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PCB Piezotronics : MEMS accelerometers measure high-g shock events
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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.
High-power, surface-mount resistor is first 5 W Power Metal Strip device in compact 4527 package size
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6/22/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., is expanding its WSR series of Power Metal Strip resistors with the industry's first such device to offer a 5-W power rating in the 4527 package size.
Buck converter: Key is selecting the right capacitor
Design How-To  
6/22/2009   4 comments
While the buck converter's input capacitor is often the most critical capacitor in the circuit, it is not usually given the proper consideration.
Technical needs and challenges in harbor surveillance
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
This paper will look at traditional solutions to the implementation of a high frequency sonar system and compare them to one of the simpler solutions available with modern FPGA enabled hardware offerings.
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.
Miniature iso-amp rises to the challenge of sensing motor phase current
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
One of the difficult challenges that designers may face is to isolate precision analog signals in an extremely noisy environment. This technical paper explains how an isolation amplifier can isolate the motor phase current sensing circuit in a high performance motor drive.
Euroquartz offers Crystals and oscillators with fast turn-around sevice
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
Frequency control specialist, Euroquartz offers design engineers three product lines of crystals and oscillators on a quick turnaround service – factory programmed oscillators, UK manufactured crystals and the XpressO range of factory configured oscillators.
Vishay shows alternative energy apps on virtual trade site
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6/12/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has debuted its Alternative Energy Virtual Trade Show.
Vishay : Resistor networks are not restricted to standard values
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6/12/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology has released three ultra-high-precision Bulk Metal Z-Foil surface-mount resistor networks that claim the best combination of stability features ever achieved in the ball grid array (BGA) format.
STMicroelectronics : MEMS accelerometer is only 0.75 mm high
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6/11/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics’ LIS302DLH is a high-performance high-stability 16-bit, three-axis digital MEMS accelerometer that is only 0.75 mm high and shares the 3 x 5 mm footprint of other devices in ST’s Piccolo MEMS family for use in ultra-space-saving product designs.
The Art of Ambient Light Sensing
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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
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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
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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.
Murata : Long lead thermistors qualify for automotive applications
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6/4/2009   Post a comment
Murata’s Thermo-String long lead thermistor range for monitoring the temperature of areas that are hard to reach with surface-mount thermistors is now fully qualified for automotive use.
VCO offers low phase noise for radio and satellite applications
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6/4/2009   Post a comment
Crystek's CVCO55CC-3318-3467 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 3318 MHz to 3467 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.1 V to 16 V.
Delta Electronics : A range of EMI filters covers diverse industrial needs
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6/4/2009   Post a comment
Delta Electronics introduces a range of EMI filters that cover diverse industrial requirements.
PerkinElmer introduces latest infrared sensing technology for smart, green HVAC appliances
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6/3/2009   Post a comment
PerkinElmer announced the introduction of its new Cool Eye Thermopile Line Array, designed for energy conservation and indoor climate control in today's greener, smarter appliances.
Spectrum : High performance film capacitors suit military and commercial power applications
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6/3/2009   Post a comment
A line of film capacitors, introduced by Spectrum Advanced Specialty Products, offers low inductance, low ESR and low DF while providing a high peak withstanding voltage.

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