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Enclosures designed for personal electronic devices

February 16, 2011 9:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Following customer demand, OKW have extended their award winning ‘MINITEC’ range of pocket-size enclosures. These highly attractive multi-colored housings have been designed for personal electronic devices which can be carried in the hand, on a key ring, wrist strap, or lanyard.

Photovoltaic metallization paste delivers up to 0.4 percent greater conversion efficiency

February 16, 2011 9:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM) has introduced DuPont Solamet PV701 photovoltaic metallization paste as its newest generation of Metal Wrap Through (MWT) technology for back side interconnected silicon solar cell designs.

Return to Zero - Perfect Match

February 16, 2011 8:41 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.


Connector Offers Sub-Miniature Design Flexibility

February 16, 2011 6:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new ZPD Series wire-to-board, double row, crimp style connectors recently introduced by JST Corporation, Waukegan, Illinois, is designed with a secure locking device to ensure connector mating integrity even under adverse conditions.

Maxim extends TacTouch family with 4- and 10-finger multitouch capacitive touch-screen ICs

February 15, 2011 11:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

At Mobile World Congress 2011, Maxim Integrated Products is demonstrating the MAX11855 and MAX11871, projected capacitive touch-screen controllers offering 4-point and 10-point touch detection with industry-leading sensitivity and noise immunity performance.

Wide Input 3 Watt DC-DC Converters in Surface Mount Package

February 15, 2011 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

To meet the increased demands of automated production processes and board space constraints, Mornsun introduces the WRA/WRB-LT-3W Series’ of surface mount dc/dc converters. The WRA-LT-3W and WRB-LT-3W products offer 3W of power...

No Risky Business: Eliminating the Dangers of EOL Device Procurement

February 15, 2011 10:31 am | by George Karalias, Rochester Electronics | Articles | Comments

In the past, there were only two end-of-life (EOL) solutions available to procurement professionals: make a one-time, last-time purchase from the original manufacturer, or purchase residual inventory through distribution. A last-time buy can be a significant financial burden...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Near-Field Communications

February 15, 2011 9:04 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jeff Miles, the Director of Mobile Transactions at NXP about their work in the Near Field Communications space and their collaborative efforts with product manufacturers to integrate that functionality into their devices.


Fuel New Company Growth with the Right Online Strategy

February 15, 2011 8:41 am | by Susan Orr, Senior Director, Thomas Industrial Network | Articles | Comments

Whether you’re a manufacturer or distributor of electronic components, now is the time to capitalize on the growing economy, and to reach new prospects and new markets, to fuel your own company’s expansion. Indeed, ThomasNet’s Industry Market Barometer (IMB)...

Engineer 2.0 – 10 Online Tools You Should be Using

February 15, 2011 8:32 am | by Andy Brown, VP, SupplyFrame | Articles | Comments

As a design engineer, you spend more time online than ever before. Researching parts, trading off options and checking price and availability are commonplace tasks that have shifted online. Other common engineering tasks you can do online have only just begun.

A component distributor that goes beyond components

February 15, 2011 8:26 am | by Vandana Lokeshwar, Technology Development Manager, Newark & element14 | Articles | Comments

Our parent company, Premier Farnell, has historically been a leading, high service, multi-channel distribution group supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals globally through Newark in the Americas, Farnell in Europe and most recently, element14 in Asia.

Answering the Call for Systems-Level Training

February 15, 2011 8:10 am | by Tim Barber, Senior Vice President, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

To achieve true product differentiation in today’s ultra competitive global electronics market, OEM designers must go beyond smaller, faster, cheaper and take a more holistic approach to new product development. Though the Internet age has made component information more accessible than ever...

Distributor’s Reference Designs Lend Helping Hand to Engineers

February 15, 2011 7:53 am | by Jim Beneke, Vice President, Global Technical Marketing, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

The continuing pressure on designers to develop products faster, cheaper, with greater performance, improved functionality and lower power consumption, places considerable stress on the traditional design process. Add in the fact that at the component level device complexity is nearly doubling every 18 months...


High Voltage LED Series Intended for Retrofit Lighting Applications

February 15, 2011 7:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Everlight Electronics Co. launches a range of High Voltage LEDs especially suited for use in solid state lighting integral lamps, aka retrofit lamps. Everlight's new HiVo series comprises a 1W, 2W and 4W solution.

PC clip features a 3-legged, THM design

February 15, 2011 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

With the introduction of new Catalog No. 54, a low profile, thru-hole PC Battery Clip for Lithium-Ion size cells from 17-19mm diameters, Keystone Electronics has met increasing demands for accommodating higher energy, lower weight, rechargeable batteries placed in mobile products.

Graphics toolkit intended for medical, industrial, and consumer markets

February 15, 2011 5:33 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Express Logic, Inc. and Blue Water Embedded today announced the availability of the PrismX graphics toolkit for the STMicroelectronics STM32 processor family. PrismX, a complete GUI software development solution for resource-constrained devices...

We need an Advanced Research Project Effort for the Manufacturing Sector

February 15, 2011 5:28 am | by Jerry Rosenstein, Pioneer Magnetics ( | Blogs | Comments

Of all the economic components driving our financial system, the manufacturing sector is among the most important and now perhaps the most vulnerable to financial firestorms. Though recent economic figures show improvement, we have a long road to travel.

Preheating system reduces press cure time by 50%

February 15, 2011 5:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

A New Preheating System for plastic sheet molding compound (SMC) that uses Radio Frequency Heating Technology is being introduced by Radio Frequency Co., Inc. of Millis, Massachusetts. This new system is reported to enhance the distribution of reinforcement fibers...

Online CAD Solutions Improve Engineering Productivity, Reduce Errors

February 15, 2011 4:37 am | by Peter Mooney, Product Director, Thomas Industrial Network | Articles | Comments

As engineers and their supplier partners are challenged to work faster and to reduce mistakes, it’s no wonder that the market for CAD software is booming, topping $5 billion*. Manufacturers of electronic components, and the engineers who work with them...

NXP Brings Smart Card Security to Device Authentication

February 14, 2011 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. today announced the au10tic family of secure ICs designed specifically for device authentication. The au10tic secure microcontrollers are based on NXP SmartMX smart card technology, which has been widely used for securing government ID cards and passports...

Resonant inductors feature power dissipation of less than 15 Watts

February 14, 2011 8:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

In order for the designer to design a high efficiency high power converter with great EMI performance, a resonant topology must be used. Payton designs Planar transformers with the lowest possible leakage inductance in order to achieve the highest efficiency.

Return to Zero - Abnormal Measurements

February 14, 2011 7:58 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.

Acceleration mechanisms in graphics frameworks for User Interface design

February 14, 2011 5:24 am | by Jithu Niruthambath and Prabindh Sundareson, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

User Interfaces (UIs) have transformed from plainly encapsulating the functionality of a device to capturing the intent of user operations and optimizing the overall control flow. Depending on the end application, the appearance of UIs can range from...

9 Robots Who Probably Won't Take Over the World - But Could If They Wanted To

February 14, 2011 5:19 am | by Jill Pantozzi, | Articles | Comments

Much like zombies, robots can be pretty frightening in mass quantities but unlike zombies, who will simply bite you and turn you into one of their own, robots will pretty much just rip your head clean off.

Web Drying System Eliminates The Need For Solvent Based Coatings

February 14, 2011 5:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new Macrowave radio frequency drying system provides greater efficiency than conventional web dryers and enables the high-speed drying of water-based patterned glue and coatings at line speeds previously reached only with solvent based coatings...

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