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Configurable frequency synthesizers offer phase noise performance as low as -92 dBc/Hz at 100 kHz offset

August 4, 2014 1:31 pm | Api Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies Corp. (Orlando, FL) announced the launch of configurable frequency synthesizers (Models LCFS-X), the newest addition to the Company’s line of standard RF / microwave products. Offering superior phase noise performance as low as -92 dBc/Hz at 100 kHz offset ...

Digital step attenuator offers 29nS switching time

August 4, 2014 1:16 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for Peregrine Semiconductor’s 2-bit, fast-switching digital step attenuator (DSA). The PE43205 offers 29nS switching time when transitioning between 6, 12 or 18dB of attenuation. Simple, coarse attenuation is a great benefit....

Multi-layer ceramic capacitors rated to 200°C

August 4, 2014 10:23 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has extended its high temperature SMX Series stacked SMPS MLCCs with the addition of new 25V ratings in case sizes 3-5 and 500V ratings in every case size (1-6), making it the broadest offering of stacked SMPS MLCCs rated to 200°C....

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Buck controller supports new levels of flexibility for high-current designs

August 4, 2014 10:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL78268 55V synchronous buck controller with 3A integrated high-side and low-side drivers. The most versatile high voltage buck solution available, the ISL78268 buck controller provides very high step-down efficiency....

BGAs and package on package

August 4, 2014 8:21 am | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

A few years back, we built a small handful of Beagleboards ourselves, just to showcase our POP capabilities. It's hard to believe that we did that back in 2009. The Beagleboard has undergone a few iterations and spawned the Beaglebone since then, but 0.4 mm pitch is still pretty small....

The F-35 will cost a fortune

August 4, 2014 8:02 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Captain Obvious? Is that you? I’m sure this comes as no surprise, but the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is expensive. Very expensive. So expensive that, according to one estimate, the money spent on the program could buy every ...   

Big guys finally see the “white”

August 4, 2014 7:35 am | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | Blogs | Comments

More than one year after Soraa demonstrated it, the importance of whiteness rendering is now being noticed by the larger lighting manufacturers. Perhaps the most notable imitation, from Philips mixes in some violet-emitting with blue-emitting LEDs....

Class D amplifier delivers clearer audio output in the LG G3 Smartphone 1W speaker

July 31, 2014 3:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cirrus Logic (Austin, TX) announced that it is shipping its CS35L32 Class D amplifier into LG’s new flagship smartphone, the LG G3. The CS35L32 high-performance speaker amplifier solution includes advanced speaker amplifier hardware accompanied by proprietary, adaptive real-time embedded software....

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Two-channel DDS function generator features maximum frequency of 50MHz

July 31, 2014 3:14 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has a launched two-channel version of their TG5011 function/arbitrary/pulse generators. The new TG5012A features a maximum frequency of 50MHz. Both channels provide the full performance and specification, along with entirely independent operation when required....

Multi-throw switches include extended temperature range to 105-degrees celsius

July 31, 2014 3:02 pm | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (San Diego, CA) introduces the UltraCMOS PE42442 and the PE42452 high-isolation, multi-throw switches. Successors to the popular PE42451, these SP4T and SP5T switches include several additional features that support the latest wireless infrastructure demands....

Thin-film couplers designed for WiFi bands

July 31, 2014 2:51 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has announced that its high-directivity 0302 thin film couplers for WiFi bands — including the new, tight tolerance 0302 component — are now available through distribution. The WiFi band couplers are based on multilayer integrated thin film (ITF) technology....

Introducing the “Forget Me Not” challenge

July 31, 2014 2:20 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) is bringing newfound connectivity to our daily lives. Some think of it as a catalyst for the next industrial revolution. With IoT we can receive news from around the world on a variety of platforms, start our cars with the push of a button and place a coffee order from our smartphone during the morning commute – all before arriving at work. So, the question of the moment is: What’s next?

SMT thin film chip resistors deliver power ratings up to 6 W

July 31, 2014 1:40 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of high-power, surface-mount precision thin film chip resistors. Built on aluminum nitride substrates, PCAN Series devices offer power ratings of 2 W and 6 W in compact 1206 and 2512 case sizes, respectively. The aluminum nitride substrates ...

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Power limiter provide protection for up to 50W pulsed RF input

July 31, 2014 1:40 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for Peregrine Semiconductor’s new, adjustable power limiter providing protection for up to 50W pulsed RF input. For CW applications, the PE45140 handles up to 10W of power. The adjustable power limiting threshold, from +22 to +32dBm, enables flexibility....

Power supply units include 80PLUS Bronze certified efficiency

July 31, 2014 1:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Fractal Design announces the new Modular generation of the award winning Integra PSU. Fractal Design Integra M Series power supply units feature excellent electrical performance, including 80PLUS Bronze certified efficiency. The modular flat cable system allows for a clean installation....

Single-output DC/DC converters offer a wide 4:1 input range

July 31, 2014 12:52 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (ConcordCA) announces the availability of the 150W HCM Series of single output DC/DC Converters. The HCM offers a wide 4:1 input range, 9 to 36VDC, and 18 to 75VDC. Output voltages available are 3.3, 5, 12, 15 and 24VDC. All models are isolated input to output....

Engineering Update Episode 69 Bloopers

July 31, 2014 12:38 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Digital Editor Jason Lomberg, Managing Editor Kasey Panetta, and Editor-in-Chief David Mantey for being such great sports!

Wireless connectivity semiconductors maintain strong double-digit growth in health and fitness

July 31, 2014 10:54 am | by IHS, Inc. | News | Comments

Semiconductors providing wireless connectivity in health and fitness devices are set for solid double-digit growth in 2014 and beyond, especially as a clutch of wireless technologies make their way into a growing number of wearable devices, according to a new report from IHS Technology. Shipments this year for wireless semiconductors in health and fitness will reach ...

New apps smooth out your nighttime smartphone addiction

July 31, 2014 10:02 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | News | Comments

My smartphone and I have built up a pretty special bond. I’m an Apple junkie, myself, but I understand why people love their “crackberries” – my iPhone almost feels like a part of me. That being said, a smartphone can also make it impossible to fall asleep sometimes....

Engineering Update Episode 69: A new record for electric vehicles

July 31, 2014 9:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A group of students at the University of New South Wales in Australia recently set a new world speed record for an electric vehicle at the Australian Automotive research Center in Victoria. The Sunswift car averaged 62 mph over 311 miles, beating out the 26 year old previous record of 45 mph over 311 miles....

Clamp-on current sensor fits existing solid conductors

July 31, 2014 9:00 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) introduces its new 50Hz/60Hz, di/dt AC current sensor that can be clamped onto an existing solid conductor without having to disconnect the conductor. The PA3828NL clamp-on sensor has a linear current range of 0.1 amps to 200 amps....

Display glass chamfer: Complex design challenge or all-laser solution?

July 31, 2014 8:22 am | by Dr. Michael M. Mielke, Chief Scientist, Raydiance | Blogs | Comments

Remember the Apple iPhone 5 video of Jony Ive describing his “diamond cut chamfered edges?” If you’re not a mechanical engineer, this may have been the first time you heard the term “chamfer.” It turns out that chamfers are critical design aspects of nearly all portable consumer devices, including smartphones and tablets....

2.5W output DC/DC micromodule converter includes 2kVAC galvanic isolation

July 30, 2014 5:02 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTM8046, a 2.5W output DC/DC µModule (micromodule) converter with 2kVAC galvanic isolation (production tested to 3kVDC) in a 9mm x 15mm x 4.92mm ball grid array (BGA) package. A minimum creepage distance of 4.3mm on the package exterior supports operation....

Transformer equipped with two explosion-proof receptacles

July 30, 2014 4:50 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has added to its extensive range of industrial-grade lighting equipment with the release of a portable explosion-proof transformer, the EPL-TX-3KVA-2XLV-AC, equipped with two explosion-proof receptacles. This distribution system allows operators to step down 120/240 VAC 50/60Hz....

Phase-adjustable connector deliver phase adjustment of over 180 degrees

July 30, 2014 4:35 pm | Coaxial Components Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Coaxial Components Corp. (Stuart, FL), also known worldwide as Coaxicom, has just announced its next generation of the phase-adjustable connector for RG402, the 3993-2. With this generation of high-performance 3993-2, Coaxicom has enhanced the solderability of this phase adjuster....

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