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EcoCAR Challenge Countdown: The Road to the Finals - February

February 22, 2011 9:54 am | by Beth Bezaire | Blogs | Comments

The Ohio State University EcoCAR team is one of 16 teams using cutting edge technology to develop fuel efficient, low emissions vehicles for EcoCAR The Next Challenge. Teams are in the third and final year of the competition, which culminates

MCUs Add Space-Saving Socket Option

February 22, 2011 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro is making its EFM32 Gecko and Tiny Gecko product lines available in the space-saving QFP48 package. The smaller 48-pin ARM Cortex-M3 based microcontroller options will enable manufacturers to

STMicroelectronics Raises Reliability and Efficiency for Ultra-Compact LED Lamps

February 22, 2011 8:25 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

The first in a new family of mains-operated LED lamp drivers from STMicroelectronics will enable designers to deliver more reliable and efficient LED retrofit lamps featuring primary-side current regulation.


Mixing driver delivers up to 185W of power

February 22, 2011 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

ROAL Electronics will demo new Intelligent LED Drivers at the Strategies in Light Show this week in Santa Clara, California. The Spectra Series is a multi-channel color mixing driver that delivers up to 185W of power and is available in both a convection-cooled open frame for embedded use...

LED ballasts designed for high power indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures

February 22, 2011 8:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

ROAL Electronics is debutinga new Intelligent LED Ballast at the Strategies in Light Show this week in Santa Clara, California. The Ozone, the newest member of ROAL’s versatile range of LED Ballasts, combines smart technology, space and energy savings...

Development Kit is First for NXP LPC1227 Microcontroller

February 22, 2011 7:44 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

The kit includes a development board with an ARM Cortex-M0 based LPC1227 microcontroller, peripherals and connectors, an IAR J-Link Lite debug probe providing SWD debugging, software development tools and board support packages for various RTOSes.

NI PXIe-5665 VSA Speed and Accuracy Comparison

February 22, 2011 7:42 am | Videos | Comments

The new NI PXIe-5665 Vector Signal Analyzer offers industry-leading performance in both speed and accuracy. See the NI VSA lead in both speed in accuracy at a fraction of the price and size of the traditional solution...

PXI RF Vector Signal Analyzer Is Asserted to Outperform Rack-and-Stack Instrumentation

February 22, 2011 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Instruments introduced the NI PXIe-5665, a 3.6 GHz RF vector signal analyzer (VSA) that delivers desirable RF performance in a PXI form factor. The VSA features


Step 1: Piracy, Step 3: Profit

February 22, 2011 7:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

An article in the e-zine “Gamasutra” urges game developers to “love their pirates.” Rather than endeavoring to defeat piracy, developers ought to embrace theft (i.e. piracy) as a viable advertising tool. The article is based on a number of myths and logical flaws that I’d like to address.

5 Sci-Fi Apocalypses The Government Is Actually Planning For

February 22, 2011 7:01 am | by Kathy Benjamin, | Articles | Comments

The government has to plan for every contingency: disease, famine, political instability, drought, weather, aliens, the plot of Armageddon coming true and protecting super-evolved man from his primitive cousins. There are actual plans for every one of those scenarios.

Vector Fabrics Eases Heterogeneous Multicore Development

February 22, 2011 5:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vector Fabrics today announced the launch of their vfEmbedded cloud-based tool that allows embedded engineers to partition and map their software onto complex multicore platforms with ease.

Tri-axis Accelerometer Speeds Multiplexed Switching for HDD Protection

February 22, 2011 4:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kionix  announced a tri-axis analog accelerometer that improves multiplexed switching for hard-disk-drive (HDD) protection by 400 percent over its predecessor, the KXPB5. The new KXTH5 boosts the speed at which the hard disk drive can detect a “drop,” thereby increasing system robustness.

Pressure Transducer Features Large Selection of Connections

February 22, 2011 4:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Ashcroft G2 pressure transducer is available with a large selection of electrical and pressure connections. Deutsch DT and DTM along with the AMP Superseal 1.5 connection provide moisture resistance along with proven latch designs that prevent inadvertent disconnection.


Shock Absorber Smoothes Vibration for Laser Power-Energy Sensors

February 22, 2011 3:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ophir Photonics announced the Shock Absorber – a mounting post designed to allow the operation of sensitive pyroelectric laser power/energy sensors in an environment with vibration. This special mount smoothes out vibration and eliminates false triggering...

Digital PFC Controllers

February 22, 2011 3:20 am | Videos | Comments

This video from Cirrus Logic and provides a basic knowledge of Power Factor Correction (PFC).

The end of the beginning for ubiquitous computing

February 18, 2011 11:36 am | Articles | Comments

People have been predicting the coming of the ubiquitous computer-everywhere environment (UCEE, or “you-see”) for years now, and we have finally come to the point where we can finally say that we have reached the end of the beginning of its development.

EDS: Where Problems & Challenges Become Opportunities

February 18, 2011 7:58 am | by George Bournazian, vice president, account services, BtB Marketing Communications | Articles | Comments

During the course of a year, there are many marketing and sales questions a component manufacturer must consider and answer in order to sustain growth or at least meet fiscal year objectives, but rarely has the time to address. EDS is probably the best venue to address these types of questions...

Power Line Communication Application Now Available on the Pulse Electronics Website

February 18, 2011 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation provides engineers with an application-based sales (ABS) tool for designing power line communication (PLC) applications. The PLC application diagram aligns key Pulse Electronics technology and product lines within the home automation and home networking market segments.

Robot base kit Ideal for medium-sized autonomous robotics system development

February 18, 2011 4:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parallax is pleased to announce two versions of The Robot Base Kit. Below is text information about the kit and attached are pictures. Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Qspeed diodes combine high efficiency and low EMI

February 18, 2011 4:35 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations today announced the immediate availability of the Qspeed family of advanced diodes. Qspeed diodes use a unique silicon-based process to combine an extremely low reverse recovery charge (QRR) with a very soft recovery waveform.

Linear Position Transducer Includes VARAN Bus Interface

February 17, 2011 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Balluff’s Micropulse AT linear position tranducer with VARAN Bus interface is able to track the location of up to four position-marker magnets. This transducer outputs a start/stop signal, which is used to calculate the position of each magnet using the transducer length and resolution.

Surface Mount Speakers Measure Just 13 mm

February 17, 2011 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

PUI Audio announced the addition of a new smaller surface mount speaker. At 13 mm, this speaker can be used in place of conventional surface mount transducers to add voice or music to any handheld or small device without sacrificing space.

Illuminated Rotary Encoders Add a Range of Matching Translucent Control Knobs

February 17, 2011 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cliff Electronics introduced a new range of LED illuminated rotary encoders with a matching range of translucent control knobs. The company’s rotary encoder range features LED illuminated spindles to provide visible indication of panel position or function.

3-A Approved Sanitary Probes Include Integral Transmitter, M12 Connector

February 17, 2011 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering’s 3-A Approved  PRS-TMM12 Series transducers are designed for use in sanitary or hygienic clean-in-place applications in the food, dairy, beverage and biopharmaceutical industries. These transducers are manufactured with 316L stainless steel housings...

MEMS Microphone Features I2S Digital Interface for Plug-and-Play

February 17, 2011 11:03 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices introduced the ADMP441 iMEMS microphone, said to be the industry’s first high-performance MEMS microphone with an I2S (Inter-IC Sound) digital output. It also features an extended frequency response from 100 Hz to 15 kHz, high SNR (signal-to-noise ratio) of 61 dBA...

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