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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…

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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.

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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…

Brushed DC motor family offers desirable configuration options

May 23, 2014 11:40 am | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Maxon’s (Fall River, MA) DCX Series brushed DC motors feature high power density and low vibration. In addition to the technical highlights, the program's appeal lies in the configuration options. Motors, gearheads and encoders may be selected and ordered online. The maxon X drives family is…

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High current, smart motor controller targets automated guided vehicles

May 23, 2014 10:33 am | Roboteq, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Roboteq (Scottsdale, AZ) introduced an intelligent controller capable of directly driving two DC motors up to 120 A each. The XDC2230 is targeted at designers of mobile robots, automatic guided vehicles (AGVs), warehouse automation systems or any other high power motor control application.

Current sense resistors are offered in 44-A, Zero Ohm and 1-W, 2010 versions

May 23, 2014 9:42 am | Koa Speer | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics (Bradford, PA) introduced two current sensing resistors, the zero Ohm SLZ  and the 1W/2012 SLW07. The high current SLZ1 jumper chip offers a rated current of 44 A in a 2512 size. The SLW07 has an enhanced high power rating of…

Explosion-proof string lights ideal for general close work and inspection activities

May 21, 2014 3:54 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial lighting specialist Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) reveals their newly designed Class 1 Division 1 explosion-proof string lights. These string lights are ideal for general close work and inspection activities in hazardous locations requiring explosion proof protection....

D/A Converter comes in FMC Format at 2.5 GSPS

May 21, 2014 10:25 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) offers a Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) in the FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) format. The high-speed DAC offers 14-bit at 2.5 Giga samples per second. The mezzanine offers 8, 16, 32 or 72 QAM for amplitude modulation.

Multi-cell battery monitors increase safety, protection for 12-V to 48-V industrial Li-ion batteries

May 20, 2014 10:57 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced what it asserts are the first scalable, multi-cell battery monitors that significantly improve battery pack safety and reduce design time of 12-V to 48-V lithium-ion and lithium-iron phosphate batteries…

Nanopower anisotropic magnetoresistive sensor ICs are presented as industry’s first

May 19, 2014 11:14 am | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell (Minneapolis, MN) introduced what it asserts are the industry’s first Nanopower Anisotropic Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs. They are said to provide the highest level of magnetic sensitivity (as low as 7 Gauss typical) while requiring nanopower (360 nA).

LED scanner delivers distance measurement over wide areas

May 19, 2014 10:50 am | Pepperl+Fuchs Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduced the Multi-Beam LED Scanner R2100, which combines the company’s Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT) with Ultra-IR LEDs and Multi-Beam Scan. This technology combination delivers two-dimensional measurement over an entire area…

PSUs in 1U package offer very high power density

May 19, 2014 10:10 am | Excelsys Technologies Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

Excelsys Technologies (Cork, Ireland) introduced its XSolo family of 1U-high, single-output switching power supply units (PSUs). The XSolo family is offered in a convection-cooled 504-W open-frame U-channel form-factor model (6.8 W/cu.in.) and an enclosed, fan-cooled chassis model that delivers…

America Semiconductor’s differentiator is go-to-market strategy

May 19, 2014 8:41 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief, ECN | Articles | Comments

In March 2014, America Semiconductor introduced a new series of standard-recovery, stud-mount rectifiers in DO8 and DO9 packages. While the new rectifiers are suited for a range of commercial, industrial, and military applications, the company’s CEO and co-founder Jeffrey Simon admits that “when it comes to product, we’re not re-inventing the wheel here”....

Impedance analyzers offer flexible frequency options

May 16, 2014 9:17 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) introduced the Agilent E4990A and E4991B impedance analyzers, designed for R&D, quality assurance and inspection engineers characterizing and evaluating passive electronic components, semiconductor devices and materials.

SiC 1200-V MOSFET boasts RDS(ON) of 25-mOhms in TO-247-3 package

May 15, 2014 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree (Durham, NC) introduced a silicon carbide (SiC) 1200-V MOSFET with an RDS(ON) of 25 mΩ in an industry standard TO-247-3 package. The C2M0025120D, is expected to be widely adopted in PV inverters, high voltage DC/DC converters, induction…

System designed for non-destructive testing and measurement of materials

May 14, 2014 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

YXLON announces the new YXLON FF20 CT and FF35 CT systems for the non-destructive testing and measurement of materials. Conventional computed tomography scanners on the market are complex systems involving sophisticated operation — even for experienced users

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