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RF Power Detector Simultaneously Delivers rms and Envelope Outputs

December 15, 2010 4:20 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices today introduced a new highly integrated, high-performance RF detector for use in wireless, instrumentation, defense, and other broadband applications. ADI’s new ADL5511 TruPwr rms (root mean square) and envelope detector...

Rocker and toggle switches feature self-cleaning contacts

December 15, 2010 4:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

NKK Switches today announced the availability of the G Series process sealed, ultra-miniature rocker and toggle switches with self-cleaning contacts. The small size and durable construction of these devices make them ideal for handheld instruments.

Thermally Conductive Epoxy Delivers High Temperature Resistance

December 14, 2010 6:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Master Bond has developed a highly thermally conductive epoxy system that is specially designed to help mitigate the issues associated with tightly packed components and miniaturized electronic circuits. With a thermal conductivity over 22 BTU/in/ft²/hr/ºF and serviceability from -60 to 400°F...


Battery Compartment Enclosures Tout Versatility

December 14, 2010 5:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

OKW’s ‘SHELL-TYPE’ range of plastic enclosures offers a desirable selection of sizes, styles and battery compartments. These enclosures have been designed to house many different types of small electronic devices including

Fiber Optics Extender for 3G SDI Exceeds Distance Limitations

December 14, 2010 4:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new GefenPRO 3G SDI Fiber Optics Extender offers a long-range method of extending any 3G SDI source, far exceeding previous distance limitations. This sender/receiver system is packaged in a small dongle format, offering a rugged construction with a small footprint that can be installed anywhere in true plug and play fashion.

Service card provides industry's lowest latency 10G networking performance

December 14, 2010 4:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vello Systems announces the introduction and availability of its ultra-low latency, high-density, 10G CX50T service card. Designed for the company's CX FamilyTM of cloud infrastructure systems, the CX50T operates in either the 16-slot CX16000 system or the 5-slot CX4000 system...

''The Switch'' Podcast - LED Backlighting

December 13, 2010 11:24 am | Podcasts | Comments

Listen to or download Sharp's new Podcast, "The Switch." Episode One features LCD Marketing Manager Dave Hagan, who shares thoughts about the trend toward LED backlighting and what it means for designers, as well as Sharp’s commitment to a future “all-LED” display product line. Right-click to download the podcast

Anatomy Of An LCD

December 13, 2010 11:07 am | Videos | Comments

Todd Stonewall from Sharp Microelectronics discusses the anatomy of an LCD.


LED Backlights For LCDs

December 13, 2010 11:03 am | Videos | Comments

Noel Giamello and Todd Stonewall from Sharp Microelectronics discuss LED backlighting.

Tool Suite Extends Certification Support for x86 Assembly Code

December 13, 2010 10:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

LDRA has developed a variant of the LDRA tool suite that supports x86 assembler syntax. Catering to a broad range of x86 assembler platforms, including ASM486/386/286/186, Pharlap, MASM and Borland Assembler, the LDRA implementation provides scalable support for any x86 assembler variant.

The “all-digital future”: Surrendering our property rights

December 13, 2010 7:46 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

We keep hearing about it—the “all-digital future”: easier, more convenient, no need to drive to the store. Download all the content you want instantly. Thus, iTunes, OnLive, Steam, and various other services were born. But this convenience bears a steep price. In our rush to embrace the all-digital future, we’ve sacrificed fundamental property rights.

IC enables 360° navigation in human-machine interfaces

December 13, 2010 4:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

austriamicrosystems has announced the AS5013, a contactless magnetic encoder IC that monitors the displacement of a magnet incorporated in a knob relative to its center position and provides x and y position information via an I²C interface.

Bi-Directional SMD Coupler Operates from 800 – 2500 MHz

December 13, 2010 4:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Power Products introduces their Model IPP-8029, 20 dB, 150 Watt, Bi-Directional surface mount Coupler that operates from 800 – 2500 MHz. The IPP-8029 can be used to monitor either forward or reflected signal sampling.


LED Drivers Offer Drop-In Replacements for CCFL Inverters

December 13, 2010 4:25 am | Endicott Research Group | Product Releases | Comments

Display power supply specialist Endicott Research Group (ERG) Inc. has announced new package configurations that offer footprint-compatibility with their existing CCFL inverter designs. ERG has used its 30+ years of experience in LCD backlight power supplies to create a series of LED driver boards that are designed in the same form factor as DC-AC inverters already in the field.

VCO features control voltage range of 0.5V-4.5V

December 13, 2010 4:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-1850-1850 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 1850 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -117 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +2.5 dBm.

SMA Connectors Provide Mode-free Performance to 27 GHz

December 11, 2010 5:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies offers an Enhanced Performance SMA connector series (EPSMA) that provides mode free performance to 27 GHz. These connectors are tuned to provide ultra low VSWR to 27 GHz (typically 1.15:1). This product offering consists of

Smart Grid Drives Smart Appliance Development

December 10, 2010 8:11 am | by Elizabeth Cruz, Appliance Analyst at IMS Research ( | Blogs | Comments

With the ongoing development of the Smart Grid, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding smart appliances; devices that can modify their operation following signals from an electricity company.

Security in Smartphones

December 10, 2010 7:48 am | by Martin Bakal, IBM Rational ( | Blogs | Comments

The smartphone market is expected to increase 24.5% in 2011, as projected by IDC. Managing security will be a big concern and key area of focus for most mobile companies going forward. Companies who address this concern successfully will most likely capture the market share.

Digital Signal Debug Tips and Tricks

December 9, 2010 8:13 am | by Gina Bonini, Tektronix | Articles | Comments

As system speeds increase and designs shrink, it’s becoming harder for circuit designers to preserve a signal’s ideal digital characteristics. The higher speeds and denser designs introduce unintended anomalies that impact a circuit’s operation.

The Importance of Oscilloscope Acquisition Rate

December 9, 2010 8:00 am | by Chris Eriksen, Rohde & Schwarz, | Articles | Comments

If you ask most engineers to tell you the “banner specs” of their favorite digital oscilloscope, you’ll hear about bandwidth, sample Rate, and memory depth. For many years, these were THE critical figures that would indicate the right scope for the job.

Use Oscilloscopes to Monitor Multiple Protocols

December 9, 2010 7:52 am | by Roland Gamper, LeCroy Corporation, | Articles | Comments

Regardless of the system topology and application domain, the development, maintenance and monitoring of electronic system architectures using mixed protocols requires tools able to straddle several busses, at various speeds and with different line characteristics.

What IEEE 1588 Means for Your Next T & M System Design

December 9, 2010 7:43 am | by Paul F. Franklin, Keithley Instruments, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Timing and synchronization are crucial in building test and measurement (T&M) systems, which makes the IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol’s ease of use and high performance especially attractive to system designers. This article offers an overview of the benefits IEEE 1588 brings to T&M systems...

Low Noise Improves Measurement Accuracy

December 9, 2010 7:33 am | by Joel Woodward, Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

Engineers instinctively trust oscilloscopes and rely on a scope’s measurement accuracy as the ultimate authority for problem resolution. Choosing which oscilloscope to use often comes down to basic specification such as bandwidth, sample rate, and memory depth.

ECN in 2011

December 9, 2010 7:21 am | by Alix L. Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

As most of you know, ECN made some significant changes to itself over the last few years. We don’t intend to stop developing ourselves anytime soon. As part of our migration to our new print format and our expanded presence online, we have created many new editorial sections and expanded our footprint to encompass more of what you want to see and discover.

Paralleling IGBTs and Diodes Within One Power Module

December 9, 2010 7:14 am | by Werner Obermaier, Head of Product Marketing, Vincotech GmbH | Articles | Comments

The increasing request for motor drives with higher power levels is also driving the demand for power modules providing higher currents. The conventional approach to fulfill this requirement is to look for dedicated high current power modules.

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