PCB Piezotronics : MEMS accelerometers measure high-g shock events Product News 6/24/2009 Post a comment PCB series 3991/3501 MEMS shock accelerometers represent state-of-the-art technology for miniature, high-amplitude, dc response acceleration sensors, capable of measuring long duration transient motion, as well as responding to and surviving extremely fast rise times typical of high-g shock events.
Beyond-IR: Remote Controls for Home Entertainment Design How-To 6/17/2009 3 comments The alternative to infrared remote control technologies is RF-based remote controls. RF-based remote controls overcome three major limitations of infrared technologies: line-of-sight and range; one-way communications; and high power consumption. Let's take a look at each of these limitations.
The Art of Ambient Light Sensing Design How-To 6/10/2009 Post a comment The ability for a display to sense ambient light could be a powerful tool that can lead to increased power efficiency and customer satisfaction. This application note will discuss some of the benefits of implementing ambient light sensing as well as some considerations to keep in mind during the design.
Epcos rolls rugged inductors for automotive use Product News 6/10/2009 Post a comment Epcos AG presents an improved and particularly rugged version of SMT power inductors for automotive electronics. Their design, which features a baseplate with injection-molded termination clips, increases the mechanical stability and improves the temperature distribution during the solder process. Lands with a nickel barrier-layer coating satisfy the tougher demands for use in automotive electronics.
MEMS oscillators available for industrial temperature ranges Product News 6/8/2009 Post a comment MEMS oscillator's instability at extreme temperatures has been one of the reasons that crystal oscillators still have a foothold in many industrial applications. That might change now that Discera has expanded its PureSilicon product offering to include industrial temperature ranges.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times