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The Tinker's Toolbox - a Chat with Shaf Rahman of Akros on Board-Level DC Power Management

April 29, 2011 10:55 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode, we talk with Shaf Rahman of Akros about their new family of DC-DC Controllers with gate-drive signal shaping for reduced EMI and improved efficiency.

VCO features max current consumption of 25 mA

April 29, 2011 9:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-2850-2950 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 2850 MHz to 2950 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3V~4.7V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -105 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has excellent linearity.

Miniature Illuminated Rocker Switches Tout Snap-in Installation

April 29, 2011 8:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

NKK Switches announced the availability of the CWS Series of full-face illuminated miniature rocker switches. The devices are appropriate for compact or crowded designs requiring illuminated switches. Available with red, green or amber illumination, these switches are also


Wide Band WiMax Filter Covers 5.2 GHz to 5.8 GHz

April 29, 2011 8:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sangshin Elecom introduced a fully customizable, wide band, ceramic filter for 5 GHz applications. Covering 5.2 GHz to 5.8 GHz, the MBP33RC5500S600A exhibits 1.0 dB of insertion loss across the BW and is housed in a

Silicon-Based Crystal Oscillator Clock Module Line Adds Dual Voltage Capabilities

April 29, 2011 7:54 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor extended its silicon based crystal oscillator (XO) clock module range. Six additions to the NBX Series provide a high accuracy reference clock solution with dual voltage capabilities and total frequency stability as low as

How to Set Up an Electronics Lab

April 29, 2011 5:29 am | Videos | Comments

This video by Dave of the EEVblog shows how to set up your own decent electronics lab, what you need, and how much it'll cost you.

8-megapixel CCD cameras provide 3296 x 2472 resolution at 17 fps

April 29, 2011 4:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Following a successful preview at the Stuttgart Vision Show in November, JAI has now officially launched two new 8-megapixel industrial grade CCD cameras offering a combination of high resolution, high fidelity, and high frame rates.

Return to Zero - Red Lines

April 29, 2011 4:39 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.


Taming Quality in Chaos - Quality Management in Systems of Systems

April 28, 2011 11:08 am | by By: Bruce Douglass, IBM Rational | Blogs | Comments

From cars to consumer goods, to military equipment to ATMs, we’re all familiar with systems. Increasingly, smart, connected devices are embedded in common, everyday devices in addition to special purpose systems, enabling huge improvements in our ability to manage the complexities of modern life.

Return to Zero - Sneak Out

April 28, 2011 10:55 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.

Bluetooth 4 Universal Wireless Sensor Development Platform Suits Security, Health and Fitness Apps

April 28, 2011 8:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

BlueRadios, Inc. introduced a Bluetooth 4.0 Universal Button Sensor reference design for motion-, temperature- and light-sensing applications. Featuring an integrated Kionix KXTF9 tri-axis accelerometer — which provides static and dynamic acceleration and activity monitoring...

3-Phase SINE Wave Filters Assert Improved EMC Performance

April 28, 2011 8:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schurter expanded its output filter portfolio for EMC with the introduction of the 3-phase sine wave output filters, series FMAC SINE and FMAC SINE DCL. The new sine wave filters are designed to convert output voltage wave forms produced by PWM...

Mixed Technology Connectors Are Available as Standard Products

April 28, 2011 8:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Harwin is making certain configurations of its Datamate Mix-Tek range of mixed power and signal 2-mm connector family available as standard off-the-shelf products, reducing lead time. Harwin’s Datamate Mix-Tek connector range can be customer-specified...


Lithium-ion Cell Touts High Discharge Rates for Medical Apps and Hand-held tools

April 28, 2011 8:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic has introduced a high-rate lithium ion cell, the CGR18650CH. According to the company, the cell’s Nickel Manganese-based cathode material delivers higher discharge rates and better energy density and voltage than comparative cells.

85- to 250-W Medical and IT Power Supplies Reach 92 Percent Efficiency

April 28, 2011 8:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power launched its AHM Series of external AC/DC power supplies aimed at a broad range of medical and IT applications. The series comprises five single-output ranges of 85-, 100-, 150-, 180- or 250-W output, and provides the popular nominal outputs from +12 to + 48 VDC.

Wide Input Power supplies Tout User Flexibility

April 28, 2011 8:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Altech’s “PSW Series” AC/DC DIN rail power supplies feature a input voltage range (180 VAC to 550 VAC and 254 VDC to 780 VDC) for use in general power system applications with single phase 230 VAC input or two phases from the 220 V to 550 VAC three-phase power system.

Level V-ErP II ITE and Medical Power Supplies Range from 5 W to 250 W

April 28, 2011 8:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited announced Level V/ErP II ITE and Medical Power Supplies from 5 W to 250 W. In order to meet the new CE Marking Directive, the company has developed new links and categories for easy access to Level V ErP II / Energy Star V2.0 Level V...

PFC Controllers Suit Harsh Environments

April 28, 2011 8:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-EPC extended its range of power factor controllers with a heavy duty version of the EPCOS BR6000 controller. The new EPCOS BR6000-HD is suited for applications that place high demands on EMC (electromagnetic compatibility).

The 6 Creepiest Things Hiding in Your DNA

April 28, 2011 8:18 am | by C. Coville, | Blogs | Comments

We're all just one impulsive Google images search away from facing the unblinking darkness that lurks within the heart of man. But that black pit of twisted evil and decay shouldn't surprise anybody; it's rooted in our genetic makeup. Literally.

Dual Voltage Supply Source Offers Two Power Sources in One Unit

April 28, 2011 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq Inc., has released the VAR 3005, a dual voltage supply source controlled by the company's NSG 3000 series of EMC test generators. This new supply source not only regulates test voltage, but also generates the reduced voltage for dips and drops testing of EUTs...

20-A Brazilian Plug and Connector are Rewireable

April 28, 2011 7:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Interpower Corporation has expanded its plug, socket, and connector product line to include Brazilian rewireable plugs and connectors. The company offers a 20A/250VAC rewireable plug 88040300 and connector 88040310 for use in Brazil.

Open Frame Power Supplies Accept a Wide Input Voltage Range

April 28, 2011 7:23 am | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK-Lambda Americas has upped the output power of its ZPSA Series of compact open-frame AC/DC power supplies with the introduction of a 100-Watt model. The single-output ZPSA100 accepts a wide input voltage range, has a low profile (1.3”)...

Square SMD Fuses Feature a Current Rating from 20 A to 30 A

April 28, 2011 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bel Fuse introduced its square ceramic surface-mountable SMM Series of 3812 size medium-blow fuses. SMD fuses with rated current values up to 30 A and with voltage ratings up to 250 VAC and 65 VDC, they address the industry's requirements...

10-W DC-DC Converter Targets Apps Requiring Input to Output Isolation

April 28, 2011 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Calex the availability of the 10-Watt EW Single Output Series of DC/DC Converters. Designed for applications requiring input to output isolation, the converters offer three input ranges with five output voltage combinations.

Rackmount Inverter Provides 3 kVA in a 1 U Package

April 28, 2011 7:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer’s AEP-A3000R Series of pure sign wave inverters provide 3 kVA of power in a 1U rack design and is available in standard input configurations of 24 VDC and 48 VDC. Outputs are regulated to +/-3 percent or better. A built-in, 4-6 ms automatic bypass switch...

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