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Vector Fabrics Eases Heterogeneous Multicore Development

February 22, 2011 5:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vector Fabrics today announced the launch of their vfEmbedded cloud-based tool that allows embedded engineers to partition and map their software onto complex multicore platforms with ease.

Tri-axis Accelerometer Speeds Multiplexed Switching for HDD Protection

February 22, 2011 4:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kionix  announced a tri-axis analog accelerometer that improves multiplexed switching for hard-disk-drive (HDD) protection by 400 percent over its predecessor, the KXPB5. The new KXTH5 boosts the speed at which the hard disk drive can detect a “drop,” thereby increasing system robustness.

Pressure Transducer Features Large Selection of Connections

February 22, 2011 4:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Ashcroft G2 pressure transducer is available with a large selection of electrical and pressure connections. Deutsch DT and DTM along with the AMP Superseal 1.5 connection provide moisture resistance along with proven latch designs that prevent inadvertent disconnection.

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Shock Absorber Smoothes Vibration for Laser Power-Energy Sensors

February 22, 2011 3:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ophir Photonics announced the Shock Absorber – a mounting post designed to allow the operation of sensitive pyroelectric laser power/energy sensors in an environment with vibration. This special mount smoothes out vibration and eliminates false triggering...

Digital PFC Controllers

February 22, 2011 3:20 am | Videos | Comments

This video from Cirrus Logic and element14.com provides a basic knowledge of Power Factor Correction (PFC).

The end of the beginning for ubiquitous computing

February 18, 2011 11:36 am | Articles | Comments

People have been predicting the coming of the ubiquitous computer-everywhere environment (UCEE, or “you-see”) for years now, and we have finally come to the point where we can finally say that we have reached the end of the beginning of its development.

EDS: Where Problems & Challenges Become Opportunities

February 18, 2011 7:58 am | by George Bournazian, vice president, account services, BtB Marketing Communications | Articles | Comments

During the course of a year, there are many marketing and sales questions a component manufacturer must consider and answer in order to sustain growth or at least meet fiscal year objectives, but rarely has the time to address. EDS is probably the best venue to address these types of questions...

Power Line Communication Application Now Available on the Pulse Electronics Website

February 18, 2011 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation provides engineers with an application-based sales (ABS) tool for designing power line communication (PLC) applications. The PLC application diagram aligns key Pulse Electronics technology and product lines within the home automation and home networking market segments.

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Robot base kit Ideal for medium-sized autonomous robotics system development

February 18, 2011 4:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parallax is pleased to announce two versions of The Robot Base Kit. Below is text information about the kit and attached are pictures. Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Qspeed diodes combine high efficiency and low EMI

February 18, 2011 4:35 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations today announced the immediate availability of the Qspeed family of advanced diodes. Qspeed diodes use a unique silicon-based process to combine an extremely low reverse recovery charge (QRR) with a very soft recovery waveform.

Linear Position Transducer Includes VARAN Bus Interface

February 17, 2011 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Balluff’s Micropulse AT linear position tranducer with VARAN Bus interface is able to track the location of up to four position-marker magnets. This transducer outputs a start/stop signal, which is used to calculate the position of each magnet using the transducer length and resolution.

Surface Mount Speakers Measure Just 13 mm

February 17, 2011 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

PUI Audio announced the addition of a new smaller surface mount speaker. At 13 mm, this speaker can be used in place of conventional surface mount transducers to add voice or music to any handheld or small device without sacrificing space.

Illuminated Rotary Encoders Add a Range of Matching Translucent Control Knobs

February 17, 2011 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cliff Electronics introduced a new range of LED illuminated rotary encoders with a matching range of translucent control knobs. The company’s rotary encoder range features LED illuminated spindles to provide visible indication of panel position or function.

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3-A Approved Sanitary Probes Include Integral Transmitter, M12 Connector

February 17, 2011 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering’s 3-A Approved  PRS-TMM12 Series transducers are designed for use in sanitary or hygienic clean-in-place applications in the food, dairy, beverage and biopharmaceutical industries. These transducers are manufactured with 316L stainless steel housings...

MEMS Microphone Features I2S Digital Interface for Plug-and-Play

February 17, 2011 11:03 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices introduced the ADMP441 iMEMS microphone, said to be the industry’s first high-performance MEMS microphone with an I2S (Inter-IC Sound) digital output. It also features an extended frequency response from 100 Hz to 15 kHz, high SNR (signal-to-noise ratio) of 61 dBA...

Piezoelectric Biaxial Accelerometer Provides Dynamic Vibration Monitoring

February 17, 2011 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dytran Instruments, Inc. has introduced the model 3302A, a biaxial IEPE accelerometer designed to provide dynamic vibration monitoring within Active Vibration Control (AVC) applications typically found on commercial and military aircraft.

Airborne Particle Sensor Offers Real-Time Semiconductor Equipment Diagnostics

February 17, 2011 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

CyberOptics Semiconductor has released the WaferSense Airborne Particle Sensor (APS) for wafer processing equipment to the semiconductor market. Said to be the only semiconductor sensor of its kind to identify particle sources in tool...

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?

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