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Energy Harvesting Suits Remote Low-Power Devices

February 2, 2011 10:08 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Contrary to what you might think, the awareness of "green power" didn't spawn the drive to harvest energy. Low-power electronic fabrication technologies did the trick. They cut the power needs of small monitoring devices to the point...

Challenges of Charging Plug-in Electric Hybrid Vehicles

February 2, 2011 9:41 am | by Clayton Pillion, Microchip Technology Inc. | Articles | Comments

Most people arrive home and instinctively plug a cellular phone in for a quick battery charge, knowing that it charges immediately and will finish promptly. We take the charging process for granted. As engineers, we know this charging process requires a simple battery-charging circuit and applied power.

Software Tools Meet the Challenges in Delivering a Successful Smart Grid Solution

February 2, 2011 9:21 am | by Irv Badr and Paul Fechtelkotter, IBM Rational Software | Articles | Comments

A big portion of electrical energy is lost between generation and transmission. Besides the need for improving efficiency, many other market forces are causing a major transformation in the Energy and Utilities (E&U) industry (E&U)...


High Power LED Driving Solutions

February 2, 2011 9:10 am | Videos | Comments

This training module takes you through a step by step design example to illustrate how to design using the ZXLD1350 including component selection, design calculations, tips and how to avoid potential problems.

Film Technology Extends Lifetime In Green Energy Applications

February 2, 2011 9:08 am | by Chris Reynolds, AVX Corporation, | Articles | Comments

As worldwide power consumption continues to increase hand-in-hand with directives to reduce dependence on fossil energy, the need to accelerate the adoption of clean, renewable energy solutions is becoming more vital.

Interconnecting Solid State Lighting System Elements

February 2, 2011 8:53 am | by Rob Rix, Vice President, Lighting Tyco Electronics Communications & Industrial Solutions | Articles | Comments

Advances in light emitting diode (LED) performance and cost, combined with the push for greater lighting efficiency have created an unprecedented opportunity for Solid State Lighting (SSL). However, the manufacture of solid state lighting fixtures is far more complex...

Ensuring Reliability: A New Method for Measuring Pressure Distribution During Encapsulation

February 2, 2011 8:36 am | by Dr. Thomas Schreir-Alt, Fraunhofer IZM,, and Jeffrey G. Stark, Sensor Products Inc., | Articles | Comments

The integration of sensors and actuators into encapsulated multi-chip modules creates formidable challenges to characterizing and controlling process pressure. However, a new measurement method developed by Fraunhofer IZM...

The ECN Roundtable - MilAero and HiRel Applications

February 2, 2011 8:06 am | Articles | Comments

This month's Roundtable question is “How do you feel solid-state lighting will impact Industrial, Military, and/or hi-rel applications in the coming year?"


Miniaturization and Through-hole Reflow Tech Drive Terminal Block Advancements

February 2, 2011 8:05 am | by Koos Steding, FCI, | Articles | Comments

Terminal blocks have been around a long time, but they are still popular choices as interconnect solutions and continue to evolve based on users’ current application needs. Approximately nine out of 10 PCB boards currently supplied to FCI customers require a terminal block component...

Plessey Semiconductors Releases 500MHz Logarithmic-Limiting Amplifier with 75dB Dynamic Range

February 2, 2011 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Plessey Semiconductors today announced the release of the PS13201 logarithmic/limiting amplifier. The PS13201 is a pin-for-pin, drop-in compatible replacement for the original Plessey SL3522 log amp. The device operates in the 100MHz to 500MHz frequency range...

Embedded Vision System Features Real Time Image Acquisition Rates up to 120 fps

February 2, 2011 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology announced the release of their latest addition to their product line of embedded vision platforms, the EOS-2000, an embedded vision system that features an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and four independent analog NTSC/PAL ports with real time image acquisition rates up to 120 fps.

LDOs Extend Battery Life in Wireless Devices

February 2, 2011 6:15 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices today introduced four low-dropout regulators (LDOs) that address the size, power dissipation and power-supply-rejection requirements of wireless mobile devices. The ADP160, ADP161, ADP162 and ADP163 ultra-low-quiescent-current LDOs extend the battery life of portable devices...

Printed Electronics Enters Fast Growth Phase

February 2, 2011 5:15 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Printed electronics is associated with some orders, investments and acquisitions that are one hundred times as big as the largest two years ago.


Power MOSFET Family Boasts Efficiency Improvement Up to 2 Percent

February 1, 2011 7:01 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced a family of DirectFET plus power MOSFETs featuring the company’s new generation of silicon that is asserted to set a new standard in efficiency for 12-V input synchronous buck applications including

AMD Delivers the World’s First APU for Embedded Systems

February 1, 2011 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMD today announced immediate availability of the new AMD Embedded G-Series processor, the world’s first and only Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for embedded systems. The AMD Embedded G-Series, based on AMD Fusion technology...

Ethernet switch designed for AV-networking applications

February 1, 2011 6:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Showcasing its latest technology solution for leading network system manufacturers, Lab X Technologies is introducing the Titanium 411 1GB AVB Ethernet Switch at ISE. Supporting IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging standards...

SMT Test Points Available in Silver Plate

February 1, 2011 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Components Corporation announced its surface mounted TP- 107 and TP-108 Series of printed circuit board Test Points are now available in silver-plate, a direct cross to the industry familiar 5000 Series. This replacement for other manufacturers’ test point products is

System Streamlines Solid State Lighting Design, Manufacture

February 1, 2011 5:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tyco Electronics (TE) introduced its NEVALO SSL system – designed to accelerate lighting manufacturers’ transition from traditional light sources to new LED lighting fixtures. It combines the many new components and disciplines of SSL systems into one simple, coherent solution that provides

Development Kit Adds Bluetooth Connectivity to Embedded Designs

January 31, 2011 9:16 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the Microchip Bluetooth Evaluation Kit, which includes CandleDragon, Inc.’s dotstack demonstration Bluetooth Stack.

GPS LNAs provide low noise and save space with a WLP package

January 31, 2011 9:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX2686/MAX2688, low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) designed for GPS-enabled applications operating in the 1575MHz band. Packaged in a 0.86mm x 0.86mm, 0.4mm-pitch wafer-level package (WLP) with only four pins...

Simulation Tool Allows Engineers To Design Larger, Complex Circuits

January 31, 2011 8:44 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) and National Instruments (NI) collaborated on a new release of NI’s Multisim component evaluation tool with added features and functionality to provide engineers with an easy-to-use environment for the simulation of linear circuits using ADI components.

Epoxy preforms feature glass transition temperature of 160°C

January 31, 2011 8:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Uni-form epoxy preforms, manufactured by Multi-Seals, are now available in M5-92, an epoxy systems that offers superior resistance to most industrial solvents and other aggressive chemicals. When fully cured, this highly cross-linked system will withstand complete submersion...

Op amps provide 20 MHz of gain bandwidth

January 31, 2011 8:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today expanded its 1.8-V precision operational amplifier (op amp) portfolio with a new line of op amps for low-noise, high-impedance sensor measurement. The first product in the OPAx320 family, the two-channel OPA2320, provides 20 MHz of gain bandwidth...

Processors can be implemented as either single or dual cores

January 31, 2011 8:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

ARM today announced the launch of the ARM Cortex-R5 MPCore and the Cortex-R7 MPCore processors for use in 3G and 4G mobile baseband, mass storage, automotive and industrial markets. The move further extends the company’s leading real-time processor portfolio...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Integrated CAN Transceiver Microcontroller Solution

January 31, 2011 6:40 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox, we talk to Geoff Lees from NXP about their latest device, presented as the  industry’s first integrated high-speed CAN Physical Layer transceiver and microcontroller with on-chip CANopen drivers.

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