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VCO operates from 1490 MHz to 1550 MHz

August 26, 2010 12:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-1490-1550 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 1490 MHz to 1550 MHz with a control voltage range of 1.0V~10V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -115 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +5 dBm.

Dual digital VGA reduces solution footprint by 32%

August 26, 2010 12:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX2063, the industry's only fully programmable, multistate, dual-channel, digital IF/RF variable-gain amplifier (VGA). This easy-to-control device delivers an unparalleled combination of VGA performance, programmability, and component integration.

Digital Power Remains Important Focus of Darnell’s Power Forum

August 26, 2010 9:38 am | Blogs | Comments

Are there still opportunities where digital is not being exploited to its full benefit? Yes, and Darnell’s Power Forum is where these opportunities will be discussed. It’s no longer about what digital can do, but changing application demands.


IC intended for half duplex analogue two-way radios

August 26, 2010 9:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

CML Microcircuits ( has announced the launch of a new Audio Scrambler and Sub-audio Signalling Processor to it’s family of analogue two-way radio ICs. The CMX138A, an upgrade based on the hugely successful CMX138 IC, is intended for use in half duplex analogue two-way radios or family radio equipment...

Wire-to-Board Connector Ideal for Low Voltage Applications

August 26, 2010 8:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new SFH Series Wire-to-Board Crimp Style Connector, recently introduced by JST Corporation, Waukegan, Illinois, is a compact, low profile connector with both polarization and a secure friction locking device to ensure reliable contact in low current, low voltage conditions.

IC Enables Up to 98 Percent-Efficient Power Extraction in Solar PV Applications

August 26, 2010 5:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. today announced the availability of the MPT612 – a unique low-power IC dedicated to performing the Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) function for applications using solar photovoltaic (PV) cells or fuel cells.

Communications Chip Designed to Address Noise Prone Environments

August 25, 2010 11:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semitech Semiconductor today announced the availability of the SM2200 -- an OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access) based power line transceiver. This next generation OFDMA power line communication transceiver is designed to operate in particularly noise prone smart grid environments...

RX family gains from software compatibility

August 25, 2010 11:53 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

IAR Systems today announced support for the Renesas RX Application Binary Interface (ABI) in IAR Embedded Workbench, allowing compatibility with other tool chains for the Renesas RX family. Component based application development is simplified when compiler barriers are brought down to allow software reuse...


ICs intended for Energy-Efficient Automotive Gate Drive Applications

August 25, 2010 8:41 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today announced the introduction of a family of rugged 600 V ICs for energy-efficient automotive gate drive applications including Piezo and common rail injection, starter alternator, electronic power steering, fan and compressor applications.

Popular Antenna Series Adds 2.45GHz Models

August 25, 2010 8:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Antenna Factor is pleased to announce 2.45GHz models of its popular HW and HWR Series antennas. These 1/2-wave center-fed dipole antennas deliver outstanding performance in a rugged and cosmetically attractive package. The HW has a fixed base.

Intel Core i7-Based OpenVPX Solutions for ISR Applications

August 25, 2010 8:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. ( launched the Ensemble 6000 Series 6U OpenVPX Intel Core i7 LDS6520 Module, the first embedded computing product combining Intel’s Core i7 processor family with the POET fabric interconnect, at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2010 conference today.

Real-time testing solution handles rapid control prototyping

August 25, 2010 6:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

MathWorks today announced the availability of xPC Target Turnkey, a fully assembled, real-time testing solution for rapid control prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation using Simulink. xPC Target Turnkey combines xPC Target from MathWorks with real-time target machines...

Lockheed Martin receives “contract modification” for F-22

August 25, 2010 6:13 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Lockheed Martin announced that it had received a $111.4 million contract modification from the U.S. Air Force for the 2010 Follow-On Agile Sustainment for the Raptor (FASTeR) sustainment contract. FASTeR entails support for the F-22 fleet, including training systems, customer support, integrated support planning, supply chain management, aircraft modifications and heavy maintenance...


Enclosures designed for desktop and wall mounted electronic systems

August 25, 2010 5:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

METCASE the metal enclosures division of OKW has introduced the ‘UNIDESK’ range of aluminum terminal enclosures. These ergonomic sloping front enclosures are designed for desktop and wall mounted electronic systems.

Tinker’s Toolbox - Talking about Standards

August 25, 2010 5:10 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker’s Toolbox podcast, we talk about Standards and regulation, and their impact on the design community

Digital isolator reduces board space by up to 80%

August 24, 2010 11:31 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) is introducing the industry’s first automotive grade products to provide true bidirectional isolation for the lower cost I2C serial bus. Based on ADI’s proprietary iCoupler digital isolation technology, the ADuM1250W hot swappable, dual I2C digital isolator reduces board space by as much as 80 percent...

UPS Increases Power Capacities in Small Spaces

August 24, 2010 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The increasing demand for rack-backed computing capacity, and the IT systems and equipment necessary to deliver that capacity, is stretching the limits of existing data center spaces. With that in mind, Emerson Network Power today introduced in North America the Liebert GXT3 uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system in 5-10kVA models.

Get off the fence on net neutrality

August 24, 2010 9:49 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Since I last wrote about Net Neutrality, things have gone from unsettling to downright precarious. On August 9, when many Americans were on vacation, Verizon and Google announced “A joint policy proposal for an open internet,” which was breathtaking in its brazenness and frightening in scope.

Multi-PHY Switch Enables MSI to Deliver Streaming HD Video

August 24, 2010 9:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gigle Networks today announced that MSI has selected the company's GGL541 system-on-chip gigabit intelligent multi-PHY switch for its top-of-the-line home-networking solution. The GGL541 solution gives MSI's ePower 1000 HD adapter the necessary bandwidth and reliability to deliver whole-home HD video streaming...

RF Directional Coupler Offers hard to Find Interfaces

August 24, 2010 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

RF directional couplers are readily available with common interfaces such as N type female connectors. Aviel Electronics, a division of RF Industries, designs and manufactures RF directional couplers with uncommon interfaces...

Taiyo Yuden Unveils Two New Compact Low Profile Power Inductors

August 24, 2010 5:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Taiyo Yuden’s new BRL2515 (2.5 x 1.5mm, with a maximum height of 1.2mm) and BRFL2518 (2.5 x 1.8mm, with a maximum height of 1.0mm) wire-wound power inductors offer industry-leading DC ...

Reference Designs Enable Greater Energy Efficiency Through Digital Power

August 23, 2010 12:17 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced two new digitally controlled DC/DC converter reference designs with advanced, high-efficiency topologies. DC/DC converter designers are faced with a number of challenges to optimize a set of contrasting requirements in the design process...

Oh the Places you'll go!

August 23, 2010 10:45 am | by Lauren DeStefano, Assistant Editor | Blogs | Comments

Check-in, tag, and venues are just a few key words that you’ll need to know to use Facebook’s new feature, Places. This feature allows users to update where they are and what they are doing...

GaN Advancements Will Be Presented at Darnell’s Power Forum

August 23, 2010 10:33 am | Blogs | Comments

Will enhancement mode GaN transistors (eGaN) replace power MOSFET/IGBTs in power management applications? Alex Lidow, CEO of Efficient Power Conversion, believes it will and will explain why at Darnell’s Power Forum ’10.

Darnell Power Forum Sheds Light on the Smart Grid

August 23, 2010 10:28 am | by Linnea Brush | Blogs | Comments

Everyone in the power supply community wants to know power implications of the Smart Grid, but not much has been agreed upon. Darnell’s Power Forum ’10 will bring some clarity to this question with a session on “Enabling the Smart Grid”.

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