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The current state of digital power

October 7, 2010 11:13 am | by Deepak Savadatti, International Rectifier | Articles | Comments

Digital power today is a small fraction of overall power industry revenue but is commanding a large share of industry attention and discussion. Traction for digital power solutions is evident based on a slew of product announcements from a multitude of suppliers, all playing to their strengths.

Color PMOLED Suits Mobile Hand Held Applications

October 7, 2010 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

OSD’s 0.95” Full Color PMOLED is suitable for mobile hand held applications. It features a 96 x 64 resolution and is approximately 2 mm thick. Additional features include a high contrast ratio of 2000:1 and 65K colors. This compact display has

Metal Pushbutton Switch Adds Color Housing

October 7, 2010 8:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schurter announced the addition of a color anodized aluminium housing to its line metal pushbutton switches. The red and green housings can be used to distinguish the start/stop switching functions. The robust vandal proof switch has


Fixed Output Step-Down Switching Voltage Regulator Provides Desirable Transient Response

October 7, 2010 7:57 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s FAN5358 is a step-down switching voltage regulator that delivers a fixed output from an input voltage supply of 2.7 V to 5.5 V. Using a proprietary architecture with

Nine-Channel LED Drivers Offer 93 Percent Efficiency

October 7, 2010 7:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Diodes Incorporated announced two, nine-channel LED drivers with internal charge-pumps for backlighting small-LCD screens, keypads and LED lights. Working from 2.7 V to 5.5 V and driving

Voltage regulators maximize efficiency in space applications

October 7, 2010 6:59 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced the SBB Series of non-isolated, radiation hardened (RAD-Hard) Point-of-Load (POL) voltage regulators. The new devices are designed to maximize efficiency in space applications including satellites requiring long mission life up to 15 years or 100Krads of total ionizing dose (TID).

VNA Features Four-Port 110 GHz Single-Sweep Solution for Millimeter-Wave Measurements

October 7, 2010 6:20 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. Introduced a 67 GHz PNA-X Series vector network analyzer (VNA). The new N5247A 67 GHz PNA-X allows engineers, working up to 67 GHz, to work with the company’s single-connection, multiple-measurement, PNA-X platform. This makes

The 'indestructible' box from Rose+Bopla - Another Geek Moment

October 7, 2010 6:14 am | Videos | Comments

This video with Jamie Pederson & co. shows the destructive force required to damage both a polycarbonate and aluminum box manufactured by Rose+Bopla. It's more than you would expect.


Tinker’s Toolbox - Standards and Regulations Redux

October 7, 2010 6:10 am | Podcasts | Comments

This month's Tinker's Toolbox podcast revisits our discussion on standards and regulations and their impact on the design engineer. Topics include: when standards may or may not be needed, the role of industry and government in creating them, time and cost issues...

DC Filter limits noise generated on the DC side of the Inverter

October 7, 2010 5:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schurter adds a new standard DC filter series FMER SOL designed for use on the DC side of the inverter in photovoltaic systems and other DC systems. MPP (maximum power point) trackers generate disturbances into both the grid’s AC power line...

DC-DC Converter includes 4:1 Input and Remote On-Off

October 7, 2010 5:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

ConTech, a Division of Calex, announces the “SMW” Series of DC/DC converters. The SMW Series offers 5 Watts of fully regulated output power with an industry standard SMT footprint. Total board space required for this package is 1.31 x 1.01x .40 “.

Transceiver platform touts world’s highest bit rate

October 7, 2010 4:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corp. today announced the SX1233, a programmable ISM-band transceiver that combines the world’s highest bit rate (600 kbps) with a world-class link budget (137 dB), ultra-low power consumption, excellent ACR (adjacent channel rejection) and blocking immunity.

Op amps minimize drift in portable instrumentation

October 6, 2010 9:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX9613/MAX9615, low-power, precision operational amplifiers with rail-to-rail I/O. These op amps have a unique self-calibration feature that allows offset correction or nulling at any time or temperature.


Terminal blocks offer a high connection capacity

October 6, 2010 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sauro presents the MPS and MPP series that offer a high connection capacity. The MPS series can accept a wire section up to 16 mm² (6 AWG), and consequently has a UL certified current of 60°. The MPP series can accept a wire section up to 35 mm² (2 AWG), and consequently has a UL certified current of 108A.

Pulse generators feature period accuracy of 0.01%

October 6, 2010 9:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision has launched a new series of pulse generators. Models 4033 and 4034 are high performance, programmable pulse generators, delivering clean and accurate pulses for testing digital circuits and systems based on TTL, CMOS, or ECL logic families.

1100W Front-End Supply Boasts Lowest Dissipation

October 6, 2010 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power-One's PFE1100 1100W front-end AC-DC power supply provides a 12VDC output with 5V or 3.3V pin-selectable standby. Exceeding CSCI Platinum targets, the new PFE1100 product line is presented as having the world’s lowest power dissipation.

Multi-core Virtual Machine Supports ARM Processors

October 6, 2010 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Atego announced the release of Aonix Perc Ultra SMP 5.4 with new support for concurrent multi-processor Garbage Collection (GC) technology atop ARM multi-core processors.

Printed Electronics - Bigger than the Silicon Chip?

October 6, 2010 6:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The silicon chip business went from nothing to approaching $200 billion market in size in twenty years. Now we have the beginning of a market that will outpace even that to reach $200 billion or so in only twenty years. It is printed electronics.

USB adapter complies with Energy Star EPS version 2.0

October 6, 2010 5:59 am | Phihong | Product Releases | Comments

Phihong has developed the smallest low-cost USB charger available, at just 42 x 43 x 21 mm and weighing 80 grams. Designated the PSM03K, the 2.75W adapter is compliant with the new ENERGY STAR EPS version 2.0 requirements...

Clamp Meters Are Engineered for Demanding Conditions

October 5, 2010 1:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation has introduced a family of clamp meters, designed to meet every requirement for testing and maintaining electrical systems, industrial equipment and controls, and commercial and industrial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. The company asserts

Broadband 10-dB Directional Coupler Covers 225 MHz to 10 GHz

October 5, 2010 12:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Narda introduced the Model 3000-10, a coaxial directional coupler that provides 10 dB of coupling from 225 MHz to 10 GHz, has flat frequency response characteristics, high directivity, and

Low-loss, 18 GHz RF Coaxial Cable Assemblies Are Armored

October 5, 2010 12:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek has ruggedized its LL142 low-loss RF cable assemblies by incorporating a spiraled stainless steel casing, along with extra fortification provided by heavy-duty adhesive strain relief with a

Microtips introduces CPU Based 3.5” QVGA Color TFT Display

October 5, 2010 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microtips Technology is proud to show its low-cost CPU based 3.5” QVGA color TFT display. You can use a microprocessor and interface with it by standard parallel input.

Power Supply Exceeds Platinum Efficiency Levels

October 5, 2010 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power-One, Inc. announces the availability of its PFE1100 1100W front-end AC-DC power supply. This product provides a 12VDC output with 5V or 3.3V pin-selectable standby. Exceeding CSCI Platinum targets, the new PFE1100 product line has the world’s lowest power dissipation.

Securing Information in your Microcontroller Core

October 5, 2010 9:34 am | by Oyvind Strom, Director, AVR Products, Atmel Corporation | Articles | Comments

For years, system designers have been trying to find a way to improve the microcontroller—the heart of their system designs. Improvements can range from increasing performance, lowering power consumption, increasing clock speeds and much more.

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