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Crowdfunding is killing the hardware revolution

April 9, 2014 11:48 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Positioning itself to save the “hardware revolution” from “prototype purgatory,” Dragon Innovation is a crowdfunding site for hardware — and only hardware. But with so much more. “The hardware revolution has gotten a running start as new technologies like 3D printing have sped up the process of designing a prototype....

How trends in electronics are affecting connectors

April 9, 2014 8:14 am | by Bob Stanton, Director of Technology, Omnetics | Blogs | Comments

Rapidly changing demands and designs in product performance and electrical integrity are having a huge effect on electronic connector systems. New smaller and more portable electronics in aerospace, defense, and other stressful environments, like those encountered in robotics....

This program can make your phone more secure than ever

April 9, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

With the advent of smartphones came a great debate about the security of technology. With all of the sensitive information stored in the phones—bank account numbers, emails, credit card information—keeping the security tight is of the utmost importance....

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Varistors now available with nickel barrier terminations

April 8, 2014 4:39 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The ZV Series of SMD multilayer varistors from Stackpole Electronics (Raleigh, NC) is now available with nickel barrier terminations. Nickel barrier terminations are compatible with most manufacturing processes and are easier to work with than palladium silver terminations....

6.5kV press-pack IGBT includes DC collector current rating of 258A

April 8, 2014 4:27 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS UK, IXYS Corporation’s (Chippenham, England), high power subsidiary, announced the launch of a new 6.5kV press-pack IGBT. The new 6.5kV device is asymmetrical blocking with a fully rated anti-parallel diode included within the package. DC collector current rating is 258A....

Wire-to-board, crimp-style connectors designed for LED light applications

April 8, 2014 4:11 pm | Jst Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new LEX Series wire-to-board, crimp style, disconnectable connectors recently introduced by JST Corporation (Waukegan, IL) offer subminiature size and reliable contact construction for high-density applications. These 2.5 mm (.098”) pitch, bottom entry, SMT connectors are polarized....

DC-DC regulators offer 0.1% line regulation

April 8, 2014 4:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Exar Corporation (Fremont, CA) introduced a new line of high-power switching regulators to add to its popular PowerBlox family of DC-DC converter products. The XR76108, XR76112 and XR76115 are Synchronous Step Down Regulators supporting point-of-load (POL) supplies....

Motor driver qualified to AEC-Q100

April 8, 2014 2:30 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) announced the MCP8063, an automotive AEC-Q100-qualified motor driver that delivers superior performance in a small, 8-pin, 4x4 mm DFN package. It is also the world’s first to combine all of those features with 1.5A peak phase current....

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Terminal block with pushbuttons ideal for PCB-based LED lighting and industrial electronics

April 8, 2014 1:39 pm | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation (Germantown, WI) introduces the new 2061 Series SMD PCB Terminal Blocks with Pushbuttons, ideal for PCB-based LED lighting and industrial electronics. The perfect connection for incoming power to an LED driver, or for higher power LED modules...

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....

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....

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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....

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....

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.

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