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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...

We need an Advanced Research Project Effort for the Manufacturing Sector

February 15, 2011 5:28 am | by Jerry Rosenstein, Pioneer Magnetics ( | Blogs | Comments

Of all the economic components driving our financial system, the manufacturing sector is among the most important and now perhaps the most vulnerable to financial firestorms. Though recent economic figures show improvement, we have a long road to travel.

Preheating system reduces press cure time by 50%

February 15, 2011 5:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

A New Preheating System for plastic sheet molding compound (SMC) that uses Radio Frequency Heating Technology is being introduced by Radio Frequency Co., Inc. of Millis, Massachusetts. This new system is reported to enhance the distribution of reinforcement fibers...

Online CAD Solutions Improve Engineering Productivity, Reduce Errors

February 15, 2011 4:37 am | by Peter Mooney, Product Director, Thomas Industrial Network | Articles | Comments

As engineers and their supplier partners are challenged to work faster and to reduce mistakes, it’s no wonder that the market for CAD software is booming, topping $5 billion*. Manufacturers of electronic components, and the engineers who work with them...

NXP Brings Smart Card Security to Device Authentication

February 14, 2011 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. today announced the au10tic family of secure ICs designed specifically for device authentication. The au10tic secure microcontrollers are based on NXP SmartMX smart card technology, which has been widely used for securing government ID cards and passports...


Resonant inductors feature power dissipation of less than 15 Watts

February 14, 2011 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

In order for the designer to design a high efficiency high power converter with great EMI performance, a resonant topology must be used. Payton designs Planar transformers with the lowest possible leakage inductance in order to achieve the highest efficiency.

Return to Zero - Abnormal Measurements

February 14, 2011 7:58 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.

Acceleration mechanisms in graphics frameworks for User Interface design

February 14, 2011 5:24 am | by Jithu Niruthambath and Prabindh Sundareson, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

User Interfaces (UIs) have transformed from plainly encapsulating the functionality of a device to capturing the intent of user operations and optimizing the overall control flow. Depending on the end application, the appearance of UIs can range from...

9 Robots Who Probably Won't Take Over the World - But Could If They Wanted To

February 14, 2011 5:19 am | by Jill Pantozzi, | Articles | Comments

Much like zombies, robots can be pretty frightening in mass quantities but unlike zombies, who will simply bite you and turn you into one of their own, robots will pretty much just rip your head clean off.

Web Drying System Eliminates The Need For Solvent Based Coatings

February 14, 2011 5:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new Macrowave radio frequency drying system provides greater efficiency than conventional web dryers and enables the high-speed drying of water-based patterned glue and coatings at line speeds previously reached only with solvent based coatings...

RF Demodulator Serves Next-Generation Communication Systems

February 14, 2011 4:41 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. announced today the release of a new high-performance integrated RF demodulator. The ADRF6801 RF demodulator performs multiple common RF functions in a single package while delivering the performance needed to support high dynamic range receivers...

How to Use an Oscilloscope and Signal Generator as a Component Tester and Curve Tracer

February 14, 2011 3:58 am | Videos | Comments

In this video, BK Precision demonstrates how to measure component signatures using a digital storage oscilloscope, signal generator, and a solderless breadboard.

Return to Zero - PhD Required

February 11, 2011 10:12 am | Articles | Comments

Power Connectors Suit High Amperage, Multi-phase Motor Apps

February 11, 2011 6:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol Industrial offers a connector series designed to eliminate bulky and space-consuming cable glands on motors, AC/DC inverters and converters and other high amperage equipment. The IP67-rated ePower 400A connectors are

Fine Pitch Bump Adapters Allow for SMT Adaptation of TSSOP, QFP

February 11, 2011 6:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aries Electronics offers a line of adapters which convert TSSOP, QFP and other fine pitch devices to any other fine-pitch bumped package or routing configuration down to 0.4mm pitch. These Fine Pitch Bump Adapters are

Stamped Spring Pin BGA Socket Addresses Burn-in Characterization

February 11, 2011 6:41 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics recently introduced a BGA socket addressing burn-in characterization requirements for BGA devices - CBT-BGA-6011. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 19-gram actuation force per ball and cycle life of 500,000 insertions.

Electronic Enclosures Target Medical Apps

February 11, 2011 6:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bud Industries announced customized and off-the-shelf solutions for OEMs and users of electronic medical equipment. The company’s range of electronics enclosures features cabinet racks, NEMA boxes, plastic enclosures, server racks, and other rack equipment to

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