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Vertical single poke home WTB contacts suit harsh industrial applications

December 24, 2013 10:02 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation expanded its series of single poke home wire-to-board (WTB) contacts with a new family of vertical top and bottom entry contacts. Featuring high spring force, dual beam, phosphor bronze contacts, the new vertical 9296 Series provides maximum mechanical stability and wire retention

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Photos of the Day: Headphones, speakers top gift lists

December 24, 2013 9:59 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Listen up, Santa. Headphones, speakers and other audio gear are topping the holiday gift lists of many Americans. Audio equipment is among the top-selling electronics gifts this holiday season, accounting for 13 percent of the $8 billion in consumer electronics sales between Nov. 24 and Dec. 7....

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Finding the pathway to a career in power technology

December 24, 2013 9:41 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

There’s a lot to be said about how being around great people can have a positive, nurturing influence on a career. When you talk to Bob White, who has been very instrumental in creating and advancing the PMBus standard and who continues to be a very prolific speaker at power-related events, he’s quick to praise the people he met along the way....

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Connector families add outdoor versions

December 24, 2013 9:37 am | Harting, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

HARTING expanded its portfolio of outdoor-ready connectors with derivatives of its Han-Yellock and Han-Eco Series that offer enhanced resistance against the elements. The new Han-Eco Outdoor is made of a high-performance, fiber-reinforced thermoplastic highly resistant to environmental influence.

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PROFINET I/O fieldbus couplers target automation applications

December 24, 2013 9:22 am | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

To support end users that leverage Ethernet-based industrial networking, WAGO's PROFINET I/O Fieldbus Couplers 750 Series operate as I/O devices in the PROFINET network. The couplers identify connected I/O modules and create local process images for one or more controllers. The device ID can

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Your smartphone will now self-destruct

December 23, 2013 4:53 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

It may sound like a line out of a spy movie, but this is a real advancement in the quest for security in electronic devices. Thefts of smartphones have risen over the last few years, and politicians are scrambling to find a solution. A new measure might render the stolen devices useless.

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Solar activity not a key cause of climate change, study shows

December 23, 2013 3:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Climate change has not been strongly influenced by variations in heat from the sun, a new scientific study shows. The findings overturn a widely held scientific view that lengthy periods of warm and cold weather in the past might have been caused by periodic fluctuations in solar activity.

Motor excitability predicts working memory

December 23, 2013 3:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Humans with a high motor excitability have a better working memory than humans with a low excitability. This was shown in a study conducted by scientists from the Transfacultary Research Platform at the University of Basel. By measuring the motor excitability, conclusions can be drawn as to the general cortical excitability....

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Solitons in a crystal

December 23, 2013 3:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Soliton water waves can travel several kilometers without any significant change in their shape or amplitude, as opposed to normal waves, which widen as they travel, and eventually disappear. Discovered over 150 years ago in water canals, solitons represent a surprising phenomenon of wave propagation....

Resistance makes waves

December 23, 2013 3:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Even physics can give pointers for energy saving. An international team working together with the Centre for Quantum Materials, run by the Max Planck Society in conjunction with the University of British Columbia (Canada), is now in a position to provide materials scientists with tips....

What role will unmanned aerial systems play in America’s future warfighting arsenal?

December 23, 2013 3:35 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Many of our aerial warfare and surveillance operations are now conducted in regions where we might not necessarily have air support operations near-by or they are in countries where we do not want the world to know we are conducting operations. The loss of a pilot is never something an air-wing wants to hear about....

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1 Watt power amplifier operates from 20 to 600 MHz

December 23, 2013 3:14 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD today announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new 1 Watt, wideband, N-connectorized power amplifier from Wavelex. The WPA0006N offers wide frequency band operation, from 20 MHz to 600 MHz, with 50 Ohm impedance, and features 30 dBm P1dB....

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Digital hall-effect sensor ICs include built-in pull-up resistors

December 23, 2013 3:12 pm | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell Sensing and Control’s SS360PT and SS460P high sensitivity latching Hall-effect sensor ICs with built-in pull-up resistors are suitable for demanding, cost-sensitive high-volume applications, such as commuting brushless DC motors used for medical equipment and appliances as well as for

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RF switch intended for TVs, set-top boxes and DVRs

December 23, 2013 3:08 pm | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor introduces the UltraCMOS PE42721 75-Ohm RF switch for designers of digital TV (DTV) tuner modules, cable TV (CATV) signal switching and distribution systems, multi-tuner digital video recorders (DVRs) and set-top boxes.

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LDO offers extensive monitoring, protection & cable drop compensation

December 23, 2013 3:02 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT3086, the latest addition to the LDO+ family, offering significant functionality previously unavailable in linear regulators. The 40V, 2.1A low dropout linear regulator (LDO) includes current monitoring with externally settable current limit and temperature monitoring....

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