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This floating turbine solves all the wind energy problems

April 3, 2014 4:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I am one of those people who thinks wind turbines are pretty cool-looking. When there was talk of putting them on the Jersey Shore off the beach at Atlantic City, I thought that was a pretty good idea. Alas, the idea was never pursued because they were considered an eyesore.

35-nA RTC integrates solid state battery

April 3, 2014 1:45 am | Cymbet Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Cymbet Corporation (Elk River, MN) announced the commercial release of the EnerChip RTC product family that combines an ultra-low power real time clock with a rechargeable solid state battery and power management IC in a single 5-mm x 5-mm plastic package....

802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) module is presented as world’s smallest, most integrated

April 2, 2014 1:38 pm | eConais, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Econais Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the EC19W01, positioned as the world’s smallest, smartest and most integrated 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) module. The EC19W01 offers low power drain and features

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Ethernet switches include integrated PROFINET I/O stack

April 2, 2014 1:18 pm | Harting, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

HARTING’s (Elgin, IL) two newest, fully managed Ethernet switches — the Ha-VIS mCon 3000 Next Generation — have been optimized for fast deployment in the harshest industrial environments to support today’s increasingly sophisticated network structures....

Industrial-grade embedded computers feature Intel Multi-Core Atom E3800 processors

April 2, 2014 2:10 am | Winsystems | Product Releases | Comments

WinSystems (Arlington, TX) introduced a line of multi-core Intel Atom E3800 embedded computers designed to operate from -40°C to +85°C. The SBC35-CC405 Series of embedded PCs include onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet, serial ports, and...

EBX computer board family adds a dual-core Intel Core i3 and a Celeron-based products

April 2, 2014 1:55 am | Versalogic Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

VersaLogic Corp. (Tualatin, OR) announced the release of two new models in its “Copperhead” line. The new offerings include a dual-core Intel Core i3 product, and a Celeron-based product. The models are positioned to provide both lower cost...

8-bit MCU family includes intelligent analog and core independent peripherals

April 2, 2014 1:35 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology’s (Chandler, AZ) PIC16(L)F170X and PIC16(L)F171X family of 8-bit MCUs combine intelligent analog and core independent peripherals along with cost-effective pricing and the company’s eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology....

Step-down DC/DC converter includes 60V transient protection

April 1, 2014 2:04 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LT3667, a 400mA, 40V step-down switching regulator with dual LDO outputs packaged in a 3mm x 5mm QFN or MSOP-16E. The LT3667 offers a highly compact, triple output solution for automotive and industrial applications....

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Explosion-proof work light outputs 12,500 lumens

March 31, 2014 2:03 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) announces the release of a 150 watt Class 2 Division 1 explosion proof LED light mounted on a non-sparking aluminum base. The EPLC2-PM-150LED-100 explosion proof LED light can illuminate up to 10,000 square feet of work space....

Power amplifiers feature gain flatness from 0.50 dB to 1.0 dB

March 31, 2014 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises (Irvine, CA) introduces a new family of coaxial X band high-gain power amplifiers. These RF amplifiers are typically used as driver amplifiers or high-power output amplifiers in a wide variety of commercial, industrial, and military applications....

IP67 box enclosure seals out water and dust in extreme conditions

March 27, 2014 3:34 pm | Bud Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bud Industries (Cleveland, OH) has introduced its PIP Series IP67 box, which provides waterproof protection of electronics for approximately 10% less than competing enclosures. The new enclosure is made from a material that offers improved rigidity and tighter tolerances....

Temperature-compensated crystal oscillators include accuracy to +/-.5ppm or better

March 26, 2014 4:52 pm | Precision Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Devices Inc. (Middleton, WI) has announced a major expansion of its TCXO (Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator) product line. These new products target applications where available circuit board space is at a premium or products that require excellent long term precision....

Flexible light pipes rated to IP67 and NEMA 6P

March 26, 2014 4:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) provides design flexibility in new installations and retrofit/replacement applications with its FLX44 Series light pipe. Part of the Flexfire light pipe family, the FLX44 Series offers a 0.313” (7.95mm) panel opening threaded lens and IP67 / NEMA 6P ratings for harsh environments....

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Surface-mountable device capable of handling up to 4 watts

March 26, 2014 2:30 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The SM Series from Stackpole Electronics (Raleigh NC) offers a robust wirewound product in a surface-mountable device capable of handling up to 4 watts in a single part. Some applications require power handling of at least 2 watts, but design engineers have concerns about parts cracking....

10 watt LED hazardous location light includes a day/night sensor and manual on/off switch

March 26, 2014 2:20 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has released a solar-powered, explosion-proof LED light fixture with an optional strobe or steady burn configuration. This explosion-proof LED light and solar panel combination includes a day/night sensor, manual on/off switch, and a motion sensor....

AC/DC power supplies feature wide operating temperature for heavy industry

March 25, 2014 11:17 am | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) announced 500-W and 600-W models for its TER family of 250-W to 1500-W low profile, AC/DC power supplies. The new TER-500LP and TER-600LP models are uniquely sealed in a heat conducting potting material and feature

This giant crab robot is straight out of your nightmares

March 25, 2014 10:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Picture the most horrifying crustaceans on planet Earth (or Science Fiction), toss in some H.G. Lovecraft, and you’ve got the Crabster CR200 autonomous underwater vehicle — the creepiest robot since that female droid from Metropolis (but without the sex appeal and with a healthy dose of *%^& your pants)....

ADCs are hermetically sealed

March 25, 2014 10:00 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The DATEL Business Unit of Murata Power Solutions (Mansfield, MA) has introduced its ADS-1011 series of analog-to-digital converters with 10-bit resolution and are housed in a 24-pin LCC hermetically sealed ceramic package. Each unit features

Scientists develop world’s first light-activated antimicrobial surface that also works in the dark

March 24, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at UCL have developed a new antibacterial material which has potential for cutting hospital acquired infections. The combination of two simple dyes with nanoscopic particles of gold is deadly to bacteria when activated by light - even under modest indoor lighting....

40-V to 100-V MOSFETs suit high-current motor control and power designs

March 24, 2014 12:06 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced 14 power MOSFETs in TO-220 and SON packages that support input voltages from 40 V to 100 V. The high-efficiency NexFETs include 40-V, 60-V, 80-V and 100-V N-channel devices that provide

Flexible-boot cable assemblies support low profile installations

March 21, 2014 4:07 pm | Molex | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduces FlexiBend MPO/MTP* flexible-boot cable assemblies designed to optimize cable routing and support low profile installations where cabinet doors or front panels might interfere with traditional straight style bend limiting boots....

Current-sensing IC boosts overall system efficiency

March 21, 2014 11:51 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of the robust IR25750 general-purpose current-sensing IC available in an ultra-compact SOT23-5L package that boosts overall system efficiency while delivering dramatic space savings....

Latching connectors target high shock and vibration applications

March 21, 2014 9:56 am | Omnetics Connector Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Omnetics Connector Corporation (Minneapolis, MN) announced its latching Micro-D connector can be mated or un-mated without the need for a screwdriver or hand tools. Built to meet or exceed the testing specified in MIL-DTL-83513 specifications, the small...

Enclosures accommodate DIN rail mounted electronics

March 21, 2014 9:20 am | Hitaltech USA | Product Releases | Comments

Hitaltech (Valley Cottage, NY) introduced the latest addition to Italtronic’s DIN Rail mounted enclosure ‘Railbox’ range, the RAILBOX COMPACT, suitable for electronic applications mounted on a DIN Rail (EN 60715). Four sizes are available

Load switch offers low on-resistance and 4-A maximum continuous current

March 20, 2014 12:00 pm | Advanced Power Electronics Corp. USA | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics Corp. (San Jose, CA) launched a small load switch with controlled turn on and very low on-resistance. The APE8937-HF-3 load switch contains one N-channel MOSFET that can

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