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Impact of the Japanese Disaster on the PV Industry

March 15, 2011 8:02 am | by Charles Annis – Vice President, Manufacturing Research | Blogs | Comments

The magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck Northeast Japan on March 11 and the tsunami that followed later killed thousands and devastated huge parts of the country. In the process, multiple nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station were damaged...

Cold Plates Serve Demanding Military Cooling Applications

March 15, 2011 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thermacore ( introduces a new line of cold plates that meet the most recent VME64x/VPX standards and support commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) packaging formats. These high conductance cold plates offer significant improvement in electronics cooling performance...

Industry’s first Class H VDSL line driver consumes 47 percent less power

March 15, 2011 6:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated today introduced the industry’s first Class H VDSL line driver in full production. Compared to Class AB alternatives, the gated, dual-port THS6226 consumes 47 percent less power, a critical requirement for the high-density VDSL applications used in high-speed broadband networks.


MCUs Suit Portable Smart Metering, Medical Applications

March 14, 2011 2:07 pm | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

MSC offers eight new low power 32-bit MCUs in the V850ES/Jx3-L Series from Renesas Electronics. These devices are suited to mobile smart metering and medical applications with high memory demand. The typical

AC-DC LED Drivers Meet Harsh Requirements for Outdoor Lighting

March 14, 2011 1:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Bias Power’s BPWXL Series of 4-, 6- and 10-W constant current LED drivers offer 350 mA constant current operation with 1 percent regulation over the entire input voltage range of 100 V to 308 VAC, 50/60 Hz. The drivers have

Positioning sensor provides accuracy of ±7 arc-min

March 14, 2011 12:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell today introduced the Honeywell Hawk Resolvers 1-Inch Series, Fully Housed Configuration, which provide enhanced accuracy (±7 arcmin) for precise motion control.

Smart Grid and Alternative Energy: An Overview

March 14, 2011 12:35 pm | by Imad Mahawili, Ph.D., Chief Technical Officer, WindTronics | Articles | Comments

Thomas Edison designed and built the first electricity generating plant in the United States. His Pearl Street plant in Manhattan started operating in September 1882. It initially supplied electricity to nearly 500 lamps for about 50 customers...

A New World Order for Tech Computing

March 14, 2011 11:02 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon ( | Blogs | Comments

This years CES and the recently completed Mobile World Congress in Barcelona indicate that we are be on the verge of a tipping point in the computing ecosystem versus what we have known for the past 20 years.


FCC-Certified PoE Amp Kits Include Wireless Ethernet Adapters

March 14, 2011 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

L-com, Inc. has released new PoE amplifier kits for 802.11b/g WiFi applications. The new kits come as FCC-certified systems and are priced the same as the conventional amplifier alone.

FIRST Robotics Regional Competition Tips

March 14, 2011 10:32 am | by Scott McMahon | Blogs | Comments

I attended the regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in San Antonio last week, providing technical support and mentoring to young innovators of tomorrow. The FRC was a great event! I walked away with a few tips for students, mentors and volunteers, so I thought I’d share...

Return to Zero - Moon Rock Delights

March 14, 2011 8:43 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.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Advanced Bridgelux LED Arrays

March 14, 2011 8:23 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jason Posselt of Bridgelux about their latest LED arrays, presented as having twice the output of currently available commerical devices...

Sine Reference Oscillator PC-104 Card Drives 5VA

March 14, 2011 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Data Device Corporation (DDC) introduces the new SB-36350CX series sine reference oscillator PC/104 cards featuring a high efficiency transformer isolated output to directly drive high inductive loads. The SB-36350CX cards feature software programmable voltage...


Why science fiction action movies need a little comic relief

March 14, 2011 7:16 am | by Alasdair Wilkins, | Blogs | Comments

Comedy does have a very particular purpose in sci-fi and action movies. It's a safety valve, a way for the movie to help soothe the audience's suspension of disbelief.

New license management for ArtemiS multi-channel analysis software

March 14, 2011 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

With ArtemiS’Net and ArtemiS’Net(+), HEAD acoustics GmbH now offers two new license management variants for the ArtemiS multi-channel analysis software. “The new options allow companies using the software in their network to flexibly employ ArtemiS where it is currently needed”...

Gulliver’s Miniature Power Supply Designs

March 14, 2011 5:41 am | by Thomas Hoffman, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Developers are faced with a systems landscape that is in constant change. As complexity increases, so do power management requirements. New features like camera flash light drivers, built-in projectors, communications and application-specific processors...

EEPROMS’s Have Low Current Consumption and a Wide Operating Range

March 11, 2011 10:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

The S-24C Series (2-wire interface) & S-25C Series (SPI Interface) are low current consumption and wide range operational serial EEPROMs. Each series has the capacity range of 1Kbit to 1Mbit. Page write and sequential read are available.

Four-axis Drive for Motion Controllers Provides 750 W

March 11, 2011 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Galil Motion Control announced the AMP-43240, the newest member of its multi-axis drive family. The AMP-43240 is a four-axis servo drive which provides up to 750 W per axis. It resides inside the company’s DMC-4040 or DMC-4143 four-axis motion controller enclosure.

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

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