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AEC-Q101-Qualified proximity and ambient light sensor is fully integrated

June 18, 2014 8:17 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

A new AEC-Q101-qualified, fully integrated proximity and ambient light optical sensor with an operating temperature range to +105°C was announced by the Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.

Energy storage systems perform under extreme environmental conditions

June 18, 2014 7:46 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) announced the New SCS family of air or liquid cooled energy storage solutions for mission critical or remote location requirements that need to perform under extreme environmental conditions in…

Magneto-resistive position sensors in DFN package help simplify PCB assembly

June 18, 2014 11:14 am | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties (Hampton, VA) has expanded its magneto-resistive (MR) product offering with a line of accurate, low power position sensors housed in a compact DFN package. The KMXP Series can be easily soldered to a PCB via automated standard assembly methods.

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Security device protects PLC controllers

June 17, 2014 6:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MB Connect Line (Ilsfeld, Germany) presents the mbSECBOX as a new security solution for PLC controllers. This device detects malware similar to STUXNET and other possible threats on the S7 Controllers. After a threat is found, the mbSECBOX will…

Quad Core x86 smart camera is said to be industry’s first

June 17, 2014 2:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the release of its x86 smart camera, NEON-1040, featuring the quad core Intel Atom processor E3845 1.9 GHz, 2048 x 2048 pixels at 60 fps 1” monochrome CMOS global shutter image sensor and PWM lighting control support.

Optimizing CAN node bit timing to accommodate digital isolator propagation delays

June 17, 2014 12:25 pm | by Dr. Conal Watterson, Sr. Applications Engineer, Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

Controller Area Network (CAN), standardized under ISO 11898, is widely used in industrial and automotive applications. CAN protocols such as DeviceNet or CANOpen rely on the built-in error checking and differential signaling. Galvanic isolation can further enhance robustness....

Small, 1-A and 4-A buck-boost regulators extend battery life in tight spaces

June 17, 2014 12:00 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) (Dallas, TX) introduced what it asserts are the industry’s smallest and highest performance 1-A and 4-A buck-boost regulators. Designed to extend battery life in Li-Ion battery-powered designs ranging from…

Configurable, flexible data converter can replace 20 discrete chips

June 17, 2014 10:48 am | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products’ San Jose, CA) MAX11300 allows engineers to mix and match 20 ADCs, 20 DACs or 20 High voltage digital I/O pins in any order. This configurable 20-channel, -10-V to +10-V high-voltage mixed-signal data converter is suited for…

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Slot machines get personal

June 13, 2014 7:09 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Playing a slot machine is more than just pulling the arm or pressing a button. Today’s slot machine manufacturers are incorporating more immersive, interactive features such as vivid, 4K displays with high-end graphics and animation, games based on tie-ins with popular entertainment brands from movies to game shows ...

Com exCu: Industrial wireless

June 12, 2014 3:46 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Like general-purpose computational resources in commercial enterprises, factory automation systems have evolved from highly centralized structures with fixed peripheral connections to flexible models with distributed intelligence and networked I/O nodes. In the factory environment, networking and distributed intelligence increased resource availability....

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…

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…

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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.

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…

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...

Synchronous buck regulators support an input voltage range of 4.5V to 18V

June 10, 2014 9:25 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL85003 and ISL85003A 3 Amp synchronous buck regulators with integrated high-side and low-side MOSFETs. The new ISL85003/3A buck regulators support an input voltage range of 4.5V to 18V while delivering very efficient and continuous 3A current....

LED light tower features lifespan of 50,000 hours

June 9, 2014 9:41 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The WAL-4XWP60E-MCE released by Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is a 240 watt portable LED light tower that produces 21,600 lumens of bright light with a lifespan of 50,000 hours. This portable work light draws two amps and operates on 120-277 volts AC....

Industrial air pressure regulator series designed for instrumentation and general purpose use

June 9, 2014 9:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Marsh Bellofram Corporation (Newell, WV) announced the global market launch of its Type T60 air pressure regulators. Marsh Bellofram Type T60 industrial air pressure regulators are preset, fixed units for instrumentation and general purpose use. Their regulated pressure vs. flow metric, forward-to-reverse flow offset ...

High temperature mid-mount modular jacks expand design options

June 6, 2014 10:56 am | Kycon | Product Releases | Comments

Kycon announced it offers a High Temperature Mid-Mount Modular Jack. The GMJXHT-MM-S-88 is shielded and available with eight positions, eight pins and optional tape and reel packaging. This mid-mount jack provides flexibility to board mount designs in applications requiring

Industrial enclosures feature a comfortable ergonomic handgrip

June 6, 2014 9:53 am | Okw Enclosures | Product Releases | Comments

The latest IP65 HAND-TERMINAL enclosures from OKW (Bridgeville, PA) are designed for handheld machine controllers, test instruments and data entry devices used in heavy duty industrial applications.

Board: Oil drilling risks remain from device woes

June 6, 2014 9:27 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The key last-ditch safety device that failed to prevent the 2010 BP oil spill remains a potentially catastrophic problem today for some offshore drilling, according to a federal safety board investigation. The report issued Thursday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board details the multiple failures and improper testing of the blowout preventer and blames bad management and operations for the breakdown.

Guard series designed for harsh environments

June 5, 2014 1:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

APEM, Inc.’s (Haverhill, MA) announces the launch of the new accessory line, the MSG Switch Guard Series. The robust, modern design allows for the MSG Series to meet the requirements of the most demanding environments, particularly: defense, aeronautics, off-road vehicles and industrial automation.

Gyroscope designed to be robust

June 5, 2014 1:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Qualtre, Inc is introducing the QGYR330H BAW MEMS gyroscopes, fully integrated, three-axis angular rate sensors with optional digital output based on Qualtré’s patented Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) MEMS technology. The new BAW MEMS gyros are manufactured 

Intelligent machines for tomorrow’s factory

June 5, 2014 12:32 pm | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Mass production of industrial goods, such as furniture, clothing or ball pens, is inexpensive. In the future, even small series of individualized products might be manufactured rapidly and efficiently by means of intelligent machines that communicate with each other. To this end, researchers of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology...

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