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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…

Handheld enclosures include integrated cable glands

May 20, 2014 10:38 am | Okw Enclosures | Product Releases | Comments

Integrated cable glands are available as standard on OKW’s SMART-CASE range of handheld enclosures. They help to protect the cable as well as further enhance the aesthetics of this popular range. Integrated cable glands can be specified for

Converter modules offer very high density, efficiency

May 20, 2014 9:28 am | Vicor Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Vicor (Andover, MA) announced a new platform of isolated, regulated DC/DC converter modules based on the company’s Converter housed in Package (ChiP) power component platform. Delivering up to 2X the power density of conventional DC/DC converters…

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Technologies to watch in the rapidly evolving white box tablet market

May 20, 2014 8:04 am | by Robert Wang, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

The white box tablet market has been booming for the past three years. Although this rapid pace has slowed somewhat, with white box tablet shipments projected for modest growth in 2014, innovative OEMs and forward-looking chip companies both see significant market opportunities....

Kim Jong-un rides unicorns, defeats United States military

May 19, 2014 3:25 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Political statements take many forms. Sometimes, they’re a modest sit-in, a protest, or an op-ed agitating for change. And sometimes, they’re a farcical video game starring North Korea’s “glorious leader,” Kim Jong-un, singlehandedly taking down the United States with the help of unicorns and Dennis Rodman. Seriously....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: PLX Technology wins for Market Disrupter

May 19, 2014 12:00 pm | Plx Technology, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ExpressFabric from PLX Technology (Sunnyvale, CA) is a highly disruptive technology that replaces Ethernet and other interconnects within the racks of data centers. ExpressFabric gives birth to “green machines” that ultimately eliminate costly and power-hungry adapter cards....

10-A backup power controller IC provides capacitor-based uninterrupted power

May 19, 2014 11:46 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduced the LTC3350, a supercapacitor charger and backup controller IC that provides all PowerPath control, capacitor stack charging and balancing, and capacitor “health” monitoring to ensure that the backup system is capable of reliable operation.

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Humavox wins for Market Disrupter

May 19, 2014 11:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The innovative Eterna platform from Humavox (Israel) allows manufacturers to implement wireless power in a way that is conducive to the overall user experience of their device. Eterna’s smart charging platform can wirelessly charge all IoT devices. Features include ...

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Nanopower anisotropic magnetoresistive sensor ICs are presented as industry’s first

May 19, 2014 11:14 am | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell (Minneapolis, MN) introduced what it asserts are the industry’s first Nanopower Anisotropic Magnetoresistive Sensor ICs. They are said to provide the highest level of magnetic sensitivity (as low as 7 Gauss typical) while requiring nanopower (360 nA).

LED scanner delivers distance measurement over wide areas

May 19, 2014 10:50 am | Pepperl+Fuchs Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduced the Multi-Beam LED Scanner R2100, which combines the company’s Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT) with Ultra-IR LEDs and Multi-Beam Scan. This technology combination delivers two-dimensional measurement over an entire area…

PSUs in 1U package offer very high power density

May 19, 2014 10:10 am | Excelsys Technologies Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

Excelsys Technologies (Cork, Ireland) introduced its XSolo family of 1U-high, single-output switching power supply units (PSUs). The XSolo family is offered in a convection-cooled 504-W open-frame U-channel form-factor model (6.8 W/cu.in.) and an enclosed, fan-cooled chassis model that delivers…

Engineering Newswire: Hands-free corvette on Air Force test track

May 19, 2014 9:03 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Former Indie League racer, Sam Schmidt, got back behind the wheel to race a Corvette down an Air Force test track. Except, Schmidt is a quadriplegic which was the result of a spinal cord injury suffered during a race testing accident in 2000. Using a ball cap with reflective spheres, Schmidt can take to the track again....

America Semiconductor’s differentiator is go-to-market strategy

May 19, 2014 8:41 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief, ECN | Articles | Comments

In March 2014, America Semiconductor introduced a new series of standard-recovery, stud-mount rectifiers in DO8 and DO9 packages. While the new rectifiers are suited for a range of commercial, industrial, and military applications, the company’s CEO and co-founder Jeffrey Simon admits that “when it comes to product, we’re not re-inventing the wheel here”....

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Module provides 512K of program flash

May 16, 2014 3:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The LEMOS-LMX-WiFi module from Lemos International (Barrington, RI) is based on a Microchip PIC32MX695F512H 32-bit microcontroller coupled with a Microchip MRF24WB0MA WiFi radio. The PIC32MX695F512H contains 512K of program flash. The PIC32MX695F512H is equally capable on the SRAM front....

Medium power film capacitors suit high frequency and high pulse rise-time circuits

May 16, 2014 2:32 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) released the new FM Series medium power film capacitors. Non-inductively wound with dry, metallized polypropylene film dielectric and encapsulated in a flame retardant plastic case sealed with self-extinguishing, thermosetting epoxy resin and…

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Precision Measurement Technologies, LLC wins for ICs

May 16, 2014 1:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The PCap02 Capacitance to Digital Converter from Precision Measurement Technologies (Clearwater, FL) is designed to provide capacitance measurement of up to 22 bits, over a broad range of capacitance, at update rates to 500 MHz, using as little as 4 microamps of current....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Linear Technology wins for ICs

May 16, 2014 1:06 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The LTC2378-20 from Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) is a 20-bit successive approximation register (SAR) analog to digital converter (ADC) designed to sample analog signals with very high precision. The product achieves its state-of-the-art INL performance by implementing a proprietary architecture....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Inphi wins for ICs

May 16, 2014 12:58 pm | Inphi Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

The IN3214SZ from Inphi Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) is a quad linear driver designed to enable OEMs to implement more complex and flexible modulation formats that are capable of increasing the capacity of the long haul and metro networking infrastructure by up to a factor of four....

Free iOS app designed for component search and selection

May 16, 2014 12:35 pm | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Component manufacturer Würth Elektronik eiSos (Watertown, SD) has introduced a smartphone app for finding and selecting components using iOS devices. This universal app is compatible with all iOS versions and is optimized to run on iPhones and iPads. It is available to download free....

Attenuator pads include full side wraps for SMT installation

May 16, 2014 12:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SemiGen, Inc. (Manchester, NH) announced that a series of fixed attenuator pads is now available from its RF Supply Center.  SemiGen’s advanced thin-film technology allows these attenuator pads to have full side wraps for SMT installation and a complete grounding backside for ease in attachment.

The "Talk of the Town" from EDS 2014

May 16, 2014 12:10 pm | by ECN Staff | Blogs | Comments

Global economic development, rising Internet traffic, and the ubiquitous popularity of mobile devices are among key societal trends driving design innovation and industry growth. As consumers, we want smaller, more powerful devices with near limitless functionality....

Politician proposes hoverboard lanes in city budget

May 16, 2014 11:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Though it seems like transportation talk of future is looking only towards improved public transportation and driverless cars, Washington D.C. councilwoman Mary Cheh things we should be investing in a different type of transport option: hoverboards.

Non-magnetic SMA connectors tested to within the sensitivity of the handheld fluxgate magnetometer

May 16, 2014 8:52 am | Coaxial Components Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Coaxial Components Corp. (Stuart, FL) recently introduced a truly non-magnetic SMA connector series in response to the growing medical equipment industry. In the past, ferromagnetic steel connectors left trace quantities of magnetic material present in the strike layers or as material impurities....

ECIA & ERA leaders discuss industry challenges, expectations

May 16, 2014 8:42 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

EDS 2014 is a joint effort by the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) and the Electronic Representatives Association (ERA), two of the industry’s top member organizations. As the industry descended upon Las Vegas for the annual deluge of meetings, ECIA President and CEO John Denslinger and ERA President Paul Nielsen discussed the critical issues....

How to select the world’s most reliable off-the-shelf capacitors

May 16, 2014 7:17 am | by Kemet | Articles | Comments

Companies developing high-tech equipment for defense, aerospace, medical and other high-reliability applications seek Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) – rather than custom - solutions to deliver high-performance products, quickly and at the lowest possible cost....

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