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Software Console Touts Reduced MCU Development Time

March 3, 2011 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro has released its first version of Simplicity Studio, a software console providing instant access to the tools, documentation, software and other resources needed to develop systems based on

N & P-Channel MOSFETs Features ESD Protection up to 2kV

March 3, 2011 5:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Central Semiconductor CMLDM3757 consists of complementary 20V, 540mA N-Channel and 20V, 430mA P-Channel MOSFETs. Packaged in the miniature SOT-563 surface mount case, this energy efficient device is an integrated solution designed for circuits requiring N-Channel and P-Channel MOSFETs...

Monitor Brain Waves

March 3, 2011 4:44 am | by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Escaping the sub-zero weather in Wisconsin is enough to make the convention experience worthy of the time, effort, and expense. I arrived in Anaheim and walked off of the plane a sweaty mess covered in jackets, multiple layers, and gloves engineered for the Arctic.


8-bit CAN MCUs Feature 5.5-V Operation, Very Low Power

March 2, 2011 11:11 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the PIC18F “K80” 8-bit CAN microcontrollers (MCUs) featuring 1.8-V to 5.5-V operation and eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology, for sleep current consumption of less than

LED family has filtered PWM and integrated current sink

March 2, 2011 5:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Analogic Technologies, Inc. today introduced the AAT14XX family of 31 mA step-up single-channel light-emitting diode (LED) drivers capable of driving up to 10 LEDs in a single string. The drivers’ small size and quiet operation make them ideal LED backlight solutions...

Tool & equipment manager based on bar code technology

March 2, 2011 5:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dynamic Systems, Inc. has announced the release of a low cost tool & equipment manager based on bar code technology.

Microcontrollers offer a Flash memory range from 32 up to 384 Kbytes

March 2, 2011 4:57 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics today announced the extension of its 32-bit STM32L series of microcontrollers. The expansion of the family now includes devices with memory densities of 256 and 384 Kbytes, thereby offering a Flash memory range from 32 up to 384 Kbytes for embedded application engineers.

LED Driver Reference Design Intended for Candelabra-Style Bulbs

March 2, 2011 4:44 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations today published a new reference design (RD-268) for candelabra-style replacement bulbs. The design is based on LNK454DG, a member of the company’s recently launched LinkSwitch-PL family of LED driver ICs...


An En-lightening Discussion on LEDs

March 2, 2011 4:29 am | Podcasts | Comments

Tim Lovatt, Director of the LED Lighting Summit, discusses LEDs with Paolo from the European Commission.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Top Tech Trends for 2011

March 2, 2011 3:53 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Sinclair Vass, senior director of marketing and business operations at JDSU, about the top tech trends for 2011.

Thumbs Up for Touch Sensors

March 1, 2011 11:47 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Many product designers have thought, "My product uses four push buttons, a rotary switch, and 7-segment displays. How do I take the first step with touch-control replacements?" Semiconductor manufacturers now supply a wide range of touch-control ICs...

Why USB 3.0?

March 1, 2011 10:59 am | by Eric Briant, Product Engineer, Tyco Electronics and Tyler Madden, Product Specialist, Tyco Electronics | Articles | Comments

According to the Universal Serial Bus-Implementers Forum (USB-IF), the standards body controlling the USB specification, the USB connector is the most popular form of interconnect in the consumer electronics marketplace today...

Why 0.9-V microcontrollers are needed in a low voltage system

March 1, 2011 10:45 am | by Jennifer Barry, Texas Instruments MSP430 product marketing engineer | Articles | Comments

It is common knowledge the trend in the industry is to have smaller, lighter products that run from a battery consuming as little power as possible. This trend started many years ago and the steady demand from consumers has not changed.


Reed Components Expertly Handle Automatic Seat Positioning and Reclining

March 1, 2011 10:23 am | by John Beigel, Consultant for MEDER electronic Holding, | Articles | Comments

The reed switch sensor and its sister component, the reed relay, continue to find increased use in applications taking advantage of their unique characteristics.

The Digital Audio Paradigm Shift and How it Affects Electronic Design

March 1, 2011 9:55 am | by Geir Kjosavik, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Atmel Corporation | Articles | Comments

The introduction of the Edison cylinder phonograph 130 years ago marked the beginning of the ability to distribute entertainment on physical media. Needless to say, this is coming to an end; and whereas networked, portable distribution and playback of music is becoming extremely convenient to consumers and content providers...

Pentek Enhances ReadyFlow Board Support Package

March 1, 2011 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pentek, Inc., today announced new features for its ReadyFlow board support package (BSP) to simplify embedded development for the popular Cobalt, Xilinx Virtex-6 based FPGA module family. Enhancements include a Command Line Interface that allows the hardware to run out-of-the-box...

World’s Most Compact Drive with an Integrated Motion Controller

March 1, 2011 9:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

MICROMO is pleased to announce a new 22mm innovation that extends the portfolio of the BX4 range of four pole brushless DC servomotors from FAULHABER. The series 2232 / 2250…BX4 CSD/CCD is the world’s most compact drive with an integrated motion controller.

Wideband Digital Module Enables Real-time Processing in Radar Applications

March 1, 2011 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

GE Intelligent Platforms today announced the SPR870A 3U VPX Wideband Digital Receiver/Exciter Module. Building on GE’s legacy of industry-leading digital receiver families and extending still further the growing ecosystem of GE 3U VPX solutions...

Automotive Infotainment Applications Require Fast Analog Video Switching

March 1, 2011 8:50 am | by Fionn Hurley, Senior Applications Engineer, Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

Despite the move to digital video for home entertainment, analog video still has a significant presence in applications such as the automotive industry.

Eval Kit Uses All Methods of Harnessing Ambient Energy

March 1, 2011 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cymbet Corporation announced the availability of its EnerChip EP CBC-EVAL-09 Universal Energy Harvesting evaluation kit. The EVAL-09 is said to be the first kit to support all types of ambient energy harvesting from light and vibration, to thermal gradients and flow/motion. The kit features the EnerChip Energy Processor (EP) CBC915-ACA, a universal energy harvesting power management unit for ultra-low power energy systems.

Designing the Flat Data Center Network

March 1, 2011 6:49 am | by Gary Lee, Fulcrum Microsystems | Articles | Comments

There has been a lot of discussion recently about flat data center networks, which is a major shift from the deployment of traditional multi-layer enterprise network architectures that are no longer viewed as an efficient solution for large data centers due to their high latencies and complex software.

Connectors ideal for medical applications

March 1, 2011 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

CONEC has enhanced its I/O connectors for use in areas with high magnetic fields by ensuring the connectors' own non-magnetic properties by replacing the usual steel shells and hardware with tin-plated brass and making the brackets of diecast zinc.

Dual Coil combines high common and differential mode impedance for LED lamps

March 1, 2011 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Saving space and reducing bill of material components are always on the minds of design engineers, especially in LED retrofit lamp market. Wurth Electronics Midcom created the Dual Coil series of common mode chokes with high dual impedance capabilities...

Video Processors Enable Three Simultaneous 1080p60 fps Streams

March 1, 2011 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments expanded its DaVinci digital media processor platform by introducing the TMS320DM8168 and TMS320DM8148 video processors. The high-performance DM8168 DaVinci digital media processor offers

ERG updates its online cross-reference guides

March 1, 2011 5:42 am | Endicott Research Group | Product Releases | Comments

Endicott Research Group, Inc. (ERG) has updated its online cross-reference guides to make finding the best inverter/driver solution for backlit LCDs even easier. These new tools at allow a design engineer or purchasing agent...

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