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posted in October 2008
Atmel motor driver chips feature high reliability
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10/30/2008   Post a comment
For always-on applications that require high reliability in rough environments, Atmel has developed two new brushless dc motor driver chips. Application examples are fuel pumps, turbochargers and exhaust gas recirculation.
DC Motor Drive Basics - Part 2: Thyristor Drive Overview (cont.)
Design How-To  
10/28/2008   1 comment
A review of the fundamentals of DC motor drives continues with a look at converter output impedance, four-quadrant operation, single- and double-converter reversing drives and power factor and supply effects.
Flexible cooling solution for COM Express, XTX and ETX embedded computer modules
Design How-To  
10/27/2008   1 comment
COM Express, XTX and ETX embedded computer modules allow for a fairly easy implementation of customer-specific applications. The required cooling system can vary depending on the selected performance class. A reasonably sized cooling system automatically extends a system's life cycle.
Harting : Cable assemblies inlude standard and customer-specific types
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10/27/2008   Post a comment
Harting has extended its range of interconnection solutions with several new standard and customer-specific cables and cable assemblies.
Knitter-switch : Sealed tact switches suit industrial and medical use
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10/24/2008   Post a comment
TSE 12 and TSSE 12 series sealed tact switches provide an excellent tactile feedback and offer a long operational life of at least one million cycles as well as being sealed with silicone rubber to IP67.
Smart sensor company continues recruitment drive
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10/23/2008   Post a comment
Intelligent sensor developer, DeepStream Technologies Ltd., (Bangor, Wales) aims to hire an additional 70 engineers and support staff to take the number of people it employs to 150 within two years. The company had announced a plan to go from 72 staff to about 100 in March 2008.
DC Motor Drive Basics - Part 1: Thyristor Drive Overview
Design How-To  
10/21/2008   5 comments
Review the fundamentals of DC motor drives with this excerpt from the book "Electric Motors and Drives: Fundamentals, Types and Applications," which begins with a look at the operation of thyristor-fed DC motor drives.
Sounding out MEMS microphone opportunities
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10/21/2008   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has launched the first products to come out of its acquisition of mems transducer specialist Oligon in 2007.
Austriamicrosystems : Magnetic encoder IC targets automotive applications
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10/21/2008   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems has expanded its magnetic rotary encoder portfolio with the AS5145, a 12-bit encoder IC designed for automotive applications.
Wolfson launches ultra-compact MEMS microphone line
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10/20/2008   Post a comment
Wolfson's silicon microphones are designed to bring crystal clear recording to a range of portable consumer applications.
Signal Chain Basics (Part 22): Phantom microphone power--the ghost in the machine
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10/20/2008   Post a comment
Understand how microphone preamplifiers get their power via a "phantom" source, the problems that may occur, and the protection needed
PCI Express connectors edge into tight spaces
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10/15/2008   Post a comment
Erni Electronics is offering a new 1mm centerline PCI Express (PCIe) connector family that includes X1 (36 pins), X4 (64 pins), X8 (98 pins) and X16 (164 pins) right-angled connectors.
ITT : Stacking interconnect integrates power and signal
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10/15/2008   Post a comment
ITT Interconnect Solutions has developed a stacking power interconnect unit which eliminates multiple proprietary power and signal cable connectors by integrating them into a single stackable unit.
C and K : Tactile switches consume very little power
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10/14/2008   Post a comment
KMR Series low profile tactile switches feature an operating current of only 1 µA at 1.8 Vdc, actuation forces to 4 N and a life span to 300,000 cycles, making them well suited for mobile applications.
E-Porsche comes in 2009, paper says
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10/13/2008   Post a comment
Electric drives have a property that makes them interesting for sports car manufacturers: They offer an incredible torque even at low speeds. Now Porsche apparently is planning to join the electric bandwagon.
Chinese dual mode electric vehicle manufacturer aims for pole position
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10/13/2008   Post a comment
China's first mass-produced electric vehicle, the BYD F3DM, manufactured by BYD Auto Co. is being been showcased this week at the 2008 China High-tech Fair in Shenzhen, China and is expected to be launched to the Chinese market by the end of November 2008, pending Chinese government approval.
A holistic approach to heat dissipation
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10/12/2008   Post a comment
Here's how to manage heat dissipation in telecom infrastructure applications such as ATCA modules.
Enclosures offer tailored thermal systems
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10/10/2008   Post a comment
Eltek Valere has introduced the 3030 cabinet family, a line of outdoor telecommunications equipment enclosures with a variety of environmental systems.
Power relay suits inverter apps
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10/10/2008   Post a comment
Panasonic Electric Works introduces the LF-G power relay with a 1.5-mm contact gap, aimed at inverter applications in photovoltaic power generation systems and UPSs.
Circuit breaker extends temperature range, switching cycles
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10/9/2008   Post a comment
Schurter has enhanced its TA35 circuit breaker with several new features including an extended temperature range and extended switching life cycle.
New Scale delivers piezo motor driver, development suite for tiny motors
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10/9/2008   Post a comment
New Scale Technologies has released the NSD-1102 dedicated piezoelectric motor driver ASIC and development suite for its miniature SQUIGGLE micro motors.
Mechatronics design simplified
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10/8/2008   1 comment
Simplifying the development of mechatronics, the combination of mechanical and electronincs engineering, is the goal of a new design language extension released by Mathworks Inc.
Google's lunar-landing competition expands
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10/8/2008   Post a comment
Google Inc. said it has added two new teams and a new partner to its Lunar X Prize competition, a robotic race to the Moon.
Improving efficiency of AC induction motors with slip control and soft start techniques
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10/7/2008   Post a comment
Here's how flash-based, mixed-signal FPGAs can be implemented to provide a low-power, single-chip approach to optimizing slip control in AC induction motors.
Five-output switching regulator targets TFT-LCD panels
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10/7/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced a five-output switching regulator in a 5 x 7-mm QFN package, aimed at TFT-LCD panels.
Robotic hands of the past and future
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10/7/2008   Post a comment
Take a look at the development of robotic hands, past, present and future in a slideshow and a Wired interview with roboticist George Bekey.
Ultra-low-current tactile switches operate up to 300,000 cycles
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10/6/2008   Post a comment
C&K Components has developed a series of low-profile tactile switches that combine ultra-low-current consumption and an extended operational life.
Contactors offer high-efficiency coil options
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10/6/2008   Post a comment
GIGAVAC has announced high-efficiency coil options for its GX11 and GX12 contactors that can power switch high currents, up to 750 volts AC or DC.
AMS introduces contactless high-resolution magnetic encoder for automotive applications
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10/6/2008   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems (AMS) has expanded its magnetic rotary encoder portfolio with the AS5145, a 12-bit encoder IC especially designed for the growing demands in automotive. The device is a contactless, complete system-on-chip magnetic rotary encoder for angular measurement over 360° with a resolution of 0.0879°.
High security keylock switches available in flat and tubular styles
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10/1/2008   Post a comment
NKK Switches has released the CKM series of high security keylock switches, aimed at industrial control equipment, computer peripherals, and instrumentation and sensor equipment.
Diodes : USB power switches optimize port protection
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10/1/2008   Post a comment
Diodes Inc. has extended its series of USB power switches with 12 new parts, providing a cost effective and small form fit for USB ports in a wide range of consumer electronics.
Compact cable connectors handle high power
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10/1/2008   Post a comment
Erni Electronics has expanded its MaxiBridge cable-to-board connector family to include an enhanced set of positions and configurations.


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Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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Larry Desjardin
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I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

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