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Semtech Expands EcoSpeed Regulator Platform with 24V, 3A Device

January 13, 2011 5:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corp. has expanded its efficient, high-performance EcoSpeed regulator platform to include a 3A output current device with a wide input voltage range from 5.5 to 24V. The new SC410 joins Semtech’s existing platform of EcoSpeed converters...

Electronic Current Limiter Solutions

January 13, 2011 5:14 am | by Paul Wiener, Telecom Market Director at Bourns, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Ethernet is the most pervasive interface technology used in Local Area Networking (LAN). There are several variations of Ethernet; the most common types are the 10BaseT at 10 Mbps data rate, Fast Ethernet at 100 Mbps and a growing trend toward Gigabit Ethernet (GbE).

Power connectors Suit Back-up Power and UPS Systems

January 12, 2011 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Positronic announced its Wondersun power connector. These single pole or multi-pole power connectors are for use in applications such as back up power and UPS systems; telecom, datacom, and server power distribution; test equipment; transportation; and industrial and process controls.


Power Module Designs Aim for Efficiency, Heat Management, and Flexibility

January 12, 2011 5:49 am | by Joe Sullivan, Product Marketing Manager, Vicor Corporation | Articles | Comments

As electronic systems continue the trend toward lower voltages and higher currents and as the speed of contemporary loads ? such as state-of-the-art processors and memory ? continues to increase, the power systems designer is challenged...

MOSFET Drivers feature over-temperature protection for high end servers

January 12, 2011 5:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

CHiL Semiconductor Corporation announced that it has introduced a new family of MOSFET drivers, focusing on high efficiency voltage regulator (VR) solutions. Driver models are available with variable gate drive and over-temperature protection...

Defining the New Era in Highly Efficient Power Electronics Design

January 11, 2011 11:54 am | by Peter J Zdebel (Senior Vice President and CTO) and Marnix Tack (Senior Director), ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

A report published by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEE) estimates the US economy could expand by greater than 70 percent through 2030 and still use 11 percent less electricity, thanks to efficiency gains made possible via semiconductor technology.

Compact charger identification switch supports USB, Apple, and CCSA YD-T charging

January 11, 2011 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX14566E, a USB charger identification solution that supports the charging of portable devices from notebook computers, even when the computer is in sleep or hibernate mode.

Tripp Lite Expands Line of Network Management Solutions

January 11, 2011 10:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tripp Lite has expanded its line of network power management hardware with two new products. The MODBUSCARD and RELAYIOCARD enable users to monitor and control UPS systems remotely via MODBUS RTU protocol or contact closure outputs.


N-Channel MOSFET boasts continuous drain current rating of 3.6A

January 11, 2011 10:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Central Semiconductor Corp. announces the introduction of the CMPDM303NH high current, low rDS(ON), N-Channel MOSFET. The CMPDM303NH in the industry standard SOT-23F package, has an exceptional continuous drain current rating of 3.6A.

Chinese fifth-gen fighter shatters U.S. illusions

January 11, 2011 9:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

China held the first test flight of its fifth-generation J-20 fighter today. Lifting off at 12:50:08 local time (04:50:08 GMT), the Chengdu J-20 recorded a flight time of about 18 minutes. This can’t be overstated—the J-20 could seriously alter the balance of power in the Pacific. When Secretary Gates capped the F-22 Raptor at 187 planes, it was based on the presumption that the era of conventional warfare was over.

5 Years After RoHS: What’s New, What’s Ahead in Legislation

January 11, 2011 7:28 am | by Gary Nevison & Ken Manchen, element14 & Newark | Blogs | Comments

During 2010 there were a number of legislative developments that will have impact on design engineers and the electronics industry the world over. The debate around the scope of the so called RoHS recast has had many twists and turns over the last year.

Aerospace Materials Line Adds Preformed Gaskets for Multi-face Aircraft Apps

January 11, 2011 6:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. expanded its family of GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials to include preformed gaskets for multi-face aircraft applications such as hole liners, flange joints, fastener seals, and galley or restroom hard-mounts. These lightweight, non-hazardous gaskets ensure

Texas Instruments Floating-point MCU Discussion

January 11, 2011 6:18 am | Videos | Comments

Sangmin Chon, Texas Instruments' Director of Marketing of C2000 real-time control MCUs stops by ECN's offices to discuss the company's new TMS320F2806x Piccolo floating-point MCU offering. 


Bandwidth Engine IC enables system cost savings of up to 50 percent

January 11, 2011 5:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

MoSys today announced sample availability and the shipment of its first Bandwidth Engine integrated circuit (IC) devices in December 2010. For many years the performance of processors in applications such as computing and networking has approximately doubled every 18 months...

CES 2011 Oddities: The Weird, Strange, and Unique

January 10, 2011 12:01 pm | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Every tradeshow has these: the strange products, human snafus, and general quirkiness that characterizes a large organized event. CES 2011 was no exception. From the "Kegputer" to "eyes-only" video gaming, there was plenty of uniqueness on display. Enjoy!

Floating-point MCUs Offer VCU and Control-oriented Peripheral Options

January 10, 2011 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced its TMS320F2806 Piccolo floating-point MCUs. These MCUs offer an enhanced math engine designed to simplify programming in real-time control applications that may require integrated communications. Developers of energy-efficient motor-control and renewable energy applications can

CES 2011: A Photoblog

January 10, 2011 7:59 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

While CES 2011 saw no big product launches (sorry, no Verizon iPhone), there was still plenty to see. Here's a short sampling of the highlights.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Ralink Mobile Wi-Fi Products

January 10, 2011 7:36 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox, we talk with David Borison of Ralink about their mobile Wi-Fi product line for cell phones and portable consumer Electronics

Tools to Shrink Your Design Cycle Times

January 10, 2011 5:01 am | by Bonnie C. Baker, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Designers continue to face pressure from customers and competitors to produce products in a timely manner. Product planning and implementation is critical in this rapid pace environment.

Latched Comparators come in Plastic SMT Packages

January 10, 2011 4:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Provided in plastic SMT packages, the HMC674LP3E, HMC675LP3E and the HMC676LP3E provide lower power consumption compared with traditional comparator solution and are optimized for high performance, high volume applications.

CES 2011: 3M's New Multi-Touch Display

January 8, 2011 10:35 am | Videos | Comments

Jenni Balthrop with 3M Touch Systems demos a 23" Multi-Touch Display incorporating 3M's Projected Capacitive Technology.

Piezo Motor Linear Stage Includes Closed-loop Controller and Driver

January 8, 2011 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Newport Corporation introduced the newest member of the CONEX integrated stage and controller product series. The CONEX-AGP controller is preconfigured with an Agilis AG-LS25-27P linear stage that includes a miniature, built-in, direct-read linear encoder. The CONEX-AG-LS25-27P, which integrates both products, offers

CES 2011: Hillcrest Labs' Kylo TV Browser

January 8, 2011 9:40 am | Videos | Comments

Chad Lucien with Hillcrest Labs demos the Loop Pointer coupled with the Kylo TV internet browser. Download Kylo for free at

Complex Sensing and Fluidic Control Systems Suit Medical, Industrial Industries

January 8, 2011 9:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sensortechnics offers complex custom sensing and fluidic control systems for assembly into medical devices, instrumentation equipment and demanding industrial machines. These modules can

Passive Intermodulation Analyzer Incorporates Distance to PIM Technology

January 8, 2011 9:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduced the MW8219A PIM Master, a field test solution that can locate the source of passive intermodulation (PIM), whether it is at the base station or in the surrounding environment. Covering the PCS and AWS cellular frequency ranges, the analyzer provides

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