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JTAG Cable Lowers Cost-of-Entry

October 20, 2010 7:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Following the successful launch last year of the highly acclaimed JTAGLive boundary-scan utility tools, JTAG Technologies has further bolstered the hardware interface support by introducing the JTAGLive USB Controller; a single TAP, IEEE Std.

Reducing Complexity and Cost for Portable Medical Electronics

October 20, 2010 6:38 am | by Sanjeev Kumar, Cypress Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Portable Medical Electronics has seen tremendous growth and adoption in the recent years. More new variants are being introduced in the market by an increasing number of new companies. The need of the hour is better mass producible designs which are low in complexity...

Portable memory device survives gamma sterilization with no loss of data

October 20, 2010 5:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new GammaSafe memory token from Datakey Electronics is a non-volatile, reprogrammable, portable memory device that survives gamma sterilization with no loss of data. The GammaSafe data-carrier/receptacle system allows medical device manufacturers to easily add anti-counterfeit and limit-use capabilities to disposable attachments...


Design software generates full system schematics

October 20, 2010 5:38 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations today introduced PI Expert Suite Version 8, the latest upgrade to its immensely popular power supply design software. The newly released update further improves the productivity of power supply design teams by greatly reducing the time to first prototype...

Connecting Electronics to Consumers

October 19, 2010 11:50 am | by Keith Teichmann, ITT Interconnect Solutions | Articles | Comments

While a number of applications have come to rely on standard connectors, the consumer electronics industry is continuously developing new and innovative products that require specialized components to meet enhanced functionality, performance, and miniaturization requirements.

Single-core, Floating-point DSP Asserted to be Industry’s Fastest

October 19, 2010 11:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced the C6A816x Integra DSP + ARM generation of processors which feature what are said to be the industry’s fastest single-core floating- and fixed-point DSP performance (up to 1.5 GHz) and the fastest single-core ARM Cortex-A8 core with performance up to

Microprocessors Offer Highest-performing Single-core ARM Cortex-A8, Extreme System Integration

October 19, 2010 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments expanded its portfolio of Sitara ARM microprocessors (MPUs) with new AM389x Sitara MPUs that offer the industry’s highest-performing, single-core ARM Cortex-A8 with performance at up to 1.5 GHz. These MPUs also integrate peripherals that make them suitable for single-board computers, gateways, routers

Bluetooth SoC and ANT Processor Combo Enables Year-Long Coin-Cell Operation

October 19, 2010 10:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CC2540 single-mode Bluetooth low energy system-on-chip and the CC257x ANT network processor can enable target applications to operate on a coin cell for more than a year.


LED Driver Targets Automotive Headlamp Cluster Functions

October 19, 2010 10:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

ROHM Semiconductor announces the availability of the Model BD8381EFV-M high-brightness LED driver for automotive forward illumination applications. With this new flexible IC, designers can now specify the same driver for use in high-beam, low-beam and daytime running light (DRL) circuits.

Solar panels achieve conversion rate of 16.5%

October 19, 2010 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sharp is expanding its portfolio of energy-harvesting components with new monocrystalline solar panels for portable applications. Compared to their predecessors, the new solar panels of the models LR0GC11 and LR0GC13 achieve a one-third better efficiency and a conversion rate of 16.5%.

Canada gets cold feet over F-35

October 19, 2010 9:53 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

A report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives calls Canada’s planned procurement of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter “fundamentally flawed.” According to the CCPA, “Canada does not need the F-35, either for North American/domestic roles or for expeditionary roles.”

Just around the corner

October 19, 2010 7:56 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

I recently saw a very exciting-sounding news item on nuclear fusion research from The National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) on their new Large Helical Device (LHD), a variation on the Tokamak that is also the largest superconductor in the world.

Power MOSFETs deliver minimal parasitic inductance for heavy load applications

October 19, 2010 7:41 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier announced the expansion of its family of automotive DirectFET2 power MOSFETs that deliver exceptional power density, dual-sided cooling and minimal parasitic inductance and resistance for heavy load applications, including Electric Power Steering (EPS)...


Siemens and OCC Create an All-Electric Chopper

October 19, 2010 7:33 am | Videos | Comments

This video takes a look at how OCC uses the AF-6080 Five-Axis Waterjet system and the Siemens SINUMERIK control to create some amazing 3D work for Orange County Choppers (OCC).

Brainstorm: Wireless Electronics

October 19, 2010 6:48 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

What factors do you consider critical when working with your customers and their utility partners to deliver reliable utility communication services?

Current transducers follow extremely fast waveforms

October 18, 2010 12:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

American Aerospace Controls (AAC) has a series of bi-directional current transducers capable of accurately following extremely fast (DC and/or AC) current waveforms. The 929 Series consumes a very low 80 to 270 mW during operation, and provides an ultra fast response (less than a micro second) to complex current waveforms...

Flash Board Cuts Development Time for Developers of Wireless Embedded Applications

October 18, 2010 10:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Technology, Inc. (PTI) today announced the availability of the PTI Flash Board, a new, low-cost development board and prototyping platform for product developers looking to optimize their embedded applications, including portable data terminals...

Module Delivers Best-In-Class ZigBee Performance

October 18, 2010 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) is now shipping its new MeshConnect EM357 module, built on the industry’s leading integrated circuit (IC) for ZigBee, the EM357 from Ember Corp. Designed for ZigBee Pro applications, the module runs the full ZigBee Pro software stack and Smart Energy profile, enabling applications such as smart meters...

Lighting Science Group wins bid to relight Salt Lake City

October 18, 2010 10:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lighting Science Group’s (OTCBB: LSCG) high-performance PROLIFIC series LED street lights will soon line the streets of Salt Lake City, Utah. Compared with traditional high pressure sodium (HPS) street lights, the PROLIFIC LED series street lights are 50% more efficient...

Brainstorm: Medical Electronics

October 15, 2010 6:43 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

How will advances in touchscreen technology impact the medical device market?

Energy Metering Chip Provides 32-bit ARM-based Solution

October 14, 2010 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXP unveiled the EM773 energy metering IC – presented as the world’s first 32-bit ARM-based solution designed specifically for non-billing electricity metering applications.

Integrating Intelligent Electronic Access Systems

October 14, 2010 6:22 am | by Steve Spatig, Southco, Inc. | Articles | Comments

As security requirements become more stringent, engineers are looking to integrate electronic access systems (EAS) into cabinets, racks and other enclosures.

Regulator Handles 1.5 A

October 14, 2010 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

V-Infinity announced the addition of a 1.5 A model to their V78XX switching regulator series.

Energy 109: Thermoelectrics

October 14, 2010 6:07 am | by Prof. Ken Johnson | Blogs | Comments

Several readers of these episodes disagreed with my approach of using a ‘worst case’ example of a private residence solar cell electrical power generation system as the sole source of power (ENERGY 108: SOLAR CELLS II)...

Diode Arrays Protect up to 8 Circuit Traces against ESD

October 14, 2010 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Protecting one to eight circuit traces against ESD, lightning, and other electrical fast transient events, a comprehensive series of IEC-compatible TVS diode arrays from TT electronics IRC come in 8-, 14- or 16-pin SOIC-N and SOT-23 SMT packages.

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