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Bluetooth Smart beacon offers long range, flexibility, security

June 25, 2014 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EM Microelectronic (Marin, Switzerland) introduced the COiN Bluetooth beacon. It can be deployed anywhere iBeacon technology is used, but which also supports wireless sensor networking and many other applications over Bluetooth Smart…

Module adds sensing intelligence to finished products

June 25, 2014 12:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

LeddarTech (Quebec City, Canada) announced the release of its Leddar One Sensing Module, an LED-based sensing solution that brings valuable sensing intelligence to a range of finished products. This single-element sensing module is suitable for…

Seven-channel, NMOS low-side driver targets high-voltage systems

June 25, 2014 11:15 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced what it asserts is the industry’s first seven-channel, NMOS low-side driver. The TPL7407L is positioned to replace half of the transistor arrays required to drive high current loads, providing a new option for high voltage systems.

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Fanless quad-core embedded PC features extended temperature operation

June 25, 2014 10:50 am | Winsystems | Product Releases | Comments

WinSystems (Arlington, TX) is introducing a fanless quad-core Intel AtomE3845 based industrial computer. The SYS-405Q includes USB, dual Ethernet, mini-PCIe and serial ports housed in a rigid aluminum alloy enclosure.

Module integrates a BLE 4.1 stack for use with or without a host MCU

June 25, 2014 10:26 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced its first Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy module.  The RN4020 builds on the Company’s Bluetooth Classic experience and carries both worldwide regulatory certifications and is Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) certified. 

Smart Systems Integration Conference

June 24, 2014 4:59 pm | Events

Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH has announced that the Smart Systems Integration Conference and Exhibition will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 11 – 12 March 2015. It is the international communication platform for research institutes and manufacturers to exchange know-how on smart systems integration and to create a basis for successful research cooperations.

Phase-control stud-style thyristors offer current-handling capability to 25 Amps

June 24, 2014 4:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Announced today by America Semiconductor, LLC (Linden, NJ) is the 25RIA Series of medium-power, phase-control thyristors. The single-phase Silicon Controlled Rectifiers (SCR) are supplied in a standard TO-48 package with a current handling capability to 25 Amps....

USB 3.0 in surveillance and machine vision cameras

June 24, 2014 3:53 pm | by Abhishek Gupta & Saranjit Gupta, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. | Articles | Comments

USB 3.0 is becoming one of the most promising interfaces for camera-based commercial applications as well as industrial and medical imaging. All of the leading camera manufacturers in the vision and imaging market, including Basler, Ximea, IDS Imaging, and Lumenera, have introduced USB 3.0-based cameras....

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Magnetic position sensors enable very high accuracy at high rotation speeds

June 23, 2014 11:16 am | Ams-Taos Usa Inc | Product Releases | Comments

ams AG (Unterpremstaetten, Austria) introduced a new series of magnetic position sensors featuring a breakthrough technology capable of producing extremely accurate angle measurements of rotors spinning at high speed.

Power supply series extends to 650V output

June 23, 2014 10:29 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Neptune, NJ) announces the introduction of high voltage models to TDK-Lambda’s Z+ series of 200W and 400W programmable DC power supplies. The series is now available with output voltages of up to 160, 320 or 650VDC, extending the line-up from 100VDC maximum....

Engineering Update #63: Boeing's newest space ship

June 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On June 9th, Boeing unveiled its CST-100 commercial space taxi. The company’s main goal is to restart the U.S. ability to get to the ISS and beyond without spending 60 million for a seat on a Russian soyez. The company is referring to this capsule as a “space taxi” due to its simplicity and cost effectiveness....

Semi-shielded power inductor series targets DC/DC converter power management applications

June 19, 2014 9:09 am | Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns, Inc. (Riverside, CA) announced a new series of semi-shielded power inductors.  The semi-shielded SRN model series combines the features of non-shielded and shielded inductors, making them suitable for use in DC/DC converters.

AEC-Q101-Qualified proximity and ambient light sensor is fully integrated

June 18, 2014 8:17 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

A new AEC-Q101-qualified, fully integrated proximity and ambient light optical sensor with an operating temperature range to +105°C was announced by the Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.

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Energy storage systems perform under extreme environmental conditions

June 18, 2014 7:46 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) announced the New SCS family of air or liquid cooled energy storage solutions for mission critical or remote location requirements that need to perform under extreme environmental conditions in…

Magneto-resistive position sensors in DFN package help simplify PCB assembly

June 18, 2014 11:14 am | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties (Hampton, VA) has expanded its magneto-resistive (MR) product offering with a line of accurate, low power position sensors housed in a compact DFN package. The KMXP Series can be easily soldered to a PCB via automated standard assembly methods.

Security device protects PLC controllers

June 17, 2014 6:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MB Connect Line (Ilsfeld, Germany) presents the mbSECBOX as a new security solution for PLC controllers. This device detects malware similar to STUXNET and other possible threats on the S7 Controllers. After a threat is found, the mbSECBOX will…

Quad Core x86 smart camera is said to be industry’s first

June 17, 2014 2:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the release of its x86 smart camera, NEON-1040, featuring the quad core Intel Atom processor E3845 1.9 GHz, 2048 x 2048 pixels at 60 fps 1” monochrome CMOS global shutter image sensor and PWM lighting control support.

Optimizing CAN node bit timing to accommodate digital isolator propagation delays

June 17, 2014 12:25 pm | by Dr. Conal Watterson, Sr. Applications Engineer, Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

Controller Area Network (CAN), standardized under ISO 11898, is widely used in industrial and automotive applications. CAN protocols such as DeviceNet or CANOpen rely on the built-in error checking and differential signaling. Galvanic isolation can further enhance robustness....

Small, 1-A and 4-A buck-boost regulators extend battery life in tight spaces

June 17, 2014 12:00 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) (Dallas, TX) introduced what it asserts are the industry’s smallest and highest performance 1-A and 4-A buck-boost regulators. Designed to extend battery life in Li-Ion battery-powered designs ranging from…

Configurable, flexible data converter can replace 20 discrete chips

June 17, 2014 10:48 am | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products’ San Jose, CA) MAX11300 allows engineers to mix and match 20 ADCs, 20 DACs or 20 High voltage digital I/O pins in any order. This configurable 20-channel, -10-V to +10-V high-voltage mixed-signal data converter is suited for…

Slot machines get personal

June 13, 2014 7:09 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Playing a slot machine is more than just pulling the arm or pressing a button. Today’s slot machine manufacturers are incorporating more immersive, interactive features such as vivid, 4K displays with high-end graphics and animation, games based on tie-ins with popular entertainment brands from movies to game shows ...

Com exCu: Industrial wireless

June 12, 2014 3:46 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Like general-purpose computational resources in commercial enterprises, factory automation systems have evolved from highly centralized structures with fixed peripheral connections to flexible models with distributed intelligence and networked I/O nodes. In the factory environment, networking and distributed intelligence increased resource availability....

Pressurized connectors meet IP68 standard without using internal o-rings

June 12, 2014 2:18 pm | San-Tron, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

San-tron, Inc. (Ipswich, MA) announced the release of its new, pSeries pressurized connectors which provide low-loss, high-stability performance through 30 GHz at +/-65 psi. These pressurized connectors, which meet the IP68 standard, feature…

Processors target industrial imaging, audio and automotive applications

June 12, 2014 11:15 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) introduced the ADSP-BF70x Blackfin processor family that provides 800 MMACS of processing power at less than 100 mW. The eight-member family includes up to 1 MB of internal SRAM, eliminating…

1200-V IGBTs promise long life, energy savings

June 12, 2014 10:37 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics’ (Geneva) latest 1200-V IGBTs use second-generation trench-gate field-stop high-speed technology to boost energy efficiency and ruggedness in applications such as solar inverters, welders, uninterruptible power supplies, and…

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