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Improve Margins for Your 6-Gbps Storage Design by Choosing the Right Oscilloscope

March 18, 2011 5:29 am | by Min-Jie Chong, Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

Two standards bodies that oversee storage interconnect technology -- the Serial ATA International Organizations (SATA-IO) and International Committee for Information Technology Standards...

High-Performance RF Connectors come in Jack, Plug or bulkhead styles

March 17, 2011 12:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek has released its line of High-Performance passivated stainless steel RF Connectorsin a vareity of styles - SMA, TNC, N-Type, 2.4mm, 2.9mm (K) – in jack, plug or bulkhead styles.

NEMA 5-15 Cord Sets Feature Eight Plug Direction Options

March 17, 2011 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Interpower Corporation offers angled NEMA 5-15 which present the user a choice of eight different angles in which the cord exits the outlet. The cord sets are designed for business, medical, or testing applications.

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International Rectifier's New PowIRstage High-Power ICs

March 17, 2011 10:57 am | Videos | Comments

This video shows Deepak Savadatti of International Rectifier giving a demonstration (with heat imaging) of the high-power performance of the new PowIRstage power management ICs at their booth at the APEC Power industry event.

The Tinker's Toolbox - A New 3G-4G Small Cell Base-Station Platform

March 17, 2011 10:16 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Dr Arnon Friedmann of  Texas Instruments  about one of their latest devices, a new small cell base-station platform focused on 3G and 4G high speed data systems.

Nuclear Power Station Problem Foreseen

March 17, 2011 9:34 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

My PhD thesis from 1967 showed that well-used water-cooled nuclear reactors had a vulnerability. The zirconium alloy used to clad the nuclear fuel becomes more chemically reactive after a prolonged and massive dose of neutrons caused by very extensive use.

Return to Zero - PCB Crafting

March 17, 2011 6:57 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.

Energy Measurement SoC Provides More Management and Control of AC-DC Power Supplies

March 17, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing a higher level of management and control to servers and other equipment in data centers, the Teridian/Maxim 78M6613 energy-measurement SoC is presented as the industry’s first SoC energy-measurement solution for AC/DC power supplies .

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Family of Video Chips Intended for ARM-based Smart Phones and Tablet Computers

March 16, 2011 11:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chrontel (www.chrontel.com) today announced three low-power video ICs for mobile Internet devices, netbook systems, tablet computers, portable book readers and smart phones. Designed specifically to interface with a wide range of host processors, including popular ARM mobile processors...

Return to Zero - Binary Programming

March 16, 2011 11:11 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.

TI's New Swift DC-DC Converters at APEC

March 16, 2011 10:34 am | Videos | Comments

This video shows a booth demonstration of TI's new SWIFT family of synchronous, step-down DC/DC converters for point-of-load applications.

An Introduction to Solid State Lighting: LED Selection and Optics

March 16, 2011 10:14 am | by Rob Rix, VP Lighting, TE Connectivity Ltd. | Articles | Comments

Unlike the incandescent/fluorescent lamp world of today’s electrical lighting fixtures, solid-state lighting is in the realm of electronics with multiple interdependent ancillary systems. The purpose of this series of articlesis to provide an informative summary...

Don't be so Glum, Britannia!

March 16, 2011 6:47 am | by Rupert Baines, Picochip (www.picochip.com) | Articles | Comments

The Daily Telegraph in the UK has recently run a blog post titled, "No wonder the UK lags behind America: we're a bitter and broken nation," and I couldn't disagree more.

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FRC: On Inspiration

March 16, 2011 6:45 am | by Dave Wilson | Blogs | Comments

I think it's pretty fair to assume that most readers of this blog can list a line of relatives, teachers, mentors, pastors, coaches and others who guided and inspired us, ultimately leading us into our careers as engineers, scientists, technologists, administrators, salespeople, marketers, designers, artists...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Maxim's 'In Tune' Digital Power Technology

March 16, 2011 6:34 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jim Templeton at the recent APEC event. Jim is one of the first advocates of digital power, first as a founder of Zilker Labs and currently as a director of Maxim's digital power effort.

Collaborating with the “Frenemy”

March 16, 2011 6:33 am | by Eric Ocasio | Blogs | Comments

Just back from the frigid Milwaukee Regional! As a first time FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) attendee, I had a certain set of expectations before I came to the event. Being a competition, I was expecting teams to be a bit guarded when it came to discussing the details of their design or their "secret sauce.”

Universal Adapter Kit Now Available in White Bronze Plating

March 16, 2011 5:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

RF Connectors’ 30-piece classic Unidapt kit has been a favorite of bench and line technicians for years. We now offer this kit with white bronze plating, RFA-4024-WB. White bronze provides a tarnish free. non-magnetic solution with electrical performance rivaling silver plated products.

Coin-Style Supercapacitors Provide Memory Backup for Critical Circuits

March 15, 2011 12:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The DC Series of Coin Cell Style Supercapacitors from Illinois Capacitor provide on-board memory backup at long life spans. With 0.15 F to 8 of capacity, at voltages up to 5.5 WVDC these devices can supply

1000-W DC-DC Power Supply Performs Under Harsh Conditions

March 15, 2011 12:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Powerstax announced its TVS1001 ruggedized 1000-W DC-DC power supply. The supply utilizes two of the company’s F501 DC-DC converters which are able to perform under the harshest of conditions with

Miniature Force Balance Accelerometers Suit Airborne Apps

March 15, 2011 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Columbia Research Laboratories, Inc. offers precision compact and miniature force balance accelerometers for airborne applications. SA-102BHC/SA-302BHC compact and SA-102MFTB/SA-302MFTA miniature precision force balance accelerometers are designed to

IBA system efficiency optimization. Part two.

March 15, 2011 10:42 am | Videos | Comments

The latest video from Ericsson Power Modules shows how power systems designers can achieve substantial efficiency gains using dynamic intermediate bus optimisation with advanced digital power modules.

Reference Circuits Help Engineers Solve Common and Complex Design Challenges

March 15, 2011 10:30 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Engineers throughout the world are being asked to design products more quickly, with fewer iterations and using an ever broadening range of technologies requiring analog, RF, power and mixed-signal expertise.

Modern Techniques for Characterizing Phase Change Memory Materials and Devices

March 15, 2011 9:27 am | by Alex Pronin, Lead Applications Engineer, Keithley Instruments | Articles | Comments

Flash memory devices have been around in one form or another since the early 1980s; today, they’re widely used in applications such as memory cards, USB flash drives, MP3 players, and solid-state drives for popular consumer products like Apple’s MacAir laptops.

2 kVA Portable Inverter Includes Sine Wave Output for Field Apps

March 15, 2011 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Absopulse Electronics’ CSI 2KT-2A rugged, portable DC/AC inverter system uses microprocessor controlled high frequency PWM technology to generate 2 kVA output power with pure sine wave output voltage. High frequency conversion enables

Motor Controller Switches Loads Up to 100 A

March 15, 2011 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Trombetta's reversible Intelligent Motor Controller can be customized to meet DC motor application requirements. The controller is capable of switching loads up to 100 A and providing

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