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The Tinker's Toolbox - Talking about Secure Solid-State Storage with Jack Bogdanski of Microsemi

May 11, 2011 4:31 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode, we talk with Jack Bogdanski, Director of New Product Development at Microsemi about their new TRRUST-Stor secure solid state drive (SSD) designed from the ground up for aerospace, defense, and military applications.

Cree 231 Lumen Per Watt LED Shatters LED Efficacy Records

May 10, 2011 11:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree, Inc. reports another industry-best efficacy record of 231 lumens per watt for a white power LED. This result is a significant advance beyond Cree's previous industry record and further demonstrates how Cree's relentless innovation continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with LED lighting.

Lighted Alarm Pairs Bright Red Light with Ultra Loud Sound(2)

May 10, 2011 10:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Floyd Bell’s Twin Turbo Lighted Alarm is a small (approx. 1”x1”) panel-mount piezoelectric audio alert that emits a daylight-viewable bright red light when activated, effectively combining the company’s Turbo Series Alarms with its


100-W, AC-DC Power Supplies Tout Miniature Size

May 10, 2011 10:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroPower Direct’s MPO-100S Series of 100-W open frame AC/DC power supplies is fabricated on a miniature 4 x 2-inch PC board. Four standard models operate from a universal input of 90 V to 264 VAC, providing

Lithium Manganese Dioxide Cylindrical Cells Tout Long Term Reliability

May 10, 2011 9:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic has unveiled two high safety and energy density cells, the CR-AG and CR-2/3AZ. The cells use Manganese-based cathode material to deliver desirable temperature tolerance so they may

AC-DC Converter features extremely low no-load power consumption

May 10, 2011 9:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

RECOM announces the release of a new range of isolated AC/DC power supply modules with very low standby input currents, ideally suited for low power applications or standby power supplies.

VCXOs Tout 1600 PPM Pull Range and 1 Percent Linearity

May 10, 2011 8:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

SiTime Corporation introduced the SiT380X family of MEMS-based Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCXOs) for telecom, networking and embedded applications. The SiT3808 and SiT3809 VCXOs offer

50-W and 75-W Power Supplies Boast 10-year Life

May 10, 2011 7:21 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda Americas announced 50-Watt ZWS50BAF and 75-Watt ZWS75BAF power supplies which combine efficiency, even at low load conditions, with a wide operating temperature range, small size and up to


Energy Savings in Intelligent Management Systems for Solar farms

May 10, 2011 7:04 am | by Jordi Torrebadell, Director of engineering –Americas, RECOM Power, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The formerly “green” energy efficiency topics are now a main stream issue – and not just post Fukushima. Solar and wind power continue to gain ground as alternatives to fossil fuel energy. New technologies in both control systems and power modules allow these new methods of energy harvesting to be more efficient...

LED-based Edge Lighting Targets Automotive Apps

May 10, 2011 6:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

LED-based edge-lit illumination from Global Lighting Technologies (GLT) offers an array of efficient solutions for automotive lighting from backlit dashboard displays to interior and exterior lighting. The company specializes in focusing the

The Teardown - Motorola Xoom

May 10, 2011 5:37 am | Articles | Comments

The Motorola Xoom is the first android tablet powered by Google's newest OS, Android 3.0 "Honeycomb."

Return to Zero - Dream Big

May 10, 2011 4:29 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.

Energy Harvesting for Automotive Applications

May 9, 2011 10:51 am | by Dr. Harry Zervos, Technical Analyst, IDTechEx | Articles | Comments

Energy harvesters do not necessarily make sense in all potential applications where a battery is replaced. Battery technology is continuously advancing and due to volumes achieved, the price points reached are at levels where harvesters cannot compete.


TDK-Lambda Unveils 50 and 75-Watt Power Supplies with 10 Year Life

May 9, 2011 10:20 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda Americas has unveiled its latest additions to its successful ZWS line of compact AC-DC power supplies. The 50-Watt ZWS50BAF and 75-Watt ZWS75BAF combine high efficiency, even at low load conditions, with a wide operating temperature range...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Analog Devices' Dan Ledger on Reference Designs

May 9, 2011 8:58 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode, we talk with Dan Ledger of Analog Devices about reference designs and what ADI is doing to help the engineer use reference designs to create their products and solve engineering issues.

EPIC SBC Includes 1.66 GHZ Atom CPU, Supports Industrial Apps

May 9, 2011 8:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

WinSystems announced their EPX-C380, an EPIC-compatible, Intel 1.66 GHz ATOM-based single board computer (SBC). The device uses either the Intel ATOM single core N450 or dual core D510 processor combined with

IDE Adds Multiple Simultaneous Debugging Sessions, Advanced Editor and Code Completion

May 9, 2011 8:26 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced its next-generation, open-source integrated development environment — the MPLAB X IDE — with cross-platform support for Linux, Mac OS and Windows operating systems. New features include

Real-Time Controllers Offer Smaller Form Factor and Target High-Volume Deployments

May 9, 2011 8:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Instruments announced the release of its NI cRIO-9075 and cRIO-9076 integrated chassis and controllers, which lower the cost of the NI CompactRIO platform for embedded control and monitoring applications. The platform is powered by

Embedded GPU Offers Support for OpenCL and Six Independent Displays

May 9, 2011 8:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMD introduced the Radeon E6760 embedded discrete graphics processor. The GPU offers embedded system designers the combination of OpenCL support along with support for six independent displays to enable

Module utilizes the Texas Instruments CC2564 base band chip

May 9, 2011 7:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

BlueRadios, Inc. and Stonestreet One together introduce BlueBridge BR-LE4.0-D2A, a completely self-contained Bluetooth 4.0 dual mode low energy module which utilizes the Texas Instruments CC2564 base band chip, integrating antenna, radio, MSP430 microcontroller...

Return to Zero - Dive Bomb

May 9, 2011 7:21 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.

Complementary N-Channel and P-Channel MOSFETs in the SOT-953 package

May 9, 2011 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Central Semiconductor Corp. introduces the new 20V, 100mA CMNDM7001 (N-Channel) and CMNDM8001 (P-Channel) MOSFETs in the ultra miniature SOT-953 package. These complementary devices extend Central’s range of energy efficient MOSFETs.

Enhancing Smart Grid Awareness with Mobile Technologies

May 9, 2011 6:31 am | by Eugene Fodor, Software Engineering Manager, Digi International | Articles | Comments

Smart phones have completely altered the way we access information and communicate with each other through mobile applications. The majority of the population now has the answers to almost every question – ranging from how much traffic exists...

New Biometric Latching Systems Offer New Level of Physical Security

May 9, 2011 6:04 am | by Steve Spatig, Southco Inc. | Articles | Comments

As electronic recordkeeping becomes accepted as common practice so does the risk of data being hacked, stolen or corrupted. Data centers must be on the cutting edge of access control to secure valuable business assets.

Trusting the Battery in Critical Situations

May 9, 2011 5:51 am | by Isidor Buchmann, Founder and CEO, Cadex Electronics | Articles | Comments

A battery is a corrosive device that begins to fade the moment it comes off the assembly line. The stubborn and unpredictable behavior of a battery has left many users in awkward situations. Battery failure is common; some are simply a nuisance but others can have serious consequences.

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