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Hot, Harsh, and Hostile

January 28, 2011 10:13 am | by Pamela Aparo, Analog Devices, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Out on the wind-swept North Sea, an oil drill is attempting to penetrate hard rock. The ocean is frigid but a few miles under the seabed, the thermometer hits a hellish 200°C. Volatile weather conditions and temperature ranges make drilling hazardous and complex.

Logic Analyzers Interpret Protocols

January 28, 2011 8:17 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Small pocket-size logic analyzers can capture and display signals from parallel buses, but many engineers now use these capable instruments mainly to examine I2C, SPI, UART, CAN, and other protocols. A PC, connected via a USB cable, displays these serial signals and helps engineers interpret them.

Capacitive Sensing Ushers in a Revolution in Automotive HMI design

January 28, 2011 7:44 am | by Prem Kumar Arora and Manu Varma, Cypress Semiconductor, | Articles | Comments

The increasing numbers of electronic systems in a car have ushered in a revolution which has transformed the car into a safe, luxurious and intelligent machine. One thing that has not changed however is the importance of human interaction with the car.


Subrack system designed to meet MIL-STD 167

January 28, 2011 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for use in rail, military, aerospace and other harsh environments where electronic equipment will be subject to shock and vibration during use, the ruggedised KM6-HD subrack system from Verotec is designed to meet MIL-STD 167, the US Department of Defence Test Method Standard.

ST-Ericsson Solutions Boost Mobile Handset Battery Life

January 28, 2011 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

ST-Ericsson has launched a new product family that can significantly improve the battery life of mobile handsets and other connected devices. The innovative power management components can extend the talk time or Internet connection time by up to 30%...

Electric Measurement Tutorial Part II

January 28, 2011 7:01 am | Videos | Comments

Learn about basic electrical measurements, the characteristics of various sensors, how to use sensors to measure the most common types of electrical and physical quantities, and the signals that they represent.

Kontron’s HPEC Solution Enables Next Generation High Bandwidth Applications

January 28, 2011 6:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kontron’s 6U VPX High Performance Embedded Computer (HPEC) is being used for a new generation of surveillance radars. The HPEC system can process an input data flow ten times higher than the equipment which is currently deployed.

Farnell’s Portfolio Boosted by New Analogue Products from Microchip

January 28, 2011 6:52 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Multi-channel distributor Farnell has added 800 new analogue products from Microchip Technology to its portfolio. Customers now have access to the latest analogue range, which includes low power op amps, low voltage boost switching regulators and delta sigma A/D converters.


EEVblog #141 - AA Alkaline Battery Capacity Measurement

January 28, 2011 6:15 am | Videos | Comments

How much Wh capacity does a typical Alkaline AA battery have? Dave intends to find out with his new Gossen Metrawatt Metrahit Energy multimeter...

Electric Measurement Tutorial Part I

January 28, 2011 5:59 am | Videos | Comments

Learn about basic electrical measurements, the characteristics of various sensors, how to use sensors to measure the most common types of electrical and physical quantities, and the signals that they represent. Topics include voltage, current, resistance, charge, temperature, strain, position, velocity, acceleration, and sound.

Requirements for Designing Next-generation Key Fobs

January 28, 2011 5:49 am | by Paul Lepek, Atmel Corporation | Articles | Comments

Today’s key fobs can be generally subdivided into two different functional categories. The first includes Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) devices which require some sort of human intervention or a physical interface of the user to the key fob (e.g., key push) in order for the fob to produce the desired function effect...

DC Blocks Designed to Block DC Voltage from 300 KHz to 3GHz

January 28, 2011 4:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek’s line of CBLK DC Blocks are designed to block DC voltage while passing frequencies from 300 KHz to 3GHz. These DC Blocks are ideal for use in broadband coupling and test & measurement applications.

Miniature sensor features onboard GPS receiver

January 28, 2011 3:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroStrain releases the 3DM-GX3-35, a miniature, lightweight sensor (23 grams) featuring a high quality attitude heading reference system (AHRS) and an onboard global positioning system (GPS) receiver. The AHRS and the GPS can independently provide time correlated measurements...


Automotive Power Electronics: New Applications Drive the Need for Advanced Components

January 27, 2011 11:07 am | by Henning Hauenstein, International Rectifier Corp., | Articles | Comments

Not too long ago, car makers competed with each other mainly with the performance of a car. Highest horsepower, fastest acceleration and top speed have been typical benchmark parameters to establish a superior brand.

Choose a Charger IC for Single-Cell Li-Ion Battery Applications

January 27, 2011 10:24 am | by William Hadden, Texas Instruments, | Articles | Comments

There are many options for single-cell Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery chargers. With the portfolio of handheld devices growing every year, so do the requirements for the battery charger. Several factors must be weighed in order to select the correct integrated circuit (IC) for the job.

Hot-swap IC facilitates current monitoring in high-availability systems

January 27, 2011 9:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX5977, a hot-swap controller for 1V to 16V backplanes. This device features an integrated current-sense amplifier that provides a 1% accurate current output over a 10mV to 50mV input voltage range.

Sensor AFE Products Simplify Design, Speed Time-to-Market

January 27, 2011 9:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor Corp. today introduced two configurable sensor analog front-end (AFE) integrated circuits (ICs) with unique technology that work together with new tools to fast-track signal path designs for a variety of sensors from major global manufacturers.

Al-Qaida leader: Drone strikes costing fighters, territory

January 27, 2011 8:52 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

In a rare admission of defeat, an Al-Qaida leader in Pakistan conceded that drones are costing fighters and denying the terror network safe havens. This speaks to the continued success of the “drone war”, and will undoubtedly spur proponents of the F-35. According to Ustadh Ahmad Farooq, “There were many areas where we once had freedom, but now they have been lost,” he said.

DC-DC Converter Series Accepts Wide Input Voltage Range

January 27, 2011 5:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Martek Power extends its technology leadership in power supplies designed specifically for railway applications with the introduction of a DC/DC converter designed to satisfy the majority of rolling stock DC power applications with a single unit.

The Urgent Need for Digital Media Subscriber Modeling

January 27, 2011 5:11 am | by Joseph Zeto, Ixia | Articles | Comments

With the advent of 4G wireless applications, the world is rapidly shrinking, drawing subscribers together in new and powerful ways. We are heading toward an always-on, always connected world. Engaging, media-rich mobile applications will become the norm...

National Semiconductor's 10 Gbps Repeaters Double Signal Conditioning at Half the Power

January 27, 2011 4:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Semiconductor announced three multi-channel PowerWise 10 Gbps repeaters provide an equalization gain of 36 dB and consumes half the power (55 mW/channel) with twice the reach (20 meters over 24-AWG cable) of current solutions.

Precision 7-16 DIN Adapters Hold up to Frequent Torquing

January 26, 2011 11:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

7-16 DIN adapters are highly desired in test applications such as base station passive intermodulation (PIM) testing. These low loss, low VSWR “rugged” adapters are designed to be used with portable antenna and cable analyzers.

Standalone headset driver delivers 100-dB SNR

January 26, 2011 11:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today introduced a low-power Class-G headphone amplifier with an integrated digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and power rails for mobile handsets and media players.

Infrared LEDs are Ideal for Proximity Sensing

January 26, 2011 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new series of high-performance infrared LEDs ideally suited for proximity sensor applications is now available from ROHM Semiconductor . The SIM-030/031ST and SIM-040/041ST surface-mount IR LEDs feature breakthrough IR wavelength technology...

Nano-ITX-Spartan-6 FPGA Development Kit based on the Intel Atom Processor E640

January 26, 2011 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Avnet has combined an Emerson Network Power Nano-ITX motherboard that provides a complete Intel Atom processor E640-based embedded system with a Spartan-6 FPGA PCI Express (PCIe) daughter card for easy peripheral expansion.

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