General Electronics Industry News

HiRel hybrid DC-DC converters for drillers

Infineon subsidiary IR HiRel is selling hermetic hybrid DC-DC converters rated at 185ºC in a 1-inch wide package. The devices are designed specifically for oil and gas exploration downhole tools and can withstand the high temperature as well as the high shock environment typically found in these…

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Wireless will replace wires, says Bell Labs chief

Phones lines to homes and offices will one day be defunct and we will all one day connect to telecoms networks wirelessly, according to Marcus Weldon, president of Bell Labs and CTO of Alcatel-Lucent. He also believes networks will be rebuilding themselves like connections in the human brain to…

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Nasa plans to send CubeSats to explore planets

Low cost miniature satellites could one day be used to orbit and explore distant objects such as planets and comets. Nasa is investigating the feasibility of sending CubeSats out of earth orbit to investigate distant objects. The hope is that this will dramatically reduce the cost of sending probes to…

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Silego adds reverse-current blocking

Silego, the programmable mixed signal specialist, has added reverse-current blocking to its dual-channel, self-contained integrated power-switch product line. Adding reverse-current blocking makes the SLG59M1603V suitable for low-voltage power-rail distribution, power-rail sequencing, or any other two-power-rail application where power flow from…

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Charcroft offers German-made precision resistors

Powertron’s expanded range of precision foil current sense resistors with five new SHR series devices that are available from Charcroft Electronics. Offered in a  range of anodised aluminium package sizes, the made-in-Germany SHR 4-8065, SHR 4-80110, SHR 4-80216, SHR 4-80320, and SHR 4…

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Sondrel supports UK-China design skills initiative

A scholarship fund to support IC design students at the University of Nottingham’s engineering campus in China has been set up by design firm Sondrel. To support graduates looking to start careers in the IC design sector in Europe and China, Sondrel is providing a teaching fellow and nine…

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Optical incremental encoder controls robots and drones

Avago Technologies has designed a range of 3-channel optical incremental encoder modules for controlling DC servo motors, but also robotics and drones. The AEDT-981x module incorporates an interpolator which can support encoding resolutions from 1,000 to 5,000 counts per revolution (CPR) using a codewheel of 11mm…

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Blue nano-graphene OLED is stable in air

Chemists at the Goethe University have developed a class of boron-based organic luminescent materials with intensive blue fluorescence. The materials are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) – collections of benzene rings that are effectively shards of graphene. In this one, the two meso carbon atoms of bisanthene are replaced with boron…

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