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Trends in RFID--Part III
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12/28/2008   Post a comment
Here are the answers to adoption questions around design, hardware, software, hype, reality, catalysts and more that continually come up with RFID. This segment looks at the architecture for the new network.
Schurter : 3-phase line filters are efficient and economic
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Schurter's 3-phase line filters, series FMAC ECO and FMBC ECO are compact and cost optimized and well suited for use in drive systems, engineering installations and places where frequency inverters cause electromagnetic disturbances.
Planet Analog: Top 20 Articles of 2008--(Part 2 of 2)
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12/20/2008   Post a comment
See which articles received the most page views from our audience in 2008
Trends in RFID--Part II
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
Here' are the answers to such 'adoption' questions as design, hardware, software, hype, reality, catalysts, and more that continually come up with RFID. This segment looks at the architecture for the new network.
RF filters offer footprint reduced by 72 percent for W-CDMA, LTE cellular basestations
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
Two new block-type dielectric RF filters for telecoms basestation applications have been added to Murata's GIGAFIL range.
Infineon counterclaims in Volterra patents dispute
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG and Primarion, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Infineon Technologies North America Corp. have filed a counterclaim against Volterra Semiconductor alleging fraud on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as for antitrust violations.
Vishay : White power LEDs suit high-volume applications
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology has released a series of high-intensity white power SMD LEDs in a CLCC-2 flat ceramic package that offer InGaN/TAG on sapphire technology.
Stratum III compatible TCXO family features low noise
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12/17/2008   Post a comment
The TX057 Stratum III compatible TCXO (temperature-compensated crystal oscillator) family from Raltron Electronics boasts a frequency stability over temperature of ±0.28ppm from -40 to +85 degrees Celsius and an overall frequency stability of ±4.6ppm, including 20 years aging.
Electrical noise and mitigation - Part 1: Noise definition, categories and measurement
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12/16/2008   Post a comment
Review your understanding of electrical noise - what it is, the reasons for its generation and how to evaluate its effects - with this excerpt from the book "Practical Grounding, Bonding, Shielding and Surge Protection."
Filters pass more audio, less noise than discrete or integrated alternatives
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12/16/2008   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has developed a miniature filter that will help handset designers improve noise reduction in phones with MP3 capability.
Harvested energy unleashed
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12/15/2008   Post a comment
For many, the concept of energy harvesting is tightly associated with the 'green' movement. While that's certainly one aspect, it overlooks a whole range of applications that have less to do with solving the world's so-called energy crisis and more to do with solving the problem of powering remote or embedded devices -- indefinitely. That is, without wires and without potentially expensive battery replacement, thereby truly cutting the wire.
EPCOS : PFC capacitors are designed to be rugged
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
EPCOS has developed the B25836B A305 series of especially rugged PFC capacitors.
Adapt standard tests to non-standard devices: Automotive qualification of a MEMS-based sensor system
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12/11/2008   Post a comment
AEC-Q100 does not address MEMS and unencapsulated devices. This is where the engineer designing the test plan must get creative in seeking a solid physics-of-failure-based test regime. The authors prove that an exposed humidity sensor can survive a lifetime of humidity-temperature and bias, tests particularly severe for the sensor and its exposed wire bonds.
STMicroelectronics reduces size of ESD protection diodes by 67 percent
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has unveiled a new series of ESD protection diodes that are 67 percent smaller than previous-generation alternatives, and withstand the toughest IEC61000-4-2 ESD test pulse as well as deliver low clamping voltages that improve protection for modern, low-voltage ICs.
Rotary Arc element segments for industrial applications
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
Spectrum Sensors and Controls announces their expanded line of rotary arc element segments that are now available with several different linear and non-linear tapers, taps and electrical angles of 340° and 350°.
ESC market will rise against trend, driving MEMS demand, iSuppli says
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12/9/2008   Post a comment
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems are one of the few automotive electronics segments that will rise against the general automotive downturn trend, says market researcher iSuppli. For MEMS manufacturers, this will create opportunities.
Conformal coating market growing for electronics
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12/8/2008   Post a comment
The global market for conformal coating technology for electronics is expected to total $6.6 billion in 2008, increasing to over $9.1 billion by 2013, a compound annual growth rate of 6.8 percent.
Cypress : Environmental kit allows easy set-up of weather station
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12/8/2008   Post a comment
The CY3271-EXP1 environmental sensing kit is the first of an expansion offering for Cypress Semiconductor's recently introduced PSoC First Touch Starter Kit with CyFi Low-Power RF.
Analog temperature sensors tout high accuracy, low cost
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12/8/2008   Post a comment
Targeting notebook PCs, servers, and industrial and embedded systems, SMSC's latest sensors offer a variety of customizable features aimed at improving accuracy and minimizing the system-level footprint.
Class D Amplifier FAQ - Part 2: Zobel Circuits, Testing, PCB Layout & Grounding
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12/3/2008   1 comment
Part 2 of this FAQ considers Zobel circuits, testing and measuring Class D amplifiers, and issues associated with PCB layout and grounding.
Ultrasonic transducer measures liquid levels in corrosive atmospheres
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12/3/2008   Post a comment
The Siemens Division Industry Automation has added a PVDF (Polyvinylidene Fluoride) nose cone as an option to the non-contacting ST-H ultrasonic level transducer for liquids.
Long-stroke position sensors for use in rugged environment
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12/1/2008   Post a comment
Macro Sensors presents a breakthrough in linear position measurement with a new, non-contacting long stroke sensor that operates in rugged environments while delivering excellent performance from 0 - 4 to 50 inches.


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