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21 Watt LED spotlight light features heavy duty permanent mounting base

June 19, 2012 9:30 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ Magnalight.com announced today the addition of the PML-7LED-3C 21 Watt Handheld LED Spotlight with permanent mounting base to its line of high power LED spotlights. This permanent mount LED spotlight produces 1,596 lumens, a light beam 650 feet long by 50 feet wide, and draws only 1.7 amps when powered from a 12 volt power source.

Historic triumph: Audi achieves first victory of a hybrid vehicle at Le Mans

June 18, 2012 2:20 pm | News | Comments

AUDI AG has achieved another technological milestone in motorsport. On the 80th running of the famous Le Mans 24 Hours, a vehicle with hybrid drive – the Audi R18 e-tron quattro – has triumphed for the first time. Around 200,000 spectators witnessed a fascinating race with the drama and incidents that are typical for Le Mans plus an impressive demonstration of “Vorsprung durch Technik.”

Direct methanol fuel cells intended for portable energy supplies

June 18, 2012 2:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic has unveiled its development of a Direct Methanol Fuel Cell. The cell generates electricity using methanol fuel and oxygen in the air. It is ideal for mobile product applications like medical diagnosis and computer carts as well as portable generators.

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Kickstarter: Helpful website or project killer?

June 18, 2012 10:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It seems innovative technology often gets stuck in the dark chasm that exists between a great idea and a final product. Between skyrocketing production costs, the difficulties of marketing on a limited budget, and unexpected hiccups, some projects never get off the ground. Kickstarter, a crowd-sourced funding website where inventors raise enough to manufacture their product, seems like the perfect solution to technological limbo.

Automotive-qualified power MOSFETs housed in TO-220 fullpak package

June 14, 2012 4:30 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier today introduced a family of automotive-qualified power MOSFETs housed in a rugged TO-220 fullpak package for automotive applications including BLDC motors, pumps and cooling systems. The new 55V planar devices are available as standard and logic level gate drive MOSFETs in N and P channel configuration...

Cable offers combination of ruggedness, routability

June 14, 2012 11:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha Wire has added the “V-Flex,” a flexible version of its Series V VFD cable, to its line of Industrial Series cable. The new V-Flex cables are the latest innovation in cables designed specifically for variable-frequency drives (VFD). Featuring both UL and CSA tray cable ratings, a low temperature rating of -40°C, and a bend radius that is 5x that of standard VFD cable, the V-Flex offers the best combination of ruggedness and routability in the market.

Researchers 'heal' plasma-damaged semiconductor with treatment of hydrogen radicals

June 14, 2012 8:58 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Gallium nitride (GaN) is a highly promising material for a wide range of optical and high-power electronic devices, which can be fabricated by dry etching with plasmas. However, the plasma-induced defects and surface residues that remain after such processes tend to degrade the optical and electrical properties of the devices. A team of Japanese researchers has developed and tested a new way to "heal" such defects.

SRC system offers rugged, sealed hybrid connection system

June 13, 2012 4:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated introduces the Sealed Rectangular Connector (SRC) System, the next generation SRC system offers a rugged, sealed wire-to-panel and wire-to-wire hybrid connection system. SRC is designed for high-circuit-count applications in harsh environments such as those found in agricultural machinery, construction and mining equipment.  

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Robotic assistants may adapt to humans in the factory

June 13, 2012 3:21 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

In today's manufacturing plants, the division of labor between humans and robots is quite clear: Large, automated robots are typically cordoned off in metal cages, manipulating heavy machinery and performing repetitive tasks, while humans work in less hazardous areas on jobs requiring finer detail.

British data regulator reopens investigation into Google over disputed Street View program

June 13, 2012 8:52 am | by Rapheal Satter, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's data regulator has reopened its investigation into Google's Street View, saying that an inquiry by authorities in the United States raised new doubts about the disputed program.

A123 says new battery technology to make EVs cheaper

June 12, 2012 11:41 am | by A. Ananthalakshmi, Reuters, Bangalore | News | Comments

Electric vehicles could become cheaper as A123 Systems Inc announces new lithium ion battery technology.

Connector line now offers screw terminations

June 12, 2012 10:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Binder-USA has expanded its Series 713 and 763 M12 connector line with panel mount connectors featuring screw terminations. With screw terminations it is now possible to attach wires in the field without any special tooling or soldering. This addition is ideally suited for signal and power applications requiring a solderless assembly

ORNL microscopy reveals workings behind promising inexpensive catalyst

June 12, 2012 9:07 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A newly developed carbon nanotube material could help lower the cost of fuel cells, catalytic converters and similar energy-related technologies by delivering a substitute for expensive platinum catalysts.

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The future of automotive safety: Cars that talk to each other to prevent crashes

June 11, 2012 1:00 pm | by Joan Lowy | News | Comments

As a safety demonstration, it was a heart-stopper: A Ford Taurus was seconds away from cruising through an intersection when suddenly a row of red lights pulsed on the lower windshield and a warning blared that another car was approaching fast on the cross street. Braking quickly, the driver stopped just as the second car, previously unseen behind a large parked truck, barreled through a red light and across the Ford's path.

Robotics helps us become more competitive

June 11, 2012 11:58 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The event, "RoboCity12: Robots para los ciudadanos" (Robots for the people), hosted by the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales (School of Industrial Engineering - ETSII) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), gathered nearly 40 robots "made in Spain" for two days. The objective was to present the most recent advances in robotics that have been developed in the Community of Madrid, as well as the main innovations that have appeared on the national and international scenes.

Thick copper wire bonding technology provides high-quality reliability

June 8, 2012 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

New Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (New JRC) has introduced to the market, the technology of the thick copper wire bonding to aluminum electrodes on chip.

Integrated sensor solution serves portable devices based on the Windows 8 OS

June 8, 2012 11:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor announced its support of Microsoft® Windows® 8 sensor requirements with a fully enabled 12-axis sensor development reference platform.

Driving without a blind spot may be closer than it appears

June 8, 2012 10:43 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A side mirror that eliminates the dangerous "blind spot" for drivers has now received a U.S. patent. The subtly curved mirror, invented by Drexel University mathematics professor Dr. R. Andrew Hicks, dramatically increases the field of view with minimal distortion.

5 reasons every subway needs Wi-Fi

June 8, 2012 9:38 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

It’s tough to imagine in the 21st century: a musty, dimly-lit, underground tunnel — crammed full of people — that’s essentially a black hole of wireless signals. Behold the glory of the NYC subway system.

Graphics processing instrumental in automotive semiconductor growth

June 4, 2012 12:04 pm | News | Comments

Dedicated graphics processing units (GPUs) are forecast to become increasingly prevalent in automotive instrument clusters and infotainment systems according to IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc. This uptake of technology and the associated silicon will drive semiconductor revenue growth, with the combined instrument cluster and infotainment semiconductor market reaching

Sealed, side-mount contactor suits high-current DC or AC switching

June 4, 2012 9:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

GIGAVAC  announced an addition to its line of EPIC Sealed Contactors —the MX56. The Single Pole Single Throw Normally Open (SPST-NO) MX56 is rated for continuous duty up to 600 A and capable of switching 600 A at 24 VDC, or AC, 100,000 times.  The contactor was developed for

RFID SMT Antenna offers protection features for automotive applications

June 1, 2012 12:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PREMO launched a new family of its TP0702 standard, universally adopted by industry, according to the company. This format provides up to 50 mV/Apk-pk/m (for 7.2 mH) sensitivity. The new TP0702U and TP0702UCAP is an SMD antenna for low frequency 20 kHz to 150 kHz receiver applications.

Call for freelancers

May 31, 2012 2:32 pm | by the Editors | Articles | Comments

Electronic Component News is looking for a few good writers...some talented wordsmiths to excite the imagination, gin up controversy, and illuminate the masses. Interested? Our award-winning website boasts some of the most dynamic, thought-provoking content in the industry. We’re looking to supplement that content with a stable of freelancers.

Connectors include snap-in flanges

May 24, 2012 4:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation’s MCS-MIDI 231 and 721 Series Connectors feature snap-in flanges for drill-and fastener-free through-panel mounting. Intended for rectangular cut-outs, snap-in flanges eliminate drilling, screws and other components associated with through-panel applications.

Brainstorm: Trains, Planes, & Automobiles

May 24, 2012 12:30 pm | Articles | Comments

Advanced vehicle and aircraft systems contain a significant amount of embedded software supporting virtually every operation, from entertainment and engine control to critical safety functions. A recent IEEE Spectrum article noted that a premium-class automobile” probably contains close to 100 million lines of software code.

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