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Planar transformers combine high efficiency and low leakage inductance

April 8, 2014 1:31 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft (Cary, IL) has released two new series of surface-mount planar transformers for power over Ethernet (PoE) and -48V network power applications. The PL160 Series is rated for 160 Watts between 200 kHz and 700 kHz with a nominal 48 V input....

Watch an engineer deal with moronic requests from marketing

April 8, 2014 10:34 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

This sketch provides a decent approximation of what meetings feel like for engineers — or anyone with a technical job, really — as they try to interpret the vague, confusing, and otherwise bizarre requests from non-technical people. I’m sure I’ve been guilty of this on occasion....

Flush-mountable infrared LED offers high radiant intensity

April 8, 2014 9:54 am | by ECN Staff | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors now enables remote control functionality to be incorporated in a lower profile than ever before thanks to the first flush-mountable infrared LED. The compact side-looking T-shaped Midled SFH 4140 offers high radiant intensity....

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This ‘electronic skin’ will revolutionize medicine

April 8, 2014 8:56 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

It’s as thin as a temporary tattoo, but you definitely won’t get one in a cereal box. The creators of this “electronic skin” say that the technology could “one day aid patients with movement disorders or epilepsy.” It’s the first of its kind that can store information and deliver medicine through the skin....

Five from EELive, part one

April 8, 2014 8:27 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | eConais, Inc., Microchip Technology Inc., Icon Labs | Blogs | Comments

The 2014 edition of EELive is in the rear-view mirror. Along with the damp weather, spirits were dampened, too. Perhaps the show is going through an identity crisis given the recent name changes or the success of Embedded World. In fact, when I spoke to exhibitors about their new product offerings that coincide with the show, some responses began with

TFT displays with capacitive touch feature 800xRGBx400 resolution

April 7, 2014 12:52 pm | Newhaven Display International | Product Releases | Comments

Newhaven Display International (Elgin, IL) now offers capacitive touch to the 7.0” TFT display line. This new capacitive touch is available on both the economical and MVA 7.0” TFTs. With the distinct features of a TFT, along with the additional benefits of integrating capacitive touch...

Linear Smart stage features absolute encoding

April 7, 2014 12:44 pm | New Scale Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

New Scale Technologies, Inc. (Victor, NY) added absolute encoding to its M3-LS Linear Smart Stage, a USB micro stage with fully integrated drive electronics and the industry’s smallest all-in-one positioning stage, according to the company. Absolute encoding eliminates

Low-power microcontrollers come in 2.0 x 2.2 x 0.3 mm package

April 7, 2014 12:42 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Enabling developers to save valuable board space, Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) announced it has expanded the availability of tiny package sizes to several new families of ultra-low power MSP430 microcontrollers (MCUs). Developers can now design smaller products....

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Polymer tantalum capacitors well-suited for automotive infotainment systems

April 7, 2014 12:34 pm | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET Corporation (Greenville, SC) presented its most recent product performance results for polymer tantalum capacitors developed according to the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) Q200 Reliability Document at the 2014 CARTS International Conference in Santa Clara, CA....

Swivel lid socket operates at bandwidths up to 40 GHz

April 7, 2014 12:21 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has recently introduced a new QFN socket design using high-performance elastomer capable of 40 GHz, very low inductance, high endurance, and wide temperature applications. The SM-QFN-9019 socket is designed for 13x19 mm package size....

Power capacitors rated at up to more than 10,000 µF

April 7, 2014 10:04 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) has extended its range of EPCOS MKK power capacitors. The new MKK DCI-R series with resin impregnation is based on the proven MKK DC series with gas impregnation and MKK DC-I with oil impregnation. Features include....

Power supplies extend the useful life of U.S. Navy UYQ-21(V) Display System Consoles for more than seven years

April 7, 2014 9:56 am | Behlman Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Behlman Electronics (Hauppauge, NY) has received follow-on orders for its Model 94020 Power Supplies designed to help the U.S. Navy keep its UYQ-21(V) display systems operational. These are the latest in a series of repeat orders that began after the program started in 2007....

DC-DC converter family housed in a 76 x 31.5 x 25.8 mm DIN-Rail package

April 7, 2014 9:48 am | CUI Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

CUI Inc (Tualatin, OR) announced a compact DIN rail dc-dc converter line to ease installation in industrial environments. The converter family is housed in a slim 76 x 31.5 x 25.8 mm (2.99 x 1.24 x 1.02 in) DIN-Rail package with all electrical connections easily accessible via screw terminals....

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Thermal solutions guide designed for Xilinx All Programmable FPGAs, 3D ICs and SoCs

April 7, 2014 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

CTS Corporation (Elkhart, IN) and Avnet Electronics Marketing announce the release of a comprehensive thermal solutions guide for Xilinx All Programmable FPGAs, 3D ICs and SoCs. The guide is a tool that enables thermal design experts to quickly identify heat sink solutions....

Engineering Newswire: World's fastest bullet car

April 7, 2014 9:09 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're fixing the government with sixth grade math, printing invisibility cloaks, and racing the world's fastest RC Car. This week's episode features the World's fastest RC bullet car. Nic Case entered the RC world after a motorcycle crash left him searching for a thrilling but safer hobby....

Keep politics off of the space station

April 7, 2014 8:37 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

When the Ukraine v. Russia (winner gets Crimea) battle began, one of the first things I said was, “Man, I bet it’s super awkward in space right now.” While Russian and U.S. relations have never been great, there hasn’t been an international issue to this degree between the two countries in quite some time.

Alta Data Technologies uses Holt MIL-STD-1553 Integrated Transceiver/Transformer combination on eNet2-1553TM Device

April 4, 2014 2:57 pm | Holt Integrated Circuits | Product Releases | Comments

Holt Integrated Circuits (Mission Viejo, CA) announced that Alta Data Technologies (Alta) selected its integrated MIL-STD-1553 transceiver/transformer combination product, HI-2579, for use in the eNet2-1553 real-time Ethernet MIL-STD-1553 converter device....

Samsung dupes Obama: Why “selfie advertising” needs to stop

April 4, 2014 2:05 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

What do President Obama, Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Lawrence have in common? They’ve all become unwitting props in a viral Samsung advertising campaign that relies on spontaneity, selfies, and tricking people — including the most powerful man in the world — into becoming brand ambassadors....

Understanding ultraviolet LED applications and precautions

April 4, 2014 9:47 am | by Vincent C. Forte, Chief Technology Officer of Marktech Optoelectronics | Blogs | Comments

Ultraviolet light occurs between the visible and x‐ray spectrums. The Ultraviolet wavelength range is specified as 10 nm to 400 nm; however, many optoelectronic companies also consider wavelengths as high as 430nm to be in the UV range. Ultraviolet light gets its name due to the “violet” color it produces....

Putting the 'long term’ in long-term evolution

April 4, 2014 8:22 am | by Francis Sideco, Senior Director Consumer, Mobile, and IT Electronics at IHS | Blogs | Comments

Unlike its predecessors, many of which by this same point in their adoption cycle were already being prepared to transition to the next generation of cellular air interface technology; LTE appears to be living up to its long-term promise.  LTE, while gaining momentum...

This floating turbine solves all the wind energy problems

April 3, 2014 4:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I am one of those people who thinks wind turbines are pretty cool-looking. When there was talk of putting them on the Jersey Shore off the beach at Atlantic City, I thought that was a pretty good idea. Alas, the idea was never pursued because they were considered an eyesore.

Instrumentation and analysis tools offer safety-critical expertise and full verification for multicore platforms

April 3, 2014 12:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

LDRA (Wirral, UK) announced its ability to provide verification of multicore systems to safety-critical standards. The need for greater processing power with reduced power consumption is driving the developers of safety-critical applications toward

Engineering Update #52: Secret Pentagon spacecraft stays in orbit for 469 days

April 3, 2014 11:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In December of 2012, the Pentagon launched the X-37B unmanned spacecraft into orbit, where it remained for more than 469 days, breaking its own longevity record. Since the X-37 has always been shrouded in secrecy, savvy observers posited all sorts of potential applications....

Watch the world burn with this laser beam eyewear

April 3, 2014 10:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Okay, so you can’t actually purchase these glasses, but they just look really cool. Patrick Priebe, who created the glasses, makes it very clear that they are not for sale and you won’t get blue prints. Priebe, who has a history of creating weapons from movies (i.e. Ironman’s Laser Gauntlet), is a German laser weapons hobbyist....

35-nA RTC integrates solid state battery

April 3, 2014 1:45 am | Cymbet Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Cymbet Corporation (Elk River, MN) announced the commercial release of the EnerChip RTC product family that combines an ultra-low power real time clock with a rechargeable solid state battery and power management IC in a single 5-mm x 5-mm plastic package....

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