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Harmonic Linear Belt Drive Actuators Tout Robust Design

March 11, 2011 10:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

OEMDynamics announced enhanced features on the HLD 60-H3 actuator. No gearhead is required, and no brake is required in many vertical applications. Due to its harmonic principle, the H3 belt achieves

Wide Lens LED rocker Switch Touts High Visibility, Durability

March 11, 2011 10:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cole Hersee Company introduced its engineered LED Rocker Switch for electrical applications. Engineered with safety as a top priority, this low current input membrane switch is compatible with

IBA system efficiency optimization. Part one.

March 11, 2011 8:10 am | Videos | Comments

The latest video from Ericsson Power Modules shows how power systems designers can achieve substantial efficiency gains using dynamic intermediate bus optimisation with advanced digital power modules.


PCB Toggle Switch Touts Miniature Size

March 11, 2011 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

E-Switch’s 200U series ultra-miniature toggle switch offers a variety of functions in a tiny size. With right or vertical PCB mounting, it also has angle mounting options. Sealed to IP67 ratings, specifications include

Hall Effect Switches Suit Rugged and Harsh Environments

March 11, 2011 6:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

APEM has introduced two Hall effect switches, designed to work in rugged and harsh environments. The new IH Series of switches are low maintenance, contact less, sealed pushbuttons that come in two versions

20-mm Linear Actuators Come In a Variety of Stroke Lengths

March 11, 2011 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions offers the 19000 Series, 20-mm captive linear actuator in a variety of stroke lengths. This captive is designed for applications such as micro-fluidic dispensing, electronic throttle control, fine adjustment control for optics, antenna

Cursor and Switch Function Control for Instrumentation Panels is Waterproof

March 11, 2011 6:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

CTI Electronics compliments its line of rugged industrial pointing devices with a Switch Function Control device. These three devices have similar form, the exact same cutout fit of 1.50” x 1.62”, but offer

Miniature Rocker and Toggle Switches Feature Self-cleaning Contacts

March 11, 2011 6:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

NKK Switches announced the availability of the G Series process sealed, ultra-miniature rocker and toggle switches with self-cleaning contacts. The small size and durable construction of these devices make them


Subminiature Slide Switch Provides Momentary Action, Long Life

March 11, 2011 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components’ JSM0001 sub-miniature slide switch measures 2.6 mm x 7.6 mm in size with a board-mounted profile of 1.2 mm. The surface-mount switch provides

Mini-Blower is Multidirectional

March 11, 2011 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

JARO's new JRB2235 Series blower rotates at 8500 rpm and produces 1.2 cfm of super-cooled air (with a static pressure of .122" of H2O). Operating voltage is 4.0 V to 5.5 VDC. The availability of single or dual unit configurations provides

Detect Switches Offer A Postive, Snap-Acting Mechanism

March 11, 2011 6:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components expanded its snap-acting switch line to include subminiature versions that can be used as detect switches. Designated the ZMA Series, the detect switches feature a

Return to Zero - Shove It

March 11, 2011 6:01 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.

METCASE Launches the RETEX Flat-Pack 19” Rack Systems

March 11, 2011 5:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

METCASE the metal enclosures division of OKW Enclosures, Inc. has signed an agreement with Spanish 19” racks manufacturer RETEX to market its extensive range of flat-pack 19” racks and cabinets.


What's in Spock's Scanner?

March 11, 2011 4:12 am | Videos | Comments

Have you ever wondered what Spock sees when he looks into that scanner thing at his science station on the bridge of the Enterprise?

Miniature LVDT Position Sensors Provide Position Feedback in Robotic Applications

March 11, 2011 4:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The compact size and highly accurate output of Macro Sensors ( CD 375 Series of miniature LVDTs make the linear position sensors ideal for providing displacement feedback in different robotic applications.

USB 3.0 Host Controllers Contribute to Longer Battery Life in Mobile Devices

March 10, 2011 10:37 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation today announced the availability of its two new SuperSpeed Universal Serial Bus (USB 3.0) xHCI host controllers (part numbers ?PD720201 and ?PD720202) for electronic devices such as PCs and digital TVs that feature faster, effective data transfer speeds...

Power Transformers Offer Efficient Electronics Design Solution

March 10, 2011 4:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring up to 97.4 percent power efficiency and a highly efficient design using nearly 30 percent less material, the new VPT Series Toroidal Power Transformers from Triad Magnetics provide an innovative green power electronics solution that is also smaller and lighter than traditional transformers.

How much is a pay phone call these days, anyway?

March 9, 2011 11:17 am | by Charles Birkhead, Macrovision, Inc. ( | Blogs | Comments

I don’t even know. I’ve used a pay phone once in the last 15 years when I was running a grocery errand for my wife and forgot the list she gave me along with my cell phone. I stood there peering at the phone in front of the 7-Eleven to find out how much change I needed (35 cents, at that time.)

IP to the Pin

March 9, 2011 9:13 am | by Kevin Bisking, Senior Product Marketing Manager, National Instruments | Articles | Comments

For decades, the electronics industry has pursued its version of the Holy Grail – concurrent design and test. Many have believed this an unattainable goal, considering how far apart the two worlds appear. In the design world, most engineers design at a system level...

Company achieves 135 lumens per watt with Silicon-based LED

March 9, 2011 4:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bridgelux Inc. announced today that it has achieved a major breakthrough with the demonstration of 135 Lumens per Watt GaN-on-Silicon based LED Technology. This represents the industry’s first commercial grade performance for a Silicon-based LED.

Japan announces domestic stealth fighter

March 8, 2011 12:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Responding to regional threats and the United States’ refusal to share F-22 technology, Japan is developing its own stealth fighter. The “land of the rising sun” intends to fly its first stealth fighter prototype by 2014. Japan and Israel have both expressed interest in the “air supremacy weapon”, the F-22 Raptor.

Rectifiers Feature Wide Range of Current Ratings

March 8, 2011 12:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. expanded its portfolio of TMBS rectifiers using Trench MOS Barrier Schottky technology. Twenty new 45-V devices in four power package types were added, featuring

Power MOSFETs Combine Low On-resistance with a Low Gate Charge

March 8, 2011 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor (AOS) introduced two power MOSFETS. The new low-voltage devices are optimized for use on the secondary side of high efficiency DC/DC converters. By combining

Analog ICs Support Enterprise Access Points

March 8, 2011 9:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions is ramping production of various precision analog ICs in support of several customers launching fiber to the curb (FTTC), fiber to the home (FTTH), cable set-top boxes and wireless video systems. Cisco and Motorola, among others, are leveraging Skyworks’ industry-leading power amplifiers...

60 A Driver IC Achieves High Current in Small Form Factor

March 8, 2011 9:31 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier’s IR3550 integrated PowIRstage synchronous buck gate driver IC with co-packed control and synchronous MOSFETs and Schottky diode is optimized internally for PCB layout, heat transfer and driver/MOSFET timing. The 60-A rated device is positioned to

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