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Three-Channel General Purpose Piezoelectric Signal Conditioner Has Wide 100 KHz Bandwidth

May 14, 2011 8:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems has announced the global market introduction of the Endevco model 133, a three-channel general purpose piezoelectric signal conditioner with a wide bandwidth of 100 kHz (-3 dB corner), designed to condition accelerometer output signals within

Torque and Angle Sensor Combo Suits Electric Power Assisted Steering

May 14, 2011 8:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns, Inc., announced a new combined torque and angle sensor designed for Electric Power Assisted Steering Applications (EPAS) and other automotive systems. The new combined sensor provides

Temperature Sensor Simplifies Thermal Profiling of Portable Consumer Electronics

May 14, 2011 8:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments unveiled its TMP103 digital temperature sensor, which consumes 97 percent less power and is 75 percent smaller than the next closest competitor, according to the company. It also provides

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Rocker Switch Allows for Full Illumination Options

May 13, 2011 12:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

E-Switch announced an illuminated power-rated rocker switch that is sealed to IP66 ratings. According to the company, a rubber boot/PVC cap is not needed for the RBW2 series rocker switch. It uses a

Controller Addresses Human and Machine Safety

May 13, 2011 12:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens’ Simocode pro Safety is positioned to address the concerns of human and machine safety. Man and machine are protected by the combination of

63-mm PMDC Motors Tout High Power and Quiet Operation

May 13, 2011 12:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Buehler Motor introduced a new series of 63-mm permanent magnet brushed (PMDC) motor designs for integration into commercial applications. Intended for applications such as

ESC 2011 Update

May 13, 2011 11:07 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

At the Embedded Systems Conferences manufacturers talk about their new and improved hardware and software products. I wish space and time let write something about them all. Instead, the short descriptions below give you brief highlights of some standout products.

AC-DC Power Supply Considerations for Home Appliances

May 13, 2011 10:44 am | by Zahid Rahim, Vice President and General Manager of the AC/DC Business Unit at iWatt, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Most modern-day home appliances include electronic circuits such as micro-controllers, LCD displays, et al, which need an AC/DC power supply to provide clean and regulated DC power. The challenges when designing a power supply are to provide safe and reliable power...

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Field-to-Lab Testing Equals Better Real-World Performance for Mobile Devices

May 13, 2011 10:03 am | by Vivek Vadakkuppattu, Azimuth Systems (www.azimuthsystems.com) | Articles | Comments

Real-world drive testing is very expensive; lab testing is much less expensive and faster -- provided that the real world can be emulated with sufficient fidelity.

Return to Zero - Catch-22 Circuit

May 13, 2011 8:15 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.  

The Tinker's Toolbox - TI DAC Boasts Low Power and High Speed

May 13, 2011 7:14 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode, we talk with Philip Pratt of Texas Instruments about their latest 4-channel, 16-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter), presented as the industry’s most power-efficient.

IR Introduces Industry’s First PFC and Ballast Control IC Integrated in an 8-Pin SO-8 Package

May 13, 2011 6:09 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced the industry’s first IC to integrate power factor correction (PFC) and ballast control in a single compact 8-pin SO-8 package. The new IRS2580DS Combo8 IC simplifies design and reduces overall component count...

Wall Mount Enclosures House Electronic Equipment and Controllers

May 12, 2011 3:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

OKW launched the new ‘WALLTEC’ Series of wall mount enclosures which replace the previous ‘TYPE S’ series. The enclosures have a more modern and robust design, and being rated to IP 65 (NEMA 4), offer a much higher

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Connectors for Medium Voltage Cables Eliminate Need for Additional Tools

May 12, 2011 2:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Shearbolt Connectors from 3M create a reliable, consistent connection using continuous shearing determined by contact force not torque value. In addition, the bolt shears below the connector body because the bolt shears axially, not at a pre-defined shear point. This eliminates

1.95-mm SIM Card Connector Suits Space-Constrained Consumer Devices

May 12, 2011 2:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) launched 1.95-mm connectors to fit into various consumer devices such as cell phones and tablets that have limited space for SIM cards. These connectors offer partial shielding that provides

Solar Junction Box Suits Apps That Require Diodeless Box

May 12, 2011 1:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Heyco Products, Inc., has announced availability of its PVB 001 Potted Solar Junction Box. Designed for applications that require a diodeless junction box, the PVB 001 can be used with USE-2 and 1000V PV wire, and it features

40 GHz Bandwidth Socket Works With PBGA521

May 12, 2011 1:37 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics has recently introduced a new BGA socket product line using unique elastomer capable of high speed, low inductance, high endurance and wide temperature applications. The SM-BGA-9000 socket is designed for

N Female Connector Is Designed for Popular Plenum Cable

May 12, 2011 1:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

To meet the connection needs of Times Microwave’s LMR-400-LLPL plenum cable, RF Connectors has designed the RFN-1028-I2 N female connector with

LED Module Outshines 26-W CFLs, 100-W Incandescent Bulbs

May 12, 2011 12:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cree announced its new 1000 lm LMR4 LED module, providing 66 lm/Watt efficiency in a fully integrated solution for downlight applications where high-quality light is essential such as

Fast, Rugged, Highly-Reliable Connectors for Extreme Environments

May 12, 2011 8:36 am | by Greg Powers, Global Aerospace, Defense & Marine, Tyco Electronics | Articles | Comments

At VITA Standards Organization meetings, customers consistently voiced a need for an improved stacking connector to be used as an alternative to the VITA 42 connector.

Power Supply Delivers 95% Efficiency

May 12, 2011 8:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

API Defense today announced the release of the API Powerficient 95 Power Supply (PS9501). The compact power supply delivers 2.5 kilowatts of power with efficiency greater than 95%, an average of 15% higher than comparable products.

Will Femtocells or Wi-Fi Save Mobile Networks from the Data Deluge?

May 12, 2011 6:08 am | by Steve Shaw, Kineto Wireless (www.kineto.com) | Articles | Comments

People love their smartphones.  The convenience of having access to the Internet anywhere and at any time is extremely compelling.

RF-IF Amplifiers and VGAs Cover The Entire Signal Chain

May 12, 2011 5:16 am | by Ashraf Elghamrawi, Analog Devices (www.analog.com) | Articles | Comments

The amplifier is one of the most versatile building blocks used in RF/IF signal chains today. They are commonly used throughout designs to overcome signal losses incurred from passive mixers, filters, baluns, and other passive elements.

Return to Zero - Go-Go Segway

May 12, 2011 4:54 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.

Atmel Design Suite Overview at the 2011 Embedded Systems Conference

May 11, 2011 9:07 am | Videos | Comments

Atmel shows off its latest in design tools and reference library in their booth at the 2011 embedded systems confference in San Jose.

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