A line of 120 diodes from Vishay Intertechnology Inc. (www.vishay.com) trims board space by as much as 50%. Package height for switching, ESD protection, and zener and Schottky diodes is only 0.98 mm, lower than anything else now on the market, according to Vishay. The packages, which are lead free, take only 3.7 x 1.8 mm of board space.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationís recent backup camera mandate could open the door to more vehicle innovations, including better graphical displays, 360-degree camera views, and the increased use of Ethernet.
With support from National Instruments, a group of dedicated students from Connally High School in Austin, where more than 50% of the students are at risk of not graduating, have created a successful robotics team that is competing in the FIRST World Championships.
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