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The Digi-Key Pulse - Another Geek Moment

October 22, 2010 4:29 am | Videos | Comments

Shawn Rhen demonstrates a DIY LED project that dances to music.

WCSP socket operates at bandwidths up to 10 GHz

October 21, 2010 10:32 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics has recently introduced a new high performance WCSP socket for 0.5mm pitch 25 pin WCSP. The SG-BGA-7188 socket is designed for 2.75mm x 2.75mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 10 GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss.

Battery holders suitable for single board computers with tight space constraints

October 21, 2010 7:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

MPD is introducing P/N’s BV-1632 & BV-1632-G, two lithium vertical battery holders for CR1632, BR1632 or DL1632 size batteries. The BV-1632 and BV-1632-G are particularly suitable for single board computers with tight space constraints.


3M Unveils High-Speed Twin Axial Ribbon Cable SL8800 Series

October 21, 2010 6:12 am | 3M Electronics Solutions Division | Product Releases | Comments

3M today announced the availability of its first-generation of high-speed Twin Axial Ribbon Cable – the industry’s first flat, foldable and longitudinally shielded high performance twin axial ribbon cable. The 3M Twin Axial Cable SL8800 Series...

Digital Isolator Features Integrated Transformer Driver and PWM Controller

October 21, 2010 6:07 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices introduced the industry’s first digital isolator with an integrated transformer driver and PWM (pulse-width modulation) controller in a single package. The integration of these components into a small, surface mount 20-lead SSOP (shrink small outline package)...

Krayden Releases Huntsman’s Epocast 1617 A-B Aerospace Epoxy

October 21, 2010 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Krayden, Inc., a leading distributor of engineered materials, introduces Huntsman’s Epocast 1617 A/B Aerospace Epoxy. The easy to handle Epocast 1617 epoxy syntactic from Huntsman is a low-density, self-extinguishing compound used for edge sealing honeycomb structures.

Power Schottky Diodes include Industry’s Highest Current part

October 21, 2010 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

SemiSouth Laboratories, Inc. announced a wide range of SiC power Schottky diodes including the 30A rated SDP30S120 - industry’s highest current 1200V part to be commercially available in a TO-247 package. The full 1200V, ROHS-compliant product range spans 5-30A with lower current (5 and 10A) diodes packaged as T0-220 parts...

The benefits of Real-Time Test in Embedded System Design

October 21, 2010 5:31 am | by Richard McDonell, NI DEveloper Zone - | Blogs | Comments

As embedded devices become more ubiquitous and complex, embedded design and test engineers are facing significant challenges to streamline the design and test processes of embedded systems and devices.


Kits for Kids

October 20, 2010 12:10 pm | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The Microchip Technology PIC processors have appealed to electronics experimenters and hobbyists for some time, and many companies sell a variety of device programmers and development boards. Young people, though, can start with a less elaborate setup...

Fundamentals of Ambient Noise Cancellation for Headphones and Handsets

October 20, 2010 12:02 pm | by Richard Clemow, Principal Technologist, Wolfson Microelectronics, | Articles | Comments

Silence is a precious commodity. Unfortunately we can not control it. All of us have experienced trying to make a mobile phone call from a noisy street, crowded restaurant or train station where the background noise can make it impossible to hear the incoming call.

Profound changes affecting the automotive electronics market

October 20, 2010 11:52 am | Articles | Comments

During the past 60 years the automobile has evolved from a crude conveyance having no computers and simple point/condenser ignition to a sophisticated and capable traveling machine with twenty or thirty computers that control everything from ignition to heat and air conditioning, door window position and analog-style instrument panel.

Seven Elements of Affordable Fidelity in Consumer Audio Designs

October 20, 2010 11:26 am | by Rick Beale, Director of Audio Amplifier Products, Silicon Labs | Articles | Comments

Consumer adoption of the evolving digital lifestyle is posing serious challenges for traditional audio design conventions and driving a technological renaissance in audio system architecture. Those who adapt will thrive, and those who lag will fail.

Use the ATE Port to Control ISP Programmers

October 20, 2010 11:03 am | by Chirag Kapoor, Xeltek, | Articles | Comments

In-system programming is the ability of programming an IC which is already soldered into the circuit using serial programming algorithms. The major advantage of ISP programming is that the manufacturer can have a single production phase, eliminating the programming stage prior to assembling the system.


Connector Advances Support Solid-State Storage Devices

October 20, 2010 10:51 am | by Wai Kiong Poon, Molex | Articles | Comments

As computing power and speed increase, solid-state storage device (SSD) drives are gaining traction in the marketplace against hard disk drives (HDD). Technological improvements, including connector advances, have helped mitigate many of the cost and capacity disadvantages associated with early iterations of SSD.

LED Series features lifetime of 50,000 hours

October 20, 2010 10:21 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors has added the OSLON Black Series to its popular OSLON LED family. The first member of the new series has a metal lead frame, a compact package and a tried-and-tested lens design. The LED can be used wherever there are large fluctuations in temperature...

Silicone compound meets requirements of UL 94V-0 flame classification

October 20, 2010 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

RTVS 200 is a self-adhering silicone compound that meets the requirements of Underwriters Laboratories’ UL 94V-0 flame classification. It exhibits superior electrical properties and retains flexibility over a wide temperature range.

Epoxy compound exhibits superior thermal shock resistance

October 20, 2010 7:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

INSULGEL 70 CC FR NS is an epoxy compound which exhibits superior thermal shock resistance. By making use of an inherently flexible epoxy resin and special filler technology, INSULGEL 70 CC FR NS provides reduced shrinkage and low coefficient of thermal expansion.

JTAG Cable Lowers Cost-of-Entry

October 20, 2010 7:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Following the successful launch last year of the highly acclaimed JTAGLive boundary-scan utility tools, JTAG Technologies has further bolstered the hardware interface support by introducing the JTAGLive USB Controller; a single TAP, IEEE Std.

Reducing Complexity and Cost for Portable Medical Electronics

October 20, 2010 6:38 am | by Sanjeev Kumar, Cypress Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Portable Medical Electronics has seen tremendous growth and adoption in the recent years. More new variants are being introduced in the market by an increasing number of new companies. The need of the hour is better mass producible designs which are low in complexity...

Portable memory device survives gamma sterilization with no loss of data

October 20, 2010 5:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new GammaSafe memory token from Datakey Electronics is a non-volatile, reprogrammable, portable memory device that survives gamma sterilization with no loss of data. The GammaSafe data-carrier/receptacle system allows medical device manufacturers to easily add anti-counterfeit and limit-use capabilities to disposable attachments...

Design software generates full system schematics

October 20, 2010 5:38 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations today introduced PI Expert Suite Version 8, the latest upgrade to its immensely popular power supply design software. The newly released update further improves the productivity of power supply design teams by greatly reducing the time to first prototype...

Connecting Electronics to Consumers

October 19, 2010 11:50 am | by Keith Teichmann, ITT Interconnect Solutions | Articles | Comments

While a number of applications have come to rely on standard connectors, the consumer electronics industry is continuously developing new and innovative products that require specialized components to meet enhanced functionality, performance, and miniaturization requirements.

Single-core, Floating-point DSP Asserted to be Industry’s Fastest

October 19, 2010 11:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced the C6A816x Integra DSP + ARM generation of processors which feature what are said to be the industry’s fastest single-core floating- and fixed-point DSP performance (up to 1.5 GHz) and the fastest single-core ARM Cortex-A8 core with performance up to

Microprocessors Offer Highest-performing Single-core ARM Cortex-A8, Extreme System Integration

October 19, 2010 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments expanded its portfolio of Sitara ARM microprocessors (MPUs) with new AM389x Sitara MPUs that offer the industry’s highest-performing, single-core ARM Cortex-A8 with performance at up to 1.5 GHz. These MPUs also integrate peripherals that make them suitable for single-board computers, gateways, routers

Bluetooth SoC and ANT Processor Combo Enables Year-Long Coin-Cell Operation

October 19, 2010 10:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CC2540 single-mode Bluetooth low energy system-on-chip and the CC257x ANT network processor can enable target applications to operate on a coin cell for more than a year.

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