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Processors can be implemented as either single or dual cores

January 31, 2011 8:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

ARM today announced the launch of the ARM Cortex-R5 MPCore and the Cortex-R7 MPCore processors for use in 3G and 4G mobile baseband, mass storage, automotive and industrial markets. The move further extends the company’s leading real-time processor portfolio...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Integrated CAN Transceiver Microcontroller Solution

January 31, 2011 6:40 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox, we talk to Geoff Lees from NXP about their latest device, presented as the  industry’s first integrated high-speed CAN Physical Layer transceiver and microcontroller with on-chip CANopen drivers.

Radiometrix Radio Modules Integrated into Solar Car

January 31, 2011 5:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The innovative, power-efficient wireless technology of London-based Radiometrix is helping British academia to promote greener transportation. The company’s TX3B-869.85-64 and RX3A-869-10 radio modules are being used by the Engineering Department of Durham University...


GPS-Disciplined Oscillator Features 1 PPS Input

January 31, 2011 5:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MXO-100 from EM Research is a GPS-Disciplined Oscillator, which accepts a 1 PPS reference input from a GPS receiver, with simultaneous outputs of 10 MHz, 20 MHz, 70 MHz and 100 MHz with extremely low phase noise characteristics.

DC-DC converters deliver 3A to 120A of output current

January 31, 2011 4:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bel Power announced the expansion of their VRPx Series of SIP (single inline package) footprint POL (point-of-load) converters to include 30A, 90A, 100A, 110A and 120A modules. These non-isolated DC/DC converters are the latest addition to Bel Power’s portfolio of SIP converters...

High-Temperature Semiconductor Solutions

January 28, 2011 11:05 am | by Mont Taylor, High Temperature Business Development, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Hydrocarbons like oil and natural gas continue to be a critical source of the world’s energy for the near and likely intermediate term. Since the beginning of drilling for these resources, technology has allowed ever-growing efficiencies and increased effectiveness of oil exploration and extraction equipment.

Oil and Gas Exploration Requires the Highest-grade Industrial Connection Systems

January 28, 2011 10:35 am | by Mike Balekdjian, RIA Connect, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Unlike traditional office settings, Ethernet has spread into environments where protection from noise, solids, liquids and even gases is of concern. Manufacturing equipment and automated test environments are just some of the more common areas...

Hot, Harsh, and Hostile

January 28, 2011 10:13 am | by Pamela Aparo, Analog Devices, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Out on the wind-swept North Sea, an oil drill is attempting to penetrate hard rock. The ocean is frigid but a few miles under the seabed, the thermometer hits a hellish 200°C. Volatile weather conditions and temperature ranges make drilling hazardous and complex.


Logic Analyzers Interpret Protocols

January 28, 2011 8:17 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Small pocket-size logic analyzers can capture and display signals from parallel buses, but many engineers now use these capable instruments mainly to examine I2C, SPI, UART, CAN, and other protocols. A PC, connected via a USB cable, displays these serial signals and helps engineers interpret them.

Capacitive Sensing Ushers in a Revolution in Automotive HMI design

January 28, 2011 7:44 am | by Prem Kumar Arora and Manu Varma, Cypress Semiconductor, | Articles | Comments

The increasing numbers of electronic systems in a car have ushered in a revolution which has transformed the car into a safe, luxurious and intelligent machine. One thing that has not changed however is the importance of human interaction with the car.

Subrack system designed to meet MIL-STD 167

January 28, 2011 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for use in rail, military, aerospace and other harsh environments where electronic equipment will be subject to shock and vibration during use, the ruggedised KM6-HD subrack system from Verotec is designed to meet MIL-STD 167, the US Department of Defence Test Method Standard.

ST-Ericsson Solutions Boost Mobile Handset Battery Life

January 28, 2011 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

ST-Ericsson has launched a new product family that can significantly improve the battery life of mobile handsets and other connected devices. The innovative power management components can extend the talk time or Internet connection time by up to 30%...

Electric Measurement Tutorial Part II

January 28, 2011 7:01 am | Videos | Comments

Learn about basic electrical measurements, the characteristics of various sensors, how to use sensors to measure the most common types of electrical and physical quantities, and the signals that they represent.


Kontron’s HPEC Solution Enables Next Generation High Bandwidth Applications

January 28, 2011 6:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kontron’s 6U VPX High Performance Embedded Computer (HPEC) is being used for a new generation of surveillance radars. The HPEC system can process an input data flow ten times higher than the equipment which is currently deployed.

Farnell’s Portfolio Boosted by New Analogue Products from Microchip

January 28, 2011 6:52 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Multi-channel distributor Farnell has added 800 new analogue products from Microchip Technology to its portfolio. Customers now have access to the latest analogue range, which includes low power op amps, low voltage boost switching regulators and delta sigma A/D converters.

EEVblog #141 - AA Alkaline Battery Capacity Measurement

January 28, 2011 6:15 am | Videos | Comments

How much Wh capacity does a typical Alkaline AA battery have? Dave intends to find out with his new Gossen Metrawatt Metrahit Energy multimeter...

Electric Measurement Tutorial Part I

January 28, 2011 5:59 am | Videos | Comments

Learn about basic electrical measurements, the characteristics of various sensors, how to use sensors to measure the most common types of electrical and physical quantities, and the signals that they represent. Topics include voltage, current, resistance, charge, temperature, strain, position, velocity, acceleration, and sound.

Requirements for Designing Next-generation Key Fobs

January 28, 2011 5:49 am | by Paul Lepek, Atmel Corporation | Articles | Comments

Today’s key fobs can be generally subdivided into two different functional categories. The first includes Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) devices which require some sort of human intervention or a physical interface of the user to the key fob (e.g., key push) in order for the fob to produce the desired function effect...

DC Blocks Designed to Block DC Voltage from 300 KHz to 3GHz

January 28, 2011 4:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek’s line of CBLK DC Blocks are designed to block DC voltage while passing frequencies from 300 KHz to 3GHz. These DC Blocks are ideal for use in broadband coupling and test & measurement applications.

Miniature sensor features onboard GPS receiver

January 28, 2011 3:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroStrain releases the 3DM-GX3-35, a miniature, lightweight sensor (23 grams) featuring a high quality attitude heading reference system (AHRS) and an onboard global positioning system (GPS) receiver. The AHRS and the GPS can independently provide time correlated measurements...

Automotive Power Electronics: New Applications Drive the Need for Advanced Components

January 27, 2011 11:07 am | by Henning Hauenstein, International Rectifier Corp., | Articles | Comments

Not too long ago, car makers competed with each other mainly with the performance of a car. Highest horsepower, fastest acceleration and top speed have been typical benchmark parameters to establish a superior brand.

Choose a Charger IC for Single-Cell Li-Ion Battery Applications

January 27, 2011 10:24 am | by William Hadden, Texas Instruments, | Articles | Comments

There are many options for single-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery chargers. With the portfolio of handheld devices growing every year, so do the requirements for the battery charger. Several factors must be weighed in order to select the correct integrated circuit (IC) for the job.

Hot-swap IC facilitates current monitoring in high-availability systems

January 27, 2011 9:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX5977, a hot-swap controller for 1V to 16V backplanes. This device features an integrated current-sense amplifier that provides a 1% accurate current output over a 10mV to 50mV input voltage range.

Sensor AFE Products Simplify Design, Speed Time-to-Market

January 27, 2011 9:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor Corp. today introduced two configurable sensor analog front-end (AFE) integrated circuits (ICs) with unique technology that work together with new tools to fast-track signal path designs for a variety of sensors from major global manufacturers.

Al-Qaida leader: Drone strikes costing fighters, territory

January 27, 2011 8:52 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

In a rare admission of defeat, an Al-Qaida leader in Pakistan conceded that drones are costing fighters and denying the terror network safe havens. This speaks to the continued success of the “drone war”, and will undoubtedly spur proponents of the F-35. According to Ustadh Ahmad Farooq, “There were many areas where we once had freedom, but now they have been lost,” he said.

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