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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.

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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...

32-kHz MEMS TCXO features tiny footprint, low power consumption

June 4, 2014 5:41 pm | SiTime Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

SiTime Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA) introduced what it asserts is the smallest, lowest power 32-kHz TCXO (temperature compensated oscillator). With its tiny footprint and very low power consumption, the SiT1552 MEMS TCXO enables…

Connecters designed for military, harsh environment

June 4, 2014 2:42 pm | Omnetics Connector Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Omnetics Connector Corporation (Minneapolis, MN) announces its new line of Metal Nano-Connectors, which are high-density, multi-position connectors made with break-away or threaded metal housings for a positive lock and environmental seal.

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Researchers confirm 60-year-old prediction of atomic behavior

June 4, 2014 11:24 am | by Washington State University | News | Comments

Researchers at Washington State University have used a super-cold cloud of atoms that behaves like a single atom to see a phenomenon predicted 60 years ago and witnessed only once since. The phenomenon takes place in the seemingly otherworldly realm of quantum physics and opens a new experimental path to potentially powerful quantum computing.

HD audio CODEC integrates Class-D amplifier

June 3, 2014 12:02 pm | Conexant Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Conexant Systems Inc. (Irvine, CA) announced the CX20952, a new HD Audio CODEC that enables high quality audio on computers and tablets with low power consumption, two cap-free headphone amplifiers, and a fully-integrated Class-D amplifier.

Toxic computer waste in the developing world

June 3, 2014 11:52 am | by Inderscience Publishers - Eurekalert! | News | Comments

As the developing world continues to develop, standards of living and access to technology increases. Unfortunately, as personal computers, laptops and mobile phones become increasingly common so the problem of recycling and disposal of such devices when they become technologically obsolete rises too, according to research published in the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management.

Optocoupler tested and certified for harsh environments

June 3, 2014 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Standex-Meder Electronics (Cincinnati, Ohio) announces a new ATEX optocoupler for intrinsically safe circuits. The optocoupler series are tested and certified for extreme/harsh environments such as potentially explosive atmospheres so they will not become an ignition point when subjected to short circuits or adjacent component failures.

Stronger than steel: Scientists spin ultra-strong cellulose fibers

June 2, 2014 2:53 pm | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

A Swedish-German research team has successfully tested a new method for the production of ultra-strong cellulose fibres at DESY's research light source PETRA III. The novel procedure spins extremely tough filaments from tiny cellulose fibrils by aligning them all in parallel during the production process. The new method is reported in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

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Nano-platform ready: Scientists use DNA origami to create 2D structures

June 2, 2014 2:44 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Scientists at New York University and the University of Melbourne have developed a method using DNA origami to turn one-dimensional nano materials into two dimensions. Their breakthrough, published in the latest issue of the journal Nature Nanotechnology, offers the potential to enhance fiber optics and electronic devices by reducing their size and increasing their speed.

Obama carbon rule gives states more time to comply

June 2, 2014 10:39 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO and JOSH LEDERMAN, AP | News | Comments

In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday that cuts carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, but pushes the deadline for some states to comply until long after President Barack Obama leaves office.

Wireless coupled flange drive rotary torque transducer suits extreme high-vibration environments

June 2, 2014 9:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

SensorData Technologies (Shelby Township, MI) has introduced its Model BT4000 Series Wireless Coupled Flange Drive Rotary Torque Sensor. The BT4000 Series is said to be the only transducer of its kind that offers high-reliability true Bluetooth wireless rotary torque sensing in…

Solution aims to transform audio jack into multi-purpose, self-powered data port

May 29, 2014 9:25 am | Nxp Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Eindhoven, Netherlands) announced a new Smartphone Quick-Jack Solution that is said to simplify connecting a variety of external devices to smartphones for self-powered data communications. Adapting the standard 3.5-mm audio jack found on smartphones…

Top five design opportunities for MCUs in the Internet of Things

May 28, 2014 2:48 pm | by Ritesh Tyagi, Vice President of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America | Articles | Comments

There will be significant opportunities available to the embedded MCU market in 2014, specifically for 40nm MCUs targeting Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Thanks to their high performance, low-power consumption, abundant on-chip memory and peripheral resources ...

2-kVAC isolated 1.5-W low noise micromodule converters are UL60950 Recognized

May 28, 2014 11:49 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduced the LTM8057 and LTM8058, 1.5-W output µModule (micromodule) DC/DC converters with 2-kVAC galvanic isolation (production tested to 3 kVDC) in a 9-mm x 11.25-mm x 4-mm BGA (ball grid array) package. The devices operate from an input voltage...

Power supply family addresses test & measurement power challenges

May 28, 2014 10:26 am | SL Power Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

SL Power Electronics (Ventura, CA) announced its  425-W, single output TU425 Series AC/DC power supply. This offering addresses the unique needs of all types of test equipment such as oscilloscopes, analyzers, test boards, chromatography mass detectors as well as

Power modules are positioned as cost-effective solution for low power motor drive applications

May 28, 2014 9:55 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced the µIPM-DIP family of highly integrated, compact Integrated Power Modules (IPM) for low power motor drive applications including fans, pumps, air purifiers and refrigerator compressor drives.

SMT PCB terminal block includes wire release

May 28, 2014 9:38 am | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation's (Germantown, WI) 2059 SMT PCB terminal blocks are appropriate for extremely small LED modules, offering a fast alternative to soldering leads. With a height of 2.7 mm, the 2059 positioned to

Fast MCUs target developers’ functional safety industrial, medical, automotive and transportation designs

May 27, 2014 10:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) introduced its latest 32-bit dual-core lockstep Hercules RM57Lx and TMS570LCx microcontrollers (MCUs) for developers’ functional safety applications. Unique to the Hercules MCU platform, these two new floating-point devices offer…

How is rapid prototyping affecting engineering?

May 27, 2014 6:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have a VERY exciting Brainstorm about Rapid Prototyping for our July issue. Nothing has the potential to change the landscape of design engineering (and every other industry) like rapid prototyping. Now that the technology is rapidly gaining traction, we want to know how it’s really affecting your job or life.

MLCCs are rated for 250 deg C

May 23, 2014 12:07 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) introduced a new series of high temperature MLCCs rated for 250°C. Designed to accommodate the rapidly emerging military and commercial market demands for capacitors capable of high-reliability, long lifetime performance at operating temperatures in excess of…

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