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Harsh environment design necessities for miniature cables and connectors

May 18, 2015 1:47 pm | by Robert Stanton, Director of Technology, Omnetics Connector Corp. | Comments

Cable and connectors must often be selected or designed for the specific environment or application they are to be used. Silicon chip capabilities continue to expand where electronic systems are used. Sensors, detectors, and complete circuits are placed farther out ...

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Developing high-speed interconnects for data-rich applications

May 18, 2015 8:41 am | by Joe Dambach, new product development manager, Molex Incorporated | Comments

Like NASCAR drivers, today’s electronic device designers have a need for speed. Resource-intensive applications demand higher data transmission speeds, and connector suppliers are creating systems that deliver those data rates.

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IC socket selection criteria

May 18, 2015 8:36 am | by Ila Pal, COO, Ironwood Electronics Inc. | Comments

Many products are designed with high-performance integrated circuits (IC). Without IC sockets, the design, testing, and/or production phases of a new product development process will be chaotic. In response to these demanding needs, sockets featuring a wide variety of ...

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IDC and poke-home connectors overcome challenges in harsh applications

May 15, 2015 11:48 am | by Tom Anderson, Connector Product Manager, AVX | Comments

Connecting wires to a printed circuit board (PCB) in demanding applications presents a challenge for connector manufacturers and design engineers meet the cost, size, and performance goals of a product. Connector manufacturers must keep developmental pace with customer demands....

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Let’s talk about space

May 12, 2015 9:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Most of the time, my job is just like any other job. I have day-to-day responsibilities like debating topics with commenters, writing blogs about things that annoy the commenters, and then writing up blogs about the terrible things commenters sometimes say.

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The quantum dots revolution

May 11, 2015 3:05 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Quantum dots are the most important technological development that no one has heard of. At least not when compared to the buzz about 4K, curved displays, the Internet of Things, or other Consumer Electronic Show (CES) titans.

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Ensuring security in the connected home

May 11, 2015 8:34 am | by Ogi Brkic, VP of Marketing and Business Development, Elliptic Technologies | Comments

If you recently visited one of the many consumer trade shows, it was hard to miss the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices targeting home automation.

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Designing power management ICs for modern uses

May 8, 2015 3:43 pm | by Peter Wilson, Sr. Staff Product Marketing Manager, Renesas Electronics America | Comments

Power management ICs have evolved and are now standard in applications like standard 12 V rail supplies and embedded systems that require high efficiency and low power usage.

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Making the "case" for durable I/O housings in demanding environments

May 1, 2015 8:06 am | by Kurt Wadowick, I/O and Safety Product Specialist, Beckhoff Automation | Comments

Regardless of the industry, technologies must deliver peak performance, as well as the necessary reliability and stability to operate 24/7 within industrial environments. In the past, compromises that ensured the required levels of performance were quite common....

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Using the cloud to manage large data sets

April 16, 2015 9:48 am | by Dan O’Neil, LORD MicroStrain, Senior Mechanical Engineer and Justin Bessette, LORD MicroStrain, Engineering Manager | Comments

Having the ability to gather large quantities of data does not necessarily translate into also having the ability to use that data in a meaningful way. While technological advances have made it less expensive to collect data, a need remains for a way to store and ...

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What type of smart energy technology will make the biggest impact in the future?

April 10, 2015 1:41 pm | Comments

Efficient and reliable power conversion technologies will make the biggest impact on future Smart Energies. Power Converters will be utilized in many different places, including balancing, linking, and electric vehicles, and so efficient power converters will have a broad impact on the overall efficient ...

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The cost of increased access

April 9, 2015 1:25 pm | by Brian Long, field application engineer, TE Connectivity Ltd. | Comments

In today’s society, across the entire globe, consumers and businesses alike are demanding increased access to the connected world. This demand is all but independent of where people are or what they are doing. This insatiable demand requires newer and smaller devices with ...

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The demands of mobile devices

April 8, 2015 2:39 pm | by Rick Wietfeldt, Chairman of the MIPI Alliance Technical Steering Group and Senior Director, Technology at Qualcomm | Comments

Our smartphones have become indispensable and the value we attach to these devices will continue to grow along with steadily advancing device capabilities. New designs coming to market showcase increasingly sophisticated components: ever-faster 4G/LTE ...

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Components of risk: Counterfeit electronic parts

April 8, 2015 8:06 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Comments

The electronics industry benefits from innovative leaps and incremental developments from an impressive number of engineering disciplines. No matter if a technological problem centers on process, device, or circuit design; thermal or mechanical engineering ...

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Hermetically sealed SMD tantalum capacitors for harsh environment applications

April 7, 2015 9:50 am | by Jan Petrzilek, Ph.D., AVX Czech Republic | Comments

Components designed for use in harsh environment applications must exhibit three primary features: mechanical robustness capable of surviving shocks and vibrations, hermetic sealing capable of protecting against chemical exposure and long-term reliability....

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