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Brainstorm: The Smart Grid

November 8, 2010 6:04 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

What is your opinion on the smart grid? Do you support or oppose its deployment?

Current Sense Chip Resistor Comes In Small 0201 Size

November 5, 2010 8:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics, Inc. announced the new 0201 size in its SR73 current sense chip resistor line. Measuring 0.6 mm x 0.3 mm x 0.1 mm, the 0201 size chip is 66 percent smaller than the 0402 size chip resistor, making it

Ultracapacitors Target RAID Back-up, Smart Grid, Portable and Handheld Electronics

November 5, 2010 8:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Tecate Group announced the newest members of the PowerBurst family of cylindrical, radial leaded ultracapacitor cells. The new TPLE Series is 100 percent RoHS compliant, and offers extended operating temperature up to 85°C. Capacitance values range from

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Solid Body D-sub Connector is IP67-rated

November 4, 2010 1:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

CONEC has advanced its water-resistant D-sub series of connectors a new, rugged one-piece, solid-body version. This robust design performs better against mechanical impacts during installation and operation and has

Remote Control Infrared Receivers

November 3, 2010 5:36 am | Videos | Comments

This tutorial, provided by Digi-Key and Vishay, will introduce remote control infrared receiver (IR) technology and provide an overview of key performance parameters.

Improving Efficiency in Datacenters, Telecom and Communications

November 2, 2010 5:52 am | by Mike Speed, Segment Marketing Director, Fairchild Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Introducing a game-changing component is a bit like golfer hitting a hole in one. Both events happen relatively infrequently, yet everyone knows there’s another one coming...

Should We Manage Cellphone Access in Certain Cases?

November 2, 2010 5:39 am | by Terry Bittner, ITT Defense (www.defense.itt.com) | Blogs | Comments

Cell phones afford us the convenience of being connected whenever we want, wherever we want. Despite affording us constant connectivity, there remain places where cell phone usage is inappropriate.

Wherefore Art Thou Oh 60Ghz?

November 2, 2010 5:14 am | by by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Blogs | Comments

Back in January of 2008 all of the online technical trade press was touting that Wireless HDMI based upon 57 to 64GHz (i.e 60GHz) spectrum had finally arrived in the form of WirelessHD.

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Transmitter Sends Power, Data for RF Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power Systems

October 29, 2010 5:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Powercast Corporation announced availability of its TX91501 Powercaster Transmitter which uses the 915-MHz ISM band to transmit common radio waves for power and data in commercial, industrial and defense applications. As the power

Audio Hub Solution Enables HD Audio

October 28, 2010 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wolfson Microelectronics plc has introduced WM8958 audio hub solution, designed to enable high definition (HD) audio in portable multimedia applications, such as smartphones, tablet computers, eBooks and navigation devices. When combined with

Digital MEMS Microphones Tout Crystal-clear Audio

October 28, 2010 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wolfson Microelectronics plc has officially launched its next-generation digital silicon micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) microphones, the WM7210 and the WM7220. These MEMS microphones offer

RF Energy Harvesting Kit Enables Battery-Free, Perpetually Powered Wireless Apps

October 26, 2010 1:12 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. and Powercast Corporation announced the Lifetime Power Energy Harvesting Development Kit for Wireless Sensors featuring PIC microcontrollers with eXtreme Low Power (XLP) Technology. This kit, composed of a 3 Watt Powercaster transmitter as the power source, two

The Disruptive Changes in Wireless Infrastructure

October 25, 2010 5:58 am | Blogs | Comments

According to a report published by Informa today there are now more femtocells than macrocells in America.

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Single-core, Floating-point DSP Asserted to be Industry’s Fastest

October 19, 2010 11:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced the C6A816x Integra DSP + ARM generation of processors which feature what are said to be the industry’s fastest single-core floating- and fixed-point DSP performance (up to 1.5 GHz) and the fastest single-core ARM Cortex-A8 core with performance up to

Microprocessors Offer Highest-performing Single-core ARM Cortex-A8, Extreme System Integration

October 19, 2010 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments expanded its portfolio of Sitara ARM microprocessors (MPUs) with new AM389x Sitara MPUs that offer the industry’s highest-performing, single-core ARM Cortex-A8 with performance at up to 1.5 GHz. These MPUs also integrate peripherals that make them suitable for single-board computers, gateways, routers

Bluetooth SoC and ANT Processor Combo Enables Year-Long Coin-Cell Operation

October 19, 2010 10:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CC2540 single-mode Bluetooth low energy system-on-chip and the CC257x ANT network processor can enable target applications to operate on a coin cell for more than a year.

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?

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...

Collaboration Aims to Boost Wireless Network Performance

October 11, 2010 7:00 am | News | Comments

Wind River today announced its collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent to develop common platform assets for Alcatel-Lucent’s wireless network base station portfolio.

Radio Thermostat in Microchip Booth ESC Boston 2010

October 8, 2010 5:22 am | by MicrochipTechnology | Videos | Comments

John Day gives a overview of the Radio Thermostat demo in the Microchip Booth from the 2010 Embedded Systems Conference in Boston. Learn more about smart energy at http://www.microchip.com/smartenergy

Datatronic Modem Transformer Receives Approval As Reference Design

October 7, 2010 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Teridian Semiconductor Corporation has approved the new Model PT79546 V.22bis Modem Transformer from Datatronic Distribution, Inc., for use with its reference designs that include the Teridian IC Models 73M901CE and 73M1903.

Color PMOLED Suits Mobile Hand Held Applications

October 7, 2010 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

OSD’s 0.95” Full Color PMOLED is suitable for mobile hand held applications. It features a 96 x 64 resolution and is approximately 2 mm thick. Additional features include a high contrast ratio of 2000:1 and 65K colors. This compact display has

Fixed Output Step-Down Switching Voltage Regulator Provides Desirable Transient Response

October 7, 2010 7:57 am | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s FAN5358 is a step-down switching voltage regulator that delivers a fixed output from an input voltage supply of 2.7 V to 5.5 V. Using a proprietary architecture with

VNA Features Four-Port 110 GHz Single-Sweep Solution for Millimeter-Wave Measurements

October 7, 2010 6:20 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. Introduced a 67 GHz PNA-X Series vector network analyzer (VNA). The new N5247A 67 GHz PNA-X allows engineers, working up to 67 GHz, to work with the company’s single-connection, multiple-measurement, PNA-X platform. This makes

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