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TVS array provides circuit protection in computing applications

August 26, 2013 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices introduced a very low capacitance transient voltage suppressor (TVS) array designed to protect computing applications from the damaging effects of electrostatic discharge (ESD) and electrical fast transients (EFT). Such computing applications include Ethernet 10/100/1000 base T, FireWire, wireless communications devices and USB interfaces.

Dispensing valve improves productivity and reduces cost

August 26, 2013 9:54 am | Nordson Efd Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD introduces the PICO xMOD Valve, a new and exciting fully exchangeable and modular concept in non-contact and contact needle dispensing of assembly fluids. Nordson EFD's PICO xMOD valve system technology uses high-tech, robust, durable piezoelectric actuation technology for continuous operation at speeds of up to 500 cycles/second.

GaN HEMTs target L-Band radar systems

August 22, 2013 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree has released two new gallium nitride (GaN) high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) for use in 1.2 GHz to 1.4GHz L-Band radar amplifier systems: the 250-W CGHV14250 and the 500-W CGHV14500. Featuring what is asserted to be the highest known L-Band efficiency performance at 85°C

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SPDT switch-limiter touts high power handling and fast recovery time

August 22, 2013 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions announced a new SPDT switch-limiter that is suited for S-Band military and commercial radar systems. The MASL-011023 operates over the 2.7 GHz to 3.5 GHz bandwidth and handles 125W of CW power at 85°C while providing a fast recovery time of

China Telecom profit rises after it offers iPhone

August 21, 2013 10:18 am | by KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

State-owned China Telecom, the country's third biggest mobile phone operator by subscribers, said Wednesday that profit grew in the first half of the year as revenue from iPhone sales kicked in. Beijing-based China Telecom, also the world's biggest fixed-line telephone operator, stepped up marketing spending to woo customers...

VNAs add cutting-edge pulse measurement and true mode stimulus capabilities

August 20, 2013 12:20 pm | Anritsu Company | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company expanded its VectorStar family of Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs) with the introduction of the MS4640B Series. Featuring a number of new cutting-edge measurement capabilities, including PulseView, which provides pulse profile, point-in-pulse and pulse-to-pulse measurements of

New Samsung 'Mega' phone nearly tablet-sized

August 19, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- Smartphones are getting bigger as people use them more to watch movies and play games. A new one from Samsung is beyond big. With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Galaxy Mega is almost as big as a 7-inch tablet computer. The difference: It makes phone calls.

GaAs MMIC driver amplifier suited for complex communications systems

August 19, 2013 1:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC announces the addition of the CMD191C4 to their growing MMIC library of standard products.  The CMD191C4 is a GaAs MMIC driver amplifier housed in a leadless, RoHs compliant, 4x4 mm surface mount package. It offers high output power and low current consumption.

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Digital radio test set features low phase noise RF signal generator

August 19, 2013 1:47 pm | Aeroflex | Product Releases | Comments

Aeroflex Incorporated announced the introduction of the new 3920B Digital Radio Test Set for Analog AM and FM, Digital P25, P25 Phase II, DMR, NXDN™, dPMR, TETRA and TEDS technologies. The 3920B features a new low phase noise RF signal generator in addition to the already advanced functionality available on the Aeroflex 3900 Series Radio Test Sets.

Research collaboration aims to improve wireless technology, smartphones

August 19, 2013 9:29 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Through a new research partnership, Kansas State University is helping Kansas businesses and the state's economy while improving the technology behind wireless communication systems and smartphones. Kansas State University's Electronics Design Laboratory and Lawrence-based Avatekh Inc. are solving challenges

Equipping a construction helmet with a sensor can detect the onset of carbon monoxide poisoning

August 19, 2013 9:15 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Research calling for the use of a wearable computing system installed in a helmet to protect construction workers from carbon monoxide poisoning, a serious lethal threat in this industry, has garnered the Virginia Tech investigators a Best Paper Award from a prestigious scientific and engineering community.

NTC thermistors tout precise temperature measurement

August 14, 2013 6:30 pm | Tdk Corporation Of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces two new series of narrowly toleranced EPCOS NTC thermistors in EIA 0402 and 0603 SMD case sizes. These components have a rated resistance of 10 kΩ in tolerance classes ± 1 percent, ±3 percent and ±5 percent. The narrow tolerances were achieved with a

Advancing resistive memory to improve portable electronics

August 14, 2013 11:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team has developed a novel way to build what many see as the next generation memory storage devices for portable electronic devices including smart phones, tablets, laptops and digital cameras. The device is based on the principles of resistive memory, which can be used to create memory cells that are smaller...

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Wireless devices go battery-free with new communication technique

August 14, 2013 10:47 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power. The new communication technique, which the researchers call “ambient backscatter,” takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us around the clock.

Crowdsourcing weather using smartphone batteries

August 14, 2013 10:31 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Smartphones are a great way to check in on the latest weather predictions, but new research aims to use the batteries in those same smartphones to predict the weather. A group of smartphone app developers and weather experts discovered a way to use the temperature sensors built into smartphone batteries to crowdsource weather information.

Temp sensors offer 1.8V SMBus and I2C Interface for the latest smartphone, tablet and PC chipsets

August 13, 2013 6:53 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a six-member family of temperature sensor ICs called the EMC118X. The family is presented as the world’s first family of temp sensors with 1.8V SMBus and I2C communications, which is required for interfacing to the latest generation of smartphone, tablet

Will 3D-printing change the world of engineering?

August 12, 2013 2:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. This month we're focusing on Time-to-Market strategies. We're looking at it a little bit differently and discussing the issues from the viewpoint of 3D printing and rapid prototyping.

Gardening tools go mobile

August 12, 2013 12:23 pm | by DEAN FOSDICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Smart phones that respond to signals from plants? Laptops that coordinate irrigation at dozens of vineyards? Remote weather stations programmed to text frost alerts? Many commercial growers are using laptops, tablets or smart phones to keep costs down and production up. Home gardeners too, if they can afford it.

This is what happens in one SECOND on the internet

August 9, 2013 12:21 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, we learned what happens on the internet in 60 seconds. There are 2 million Google searches, 70 new domains registered, 347 blog posts, $83,000 in Amazon sales and 204 million emails sent. Does it make you wonder what happens on during one SECOND on the internet? Luckily, Designly.com shares your love of information

Review: Google Glass could be peek at tech future

August 9, 2013 10:43 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google believes it has the perfect accessory for the next phase of technology, the mind-boggling and appearance-shifting category already being described as "wearable computing." The widely anticipated evolution hatched Google Glass, a spectacle-like device that contains digital wizardry.

What is the “next big thing” in near field communications?

August 7, 2013 3:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Mike Kabala, ECN Reader The next advance in NFC will be in the area of multi-factor authentication.  The current forerunner in this area is the Yubikey Neo, which contains both USB and NFC interfaces. Further advancement should eliminate the need for the USB connection, allowing a contact-free way of generating a one-time password for use in authentication.

What is the “next big thing” in near field communications? (Part II)

August 7, 2013 3:27 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

V.Kadal Amutham, Reader: Already many countries are implementing mobile payment for ticketing in the bus / train and purchases at stores avoiding credit cards.Another possibility for this technology is as follows. The mobile phone will store any personal data like, size of cloth, preferred brand of many household items.

Developer kit facilitates fast development of batteryless wireless solutions

August 6, 2013 2:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EnOcean announced the availability of its new developer kit, EDK 350U, for the North American market. The kit covers the entire product range in 902 MHz, from energy harvesting and wireless modules to ready-made product solutions. The new kit is part of a modular concept with

Boost regulator uses only 150nA IQ

August 1, 2013 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Touchstone Semiconductor announced the TS3310 dual output boost regulator. The TS3310 consumes only 150nA of supply current. Boost regulators are traditionally the highest current consumer in a system during sleep modes. The TS3310 removes this major constraint in power budgeting and enables years of battery life from a tiny battery cell.

Low phase-noise clock synthesizer includes typical RMS jitter below 500 femtoseconds

July 31, 2013 2:59 pm | Semtech Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corporation announced the general availability of the ACS1790T, a new low phase noise clock synthesizer. The ACS1790T is a tiny device offering frequency selection better than one part-per-billion on a low phase noise platform with typical RMS jitter below 500 femtoseconds.

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