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A Novel Way to Stop a Clicking Hard Disk

April 20, 2011 8:25 am | Videos | Comments

The person in the video shows how to stop a corrupted HD from clicking. Other tools can be used but this very novel solution has the advantage of being simple and directly effective.</

Omnetics' Bob Stanton talks Mini- and Nano-connector Technology

April 20, 2011 4:51 am | Videos | Comments

Bob Stanton, director of technology at Omnetics, highlights some of the focus industries of the company with several examples of their connector capabilities and custom solutions.

Contactor Exceeds 4.5 mio Insertions

April 20, 2011 4:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Multitest announces that its well-established ECON contactor once again has proven its superior cost of test. The contactor recently exceeded 4.5 mio insertions at an Asian test house.


Return to Zero - Robot Cover

April 19, 2011 6:57 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.

Screened 19” rack cases feature good EMC performance

April 19, 2011 6:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

The latest addition to Verotec’s family of 19 inch rack cases is the Veroshield 19” EMC screened version, which combines the ability to easily mount a wide range of electronic, electric and electro-mechanical equipment in a standard 19” enclosure with good EMC performance.

LED-backlit LCDs Intended for Industrial Applications

April 19, 2011 5:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Today, Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas (SMA) announced four new additions to its large format LED-backlit LCD product line. These TFT-LCDs include two panels in the 10.4-inch class, one 12.1-inch panel re-issue, and one 15.0-inch panel.

The Tinker's Toolbox - ADI's Digital PFC Chip with Power Metering

April 18, 2011 11:08 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode we talk to  Lawrence McGarry of Analog Devices at the APEC conference about their latest digital PFC chip with power metering capability.

Microchip Launches Consumer-Band Power-Line Soft-Modem Development Kit

April 18, 2011 11:07 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. today announced a Power-Line Modem (PLM) PICtail Plus Daughter Board Development Kit (part # AC164142) that enables customers to easily incorporate power-line communication into their products.


Return to Zero - Apples and Oranges

April 18, 2011 8:43 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.

Tiny CMOS Camera Drives Vehicle Vision Applications

April 18, 2011 8:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

With a housing volume of just 7 cc, the Sharp CMOS camera is one of the smallest modules suitable for automotive use currently available on the market worldwide.

Switching Regulators are Pin-to-Pin Replacements for 78xx Linear Products

April 18, 2011 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aimtec adds two new series of DC/DC switching regulators to its complete product offering of over 40 non-isolated, switching regulators as pin-to-pin replacement to 78xx linear regulators

7 days living with... Android

April 18, 2011 6:25 am | Blogs | Comments Apple fanboy gives up iOS for a week.

LED-Backlit LCDs Address Multiple Applications

April 18, 2011 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new 5” diagonal LED-backlit 800×480 resolution TFT-LCD from Optrex has Super Wide View (SWV) technology with viewing angles of 85/85/85/85 and true outdoor readabity.


Compact TFT LCDs features Super Wide View technology

April 18, 2011 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Leading LCD manufacturer Optrex America has introduced a new family of compact LCDs with a range of advanced features for a variety of industrial, medical and handheld applications.

CMOS Digital Isolators Provide Data Protection for Smart Meters

April 18, 2011 5:43 am | by Rudye McGlothlin, Product Manager, Isolation Products, Silicon Labs | Articles | Comments

The smart meter market is projected to grow by double digits over the next several years as consumers upgrade from traditional electromechanical meters. Smart meters use the latest integrated circuit (IC) technology to accurately measure and report the amount of power consumed.

Lithium Ion Battery Targets High-Rate Applications

April 18, 2011 4:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

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

Smarter Power for Smart Meters

April 15, 2011 12:18 pm | by Tom Larsen, Strategic Market Development Manager, Palladium Energy | Articles | Comments

Since the smart grid was first implemented in Italy in 2005, municipal governments in American cities, such as Austin, TX and Boulder, CO have started switching to smart meters in order to save energy, reduce costs and increase reliability and transparency.

Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking in A Glorious Dawn - Cosmos remixed

April 15, 2011 9:46 am | Videos | Comments

This is a musical tribute to two great men of science. Carl Sagan and his cosmologist companion Stephen Hawking present: A Glorious Dawn - Cosmos remixed. Almost all samples and footage taken from Carl Sagan's Cosmos and Stephen Hawking's Universe series.

Return to Zero - New Tester

April 15, 2011 6:10 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.

Fairchild Semiconductor's FSQ510 SMPS Power Switch

April 15, 2011 5:43 am | Videos | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor's FSQ510 supports energy efficient power supplies. It is an integrated valley switching pulse width modulation (VS-PWM) controller and SenseFET specifically designed for offline switch-mode power supplies.

Infrared Detector Arrays Tout Enhanced Measurement Stability

April 14, 2011 12:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cal Sensors launched its new LMA (linear multiplexed array) family of lead salt infrared detectors. Available in both PbS and PbSe material, the 256-element array provides sensitivity in the 1 um to 5.5 um wavelength region. The array features

Reworkable Edgebond Adhesive Improves CBGA and BGA Thermal Cycle Performance

April 14, 2011 12:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Zymet Inc. has introduced a reworkable edgebond adhesive, UA-2605, that improves thermal cycle performance of CBGAs and plastic BGAs. In one trial, UA-2605 tripled the 0°C to +100°C performance of a CBGA, to nearly 2500 cycles.

Brainstorm: Test & Measurement

April 14, 2011 12:01 pm | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

How are trends in wireless electronics effecting test and measurement?

Logic Packages are Positioned as World’s Smallest for Handheld Mobility

April 14, 2011 11:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced what it asserts are the world’s smallest logic plastic packages measuring 0.9 x 1.0 x 0.35 mm with 0.3 mm pitch. The compact packaging design is suitable for leading-edge portable handheld devices such as smartphones, tablets and SD cards where

TI’s new evaluation platform drives three-phase brushless motors

April 14, 2011 10:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today introduced a complete motor control evaluation kit for spinning brushless DC (BLDC) and permanent magnet synchronous (PMSM) motors. The DRV8312-C2-KIT is a high-performance, power-efficient and cost-effective sensorless field-oriented control (FOC)...

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