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1A and 2A Output Current Devices Provide Ultra-fast Transient Response

February 24, 2011 4:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corp. today launched the SC171 and SC172 buck regulators. These 1A and 2A output current devices are the latest additions to the company’s EcoSpeed DC-DC converter platform, which includes a broad selection of output current capabilities ranging from 1A to 30A.

Photovoltaic Fuses Added to NTE Fuse Line

February 23, 2011 10:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

NTE Electronics has expanded its fuse line to include 10x38mm photovoltaic fuses for solar panel applications. The 74-10FC Solar Protection Fuse series has been specifically designed for photovoltaic (PV) systems. This family of midget fuses can safely protect PV modules...

Cheating is what makes the MATLAB programming contest fun

February 23, 2011 9:36 am | by Ned Gulley, MathWorks | Blogs | Comments

Actually, we don't call it cheating. But it's hard for some people to shake the notion that borrowing code from your fellow contestants is wrong. In fact, it's not only okay, it's practically required.


Power Development Kits Target Precision Analog

February 23, 2011 8:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced two power management development kits, which help designers generate the cleanest possible positive and negative voltage rails to power today’s analog circuits.

Return to Zero - Tin Hats

February 23, 2011 7:51 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.

LED video display with picture-perfect images from any angle

February 23, 2011 6:44 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

A new high-performance 150” diagonal LED video display developed by FormoLight Technologies, Inc., provides high brightness and high contrast with sharp, vivid images for indoor and outdoor applications thanks to an LED solution from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors...

Reconfigurable transceiver eliminates the need of surface acoustic wave filters

February 23, 2011 6:26 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

At this week’s International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC2011), imec and Renesas Electronics Corporation present a highly-linear reconfigurable transceiver, eliminating the need of surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters.

Printed Electronics - Many New Directions

February 23, 2011 6:04 am | by Raghu Das, IDTechEx ( | Blogs | Comments

Electronic printing is now more widely seen as an enabling technology that is already cost-reducing electronic and electrical products. Today's examples include the filter and liquid crystal layers in LCDs and of course antennas, flexible keyboards, and so on.


System software captures AOI relevant variations in the production process

February 23, 2011 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The newest version of GOEPEL electronic’s AOI system software features a special highlight. An integrated debug statistics captures AOI relevant variations in the production process and provides them for statistical evaluations.

Lighting control system provides total communication to individual fixtures

February 23, 2011 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

World Energy Control Corporation (WECC) has designed a network communication function into its Distributed Lighting Control System (DLCS) that allows building owners and facility managers to reduce energy usage...

The Tinker's Toolbox - the First 3G CMOS RF Power Amplifier

February 23, 2011 3:39 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jim Nohrden of Black Sand about their 3G CMOS RF power amplifier (PA) products. The devices promise to significantly improve the reliability and data throughput of mobile products, and are designed as a drop-in replacement for existing 3G GaAs RF PAs.

EcoCAR Challenge Countdown: The Road to the Finals - February

February 22, 2011 9:54 am | by Beth Bezaire | Blogs | Comments

The Ohio State University EcoCAR team is one of 16 teams using cutting edge technology to develop fuel efficient, low emissions vehicles for EcoCAR The Next Challenge. Teams are in the third and final year of the competition, which culminates

MCUs Add Space-Saving Socket Option

February 22, 2011 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro is making its EFM32 Gecko and Tiny Gecko product lines available in the space-saving QFP48 package. The smaller 48-pin ARM Cortex-M3 based microcontroller options will enable manufacturers to


STMicroelectronics Raises Reliability and Efficiency for Ultra-Compact LED Lamps

February 22, 2011 8:25 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

The first in a new family of mains-operated LED lamp drivers from STMicroelectronics will enable designers to deliver more reliable and efficient LED retrofit lamps featuring primary-side current regulation.

Mixing driver delivers up to 185W of power

February 22, 2011 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

ROAL Electronics will demo new Intelligent LED Drivers at the Strategies in Light Show this week in Santa Clara, California. The Spectra Series is a multi-channel color mixing driver that delivers up to 185W of power and is available in both a convection-cooled open frame for embedded use...

LED ballasts designed for high power indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures

February 22, 2011 8:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

ROAL Electronics is debutinga new Intelligent LED Ballast at the Strategies in Light Show this week in Santa Clara, California. The Ozone, the newest member of ROAL’s versatile range of LED Ballasts, combines smart technology, space and energy savings...

Development Kit is First for NXP LPC1227 Microcontroller

February 22, 2011 7:44 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

The kit includes a development board with an ARM Cortex-M0 based LPC1227 microcontroller, peripherals and connectors, an IAR J-Link Lite debug probe providing SWD debugging, software development tools and board support packages for various RTOSes.

NI PXIe-5665 VSA Speed and Accuracy Comparison

February 22, 2011 7:42 am | Videos | Comments

The new NI PXIe-5665 Vector Signal Analyzer offers industry-leading performance in both speed and accuracy. See the NI VSA lead in both speed in accuracy at a fraction of the price and size of the traditional solution...

PXI RF Vector Signal Analyzer Is Asserted to Outperform Rack-and-Stack Instrumentation

February 22, 2011 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Instruments introduced the NI PXIe-5665, a 3.6 GHz RF vector signal analyzer (VSA) that delivers desirable RF performance in a PXI form factor. The VSA features

Step 1: Piracy, Step 3: Profit

February 22, 2011 7:03 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

An article in the e-zine “Gamasutra” urges game developers to “love their pirates.” Rather than endeavoring to defeat piracy, developers ought to embrace theft (i.e. piracy) as a viable advertising tool. The article is based on a number of myths and logical flaws that I’d like to address.

5 Sci-Fi Apocalypses The Government Is Actually Planning For

February 22, 2011 7:01 am | by Kathy Benjamin, | Articles | Comments

The government has to plan for every contingency: disease, famine, political instability, drought, weather, aliens, the plot of Armageddon coming true and protecting super-evolved man from his primitive cousins. There are actual plans for every one of those scenarios.

Vector Fabrics Eases Heterogeneous Multicore Development

February 22, 2011 5:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vector Fabrics today announced the launch of their vfEmbedded cloud-based tool that allows embedded engineers to partition and map their software onto complex multicore platforms with ease.

Tri-axis Accelerometer Speeds Multiplexed Switching for HDD Protection

February 22, 2011 4:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kionix  announced a tri-axis analog accelerometer that improves multiplexed switching for hard-disk-drive (HDD) protection by 400 percent over its predecessor, the KXPB5. The new KXTH5 boosts the speed at which the hard disk drive can detect a “drop,” thereby increasing system robustness.

Pressure Transducer Features Large Selection of Connections

February 22, 2011 4:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Ashcroft G2 pressure transducer is available with a large selection of electrical and pressure connections. Deutsch DT and DTM along with the AMP Superseal 1.5 connection provide moisture resistance along with proven latch designs that prevent inadvertent disconnection.

Shock Absorber Smoothes Vibration for Laser Power-Energy Sensors

February 22, 2011 3:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ophir Photonics announced the Shock Absorber – a mounting post designed to allow the operation of sensitive pyroelectric laser power/energy sensors in an environment with vibration. This special mount smoothes out vibration and eliminates false triggering...

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