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Conduction-cooled ecosystem designed for rugged applications

August 8, 2013 3:34 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech has released a complete ecosystem of boards and chassis in the MicroTCA architecture that is conduction-cooled. Designed for rugged applications, the products include Air Transport Racks (ATR), MicroTCA Carrier Hubs (MCH), Power Modules, and Advanced Mezzanine Cards.

Developer kit facilitates fast development of batteryless wireless solutions

August 6, 2013 2:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EnOcean announced the availability of its new developer kit, EDK 350U, for the North American market. The kit covers the entire product range in 902 MHz, from energy harvesting and wireless modules to ready-made product solutions. The new kit is part of a modular concept with

Power block devices designed for DC-DC synchronous buck applications

August 5, 2013 12:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier announced the introduction of the IRFH4251D and IRFH4253D, the first of a family of innovative power block devices for DC-DC synchronous buck applications including advanced telecom and netcom equipment, servers, graphic cards, desktop, Ultrabook and notebook computers.

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10 must-read posts from July

August 5, 2013 11:41 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

Largest neuronal network simulation achieved using K computer

August 5, 2013 11:17 am | by RIKEN | News | Comments

By exploiting the full computational power of the Japanese supercomputer, K computer, researchers carried out the largest general neuronal network simulation to date. The simulation was made possible by the development of advanced novel data structures for the simulation software NEST.

Reducing multitasking at HP Digital Camera

August 5, 2013 8:50 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies in San Jose, Calif. | Blogs | Comments

Like many consumer electronics organizations, HP Digital Camera saw that its people were working hard, but they also knew that they were not meeting deadlines and were not as productive as they needed to be. In the year before implementing the steps necessary to eliminate organizational multitasking, HP Digital Camera had released six different models of digital cameras,

Motion cards combine four axis motion card with high performance on-card amplifiers

July 31, 2013 10:07 am | Performance Motion Devices | Product Releases | Comments

Performance Motion Devices, Inc. announces a new family of Prodigy motion cards that combines a full featured four axis motion card with high performance on-card amplifiers. The Prodigy®/CME Machine Controller Card utilizes PMD's ATLAS® Digital Amplifiers to eliminate the need for external amplifiers, allowing new levels of convenience, integration, and cost savings for applications in life sciences equipment, scientific automation, robotics, and general purpose automation.

Organizational multitasking: The secret killer of engineering productivity

July 29, 2013 9:38 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Nearly all of the research on multitasking to date has studied its effects on individuals. Researchers have not yet paid much attention to the effects of multitasking on organizations, but there are good reasons to believe that multitasking has similar effects at an organizational level. After all, people do not typically work independently in organizations

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Embedded memory family is presented as industry’s fastest

July 27, 2013 12:12 pm | Samsung | Product Releases | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., is mass producing the world’s fastest embedded memory – asserted to be the industry’s first eMMC 5.0 devices – in 16 gigabyte (GB), 32 GB and 64 GB densities for next-generation smartphones and tablets. Featuring an interface speed ofSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd., is mass producing the world’s fastest embedded memory – asserted to be the industry’s first eMMC 5.0 devices – in 16 gigabyte (GB), 32 GB and 64 GB densities for next-generation smartphones and tablets. Featuring an interface speed of

Rocker switches include a splash proof rubber boot option for waterproofing

July 24, 2013 4:16 pm | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has expanded its product offering of miniature rocker switches to include IP65-rated waterproof switches.  The miniature IP65-rated rocker switches have a splash proof rubber boot option for waterproofing.  Available in multiple versions and styles...

The must-have security device

July 23, 2013 3:54 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I am, by nature, a very anxious person. Alright, I am a worrier—particularly when it comes to leaving the house. Did I leave the garage door open? The stove on? The hair straighter plugged in? Did I lock all the doors? Windows? And that’s just when I leave for work.

MSOs tout enhanced mixed signal performance, probing capability to 33 GHz

July 23, 2013 12:14 pm | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix, Inc introduced the new MSO/DPO70000DX Series of performance oscilloscopes that feature models with 23-GHz, 25-GHz, and 33-GHz bandwidth and enhanced tools for debugging digital and analog circuits. The new MSO70000DX instruments provide

Compact, stripline design microwave directional coupler covers 0.5 GHz to 8.0 GHz frequency

July 23, 2013 10:36 am | Krytar | Product Releases | Comments

KRYTAR introduced a new directional coupler offering low insertion loss, high directivity and tight coupling. The new directional coupler is suitable for emerging wireless ultra-broadband designs and many test and measurement applications. These couplers can also

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FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) allows users to utilize the popular FMCs within the AMC format of the MicroTCA architecture

July 23, 2013 9:20 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Vadatech has announced new Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) carrier for a FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) per VITA-57.    The design allows users to utilize the popular FMCs within the AMC format of the MicroTCA architecture.  Compliant to AMC.1, AMC.2, and AMC.4, the Vadatech AMC515 Carrier for FMC features a Virtex-7 chip in a 1925 package.

USB3 controller hubs offer high degree of flexibility and integration

July 22, 2013 2:33 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

 Microchip Technology Inc. announced its third-generation USB3 Controller Hubs (UCH3s)—the four-member USB553XB-5000 family, which is SuperSpeed Logo Certified by the USB Implementers Forum and is the world’s first to integrate OTP Flash configuration memory, according to the company. 

Air-core inductors feature square profile, exceptionally high Q

July 22, 2013 1:19 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s new 1111SQ Series high-performance, square air core inductors offer exceptionally high Q factors — up to 200 at 400 MHz — and inductance values from 27nH to 47nH. The 1111SQ Series is available in seven models with footprints from just 2.67mm x 2.67mm.

New kind of optical storage could last a million years

July 22, 2013 9:34 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Blogs | Comments

A new kind of optical storage is being developed. With this new technology a DVD sized optical memory could hold 360 Terabytes and the memory would be good for about a million years. Longevity and capacity are the key factors to consider in terms of data storage, but existing options are limited.

High-sensitivity limiting post amplifiers target 10Gbps FTTH PON, Ethernet, wireless and OTN apps

July 18, 2013 2:38 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. launched the SY88053CL and SY88063CL limiting post amplifiers. The devices are suitable for FTTH XGPON and 10GEPON OLT (Optical Line Terminal) applications supporting the build out of next generation PON networks. This product family is also suitable for use in fiber optic transceiver modules

Computer system automatically generates TCP congestion-control algorithms

July 18, 2013 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

TCP, the transmission control protocol, is one of the core protocols governing the Internet: If counted as a computer program, it's the most widely used program in the world. One of TCP's main functions is to prevent network congestion by regulating the rate at which computers send data.

Computing toxic chemicals

July 18, 2013 10:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new computational method for working out in advance whether a chemical will be toxic will be reporting in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics. There is increasing pressure on the chemical and related industries to ensure that their products comply with increasing numbers of safety regulations.

Signal acquisition module ideal for precision microphone and accelerometer measurement

July 17, 2013 4:23 pm | Adlink Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology announces the release of its new four-channel USB 2.0 dynamic signal acquisition module, the USB-2405. A built-in IEPE excitation current source provides 2mA on each AI channel, and BNC connectors enable the USB-2405 to provide high accuracy and excellent dynamic performance....

Temperature controller designed for embedded applications

July 16, 2013 12:47 pm | Oven Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Oven Industries’ 5R7-001 temperature controller creates a seamless transition between heating and cooling devices, as it serves as the commander of thermoelectric modules. With a bi-directional or unidirectional H-bridge configuration, the temperature controller has many benefits.

ADC board with 8GB deep RAM achieves >70dB dynamic range

July 16, 2013 9:55 am | Ultraview Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Ultraview Corporation has announced an ultra-fast PCIe data acquisition board allowing uninterrupted acquisition of two concurrent 2 GSPS 12-bit A/D channels or a single channel at up to 4 GSPS. The AD12-2000x2's unique combination of proprietary low-noise, low-distortion DC-2 GHz front end...

Robots to revolutionize farming, ease labor woes

July 15, 2013 10:45 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA & TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | News | Comments

On a windy morning in California's Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, metal contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds.

Datacenters look to the moon to meet the cloud’s requirements

July 15, 2013 10:42 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

When technology experts talk about the “Internet of Things,” it’s not an understatement. The sheer number of connected devices is growing at an unprecedented rate. IDC estimates mobile devices will total 1,832.3 million units in 2013 while predicting the total mobile phone shipments will reach 2,281.4 million units worldwide in 2017.

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