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Power MOSFETs Optimized for Class D Applications

August 19, 2010 8:01 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced a family of automotive DirectFET2 power MOSFETs for high frequency switching applications including the output stage for Class D Audio systems.  

Three Unique FPGA-based Logic Analyzers – Each Designed in Just One Day

August 19, 2010 7:51 am | by Jake Janovetz, Opal Kelly | Articles | Comments

A recent engineering design challenge asked FPGA experts to design a “Logic Analyzer in a Day” using off-the-shelf Opal Kelly FPGA-USB modules and its Front Panel SDK. The objective was to showcase the design capabilities of these engineering experts...

LED Thermal Management

August 19, 2010 7:44 am | Videos | Comments

This training module from Digi-Key and TT Electronics/Optek Technology provides guidance on managing junction temperature of high-power visible LEDs, including ways to remove heat.

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HDMI 1.4: Bringing 3D Video Home

August 19, 2010 7:27 am | by Thomas Dippon, Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

When HDMI version 1.4 was publicly released in October 2009, it included a number of new features. Most of the new features are barely moving the needle on the consumer electronics industry's Richter scale. But one new HDMI 1.4 feature -- the implementation of 3D video mode -- is about to buckle the pavement of the status quo.

System management microcontroller cuts power and cooling costs in enterprise equipment

August 19, 2010 6:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX31782, a system management microcontroller that combines six temperature measurement channels with six channels of closed-loop fan control. By monitoring multiple temperature points throughout the system...

Keyboard includes Built-in Trackball and Adjustable Backlighting

August 19, 2010 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Stealth model KYBX-400 series keyboard is an industrial grade keyboard with built-in optical trackball that is environmentally sealed to NEMA 4, 4X, IP65 specifications. This rugged keyboard is housed in a vandal resistant stainless steel enclosure and will stand up to harsh, wet and dirty environments.

LED Thermal Design Challenges: Tips and Techniques

August 19, 2010 5:56 am | by Brian Witzen, Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas | Articles | Comments

The latest in LED lighting offers high luminous flux, efficiency, CRI, and reliability, suitable for most lighting applications, including architectural, accent, HID, and down lighting. LEDs save energy, reduce waste, are free of mercury and lead, and convert energy to light more efficiently than common light sources used today.

Camera Phone Modules Look to a New Design

August 19, 2010 5:44 am | by Jacky Perdrigeat, Nemotek Technologies, www.nemotektechnologies.com | Articles | Comments

The first commercial mobile phone in North America with a built-in camera to capture photographs or video was developed in 2002. As mobile phone usage increases and cameras gain ubiquity in mobile phones, demand for such functionality continues to increase, with significantly strong growth in emerging countries.

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Soft Displays Bring Customization, Easy Configuration to Industrial Apps

August 19, 2010 5:37 am | Articles | Comments

For several years now, many of the gadgets we use around the house, on the move and in the workplace have contained some form of visual display to impart status information to the user and even allow the user to interact with them via a touch screen.

Touch Panel Selection Criteria Should Include Structure and Materials

August 18, 2010 1:03 pm | by Ning Li, Fujitsu Components America, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The touch screen interface is increasingly becoming a standard requirement in today’s electronic products. But how does one choose the right touch screen for the application? What are the basic considerations when sourcing a touch screen?

Rail-to-Rail Output Gate Drive Optocouplers

August 18, 2010 12:53 pm | by Tee Chun Keong, Technical Marketing Engineer, Avago Technologies | Articles | Comments

Gate drive optocouplers are widely used for driving IGBT and Power MOSFET because of the high output current driving capability. Traditionally, gate drive optocoupler use bipolar transistors for the output stage to deliver high output current.

No More Silos Allowed for Thermal and EMI Engineers as Frequencies Rise

August 18, 2010 8:27 am | by Jeff McCutcheon, Senior technical specialist, 3M Electronics | Articles | Comments

Are you a “Themimech” engineer? Rising frequencies of many applications are now forcing engineers to be aware of and plan for issues related to rising frequencies in electronic devices and systems and to participate in mutually supportive designs.

New government mandate: FM chips in all mobile phones

August 18, 2010 7:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

For years, radio broadcasters and artists have duked it out over performance rights. Enter the highly-contentious Performance Rights Act, which would expand copyright law to include all public performances of copyrighted sound recordings. And it’s gotten even wilder: an amendment would mandate that all mobile phones contain FM radio chips.

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Transceiver Averts Damage if Signal Wires are Reversed

August 18, 2010 6:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

TI introduced a symmetric-polarity transceiver that protects the system from communication losses and potential damage should the signal wires be inadvertently reversed during installation or maintenance.

L Circuit Solder-in EMI Filters Improve Insertion Loss

August 18, 2010 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Advanced Specialty Products announces the release of a new L circuit EMI filter designed to provide both inductance and series resistance for superior transient performance.

ICs Eliminate Sense-Resistor Power Loss in Standby

August 18, 2010 5:54 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations introduced the SENZero family of ICs that disconnect sense resistors from high-voltage rails during standby or remote-off conditions.

Creating Thin Connectors for High-Density Flexible Substrates

August 18, 2010 5:40 am | Blogs | Comments

DKN Research recently unveiled a new concept for Ultra Thin Connectors on high-density flexible substrates to showcase the connector’s flexibility and optimize a package design process.

Electronics Thermal Heatsink Design Tutorial

August 18, 2010 4:55 am | Videos | Comments

Dave takes you though the basic theory of thermal design and how heatsink calculations work. Then there are some real world temperature measurements to see how close to the theory we get. How do you read a heatsink thermal response graph? What is emissivity? It's all here in thermal design 101.

Automotive Socket Features Weather and Vibration Resistance

August 17, 2010 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

MPD’s AS212-C automotive socket features weather and vibration resistance in a durable nylon housing. The socket touts easy with the inclusion of a right angle bezel for placement under a panel, dashboard or cabinet. Also included are

World's Smallest WLAN Power Amplifier for Handsets and Wireless Modules

August 17, 2010 9:52 am | Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Microsemi Corporation today announced the LX5514M power amplifier (PA) in a compact package that matches the industry's smallest 1.5x1.5mm, 0.4mm-high footprint. Microsemi's LX5514M power amplifier supports IEEE 802.11b/g/n WLAN applications in the 2.4-2.5GHz frequency range.

Explosion Proof Lights Intended for Hazardous Areas

August 17, 2010 9:46 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics introduced new high efficiency explosion proof fluorescent lights to complement its expanding line of Class 1 and Class 2 LED lighting for hazardous location areas. Available in two and four foot lengths, the new hazardous location lights use biaxial compact fluorescent bulbs that deliver higher output than traditional T-series tube bulbs.

Achieving Zero Defect Software Development

August 17, 2010 9:37 am | by John Greenland, Senior Sales Manager, LDRA Technology | Articles | Comments

Zero Defect Software Development (ZDSD) is a results-oriented process that emphasizes the analysis, testing and reporting of the causality of defects. This process, which has evolved from the commitment to providing “five-nines” (99.999%) reliability for mission-critical applications...

Boost Device Drives up to 120 White LEDs

August 17, 2010 8:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corp. announced the SC442, a 10-channel white LED driver with an integrated 3A boost power switch. The device is capable of driving up to 120 LEDs at up to 30 mA per channel and is packaged in a low-profile 4 mm x 4 mm x0.6 mm, 28-pin MLPQ package. The SC442 operates

STI Electronics Develops IPC J-STD-001 Certification Kit with Lead-Free Option

August 16, 2010 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

STI Electronics, Inc., a full service organization providing training, electronic and industrial distribution, consulting, laboratory analysis, prototyping, and small- to medium-volume PCB assembly, has developed an IPC J-STD-001 Certification Kit with a lead-free option.

QFN Package designed for power devices

August 16, 2010 11:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Interplex Engineered Products has introduced a new air cavity Quad Flat No-Lead (QFN) package designed for power devices and components needing thermally enhanced packaging. Based upon the industry standard QFN package outline, Interplex has designed a unique structure that enables top surface thermal management of the package.

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