space and their collaborative efforts with product manufacturers to integrate that functionality into their devices.

Fuel New Company Growth with the Right Online Strategy

February 15, 2011 8:41 am | by Susan Orr, Senior Director, Thomas Industrial Network | Articles | Comments

Whether you’re a manufacturer or distributor of electronic components, now is the time to capitalize on the growing economy, and to reach new prospects and new markets, to fuel your own company’s expansion. Indeed, ThomasNet’s Industry Market Barometer (IMB)...

Engineer 2.0 – 10 Online Tools You Should be Using

February 15, 2011 8:32 am | by Andy Brown, VP, SupplyFrame | Articles | Comments

As a design engineer, you spend more time online than ever before. Researching parts, trading off options and checking price and availability are commonplace tasks that have shifted online. Other common engineering tasks you can do online have only just begun.

A component distributor that goes beyond components

February 15, 2011 8:26 am | by Vandana Lokeshwar, Technology Development Manager, Newark & element14 | Articles | Comments

Our parent company, Premier Farnell, has historically been a leading, high service, multi-channel distribution group supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals globally through Newark in the Americas, Farnell in Europe and most recently, element14 in Asia.

Answering the Call for Systems-Level Training

February 15, 2011 8:10 am | by Tim Barber, Senior Vice President, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

To achieve true product differentiation in today’s ultra competitive global electronics market, OEM designers must go beyond smaller, faster, cheaper and take a more holistic approach to new product development. Though the Internet age has made component information more accessible than ever...

Distributor’s Reference Designs Lend Helping Hand to Engineers

February 15, 2011 7:53 am | by Jim Beneke, Vice President, Global Technical Marketing, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

The continuing pressure on designers to develop products faster, cheaper, with greater performance, improved functionality and lower power consumption, places considerable stress on the traditional design process. Add in the fact that at the component level device complexity is nearly doubling every 18 months...

High Voltage LED Series Intended for Retrofit Lighting Applications

February 15, 2011 7:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Everlight Electronics Co. launches a range of High Voltage LEDs especially suited for use in solid state lighting integral lamps, aka retrofit lamps. Everlight's new HiVo series comprises a 1W, 2W and 4W solution.

PC clip features a 3-legged, THM design

February 15, 2011 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

With the introduction of new Catalog No. 54, a low profile, thru-hole PC Battery Clip for Lithium-Ion size cells from 17-19mm diameters, Keystone Electronics has met increasing demands for accommodating higher energy, lower weight, rechargeable batteries placed in mobile products.

Graphics toolkit intended for medical, industrial, and consumer markets

February 15, 2011 5:33 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Express Logic, Inc. and Blue Water Embedded today announced the availability of the PrismX graphics toolkit for the STMicroelectronics STM32 processor family. PrismX, a complete GUI software development solution for resource-constrained devices...

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