Electronics
Integrated DC/DC Converter
Posted in Electronics & Computers, Electronics, Products, MDB on Sunday, 01 January 2012
iC-Haus GmbH (Bodenheim, Germany) offers a 4- 36 V buck/boost DC/DC converter with two programmable voltages ranging from 1.5V to 5.5V for the compact voltage supply of industrial sensors and small subsystems. It achieves a residual ripple of typically 10 mVpp – suitable for the supply of precision analog circuits. The buck/boost switching converter technology used here makes any distinction between devices supplied with 5V or 10-30V unnecessary, as a steady +5V supply is provided for sensor electronics. The two independently adjustable output voltages Vcc1 and Vcc2 can provide a total of 300 mA and supply digital and analog circuit components separately. The switching converter typically operates at 3 MHz, reducing the size of the external coil to approx. 2 mm × 2 mm and that of the external back-up capacitors to a few microfarads while adhering to the EMC requirement for industrial sensors.
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Self-Healing Electronics Could Reduce Waste
Posted in Batteries, Electronics, Recycling Technologies, News on Wednesday, 21 December 2011
When one circuit within an integrated chip cracks or fails, the whole chip – or even the whole device – is a loss. University of Illinois engineers have now developed a self-healing system that restores electrical conductivity to a cracked circuit in less time than it takes to blink.
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Efficient Method for Creating Flexible, Transparent Electrodes
Posted in Electronics, Materials, Metals, Solar Power, Renewable Energy, News, GDM on Tuesday, 22 November 2011
As the market for liquid crystal displays and other electronics continues to drive up the price of indium — the material used to make the indium tin oxide (ITO) transparent electrodes in these devices — scientists have been searching for a less costly and more dynamic alternative, particularly for use in future flexible electronics.
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Multilayer Varistor
Posted in Electronics & Computers, Electronics, Products, MDB on Tuesday, 01 November 2011
AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) offers the Transguard® 0201 miniature multilayer varistor, designed for small handheld devices and embedded components such as hearing aids and camera modules. It presents a 16VDC device with a 20pf maximum capacitance in an 0201 case size. The series features multiple strike capability and is able to withstand 1,000 strikes at 8KV of contact. The devices feature a sub 1nS response time to ESD strike and have a maximum leakage current of 50uA at rated voltage.
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Floating-Point Microcontroller
Posted in Electronics & Computers, Electronics, Software, Products, MDB on Tuesday, 01 November 2011
Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) offers the SM320F28 335-HT Delfino 32-bit fl oatingpoint microcontroller (MCU) for extreme temperature operation from -55 °C to 210 °C. It is suitable for harsh and h ot environments, medical instruments, and surgical tools requiring sterilization. It includes 512 KB of embedded flash memory and 68 KB internal RAM.
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Implantable Contact System
Posted in Electronics & Computers, Electronics, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Products, MDB on Saturday, 01 October 2011
Bal Seal Engineering (Foothill Ranch, CA) offers the SYGNUS™ Implantable Contact System, which combines electrical contacts and isolation seals in a standardized, platform-ready “stack” configuration. This turnkey connecting solution is suitable for implantable devices used in cardiac rhythm management, neuromodulation, and neuro sensing therapies.

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Solder Cup Spring Pin Headers
Posted in Electronics & Computers, Electronics, Products, MDB on Saturday, 01 October 2011
Single and double row solder cup spring pin headers from Mill-Max (Oyster Bay, NY) offer a convenient method to make connections between wires and mating components such as P.C. boards, batteries, or other cable assemblies. The pin headers are suitable for wire termination in both test and field applications where stack up tolerances or blindmating can be a challenge. Each spring pin provides .0275" of mid-stroke compression (.055" maximum compression) and is rated for one million cycles. The solder cup is sized to accommodate up to a 22 AWG wire.

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