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A demonstration of IDT's latest technology at the 2010 electronica conference

November 10, 2010 4:32 am | Videos | Comments

Ted Tewksbury, the CEO of IDT, discusses their latest devices at the 2010 electronica conference.

New Distributed Power Architecture Gives Designers New Options for Mil-Aero Applications

November 10, 2010 4:03 am | by Jeremy Ferrell, VPT, Inc., | Articles | Comments

Today’s commercial avionics, military and space electronics need higher performance while decreasing size, weight and cost. The power supply is a key determining factor in the final system size, weight, and thermal design.

Frequency Flexible CMOS Octal Clock Generators Include On-Chip VCXO

November 9, 2010 12:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Laboratories Inc. introduced what it asserts is the industry’s most frequency flexible in-circuit programmable CMOS clock generators. The new Si5350/51 octal clock generators with on-chip voltage-controlled crystal oscillators (VCXOs) replace


Signal Generators Feature Simplicity, Portability, Modularity and RF Performance

November 9, 2010 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Aeroflex announced its S-Series RF signal generator family touting simplicity, portability, modularity, and RF performance at an attractive price. The first in the series is the SGA analog RF signal generators. They are compact and lightweight with

Passive Heat Transfer Devices Respond to Satellite Application Demands

November 9, 2010 11:48 am | by Nelson Gernert, Vice President, Engineering and Technology, Thermacore Inc. | Articles | Comments

Dissipation of the heat generated by increasingly powerful satellite electronics presents inherent challenges. Today’s satellite applications, especially in the military sector, demand increasingly powerful functionality and a wider variety of electronics...

3A PoL DC-DC Power Converters Tout Reliability, Power Flexibility

November 9, 2010 11:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

VPT, Inc. unveiled its latest point of load (POL) DC-DC converter, the DVPL0503S, designed to provide critical reliability performance and efficiency in the distributed power architectures of avionics, military, and space systems. The new 3A DVPL DC-DC POL converter can

LVDT Position Sensors Ensure Accurate Floor Landing of Elevator Cars

November 9, 2010 11:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors ( Spring Loaded LVDT position sensors (also known as gaging probes) are serving as integral components in control systems that ensure the accurate landing of elevator cars at building floors. As passengers travel on elevators at speeds upwards of 2,000 feet/minute...

FPGA Design Simplifies Interface Conversion

November 9, 2010 10:32 am | by Earle Foster, Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Often legacy electronic equipment needs to be used with modern computers that do not support the interface or protocol for the device. Disparate electrical signaling levels, contrasting data rates, and missing or mismatched handshaking signals are among the problems the system engineer may face.


Precision Miniature Motors Aid Aerospace and Defense Applications

November 9, 2010 10:23 am | by Chris Schaefer, Portescap, | Articles | Comments

The applications for miniature motors span a wide range, from pumps that deliver insulin to regulate blood sugar, to motors that roll out paper in everyday desktop printers. As expected, application demands also vary greatly over this range...

Meeting the Challenge of High-Voltage Power Distribution in New Ground Vehicles

November 9, 2010 10:13 am | by Michael Toland, International Rectifier, | Articles | Comments

On today’s battlefield, military vehicles have to perform in harsh environments with increasingly complex and sophisticated on-board electronics. To achieve the required level of complexity, greater demand is placed on the power electronics to deliver higher power in higher densities.

Pushbuttons available in a variety of colors and options

November 9, 2010 9:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

ESG, LLC announces the offering of 22mm push buttons, pilot lights and selector switches in a variety of colors and options. Illuminated versions available in 24VDC or 120VAC. Non indicating versions also on hand. Other voltages attainable upon request.

Microchip Announces First Stand-Alone Real-Time Clock-Calendar (RTCC) Family

November 9, 2010 7:52 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology today announced its first stand-alone I2C Real-Time Clock/Calendar (RTCC) family. All six MCP794XX devices are highly integrated at a low cost, including ample amounts of on-chip EEPROM and SRAM...

Base Station SoC Incorporates Programmable DSPs Which Enable Full Multicore Entitlement

November 9, 2010 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments unveiled a wireless base station system-on-chip (SoC). The TMS320TCI6616 SoC is based on The company’s new TMS320C66x digital signal processors (DSPs) and KeyStone multicore architecture, and is asserted to more than double the


Achieve Cost-Effective LED Control with High Efficiency

November 9, 2010 5:33 am | by Erhard Muesch, ZMDI, | Articles | Comments

Although the incandescent light bulb has dominated lighting applications since its introduction in the late 19th century, its efficiency has remained at less than five percent. Worldwide ecological awareness and the search for more cost-effective lighting options have made the light bulb the target of technology...

Multicore DSPs Tout 10 GHz Performance with Combined Fixed and Floating Point Capabilities

November 9, 2010 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced its newest digital signal processor (DSP), the TMS320C66x, and four scalable C667x devices. Built with multiple 1.25 GHz DSP cores, it is said to be the industry’s first 10 GHz DSP with

Driving LEDs – A Fresh Look

November 9, 2010 5:20 am | by Joe DeNicholas, National Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

It is a well established fact in the solid state lighting industry that LEDs are constant current devices. This is because light output (luminous flux) is more or less linearly proportional to forward drive current over a given operating range.

Choose the Right Topology for LED Driver Design

November 9, 2010 5:08 am | by Michael Keene, Endicott Research Group, Inc., | Articles | Comments

In order to properly drive the wide variety of LED-backlit LCDs available on the market now, electrical design engineers need to successfully implement one of many different driver topologies available. Whether the LED string voltage is higher than the voltage supply available in the system...

Acculogic Debuts Its New FiS640 during Electronica

November 9, 2010 4:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Acculogic’s Manufacturing Test Systems Division, a global leader in electronics test and production solutions, announces the immediate availability of the latest addition to its family of in-circuit test (ICT) systems during Electronica 2010 at the New Munich Trade Fair in Munich, Germany.

Revolutionary heat transfer material to be launched at electronica

November 9, 2010 4:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elektron Ventures is today unveiling a brand new porous copper material that will transform cooling systems and enable faster processing clock speeds. AdvarienCu - a pioneering copper foam created using a patented process...

OmniVision and INOVA Develop High-Performance Video Data Solution for Automotive Camera Systems

November 9, 2010 4:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

OmniVision Technologies and INOVA Semiconductors, GmbH, today at Electronica 2010 launched the first APIX Link-based megapixel high dynamic range (HDR) automotive camera system. The system features a chipset based on INOVA’s APIX Link data interface...

Tim Dry from Renesas discusses the Smart Grid

November 8, 2010 11:02 am | Videos | Comments

Tim Dry from Renesas responds to the November 15 "Brainstorm" question, What is your opinion on the smart grid? Do you support or oppose its deployment?

Mill-Max’s Single-Row, Right-Angle Spring-Loaded Connectors

November 8, 2010 9:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mill-Max’s 829 series single-row, right-angle strips are the perfect solution for applications calling for a spring-loaded connection that lies parallel to the P.C. board.  This low profile, right angle connector is ideal for the small packaging requirements of hand-held devices, especially where vertical space is limited.

USB 3.0 Ushers In Plug-And-Play Displays At Multi-Gigabit Speed

November 8, 2010 9:24 am | by Mark Fu, SMSC | Articles | Comments

With the more than 10 billion PC peripherals and consumer gadgets sporting a USB connector as their primary or only interface to the rest of the world, USB is arguably the most successful connectivity technology the world has ever seen.

Interface Technology Considerations for HMI Systems

November 8, 2010 9:11 am | by John J. Pannone, VP Sales, HMI Systems | Articles | Comments

Human Machine Interface (HMI) Systems provide the controls by which a user operates a machine, system, or process such as high-speed trains, CNC machining centers, semiconductor production equipment, or medical diagnostic and laboratory equipment.

Foldable Twin Axial Ribbon Cables Free Space, Maintain High Performance

November 8, 2010 8:46 am | by Doug Gundel, 3M Electronic Solutions Division, | Articles | Comments

Designers of enterprise computing systems face a difficult challenge every day. How can I pack more performance and increasing I/O in the same volume as the previous product generation?  Cables and cable assemblies, which perform much of the internal I/O...

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