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Selecting the Right Series Voltage Reference for Absolute-Accuracy Voltage-Output DAC Designs

February 25, 2011 10:03 am | Videos | Comments

An in depth analysis and procedure for selecting the optimum series voltage reference for voltage output DACs from Farnell ( and Maxim.

Dual Lobe Single Row connectors conform to MIL-DTL-32139.2

February 25, 2011 8:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

SRI Hermetics’ laser weldable hermetic aluminum Nano-Miniature Dual Lobe Single Row connectors conform to MIL-DTL-32139/2 (receptacles) and are available in 9, 15, 21, 25, 31, 37, and 51 pin/socket configurations. These connectors have socket contacts on 0.025” spacing...

DC-DC Converter Series Offers a a 9-36 VDC and 18-75 VDC input range

February 25, 2011 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. announces the 400 Watt FBW DC/DC Converter Series. The FBW Series offers an industry first, a 9-36 VDC and 18-75 VDC input range in a 4.6" x 2.4" x 0.55" high package. The wide input range provides an ideal solution for industrial and military COTS applications...


AC Line Regulators Withstand Heat Up to 149°F

February 24, 2011 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Falcon Electric, Inc. announced its new line of SVR-PL Series ultra-wide temperature AC power line regulators. The series is available in five power models, and it has been designed to operate in extreme temperature environments beyond

Stereo Analog Subsystem Includes Class G Headphone Amp for Extended Playback

February 24, 2011 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor announced what it asserts is the industry’s first stereo analog subsystem with integrated Class G headphone amplifier and automatic level control (ALC) for smartphones and feature phones. The PowerWise LM49251’s Class G headphone amp dynamically

Low-Loss RF Coaxial Cables operate up to 18GHz

February 24, 2011 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek has introduced the LL335 Series Cable Assemblies, a new addition to their line of Low-Loss RF Coaxial Cables. Designed to operate up to 18GHz, the CCSMA-MM-LL335 Cable Assemblies boast extremely low loss, with attenuation ratings of 0.03 dB/ft at 500 MHz, and 0.20 dB/ft at 18GHz.

Micrel Launches Industry's Smallest System Power Triple LDO Family

February 24, 2011 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel Inc. today introduced a new family of triple low dropout regulators (LDOs), the MIC5373/83/74/84 series. The products feature three 200mA LDOs, an optional fourth LDO output for a real time clock (RTC), integrated power on reset (POR), user-defined voltage monitoring capabilities...

Oscilloscopes offer ''breakthrough technology''

February 24, 2011 10:01 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Electronics distributor Newark announced today that it is offering Agilent Technologies’ next-generation InfiniiVision 3000 and 2000 X-Series oscilloscope family. In addition, Bryan Thompson, a 25-year test and measurement veteran from Agilent Technologies is available to answer questions...


LED modules feature CRI values of up to 87

February 24, 2011 9:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sharp is again expanding its high power LED module portfolio by adding six 10W Mini Zeni components. They are compact, lightweight, economical and very bright. With a light output of up to 690 lumens, a luminous flux of up to 73 lm/W...

Elma Bustronic Offers CompactPCI PlusIO Backplanes

February 24, 2011 4:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Bustronic Corporation offers a CompactPCI PlusIO Backplane compliant to the latest PICMG 2.30 specifications. The first in the series is an 8-slot version in a 3U height. PICMG 2.30 expands the backplane with serial point-to-point connections for high-speed data transfer (PCIe, SATA, USB, Ethernet).

1A and 2A Output Current Devices Provide Ultra-fast Transient Response

February 24, 2011 4:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corp. today launched the SC171 and SC172 buck regulators. These 1A and 2A output current devices are the latest additions to the company’s EcoSpeed DC-DC converter platform, which includes a broad selection of output current capabilities ranging from 1A to 30A.

Photovoltaic Fuses Added to NTE Fuse Line

February 23, 2011 10:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

NTE Electronics has expanded its fuse line to include 10x38mm photovoltaic fuses for solar panel applications. The 74-10FC Solar Protection Fuse series has been specifically designed for photovoltaic (PV) systems. This family of midget fuses can safely protect PV modules...

Cheating is what makes the MATLAB programming contest fun

February 23, 2011 9:36 am | by Ned Gulley, MathWorks | Blogs | Comments

Actually, we don't call it cheating. But it's hard for some people to shake the notion that borrowing code from your fellow contestants is wrong. In fact, it's not only okay, it's practically required.


Power Development Kits Target Precision Analog

February 23, 2011 8:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced two power management development kits, which help designers generate the cleanest possible positive and negative voltage rails to power today’s analog circuits.

Return to Zero - Tin Hats

February 23, 2011 7:51 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.

LED video display with picture-perfect images from any angle

February 23, 2011 6:44 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

A new high-performance 150” diagonal LED video display developed by FormoLight Technologies, Inc., provides high brightness and high contrast with sharp, vivid images for indoor and outdoor applications thanks to an LED solution from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors...

Reconfigurable transceiver eliminates the need of surface acoustic wave filters

February 23, 2011 6:26 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

At this week’s International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC2011), imec and Renesas Electronics Corporation present a highly-linear reconfigurable transceiver, eliminating the need of surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters.

Printed Electronics - Many New Directions

February 23, 2011 6:04 am | by Raghu Das, IDTechEx ( | Blogs | Comments

Electronic printing is now more widely seen as an enabling technology that is already cost-reducing electronic and electrical products. Today's examples include the filter and liquid crystal layers in LCDs and of course antennas, flexible keyboards, and so on.

System software captures AOI relevant variations in the production process

February 23, 2011 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The newest version of GOEPEL electronic’s AOI system software features a special highlight. An integrated debug statistics captures AOI relevant variations in the production process and provides them for statistical evaluations.

Lighting control system provides total communication to individual fixtures

February 23, 2011 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

World Energy Control Corporation (WECC) has designed a network communication function into its Distributed Lighting Control System (DLCS) that allows building owners and facility managers to reduce energy usage...

The Tinker's Toolbox - the First 3G CMOS RF Power Amplifier

February 23, 2011 3:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jim Nohrden of Black Sand about their 3G CMOS RF power amplifier (PA) products. The devices promise to significantly improve the reliability and data throughput of mobile products, and are designed as a drop-in replacement for existing 3G GaAs RF PAs.

EcoCAR Challenge Countdown: The Road to the Finals - February

February 22, 2011 9:54 am | by Beth Bezaire | Blogs | Comments

The Ohio State University EcoCAR team is one of 16 teams using cutting edge technology to develop fuel efficient, low emissions vehicles for EcoCAR The Next Challenge. Teams are in the third and final year of the competition, which culminates

MCUs Add Space-Saving Socket Option

February 22, 2011 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro is making its EFM32 Gecko and Tiny Gecko product lines available in the space-saving QFP48 package. The smaller 48-pin ARM Cortex-M3 based microcontroller options will enable manufacturers to

STMicroelectronics Raises Reliability and Efficiency for Ultra-Compact LED Lamps

February 22, 2011 8:25 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

The first in a new family of mains-operated LED lamp drivers from STMicroelectronics will enable designers to deliver more reliable and efficient LED retrofit lamps featuring primary-side current regulation.

Mixing driver delivers up to 185W of power

February 22, 2011 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

ROAL Electronics will demo new Intelligent LED Drivers at the Strategies in Light Show this week in Santa Clara, California. The Spectra Series is a multi-channel color mixing driver that delivers up to 185W of power and is available in both a convection-cooled open frame for embedded use...

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