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DC-DC modules achieve 88% efficiency

January 22, 2014 1:43 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata today announced the SPM series of low-power isolated DC-DC modules designed specifically for use in electronic equipment that will be subject to harsh environments such as outdoor communications, applications with little or no forced air cooling, smart grid and industrial process control equipment.

Four-foot explosion-proof LED light fixture approved for paint booths

January 20, 2014 4:52 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of an explosion proof four foot four lamp LED light fixture that is approved for paint spray booths. The EPL-48-4L-LED explosion proof LED light provides improved output and durability over comparable fluorescent fixtures, but offers a more budget friendly price tag without compromising quality or safety.

Expanded ethernet switch family offers robust network communication

January 20, 2014 1:11 pm | Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems has expanded its line of rugged, managed Gigabit Ethernet switches to include several new versions. In addition to the original 6U CompactPCI (C660) version, Aitech now offers managed Gigabit Ethernet switches in 6U VPX (C670), 3U VPX (C680) and XMC (M620) formats.

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Optoelectronic conduit protective system provides excellent lateral pressure resistance

January 17, 2014 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

AerosUSA is pleased to announce the launch of their OPTOflex highly flexible optoelectronic conduit protective system. These small diameter flexible conduits are characterized by a metallic core manufactured from galvanized steel or stainless steel with an outer jacket of non-flame propagating PVC sheathing....

277V fuse certified to UL913 standard for use in intrinsically safe apparatus

January 17, 2014 10:28 am | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse has introduced the PICO 305 Series Intrinsically Safe Fuse, the first 277V Fuse to be certified under the latest revision of the UL 913 Safety Standard for Intrinsically Safe Apparatus and Associated Apparatus. The PICO 305 Series Fuse offers a wide range of amperage ratings, and all are encapsulated fuses....

Wireless SCADA systems keep the trains rolling

January 17, 2014 10:06 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Today’s commuter rail systems are still highly reliable, and on-time trains are the most visible evidence of that reliability. Yet, there’s a huge interconnected system of switches, substation and other equipment operating like clockwork to make...

3D printing: 2013’s biggest market disruptor

January 17, 2014 9:59 am | by Chris Fox, PD&D Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Perhaps you’ve heard: 3D printing is this astounding, brand-new technology that is taking the world by storm. Soon every household will have a 3D printer, and nobody will have to buy any physical thing at a store! Forgive my zealotry. In case you couldn’t sense the sarcasm bleeding from the screen as you read that, I don’t think anything terribly unexpected or astronomical happened....

DC-DC converters for down-hole tools reduce design time and system cost

January 17, 2014 9:39 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced the HTH27022S and HTM27092S isolated hybrid hermetic DC-DC converters for high temperature and high shock environments such as oil drilling applications and mud turbine generators. Featuring an operating case temperature of 165ºC with transient up to 175ºC and with a high nominal input voltage of 270V...

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3D printer can make a house in one day

January 16, 2014 4:09 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

It sounds like an April Fool’s Day prank, but 3D printers have come a long way since the first models starting churning out little tchotchkes.  Nowadays we’re seeing 3D-printed (and functional) hearts, hands, and now houses. Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis at the University of Southern California wants to “scale up 3D-printing to building-scale” with the project “Contour Crafting.” We’re not talking about dollhouses, here.

Technology enhances quality of CCTV video surveillance, security systems

January 16, 2014 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

DarbeeVision Inc. introduced its Reveal technology, which is presented as being able to create a profound level of image quality for security/surveillance applications. Using Reveal, available as a video processor module that installs between any HDMI source and

Programmable solenoid controller helps to reduce emissions for direct fuel injection engines

January 15, 2014 12:27 pm | Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor’s MC33816 programmable solenoid controller is designed to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency for both gasoline and diesel direct fuel injection engines. The flexible architecture is also applicable for driving dual clutch transmissions, as well as

380 VDC input bus converter modules enable high voltage DC distribution with 98 percent efficient conversion

January 15, 2014 12:09 pm | Vicor Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Vicor Corporation unveiled the first module utilizing its Converter housed in Package (ChiP) power component platform. This new ChiP bus converter module (BCM) supplies 1.2 kW at 48 V with 98 percent peak efficiency and 1880 W/in3 power density. The module is asserted to

Explosion-proof meters designed for use in demanding applications in wet or dirty environments

January 14, 2014 4:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Digital announced the Vantageview Series of NEMA 4X Field-Mounted Meters. The Vantageview Series offers the functionality and features of the company's ProtEX Series of Explosion-Proof Meters in an injection-molded plastic, NEMA 4X (IP65) enclosure. Vantageview meters are designed for use in demanding applications....

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Off-line PWM controllers features integrated power MOSFET

January 14, 2014 3:41 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduces a new family of off-line PWM controllers that incorporate both a sense MOSFET and a current mode PWM controller IC. This new series is offered by Allegro and manufactured and developed by Sanken Electric Co., Ltd. in Japan.

Explosion-proof LED wall pack light designed for indoor and outdoor use

January 14, 2014 12:57 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 240 Watt Explosion-Proof LED Wall Pack Light fixture that provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaires. The HAL-RSLED-240W is designed for indoor and outdoor use....

To curb China’s haze and air pollution, use water

January 13, 2014 1:54 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A new idea to cut back on air pollution: spray water into the atmosphere from sprinklers atop tall buildings and towers, similar to watering a garden. This suggestion comes from Shaocai Yu of Zhejiang University in China, and North Carolina State University in the US. In an article published in Springer’s journal Environmental Chemistry Letters...

Temporary manhole-mount explosion-proof LED fixture acts as convenient alternative to traditional string or tank lights

January 13, 2014 12:42 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The Larson Electronics MMLP-1MLED 150 watt Temporary Manhole Mount Light Fixture provides operators with a powerful and highly convenient alternative to traditional string or tank lights. LED technology, an innovative 21” man-way support bracket and compact design makes this lamp an excellent lighting solution....

LED luminaires enables design flexibility

January 13, 2014 12:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting announced the perfect energy efficient luminaire for messy industrial environments—Columbia Lighting’s LXEM LED Enclosed and Gasketed Fiberglass Industrial Luminaire. Built with design flexibility in mind, the LXEM is available in a wide range of lumen packages and offered in three different lengths—all in the same family.

Backplane connectors combine speed, density

January 10, 2014 10:52 am | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated recently released the Impact™ 100-Ohm backplane connector, which combines speed and density in a modular package designed for high speed applications.  The scalable Impact connector technology provides data rates up to 25 Gbps with excellent signal density up to 80 differential pairs per linear inch when using a 6-pair configuration.

Explosion proof high bay light fixture offers power and energy efficiency

January 9, 2014 9:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Larson Electronics EPLC2-HB-2X150LED-RT Explosion Proof High Bay light fixture provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries. LED technology and compact design makes this lamp an excellent replacement upgrade option for bulky and high maintenance cost older fixtures.

Cabinet designed for easy loading of wafers, PC boards, metric cards

January 9, 2014 9:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Spectroline® PC-9920A UV EPROM/Wafer Erasing System is engineered to meet high-volume production requirements. It has an operating UV intensity that is up to 60% greater than competitors’ systems, according to the company. Its nominal 254 nm irradiance of 70,000 µW/cm² over a 36 x 24 in (91.4 x 61 cm) erasing area ensures fast and complete erasure of programmed memory from every EPROM, chip or wafer — in as little as 90 seconds.

650-V green mode buck switches offer high power efficiency with system design scalability

January 8, 2014 12:02 pm | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor’s FSL306 and FSL336 650 V Green Mode AC Buck Switches offer burst-mode operation with the low available operating current (250 µA) that helps to reduce standby mode power consumption for increased energy efficiency. Power scalability from

Climate change: How does soil store CO2?

January 8, 2014 11:49 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions continue to rise – in 2012 alone, 35.7 billion tons of this greenhouse gas entered the atmosphere*. Some of this CO2 is absorbed by the oceans, plants and soil. As such, they provide a significant reservoir of carbon, stemming the release of CO2.

Liquid crystal thermography system reveals PCB and component temperatures

January 8, 2014 10:07 am | Advanced Thermal Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

The new ethermVIEW liquid crystal thermographic analysis system provides optical temperature measurements of active PCBs and components. The system uses the color response of thermochromic liquid crystals (TLC) for non-invasive thermal studies. Developed

Elastomer socket accommodates high-bandwidth 0.5mm pitch 10-pin SOIC with exposed pad

January 7, 2014 9:59 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics has recently introduced a high performance SOIC socket for 0.5-mm pitch 10-pin SOIC. The SG-SOIC-3005 socket is designed for 3 mm x 3 mm x 1 mm package size with 5-mm lead tip to tip with exposed pad on the bottom and operates at bandwidths up to 10 GHz with

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