AVX Corporation has introduced a new series of ultra-miniature chip capacitors for the RF and microwave communications market. Featuring copper electrodes in place of standard precious metal electrodes, the new CU Series chip capacitors provide extremely low ESR, high Q, and tight tolerances.
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A few weeks ago, I came across an article on Slate talking about a school in Texas that had put RFID tags in the student ID cards that everyone has to wear. The article—available at the link--was a discussion on whether the tags were an invasion of privacy.
The Murata Power Solutions PAH series of high efficiency, medium-power DC DC converters are capable of delivering up to 450 Watt output. These compact modules, measuring just 58 x 61 x 12.7 mm, comply with the DOSA half-brick footprint. Ideally suited for power amplifiers, wireless networks, and other telecom applications....
It wasn’t so long ago the Apple was the phone to have. Yes, there were the holdouts who took a dislike to the brand’s smartphone monopoly, but for the most part, if you wanted a phone that worked, you took a trip to Steve Jobs land. It seems, however, that the tide is now changing....
KRYTAR announces the continued expansion of its line of directional couplers with the addition of two new models offering high performance over the ultra-broadband frequency range of 2.0 to 40.0 GHz, each in a single, compact and lightweight package.
In three studies published in the current issue of Technology and Innovation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors®, innovators unveil creative technologies that could change our sources of energy, change our use of energy, and change our lives.
STMicroelectronics has released an easy-access development platform for its innovative contactless memories with unique energy-harvesting capabilities. The M24LR Discovery Kit contains everything engineers need to start designing battery-free electronic applications that can exchange data with
RFMW announces design and sales support for TriQuint Semiconductor’s T1G6003028-FL, DC – 6GHz GaN transistor offering 30W P3dB at 6GHz and up to 40W P3dB midband. Gain at P3dB is >11dB requiring half the power from a driver stage compared to some competitors. Linear gain is >14dB.
AVX Corporation has expanded its range of surface mount switch mode power supply (SMPS) capacitors to include the new SMM Series (switch mode max capacitance) stacked MLC capacitors, which incorporate the “High K” Super X7R dielectric. Featuring high dielectric constant (K), the capacitors provide
The battery fuel gauging system is the component responsible for determining the energy remaining in the battery. In this article, a battery fuel gauging system used in single-cell applications is described. This is followed by a discussion of the various algorithms used by the fuel-gauging system to determine battery capacity along with the pros and cons of the algorithms.
Here at ECN, we often talk about alternative energy options. Sometimes it’s solar power, other times wind power, and occasionally we dabble in the world of electric cars. But there is one energy option we’ve been sorely remiss in covering: pee-power.
Water utilities worldwide are increasingly migrating to wireless to enable automated meter reading (AMR). By 2016, annual wireless water meter shipments will hit 10 million worldwide, with the majority going to North American utilities, IMS Research predicts. In 2010, North American utilities accounted for 70 percent of the $500 million global wireless water meter market, IMS says.
Were you aware of the fact that you waste one week per year sitting in traffic? One week per year. That is 7 days, 168 hours, 10,080 minutes, stuck in traffic. Not only is it a huge waste of time, breathing in the exhaust fumes while you sit and mentally-fume can actually be dangerous to your health
Two professors at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering have developed a new method that doubles the efficiency of wireless networks and could have a large impact on the mobile Internet and wireless industries.
Microchip Technology Inc. announced its patented GestIC technology, which enables the next dimension in intuitive, gesture-based, non-contact user interfaces for a broad range of end products. The MGC3130 is presented as the world’s first electrical-field (E-field)-based, configurable 3D gesture controller, offering
Tadiran Batteries has introduced the TLI Series of batteries, a new family of long-life rechargeable lithium-ion cells designed specifically for use in harsh environments. These batteries use technology found in Tadiran’s hybrid layer capacitor (HLC), which stores the high current pulses required for
Leading wireless solutions specialist Radiometrix, has released the BL118 bi-directional control device, the latest addition to the company’s exciting new easy-to-install Control product range. Unlike the existing CTA88 family of control products which offer one-way wireless links, the new BL118
In October, we asked you for your words of wisdom for a brand-new design engineer and boy, did you guys have advice in spades. The responses we received were so good in fact, we’ve decided to open up our December Roundtable to our faithful readers in hopes that you can offer more words of wisdom.
ON Semiconductor has introduced a new series of active spread spectrum clock generator integrated circuits (ICs) that manage EMI and RFI at the clock source, delivering system-wide EMI reduction of all clock dependent signals. The P3P8203A LVCMOS peak EMI reduction clock generator targets
Texas Instruments Incorporated introduced a single-chip wireless power receiver with integrated battery charger and a new “free-position” transmitter integrated circuit. The two bqTESLA circuits are positioned to give smart phone users a simpler, stress-free charging experience and help designers
Wireless network processor first to offer ZigBee Smart Energy, ZigBee Home Automation and ZigBee Light Link standards for a single end-deviceNovember 6, 2012 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments
Texas Instruments announced that the CC2538 is the industry’s first ZigBee wireless network processor to offer the three most popular ZigBee standards for one end-device (ZigBee Smart Energy, ZigBee Home Automation and ZigBee Light Link). Now a single end-equipment can support these three standards...
Interface chip drives down the cost of adding high data-rate NFC capability to microcontroller designsNovember 5, 2012 2:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments
Implementing instant, high-speed Near Field Communication (NFC) between two independent devices has been made easier and cheaper with the introduction of the AS3953 interface chip from ams. The AS3953 offers a high data rate interface between an NFC device such as a smartphone and any host microcontroller with a standard Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI).
CML Microcircuits has launched a new ACE (Analogue Communications Enhancements) Processor, the CMX188. The processor is specifically targeted at providing the digital advantage to analogue two-way radios and walkie-talkies, serving both licence-free and licensed two-way radio market sectors.
Bosch Sensortec’s absolute orientation sensor BMX055 is said to be the first nine-axis sensor in the market with all components – accelerometer, gyroscope and geomagnetic sensor – developed and manufactured in house. With a