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Cable jacket stripper ideal for data, voice, video, audio, security, and other applications

January 1, 2014 2:18 pm | Platinum Tools | Product Releases | Comments

Platinum Tools is proud to announce the new Cyclops 2 Cable Jacket Stripper (p/n 15010) is now shipping. With an MSRP of $29.95, the Cyclops 2 is the perfect tool for data, voice, video, audio, security, and other applications.

Top 10 must-see posts of 2013

December 30, 2013 11:44 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s the top 10 most popular, compelling, controversial, and highly-trafficked stories from 2013. These were the posts that led the most discussions, excited the most readers (for better or worse), and caught your collective eyeballs. So check out some old favorites, or catch up on a post you may have missed — and find out what all the fuss was about!

As kids plug in, parents should not tune out

December 27, 2013 4:40 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Nowadays Santa gets scorned when he leaves a cheap gift or, even worse, a book! Children have been getting gifts that are increasingly expensive and inappropriate, and experts in child-development are concerned. Tablets and smartphones were usually reserved for adults and older kids in the past, but some as young as three have been unwrapping electronics.

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Three-pole Pole IP68 connector is capable of 22 A at 600 V

December 27, 2013 11:59 am | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products (APP) introduced the 3 Position Mini PL connector. This compact, environmentally sealed (IP68) connector is capable of 22 A at 600 V (UL). The 3 Position Mini PL connector features a manual release latch to

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

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....

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

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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From General to CEO: One man’s journey from the battlefield to the boardroom

December 23, 2013 12:47 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

I’m proud to work in an industry with such a disproportionately high number of military veterans. Many of our colleagues previously served the nation with honor and distinction, trading ACUs for business suits and M4s for fountain pens. Case in point: Steve Sargeant, CEO of Marvin Test Solutions, formerly a Major General with the United States Air Force.

Need something? Print it: 3D printing in engineering

December 23, 2013 10:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

It sometimes seems as if it’s impossible to even go one day without reading or hearing about a story involving 3D printing. It’s the byproduct of a technology that has current applications in most industries and potential applications in almost all of them. Some of the more controversial application areas, like 3D printed firearms, receive a lot of coverage....

These vintage tech ads are insulting, awkward, and completely real

December 23, 2013 10:06 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Oh, old tech ads. You’re so embarrassing — so silly and mildly sexist. Yet, you’re proof that we still have a lot to learn when it comes to how we relate to technology. Take this goofy picture of a Biblical Adam holding an Apple computer over his privates. Our early attempts at making technology look “sexy” were laughable....

Board to board connector includes both floating contacts and tandem-contacts

December 20, 2013 1:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The 10109 series is one of the most advanced mezzanine type Board to Board (B to B) connector in the market, which has both floating contacts and tandem-contacts with balanced performance against higher bandwidth transmission. 10109 series achieves superb contacts reliabilities....

Hacking through your computer’s noises

December 20, 2013 1:22 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Every development in the world of hacking prompts a collective sigh and a defeated “Aww, really?” as we proceed to create complex four-mile long passwords that we’ll never remember in order to protect ourselves. Well, there’s a new threat in town. Surprise! We’re all aware of the hums and whirrs our computers make, and they’re usually pretty annoying. But guess what — it’s music to a hacker’s ears.

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Outlook for 2014 in the electronic components industry

December 19, 2013 2:01 pm | by Anne Tine, EVP of Marketing at Components Direct, an Avnet company | Blogs | Comments

The electronics industry is one characterized by constant change as new business opportunities and end user needs are driving growth in new applications and new markets. As a result, the electronic components industry must adapt — even embrace — this change, as companies that don’t are in danger of being left behind.

SALT advances African science and economy

December 18, 2013 3:47 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

We’re not talking about the seasoning, though I’d think more than just African economy would benefit if salt was still used as currency. SALT is an acronym for the South African Large Telescope — not the most creative name, but very simple and direct. Advancements in the field of astronomy are being seen in several different countries on the vast continent....

Making the most of flat growth

December 17, 2013 1:27 pm | by Michael Knight, Senior Vice President, TTI Americas | Tti, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

I have fond memories of 2010 when our industry catapulted out of the recession. Distribution and component suppliers were in flat-out growth mode as all struggled to deal with rapidly rising demands that rapidly swamped capacity levels that had been hastily reduced the year before.

High-speed I/O connectors operate at frequencies from 5Gbps to 10Gbps

December 17, 2013 9:31 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation introduces four input/output (I/O) connectors that meet the standards and fulfill the demands of high-performance computing such as cloud computing, data centers, enterprise servers, the switch market, and consumer electronics.

The pushback against the NSA we’ve been waiting for

December 16, 2013 3:57 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Politics often makes for strange bedfellows. So when you see the logos of Facebook, Google and Yahoo along with Microsoft and tech companies side-by-side and consider the vast amount of users they serve, there’s a good chance it pertains to a matter of importance to both Washington and just about everyone in our connected world.

You won’t find selfies on this Instagram account

December 13, 2013 3:26 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Drones are becoming almost as prevalent in the skies as they are in the news. From “Amazon Prime Air” to military drones in overseas conflict, it seems like these are devices that aren’t going away any time soon. For London-based artist and activist, James Bridle, this is a troubling fact. One of Bridle’s most well-known endeavors is Dronestagram: an Instagram account that posts pictures of drone strike locations...

"Our Drone Future" predicts frightening Big Brother dystopia

December 12, 2013 4:48 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

You didn’t think we’d just use domestic drones for delivering packages and monitoring suspected animal abuse, did you? Of course not — we wouldn’t be furiously debating the legality and ethics of "octocopters" air-mailing copies of Harry Potter. No, the dark undertone of domestic drone usage is their application as omniscient law-enforcement devices, Big Brother-style.

This flying dress could be the start of wearable transportation

December 11, 2013 12:44 pm | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Pop singer Lady Gaga has worn some pretty weird outfits on stage (meat, anyone?), but her latest is so crazy, we might just all be wearing some version of it in the future. A flying dress sounds pretty fun — at least once a week I’d like to hover down to the mailbox.

Is this the end of Moore’s law?

December 10, 2013 2:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Moore’s law is unsustainable. This statement is the elephant in the room of a lot of electronics discussions as we rapidly approach a few different landmarks in semiconductors.  Researchers are concerned that the unsustainability of Moore’s law might mean the end, or at least the abrupt slowing down, of electronic development at the height of the digital era.

Why is this government agency still using floppy disks?

December 9, 2013 5:11 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Every so often we drag out a past relic of technology to gawk, reminisce and remember before shoving it back into the proverbial vault for a few more decades. We’ve featured introductions to new technology and how-tos on using a computer. 

Amazon’s drone-delivery service is a pipe dream (for now)

December 6, 2013 2:54 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Forget same-day delivery. Amazon wants to make 30-minute deliveries a reality with a quasi-futuristic fleet of miniature drones. But for a service built on speed, “Amazon Prime Air” may have a long shelf life. Don’t hold your breath (or place your orders) anytime soon.

This next-gen USB connector always lands on its feet

December 6, 2013 1:17 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Everyone has struggled to plug a device into a USB port at one time or another. There’s a 50/50 chance of choosing the correct orientation, and we usually manage to pick the wrong one every time. It’s the electronic version of the “toast always lands butter-side down” or “a cat always lands on its feet” phenomena, and we just want to charge our iPods.

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