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MOSFET Chipset Tailored for Cost Sensitive DC-DC Applications

December 9, 2010 6:28 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced the IRF6708S2 and IRF6728M 30 V DirectFET MOSFET chipset tailored for cost sensitive 19 V input synchronous buck applications such as notebooks. The IRF6708S2 Small Can and IRF6728M Medium Can devices reduce component count by 30 percent to drastically reduce overall system cost.

World’s Most Compact Drive with an Integrated Motion Controller

December 9, 2010 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

MICROMO is pleased to announce a new 22mm innovation that extends the portfolio of the BX4 range of four pole brushless DC servomotors from FAULHABER. The series 2232 / 2250…BX4 CSD/CCD is the world’s most compact drive with an integrated motion controller.

Spring pin includes offset plunger

December 9, 2010 5:21 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics recently introduced a new spring pin socket addressing precise resistance measurement need for testing power management devices - SSK-QFN-7000. The contactor is a spring pin with offset plunger. This offset design allows two spring pins to contact one device lead or pad.


UPS platform spans the range of 40 kVA to 200 kVA

December 9, 2010 5:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Network Power has released 160 kVA and 200 kVA ratings in its Liebert NX with Softscale double conversion uninterruptible power supply (UPS) platform, designed for midsize businesses seeking a backup power solution that grows incrementally without requiring infrastructure renovation.

Domestic 'Fourslide' Parts Fabrication Slashes Inventory Costs

December 9, 2010 4:50 am | by Ed Sullivan | Blogs | Comments

If you're sourcing stamped metal parts from overseas, you may be required to order far more than you really need. Using fourslide fabrication can eliminate that requirement. If you're sourcing metal stampings from overseas locations such as China, you're most likely buying in large volumes, perhaps containerloads.

Combiner Box Distribution Blocks

December 9, 2010 4:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

ESG offers a simple and cost effective solution for both power distribution and collection. As part of a combiner box, the distribution blocks can accept up to 16 inputs with an output sized up to 1 AWG (130 amps). These DIN rail mounted blocks can also offer a simple method...

Passives – Putting The “Smart” In Smart Meters

December 8, 2010 10:47 am | by Arthur Evans and Bill Kutsche, Murata Electronics North America | Articles | Comments

Millions of homes and businesses throughout the country are using smart meters which have passive components to thank for powering their “smart” abilities. Passives’ unique qualities are critical to smart meters, and engineers should know about their important role in this rapidly growing industry.

Next Generation Environmental D-Subminiature Connector

December 8, 2010 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Positronic introduced the WD and WDD series environmental D-Subminiature connectors to the industry over 15 years ago. This product has been a popular choice for applications requiring a sealed I/O connector interface. Positronic is proud to introduce a next generation version of our environmental D-Sub connector: the “Unibody” design.


Design Guidelines for Transistor Output Optocouplers

December 8, 2010 6:54 am | by Larry Sisken, Product Marketing Manager and Van Tran, Sr. Applications Engineer, CEL | Articles | Comments

A standard optocoupler provides complete electrical isolation of electronic circuits from input to output while transmitting information across that electrical isolation barrier using infrared light from the phototransistor contained inside the optocoupler.

Analog Switch Features 1.8 V to 5.5 V Single Power Supply

December 8, 2010 6:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology today released the DG723, a monolithic dual single-pull, single-throw analog switch designed to switch both analog and digital signals. Delivering low-switching-noise performance for signal integrity and system accuracy...

Applications processor delivers a 30 percent decrease in webpage load time

December 8, 2010 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments today announced that the OMAP4440 applications processor enhancements deliver impressive performance improvements beyond the OMAP4430 processor, including a 1.25x increase in graphics performance, a 30 percent decrease in webpage load time...

Offline Switcher IC Cuts No-load Power Waste to 0.00 W

December 8, 2010 5:55 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations today introduced the newest member of its “Zero” product portfolio, LinkZero-LP. This highly integrated offline switcher IC automatically enters an innovative zero-input-power mode when the load is disconnected, cutting no-load power consumption to 0.00 watts.

Vibration Transmitters Monitor Gas Pipeline Pumping Stations in Hazardous Areas

December 8, 2010 5:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

IMI Sensors, a division of PCB Piezotronics, Inc., announces the availability of hazardous area-approved versions of the company’s Series 640 industrial vibration transmitters for monitoring motors and pumps at natural gas pipeline pumping stations.


Communications Transceiver Intended for High Volume Smart Grid Devices

December 8, 2010 5:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semitech Semiconductor today announced the availability of the SM2101 -- an FSK/BPSK based power line transceiver. The SM2101 represents the next generation of power line communication transceivers, and is designed with an emphasis on Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI)...

LCDs Continue to Evolve

December 8, 2010 4:48 am | by Cynthia Ferrell, President, CEO, Optrex America | Articles | Comments

LCDs have come a long way from the basic passive monochrome segmented characters used in this old clock (Figure 1) to today’s high performance active matrix LED-backlit TFT LCDs and high performance-high contrast passive matrix LCDs.

Modular Enclosure Now Offers Recessed EMC Mounting

December 7, 2010 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic Inc. has expanded its offering for their Type 15 StyleBox to include versions for recessed EMC mounting. The StyleBox now offers recessed front-card mounting which helps EMC by allowing a solid or perforated panel to fully enclose any plug-in boards.

POL regulators offer programmable soft-start

December 7, 2010 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corp. has expanded its point-of-load (POL) regulator platform to include a highly-integrated, 4A output current, synchronous buck regulator with programmable soft-start in a tiny 3 x 3 x 0.6mm package. The new SC185 joins Semtech’s existing platform of POL regulators...

Chip filters minimize the size of mobile phones

December 7, 2010 10:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Taiyo Yuden’s latest lines of chip filters optimize the performance, while minimizing the size, of mobile phones. The exceptionally compact EIA 0603 size multilayer dual low pass filter is designed for use with multi-band smartphones...

Automotive step-down converters consume only 25microamps

December 7, 2010 10:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX16903/MAX16904, automotive-grade, synchronous step-down converters that consume only 25microamps (no load) and deliver 1A and 600mA, respectively. These 2.1MHz step-down converters are optimized for operation over the 3.5V to 28V range.

Connectors support DDR3 SDRAM SODIMM for small size memory modules

December 7, 2010 10:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

New MM80 connectors from JAE support DDR3 SDRAM SODIMM for small size memory modules. The 204 position socket connectors are compatible with JEDEC standard MO-268C and are ideal for use in notebook PC memory modules and other handheld devices.

DC-DC converter series offers a 4:1 Input

December 7, 2010 8:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

ConTech, a Division of Calex, announces the “KMW” Series of DC/DC converters. The KMW Series offers up to 30 Watts of fully regulated output power with an industry standard 2 x 1.6” footprint. The series offers a 4:1 input range with nominal input voltages of 24VDC and 48VDC.

Oscilloscope Platform Touts Feature-rich Tools for Debugging Mixed Signal Designs

December 7, 2010 7:49 am | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix introduced a new mixed signal oscilloscope platform, the MSO/DPO5000 Series for complex component and system-level debug and validation tasks. The series incorporates many of the most popular features from the company’s highest performance oscilloscopes...

Compact LEDs set new performance standards for LCD Backlighting

December 7, 2010 7:40 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors announces the new TOPLED Compact 5630 LED, an innovative addition to the world of LED lighting. By adapting its successful TOPLED packaging technology to the special needs of backlighting applications...

Orthogonal Backplane Connector Technology Offers Design Flexibility

December 7, 2010 6:31 am | by Kevin O’Connor, Molex Incorporated | Articles | Comments

High-speed backplane connectors continue to be in great demand in supporting next-generation product development in the telecommunication, data networking, data storage, medical diagnostics and other market sectors.

Wireless Sensing System Offers Unprecedented Network Sampling Capacity

December 7, 2010 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Today, MicroStrain introduces the extended range, synchronous wireless sensing system, combining breakthrough precision wireless time synchronization and enhanced system scalability accommodating hundreds of wireless sensor nodes with extended range communication.

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