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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.

Current-sense amplifiers with I2C output support wide common-mode range

January 26, 2011 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX9611/MAX9612, the latest additions to its industry-leading portfolio of high-side, current-sense amplifiers (CSAs). Designed for industrial, consumer, and automotive applications that require digitized current-sense data...

LED Driver ICs are 88% efficient

January 26, 2011 5:43 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations today announced seven new members of its popular LinkSwitch-PH family of LED driver ICs. Optimized for industrial and commercial settings where high efficiency and system longevity are dominant requirements, the new devices (LNK413-LNK419) are suitable for lighting applications...

Automotive Qualified Planar MOSFETs suitable for high-side switch applications

January 26, 2011 5:21 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced a family of automotive qualified planar MOSFETs for a variety of applications used in Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), hybrid and full electric vehicle platforms. The family of new devices utilizing IR’s proven planar technology includes 55 V and 150 V standard gate drive N Channel MOSFETs...

Single-phase motor starter is building automation ready

January 25, 2011 10:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cerus Industrial, Inc. announces that it is shipping a new single phase motor starter for use with exhaust fans, unit ventilators, and fan coil units in installations that have building automation systems, occupancy sensors, or timers.

LDOs Double the Power Rejection of Competing Devices

January 25, 2011 7:20 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. today introduced two low-quiescent-current LDOs (low-dropout linear regulators) that deliver outstanding supply-rejection performance to help battery-operated portable equipment run longer and more efficiently.

PTFE Cables Intended for Industrial, Aerospace and Semiconductor Markets

January 25, 2011 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) continues to enhance its engineered PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) technology for use in flat and round cables, making them the premier choice for demanding, extreme environments such as semiconductor manufacturing, aerospace, and industrial applications.

LED Driver IC Touts High Efficiency, High Power Factor

January 25, 2011 5:52 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics America Inc. announced the availability of its R2A20134 LED driver IC that supports LED lighting applications with high efficiency and a high power factor. The company’s voltage step-down control technology (single-stage) provide

RGB LED Features Miniature Package

January 25, 2011 5:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lumex announced the global launch of the surface mounted QuasarBrite 0404 RGB LED. Its 1.0 mm x 1.00 mm x 0.25 mm package size is asserted to be the smallest RGB LED package available today, and it is suited for multicolor LED indicator applications in

Laser is Based on Rod-type Technology

January 25, 2011 5:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

EOLITE expanded its "rod-type" fiber laser range with picosecond model HEGOA. The HEGOA fiber laser operates at 1030 nm, 515 nm or 343 nm with 30-ps pulses from

High-voltage UL-certified Optoisolator Targets ATEX-ICEex Apps

January 25, 2011 5:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

TT electronics OPTEK Technology has developed a UL- and VDE-rated optical isolator with 20 kV isolation and 2Mbit/s data transmission rates designed to comply with ATEX and ICEex certifications for

The Tinker's Toolbox - XStatic Polymer Nano-Composite Provides ESD Protection

January 25, 2011 5:19 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox, we talk to Lex Kosowsky of Shocking Technologies about their new XStatic polymer nano-composite for protecting electronic products from the effects of ESD.

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