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7 days living with... Android

April 18, 2011 6:25 am | Blogs | Comments

...an Apple fanboy gives up iOS for a week.

LED-Backlit LCDs Address Multiple Applications

April 18, 2011 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new 5” diagonal LED-backlit 800×480 resolution TFT-LCD from Optrex has Super Wide View (SWV) technology with viewing angles of 85/85/85/85 and true outdoor readabity.

Compact TFT LCDs features Super Wide View technology

April 18, 2011 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Leading LCD manufacturer Optrex America has introduced a new family of compact LCDs with a range of advanced features for a variety of industrial, medical and handheld applications.

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CMOS Digital Isolators Provide Data Protection for Smart Meters

April 18, 2011 5:43 am | by Rudye McGlothlin, Product Manager, Isolation Products, Silicon Labs | Articles | Comments

The smart meter market is projected to grow by double digits over the next several years as consumers upgrade from traditional electromechanical meters. Smart meters use the latest integrated circuit (IC) technology to accurately measure and report the amount of power consumed.

Lithium Ion Battery Targets High-Rate Applications

April 18, 2011 4:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic has introduced a new high rate lithium ion cell, the CGR18650CH. The cell’s Nickel Manganese-based cathode material delivers higher discharge rates and better energy density and voltage than comparative cells.

Smarter Power for Smart Meters

April 15, 2011 12:18 pm | by Tom Larsen, Strategic Market Development Manager, Palladium Energy | Articles | Comments

Since the smart grid was first implemented in Italy in 2005, municipal governments in American cities, such as Austin, TX and Boulder, CO have started switching to smart meters in order to save energy, reduce costs and increase reliability and transparency.

Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking in A Glorious Dawn - Cosmos remixed

April 15, 2011 9:46 am | Videos | Comments

This is a musical tribute to two great men of science. Carl Sagan and his cosmologist companion Stephen Hawking present: A Glorious Dawn - Cosmos remixed. Almost all samples and footage taken from Carl Sagan's Cosmos and Stephen Hawking's Universe series.

Return to Zero - New Tester

April 15, 2011 6:10 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.

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Fairchild Semiconductor's FSQ510 SMPS Power Switch

April 15, 2011 5:43 am | Videos | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor's FSQ510 supports energy efficient power supplies. It is an integrated valley switching pulse width modulation (VS-PWM) controller and SenseFET specifically designed for offline switch-mode power supplies.

Infrared Detector Arrays Tout Enhanced Measurement Stability

April 14, 2011 12:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cal Sensors launched its new LMA (linear multiplexed array) family of lead salt infrared detectors. Available in both PbS and PbSe material, the 256-element array provides sensitivity in the 1 um to 5.5 um wavelength region. The array features

Reworkable Edgebond Adhesive Improves CBGA and BGA Thermal Cycle Performance

April 14, 2011 12:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Zymet Inc. has introduced a reworkable edgebond adhesive, UA-2605, that improves thermal cycle performance of CBGAs and plastic BGAs. In one trial, UA-2605 tripled the 0°C to +100°C performance of a CBGA, to nearly 2500 cycles.

Brainstorm: Test & Measurement

April 14, 2011 12:01 pm | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

How are trends in wireless electronics effecting test and measurement?

Logic Packages are Positioned as World’s Smallest for Handheld Mobility

April 14, 2011 11:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced what it asserts are the world’s smallest logic plastic packages measuring 0.9 x 1.0 x 0.35 mm with 0.3 mm pitch. The compact packaging design is suitable for leading-edge portable handheld devices such as smartphones, tablets and SD cards where

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TI’s new evaluation platform drives three-phase brushless motors

April 14, 2011 10:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today introduced a complete motor control evaluation kit for spinning brushless DC (BLDC) and permanent magnet synchronous (PMSM) motors. The DRV8312-C2-KIT is a high-performance, power-efficient and cost-effective sensorless field-oriented control (FOC)...

Return to Zero - Lab Organ Donor

April 14, 2011 9:54 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.

Panel Gauge Resists, Shock, Vibration and Pulsation

April 14, 2011 8:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Ashcroft Type 1001T is an economical commercial pressure gauge designed specifically for OEM panel applications. These ASME B40.100, Grade B steel case gauges are available in

Proximity Capacitive Touch Sensor Platform is Optimized for TV Apps

April 14, 2011 8:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech announced a new platform of capacitive sensing ICs optimized for the next-generation of energy-efficient, touch button television applications. The eight-channel SX8660/61 touch sensor platform features

Rotary Inductive Sensor Provides 360-deg Angular Measurement for Outdoor Apps

April 14, 2011 8:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

TURCK introduced rotary inductive sensors, a new line of inductive analog sensors that provide 360-degree angular measurement. The rotary inductive sensors use resistance inductive capacitance (RLC) measuring technology

Three-axis Analog Gyroscope Touted as World’s Smallest

April 14, 2011 8:46 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has announced what are said to be the market’s smallest three-axis analog-output gyroscope. Housed inside a small 4 mm x 4 mm x 1 mm3 package, the L3G462A gyroscope provides

Gyro Rivals RLG-FOG Performance in Underwater and Surface Apps

April 14, 2011 8:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Sensing’s CRS09 solid-state gyro performs in a range of underwater and surface applications. The vibrating ring structure of these MEMS gyros means they can offer

Twelve-channel Thermocouple Module Has Configurable Input Channels

April 14, 2011 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech has announced the release of a 12-channel thermocouple module, the APAX-5018. It offers a 12-channel high density analog input solution for reading thermocouple sensor data, and has configurable input channels that

Electric Rod-Style Actuators Offer Increased Force, Load Guidance

April 14, 2011 8:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tolomatic has expanded its line of ERD electric rod-style actuators. New features such as ball screws, motor mounts for NEMA and metric stepper and servo motors, plus a guide option, make it possible to

IR Temperature Sensor Includes USB Interface

April 14, 2011 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega’s new IR-USB series of infrared temperature sensors provide a method for most PC based non-contact temperature monitoring. The unit features

Paramagnetic Oxygen Sensors Are Asserted to be World’s Smallest

April 14, 2011 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Paracube Sprint from Hummingbird Sensing Technology is said to be the world’s smallest fast response paramagnetic oxygen sensor, measuring 43.3 mm(l) x 30 mm(w) x 33.5 mm(h) in size. The sensor was developed to

Position Sensors for Defense and Space Apps are Fully Housed

April 14, 2011 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell introduced the Hawk™ Resolvers 1-Inch Series, Fully Housed Configuration, which provide enhanced accuracy (±7 arcmin) for precise motion control. Potential defense applications for the 1-Inch Series include positioning for

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