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DC/DC controller capable of delivering up to 50A output current

March 13, 2014 11:27 am | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel (San Jose, CA) announced that it would be previewing the MIC2111 DC/DC multi-mode controller at the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC 2014. The industry conference will be held March 16-20, at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Thin film filter suppresses common mode and radiation noise

March 13, 2014 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Viking Tech Corporation (Irvine, CA) announces the CMF Series  CMF for “High Speed” and “Ultra High Speed” Differential Signal Lines. For suppressing common mode and radiation noise in differential signal interfaces, the CMF uses a large bandwidth that will not affect the transmission of differential signals.

Integrated connector module designed for 10 gigabit server, router, and storage applications

March 13, 2014 10:36 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) introduces the JT3-1101HL ultra-low profile offset and halogen free 10GBASE-T (10 Gbit/s Ethernet over unshielded twisted-pair) RJ45 integrated connector module (ICM) for server, router, and storage applications.

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Engineering Update Episode 49: The UK's newest UAV

March 13, 2014 9:34 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Welcome to the Engineering Update. In this week's episode: The UKs newest UAV: UK Ministry of Defence recently announced a Release to Service for their own UAV, the WatchKeeper WK450. Robots playing ping pong: UHTTR-1 robotic arm plays one mean game of table tennis.

Ridiculous uses for ridiculous gadgets

March 13, 2014 8:54 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

I recently showed you some outlandish gadgets people are buying. Now I'm back to show you what people are using their ridiculous gadgets for: 1. Robot-penned papers 2. Laser-printed tacos 3. Air hockey robot 4. USB pet rock 5. HAPIfork 6. Internet tasting electrode 7. iBreathalyzer 8. QuantumVET 9. Isophone 10. iPad surgery.

Contactors suit solar applications to 1500 VDC

March 12, 2014 3:19 pm | Gigavac | Product Releases | Comments

GIGAVAC (Santa Barbara, CA) announced two additions to its High Voltage Contactor line of advanced switching solutions.  The HX21 and HX200 join the HX22 as the smallest UL508 recognized contactors for high current switching at 1000 VDC, according to the company. The series can

Oscilloscope offers powerful analysis tools at bandwidths from 200 MHz to 1 GHz, powerful analysis tools

March 12, 2014 2:32 pm | Rohde & Schwarz | Product Releases | Comments

The new R&S RTE from Rohde & Schwarz (Munich) is available with bandwidths from 200 MHz to 1 GHz. An acquisition rate of more than one million waveforms per second helps users find signal faults quickly. The scope's accurate digital trigger system with virtually no trigger jitter is

This steering wheel accessory lets you surf the web (and kill pedestrians) while driving

March 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

We all like to text our friends, write memos, watch movies, and change diapers while behind the wheel, but how do we do so ergonomically? The AutoExec Wheelmate Work Tray allows you to be productive, keep your eyes off the road, and do so efficiently.

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Multicore processors integrate OpenFlow-compatible software for SDN applications

March 12, 2014 10:54 am | Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor (Austin, TX) introduced new VortiQa SDN solutions, which include VortiQa open network (ON) director and switch software, optimized to run on current and future generation Freescale QorIQ multicore communications processors. The software comes with

SDN-based gateway router enables network connections on demand

March 12, 2014 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spark Integration Technologies, Inc. (Vancouver, BC) announced the release of version 4 of its Distrix Gateway Router. Based on open software-defined network (SDN) technology, Distrix 4 adds an array of features that extend the software's ability to dynamically create

Real-time processing drives head-up display advances in cars

March 12, 2014 10:27 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Today’s automobile driver receives an overwhelming amount of information pertaining to the safe operation of their car like no time before. Whether it’s a GPS system mapping out precise directions from point a to point b with countless detours along the way, rendering the old paper map to history...

This personal drone shocks intruders with 80,000 volts

March 12, 2014 8:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Who needs a gun when you have CUPID? And by Cupid, I don’t mean that fat cherub that comes out around February 14th to shoot people with arrows — though the shooting part isn’t that far off. This CUPID, which stands for Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone, is actually a personal security safety UAV.

Designing touchscreens with true glove functionality

March 12, 2014 8:43 am | by Chitiz Mathema, Product Marketing Engineer, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. | Cypress | Articles | Comments

Most capacitive touchscreens simply do not work with gloves. Glove material is generally non-conductive and the material dielectric properties are closer to that of air. One method for getting gloves to work with capacitive touchscreens is to increase the sensitivity of the touchscreen.

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Cable assemblies support 64 fibers and accommodate up to 25 Gbps per channel

March 11, 2014 4:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) has announced its plans to release MXC fiber cable assemblies later this year. This new product line will support 64 fibers and accommodate up to 25 Gbps per channel, allowing for aggregate data transfers of 1.6 Tbps.

Miniature, digital sensor measures current up to +/-50 A

March 11, 2014 3:29 pm | Infineon | Product Releases | Comments

Infineon Technologies AG (Neubiberg, Germany) is launching a high-precision current sensor, which requires only a sixth of the board space taken up by existing sensors on the market today, according to the company. Using the TLI4970, it is possible to measure

Salt detectors block interfering radiation

March 11, 2014 2:54 pm | Calsensors | Product Releases | Comments

Cal Sensors (Santa Rosa, CA) launched a new line of single channel detectors (SCD) that block unwanted radiation below 1.2 microns. Exploiting the innate transmission bandwidth of Silicon, the new SCD-Si detectors are packaged with anti-reflection Silicon windows to block

The 10 most outlandish gadgets

March 11, 2014 12:37 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Most tech gadgets are nothing short of miraculous. But I think these are nothing short of ridiculous. 1. Wake'n Bacon, 2. Caffeine Machine, 3. Solar Hat, 4. Magic Wand Remote, 5. BeerPager, 6. iTypewriter, 7. WheelMate, 8. Spy Pen, 9. Text Message Chandelier, 10. iSmell.

Asia set to surpass the American market for machine-safety components

March 11, 2014 12:26 pm | by Tom Moore, IHS, Inc. | News | Comments

The world market for discrete machine-safety components was estimated to be worth $3.4 billion in 2012. The American market accounted for 21% and Asia 20%. The remaining 59% of 2012 revenues were accounted for by sales in EMEA. Overall industrial growth in Asia is higher than that of the American market, as has been the case for a number of years. Machine-safety in Asia is also

Why it’s time for a useful Internet of Things

March 11, 2014 11:41 am | by Matthias Poppel, Chief Operation Officer, EnOcean | Blogs | Comments

It was one of the hot trends at CES show: Communicating devices and objects. There were a toothbrush, a fridge, or even a garbage can that send information to the smart phone. It shows two things: First, there are many technical possibilities today to realize the Internet of Things.

Development kit aids in the development of motor-control applications

March 11, 2014 10:27 am | Zilog | Product Releases | Comments

Zilog (Milpitas, CA) introduces its new MultiMotor Series Development Kit to aid in the development of motor-control applications using an assortment of Zilog MCUs designed specifically for motor control environments. Zilog’s Z16FMC MCU-based MultiMotor Series Development Kit...

Quartz-based oscillators designed for networking and storage applications

March 11, 2014 10:19 am | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces application and sales support for high-frequency oscillators and VCXOs to 1500MHz. These quartz-based, differential, and PECL oscillators are targeted to networking and storage applications where fast delivery (less than one week) and high performance are required.

Snap-action microswitches comply with UL61058

March 11, 2014 10:12 am | Microprecision Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microprecision Electronics SA (Vouvry, Switzerland) is announcing a new certification “UL 61058” for its snap-action microswitches. UL introduced the new norm to test appliance switches (previously under UL1054). By mid-2015, new products have to comply to UL61058.

X-Ray inspection techniques to identify counterfeit electronic components

March 11, 2014 9:07 am | by Dr. Bill Cardoso, Dr. Glen Thomas, Brian Wagner, Creative Electron, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The success of our global economy relies on the free flow of information and products across multiple geographical boundaries. In a networked society, markets transcend political borders to reach every corner of the globe. With such connectivity come serious challenges....

Let’s shelve legislation for smart phone tracking in stores – for now

March 10, 2014 5:00 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

There’s nothing new about being tracked online. Most Internet users have come to realize that’s the price they pay for free content and services online. But many people do not realize retailers like department stores and big box stores can track a customer’s movements via their cell phones.

High-speed CMOS DDR2 SDRAMs are offered with 512-Mb and 1-Gb densities

March 10, 2014 3:45 pm | Alliance Memory, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Memory (San Carlos, CA) introduced a new line of high-speed CMOS double data rate 2 synchronous DRAMs (DDR2 SDRAM) with densities of 512 Mb (AS4C32M16D2) and 1 Gb (AS4C64M16D2, AS4C128M8D2) in

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