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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, www.silabs.com | 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.

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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.

Innoquest Unveils the Spotcheck Reel Estimator

January 14, 2011 3:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Innoquest, Inc. recently unveiled the SpotCheck Reel Estimator, a revolutionary handheld digital meter for determining tape and reel part counts. Using patent pending technology, the new Reel Estimator quickly and accurately determines part counts to within 5 percent for any surface mount part supplied on tape and reel...

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3D: The panacea no one wants

January 13, 2011 12:22 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

To paraphrase David Farragut, damn the sales figures; full speed ahead! If CES 2011 signaled anything, it was the industry’s intent on shoving 3D down our throats. The most vocal proponent, Sony, claims they’ll “lead the industry’s charge for 3D.” Yet for the industry, it’s more like a holy crusade.

DSP Core Delivers Broad Codec Support

January 13, 2011 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

CEVA, Inc. announced the latest addition to its CEVA-TeakLite-III DSP architecture. The CEVA-TL3211 is an advanced DSP targeting the growing needs of low cost smartphones and high-definition (HD) audio features within digital televisions (DTV), set-top-boxes (STB), and Blu-ray Disc players.

Ceiling Mount Antenna Has Wide Bandwidth Performance

January 13, 2011 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Antenna Factor is pleased to announce the exciting OM-DW Series antennas. Capable of covering all popular frequency bands from 860MHz through 5.88GHz, the OM-DW Series eliminates the need to stock multiple antenna frequencies.

Power MOSFET Achieves 52 Percent Lower Loss

January 13, 2011 6:00 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the availability of a new high-voltage N-channel po w er metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect-transistor (MOSFET), the RJK60S5DPK, for power supply units that delivers high efficiency.

Semtech Expands EcoSpeed Regulator Platform with 24V, 3A Device

January 13, 2011 5:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corp. has expanded its efficient, high-performance EcoSpeed regulator platform to include a 3A output current device with a wide input voltage range from 5.5 to 24V. The new SC410 joins Semtech’s existing platform of EcoSpeed converters...

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Electronic Current Limiter Solutions

January 13, 2011 5:14 am | by Paul Wiener, Telecom Market Director at Bourns, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Ethernet is the most pervasive interface technology used in Local Area Networking (LAN). There are several variations of Ethernet; the most common types are the 10BaseT at 10 Mbps data rate, Fast Ethernet at 100 Mbps and a growing trend toward Gigabit Ethernet (GbE).

Power connectors Suit Back-up Power and UPS Systems

January 12, 2011 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Positronic announced its Wondersun power connector. These single pole or multi-pole power connectors are for use in applications such as back up power and UPS systems; telecom, datacom, and server power distribution; test equipment; transportation; and industrial and process controls.

Power Module Designs Aim for Efficiency, Heat Management, and Flexibility

January 12, 2011 5:49 am | by Joe Sullivan, Product Marketing Manager, Vicor Corporation | Articles | Comments

As electronic systems continue the trend toward lower voltages and higher currents and as the speed of contemporary loads ? such as state-of-the-art processors and memory ? continues to increase, the power systems designer is challenged...

MOSFET Drivers feature over-temperature protection for high end servers

January 12, 2011 5:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

CHiL Semiconductor Corporation announced that it has introduced a new family of MOSFET drivers, focusing on high efficiency voltage regulator (VR) solutions. Driver models are available with variable gate drive and over-temperature protection...

Defining the New Era in Highly Efficient Power Electronics Design

January 11, 2011 11:54 am | by Peter J Zdebel (Senior Vice President and CTO) and Marnix Tack (Senior Director), ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

A report published by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEE) estimates the US economy could expand by greater than 70 percent through 2030 and still use 11 percent less electricity, thanks to efficiency gains made possible via semiconductor technology.

Compact charger identification switch supports USB, Apple, and CCSA YD-T charging

January 11, 2011 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX14566E, a USB charger identification solution that supports the charging of portable devices from notebook computers, even when the computer is in sleep or hibernate mode.

Tripp Lite Expands Line of Network Management Solutions

January 11, 2011 10:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tripp Lite has expanded its line of network power management hardware with two new products. The MODBUSCARD and RELAYIOCARD enable users to monitor and control UPS systems remotely via MODBUS RTU protocol or contact closure outputs.

N-Channel MOSFET boasts continuous drain current rating of 3.6A

January 11, 2011 10:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Central Semiconductor Corp. announces the introduction of the CMPDM303NH high current, low rDS(ON), N-Channel MOSFET. The CMPDM303NH in the industry standard SOT-23F package, has an exceptional continuous drain current rating of 3.6A.

Chinese fifth-gen fighter shatters U.S. illusions

January 11, 2011 9:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

China held the first test flight of its fifth-generation J-20 fighter today. Lifting off at 12:50:08 local time (04:50:08 GMT), the Chengdu J-20 recorded a flight time of about 18 minutes. This can’t be overstated—the J-20 could seriously alter the balance of power in the Pacific. When Secretary Gates capped the F-22 Raptor at 187 planes, it was based on the presumption that the era of conventional warfare was over.

5 Years After RoHS: What’s New, What’s Ahead in Legislation

January 11, 2011 7:28 am | by Gary Nevison & Ken Manchen, element14 & Newark | Blogs | Comments

During 2010 there were a number of legislative developments that will have impact on design engineers and the electronics industry the world over. The debate around the scope of the so called RoHS recast has had many twists and turns over the last year.

Aerospace Materials Line Adds Preformed Gaskets for Multi-face Aircraft Apps

January 11, 2011 6:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. expanded its family of GORE SKYFLEX Aerospace Materials to include preformed gaskets for multi-face aircraft applications such as hole liners, flange joints, fastener seals, and galley or restroom hard-mounts. These lightweight, non-hazardous gaskets ensure

Texas Instruments Floating-point MCU Discussion

January 11, 2011 6:18 am | Videos | Comments

Sangmin Chon, Texas Instruments' Director of Marketing of C2000 real-time control MCUs stops by ECN's offices to discuss the company's new TMS320F2806x Piccolo floating-point MCU offering. 

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