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posted in March 2012
High-voltage surge stoppers ensure reliability during power spikes
Design How-To  
3/29/2012   6 comments
In automotive, industrial, and avionic applications, high-voltage power supply spikes are commonly encountered. The electronics within these systems must not only survive surges, but in many cases also operate reliably throughout the event—and devices charged via automobile power points (lighters) must also be protected.
TE Connectivity zQSFP+ high-density interconnect
Product News  
3/29/2012   1 comment
TE Connectivity's interconnect will meet next-generation 100-Gbps Ethernet and 100-Gbps 4X InfiniBand Enhanced Data Rate requirements by offering four lanes of high-speed differential signals.
Hail the humble heat pipe (even at DESIGN West)
Social Mania  
3/29/2012   2 comments
Amidst all the ICs and software, heat pipes are there to help you carry your (thermal) load
Three very-low-current analog ICs make a USB-powered thermostat
Design How-To  
3/23/2012   3 comments
A “walk-through” of this basic circuit teaches the calculations needed
Boost converter cuts fuel consumption up to 15%
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3/22/2012   Post a comment
International Rectifier's integrated AUIR3240S boost converter (battery power switch) is designed for automotive stop/start applications on both hybrid and IC-engine powered cars.
2.9mm profile miniature speakers deliver up to 78 dB at 1 meter
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3/20/2012   Post a comment
CUI has added a new family of low profile speakers to its components product line, the CDM series available in diameters from 10 to 20mm with depths as low as 2.9 mm.
How FRAM RFID improves the medical sterilization process
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3/16/2012   Post a comment
Clean uncontaminated products, are critical for medical diagnostics and equipment; ferroelectric RAM and RFID technologies are combining to help assure that these products are safe.
FlexRay spec rev offers back compatibility, lower costs
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3/15/2012   Post a comment
The FlexRay electrical physical layer spec Rev. 3.0.1 has been released and production of second generation transceivers has started. Semiconductor manufacturers have to ensure full device specific functional range in existing applications with a drop-in replacement.
NASA: Robot arm demos satellite repair
News & Analysis  
3/15/2012   2 comments
A robotic arm aboard the International Space Station has demonstrated the ability to repair a satellite in orbit.
We teardown a Chevy Volt (exclusive videos)
Design How-To  
3/12/2012   2 comments
What makes a Chevy Volt tick (and whirr and hum) is revealed in these videos where the car was taken apart over three days—quality, ruggedness, and modularity for incorporating future technology are apparent.
Transmitter/receiver pair serves as antitheft alarm
Design How-To  
3/8/2012   3 comments
Simple circuit consists of a transmitter/receiver pair that functions as an automobile antitheft alert system. When the vehicle leaves the area, this circuit sounds an alarm because the distance between the transmitter and receiver increases and the received power level falls below a predetermined threshold.
EIS simplifies battery measurement and characterization
Design How-To  
3/5/2012   3 comments
Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is increasingly important for measuring and characterizing batteries and other electrochemical systems. This non-invasive measurement method can be exploited not only in modeling energy storage such as batteries and fuel cells, but also in basic battery research and diagnostics.
Implement PMBus hot-swap circuits in space-constrained applications
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3/5/2012   Post a comment
Understand the circuit analysis and design for this critical, challenging application area
ISO 26262 cuts electronics complexity risks: Pt. 2- Design for robustness
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3/2/2012   Post a comment
Future development and integration of automotive safety functions will strengthen the need to have safe system development processes and to provide evidence that all reasonable safety objectives are satisfied. ISO 26262 provides guidance to reduce these risks to a tolerable level by providing feasible requirements and processes.
Molex SlimStackB8 connectors
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3/2/2012   Post a comment
Molex's compact SlimStack B8 connectors deliver built-in reliability to makers of high-end mobile devices and other electronics.


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