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ECN Time Warp: May 1999

September 8, 2014 12:18 pm | 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 May 1999. That month, a major change in the way we communicate was born with the announcement of Bluetooth 1.0....

Engineering Update: Behind the Scenes

September 8, 2014 11:47 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The ECN crew puts a lot of work into the Engineering Update, and in honor of the upcoming 75th episode, they’ve prepared a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of the brand’s premier video series. First up is the creative brainstorming process....

Bluetooth wireless MCU designed for industrial and lighting applications

September 8, 2014 11:05 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) announced the SimpleLink Bluetooth low-energy CC2540T, a highly-reliable, low-power wireless microcontroller (MCU) that offers an extended temperature range of -40°C to 125°C and USB connectivity for industrial applications....

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What‘s the biggest challenge for designers as handheld devices become smaller?

September 8, 2014 10:41 am | Articles | Comments

As handheld devices become smaller, designers will continue to face the challenge of adding additional capabilities to these devices while staying within very tight power budgets.  In consumer products such as smart phones and tablets ...

PCB assembly kit includes 5 pre-selected profiles digitally displayed

September 8, 2014 9:45 am | Beta Layout Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

Beta LAYOUT LTD (Vacaville, CA) has developed a cost-effective PCB Assembly kit enabling the PCB designer, Universities, labs & home hobbyists to hand assemble SMD components utilizing a home appliance, the toaster oven. For less than $406, any small space ...

Safety relay series features a total of 6 contacts

September 8, 2014 9:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

American Electronic Components Incorporated (Elkhart, IN) introduces the Elesta Relays forcibly guided contact PCB safety relay SIP512 series, with a total of 6 contacts. Two of these (1NC + 1NO) are designed as control contacts for a maximum load of AC1 250V 6A....

Could the new iPhone kill credit cards for good?

September 8, 2014 8:10 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Experts are predicting that the highly anticipated iPhone 6 will include an internal NFC chip that will make the device scannable at checkout counters everywhere. The idea of no longer fishing through your wallet or sorting through ...  

Radar systems of the future

September 5, 2014 1:19 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The United States Navy is generally regarded as invulnerable to defeat at sea thanks to its formidable fleet and electronic warfare capabilities. Still, one enemy tactic that can potentially make some high-value targets such as aircraft carriers vulnerable is a barrage of incoming missiles....

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New materials technology delivers high reliability capacitors for aerospace applications

September 5, 2014 12:16 pm | by Ron Demcko, AVX Fellow | Articles | Comments

The high performance electronics systems used in aerospace applications are rapidly improving in terms of processing power, complexity, and reliability, which—although ideal on a system level—often presents a challenge for passive components. System improvements ...

Engineering Newswire 106: DOE wants to know if we live in a hologram

September 5, 2014 9:03 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The US Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has started collecting data to determine whether or not we live in a hologram. The researchers plan to take data to the ultimate degree, as they attempt to find a single pixel of our space....

Hardware and software solution slashes development time for advanced displays

September 5, 2014 8:55 am | Lascar Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Lascar Electronics (Erie, PA) has launched PanelPilotACE, a new hardware and software display platform that enables the rapid development of fully customized industrial and commercial user interfaces and panel meters. PanelPilotACE’s combination of a multifunctional touch-screen ...

AC-DC power modules meet protection class II

September 4, 2014 4:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. (Wrentham, MA) announces the addition of the TMM Series of medical approved AC-DC power modules that meet protection class II and are ideally suited for patient vicinity applications. The TMM Series offers three power classes....

Phase-adjustable connector accommodates frequency ranges up to 18 GHz

September 4, 2014 3:41 pm | Coaxial Components Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Coaxial Components Corp. (Stuart, FL) has just announced its next generation of the phase-adjustable connector for RG405, the 3993-3.  With the newly released high-performance 3993-3, Coaxicom has enhanced the direct solder versions of the phase adjustable connector....

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300W 1/8th-brick DC-DC converter features digital control

September 4, 2014 3:29 pm | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (San Diego, CA) announces the introduction of the 300W TDK-Lambda iEH series of isolated DC-DC converters. Featuring digital non-linear adaptive control, these converters provide better dynamic performance, improved system stability ...

Engineering Update 74: Supersonic submarines could travel at speed of sound

September 4, 2014 2:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Modern nuclear submarines are capable of travelling over 25 knots (or 29 mph), and believe it or not, but underwater vessels used to travel much slower than this. But researchers at the Harbin Institute of Technology's Complex Flow and Heat Transfer Lab have demonstrated the ability....

Discrete-to-digital sensor includes eight programmable sense channels

September 4, 2014 1:11 pm | Holt Integrated Circuits | Product Releases | Comments

Holt Integrated Circuits (Mission Viejo, CA) announced a new discrete-to-digital sensor IC. The HI-8428 has eight programmable sense channels, which may be individually configured as GND/Open or Supply/Open (28V/Open) sensors.  The HI-8428 is compliant with Airbus ABD0100H....

The US and China hold close to half of the world’s planned PV projects

September 4, 2014 12:30 pm | by Josefin Berg – Senior Analyst Solar Research, IHS | Ihs | News | Comments

The global pipeline of PV projects now stands at 132 GW of which 10 GW are under construction, according to the PV Project Database published on a monthly basis by IHS Technology. The US and China together hold close to half of the world’s planned PV projects.

Combined plastic-aluminum enclosures feature a high quality surface finish

September 4, 2014 11:10 am | Okw Enclosures | Product Releases | Comments

OKW has launched its SYNERGY electronic enclosures range which features both plastic and aluminum for added strength and versatility. This range of 36 individual enclosures presents a very high quality surface finish. The elegant design is appropriate for:

High-voltage metal film resistors suit harsh environments

September 4, 2014 10:43 am | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole's RNV Series uses proprietary manufacturing processes and materials to provide a robust product that performs under prolonged high temperature and high humidity stress. It can withstand ...

Power supply provides universal AC input from 100V to 240V

September 4, 2014 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

GlacialPower (New Taipei City, Taiwan) announces the newest addition to its DALI product lineup — the GP-DP004N-16V. A DALI power supply outputting 200mA, the GP-DP004N is enough for a full 64 device DALI network. Compatible with DALI standard IEC62386 ...

Low-profile button-type lens assemblies intended for heavy duty panel solutions

September 3, 2014 4:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) has strengthened its LED lens product offering with the development of NEMA 4-rated, low-profile button type lens assemblies. The CMS 442 and HMS 462 Series lens assemblies have been designed not only to meet the needs of all indoor indication lighting applications....

Industry’s first haptic + Bluetooth kit enables easy tactile feedback

September 3, 2014 3:10 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced the industry’s first wireless haptic development kit, providing system designers with a fast and convenient way to prototype eccentric rotating mass (ERM) motor and linear resonant actuator (LRA) haptic effects....

3-axis RF meter suitable for both field and lab use

September 3, 2014 2:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Anaheim Scientific (Yorba Linda, CA) releases the second product in the new E-Series of Electromagnetic Meters, the E200 3-Axis RF Field Strength Meter. This meter is designed for measuring and monitoring radio-frequency electromagnetic field strengths....

The advanced materials revolution

September 3, 2014 2:33 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Blogs | Comments

The invention of advanced materials is an area where the U.S. has not only been dominant, but has led the world through out the twentieth century. The creation of advanced materials has launched entirely new industries. Here are just a few of materials created by the U.S....

4th generation Intel processor provides exceptional computing in new Aitech rugged 6U VME SBC

September 3, 2014 2:14 pm | Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems (Chatsworth, CA) now offers the C163, a rugged 6U VME SBC based on the 4th generation Intel Core i7 (Haswell) processor family. Based on the latest Intel, 4th generation Core i5 or Core i7 Haswell multicore processors ...

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