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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.

Ethernet Data Acquisition Module Touts Accuracy

October 14, 2010 5:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DT8824 ultra-high resolution Ethernet (LXI) data acquisition module for test and measurement from Data Translation uses ISO-Channel protection, with each analog input  galvanically isolated from any other with its own return path.

Developing Touchscreen Hardware for the Future

October 13, 2010 7:11 am | by Jon Kiachian, Atmel ( | Articles | Comments

Consumers are continuing to look for touch apps with better battery life, faster response time, precise touches, grip suppression, and palm rejection on mobile Internet devices and Netbook screens.

The Ben Heck Show - Build a Portable CNC Router for Fun and Profit

October 13, 2010 6:53 am | Videos | Comments

In this episode Ben responds to a reader challenge to build a tabletop CNC machine.

TTI - The Big Job Episode 4- The Finalists

October 12, 2010 5:03 am | Videos | Comments

The search for TTI's new corporate icon is almost complete, but now we need your help deciding who will be TTI's new corporate icon. Learn more about each finalist on Facebook and then - CAST YOUR VOTE!

Electrofluidics Breakthrough Promises to Improve Display Performance

October 12, 2010 4:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new electrofluidics design from the University of Cincinnati and start-up company Gamma Dynamics promises to dramatically reshape the image capabilities of electronic devices.

01005 Chip Resistor Exhibits 1% Tolerance

October 11, 2010 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics, Inc. introduces a new smaller sized, precision surface mount resistor with 1% tolerance designed to meet the continuing demand for miniature components for portable devices

Berkeley Bionics: Introducing eLEGS

October 11, 2010 6:11 am | Videos | Comments

Berkeley Bionics has unveiled eLEGS, an exoskeleton for wheel­chair users who are committed to living life to its fullest. It powers you up to get you standing and walking.

iPad Unit Conversion App Serves Scientists, Engineers, Technicians, and Students

October 11, 2010 5:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

AppoTize announced the release of the iPad application Convert2 – TechPro for iPad, a professional unit conversion program for scientists, engineers, technicians and students

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