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Front End Conflict minerals: good intentions under pressure


Neil Tyler finds out how companies are responding to the need to report on how they source ‘conflict minerals’


REACH rethink urged Distribution


Wither distribution in 2012? 8


10-13 10


CIE talks to Premier Farnell about the key trends they are seeing, and those they expect to see over the coming months and years, in the global distribution industry


Distribution News


Profile - Robert Wainwright Polishing a diamond


Appointed last year to drive through its next ambitious phase of development, Robert Wainwright, general manager of BVM Ltd, talks to Neil Tyler


Defence and DSEi Special DSEi 2011 – A global defence industry


Greater accuracy and a simpler set up is making RF amplifier testing more effective


Product News from DSEi


Designing usable electronic warfare systems


What are the constraints design engineers face when developing effective electronic warfare systems for troops on the ground?


Breaking Free


Vicor’s Kai Johnstad considers how high-density modules meet military PSU mandates


Defence procurement 26


What have been the changes in defence procurement over the past 25 years and how have small business adapted in order to survive?


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Neil Tyler assesses this year’s DSEI, Europe’s leading defence exhibition RF amplifier testing


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Power Supplies Design for life


Reliable memory


CIE finds out how to power, but also terminate, DDR II and III memory systems


Power when it’s needed


Super capacitors are increasingly being used to meet peak power requirements in portable devices, as Markus Huschens explains


Interconnection Product News


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New products announced this month include a new power connector system that can handle up to 100A; ITT launches its new range of Trident connectors and Harting unveils a gigabit connector module for rail applications


Power Management Product Focus - Feeling the squeeze Product News


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How is it possible to squeeze isolated power from an Ethernet cable but by only using a single chip solution?


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RECOM releases new micro-size DC/DC converters; a new ultra-low dropout regulator from Diodes uses only 220mV at 1.5A and Intersil develops an AEC-Q100 qualified version of its popular ISL8088 regulator


EDA & Development Solving the design reuse dilemma


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In electronics design the drive to reuse assets is a compelling one but, as Rob Evans explains, confidence in the integrity of the recycled element is the key to success


Who? What? Why? Where? When? & How? 50 Seasonal greetings


Christmas carols in July...bar humbug! Steve Rogerson takes a look at the off-beat in July


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Some practical design techniques to address the need for ultra reliable power supplies in the field


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13-16 September 2011 | ExCeL London For more information visit: dsei.co.uk


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