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ZigBee RF4CE Remote Control Solution Presents Advanced Interactions with Consumer Devices

January 11, 2012 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced its latest ZigBee RF4CE remote control solution with support for the upcoming ZigBee Input Device (ZID) profile, which enables mouse-like pointing functionality, keyboard and gesture- and touch-based input controls for consumer electronics such as TVs, set-top boxes and game consoles.

Piezoelectric Sounders Target Portable, Industrial, and Automotive Apps

January 10, 2012 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Electronics North America announced the expansion of its PKLCS Family with two new SMD piezoelectric sounders at 2.4 kHz for the portable, industrial, and automotive markets. The PKLCS1212E2400-R1 (consumer version) and PKLCS1212E24A1-R1 (automotive/industrial version) both have very low profile surface mount packages, a 5-dB increase in sound pressure level (verses Murata’s PKLCS sounder at 2 kHz), and are fully reflow solder compatible.

BLE SoC Promises Increased Battery Life, Consumes 33 Percent Less Power

January 10, 2012 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated announced its new CC2541 Bluetooth low energy system-on-chip (SoC), aimed at Bluetooth Smart sensor applications for consumer medical, sports and fitness, security, entertainment and home automation. The SoC offers a 33 percent reduction in power consumption compared to TI's previous-generation CC2540 SoC when transmitting at 1 milliwatt output power, while maintaining robust RF performance.

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Automotive EMI Shielding - Controlling Automotive Electronic Emissions and Susceptibility with Proper EMI Suppression Methods

December 7, 2011 6:14 am | by Gary Fenical, Colin Tong, and John Noto, Laird Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

As technology advances, the need to place larger numbers of electrical and electronic systems into automobiles has dramatically increased. To name a few, these systems include Control Area Networks (CAN), safety systems, communications, mobile media, infotainment systems including wireless headsets, DC motors and controllers....

Compact Lithium-Ion Battery-Charging Control IC Supporting USB Charging

December 1, 2011 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a charging control integrated circuit (IC), the R2A20055NS, that achieves further miniaturization and safe charging control for single-cell lithium-ion batteries used in portable devices. Used in a wide range of portable equipment, from cell phones to digital still cameras, media players, personal navigation devices, and tablet PCs, lithium-ion batteries have a high energy density and can contribute to equipment miniaturization.

Lithium-Ion Battery-Charging Control IC Supports USB Charging

December 1, 2011 6:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced a charging control integrated circuit (IC), the R2A20055NS, that achieves further miniaturization and safe charging control for single-cell lithium-ion batteries used in portable devices. In addition to the full complement of protection features necessary for portable equipment, including battery overvoltage protection and charging timers, the new IC includes functions that implement the charging profiles stipulated by JEITA, which allow the R2A20055NS IC to implement safe charging control.

Software Tool Takes Guesswork out of Battery Life Predictions

November 23, 2011 4:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro, the energy friendly microcontroller and radio company, has introduced a software tool enabling designers to accurately predict battery cell life expectancy in applications based on its low power EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers. Called the energyAware Battery Estimator, this free tool provides a full simulation of total system energy usage, that takes into account actual battery source, MCU energy modes, peripherals employed and external circuit components.

ICs protect Lithium-ion Battery Packs

November 22, 2011 7:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

SII's lithium-ion rechargeable battery protection ICs protect lithium-ion battery packs from overcharge, over-discharge and over-current. High-accuracy voltage detectors and delay circuits are included. The S-8205A/B and S-8211E Series feature a high accuracy voltage detection circuit and a delay circuit, making it possible for users to monitor the status of a 1 cell (S-8211E) or 4/5 (S-8205A/B) cell lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack.

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Robust Mini-B-USB Receptacle Serves both Consumer and Industrial Applications

November 22, 2011 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

SUYIN’s 020200MA005XX56XX series offers a type-B, 5-pin Mini USB receptacle for surface mounting that is specially designed to meet the requirements of consumer products. At the same time, however, due to its particularly robust construction, it is also well suited for use in industrial automation tasks.

Color TFT-LCD Modules Serve Industrial and Outdoor Applications

November 21, 2011 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mitsubishi Electric announced the launch of its 7.0-inch WVGA and 10.6-inch WXGA color TFT-LCD modules featuring white light-emitting diodes (LED) and extended backlighting. These industrial-use modules, suitable for outdoor applications such as digital signage and marine electronics, offer super-high brightness and high contrast ratios, super-wide viewing angles and wide-ranging operational temperatures.

DC-DC converters suitable for industrial and telecommunications applications

November 17, 2011 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Power Solutions today announced the MEE3 series of single output 3 Watt ultra compact DC/DC converters suitable for a wide range of industrial and telecommunications applications. These single-in-line 4 pin packages (SIP4) are alleged to provide 50% more power than previous 2 W devices using the same industry standard package.

Rugged, Secure Network Appliances Target Military Vehicles

November 7, 2011 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

GE Intelligent Platforms and Juniper Networks today announced at MILCOM 2011 that the two companies will work together to develop a family of rugged, highly secure routing and network security appliances designed for military/aerospace deployment in harsh environments where security of data is paramount.

Transmitter Power Supplies Deliver SIL 3 Protection

November 7, 2011 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs has added four new power supplies to the company’s family of K- and H-System intrinsic safety solutions. Single-channel KCD2-STC-Ex.1ES and KFD2-STC4-Ex1.ES transmitter power supplies are assembled to the 35-mm DIN mounting rail with power rail. HiC2025ES and HiD2025ES transmitter power supplies are mounted on prewired termination boards.

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Dual-Interface Memory Uses Energy Harvesting to Enable True Battery-Free System Design

November 7, 2011 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics is taking the first step to extending its family of RFID/NFC wireless memory ICs with a new 16-Kbit device that can also harvest enough energy to enable small electronic items using it to become completely battery-free electronic applications. Energy harvesting converts energy captured from the surrounding environment into electrical energy to powering small systems.

Custom Battery Contacts

November 7, 2011 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Interplex Sunbelt Inc., a world class supplier of precision components and assemblies and a division of Interplex Industries, Inc. announced today that it will be featuring custom battery contacts at the upcoming Medica show in Dusseldorf, Germany on November 16-19, 2011. “Interplex Sunbelt has manufactured millions of custom battery contacts for the most demanding applications,” said Robert Koppel, president of Interplex Sunbelt.

Higher Rating Achieved on RF Inductors for Military Market

November 4, 2011 9:31 am | by Posted Janine E. Mooney, Editor November 4, 2011 | Product Releases | Comments

Gowanda Electronics announced that the company recently achieved failure rate Level P for its MIL-PRF-39010 RF Inductors – ER10M Series and ER17S Series. These thru-hole series meet the military’s Qualified Product List (QPL) requirements for Established Reliability (ER). Such approval requires extensive life testing of electrical, environmental, mechanical and thermal performance.

New Consumer Conveniences with Innovative Wireless Memory and NFC Technology

November 4, 2011 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics announced the strengthening of its position in the Near-Field Communication (NFC) market by extending user’s ability to read, write and transfer information on ST’s dual-interface Memory to a broad range of industrial and consumer applications. ST’s M24LR64 wireless memory has the unique ability to transmit and receive information from the heart of an application to a smartphone containing NFC technology or to an industrial RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) reader, allowing for transactions, data exchange, object identification and tracking to occur rapidly.

Low-Power Microcontrollers Feature RC Analog-to-Digital Converters

October 31, 2011 4:57 am | Wireless Design & Development | Product Releases | Comments

LAPIS Semiconductor, a ROHM Group Company, has released the newest members to the ML610Q4xx series low-power microcontrollers. The devices offer even more choice when creating battery-powered devices used for the measurement and display of temperature, humidity and carbon monoxide (CO) in industrial and commercial environments.

European Medical Providers Continue to Adopt GE Healthcare’s Vscan in Effort to Transform Their Traditional Healthcare Systems

October 27, 2011 11:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

MILAN--( BUSINESS WIRE )--GE Healthcare’s latest commitment to improving patient care and the global healthcare delivery system was announced today in Milan, Italy as the Lombardia Ministry of Health (MoH) purchased 135 units of GE Healthcare’s pocket-sized, ultrasound medical imaging device Vscan for use by general practitioners in the region....

Two-Piece Battery Connector Features Two-Way Insertion Capability

October 27, 2011 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yokowo’s new two piece battery connector allows both horizontal and vertical blade insertion, as well as increased flexibility in designs. For reliability, the receptacle side features dual beam contact in both insertion directions. Two tabs are uniquely fitted on the receptacle to provide a secure grip around the blade upon insertion.

Wireless audio reference design kit intended for consumer gaming and home karaoke

October 24, 2011 10:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Oslo, Norway – October 24, 2011 – Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA and digital audio converter specialist AKM Semiconductor Inc., today announce the nRFready Microphone reference design kit that provides a complete two-microphone audio streaming solution based on the recently announced Nordic nRF2460 2.

Automotive AntennaGuard Series with 0603 MLV Provides Fastest ESD Response

October 20, 2011 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has expanded its automotive multilayer varistor (MLV) product offering to include an ultra-low capacitance 0603 device that provides sub-1nS response to ESD strikes. The AEC Q200-qualified Automotive AntennaGuard Series MLV devices deliver low insertion loss, low leakage current and unsurpassed reliability compared to diode options.

STMicroelectronics Boosts Consumer Data Security

October 20, 2011 6:38 am | by Posted Janine E. Mooney, Editor October 20, 2011 | Product Releases | Comments

The cost of protecting confidentiality and secret information stored on PCs and laptops - and the costs that a commercial enterprise or Government department may have to pay when a laptop containing sensitive information is lost or stolen - will be dramatically reduced by a unique new device announced by STMicroelectronics.

200W Desktop Power Supply Features Medical Safety Approvals and Level V Efficiency

October 14, 2011 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to cost effectively power today’s medical devices, the PPWAMD200 Series of medical desktop power supplies from Power Partners provides an industry leading 200 Watts of power in a compact 7.42” x 4.1” x 2.36” package. The PPWAMD200 Series is approved to UL60601-1, CSA22.2 No. 60601.1, and EN60601-1 medical standards and complies with EN55011/FCC Class B radiated and conducted EMI standards.

Two Piece Battery Connectors with Two Way Insertion

October 12, 2011 11:18 am | by Posted Janine E. Mooney, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Yokowo’s new two piece battery connector allows both horizontal and vertical blade insertion, as well as increased flexibility in designs. For reliability, the receptacle side features dual beam contact in both insertion directions. Two tabs are uniquely fitted on the receptacle to provide a secure grip around the blade upon insertion.

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