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Microchip Announces First Stand-Alone Real-Time Clock-Calendar (RTCC) Family

November 9, 2010 7:52 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology today announced its first stand-alone I2C Real-Time Clock/Calendar (RTCC) family. All six MCP794XX devices are highly integrated at a low cost, including ample amounts of on-chip EEPROM and SRAM...

Base Station SoC Incorporates Programmable DSPs Which Enable Full Multicore Entitlement

November 9, 2010 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments unveiled a wireless base station system-on-chip (SoC). The TMS320TCI6616 SoC is based on The company’s new TMS320C66x digital signal processors (DSPs) and KeyStone multicore architecture, and is asserted to more than double the

Achieve Cost-Effective LED Control with High Efficiency

November 9, 2010 5:33 am | by Erhard Muesch, ZMDI, www.zmdi.com | Articles | Comments

Although the incandescent light bulb has dominated lighting applications since its introduction in the late 19th century, its efficiency has remained at less than five percent. Worldwide ecological awareness and the search for more cost-effective lighting options have made the light bulb the target of technology...

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Multicore DSPs Tout 10 GHz Performance with Combined Fixed and Floating Point Capabilities

November 9, 2010 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced its newest digital signal processor (DSP), the TMS320C66x, and four scalable C667x devices. Built with multiple 1.25 GHz DSP cores, it is said to be the industry’s first 10 GHz DSP with

Driving LEDs – A Fresh Look

November 9, 2010 5:20 am | by Joe DeNicholas, National Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

It is a well established fact in the solid state lighting industry that LEDs are constant current devices. This is because light output (luminous flux) is more or less linearly proportional to forward drive current over a given operating range.

Choose the Right Topology for LED Driver Design

November 9, 2010 5:08 am | by Michael Keene, Endicott Research Group, Inc., www.ergpower.com | Articles | Comments

In order to properly drive the wide variety of LED-backlit LCDs available on the market now, electrical design engineers need to successfully implement one of many different driver topologies available. Whether the LED string voltage is higher than the voltage supply available in the system...

Acculogic Debuts Its New FiS640 during Electronica

November 9, 2010 4:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Acculogic’s Manufacturing Test Systems Division, a global leader in electronics test and production solutions, announces the immediate availability of the latest addition to its family of in-circuit test (ICT) systems during Electronica 2010 at the New Munich Trade Fair in Munich, Germany.

Revolutionary heat transfer material to be launched at electronica

November 9, 2010 4:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elektron Ventures is today unveiling a brand new porous copper material that will transform cooling systems and enable faster processing clock speeds. AdvarienCu - a pioneering copper foam created using a patented process...

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OmniVision and INOVA Develop High-Performance Video Data Solution for Automotive Camera Systems

November 9, 2010 4:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

OmniVision Technologies and INOVA Semiconductors, GmbH, today at Electronica 2010 launched the first APIX Link-based megapixel high dynamic range (HDR) automotive camera system. The system features a chipset based on INOVA’s APIX Link data interface...

Tim Dry from Renesas discusses the Smart Grid

November 8, 2010 11:02 am | Videos | Comments

Tim Dry from Renesas responds to the November 15 "Brainstorm" question, What is your opinion on the smart grid? Do you support or oppose its deployment?

Mill-Max’s Single-Row, Right-Angle Spring-Loaded Connectors

November 8, 2010 9:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mill-Max’s 829 series single-row, right-angle strips are the perfect solution for applications calling for a spring-loaded connection that lies parallel to the P.C. board.  This low profile, right angle connector is ideal for the small packaging requirements of hand-held devices, especially where vertical space is limited.

USB 3.0 Ushers In Plug-And-Play Displays At Multi-Gigabit Speed

November 8, 2010 9:24 am | by Mark Fu, SMSC | Articles | Comments

With the more than 10 billion PC peripherals and consumer gadgets sporting a USB connector as their primary or only interface to the rest of the world, USB is arguably the most successful connectivity technology the world has ever seen.

Interface Technology Considerations for HMI Systems

November 8, 2010 9:11 am | by John J. Pannone, VP Sales, HMI Systems | Articles | Comments

Human Machine Interface (HMI) Systems provide the controls by which a user operates a machine, system, or process such as high-speed trains, CNC machining centers, semiconductor production equipment, or medical diagnostic and laboratory equipment.

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Foldable Twin Axial Ribbon Cables Free Space, Maintain High Performance

November 8, 2010 8:46 am | by Doug Gundel, 3M Electronic Solutions Division, 3Mconnectors.com | Articles | Comments

Designers of enterprise computing systems face a difficult challenge every day. How can I pack more performance and increasing I/O in the same volume as the previous product generation?  Cables and cable assemblies, which perform much of the internal I/O...

J.W. Winco Launches Tube Connection and Conveyor Components Line

November 8, 2010 6:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

J.W. Winco announced the launch of a comprehensive line of tube connection and conveyor components, as well as the release of its new Tube Connection and Conveyor Components Manual. The 276-page, full color catalog features the two new product lines that are being greatly expanded by J.W. Winco...

Brainstorm: The Smart Grid

November 8, 2010 6:04 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

What is your opinion on the smart grid? Do you support or oppose its deployment?

TTI: The Big Job- "The Winner"

November 8, 2010 5:08 am | Videos | Comments

The search has concluded, the votes have been counted, and a new spokesperson has been chosen. Watch the big TTI press conference and catch up on all the previous insanity.

Analog Devices Advances Ultrasound System Design With Low-Power Receiver ICs

November 8, 2010 4:44 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices today launched the fourth generation of its award-winning octal (eight-channel) ultrasound receivers with the introduction of two new ICs that reduce system size, complexity, and power consumption for high-end, mid-range, and portable ultrasound systems.

Radio System-on-chip Combines Data Conversion, RF and 32-bit Processing

November 8, 2010 4:38 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices today introduced a SoC (system-on-chip) device that integrates all of the RF (radio frequency) transmit and receive functions, data conversion, and processing elements required to enable a fully programmable radio.

Air Force wants tougher, ''more survivable'' drones

November 8, 2010 4:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. military wants its next-generation RPVs to be more survivable in “contested airspace.” At a breakfast with reporters in DC, Lt. Gen. Philip Breedlove (the Air Force’s chief of operations, plans and requirements) noted the MQ-9 Reaper’s shortcomings, and stressed the need for tougher, more durable RPVs.

Maximizing the 3D Experience: Don’t Overlook the Batteries

November 5, 2010 10:39 am | by Eric Lind, VP Business Development at Contour Energy Systems | Articles | Comments

Imagine your disappointment when your 3D glasses fail just as the action peaks in a movie or during a game. With rechargeable batteries you’re stuck waiting for the glasses to recharge (having a spare pair is just too difficult to justify given the current high price).

Power Pack Offers Quiet Alternative to Generators, Extension Cords

November 5, 2010 9:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

For virtually any application requiring portable electric power, the Portable Power Package from Newcastle Systems offers many advantages over extension cords or generators. Quiet, reliable, and compact, it provides AC power for indoor or outdoor use.

Current Sense Chip Resistor Comes In Small 0201 Size

November 5, 2010 8:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics, Inc. announced the new 0201 size in its SR73 current sense chip resistor line. Measuring 0.6 mm x 0.3 mm x 0.1 mm, the 0201 size chip is 66 percent smaller than the 0402 size chip resistor, making it

Ultracapacitors Target RAID Back-up, Smart Grid, Portable and Handheld Electronics

November 5, 2010 8:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Tecate Group announced the newest members of the PowerBurst family of cylindrical, radial leaded ultracapacitor cells. The new TPLE Series is 100 percent RoHS compliant, and offers extended operating temperature up to 85°C. Capacitance values range from

Technology Uses Brain Electricity

November 5, 2010 8:18 am | Videos | Comments

A paralyzed patient may someday be able to "think" a foot into flexing or a leg into moving, using technology that harnesses the power of electricity in the brain...

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