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Pressurized connectors meet IP68 standard without using internal o-rings

June 12, 2014 2:18 pm | San-Tron, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

San-tron, Inc. (Ipswich, MA) announced the release of its new, pSeries pressurized connectors which provide low-loss, high-stability performance through 30 GHz at +/-65 psi. These pressurized connectors, which meet the IP68 standard, feature…

Coaxial multi switch provides VSWR up to 1.20:1

June 12, 2014 2:07 pm | Ducommun Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The MM Series Coaxial Multi Switch from Ducommun Inc. RF Products (Carson, CA) contains 4P3T electromechanical switches designed for cell sites with three antennas each receiving or transmitting over 120 degrees of one-third of the coverage area for cellular telephone carrier or wireless applications....

Photos of the Day: Inside the Space Station's Destiny Laboratory

June 12, 2014 1:42 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This view in the International Space Station, photographed by an Expedition 40 crew member, shows how it looks inside the space station while the crew is asleep. The dots near the hatch point to a Soyuz spacecraft docked to the station in case the crew was to encounter an emergency....

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Engineering Update #62: The first commercial drone

June 12, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the first commercial drone, AeroVironment'S RQ-20A Puma AE, a small hand-launched UAS with endurance of 3.5 hours and the capability to extend its range with solar or fuel cell options. It also includes electro-optical and infrared cameras....

Processors target industrial imaging, audio and automotive applications

June 12, 2014 11:15 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) introduced the ADSP-BF70x Blackfin processor family that provides 800 MMACS of processing power at less than 100 mW. The eight-member family includes up to 1 MB of internal SRAM, eliminating…

1200-V IGBTs promise long life, energy savings

June 12, 2014 10:37 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics’ (Geneva) latest 1200-V IGBTs use second-generation trench-gate field-stop high-speed technology to boost energy efficiency and ruggedness in applications such as solar inverters, welders, uninterruptible power supplies, and…

Decisions, decisions, decisions

June 12, 2014 8:28 am | by Rondekka Moore Vice President, Demand Creation, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas | Articles | Comments

The distribution channel provides tools, services, and training to support our customers’ engineering communities. A question I am often asked is: just how does that help? With the exceptions of pure play engineering design services and reference designs, just how does our contingent of account managers ...

EV design raises the bar for electric system design tools

June 11, 2014 4:28 pm | by Chris Aden, Product Marketing Manager, Silicon Engineering Group, Synopsys | Articles | Comments

Designing electrical systems for electric vehicle platforms is much more complicated than designing electrical systems for internal combustion engine (ICE) platforms. To meet the new challenges, system engineers require design tools capable of scaling with EV system complexity....

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Take charge: Future-proofing for EV charging with larger on-board charging

June 11, 2014 4:13 pm | by Manoj Karwa, Senior Director of EVSE Programs, Leviton Mfg. Co. | Articles | Comments

With more than 175,000 plug-in vehicles in America today, advancements to ensure charging solutions meet current and future requirements are paramount. An emerging trend with the next generation of electrical vehicles is the utilization of larger on-board chargers....

Giving lighting customers what they need

June 11, 2014 3:53 pm | by Paul Golata, Mouser Electronics | Mouser Electronics | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, LEDs have had explosive growth in general lighting applications. LEDs offer great advantages over traditional lighting sources that include reliability, long life, reduced power consumption, small size, high efficacy (light delivered per energy consumed), and a high degree of design flexibility....

Why are we being plagued by product recalls?

June 11, 2014 3:39 pm | by Keith Nichols, Research Analyst, Cambashi, www.cambashi.com | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing companies build their reputation on the quality and safety of their products. Serious design faults, manufacturing errors and even incorrect labeling often result in widely publicized product recalls, which carry the risk of unwelcome commercial and brand image fall-out....

When to build, when to buy: Points to consider for outsource design services

June 11, 2014 2:41 pm | by Mike Sims, Director of Marketing and Sales, Attero Tech, LLC | Articles | Comments

How often do you here a company’s sales team bemoan the fact that there are far more hot new product development opportunities than there are in-house engineering resources to support them.  If you’re like most companies designing electronic products these days, this is a constant refrain....

Powering remote wireless devices: Extreme environments demand extreme batteries

June 11, 2014 2:30 pm | by Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

Harsh environments complicate the choice of power management system, especially if a wireless device is to be deployed in a remote, inaccessible location. When reliable, long-term power is required, and battery replacement or recharging are not viable options, lithium chemistry is preferred due to its intrinsic negative potential....

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Map of universe questioned; dwarf galaxies don't fit standard model

June 11, 2014 2:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Dwarf galaxies that orbit the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxies defy the accepted model of galaxy formation, and recent attempts to wedge them into the model are flawed, reports an international team of astrophysicists. David Merritt, professor of astrophysics at Rochester Institute of Technology ...

Countries agree on stealth technology deal

June 11, 2014 1:46 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan and Australia agreed Wednesday to jointly develop stealth submarine technology, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushes his country toward a more assertive global military role.The submarine technology was a top item at talks among the nations' foreign and defense ministers....

Photos of the Day: SID Display Week 2014

June 11, 2014 1:29 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

SID Display Week is the industry’s annual celebration of all things optoelectronics, and this year the wagon train rolled in to sunny San Diego. (I was suffering. Seriously.) Here’s a handful of highlights from SID 2014, including a laptop utilizing QDEF quantum dot technology, Color IQ TVs, and E-Ink applications....

Laird launches new manufacturing facility in Vietnam to expand presence throughout Asia

June 11, 2014 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Laird has opened a new manufacturing plant near Hanoi – its first in Vietnam -- to better serve manufacturers of smart phones, portable electronics and other devices. Laird’s state-of-the-art facility in Bac Ninh is one of more than 50 Laird facilities in Asia, Europe and the United States. The plant began fully operating Wednesday following a festive ceremony.

China significantly ahead of the rest of the world in meeting key mobility priorities, finds Accenture study

June 11, 2014 12:07 pm | News | Comments

China remains the world’s strongest market for the successful implementation of mobility technologies, with two thirds of Chinese businesses citing good progress in meeting their key mobility priorities, compared to just 44 percent globally, according to a study by Accenture. Consistent with this was the finding that nearly four out of five Chinese businesses...

High-density card edge connectors are offered in low profile, ultra-thin, and high temperature versions

June 11, 2014 11:43 am | Sullins Connector Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Sullins Connector Solutions, Inc. (San Marcos, CA) announced the expansion of their portfolio of high-density 0.050" (1.27 mm) contact center card edge connectors to include the FMBx Series. The new series features high-temperature and low profile ultra-thin devices accommodating…

Mini PC features triple 1080p HD video display & 4K ultra HD capabilities

June 11, 2014 10:06 am | Stealth Computer Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Stealth.com Inc. (Stealth Computer - San Jose, CA) a leader in rugged small form factor computing has released a new extreme performance PC model LPC-681. This powerful small computer measures 6.54"(W) x 6.18"(D) x 1.89"(H) inches, and the LPC-681 mini PC ...

AC-DC switching power supply achieves 10 kW

June 11, 2014 9:49 am | Pioneer Magnetics | Product Releases | Comments

Pioneer Magnetics (Santa Monica, CA) announces a 10 kW AC-DC switching power supply in a 5” X 5” X 17.5” package. One of the most important aspects of this technical breakthrough of the PM38220B series is for the end user to be able to double its power by adding just 2 additional inches....

Gyroscope offers ±4000 dps full scale range

June 11, 2014 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

InvenSense (San Jose, CA) announced the world's widest full scale range (FSR) 3-axis MEMS gyroscope for high impact wearable applications. The ITG-3701 also offers the smallest size, lowest profile and lowest power, ideal for wearable applications in sports and concussion analysis....

Elon Musk looks to save the world, for a price

June 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

The buzz that has been floating around Tesla over the last year is not flattering, including but not limited to sales model jealousy, fire recalls, and lemon-law lawsuits. Lately, famed CEO and real-life Tony Stark, Elon Musk, has been teasing that he wants to do something controversial....

Are small cells the answer to the Internet of Things spectrum crunch?

June 11, 2014 9:11 am | by Greg Fischer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Carrier Access, Broadcom Corporation | Articles | Comments

Recently, the technology industry has been abuzz with talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), a term used to describe an ecosystem of consumer electronics and appliances that have the ability to connect to the network and communicate with one another....

Lightfair 2014 rewind

June 10, 2014 3:53 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Osram Opto Semiconductors, Thomas Research Products, Wago Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Lightfair 2014 was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 1-4. Every year, this show presents a variety of luminaires and fixtures for the industrial, home, buildings, and outdoor markets along with a healthy mix of component vendors showing off their discrete and modular products that enable the amazing new lighting products. In this age of Internet of Things (IoT), exhibitors continued their march toward...

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