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TO-8 VCOs provide frequency control in harsh environments

November 11, 2010 5:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek Corporation has introduced a new series of TO-8 VCOs (Voltage Controlled Oscillators) to provide high-performance frequency control in harsh, demanding environments. Crystek's CVCOT8BE line features a full-functioning VCO in a rugged, hermetically sealed TO-8 package...

Breakaway safety cables designed to protect technicians and their equipment

November 11, 2010 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

IMI Sensors, a division of PCB Piezotronics, Inc., announces the availability of breakaway safety cables designed to protect technicians and their equipment from being pulled into rotating machinery during route-based vibration monitoring.

Analog and digital touch screens offer low power consumption

November 11, 2010 4:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

NKK Switches today announced its new FT Series of resistive touch screen user interface devices. With more than a decade of experience in designing and manufacturing touch screens, NKK has engineered the highly durable FT Series to be ideal for critical applications...

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Murata Girl Robot at electronica 2010

November 11, 2010 4:48 am | Videos | Comments

Murata demonstrates their self-balancing unicycle-riding robot at the 2010 electronica conference.

Turn to Embedded Passive Layers for Smaller, Lighter and More Efficient Devices

November 11, 2010 4:27 am | by John Geissinger, Applications Engineer Senior Specialist, 3M Electronic Solutions Division | Articles | Comments

Nearly every electronic device – be it for a consumer, medical or military application – can benefit from a reduction in weight or form-factor size and increased efficiency, performance and functionality. Sounds too good to be true, but in fact, many applications could realize those benefits...

Ultra-Small ZigBee Module Is Based on Atmel’s Newest Single Chip

November 10, 2010 12:57 pm | Articles | Comments

Adaptive Network Solutions, a leading system design house, its @ANY2400SC IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee RF module for 2.4 GHz ISM band. With an ultra-small footprint of just over 3 square centimeters, the new module offers a combination of

Two-die Chip Integrates a Stepper Motor Driver and CAN Transceiver

November 10, 2010 12:26 pm | Articles | Comments

ON Semiconductor’s AMIS-30523 integrates a stepper motor driver and CAN transceiver in a single package, two-die device. This configuration can be used to control multiple motors of the same type on a single bus, and it provides

USB Hi-Speed Serial-Hub Module Provides Three USB, Four Serial Ports

November 10, 2010 11:40 am | Articles | Comments

Future Technology Devices International Limited (FTDI) released the FT4232H USB serial/hub module designed to connect to the company’s V2DIPx modules, as well as any USB Host interface (e.g. PC). This product

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Chipset Enables Vehicles to Sense Potential Crash Situations

November 10, 2010 10:21 am | Articles | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor’s 77 gigahertz (GHz) silicon germanium (SiGe) integrated chipsets are intended for use in automotive radar systems. These radar solutions provide long- and mid-range functionality, allowing

IC Incorporates Two-Switch-Forward Main, Flyback Standby Power Converters

November 10, 2010 7:18 am | Articles | Comments

Power Integrations introduced HiperTFS, an integrated power supply IC family for high-power applications. The device family members incorporate both a two-switch-forward converter and a flyback standby power converter into a

ICs designed for vehicle LED headlights and tail lights

November 10, 2010 6:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. today announced the availability of fully integrated, highly flexible driver IC solutions designed for vehicle LED headlights and tail lights, based on automotive-qualified technology. The ASL1010NTK and ASL1010PHN are the industry’s first automotive LED driver ICs to integrate critical functionality...

LED Lighting Power Supplies Support 70,000-hour System Life Requirements

November 10, 2010 5:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Network Power announced a family of standard power supplies for LED lighting, the LDS70 series. The new 70-Watt family of off-the-shelf, low-profile solutions is designed to support system life requirements greater than 70,000 hours in the rapidly growing LED lighting market. They provide

There's More to an RTOS than Threads

November 10, 2010 5:20 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

When engineers think about using a real-time operating system they worry about task timing, interrupt latency, and other timing- and task-related concerns. But other aspects of adopting an RTOS deserve equal attention. "Keep an eye on your project's future growth and expandability," said Andy Gryc...

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Aptina Wafer-level camera demonstration at electronica 2010

November 10, 2010 5:11 am | Videos | Comments

Tim McKoy of Aptina demonstrates their wafer-level camera technology and its high-resolution capability at electronica 2010.

Nextreme Scales Up with New eTEC HV56 Electronics Cooler

November 10, 2010 5:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nextreme Thermal Solutions today introduces the eTEC(TM) HV56 module, the next product in its high-voltage (HV) line of thin-film thermoelectric coolers (TECs) designed to address electronics cooling applications with larger heat pumping requirements.

Murata RFID tech at the 2010 electronica conference

November 10, 2010 4:43 am | Videos | Comments

Murata discusses their new "Magic Strap" RFID technology at the 2010 electroncia conference.

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., www.vpt-inc.com | 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 (www.macrosensors.com) 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, www.portescap.com | 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...

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