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Shrinking Design Cycles

January 18, 2011 10:21 am | by Shrikrishna Mehetre, Open-Silicon | Articles | Comments

Semiconductor industry sales started with $1B in 1962 and have now reached over $225B. The initial ASIC products were mainly processors, but today the ASIC design industry has evolved to cater to every market segment, from things such as networking and imaging, to tiny biomedical devices.

Structural Adhesive Cures at Room Temperature

January 18, 2011 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Formulated for structural applications in extreme environments with temperatures from -80°F to +425°F, Master Bond Supreme 33 has superior resistance to thermal cycling, thermal shock and impact. This toughened, two-component epoxy offers high structural bond strength to a wide variety of substrates...

COTS Rugged Systems Reduce Time-To-Market

January 18, 2011 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

GE Intelligent Platforms today announced a new family of rugged, off-the-shelf systems designed to reduce the cost and time-to-market of developing solutions for a range of military vehicle platforms including UAVs, manned and unmanned ground vehicles and launch vehicles.


EAO Switch Offers Customization for Boat Builders

January 18, 2011 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

EAO Switch Corporation announces a complete range of specialized switches and innovative control systems for marine applications. This range of products includes illuminated pushbuttons and indicators, keylocks, selector switches, joysticks, membrane controls, and emergency-stops.

The Changing Nature of Development Cycles for Portable Devices

January 18, 2011 6:07 am | by Anders Holmberg, Product Manager, IAR Systems | Articles | Comments

Not so long ago I worked for a mobile handset company as a software developer. A team of 40 worked across several different sites and countries on a major 2 year project to design a new handset. It was not uncommon for us to work on a subset of code and never see the whole application.

Company Announces Stainless Steel Computer Terminal

January 18, 2011 4:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Glacier Computer announced today the release of the Everest S9000 stainless steel rugged computer terminal. The Everest S9000 is designed for customers who require a stainless steel, IP65/NEMA 4 sealed unit to meet the hygienic standards in food processing...

Femtocell testing solution ensures scalability and security

January 18, 2011 4:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ixia announced the availability of a comprehensive, end-to-end femtocell test solution that fully validates the entire femtocell ecosystem, including access points and gateways. Ixia’s innovate, powerful, and comprehensive femtocell test solution assesses all network aspects and femtocell devices...

JTAG Technologies announces eleven enhancements to its ProVision boundary-scan tool

January 18, 2011 4:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

JTAG Technologies has once again boosted the performance of its industry-leading ProVision suite of boundary-scan development tools with the addition of 11 enhancements. The first of these is the addition of all instructions handling...


Rocker switch serves compact space applications

January 17, 2011 11:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Phaseda LLC has introduced a small power rocker switch. This small size RL3-8 rocker switch is made for compact space application. It has UL rating at 6A 125VAC, and VDE rating at 3A 250VAC T125. And it’s fully compliant with RoHS requirement.

Bi-Directional Logic Gate Optocoupler Provides Reliable Optical Isolation

January 17, 2011 7:47 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Design engineers working with industrial communication designs need to transmit high speed data over the communication fieldbus without the risk of damaging sensitive controllers, ADCs or sensors. The current solution uses two single-channel optocouplers or other technology...

Extender boards enable active boards to be brought out from the subrack

January 17, 2011 4:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vero Technologies manufactures a wide range of double sided and multilayer Eurocard extender boards that enable active boards to be brought out from the subrack for testing and debugging while retaining the interconnect with the backplane.

CES 2011: SanDisk's New Flash Drive Selection

January 17, 2011 4:35 am | Videos | Comments

Kent Perry with SanDisk discusses three new flash drives, including the 128 gb compact flash drive. purportedly the biggest card in the industry.

Silicon Carbide Power MOSFETs Replace Silicon Devices in High Voltage Power Electronics

January 17, 2011 4:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

In a move that heralds a performance revolution in energy-efficient power electronics, Cree, a market leader in silicon carbide (SiC) power devices, has introduced the industry’s first fully-qualified commercial silicon carbide power MOSFET.


CES 2011: Contour Energy Systems' New 3 V Battery System

January 17, 2011 4:32 am | Videos | Comments

Eric Lind with Contour Energy Systems discusses their new 3 V battery system at CES 2011.

An Introduction to Solid State Lighting

January 17, 2011 4:28 am | by Rob Rix, VP, Tyco Electronics Lighting | Articles | Comments

Unlike the incandescent / fluorescent lamp world of today’s electrical lighting fixtures, solid-state lighting is in the realm of electronics. The purpose of this series of articlesis to provide an informative summary of the elements that comprise these new electronic systems...

NXP Announces Industry’s First Integrated CAN Transceiver Microcontroller Solution

January 17, 2011 4:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors announced the LPC11C22 and LPC11C24 – the industry’s first integrated high-speed CAN Physical Layer transceiver and microcontroller with on-chip CANopen drivers.

Let's Select a DC-DC Boost Converter

January 17, 2011 3:25 am | Videos | Comments

Dave of the EEVblog is on the search for a single AA cell to 500mA 5V DC DC boost converter chip. Is it possible?, what will he find?,

PLL Products Use 28nm Low-Power Common Platform Process

January 17, 2011 3:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Bits announced availability of a full design kit for their PLL IP products, supporting the 28nm Common Platform process of IBM, Samsung and Global Foundries.

RFMD Achieves 4G Performance Milestone

January 14, 2011 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

RF Micro Devices, Inc. today announced it has achieved a major performance milestone related to its PowerSmart power platforms. RFMD’s PowerSmart power platforms are a new product category reshaping the future of multimode, multi-band cellular RF architectures.

Deliver High-Performance Car Radio Designs at Low Cost

January 14, 2011 7:25 am | by Lokesh Duraiappah, Silicon Labs, | Articles | Comments

High-growth economies such as Brazil, Indonesia, India and China have an emerging middle class and rapidly growing automotive markets. The vehicle retail price in these markets must be relatively low, putting cost pressure on components in these vehicles.

EcoCAR Challenge Countdown - The Road to the Finals

January 14, 2011 6:02 am | by John Kruckenberg, Ohio State University | Blogs | Comments

The EcoCAR Challenge is an opportunity for university students to apply cutting edge technology and experiment with solutions to the problems of the future. The goal of the three-year student competition is to design practical vehicles that improve efficiency, emissions, and performance while remaining functional.

Tinker's Toolbox - The First MEMS Resonator

January 14, 2011 4:46 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox, we talk to Piyush Sevalia of SiTime about their SiT1052, the first MEMS resonator for real time clock and time-keeping applications.

Lithium Ion Battery Assembly Challenges

January 14, 2011 4:29 am | by Marko Dimitrijevic, Applications Engineer, International Components Corporation | Articles | Comments

Advances in lithium-ion battery technology have created new opportunities for the development of portable devices. Contemporary lithium-ion cells offer energy densities that are significantly higher than legacy battery chemistries such as nickel cadmium (NiCd), nickel metal hydride (NiMh) and lead acid (LA).

Satellite IF switch IC allows 16 satellite inputs

January 14, 2011 4:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX12005, the industry’s first 8 x 4 satellite IF switch IC that is expandable to allow up to 16 satellite signals. Highly integrated, the MAX12005 is flexible and adaptable for a wide range of space-constrained, satellite IF distribution and multiswitch applications.

LED tube enables high light transmission

January 14, 2011 3:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ilumisys MK2 light-emitting diode (LED) tube, an energy-efficient, mercury-free replacement for traditional fluorescent light tubes, achieves excellent light transmission and light diffusion qualities with Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s Makrolon 6717 polycarbonate.

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