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The microcontroller as metaobject

February 13, 2014 6:28 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Pretty much everyone in our industry is familiar with the long evolution of microcontrollers. So familiar that it’s easy to miss changes in our industry and society, both positive and negative, that accompanied that evolution just as we tend not to see daily changes in our own aging faces.

2100 watt DC/DC converter offers efficiency up to 97%

February 12, 2014 4:40 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA) introduces the MBH Series DC/DC Converters. The MBH offers up to 2100 Watts in a low-profile 9.0" x 6.5" x 1.25"H ruggedized chassis mount package. The module weighs only 3.3 lbs. making the MBH ideal for harsh shock and vibration environments in both COTS military and industrial applications.

Introducing ECN's Editorial Advisory Board

February 12, 2014 3:47 pm | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

We’re always looking to expand our expertise and knowledge base here at ECN, and our new board is made up of the industry elite with a broad range of engineering expertise that we’ll be utilizing throughout the year. These industry experts will serve as advisors, writers, industry contacts and a plethora of other roles....

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Development tools enable Kinetic Open Storage-based systems

February 12, 2014 3:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Seagate Technology plc delivered two new development tools related to its Kinetic Open Storage platform— the Seagate Kinetic Ethernet Drive interface and the Seagate  -Card development adapter. Both tools have been accepted by the Open Compute Foundation....

Plug-and-play position detection prototype kit aims to speed time to market for instrument development

February 12, 2014 2:48 pm | Calsensors | Product Releases | Comments

Cal Sensors (Santa Rosa, CA) launched a new Position Detection Prototype Kit, a plug-and-play tool designed to accelerate prototyping and product development for position or flash detection instruments. Applying PbS and PbSe detector technologies, the kit allows engineers to

Single element, tooth-detecting speed sensor IC

February 12, 2014 12:36 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduced an addition to its camshaft sensor family of products. As a single element, non-TPOS sensor it provides first falling edge detection, high running-mode edge accuracy, and direction/orientation insensitivity over the full operating range of air

Automatic code review and validation tool presents flexibility and efficiency to Ada software developers

February 12, 2014 12:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

AdaCore (New York, NY) announced the release of CodePeer 2.3, the latest version of its static analysis tool for the automated review and validation of Ada source code. CodePeer assesses potential bugs before program execution to find errors efficiently and

Interior permanent magnet (IPM) brushless motors cover a wide range of applications

February 12, 2014 11:50 am | Applimotion, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Applimotion’s (Loomis, CA) ULT, UTH, UTS, and UTO frameless motor kits cover a wide range of applications in direct drive motion control with their large through-hole surface permanent magnet (SPM) rotor configurations.

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GaN-based transistors take to the sky to capture the action

February 12, 2014 11:25 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

When Ray Breslin and Emil Rottmayer attempted a highly daring escape from a super-high security prison in this fall’s thriller Escape Plan, audiences got up close to see (spoiler alert!) our two heroes — played by Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, respectively — engage in a gunfight with the prison’s “crew”....

50 Watt Zener diodes provide voltage regulation protection

February 12, 2014 10:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

America Semiconductor (Union, NJ) announces the availability of a full series of power Zener diodes (part numbers: 1N3305 thru 1N3350) packaged in a DO-5 case. The robust 50 Watt devices are engineered to provide voltage regulation protection in a broad array of alternative energy....

Power inductors offer current ratings to 98.8 Amps

February 12, 2014 10:32 am | Coilcraft Critical Products & Services | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft (Cary, IL) introduces the XAL1010 Series of high-temperature, shielded power inductors which combines excellent current handling and exceptionally low DC resistance in a rugged, molded package. Features include thirteen inductance values from 0.22 to 15 µH.

All-in-one cellular router starter kit aims to jump-start industrial M2M network designs

February 12, 2014 10:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics (Ottawa, IL) and RacoWireless announced they offer a Spectre cellular router packaged with a prepaid wireless data plan as a starter kit for customers who are developing industrial M2M monitoring and control applications. Included with B&B Electronics’ rugged Spectre 3G cellular router is a

Is your employer tracking your every move?

February 11, 2014 4:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Your employer probably isn’t tracking your every move just yet, but with new technology from Hitachi, it might not be that far down the road. Obviously there are ways for employers to track your productivity now whether it’s cameras or looking at your internet logs, but it’s really time consuming and not very informative for most employees.

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Reference design securely boots any application processor in an embedded system

February 11, 2014 3:37 pm | Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Microsemi Corporation (Aliso Viejo, CA) unveiled its new FPGA-based Secure Boot Reference Design for embedded microprocessors. This new reference design uses the advanced security features in its mainstream SmartFusion 2 SoC FPGAs to securely boot any application processor in an embedded system....

Crony capitalism vs. online gambling

February 11, 2014 2:25 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The 10th amendment is back in style, apparently. Back in 2011, the Justice Department issued a legal opinion on the Federal Wire Act of 1961, essentially reversing its longstanding ban on internet gambling. “Interstate transmissions of wire communications that do not relate to a 'sporting event or contest' fall outside the reach of the Wire Act,” it read.

Single poke-home WTB contacts is available in 1.7 mm size

February 11, 2014 10:46 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX (Greenville, SC) expanded its 9296 Single Poke-Home Wire-to-Board (WTB) Contact Series with the addition of a 1.7-mm single-position contact. These contacts enable the simple, reliable, and solderless termination of

Fanless embedded computer presents desirable performance, Intel Core i7-4700EQ processor

February 11, 2014 10:31 am | Adlink Technology | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology, Inc., (San Jose, CA) announced its Matrix MXE-5400 fanless embedded computer based on the 4th generation Intel Core i7-4700EQ quad-core processor. The MXE-5400 delivers desirable performance, manageability, optimized connectivity, and

Graphics SoC offers desirable rendering, and multiple peripheral interfaces

February 11, 2014 10:23 am | Fujitsu Semiconductor America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Fujitsu Semiconductor America (Sunnyvale, CA) introduced its MB86R24 graphics SOCs for automotive, building security and industrial applications. The chip combines the latest ARM CortexTM-A9 dual CPU core with

Obtaining low power for industrial devices: Energy harvesting, batteries or hybrids?

February 11, 2014 8:03 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The concept of energy harvesting has been around for as long as windmills and waterwheels were used to harness energy. In the last decade, the possibilities of using low-power harvested energy have greatly expanded in the industrial market as devices became smaller, autonomous and required less power.

What’s the biggest challenge for designs that utilize touch-enabled displays?

February 10, 2014 3:35 pm | Ocular, Inc., Applied Materials | Articles | Comments

Take a look at virtually any new smartphone or tablet device, and whatever the brand or size, they likely have one thing in common — touch screen displays. This ubiquitous level of adoption comes with challenges, particularly pricing and volume yields to meet mass market needs. The touch-enabled display represents one of the largest cost factors....

Explosion-proof LED light features magnetic mounting capabilities

February 10, 2014 2:57 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a new pedestal mount LED light designed for high output and versatile operation. Featuring a powerful 150 watt LED lamp assembly and a simple aluminum base stand with magnetic mount capabilities, this light effectively illuminates 8,000 square feet....

LED high bay uses almost 50% less energy than HID counterpart

February 10, 2014 2:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting announced an ultra-efficient choice for one-for-one replacements of outdated and inefficient metal halide and fluorescent high bays — Columbia Lighting’s LLHV VersaBay LED High Bay. It includes energy use 48% below comparable HID and a payback period of less than two years.

Mid-voltage MOSFETs optimize power utilization in a space-saving package

February 10, 2014 2:32 pm | Fairchild Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Many end applications — such as IP phones, motor control circuits, active clamp switches, and load switches — need to offer higher energy efficiency in a smaller footprint in order to meet manufacturers’ demands. Fairchild Semiconductor (San Jose, CA) developed the FDMC86xxxP series of P-channel PowerTrench MOSFETs....

Current-mode step-up converter offers adjustable output voltage up to 27V

February 10, 2014 2:22 pm | by ECN Staff | Advanced Power Electronics Corp. USA | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics Corp. (San Jose, CA) is introducing a new current mode step up converter for small, low power applications. The input voltage of the APE1913-3 converter can range from 2.6V to 5.5V, while the output voltage can be adjusted up to 27V.

MR16 lamps render colors and whites as they would appear in natural light

February 10, 2014 2:13 pm | by ECN Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Soraa (Fremont, CA) launched the world’s first high color temperature (CCT), high color rendering MR16 LED lamps — a brilliant choice for gemstone jewelry and high-end retail displays. The new 4000K and 5000K CCT, full visible spectrum Soraa Vivid 2 LED MR16 renders colors and whites exactly as they would appear in natural light....

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