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Brainstorm: Unmanned Systems

February 28, 2011 6:48 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

What is the next big advancement in unmanned weapons systems?

Low MOSFET Gate Resistance – A Key requirement for Improving Efficiency of DC-DC Converters

February 28, 2011 6:00 am | by Omar Hassen and Vijay Viswanathan, International Rectifier, | Articles | Comments

Improvements in Si MOSFET technology, particularly in the last decade, have enabled significant reduction in power consumption of servers...

WLCSP socket operates at bandwidths up to 10 GHz

February 28, 2011 5:37 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics has recently introduced a new high performance WLCSP socket for 0.5mm pitch 40 ball WLCSP and 0.4mm pitch 30 ball WLCSP accommodated in the same socket. The SG-BGA-7203 socket is designed for two different WLCSPs to be tested...


LED designed for quarter-watt operation

February 28, 2011 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree, Inc. announces the commercial availability of the XLamp ML-B LED. Designed for quarter-watt operation, the XLamp ML-B LED brings lighting-class performance to distributed lighting applications where the light source is visible...

Thunderbolt Sideswipes USB3.0 – or does it?

February 28, 2011 5:03 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon ( | Blogs | Comments

The big question is – will Thunderbolt kill USB3.0 before it has even begun to become popular? The simple answer is no.

Return to Zero - Deep Freeze

February 28, 2011 3:50 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.

Agilent Easter Egg

February 28, 2011 3:32 am | Videos | Comments

In this episode of the EEVBlog, Dave finds an Easter Egg in the new Agilent 2000/3000 series Scopes.

Selecting the Right Series Voltage Reference for Absolute-Accuracy Voltage-Output DAC Designs

February 25, 2011 10:03 am | Videos | Comments

An in depth analysis and procedure for selecting the optimum series voltage reference for voltage output DACs from Farnell ( and Maxim.


Dual Lobe Single Row connectors conform to MIL-DTL-32139.2

February 25, 2011 8:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

SRI Hermetics’ laser weldable hermetic aluminum Nano-Miniature Dual Lobe Single Row connectors conform to MIL-DTL-32139/2 (receptacles) and are available in 9, 15, 21, 25, 31, 37, and 51 pin/socket configurations. These connectors have socket contacts on 0.025” spacing...

DC-DC Converter Series Offers a a 9-36 VDC and 18-75 VDC input range

February 25, 2011 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. announces the 400 Watt FBW DC/DC Converter Series. The FBW Series offers an industry first, a 9-36 VDC and 18-75 VDC input range in a 4.6" x 2.4" x 0.55" high package. The wide input range provides an ideal solution for industrial and military COTS applications...

AC Line Regulators Withstand Heat Up to 149°F

February 24, 2011 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Falcon Electric, Inc. announced its new line of SVR-PL Series ultra-wide temperature AC power line regulators. The series is available in five power models, and it has been designed to operate in extreme temperature environments beyond

Stereo Analog Subsystem Includes Class G Headphone Amp for Extended Playback

February 24, 2011 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor announced what it asserts is the industry’s first stereo analog subsystem with integrated Class G headphone amplifier and automatic level control (ALC) for smartphones and feature phones. The PowerWise LM49251’s Class G headphone amp dynamically

Low-Loss RF Coaxial Cables operate up to 18GHz

February 24, 2011 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek has introduced the LL335 Series Cable Assemblies, a new addition to their line of Low-Loss RF Coaxial Cables. Designed to operate up to 18GHz, the CCSMA-MM-LL335 Cable Assemblies boast extremely low loss, with attenuation ratings of 0.03 dB/ft at 500 MHz, and 0.20 dB/ft at 18GHz.


Micrel Launches Industry's Smallest System Power Triple LDO Family

February 24, 2011 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel Inc. today introduced a new family of triple low dropout regulators (LDOs), the MIC5373/83/74/84 series. The products feature three 200mA LDOs, an optional fourth LDO output for a real time clock (RTC), integrated power on reset (POR), user-defined voltage monitoring capabilities...

Oscilloscopes offer ''breakthrough technology''

February 24, 2011 10:01 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Electronics distributor Newark announced today that it is offering Agilent Technologies’ next-generation InfiniiVision 3000 and 2000 X-Series oscilloscope family. In addition, Bryan Thompson, a 25-year test and measurement veteran from Agilent Technologies is available to answer questions...

LED modules feature CRI values of up to 87

February 24, 2011 9:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sharp is again expanding its high power LED module portfolio by adding six 10W Mini Zeni components. They are compact, lightweight, economical and very bright. With a light output of up to 690 lumens, a luminous flux of up to 73 lm/W...

Elma Bustronic Offers CompactPCI PlusIO Backplanes

February 24, 2011 4:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Bustronic Corporation offers a CompactPCI PlusIO Backplane compliant to the latest PICMG 2.30 specifications. The first in the series is an 8-slot version in a 3U height. PICMG 2.30 expands the backplane with serial point-to-point connections for high-speed data transfer (PCIe, SATA, USB, Ethernet).

1A and 2A Output Current Devices Provide Ultra-fast Transient Response

February 24, 2011 4:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corp. today launched the SC171 and SC172 buck regulators. These 1A and 2A output current devices are the latest additions to the company’s EcoSpeed DC-DC converter platform, which includes a broad selection of output current capabilities ranging from 1A to 30A.

Photovoltaic Fuses Added to NTE Fuse Line

February 23, 2011 10:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

NTE Electronics has expanded its fuse line to include 10x38mm photovoltaic fuses for solar panel applications. The 74-10FC Solar Protection Fuse series has been specifically designed for photovoltaic (PV) systems. This family of midget fuses can safely protect PV modules...

Cheating is what makes the MATLAB programming contest fun

February 23, 2011 9:36 am | by Ned Gulley, MathWorks | Blogs | Comments

Actually, we don't call it cheating. But it's hard for some people to shake the notion that borrowing code from your fellow contestants is wrong. In fact, it's not only okay, it's practically required.

Power Development Kits Target Precision Analog

February 23, 2011 8:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced two power management development kits, which help designers generate the cleanest possible positive and negative voltage rails to power today’s analog circuits.

Return to Zero - Tin Hats

February 23, 2011 7:51 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.

LED video display with picture-perfect images from any angle

February 23, 2011 6:44 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

A new high-performance 150” diagonal LED video display developed by FormoLight Technologies, Inc., provides high brightness and high contrast with sharp, vivid images for indoor and outdoor applications thanks to an LED solution from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors...

Reconfigurable transceiver eliminates the need of surface acoustic wave filters

February 23, 2011 6:26 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

At this week’s International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC2011), imec and Renesas Electronics Corporation present a highly-linear reconfigurable transceiver, eliminating the need of surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters.

Printed Electronics - Many New Directions

February 23, 2011 6:04 am | by Raghu Das, IDTechEx ( | Blogs | Comments

Electronic printing is now more widely seen as an enabling technology that is already cost-reducing electronic and electrical products. Today's examples include the filter and liquid crystal layers in LCDs and of course antennas, flexible keyboards, and so on.

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