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Engineering service portal supports LED design projects

May 22, 2014 9:46 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors' Premium Application Support Services is a a service portal that gives its commercial customers access to application engineering expertise, resources and lab services to support LED lighting design projects of all sizes, at any point in the design cycle.

Light UAVs serve both military and civilian missions

May 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Modern weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) made headlines in the United States after the first remotely executed air-to-ground missile strike in Afghanistan’s Paktia province in February 2002. Seemingly more mundane, and thus, less covered by the popular press, are the many observational and communication applications....

Improving battery life for wearable electronics

May 22, 2014 8:32 am | by Yogesh Ramadass, Design Engineer, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

The wearable electronics market is seeing a tremendous growth with a variety of products ranging from smart watches and medical patches to fitness monitors being introduced by multiple companies. The dimensional constraints of these devices give special meaning to the ever-present concerns of battery life....

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IGBT and rectifier diode modules combine high operating efficiency with wide choice of package designs

May 21, 2014 4:28 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse (Chicago, IL) has added two products to its power control semiconductor line. The new Half-Bridge Circuit IGBT Modules, available in industry-standard S, D, or WD packages with ratings up to 1200V and 600A, offer the high efficiency and fast switching speeds of modern IGBT technology....

Explosion-proof string lights ideal for general close work and inspection activities

May 21, 2014 3:54 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial lighting specialist Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) reveals their newly designed Class 1 Division 1 explosion-proof string lights. These string lights are ideal for general close work and inspection activities in hazardous locations requiring explosion proof protection....

Thin-film surface-mount resistor series expanded to 11 standard sizes

May 21, 2014 3:43 pm | Rcd Components, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

RCD Components (Manchester, NH) announced a breakthrough in their thin-film surface-mount resistor offering. The popular “BLU-chip” series has been expanded to 11 standard sizes from .02”X.01” to .40”X.25”, with temperature coefficients not before available in a thin film surface mount to as tight as 1ppm....

OLED display includes total power consumption of 0.5 to 1W

May 21, 2014 3:42 pm | Microtips Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Microtips Technology (Orlando, FL) announces their new 256x64 OLED display. These low-cost, passive-matrix, OLED display modules make a great option for many applications, especially small-size LCDs. With a total power consumption of 0.5 to 1W, this OLED display can be used for handheld and battery operated applications....

TVS diodes provide necessary bidirectional port protection

May 21, 2014 3:25 pm | Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns, Inc. (Riverside, CA) further expanded its comprehensive line of high-power TVS (PTVS) diodes with a new high current bidirectional TVS diode offered in an SMD package. Designated the Bourns Models PTVS10-058C-SH and PTVS10-076C-SH, the new PTVS diodes provide necessary bidirectional port protection....

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19-inch diagonal color LCD module achieves Super Extended Graphics Array resolution

May 21, 2014 3:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Tianma NLT America (Santa Clara, CA) has announced the introduction of a new 19-inch diagonal color LCD module with Super Extended Graphics Array (SXGA) resolution and factory installed projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panel technology. Developed by NLT Technologies, the 19.0-inch model is currently the largest size....

RF interconnect system features a zero disengagement force mating mechanism

May 21, 2014 2:43 pm | SV Microwave | Product Releases | Comments

The FeatherMate RF interconnect system from SV Microwave (West Palm Beach, FL) combines a high-density (.100” center-to-center spacing) 65 GHz multiport concept with a zero disengagement force mating mechanism. Direct connection to board trace, solder-free board mounts, and small-diameter coax cable connectors are available....

What does 'Made In America' really mean?

May 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, MBT | Blogs | Comments

Imported products sold in the United States, from clothing to cars, contain far more U.S. parts or other value, and support significantly more American jobs than consumers or policymakers realize, according to a new report prepared for the National Retail Federation....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: W. L. Gore & Associates wins for Packaging and Interconnects

May 21, 2014 12:35 pm | W.L. Gore & Associates | Product Releases | Comments

The low-profile right-angle connector (ZQA) from W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Newark, DE) features a non-bifurcated swept contact design for use with low-loss microwave coaxial cable qualified for 32 GHz spaceflight applications. Features include....

Energy, everywhere: What’s next for energy harvesting and portable power?

May 21, 2014 12:23 pm | by Dan Rogers, Smithers-Apex | Articles | Comments

Rapid industrialisation, development of infrastructure and the growing use of electronics is happening quickly around the globe. As a result, managing energy supplies is becoming an increasingly urgent problem, calling for a more sustainable society....

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What’s the best implementation of smart energy strategy that you have seen?

May 21, 2014 12:14 pm | Articles | Comments

When you hear smart energy, you immediately think about things like smart meters, Wi-Fi thermostats, turning on and off appliances during peak hours to save on energy costs, basically communications with devices creating smart power loads. What about taking the concept of “smart energy”....

D/A Converter comes in FMC Format at 2.5 GSPS

May 21, 2014 10:25 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) offers a Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) in the FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) format. The high-speed DAC offers 14-bit at 2.5 Giga samples per second. The mezzanine offers 8, 16, 32 or 72 QAM for amplitude modulation.

BERT offers precision jitter impairment capabilities and low intrinsic jitter levels

May 21, 2014 9:53 am | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix, Inc. (Beaverton, OR) introduced the BSA286CL BERTScope Bit Error Rate Tester. The BSA286CL is designed for the low intrinsic jitter and precision impairments required for testing a broad set of 100G communications standards including OIF-CEI, CAUI, and InfiniBand Standards.

Ensuring LED lamps are the light source of today

May 21, 2014 9:16 am | by Jan Kemeling, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Ledzworld, http://ledzworld.com/ | Articles | Comments

LED is only the 4th lighting technology developed in human history. Well over a century old, lighting has remained largely unchanged but the recent development of LED is set to revolutionize lighting the world over. The potential ahead of LED lighting to deliver real and measurable advantages is limitless....

LED phosphor IP trends and licensing

May 21, 2014 9:03 am | by Julian Carey, Senior Director of Marketing, Intematix Corp. | Articles | Comments

While phosphors were used for decades in fluorescent lighting, they were deep-ultraviolet driven and not suited for use with blue LEDs, which emit light at a frequency of around 455nm.As adoption of LEDs for general lighting applications has grown, so has the demand for new phosphor solutions developed....

3.5-inch LCD module visible in direct sunlight with brightness settings as low as 100 nits

May 20, 2014 3:17 pm | Sharp Microelectronicsn | Product Releases | Comments

Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas (Camas, WA) announced a new 3.5-inch (diagonal) TFT LCD module (LQ035Q3DY01) featuring Sharp’s proprietary Progressive Super View (PSV) technology. PSV enables viewability in direct sunlight with brightness settings as low as 100 nits....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Harwin Inc. wins for Packaging and Interconnects

May 20, 2014 2:00 pm | Harwin, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Harwin’s (Salem, NH) Gecko (G125 series) connectors provide a high reliability, high performance, micro-miniature interconnect solution for cable and PCB applications. They provide a low profile, dual row cable-to- board and board-to-board interconnect solution which is suitable for stacking and cable mating....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Ocular LCD, Inc. wins for Optoelectronics

May 20, 2014 1:47 pm | Ocular LCD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ocular LCD, Inc. (Dallas, TX) introduces PCAP touch panels specifically designed for outdoor and marine applications. Crystal Touch, Ocular’s premier line of projected capacitive touch panels, provides a robust touch solution with increased optical clarity, durability, and scratch resistance....

Space-based solar farm

May 20, 2014 1:34 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), have created a technology road map for a space-based solar power system that will include a 1-gigawatt commercial system, man-made island studded with 5 billion tiny rectifying antennas, and a microwave beam....

Deal negotiation: How chip makers can stem revenue erosion

May 20, 2014 1:12 pm | by Chanan Greenberg | Blogs | Comments

Consumers expect more performance from their computing devices, whether it’s a laptop, tablet or smartphone. It needs to have more capabilities, be faster and use less power. But, there’s a catch – it needs to cost the same or less than last year’s model....

Isolated LED driver ICs deliver up to 12 W output, desirable accuracy

May 20, 2014 11:49 am | Power Integrations | Product Releases | Comments

Power Integrations announced its LYTSwitch-2 family of isolated LED drivers. The new IC family, which delivers up to 12 W of accurately controlled output power, substantially reduces component count, resulting in simpler, smaller, more reliable LED lighting designs, according to the company.

Multi-cell battery monitors increase safety, protection for 12-V to 48-V industrial Li-ion batteries

May 20, 2014 10:57 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced what it asserts are the first scalable, multi-cell battery monitors that significantly improve battery pack safety and reduce design time of 12-V to 48-V lithium-ion and lithium-iron phosphate batteries…

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