Multiphase boost converter eases 12V battery 'cranking deep'
Design How-To 4/29/2011 4 comments
Auto start-stop systems offer improved fuel efficiency and emissions, but vehicle electronics need to be protected from cranking transients. A multiphase boost converter is ideal for this function and can also simplify supplying power audio components in the infotainment system as well as isolating regenerative braking energy storage.
Tools spur ECU CAN/LIN communications
Design How-To 4/22/2011 Post a comment
With the increasing use of in-vehicle networks, the development of automotive electronic control units must not only consider the software requirement, but also the implementation of the embedded software via a data bus such as CAN or LIN.
Top 50 contract manufacturers ranked
News & Analysis 4/12/2011 4 comments
Manufacturing Market Insider, a paid-for newsletter focused on contract manufacturing, has ranked the top 50 electronics manufacturing services based on 2010 revenue in its March edition.
Embedded module for handheld electronics
Product News 4/10/2011 Post a comment
Leveraging the power and flexibility of the Intel Atom-based E620 / E680 system on a chip, designed especially for embedded devices, the Anders CM-iTC is well suited for battery operated handheld diagnostic equipment, mobile internet devices, and other low-power, graphics-intensive applications.
New Design Analyzer added to DownStream's CAM350 Version 10.5
Product News 4/7/2011 Post a comment
CAM350 Version 10.5 is the latest release of DownStream Technologies's solution for the verification and optimization of printed circuit boards. Featured in this release is DownStream’s new DesignAnalyzer, which analyzes the contents and complexity of a PCB design against the capabilities of the PCB fabricator. This functionality will help reduce the overall cost of PCB fabrication for electronics companies.
System-on-Module added to line-up
Product News 4/3/2011 Post a comment
A system-on-module based on TI's Sitara AM3517/05 system-on-chip is targeted at high-visibility, space-constrained industrial and retail products like shelf-edge advertising, kiosks, dispensing machines, ticketing machines or elevator controllers.
Do parts from Japan pose radiation risk?
News & Analysis 4/1/2011 15 comments
Questions have arisen about contamination and radiation levels of electronics parts from Japan, though no dangerous radiation levels have been detected in any cargo, according to a trade group.