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PFC-PWM Controller Provides Higher Efficiency in Dual-Switch Flyback Topologies

December 29, 2010 6:21 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s FAN6920MR is an integrated critical-mode PFC and quasi-resonant current mode PWM controller that meets regulatory requirements by providing >90 percent efficiency and <300mW at no load.

Code Generation Tool Includes Parallel Computing Support

December 29, 2010 6:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

MathWorks today announced a new capability that accelerates code generation build times for engineers working on designs that are componentized with model reference.

Rocker Switch Suits Limited-Space Applications

December 29, 2010 6:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RL3-10S rocker switch from Phaseda is made for limited space applications. It has UL rating at 10A 125VAC. And it’s fully compliant with RoHS requirements.


DC Jack Provides Rugged Connection

December 29, 2010 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

For applications that face particularly tight space restraints, SUYIN has developed the two-pin type 040068FR right-angle DC power jack connector (max. 6.3 V DC / 2.0 A DC).

Haptic Exciters Turn Touchscreens Into Speakers

December 29, 2010 4:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXT announces combined haptic touch and audio exciters for touch panels and screens in industrial, home automation, automotive and consumer electronic products.

USB technology delivers wireless multichannel HD audio

December 29, 2010 4:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Summit Semiconductor today announced that it will demonstrate its Summit Connect USB technology at CES 2011. Summit Connect enables TV manufacturers to deliver wireless multichannel high definition (HD) audio with a USB Linux driver update.

Reference Designs Create Wireless HDMI Video Solutions

December 29, 2010 4:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Alereon announced the addition of several new wireless HDMI reference designs: The AL5750 1080p Wireless UWB Audio/Video Adapter, the AL5810/11 Wireless HDMI Encoder/Decoder and the AL5820/21 Wireless HDMI Encoder/Decoder with 3D support.

Automotive-Qualified MOSFETs Include Logic-Level Gate-Drive Devices

December 29, 2010 4:02 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier announced the expansion of the company’s offering of 40 V to 100 V automotive qualified MOSFETs including a family of logic level devices.


USB Controller Offers Simple Access

December 29, 2010 3:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig has introduced IO-Warrior56, a universal USB Controller that allows easy access to input or output functions via a USB bus. Featuring 50 generic I/O lines, IO-Warrior56 is also an I2C/SPI master, allowing interface with a wide range of available ICs.

CraneBoard helps simplify design on TI's AM35x Sitara ARM MPU

December 29, 2010 3:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mistral Solutions announced CraneBoard, a new low-cost ARM-based development board, offers designers a fully open source printed circuit board (PCB) and design to reduce development costs.

DC motor line boasts industry’s highest power density

December 28, 2010 11:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Johnson Electric today announced the Compact DC motor product line which delivers the industry’s highest power density. This innovation is based on Johnson Electric’s proprietary Curve technology.

Green LED Addresses Projection Systems

December 28, 2010 10:12 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Since a greater proportion of green than red or blue is needed in a projector to produce white light, the increase in the brightness of the green LED has a significant effect on the overall system brightness.

Hall-Effect Sensor IC Offers Low Jitter and High Sensitivity

December 28, 2010 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. introduces a user-programmable linear Hall-effect sensor IC with pulse width modulated output.


The Emotional Computer

December 28, 2010 6:50 am | Videos | Comments

Can computers understand emotions? Can computers express emotions? Can they feel emotions? The latest video from the Univ. of Cambridge shows how emotions can be used to improve interaction between humans and computers.

LDOs Extend Battery Life

December 28, 2010 5:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Characterized by low dropout voltage and low quiescent current, the latest linear regulators from Diodes Incorporated suit low power handheld product design where extending battery life is a key design criteria.

Radio Modules Designed for European Applications

December 28, 2010 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

In order to meet operating demands and compliance requirements specific to the European market, the AIR line now includes ETSI-compliant models A1101R08A (embedded antenna) and A1101R08C (connectorized).

Driver amplifier covers frequency range of 250 to 3000 MHz

December 28, 2010 4:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (M/A-COM Tech) introduced today the MAAM-009563, a two-stage HBT driver amplifier for cellular and WiMAX infrastructure applications. This driver amplifier covers a broad frequency range of 250 to 3000 MHz...

Curtiss-Wright Controls Announces Thermal Management Technology Breakthrough

December 28, 2010 4:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Electronic Systems has announced that recent testing of its new (patent pending) CoolWall technology for thermal management of rugged embedded computing enclosures has shown a greater than 2x improvement in payload power cooling...

ICs Target Next-Gen Set-Top Boxes

December 28, 2010 4:28 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics unveiled two System-on-Chip ICs that allow standard- or high-definition equipment to share the same printed-circuit-board (PCB) design and leverage software developed for earlier product generations.

Multilayer Ceramic Capacitor Arrays Improve System Performance

December 27, 2010 6:12 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation, has developed advanced capacitor arrays designed to shrink the circuit foot print, enhance EMI performance and improve overall manufacturing speed. AVX's wide range of multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) arrays...

20 GHz Connectors Featured in Online Video

December 23, 2010 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

San-tron, Inc. has released “An Introduction to eSMA Connectors and Cable Assemblies,” a video in which San-tron’s Director of Engineering, Fred Hull, talks about the company’s revolutionary technology used in their eSMA connectors and cable assemblies.

Ultra-Miniature SMT Synthesizer for SWaP-C Applications

December 23, 2010 6:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SLX-1350 from EM Research, which operates over the frequency range 675-1350 MHz in 1 MHz steps, features low spurs (<-60 dBc), low harmonics (<-15 dBc), 0 dBm nominal output power, and low phase noise (<-85 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz (Fout @ 675 MHz)).

Next-Generation Power MOSFETs For Next-Generation Vehicles

December 23, 2010 6:14 am | by Benjamin Jackson, Product Manager, International Rectifier | Articles | Comments

Performance, power density and efficiency are goals not normally associated with electrical systems on automobiles. That was yesterday, now the pistons, valves and fuel pumps of the last 150 years have transformed into the electric motors, inverters and batteries of today.

Navy launches first aircraft using electromagnetic system

December 23, 2010 5:57 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Navy made history on December 18 when it launched its first rollercoaster, er, aircraft, using the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) technology. The F/A-18 Super Hornet, piloted by Lt. Daniel Radocaj, was launched from Naval Air Systems Command, Lakehurst, N.J.

Guided Assembly for Cable and Wire Harnesses

December 23, 2010 4:11 am | Videos | Comments

This videoclip from CAMI Research shows its computer-assisted technique for assembly of circular connectors used in aerospace and other high-reliability applications.

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