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Intel Wireless Display - Nice, but 'Where's the Beef?'

February 7, 2011 5:22 am | Blogs | Comments

In a similar vein of the brouhaha in the news about Taco Bell's meat product, Intel's new WiDi-2 Intel Wireless Display seems to be a case of taking some liberties with the technologies' naming

New Graphical Tools Significantly Simplify Servo Drive Setup and Optimization

February 7, 2011 4:48 am | by Josh Inman, Product Manager, Kollmorgen, | Articles | Comments

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) face continual demands to bring new products to market with higher levels of performance in time to meet shrinking market windows. In many cases, motion is the key to differentiating the machine...

Unmanned Northrop Grumman X-47B UCAS-D First Flight

February 7, 2011 3:23 am | Videos | Comments

A Northrop Grumman video of the Feb 4 first flight of the US Navy's X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstrator from Edwrads AFB, Calif.


LED Driver ICs for General Lighting Are up 88 Percent Efficient

February 4, 2011 11:04 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations announced seven new members of its 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

Hall effect, 1000-A Current Sensor Supports Renewable Energy Apps

February 4, 2011 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Premo has introduced a close loop 1000-A Hall effect sensor, the HCT-1000LF. Features and characteristics include accuracy to ± 0.1 percent, linearity of ± 0.1 percent, 1000-A nominal current; 2000-A measuring current, a transformation ratio of

Infrared LEDs Suit Proximity Sensing

February 4, 2011 9:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new series of high-performance infrared LEDs suited for proximity sensor applications is now available from ROHM Semiconductor . The SIM-030/031ST and SIM-040/041ST surface-mount IR LEDs feature a desirable IR wavelength technology providing

USB-Powered 20-MHz Scopes Integrate IEPE Sensor Drive, Large Memory Buffer

February 4, 2011 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. has introduced PS4224-IEPE - a new 20MHz 12-bit 2-channel PC oscilloscope adapter with an integrated IEPE (Integrated Electronic Piezo Electric - IEEE 1451.4) interface, making it compatible with

Pushbutton Switch Has a Momentary Function

February 4, 2011 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RP8300 series is an illuminated round pushbutton switch that is encased in a metal die cast housing. This pushbutton switch series is for those seeking rounder edges and industrial strength durability without sacrificing style. Multiple color options are available. The RP8300 series switch features


Low-voltage Precision Op Amps Target Sensor Measurement

February 4, 2011 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

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

Seika Machinery to Exhibit Green Tech at SMTA Forums

February 4, 2011 5:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Seika Machinery, Inc., a leading provider of advanced machinery, materials and engineering services, will highlight green technologies at the upcoming SMTA Dallas and Houston Expo & Tech Forums. The SMTA Dallas Expo & Tech Forum is scheduled to take place Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at the Richardson Civic Center in Richardson, TX and the SMTA Houston Expo & Tech Forum is scheduled to take place Thursday, March 3, 2011 at the Stafford Centre in Stafford, TX.

SEMA to Discuss a Comparison of China Versus Western Solar Manufacturing

February 4, 2011 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

SEMA, the Solar Engineering & Manufacturing Association, announces a meeting to be held on Thursday, March 3, 2011 in Milpitas, CA from 5-7 p.m. The meeting will address the impact of China’s manufacturing model on the global solar manufacturing industry. Matthew Holzmann, President of SEMA, will present

Mid-Range Oscilloscope Platform Launches Six Models from 400 MHz to 4 GHz

February 3, 2011 10:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

LeCroy Corporation announced the launch of WaveRunner 6 Zi, a mid-range oscilloscope series. The new flagship WaveRunner features 4 GHz bandwidth and 40GS/s per channel sample rates with a new industrial design, comprehensive serial-data and

Power Amplifier Supports all 3.5 GHz WiMAX Frequency Bands

February 3, 2011 10:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Expanding its leadership in providing compelling power amplifier solutions for WiMAX communication equipment, ANADIGICS, Inc. today introduced a new power amplifier (PA) module designed for use in WiMAX Customer Premises Equipments (CPEs) and femtocells.


ECL Tolerates AC Mains Power Contact Without Damage

February 3, 2011 10:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns, Inc announced its latest series of TBU (Transient Blocking Unit) circuit protection devices for high speed protection of communications ports. The devices are said to be the industry’s first electronic current limiters (ECLs) designed to tolerate AC mains power contact without

ICs reduce solution size by 60%

February 3, 2011 10:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX8982A/MAX8982X, power-management ICs (PMICs) for LTE/WCDMA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE data cards based on Icera’s E400/E450 platform. These devices integrate four high-efficiency step-down converters and nine low-dropout linear regulators...

Tyco Announces Expansion to Interactive Digital Signage product line

February 3, 2011 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tyco Electronics today announced the expansion of their Elo TouchSystems Interactive Digital Signage (IDS) product line with the addition of IntelliTouch and IntelliTouch Plus product technologies. The addition of new touch technologies will provide developers and customers more integrated, large format interactive display solutions.

Army to deploy “revolutionary” smart weapon

February 3, 2011 9:23 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. Army is set to deploy a “revolutionary” airburst grenade launcher, said to be the first small arms “smart” weapon. Described as a “game changer,” the XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System (CDTE) could fundamentally transform squad and platoon tactics. Most firefights in Afghanistan take place beyond 300 meters (often up to 500 meters).

The Tinker's Toolbox - a Chat with Knovel CEO Chris Forbes

February 3, 2011 5:20 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Chris Forbes, CEO of Knovel.

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...

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