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Building flexible circuits

July 10, 2013 4:17 pm | by Jan Vanfleteren, University Gent/imec | Blogs | Comments

A number of innovating technologies designed to tremendously increase user comfort in wearable and implantable electronics and sensor applications is on the horizon. Imec works on stretchable electronic circuits that can follow the random 3D shape of an object or body part, such as light sources for integration in textiles...

Self-healing embedded memories

July 10, 2013 4:11 pm | by Sandeep Kaushik, Product Marketing Manager, Synopsys | Blogs | Comments

Embedded memories are the most dense components within a system-on-chip (SoC), accounting for more than 50 percent of the chip area. Designed using aggressive design rules, embedded memories tend to be more prone to manufacturing defects and field reliability problems than any other core on the chip.

Self-healing circuits: A living immune system for ICs

July 10, 2013 4:08 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

One of the challenges of working with integrated circuits is as designers try to make ICs faster, the transistors become smaller and can’t handle as much voltage and the amount of variation grows. Plus, a single fault in the IC could mean a useless chip, bringing projects and products to sudden jarring halt.

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Step-down DC/DC converter operates to 105̊C

July 10, 2013 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Torex Semiconductor has developed the XC9250/XC9251 series of 30V, 2A step-down DC/DC converters. The XC9250/XC9251 series is high breakdown voltage DC/DC converter with 30V operation, 2A output, and an internal driver Tr. With an input voltage of up to 30V, input rating of 36V, peak voltage of 46V for 400ms...

No girls allowed: "Nerd” stereotype means fewer female engineers

July 8, 2013 9:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Big Bang Theory — a television show that features four male scientists and engineers and an attractive blond waitress — is one of the top shows on TV. But a recent study has raised an interesting question: Does this show’s — and others like it's — depiction of what scientists and engineers look like actively discourage women from pursuing STEM degrees? According to the study, it might.

Membrance switch technology designed for HMI

July 3, 2013 12:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

 Printec USA  announced membrane switch technology for human machine interface, HMI, which can be demonstrated with a unique demo keypad to display many possible applications for embedded infrared and capacitive sensors. The demo keypad is the first tool of its kind to combine the capacitive and infrared technology into a single board in order to display the electromechanical, visual and cosmetic features of the switch technology.

Pressure transmitter includes 5 PSID measurement range

July 2, 2013 2:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

American Sensor Technologies now offers its AST5300 Wet/Wet Differential Pressure Transmitter with a 5 PSID measurement range to address requirements in the flow and filtration markets. The 5PSID is an additional, lower pressure option.

Pressure sensors designed for quick field installation

July 1, 2013 4:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell Sensing and Control is pleased to announce two new additions to their Wing Union / Hammer Union pressure sensor portfolio. Potential Applications include: Oil and gas drilling, Mud pumps / mud logging, Fracturing and cementing, Acidizing, Well head measurement and Standpipe Stimulation.

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Compact rotary switch ideal for handheld devices

July 1, 2013 11:16 am | Grayhill Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Grayhill today introduced a small and sealed rotary switch, the 77 Series. This compact rotary switch requires less than a quarter inch behind panel, making it ideal for handheld devices. Further, its MIL-rated resistance to moisture, sand and dust indicates that it is suitable for harsh, outdoor environments.

RFIC platform boosts the transmission range of devices to up to 15 kilometers

June 27, 2013 1:30 pm | Semtech Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corporation introduced the SX1272, the first product in a new long-range RFIC platform that boosts the transmission range of the devices to up to 15 kilometers (km). This device integrates Semtech’s new LoRa (long range) modulation technology to enable drastic range improvements over alternative modulation methods.

Industrial double-break switch certified to IP67/68

June 27, 2013 12:48 pm | Microprecision Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microprecision is introducing a variation of its industrial high current switches of the MP200 series. The new MP220 has a single pole double break electrical circuit, which allows to double break two independent electrical circuits up to 10A/250VAC.

Low-noise accelerometer calculates static and dynamic signals

June 26, 2013 12:52 pm | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties released the 4610A, a versatile sensor with integral temperature compensation for both static and dynamic measurements. This ultra low-noise DC accelerometer measures shock and vibration levels up to 2,000 g’s via an integrated gas damped MEMS element with

Discrete and analog I/O modules now available

June 25, 2013 4:15 pm | Automation Direct | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect has added discrete and analog I/O modules to the CLICK PLC line. Available 24 VDC combination discrete modules include eight-point DC input/eight-point DC sinking or sourcing output models priced at $59; a four-point DC input/four-point relay output model is also available, priced at $49.

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Battery-free RFID switch compatible with commercial EPC C1G2 readers

June 25, 2013 12:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The X1GLADIO from Farsens S.L., San Sebastián, Spain, is a battery free RFID switch. These tags are compatible with commercial EPC C1G2 readers and communicate a unique ID and the associated switch status data without the need of battery supply on the sensor tags.

Piezoelectric material designed for instrumentation, maritime, medical applications

June 25, 2013 10:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Morgan Technical Ceramics is extending its material portfolio with the launch of a new piezoelectric material. PZT5K1 is suitable for applications in the fields of scientific instrumentation, maritime, medical, energy harvesting and general industry.

High-speed CAN transceivers are low power and highly robust

June 25, 2013 10:17 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a family of High-Speed (HS) CAN transceivers, the MCP2561/2. These new devices serve as an interface between a CAN protocol controller and the physical two-wire CAN bus. The new family of transceivers meet CAN specification requirement

Smart card connectors feature built-in card detection switch for M2M

June 24, 2013 12:17 pm | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components as well as smart card interconnect devices, has developed two new smart card connectors that feature a built-in card detection switch for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. The CCM03-3511 Series smart card connectors provide an increased contact force to withstand shock and high vibration, while the CCM03-3512 features extended soldering pads to withstand a second reflow upside down.

Ultrasonic level transmitter and controller provides continuous level measurement up to 3 m

June 24, 2013 11:10 am | Omega Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

Omega introduced its new LVCN210 series of ultrasonic level transmitter and controller which provides continuous level measurement up to 3 m (9.8’) with a 4 to 20 mA signal output, and is configured via a free and fast software download. This CE compliant product features

2U rack-mount power system includes hot-pluggable 1-kW modules

June 24, 2013 10:11 am | Absopulse | Product Releases | Comments

ABSOPULSE Electronics′ BAP 3K-CR2U/19-3 Series modular, rack-mount DC/DC power conversion system delivers 3 kW or 2 kW with N+1 redundancy. The series is suitable for power utilities, industrial control and telecommunication applications. The BAP 3K-CR2U/19-3 is built with three heavy-duty

Wire, vertical jumpers aim to extend functionality of select terminal blocks

June 21, 2013 10:29 am | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

New jumpers provide horizontal and vertical potential commoning for WAGO Corporation's Double-Deck TOPJOB S 2000 Series and X-COM S MINI 2020 Series DIN-rail terminal blocks. Users can vertically common both levels of a double-deck terminal block or multiply potential over several adjacent DIN-rail

3D printing is the future of the military

June 20, 2013 3:47 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Aside from offering up the world’s least-appetizing pizza (protein cheese layer anyone?) and a way to eliminate illegal poaching, 3D printing might play a vital role in the future of the military. Though the technology is not nearly advanced enough to make a significant impact right now, the Navy is looking to 3D printing as a potential money saver for the future, according to an article published in the Armed Forces Journal.

Enclosed basket fixtures offer high output, efficiency

June 20, 2013 11:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

To seamlessly light indoor commercial spaces, Hubbell Lighting announced two new brilliantly designed enclosed basket fixtures from Columbia Lighting—the Transition Enclosed TRE (fluorescent) and LTRE (LED). The new commercial lighting standard, the Transition Enclosed TRE and LTRE bring an exceptional combination of outstanding light output, high efficiency and precise color rendering for a wide range of environments.

Linear ICs support a magnetic input sensitivity range of 2.0 to 4.0 mV/G

June 18, 2013 4:26 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC adds two new factory one-time programmable (OTP-ROM) linear ICs to their existing portfolio. These devices eliminate the need for customers to optimize/program the devices for their finished sensor assemblies. Allegro’s A1388 and A1389 architecturally have the ability to support a magnetic input sensitivity range of 2.0 to 4.0 mV/G....

FPGA family provides low total system cost

June 18, 2013 3:54 pm | Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Microsemi Corporation unveiled its IGLOO2 field programmable gate array (FPGA) family for industrial, commercial aviation, defense, communications and security applications. The non-volatile flash-based IGLOO2 FPGAs have the highest number of mainstream FPGA features....

Optocouplers intended for motor controls, industrial inverters, and induction heating equipment

June 18, 2013 12:49 pm | Renesas, California Eastern Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics and California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) introduce three isolated gate drive optocouplers which were specifically designed to meet the demanding isolation requirements of motor controls and drives, industrial inverters and induction heating equipment.

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