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Creating an Autonomous Robot for the IGVC Autonomous Challenge

October 28, 2010 8:08 am | by Gray Thomas - Olin College of Engineering | Blogs | Comments

The IGVC challenges participating robots to traverse a grassy path defined by simple spray-painted lines and filled with obstacles such as traffic barrels and buckets.

VCOs to provide high-performance frequency control in harsh environments

October 28, 2010 8:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek Corporation has introduced a new series of TO-8 VCOs (Voltage Controlled Oscillators) to provide high-performance frequency control in harsh, demanding environments. Crystek's CVCOT8BE line features a full-functioning VCO in a rugged, hermetically sealed TO-8 package...

Audio Hub Solution Enables HD Audio

October 28, 2010 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wolfson Microelectronics plc has introduced WM8958 audio hub solution, designed to enable high definition (HD) audio in portable multimedia applications, such as smartphones, tablet computers, eBooks and navigation devices. When combined with


Four-leaded RGB LED Features 120° Viewing Angle

October 28, 2010 6:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lumex announced the launch of its through-hole QuasarBrite 4-Leaded RGB LED. With a 120° viewing angle, this four-leaded RGB LED is suited for applications that require high intensity light in spatially restricted spaces. It features

Digital MEMS Microphones Tout Crystal-clear Audio

October 28, 2010 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wolfson Microelectronics plc has officially launched its next-generation digital silicon micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) microphones, the WM7210 and the WM7220. These MEMS microphones offer

Navigation System Equipped with GE865-QUAD GSM Module

October 28, 2010 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions, an internationally leading specialist in machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, will be equipping the new 5-inch live navigation devices from NAVIGON. Both companies today announced the decision by NAVIGON AG...

Powerstax targets EMEA Markets with Rugged Vehicle Power Supply at Electronica 2010

October 28, 2010 5:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Powerstax, one of Europe’s leading application-rich power solutions manufacturers, specialise in providing custom solutions for the most demanding power system requirements. Electronica 2010 will see the launch of the new Powerstax TVS1001 rugged up-converter designed for use in military tactical vehicle systems...

World’s Smallest Capacitive Humidity Sensor

October 28, 2010 5:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Sensor Technology has added the World’s smallest capacitive humidity sensor to its line of thin-film sensors. Measuring just 1.85 mm x 1.85 mm, the P14 202 is capable of measuring from 0 to 100% relative humidity in a temperature range of -50°C to +150°C.


ServoNOW Plug and Play Motion Control System Demo

October 28, 2010 4:44 am | Videos | Comments

The new Bison ServoNOW integrated intelligence motion control system features a closed loop brushless servomotor with built-in driver, controller, feedback device and universal power supply in a single compact package.

Novel Contactless Current Sensors for HEV-EV and Renewable Energy Applications

October 27, 2010 9:44 am | by Robert Racz , Melexis, CH-6300 Zug, Switzerland, | Articles | Comments

Electrical currents can either be measured by resistive shunts or by magnetic sensors. Magnetic sensors offer system level advantages, such as contactless operation, and no requirement for galvanic isolation between the current conductor and the sensor.

Programmable, Contactless Current Sensors Meet Green Power, Mobility Demands

October 27, 2010 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis announced its MLX91206 Series for contact-less current sensing in renewable energy, hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and electric vehicle (EV) applications. The customer programmable monolithic sensor IC, featuring Triaxis Hall technology, enables

Power Saving With Digital Power Technology

October 27, 2010 5:42 am | by James Xie, Jerry Zhai, and Jason Duan, Power Management Products, Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

Why is saving energy so important? Saving power reduces carbon dioxide emissions, produces a better environment, promotes a greener lifestyle, and reduces the cost of applications where the electric bill is significant, especially if air conditioning is required to remove dissipated heat.

Metal alloy bearings achieve high speed of 30,000 rpm

October 27, 2010 5:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Self lubricating, sintered bronze and power metal alloy plain bearings from LM76 feature: Very high precision, high load capacity (to 1422 lbs/, high speed ( to 30,000 rpm), high temperature (over 1000O F), very low coefficient of friction (0.04), and low noise.


SBC includes on-board 24-port 10 Gb ENET Switch

October 27, 2010 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Dynatem is now shipping the VPQ. It is a high performance 6U Single Board Computer (SBC) based on the 6U VPX (VITA 46) form factor. It is Open VPX compatible per profile MOD6-PAY-4F2T- This profile indicates a 6U Payload Module having 4 fat pipes (10 GBase-BX4) and two thin pipes (1000Base-T).

RF Energy Harvesting Kit Enables Battery-Free, Perpetually Powered Wireless Apps

October 26, 2010 1:12 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. and Powercast Corporation announced the Lifetime Power Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors featuring PIC microcontrollers with eXtreme Low Power (XLP) Technology. This kit, composed of a 3 Watt Powercaster transmitter as the power source, two

Power Supplies feature a universal input range of 88 to 264VAC

October 26, 2010 9:53 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Following the successful launch of its LS Series of low-cost, convection cooled power supplies rated from 25 to 150-watts; TDK-Lambda has now announced its 200-watt models. The new LS200 Series feature a universal input range of 88 to 264VAC (no select switch)...

Ion capacitors provide energy densities up to 10 times greater than EDLCs

October 26, 2010 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Taiyo Yuden’s new Cylindrical Lithium Ion Capacitor (LIC) offers extremely large energy capacitance and high reliability. Combining the strength of lithium-ion secondary batteries with conventional Electric Dual Layer Capacitors (EDLC)s, this next-generation energy device offers an energy density 4 to 10 times greater than EDLCs.

A Look at Wet Tantalum Capacitors

October 26, 2010 5:10 am | Videos | Comments

This presentation, provided by Digi-Key and AVX, provides an overview of AVX's TWA Wet Tantalum product line. Topics to be covered include product specifications and applications.

Sealant ideal for bonding and sealing photovoltaic module components

October 26, 2010 5:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Krayden, Inc. now offers Dow Corning Solar’s ultra fast curing PV-8303 Sealant. The fast curing silicone adhesive sealant is ideal for bonding and sealing photovoltaic module components including PV rail bonding, PV frame sealing and junction box adhesion.

Integrated demodulator intended for broadband applications

October 26, 2010 4:58 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. today introduced a new highly integrated demodulator for broadband applications, such as cellular base stations, satellite communications, point-to-point (PtP) radios and defense systems. ADI’s new ADRF6850 demodulator expands ADI’s RF/microwave product portfolio...

General Electric Adopts Advanced Telemetry’s ‘EcoView Residential’ Energy Management System

October 26, 2010 4:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Telemetry (, developer of the EcoView smart energy management system for light commercial and residential applications, today announced that General Electric Co.  has adopted its “EcoView Residential” solution...

Op Amps feature low quiescent current of 135 microamperes

October 25, 2010 10:44 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the MCP6H01 and MCP6H02 (MCP6H01/2) general-purpose operational amplifiers (op amps) with a gain-bandwidth product of 1.2 MHz and supply voltage from 3.5V to 16V.

DC-DC converters reduce footprint by 50% over current designs

October 25, 2010 9:57 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions is set to change the shape of 1 Watt isolated surface-mount DC-DC converters. The introduction of its new high performance MTU1 series marks a step-change in the miniaturization of power modules, setting new standards for footprint, load regulation and efficiency.

High-temperature lubricant functions in up to 1000ºC

October 25, 2010 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

ZYP Coatings, Inc. announces its new “Brushable” biodegradable-oil-based lubricant/coating/paint, Keralon-B, for use from ambient to 1000ºC. Its lubrication is based on dual types of components … both organic and inorganic ingredients...

Taking batteries green

October 25, 2010 9:25 am | by Thomas Blaha, Memory Protection Devices, Inc. | Articles | Comments

As more information becomes available about the long-term effects of environmental degradation caused by our industrialized society, governments and industry associations worldwide will be forced to start taking increasingly pro-active measures to help protect the future of our planet and its inhabitants.

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