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Miniature tactile switch offers illumination and IP67 ratings

September 16, 2014 11:20 am | E-Switch | Product Releases | Comments

E-Switch (Minneapolis, MN) announced the TL6210 series tact switch, surface mount termination, miniature footprint, and sealed to IP67 ratings. It also offers illumination, with LED colors that include red, green, yellow, blue, white, and a ...

Customer support programs becoming increasingly important in SSL industry

September 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Kim Peiler, application engineering manager at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors | Blogs | Comments

It is understandable for LED system designers to need additional support as they work to determine which products are best. To help them navigate through these new complexities in system design, some optoelectronic makers have established ...

DC/DC regulators feature an input voltage range of up to 60 V

September 16, 2014 9:36 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced seven SIMPLE SWITCHER regulators that simplify wide VIN synchronous power supply design and help engineers create energy-efficient, electromagnetic interference (EMI) compliant products....

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Component reliability in the automotive industry

September 16, 2014 8:08 am | by Ed Nakauchi, Technical Consultant, Orbel Corporation | Articles | Comments

Today’s cars are incorporating more and more electronics into vehicles, from engine control units to anti-collision controls to driver information to entertainment systems that enhance the overall driving experience with Bluetooth, GPS ...

Piezo actuators feature operating life of more than 1 billion switching cycles

September 15, 2014 4:27 pm | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) announces the third generation of EPCOS piezo actuators with copper internal electrodes, which offer both improved performance and higher cost-effectiveness. These innovative actuators are characterized....

4-channel oscilloscope includes extended memory depth to 24Mpts

September 15, 2014 4:09 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has announced a new addition to their range of Rigol 4-channel DS1000Z oscilloscopes — the DS1054Z, priced at the cost of an introductory two-channel instrument, $399.00. This oscilloscope ...

This V2V technology could change driving forever

September 15, 2014 3:59 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The average American has a 25.4 minute commute to work. That doesn’t seem too bad until you consider that the average commuter spends 38 hours a year sitting in traffic. That’s a lot of bumper-to-bumper time. Recently, I had someone ask me what my hobbies were and I said, “Sitting in traffic and putting gas in my car.”

Processor features 72 tiles (cores) in the double-module, full size

September 15, 2014 1:14 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) has announced a new Tilera GX-72 Processor in the Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) form factor. The processor features 72 tiles (cores) in the double module, full-size. The AMC740 Tilera processor offers 4 x 10 GbE ports....

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System-in-package solution designed for precision-sensing in portable medical devices

September 15, 2014 12:15 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced Struix, a semi-customizable System-in-Package (SiP) solution for precision sensing and monitoring in a variety of mobile medical electronics including glucose monitors, heart rate monitors ...

Explosion-proof LED light cart equipped with new high-output lamps

September 15, 2014 11:51 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) announced the release of an updated version of their popular wheeled cart mounted explosion proof LED paint spray booth light. The EPLCD-48-2L-LED paint booth cart light is designed to provide a high-output....

What year did the "modern era" begin?

September 15, 2014 8:37 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

What year do we give for the start of our modern society? Do we go back to the start of the Industrial Revolution or some later date? Before I answer that question, I first want to define the differences between past societies and our own....

ECN Time Warp: December 2002

September 15, 2014 8:33 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Some old covers of ECN Magazine have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years. This week’s cover goes back to December 2002. That month, a federal judge ordered Microsoft ...

Why I’m not buying the Apple Watch (my beef with redundant functionality)

September 12, 2014 3:37 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Apple Watch is redundant functionality, kitschy, overpriced, and everyone will buy it. Seriously, I could marshal a wealth of facts and present a detailed analysis (and I will) of the watch’s functionality, but a broad swath of consumers ...

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Compact servo drive features up to 1000 W of motor power

September 12, 2014 1:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SXD 15 is the first in a new series of economical advanced digital servo drives from Allied Motion (Amherst, NY). This compact, modular unit can drive a DC brush, DC brushless or AC brushless motor requiring up to 1 kW of power....

Spectrum analyzers provide coverage up to 7.5 GHz

September 12, 2014 11:29 am | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company Inc. (Fairport, NY) announces the Rigol DSA800 Spectrum Analyzers Series that extends coverage up to 7.5 GHz. The DSA832 and DSA875 expand this spectrum analyzer family to 3.2 and 7.5 GHz, respectively....

High-performance GPS front-end modules target smartphones

September 12, 2014 11:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Tokyo, Japan) announced two EPCOS front-end modules for satellite navigation systems that enable the coexistence of cellular, WLAN, Bluetooth and satellite navigation services on the same antenna.

Fast-acting chip fuse CCF1F rated to 15 amps

September 12, 2014 10:56 am | Koa Speer Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics, Inc. (Bradford, PA) introduces its new fast-acting chip fuse, CCF1F, with a rated current of up to 15 amps. Due to the original chip fuse technology, this fast-acting chip fuse provides over-current protection....

Engineering Newswire: Boeing's laser targets mortars, UAVs

September 12, 2014 10:11 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The HEL MD is the first mobile, high-energy laser, counter rocket, artillery and mortar platform to be built and demonstrated by the U.S. Army. The laser itself is idea for tactical missions because it is lightweight and compact, allowing it ...

The new backup imperative for manufacturers in the digital era

September 12, 2014 10:04 am | by Chris Grossman, Senior Vice President Enterprise Applications, Rand Secure Data | Blogs | Comments

The impact of the digital age in manufacturing and manufacturing design has driven the creation of electronically stored information (ESI) to never before seen levels. Just a few of the areas seeing a major increase in storage requirements include....

Flange-reaction torque sensor includes high-torsional stiffness and compact size

September 12, 2014 9:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

SensorData Technologies (Shelby Township, MI) has announced the global market introduction of its Model T120 Flange Reaction Torque Sensor. Special features of the Model T120 include “best in class” high torsional stiffness....

Millimeter-wave right-angle RF adapters available up to 50 GHz

September 12, 2014 9:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairview Microwave Inc. (Allen, TX) releases an expanded family of high-frequency right-angle adapters, widely used in the military and commercial sectors for communications and cellular applications. Right-angle adapters are ...

Optimizing engineering change control

September 12, 2014 8:54 am | by Ron Rapczynski, Quality Control, NK Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Managing changes to products and/or processes has been, and will always continue to be, a challenge for companies. There are many reasons for this. In order to fully and effectively implement a change often involves the coordination....

IoT, robotic manufacturing, & the end of the world

September 12, 2014 8:48 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence....

Why I'll be buying an Apple Watch

September 12, 2014 8:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Technologically-advanced watches are a hard sell on a few levels. They’re generally poorly designed aesthetically and functionally, they’re way too expensive, they don’t look good on the wrist, and they don’t really do anything. I was all prepared to hate the Apple watch....

LED low bay light produces up to 3200 lumens

September 11, 2014 4:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GlacialLight, the lighting division of GlacialTech Inc. (Taipei, Taiwan), introduces the newest model in its Arcturus Bay Light series. The GL-BL30 is a durable LED low bay light that uses 30W of electricity to produce up to 3200 lumens....

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