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Setup wizard delivers direct path to wireless connectivity

May 22, 2014 5:05 pm | Laird Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Laird (St. Louis, MO) announced the release of the new ConnexLink Setup Wizard. The Wizard provides a user-friendly and intuitive experience for first time configuration of ConnexLink radios. The Wizard pairs ConnexLink radios for use in critical serial cable replacement applications including weigh stations....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: OKW Enclosures wins for Enclosures

May 22, 2014 1:54 pm | Okw Enclosures | Product Releases | Comments

OKWs SOFT-CASE series of hand held enclosures is now available from stock molded in BIOGRADE bioplastic material. For most applications, this bioplastic material can be used instead of the fossil plastics, such as ABS, which were used until now. Features include ...

Engineering Update #59: Fastest motorcycle in the world

May 22, 2014 1:41 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of the Engineering Update: Fastest production motorcycle in the world: The Lightening LS-218 is set to be the fastest motorcycle on the planet. With a top speed of 218 mph 200 horsepower and 168 foot pounds of torque, this bike is set to blow its competitors out of the water after its release this summer....

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Engineering Update #59 Bloopers!

May 22, 2014 1:26 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Technical Editor Jason Lomberg and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

Photos of the Day: The small UAV trend

May 22, 2014 1:04 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have transformed warfare as we know it. One of the biggest trends is the idea of light or small UAVs, including AAI Corporation’s RQ-7 Shadow, the AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven, and the Desert Hawk....

Cutting the cable for digital signage

May 22, 2014 12:39 pm | by Stephanie Lubrano, Marketing Communications Specialist, Laird | Blogs | Comments

In response to the worldwide growth in technology, the signage industry is no longer limited to just static implementations. In order for a company to remain relevant, competitive signage needs to be easily updated for the latest news, advertisements, and promotions. Traditional methods of running cable to signs and billboards are not always ideal....

Value analysis of capacitive technology over float based methods for liquid level sensing

May 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by Anirban Sengupta and Akshay Dixit, Cypress | Articles | Comments

In one sense, technological advancement is about enabling people to take things for granted. Imagine you’re driving at 80 mph on a highway and the car immediately ahead stops suddenly.  Instinctively your foot goes to the brake pedal, and your car transmits the force from your foot to the brakes through fluid or brake oil....

Smart sensors prepare NFC for patient monitoring applications

May 22, 2014 10:30 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

There’s no question that cell phones have made our lives more convenient. Whether our phones are used for making calls, uploading photos and streaming music, we rely on our smart phones for dynamic data transfer. In the last few years, Near Field Communications (NFC) technology has become available in an increasing number of smart phones....

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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....

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....

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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....

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....

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....

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