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Top 10 must-see posts from June

July 9, 2013 3:22 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

Tantalum polymer capacitors designed for consumer applications

July 3, 2013 4:15 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has introduced a new series of miniature, Frameless, tantalum polymer SMD capacitors. Utilizing proprietary FRAMELESS technology, which is characterized by a unique lead-frame-less and facedown structure, precise dimensions, and low-stress packaging...

Connectors designed for SSD, wireless cards, ultraportable devices

July 2, 2013 2:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) launched a line of M.2 next-generation form factor (NGFF) connectors, which are designed using the new interface standard for a smaller form factor in both size and volume. Engineered for a wide range of applications, including SSDs (solid state drives) and wireless cards of all types for use in notebooks, ultraportable devices, tablets, desktops and servers, TE’s M.2 (NGFF) products meet both current and future market needs for slim solutions

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RFIC platform boosts the transmission range of devices to up to 15 kilometers

June 27, 2013 1:30 pm | Semtech Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corporation introduced the SX1272, the first product in a new long-range RFIC platform that boosts the transmission range of the devices to up to 15 kilometers (km). This device integrates Semtech’s new LoRa (long range) modulation technology to enable drastic range improvements over alternative modulation methods.

Wi-Fi modules enable streamlined data accessibility

June 26, 2013 4:18 pm | Radicom Research, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Radicom Research announced the release of their RW8200 Embedded Serial to Wi-Fi Modules. It integrates a M3 Cortex host processor, Broadcom’s BCM44362 Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) and an embedded processor.

This smoke-detecting phone dock could save your life

June 26, 2013 4:17 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

House fires are a serious, deadly problem. Death from fires and burns are the third leading cause of fatal home injury, according to the CDC. Every 169 minutes, someone dies in a fire and every 30 minutes, someone is injured. 

SKorea mobile network touted as world's fastest

June 26, 2013 10:25 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

South Korea's largest mobile operator is this week launching what it says is the world's fastest wireless network. SK Telecom Co. said Wednesday that the LTE-Advanced network can download data at speeds twice as fast as LTE networks and 10 times faster than third generation services.

Battery-free RFID switch compatible with commercial EPC C1G2 readers

June 25, 2013 12:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The X1GLADIO from Farsens S.L., San Sebastián, Spain, is a battery free RFID switch. These tags are compatible with commercial EPC C1G2 readers and communicate a unique ID and the associated switch status data without the need of battery supply on the sensor tags.

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What's next for near field communications? Engineers speak out

June 13, 2013 3:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for the "next big thing" and this month we're focusing on near-field communications. NFC only seems to be increasing in popularity and usage across the electronics board, but we want to know what's happening in your labs and on your benches.

PXI embedded controller includes up to 16 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory

June 13, 2013 10:20 am | Adlink Technology | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology announced the introduction of its PXI-3980, ADLINK’s first quad-core PXI embedded controller featuring the high-performance Intel® Core™ i7-2715QE 2.1 GHz processor, with up to 16 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory, for seamless execution in multitasking environments and reduced test times.

Translucent flex antenna enables innovative industrial designs

June 13, 2013 9:53 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation introduces the mLUX Translucent Flex Antenna, which enables more innovative, creative, and impressive design effects for mobile devices. The mLUX is an invisible antenna concept. It allows light and color to shine through the translucent device cover, offering multiple options for industrial design.

Hands-free texting still distracting for drivers

June 12, 2013 11:34 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Using voice commands to send text messages and emails from behind the wheel, which is marketed as a safer alternative for drivers, actually is more distracting and dangerous than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found. Automakers have been trying to excite new-car buyers, especially younger ones, with dashboard infotainment systems...

Boost regulator offers constant efficiency performance over a 100:1 span in output current

June 11, 2013 12:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Touchstone Semiconductor announced the TS3300 boost regulator. The TS3300 uses only 3.5µA of supply current, and the TS3300’s efficiency performance is constant over a 100:1 span in output current. No other low power boost converter offers this level of performance.

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Critical RF switch design parameters for space

June 11, 2013 10:29 am | by Greg Horvath, Product Applications Engineer, Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation | Articles | Comments

Harsh environments associated with space applications pose particularly demanding radiation requirements on Radio Frequency (RF) components. The effects of radiation can lead to additional device parameter degradation, performance interruptions or destructive failure modes.

Ethernet media converter transmits data up to 100Km

June 10, 2013 12:56 pm | B & B Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics Manufacturing Company released its iMcV-Giga FiberLinX-III gigabit intelligent Ethernet media converter. This highly anticipated third generation of the company’s successful FiberLinX family is a 10/100/1000Mbps copper to 1000Mbps fiber device, converting existing copper wiring-based networks to fiber optics.

Addressing the data deluge challenge in mobile networks with intelligent content caching

June 7, 2013 3:31 pm | by Seong Hwan Kim, Ph.D., Technical Marketing Manager, LSI | Articles | Comments

The most recent IDC Predictions 2013: Competing on the 3RD Platform report forecasts the biggest driver of IT growth to once again be mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, e-readers, etc.), generating around 20 percent of all IT purchases....

Wi-Fi signals enable gesture recognition throughout entire home

June 6, 2013 3:03 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Forget to turn off the lights before leaving the apartment? No problem. Just raise your hand, finger-swipe the air, and your lights will power down. Want to change the song playing on your music system in the other room? Move your hand to the right and flip through the songs.

Compact datalogger includes wireless connectivity based on GSM/GPRS module

June 5, 2013 10:34 am | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions and Danlaw Incorporated announced that Danlaw’s DL750 includes Telit’s ultra-compact GSM/GPRS cellular module, the GE865-QUAD. The product is a self-contained consumer installable data collection device. Danlaw and Telit who cooperated in a number of products before, are

Sensor node enables wireless energy monitoring via any web-connected device

June 5, 2013 9:49 am | Microstrain, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

LORD MicroStrain Sensing Systems introduced Watt-Link, a wireless sensor node positioned to streamline discrete industrial power installations and provide remote energy monitoring and reporting via any web-connected device. Applications include energy management, building automation,

Top 10 must-read posts from May

June 4, 2013 12:04 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com....

LDO offers 25 µVRMS noise, programmable Current limit and diagnostic information

June 4, 2013 10:14 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announced the LT3055, a high voltage, low noise, low dropout voltage linear regulator offering precision, programmable current limit and diagnostic capability. The device delivers up to 500 mA output current with a 350-mV dropout voltage at full load. It features

Extreme broadband amplifiers tout desirable noise figure performance

June 3, 2013 5:28 pm | Nxp Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced the availability of a new family of extreme-broadband amplifiers, applicable for CATV, broadcast TV, satellite systems and general ISM applications – the BGA3012, BGA3015 and BGA3018. Performance characteristics include

2 to 20 GHz broadband amplifier offers positive bias

May 31, 2013 1:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC is offering a new device from their growing MMIC library of standard products. The CMD187 is a wideband GaAs MMIC amplifier die for applications from 2 to 20 GHz. This device delivers greater than 22 dB of flat gain with a corresponding output 1 dB compression point of +14 dBm, and a noise figure of 4.5 dB at 20 GHz.

Miniature PCIe clock generators tout very small footprint, low power

May 28, 2013 11:30 am | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs has expanded its PCI Express (PCIe) timing solution portfolio with new one- and two-output PCIe clock generators that are said to offer the smallest footprint and lowest power in the market. Designed to meet the stringent specifications of the PCIe Generation 1/2/3 standards, the Si52111 and

Diode series serves land mobile radio, wireless infrastructure, and test instrument applications

May 28, 2013 10:13 am | M/A-Com Technology Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions extended its strong industry position in diodes with a new family of broadband Shunt PIN Diodes for high-power switching applications. The MACOM Shunt PIN Diode series is designed for customers who need a versatile, low cost, ultra-small Shunt PIN diode element for land mobile radio, wireless infrastructure and test instrument applications.

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