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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.