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Return to Zero - Recalibrate

April 8, 2011 11:51 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a new comic strip for engineers, with lab humor and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.

Brushless DC Motor Pre-Driver Used Over Wide Current Range

April 8, 2011 6:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. announces a complete three phase brushless DC motor pre-driver with outputs for direct high current gate drive of an all N-channel power MOSFET three phase bridge with a maximum supply voltage of 38 V.

Sercos-IP Library Released as Open Source Software

April 8, 2011 6:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

At Hannover Fair 2011 sercos international announced that it is making a driver library for the sercos/IP protocol for the sercos automation bus available as open source software. The driver software is available for download in C# source code via


Payton Planar Magnetics Introduces Line of Resonant Inductors

April 8, 2011 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The demand for high efficiency low EMI designs, such as resonant topologies, is driving the need for high performance planar inductors to be used in power converters in series with the main transformer.

Automotive-qualified MOSFETs Offer Rugged, Compact System Solution

April 7, 2011 11:38 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced a family of rugged automotive qualified MOSFETs for a range of applications used in Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) and hybrid vehicle platforms.

Variable Speed Technology Improves Power Factor, Boosts Grid Reliability

April 7, 2011 11:21 am | by Dan Schillinger, Business Development – Variable Speed, Danfoss VLT Drives | Articles | Comments

Air conditioning is responsible for approximately 20 percent of the total U.S. annual electricity consumption*. The introduction of variable speed drive (VSD) technology to residential air-conditioning and heat pump systems presents an opportunity for significant energy savings...

Universal LED driver for industrial control applications

April 7, 2011 10:36 am | by Alex Mednik, Applications Engineering Director, Supertex, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Using light emitting diodes (LED) for automation equipment as indicator lights (lighted buttons and switches) often requires multiple modifications of the same control device depending on the available supply voltage. This approach severely complicates the logistics...

8 GHz Bandwidth Socket Designed for 31X31 mm Package Size

April 7, 2011 8:18 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics has recently introduced a new high performance BGA socket for 1.118mm pitch, 729 pin BGA IC's. The SG-BGA-6345 socket is designed for 31X31 mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 8 GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss.


Astrodyne Releases Constant Current 48 Watt LED Power Supply

April 7, 2011 8:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Astrodyne Corporation announces the release of the OLP48 Series, a 48 watt constant current LED power supply. The OLP48 is a single output, open frame module with output voltages of 12, 24, or 48VDC and features a universal input of 90-264VAC...

The Tinker's Toolbox - A Talk with TI About the CAN interface

April 7, 2011 6:48 am | Podcasts | Comments

On the 25th anniversary of the controller area network (CAN) interface standard,  we talk to Jean Anne Booth and Scott Monroe of Texas Instruments about CAN and what it means to the industry today as well as into the future.

Chip filters designed for general signal filtering

April 7, 2011 5:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Syfer Technology has announced that its E01 and E07 ranges of feedthrough 3 terminal ‘C’ chip filters are now available in smaller packages, as small as 0603. These devices are designed primarily for general signal filtering in circuits incorporating high speed digital circuitry...

Energy saving under new management

April 6, 2011 12:12 pm | by Andreas Koller, VP Marketing and Sales, Energy Micro, | Articles | Comments

When a battery needs to support a product during many years or even decades of operation, incremental improvements in MCU integration and minor tweaks to basic processor architecture are insufficient to achieve the dramatic hikes in energy efficiency that are required.

Return to Zero - Golden Reference

April 6, 2011 11:13 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a new comic strip for engineers, with lab humor and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.


Today's Broadband ICs Address European Power Efficiency Requirements

April 6, 2011 10:55 am | by Scott Broughton, Analog Devices, Inc., | Blogs | Comments

Two important factors driving future technology developments in the broadband chip industry revolve around government regulations and market forces. The "EU Code of Conduct on Energy Efficiency of Broadband Equipment" was written to

George Takei Should Be Spiderman!

April 6, 2011 8:02 am | Videos | Comments

With the departure of director Julie Taymor and the seemingly endless stream of injuries and woes for the new "Spiderman" Broadway show, who better than George Takei to save the day?

“SMT Lamps”: Merging Through-Hole and Surface-Mount LED Technology

April 6, 2011 6:09 am | by Andreas Pohl, Field Application Engineer, Avago Technologies | Articles | Comments

Over the last 15 years, through-hole LEDs have dominated the market of high-brightness LEDs for outdoor video wall applications. Because of their highly reflective design with primary optics, it was difficult to replace them with SMT LEDs...

Pickering Interfaces Introduces new High Density PXI RF Switches

April 6, 2011 5:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of PXI RF switches with the introduction of the 40-755 multiplexer modules. The 40-755 supports up to 10 off SP4T RF switches in a single module...

WiFi module includes lightning fast boot up-connection feature

April 5, 2011 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

The iWEM-1001 series is an ultra low power consumption WiFi module with lightening fast boot-up/connection feature designed for industrial application. It is the key product to complete last mile M2M wireless connectivity.

Epoxy Preforms Intended For Sealing Subminiature Electronics

April 5, 2011 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Multi-Seals Inc. introduces Nano-forms epoxy preforms to provide precision seals on microelectronics. With preforms as small as 0.035" (0.89mm) outside diameter and 0.011" (0.28mm) inside diameter, Nano-forms allow highly repeatable placement of minute amounts of epoxy...

Composite material enhances touch screens

April 5, 2011 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Peratech has developed a see through version of their award winning, Quantum Tunnelling Composite (QTC) material called QTC Clear. This force sensing material can be used to create a whole new class of Force Sensitive touch screens...

TI’s Acquisition of National Semiconductor - What this means for you

April 5, 2011 5:53 am | by Rich Templeton, Chairman, President and CEO, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

I am excited to let you know that TI has signed a definitive agreement to purchase National Semiconductor, uniting two industry leaders that have a common commitment to solving your analog needs. I want to reinforce TI's commitment to you...

Maxon Motor EPOS2 Demonstration Unit Inverted Pendulums

April 5, 2011 5:42 am | Videos | Comments

Get your movement balanced by maxon motor control. Inverted pendulums are instable systems - maxon high dynamic and precise motion controller allow to stabilize them.

DILAS Broadens Wavelengths

April 5, 2011 5:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Today, DILAS broadens its wavelength spectrum of diode laser bars. The additional wavelengths of 1210nm and 1320nm diode laser bars boast wall plug efficiencies of >40%.

A Practical Lithium Ion Battery Charger for use with Solar Panels

April 4, 2011 12:12 pm | by John Carpenter & Karthik Kadirvel, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Increasingly, the number of battery operated devices use rechargeable lithium ion batteries as the power source. Common charging solutions for these batteries include wall adapter based chargers and universal serial bus (USB) based chargers.

Module Family Designed ETSI-Compliant For European Applications

April 4, 2011 11:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anaren, Inc. announced today that it has added two new members to its fast-growing line of Anaren Integrated Radio (AIR) modules. In order to meet operating demands and compliance requirements specific to the European market...

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