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Emergency-stop switch operates on light loads
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3/30/2007   Post a comment
EAO extended its Series 84 industrial switch range to include a compact, illuminated emergency-stop switch. The emergency-stop has a mono-block design and bright LED illumination, visible even from the side.
Arrow acquires Aussie components distributor
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3/30/2007   Post a comment
Establishing a larger footprint in the electronics market down under, Arrow Electronics Inc.'s Asia Pac subsidiary is acquiring the components distribution business of Adilam Pty. Ltd.
Smart junction blocks ease the automotive wiring squeeze: Part 2 - Enablers and advantages
Design How-To  
3/30/2007   Post a comment
Clever connector design and intelligent MOSFETs, with a proper PCB layout and thermal design, come together for a smart, fuse-and-relay-free junction block.
AdvancedTCA chassis offers improved cooling
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3/29/2007   Post a comment
Elma Electronic has introduced its second generation AdvancedTCA (ATCA) system platform for carrier-grade applications. The 13U chassis meets full NEBS compliance and offers improved cooling features.
Fake components delay designs in Israel
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3/29/2007   Post a comment
Fake components are delaying several design projects in Israel. According to sources who spoke with EETimes Europe , the fake components, mostly from China, will lead to lost sales at several companies due to the delays.
Smart junction blocks ease the automotive wiring squeeze: Part 1 - The electronic distribution system problem and the MOSFET/IP solution
Design How-To  
3/28/2007   Post a comment
Applying technology and IP, junction block developers target both functionality and cost for a reliable design without any fuses or relays.
Parker acquires French EMI shields maker
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3/28/2007   Post a comment
Parker Hannifin Corp., which owns Chomerics in Europe, has bought, for an undisclosed sum, French electromagnetic interference shielding and thermal management device specialist Acofab SAS and its majority shareholder Adecem SARL.
Vero buys enclosure product line from APW administrator
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3/27/2007   Post a comment
Vero Technologies has acquired all the molded enclosure and card guide standard product lines from APW UK Ltd, the Southampton based company that went into administration in January.
Magnetic rotary encoder qualified up to 150 degrees C
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3/22/2007   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has introduced a 10-bit magnetic rotary encoder IC with an operating ambient temperature of up to 150 degrees C, making it suitable for harsh automotive and industrial applications.
Ultra-miniature switches target handheld instrumentation
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3/21/2007   Post a comment
NKK Switches has released a complete line of ultra-miniature toggle, rocker and pushbutton switches for handheld instruments.
Tactile switch provides sealed protection
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3/20/2007   Post a comment
E-Switch has released its sealed TL6700 low-current tactile switch that can withstand aqueous wash processes.
CompactPCI and VME enclosures are turnkey systems
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3/19/2007   Post a comment
Enhanced CompactPCI and VME enclosures from Carlo Gavazzi Computing Solutions are designed as turnkey systems, allowing for lower cost customization of industrial and telecom computing systems.
Mini rail guides fit into space-constrained systems
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3/16/2007   Post a comment
SKF has released a series of miniature-profile rail guides in four standard sizes for linear motion systems with limited space.
Scientists create molecules to unlock keypads
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3/15/2007   Post a comment
A team of scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel) has created a molecule that can function as a tiny version of a keypad locking mechanism.
Accurate Thermal Analysis of Chip/Package Systems
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3/15/2007   Post a comment
With the increasing complexity and power dissipation of modern electronic designs, controlling peak temperature and predicting the temperature profile on the chip early in the process is becoming critical for insuring system reliability. Low power design methodologies create their own thermal challenges, as they may generate "hot" and "cool" regions on the chip. Causes and soutions are explored.
Low-cost switches operate up to 26.5-GHz
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3/7/2007   Post a comment
Agilent has launched the L Series of economically priced, high-performance electromechanical switches operating up to 26.5-GHz with an operating life of two million cycles.
Navigation switch offers multi-functionality
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3/6/2007   Post a comment
E-Switch has released its JS1300 navigation switch for a variety of applications including handheld instrumentation, laptop computers and peripherals.
Heat sinks cool 17 x 17-mm BGAs
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3/5/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Thermal Solutions has introduced two heat sinks -- the ATS-590 and ATS-619 -- that are specifically designed for cooling 17 x 17-mm BGA packages.
Vision system highlights new BMW electronics
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3/5/2007   Post a comment
New and upgraded automotive electronics, particularly lane departure warning, are key features of the new BMW 5 Series.
Server console switch delivers effortless device sharing
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3/5/2007   Post a comment
Hewlett-Packard has developed the HP 1x4 Server Console Switch, a four-port integrated keyboard, video monitor, and mouse (KVM) system for managing multiple USB and PS2 devices from a single console.
Private equity offers $1 billion for Aeroflex
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3/5/2007   Post a comment
Component and test equipment maker Aeroflex Inc., is the latest to succumb to private equity, having accepted a $1 billion cash bid from General Atlantic LLC and Francisco Partners.
Does form follow function?
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/5/2007   Post a comment
As engineers we perhaps like to think that, if form does follows function, then a design will be correct.
Reed relays switch up to 1 GHz
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3/2/2007   Post a comment
MEDER electronic has introduced a family of miniature SIL reed relays capable of switching up to 1 GHz. These devices target ATE systems, measurement equipment, computer peripherals, and alarm systems.
Thermoelectric system cools Intel, AMD CPUs
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3/2/2007   Post a comment
Vigor Gaming Computer announced its Vigor Monsoon II Lite, a thermoelectric cooling system for Intel Core 2 Duo, and AMD K8 and AM2 CPUs.
Rugged pushbutton switches are vandal-proof
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3/1/2007   Post a comment
The Series 56 vandal-proof pushbutton switches and indicators from EAO Switch Corp. are sealed against dust and water per the IP-67 standard.

In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.
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