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GLT Features Range of LED-Based Edge-Lit Illumination Solutions at electronica

November 3, 2010 6:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Global Lighting Technologies (GLT), Inc. is demonstrating the world’s most efficient LED-based edge lighting illumination technology for backlights that are thinner than ever to meet consumer demand for smaller, slimmer size with outstanding performance and more efficient light extraction.

A PV Technician on Your Roof Day and Night

November 3, 2010 6:03 am | by Philip Pieters, PhD, business development director Energy, imec. (www.imec.be) | Blogs | Comments

“A chain is no stronger than its weakest link,” the saying says. And that also applies to solar panels today. One bad working cell can bring down the panels electricity production significantly. The reason is that the solar cells are connected in series, making a malfunctioning cell a huge resistive link in the chain.

Data Converters Enable Hands-free, ''Eyes Only'' User Control Technology

November 3, 2010 6:00 am | Ocular, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices announced today that National Instruments, a leading global supplier of hardware and software for engineers, used ADI’s data converters in a breakthrough user interface technology that allows users to control a system by merely moving their eyes.

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Power-Off Protection Switches Prevent Damage to Data and Communications Systems

November 3, 2010 5:45 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices today introduced two power-off protection switches that guarantee an off-state in the absence of a power supply. Unlike standard switches, which can be either open or closed when no power supply is present, ADI’s ADG4612 and ADG4613 power-off protection switches ensure an off-state...

Remote Control Infrared Receivers

November 3, 2010 5:36 am | Videos | Comments

This tutorial, provided by Digi-Key and Vishay, will introduce remote control infrared receiver (IR) technology and provide an overview of key performance parameters.

EDA Software improves Testbench Quality for BSDL Verification

November 3, 2010 5:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

At the 2010 International Test Conference (ITC), GOEPEL electronic, a global leader in JTAG/Boundary Scan solutions, introduces TAP Checker a new generation EDA software tool for verification of BSDL (Boundary Scan Description Language) files and validation of JTAG implementations in integrated circuits.

Digitaltest and JTAG Technologies Combine to Provide Comprehensive PCB Test Capability

November 3, 2010 4:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Digitaltest GmbH and JTAG Technologies today announced the integration of their test methods within the Digitaltest MTS series of in-circuit test systems. As a result, electronics designers and manufacturers will benefit from even greater test coverage and programmability of complex PCBs...

The ECN Roundtable - Test and Design

November 2, 2010 10:12 am | by Edited by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

The answers to our November Roundtable question: “What facets of testing are most often overlooked by design professionals?” underscore not only the importance of test in design, but also how many ways test can help the engineer.

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2010 Reader's Choice Tech Awards - WINNERS

November 2, 2010 10:08 am | Articles | Comments

ECN proudly presents the winners of the 2010 Reader's Choice Tech Awards! Congratulations to the winners and to all who were nominated!

Accurate Compassing in Harsh Environments

November 2, 2010 6:57 am | by Andrew Leuzinger, PNI Sensor Corporation, www.pnicorp.com | Articles | Comments

Today’s electronic compasses are built to withstand harsh environments – mechanical shocks, extreme temperatures and battlefield conditions. Yet the most challenging environment for electronic compasses is transitory magnetic field distortion encountered in everyday situations.

Digital sensor combines proximity and ambient light sensors

November 2, 2010 6:39 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The SFH 7770 from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors combines the functions of a digital ambient light sensor with those of a digital proximity sensor. It determines the ambient brightness, detects the presence of an object nearby and can even tell whether the object is moving closer or moving further away.

Explosion & Blast Pressure Sensors intended for High Output Measurements

November 2, 2010 6:10 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

The Series 137B quartz, free-field, ICP blast pressure pencil probes from PCB Piezotronics (PCB) have been improved for durability and alignment by lowering the parts count by 40% and internal connections by 50%. The pencil probes continue to feature an extremely fast micro-second response time...

Improving Efficiency in Datacenters, Telecom and Communications

November 2, 2010 5:52 am | by Mike Speed, Segment Marketing Director, Fairchild Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Introducing a game-changing component is a bit like golfer hitting a hole in one. Both events happen relatively infrequently, yet everyone knows there’s another one coming...

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XLamp LED Performance Breakthrough Delivers High Efficacy

November 2, 2010 5:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree announces the addition of 80, 85 and 90 color rendering index (CRI) options to its XLamp XP-G and XP-E warm white LEDs. Many lighting applications, such as retail, medical and architectural, require high color accuracy to properly render object colors.

Should We Manage Cellphone Access in Certain Cases?

November 2, 2010 5:39 am | by Terry Bittner, ITT Defense (www.defense.itt.com) | Blogs | Comments

Cell phones afford us the convenience of being connected whenever we want, wherever we want. Despite affording us constant connectivity, there remain places where cell phone usage is inappropriate.

Test and measurement equipment features multiple-line color LCD display

November 2, 2010 5:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

A general test and measurement product family, QUANTI, that can comprise of a combination of functions, e.g. such as electrical safety and digital multimeter (DMM) or LCR (inductance, capacitance and resistance) meter, is introduced by the Finnish technology company Finero Oy.

Wherefore Art Thou Oh 60Ghz?

November 2, 2010 5:14 am | by by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Blogs | Comments

Back in January of 2008 all of the online technical trade press was touting that Wireless HDMI based upon 57 to 64GHz (i.e 60GHz) spectrum had finally arrived in the form of WirelessHD.

Configurable components perform multiple common RF functions in a reduced footprint

November 1, 2010 12:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

RF Micro Devices announced a new family of integrated configurable components for multiple markets. The highly integrated components, comprised of the RFFC207x and RFFC507x product families, perform multiple common RF functions in a reduced footprint...

Digital Power Reduces Design Risk, Makes Power Supply Compensation Very Easy

November 1, 2010 12:39 pm | by Chris Young, Intersil Zilker Labs | Articles | Comments

Digital power helps reduce risk in new designs by allowing for rapid changes as new information is encountered concerning the load behavior, noise environment, fault conditions, or simply last minute changes. A few years ago, power supply engineers had to re-spin the board, change the bill of materials, add filtering, or change controllers.

Charging System Design: Custom Versus Off-The-Shelf

November 1, 2010 12:21 pm | by Marko Dimitrijevic, International Components Corporation, www.iccus.com | Articles | Comments

Advances in lithium-ion battery technology have created new opportunities for the development of portable devices. As these new devices demand more performance and longer battery life, newer and more innovative methods of battery management must be developed and adopted.

Low-Noise LDOs Offer Advantages for Noise Sensitive Analog and RF Applications

November 1, 2010 12:07 pm | by Ken Marasco, System Applications Manager, Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

Low dropout (LDO) linear regulators provide essential performance characteristics for many precision analog and mixed-signal applications including low noise, fast transient response, high power supply rejection ratio and small size.

Looking back on the year that was

November 1, 2010 8:57 am | Articles | Comments

Considering the tumult in the last several years, from disruptive technologies to political discord to financial meltdown and market re-adjustments, it’s kind of hard to say that 2010 was notable. Yet there are many things that mark this year that will make it a memorable one.

SBC Targets Low-Power Apps

November 1, 2010 8:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Based on Intel’s latest Atom E6XX processor, the ACR301 responds to the growing requirement for embedded computing solutions that consume minimal power and dissipate minimal heat.

FPGA Power Supply Design in Minutes vs Days

November 1, 2010 6:13 am | Videos | Comments

A humorous but real-world FPGA power supply design methodology comparison using WEBENCH FPGA Power Architect versus a traditional approach.

Lockheed Martin showcases incredible “HULC”

November 1, 2010 5:46 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

At the recent Association of the U.S. Army conference in D.C., Lockheed Martin showcased its Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC), the defense giant’s answer to Raytheon’s XOS-2 exoskeleton (the “Real Iron Man Suit”). That’s right: it’s HULC vs. Iron Man.

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