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Brainstorm: Smart Grid & Alternative Energy

March 28, 2011 5:34 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

What is the biggest obstacle, morally or logistically, to implementing the smart grid?

Angry Birds - The Movie Trailer

March 28, 2011 4:54 am | by From Rooster Teeth Shorts | Videos | Comments

Rooster Teeth Shorts has made one of the funniest videos I've seen in a while. "Angry Birds" is a phenomenon in the handheld space, and may yet spawn a "real" movie. It wouldn't be the first film based on a video game.

9mm exciters produce combined stereo sound and haptic touch with tablet computer screens

March 25, 2011 7:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

HiWave Technologies PLC announces combined miniature audio and haptic exciters for touch panels and screens in hand held consumer electronic products. Applications include tablet computers, media players and remote control units.

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Wireless Technologies Build Momentum for Telehealth Systems

March 25, 2011 6:55 am | by Iboun Taimiya Sylla, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS, www.cms.gov), in 2006 the cost for healthcare in the United States rose to $2.1 trillion, which represents 16 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).

Understanding the Benefits of Strain Gauge Technology in OEM Medical Devices and Equipment

March 25, 2011 6:42 am | by Robert Chevalier, Director of Sensor Sales, Americas - HBM & Molly Chamberlin, President & Founder, Embassy Global PR & Marketing Communications | Articles | Comments

In today’s highly competitive medical device marketplace, OEMs and their associated design and engineering personnel are opting...

Highly Flexible Epoxy Withstands Cryogenic Conditions

March 25, 2011 5:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

For demanding applications where highly flexible, impact resistant bonds are required, Master Bond developed Polymer System EP37-3FLF. This optically clear, two component epoxy has exceptional resistance to cryogenic temperatures and severe thermal cycling.

Return to Zero - Important Questions

March 25, 2011 4:39 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.

CAN-Bus Analyzers: From Cables to Communications

March 24, 2011 11:29 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Engineers know about tools for controller-area network (CAN) applications that help identify problems with bits and bytes. But they might get fooled into ignoring low-level problems that can occur down at the "wire-and-connector" level.

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The Tinker's Toolbox - Talking with Matt Williams of Tyco about Reflowable SMT Protection Devices

March 24, 2011 11:16 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Matt Williams of TE Circuit Protection about their latest circuit protection devices based upon Hybrid PPTC (MHP) and Reflowable Thermal Protection (RTP) technology.

Data Translation Announces High Density Simultaneous USB DAQ Module

March 24, 2011 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Data Translation, Inc. today announced the release of the DT9826 multifunction data acquisition (DAQ) module for USB.  The DT9826 combines high-performance, 24-bit analog measurement, digital I/O, counter/timers, and a tachometer channel onto a single plug-and-play device.

Auto-Focus Power software product adds a third optimization criterion

March 24, 2011 7:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

KIC announces that Manncorp will highlight its Auto-Focus Power Software for reflow ovens in Booth #2625 at the upcoming IPC APEX EXPO, scheduled to take place April 12-14, 2011 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

Inline filters and filter housings increase vacuum and air performance in the equipment

March 24, 2011 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Count On Tools Inc. introduces MYDATA Replacement Inline Filters and Filter Housing components. Count On Tools replacement inline filters have been field tested and are proven to increase vacuum and air performance in the equipment while lasting longer than OEM versions.

Vehicle Power System Satisfies MIL-STD-1275

March 24, 2011 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MIL-VicH Series is a series of ruggedized military compliant DC to DC and DC to AC systems built for deployment and operations equipment. This series is available to all military, homeland security and government contractors.

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Manual braking system enhances user ability of UtiliTrak product line

March 24, 2011 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation announced today the addition of compact carriage brakes to its popular UtiliTrak linear guide product line. This new option offers a simple two-component assembly solution for manually securing a carriage to rail in confined spaces.

Maxim-Teridian Power Metering Smart-Grid ICs at APEC

March 24, 2011 6:24 am | Videos | Comments

This is a demonstration of Maxim/Teridian's new family of power-management ICs that perform metering functions for smart-grid applications at their booth during APEC.

Elma Offers Over 500 Knob Configurations for Rotary Switches & Encoders

March 24, 2011 5:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic offers over 500 configurations of knobs in various styles. The knob types include push-on, set-screw, collet, wing, bell-shaped, aluminum, locking, and specialty knobs.

Understanding Signals with the PropScope Parts & Text Kit

March 24, 2011 5:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

This kit includes the PropScope USB, electronic components for breadboard circuits, and a printed text that guides you step-by-step from the basics through advanced electronic measurement techniques.

Maingear Charges up Desktops with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590

March 24, 2011 5:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

MAINGEAR, an award-winning PC system builder offering custom desktops, notebooks, workstations and media centers, updates their desktop configuration options with the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 graphics card that delivers high-end performance with style.

FIRST Robotics - Why I Got Involved and You Should Too!

March 23, 2011 7:08 am | by Rebecca Phillips | Blogs | Comments

After a late night of mixers with film makers and interactive folks, what would make someone show up at 9:30 am for a panel? Why robots of course! As Arik highlighted last week, TI participated in a 2011 SXSW Interactive panel about FIRST robotics and mentoring...

FIRST Robotics: Technically You're Changing the World

March 23, 2011 6:58 am | by Arik Flanders | Blogs | Comments

Wow! If you've ever been to SXSW, you know what I mean. Over the past 6 days I've been attending numerous presentations that focus on everything from international digital media to robotics.

Schottky diode has a peak repetitive reverse voltage of 30V

March 23, 2011 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Central Semiconductor Corp. announces the CFSH2-3L Low VF Schottky diode in the space saving, low profile SOD-882L package. This new device has a peak repetitive reverse voltage of 30V and a maximum forward current of 200mA.

Power supplies offer typical efficiency of up to 90%

March 23, 2011 6:42 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda Americas has upped the output power of its ZPSA series of compact open-frame AC/DC power supplies with the introduction of a 100 Watt model. The new single-output ZPSA100 accepts a wide input voltage range, has a very low profile (1.3”)...

Stamped spring pin features 19 gram actuation force per ball

March 23, 2011 6:18 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics recently introduced a new BGA socket addressing high performance requirements for BGA devices - CBT-BGA-6014. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 19 gram actuation force per ball and cycle life of 500,000 insertions.

3D Integration of Power MOSFETs Drives Performance in Low-voltage Synchronous Buck Converters

March 23, 2011 5:54 am | by Jeff Sherman and Juan Herbsommer, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Efficiency and power loss in microelectronic devices is a major issue in power electronics applications. The engineers are challenged every year to increase power density and at the same time reduce the amount of power dissipated in the applications...

Integrate Flat Wire Inductors in High Frequency, High Current Designs

March 22, 2011 6:09 pm | by Guido Zehnder, Bourns, Inc. | Articles | Comments

As electronics increasingly become faster and smaller, it is imperative that the components scale appropriately, and inductors are no exception. In order for an inductor to provide a highly conductive solution...

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