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DC/DC converter available in ultra-compact SIP-8 package

April 2, 2014 2:06 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) today announced the ITX series of 6 Watt DC/DC converters encapsulated in an industry standard SIP 8-pin package measuring just 0.86 x 0.44 x 0.36 inches (21.85 x 11.1 x 9.2 mm). Delivering a power density of up to 46 Watts per cubic inch...

Low-noise amplifiers survive up to 2W of input power without performance degradation

April 2, 2014 1:55 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. (LaFox, IL) announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for two new gallium nitride on silicon carbide (GaN on SiC) low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) from TriQuint. The TGA2611 and TGA2612 are broadband LNAs fabricated on TriQuint's production....

802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) module is presented as world’s smallest, most integrated

April 2, 2014 1:38 pm | eConais, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Econais Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the EC19W01, positioned as the world’s smallest, smartest and most integrated 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) module. The EC19W01 offers low power drain and features

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Ethernet switches include integrated PROFINET I/O stack

April 2, 2014 1:18 pm | Harting, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

HARTING’s (Elgin, IL) two newest, fully managed Ethernet switches — the Ha-VIS mCon 3000 Next Generation — have been optimized for fast deployment in the harshest industrial environments to support today’s increasingly sophisticated network structures....

Photos of the Day: Russia's new dolphin army

April 2, 2014 12:11 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Ukraine established a dolphin training program back in the ‘60s with the goal of using the marine mammals to detect mines and other items of military interest off the coast. The dolphins were based in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, but after Russia annexed Crimea, the cetacean mammals became the property of the USSR, er, Russia....

Galactic serial killer

April 2, 2014 9:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Several clues in the structure of NGC 1316 reveal that its past was turbulent. For instance, it has some unusual dust lanes [1] embedded within a much larger envelope of stars, and a population of unusually small globular star clusters. These suggest that it may have already swallowed a dust-rich spiral galaxy....

Why can’t automakers seem to learn?

April 2, 2014 9:07 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Years ago, the Toyota “unintended acceleration” story dominated the headlines for, at first, days, and then weeks. Through the end of 2009 and well into 2010, it was the biggest story in the manufacturing world by a long-shot, and to this day remains one of the biggest industrial blunders in recent history....

How Russia ended up with Ukraine’s dolphin army

April 2, 2014 7:22 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There have been many interesting political and social ramifications to the Soviet Union’s — I mean, Russia’s — attempted annexation of Crimea, but let’s talk about what everyone is really concerned with: Who will get custody of the Ukraine’s dolphin army? (For the record, this is not an April Fool’s joke.)

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Industrial-grade embedded computers feature Intel Multi-Core Atom E3800 processors

April 2, 2014 2:10 am | Winsystems | Product Releases | Comments

WinSystems (Arlington, TX) introduced a line of multi-core Intel Atom E3800 embedded computers designed to operate from -40°C to +85°C. The SBC35-CC405 Series of embedded PCs include onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet, serial ports, and...

EBX computer board family adds a dual-core Intel Core i3 and a Celeron-based products

April 2, 2014 1:55 am | Versalogic Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

VersaLogic Corp. (Tualatin, OR) announced the release of two new models in its “Copperhead” line. The new offerings include a dual-core Intel Core i3 product, and a Celeron-based product. The models are positioned to provide both lower cost...

8-bit MCU family includes intelligent analog and core independent peripherals

April 2, 2014 1:35 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology’s (Chandler, AZ) PIC16(L)F170X and PIC16(L)F171X family of 8-bit MCUs combine intelligent analog and core independent peripherals along with cost-effective pricing and the company’s eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology....

Insulation resistance tester rated at 15 kV

April 1, 2014 4:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Megger (Norristown, Pa) now offers a versatile insulation resistance tester (IRT) rated at 15 kV. The MIT1525 measures motors and generators above 34,500 V and equipment rated above 35 kV. Ideal for applications that use cables, transformers, motors/generators, circuit breakers, and bushings....

Three-wire, true zero-speed sensor IC incorporates dual Hall-effect elements

April 1, 2014 4:24 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduces a new optimized Hall-effect sensing IC that provides a user-friendly solution for digital ring-magnet sensing or when coupled with a magnet, ferromagnetic target sensing, in three-wire applications....

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China could lead the way with the smart home

April 1, 2014 3:14 pm | by Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak | Blogs | Comments

I remember the first time I flew into China. It must have been the early ‘90s. I landed in Beijing, and it was as if I entered a different world, like landing on another planet. Since that time, I have met many Chinese people and became friends with lots of them....

Wire-to-board connector system serves thin-screen LED televisions and monitors

April 1, 2014 2:53 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduces its IllumiMate 1.00 and 1.25 mm pitch wire-to-board connector system, offering today’s flat-panel LED television and PC monitor manufacturers more mating styles, voltage ratings, circuit sizes and locking types than any similar connector system....

Step-down DC/DC converter includes 60V transient protection

April 1, 2014 2:04 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LT3667, a 400mA, 40V step-down switching regulator with dual LDO outputs packaged in a 3mm x 5mm QFN or MSOP-16E. The LT3667 offers a highly compact, triple output solution for automotive and industrial applications....

Photos of the Day: The Oculus Rift VR headset

April 1, 2014 1:38 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Oculus first unveiled the Oculus Rift VR headset in 2012, and the tech world has been giving it rave reviews. Originally posited as a Kickstarter campaign, the Oculus Rift met all its goals (and then some). The latest developer kit has been shipping with resolution of 1920×1080 (960×1080 per eye)....

Power connectors deliver current density at 23.0 amps per circuit

April 1, 2014 10:01 am | Newark, Molex | Product Releases | Comments

Newark element14 (Chicago, IL) is now offering the Molex Mega-Fit Power Connector, delivering current density at 23.0 amps per circuit on a 5.7-millimeter pitch and row spacing. The compact form factor paired with high-current terminals provides one of the most power-dense connectors available....

Aluminum electrolytic capacitors offers features suited for LED lighting applications

April 1, 2014 9:38 am | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET Corporation (Greenville, SC) introduced its next-generation aluminum electrolytic capacitors, featuring a new high performance axial series. Features include capacitances as high as 6,300 uF and voltage options of 25, 40 and 63 VDC....

TSA deploys drones to watch you from space

April 1, 2014 8:47 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Citing the ongoing domestic terrorist threat (aka, the “most dire threat to national security since Grandma Betty at the airport”), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed a fleet of drones with the ability to destroy dangerous contraband like baby formula and remotely monitor “shady individuals” like 10-year-olds and grandparents....

Explosion-proof work light outputs 12,500 lumens

March 31, 2014 2:03 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) announces the release of a 150 watt Class 2 Division 1 explosion proof LED light mounted on a non-sparking aluminum base. The EPLC2-PM-150LED-100 explosion proof LED light can illuminate up to 10,000 square feet of work space....

Power shunt resistors provide precise sensing of high currents

March 31, 2014 1:06 pm | Koa Speer Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics (Bradford, PA) has expanded their line of Power Shunt Resistors to include the PSI and PSE series, which address higher-current applications. The power ratings of the PSE (5 Watts) and PSI (3 Watts) allow these resistors to offer a smooth current flow....

Intelligent LED controller offers I2C control and low standby power

March 31, 2014 12:58 pm | Marvell Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Marvell (Santa Clara, CA) announced its new AC/DC LED driver Integrated Circuit (IC), the Marvell 88EM8189 featuring I2C compatible digital interface integration to connect with a networking microcontroller that runs a lighting control protocol, such as Zigbee, for smart wireless bulbs....

Another Apple-Samsung skirmish heads to court

March 31, 2014 12:22 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants....

'Cosmic barometer' could reveal violent events in universe's past

March 31, 2014 11:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Exploding stars, random impacts involving comets and meteorites, and even near misses between two bodies can create regions of great heat and high pressure. Researchers from Imperial College London have now developed a method for analysing the pressure experienced by tiny samples of organic material....

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