“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.
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.
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...
This tutorial, provided by Digi-Key and Vishay, will introduce remote control infrared receiver (IR) technology and provide an overview of key performance parameters.
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 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 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.
ECN proudly presents the winners of the 2010 Reader's Choice Tech Awards! Congratulations to the winners and to all who were nominated!
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
A humorous but real-world FPGA power supply design methodology comparison using WEBENCH FPGA Power Architect versus a traditional approach.
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.
The RJ45 connector is commonplace on computer systems in offices and homes, but there is often a need to network industrial equipment as well, resulting in a growing need for an Ethernet connector that can withstand harsh environments.