Intel Outlines 14nm, Broadwell

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Intel provided the first details of its 14nm process technology, now qualified for volume production in an Oregon fab, and gave a sneak peak at Broadwell, its first CPU to use it. Intel claims its 14nm process delivers a lower cost per transistor than its 22nm node thanks to aggressive area…

American Component Exchange Adds More American-Made Products With Rayovac

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Recently opened electronics and electrical distributor, American Component Exchange (ACE), is now distributing several lines of Rayovac’s battery products. Their products offered will include AA, AAA, C, D, and 9v commercial and industrial batteries. Initially drawn to ACE because of their mission statement, Rayovac has decided to partner with America’s distributor…

10 Tricks That Extend Oscilloscope Usefulness

Modern mid-range oscilloscopes have more features than most engineers ever use. This article summarizes 10 oscilloscope applications that may surprise you. In any event, you may find them useful. Use the oscilloscope's fast edge feature and math operations to make frequency response measurements Frequency response measurements require a source signal that has a flat spectrum.…

Startup Looks for Sunny Skies for Solar Charging

Users won't tolerate the idea of their mobile devices running out of battery power, leaving them isolated from the world. Since no cure has been found for cellphone withdrawal and electronics manufactures haven't created everlasting batteries, some designers are creating solar-powered solutions to complement the increasing use of mobile devices outdoors. Solartab Ltd., a startup…

Paper Batteries: Are They for Real?

When I first heard about paper batteries, I was skeptical. I have worked with companies that had batteries on mylar and similar materials, but paper? I was intrigued, so I agreed to speak to Shreefal Mehta, CEO, and Dave Rich, Senior Director, at The Paper Battery Company. The company started in 2008 and is based…

Mouser Announces New Low Power Technology Site

MANSFIELD, Texas — Mouser Electronics, Inc. has announced the introduction of their new Low Power Technology Site. This new technology site offers component selection guidelines and circuit design techniques for any developer seeking to achieve the best low power design possible, along with advice on some of the advantages and tradeoffs resulting from these techniques.…

China’s Quest for ‘MIPS in Wearable’

Let's be blunt: Not many serious players in the electronics industry today are sanguine about the survival chances for MIPS processors in a global mobile market where, in the last decade — almost single-handedly — ARM has built its formidable ecosystem. Against that backdrop, the industry can't help but ooze with pessimism as it regards…