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PTC thermistors provide improved resistance tolerance
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4/30/2008   Post a comment
Bourns has expanded its line of ceramic Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) thermistors for telecom over-current protection. Theses devices offer improved resistance tolerance and reduce the number of devices required per board.
'Missing link' memristor created: Rewrite the textbooks?
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4/30/2008   10 comments
HP Labs' Stanley Williams has invented the world's first memristor, the 'missing link' in circuit theory--a fourth passive-device type after resistors, capacitors and inductors--as predicted by University of California at Berkeley professor, Leon Chua.
Off-the-shelf LF antenna driver IC for hands-free car access systems
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4/30/2008   Post a comment
Claiming an industry first, the ATA5279 is an LF coil driver IC from Atmel Corporation that has been designed for Passive Entry Go (PEG) and Passive Go (PG) hands-free car access systems.
Stackpole extends sulfur impervious chip resistor family
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4/29/2008   Post a comment
Stackpole Electronics, Inc. has expanded its RMCG series of sulfur impervious chip resistors, extending the resistance value range from 1 ohm to 10 Megohm.
Develop analog high-pass filters without capacitors in the signal path (Part 2 of 2)
Design How-To  
4/29/2008   1 comment
High-pass filters are often needed, but capacitors can adversely affect their performance; learn how to avoid them
ESD protection device passes HDMI 1.3a, 20-kV ESD tests
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4/28/2008   Post a comment
Cal Micro claims the XtremeESD CM1234 protection device is the only ESD solution that passes both HDMI 1.3a compliance and 20-kV ESD tests.
I'm a (technology) believer
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/28/2008   Post a comment
GPS technology, that is.
Aluminum electrolytic capacitors deliver wide performance range
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4/25/2008   Post a comment
Cornell Dubilier has released six new series of aluminum electrolytic vertical-chip SMT capacitors targeted at a broad range of filtering, bypass and power supply decoupling applications.
High-frequency rectifiers increase system efficiency
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4/25/2008   Post a comment
Touting fast reverse recovery times and low forward voltage drop ratings, Vishay's 600-V FRED Pt Hyperfast rectifiers reduce switching losses in high-efficiency PFC and SMPS applications.
2.7-inch LCD module offers high pixel density
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4/24/2008   Post a comment
NEC LCD Technologies will start shipping samples of its 2.7-inch LTPS TFT-LCD module at the end of July 2008. The NL9654HL06-01J LCD module delivers a high pixel density of 413 pixels per inch in a small size direct-view LCD.
Resistor line targets microwave and RF applications
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4/24/2008   Post a comment
State of the Art (SOTA) has expanded its line of high frequency chip resistors.
'How to Cheat': The Physics of RFID--Part V
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4/24/2008   Post a comment
In this final segment of Chapter 2 from 'How to Cheat at Deploying and Securing RFID,' we finally pull it all together with a summary of the chapter and a glossary of key terms used throughout the article. The entire chapter--The Physics of RFID--provides a basic understanding of the physics of RFID communications and the characteristics that affect system performance during an RF wave's journey.
Robot slated to conduct symphony
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Honda's humanoid robot is slated to conduct the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on May 13.
Aluminum electrolytic capacitors offer more than 400 ratings
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Cornell Dubilier has introduced two snap-in aluminum electrolytic capacitor types targeted at applications in next-generation power supplies and inverters.
Power inductors shrink by 70%
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
Touted as the smallest power inductors available, Taiyo Yuden's BRC1608 devices measure 1.6 (L) x 0.8 (W) x 0.8 (H) mm.
1GHz SAW clock oscillator delivers low noise, jitter
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
Crystek Crystals has released a 1GHz SAW Clock Oscillator (CCSO), which is based on FR5 PCB and SAW (surface acoustic wave) crystal technology to provide a low noise, low jitter performance with true SineWave output.
Tecate : Ultra-thin 5.5-V supercapacitors withstand high-temperature
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
HS single-cell and HW dual-cell supercapacitors in the CAP-XX series provide a cost-effective solution to the power delivery constraints of batteries and the energy delivery limitations of conventional capacitors.
Multi-band high-dielectric antennas target mobile handset applications
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4/20/2008   Post a comment
Antenova has announced two high performing multi-band High Dielectric Antenna (HDA') embedded antennas for mobile handset and portable device applications; a 4mm low profile penta-band antenna and a six-band antenna.
1-GHz SAW clock oscillator delivers ultra-low phase noise
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4/18/2008   Post a comment
Crystek Crystals has released a 1-GHz surface acoustic wave (SAW) clock oscillator with low noise and low jitter performance.
Low loss power inductors increase system efficiency
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4/18/2008   Post a comment
Pulse, a Technitrol Company, has introduced the PG0702NL series of flat-coil surface-mount (SMT) power inductors that operate at higher temperatures.
'How to Cheat': The Physics of RFID--Part IV
Design How-To  
4/18/2008   1 comment
In this fourth segment of Chapter 2 from 'How to Cheat at Deploying and Securing RFID,' we finally experience the travel adventures of RF waves. Come along for the ride. The entire chapter--The Physics of RFID--provides a basic understanding of the physics of RFID communications and the characteristics that affect system performance during an RF wave's journey.
Image sensor market improves
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4/18/2008   Post a comment
With the explosion in video surveillance and cell phone cameras, you'd expect the image sensor market to be doing well.
VCSO delivers expanded frequency range, ultra-low jitter
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4/17/2008   Post a comment
Vectron's fifth-generation VS-705 VCSO delivers new and improved features including an expanded frequency range and power management capabilities that support "green" initiatives.
Tecate rolls high-temperature supercapacitors for portable devices
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4/17/2008   Post a comment
Tecate Industries has expanded its CAP-XX product line with the launch of its H series of high-temperature 5.5-V supercapacitors for portable and wireless devices.
Digital ambient light photo sensor provides precise illuminance measurement
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4/16/2008   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has introduced a miniature programmable digital ambient light photo sensor that provides precise illuminance measurement over a wide range of lighting conditions in consumer, industrial and automotive applications.
Accelerometers address motion detection challenges in space-constrained apps
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4/15/2008   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has added two new +/-2g/6g accelerometers to its ultra-compact portfolio of devices in 4 x 4 x 1.5-mm LGA packages, aimed at motion detection applications in space-constrained, battery-operated devices.
Siemens extends IO-Link product range
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4/15/2008   Post a comment
Siemens Industry Automation expands its sensor and actuator product range for the IO-Link interface standard. The move covers components and the integration in Siemens' Totally Integrated Automation concept.
PRODUCT HOW-TO: The MEMS Generation Takes Its Place Beside Quartz
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4/13/2008   Post a comment
Silicon oscillators now offer quartz oscillator performance at a lower cost
Hall-effect current sensor delivers high speed, low noise
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4/12/2008   Post a comment
Targeted at the industrial and consumer markets, Allegro MicroSystems' next generation Hall-effect current sensing technology offers improved accuracy over the full operating range.
TCXO targets GPS applications
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4/11/2008   Post a comment
Raltron Electronics has released its RTXY-104 series of TCXOs designed specifically for GPS applications.
Miniature microphone targets waterproof, dustproof apps
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4/11/2008   Post a comment
Fully complying with the IP-57, IEC Standard, Ver. 2.0, Transducers USA's miniature Model KECG2742 electret condenser microphone meets requirements for waterproof and dustproof applications.
Spring-loaded position sensors feature loop-powered operation
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4/10/2008   Post a comment
Macro Sensors has introduced a DC-operated position sensor that is spring-loaded and offers a two-wire, loop powered 4-20 mA operation commonly used with current-operated process controllers and recorders.
Light sensor maintains speed even with dirt build-up
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4/9/2008   Post a comment
Melexis has launched the first light sensor in its new SensorEyeC series of optical sensors designed for high-volume automotive, industrial and consumer applications.
'How to Cheat': The Physics of RFID--Part III
Design How-To  
4/9/2008   1 comment
In this third segment of Chapter 2 from 'How to Cheat at Deploying and Securing RFID,' the topic is performing antenna power calculations. The entire chapter--The Physics of RFID--provides a basic understanding of the physics of RFID communications and the characteristics that affect system performance during the journey of an RF wave.
High-power LED modules deliver up to 1140 lumens
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4/8/2008   Post a comment
Avago has introduced the ADJD-WMxx/YMxx high-power Moonstone LED series featuring cool white and warm white LED modules.
TCXO/VCTCXO series offers Stratum III stability performance
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4/8/2008   Post a comment
FOX331 series, HCMOS, temperature-controlled oscillators (TCXOs) and voltage-controlled temperature-controlled oscillators (VCTCXOs), from Fox Electronics, feature Stratum III stability.
Image sensor delivers high dynamic range for security, surveillance cameras
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4/7/2008   Post a comment
Aptina Imaging has introduced its latest wide-VGA image sensor for surveillance camera applications, capturing high-quality video in high contrast lighting conditions for security and surveillance camera applications.
HID lighting capacitors are rated for 60,000 hours
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4/5/2008   Post a comment
Cornell Dubilier has announced a series of HID lighting capacitors in a dry construction. The Type DL capacitors are rated for 60,000-hour life at 100 deg C.
LED lightpipes prevent color mixing
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4/5/2008   Post a comment
Elma Electronic has introduced a new series of LED lightpipes that provide distinct color output and optional barriers that prevent color mixing from adjacent rows.
Micro-mini TCXOs meet GPS requirements
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4/4/2008   Post a comment
NDK has announced the availability of its NT2520SA series of temperature compensated crystal oscillators (TCXOs) that measure 2.5 x 2.0 mm with a 0.8-mm height.
'How to Cheat': The Physics of RFID--Part II
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4/3/2008   Post a comment
Here is the second segment of Chapter 2 from 'How to Cheat at Deploying and Securing RFID.' The chapter--The Physics of RFID--provides a basic understanding of the physics of RFID communications and the characteristics that affect system performance during the journey of an RF wave.
Time out! CMOS ousts quartz crystals
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4/3/2008   Post a comment
Mobius Microsystems offers its CMOS Harmonic Oscillator as an alternative to quartz crystals and phase locked loops.
Spread-spectrum clock source uses active CMOS circuitry, replaces crystal, PLL
Design How-To  
4/3/2008   1 comment
Monolithic frequency source operates from 10 to 100 MHz, provides 6% spread, requires no external resonators
LEDs available in pink, purple and turquoise colors
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4/2/2008   Post a comment
Lumex has added three new color choices -- pink, purple and turquoise -- to its line of visible LEDs.
Surface-mount IR LEDs feature extended operational life
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4/2/2008   Post a comment
OPTEK Technology has developed a range of surface-mount infrared LEDs that feature a silicon encapsulant that increases the operational life of the devices.
Three-channel encoder offers higher resolution
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4/2/2008   Post a comment
Avago has developed the HEDM-5540 three-channel optical incremental encoders with increased resolutions up to 1000 counts per revolution for industrial automation machines.
Toshiba rolls image sensors, chip-scale camera modules for mobile handsets
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4/2/2008   Post a comment
Toshiba has unveiled three Dynastron image sensors and two new chip-scale camera modules that provide a significant reduction in size, enabling OEMs to incorporate high-resolution digital cameras in mobile handsets and integrated cameras for notebook computers.
Mini EMI filter arrays with ESD protection target mobile handsets
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4/1/2008   Post a comment
OnChip Devices has introduced a family of EMI filter arrays with on-board ESD protection in a variety of TDFN and uDFN package options.


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