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posted in March 2011
8-bit MCUs provide cost effective, efficient high-brightness LED control
Design How-To  
3/31/2011   6 comments
High-brightness LEDs are rapidly gaining popularity in the automotive, consumer, and industrial markets. But controlling luminosity efficiently and reliably is not an easy task—power stage efficiency, thermal design, and EMC are some of the most critical design challenges.
FCI Minitek horizontal SMT headers
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3/30/2011   Post a comment
FCI expanded its 2.00mm-pitch Minitek board-to-board and wire-to-board product portfolio with a series of 2.00mm horizontal surface-mount headers.
CONEC expands IP67-rated series with fiber-optic LC connectors
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3/30/2011   Post a comment
CONEC has advanced its water-resistant series of connectors to include fiber-optic duplex LC connectors.
Modern automotive voice control offers HMI convenience with safety
Design How-To  
3/28/2011   3 comments
When dense and hectic traffic situations do not permit any distraction to drivers, voice control is a useful complement to conventional HMIs. It can even give drivers control of an indispensable device for many—the smart phone—without compromising safety.
Some April 1 products I'd like to see
Blog  
3/26/2011   12 comments
Use your imagination and think up some realizable yet offbeat products
Loudspeakers: Objective evaluations - Part 5: Professional monitor loudspeakers
Design How-To  
3/23/2011   1 comment
In part 5 of an excerpt from "Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms," Floyd Toole examines the objectives and measured performance - with examples - of professional monitor loudspeakers designed for use in recording studios.
C&K components TSW scroll switch
Product News  
3/22/2011   2 comments
C&K has developed 7-way compact scroll wheel switches for consumer and navigation applications.
PHEV charging scheme could ease 'hybrid penalty'
Design How-To  
3/22/2011   11 comments
Plug-in users can mitigate grid demand in exchange for payment, which offsets high Li-ion battery cost.
Samtec PHF and PHT series Press Fit terminals and sockets
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3/16/2011   Post a comment
Samtec has expanded its line of flexible stacking products with Press Fit versions of its .100" pitch square post terminals and sockets.
Hybrid sales shrink while diesel grows
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
3/15/2011   24 comments
The current fuel price spike not withstanding, sales of hybrid cars dropped last year while diesel-powered purchases grew.
Weidmuller TERMOPTO relays
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3/15/2011   Post a comment
Weidmuller's TERMOPTO relays function as both a terminal block for signal connection, and a relay to separate signals, all in one compact module.
Verotec Diplomat EMC enclosures
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3/15/2011   Post a comment
Verotec's Diplomat line of EMC enclosures is available as cases, case frames or computer towers.
Delivering optimized motor control for 1.5-kW applications with a uMini-DIP package
Design How-To  
3/14/2011   1 comment
Understand how inverterized motor control can meet energy and efficiency requirements for household appliances
Industrial Ethernet switches now include Power over Ethernet
Product News  
3/13/2011   2 comments
The Harting Ha-VIS 4000 family of industrial Ethernet switches has been extended to include Power over Ethernet capability, allowing devices such as cameras and wireless access points to be integrated quickly and easily into an industrial network.
Some (components) do like it hot, and that's good for extreme designs
Blog  
3/10/2011   11 comments
If you have to stand the heat, and can't get out of the kitchen, there are some new IC options
NKK Switches JWMW and JWLW series of panel-sealed rocker switches
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3/9/2011   Post a comment
NKK Switches is calling its latest products the industry's first molded, IP67-rated panel-sealed rocker switches with TV ratings.
E-Switch TL3700 miniature tact switch
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3/9/2011   Post a comment
Check out E-Switch's smallest tact switch.
Why hasn't that steering wheel gone away?
Engineering Pop Culture!  
3/7/2011   111 comments
There's no reason the ubiquitous steering wheel can’t be replaced by a joystick—or is there?


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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.

Max Maxfield

Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
Max Maxfield
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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 ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
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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July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
Karen Field
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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