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Remote I-O modules resistant to field interference

August 9, 2011 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech introduces four new EtherNet/IP-based remote I/O modules; the ADAM-6150EI, a 15-ch Isolated Digital Input/Output Module, the ADAM-6151EI, a 16-ch Isolated Digital Input Module, the ADAM-6156EI, a 16-ch Isolated Digital Output Module...

LED spotlights include dimmer option and four beam angles

August 9, 2011 6:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

FZLED reveals a stunning new range of 22-Watt LED Spotlights featuring cutting edge long-lifetime high power Cree LEDs. The PAR38-03 series is a simple money-saving plug-and-play replacement for inefficient traditional lights in E27/E26 sockets.

Successive Detection Log Video Amplifier Operates Over the Full 0.5 GHz to 18.5 GHz Range

August 8, 2011 12:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave Corporation launched a new Successive Detection Log Video Amplifier (SDLVA) that operates over the full 0.5 GHz to 18.5 GHz frequency range. Available in a 4 mm x 4 mm surface mount package, the HMC1013LP4E extends the

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Pushbutton Switch Is Asserted to Save Assembly Time and Money

August 8, 2011 11:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has developed an ultra-miniature pushbutton switch that is presented to save assembly time and money. Designated the FP Series, the totally sealed construction uses an o-ring between the actuator and bushing, which

PIC32 Board for GUI Development Eliminates External Graphics Controller

August 8, 2011 11:44 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the Low-Cost Controllerless Graphics PICtail Plus Daughter Board, which enables the development of graphics applications without an external graphics controller.

High Voltage Large Case MLCCs Target High-rel Applications

August 8, 2011 11:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET has announced its KEMET Power Solutions (KPS) High Voltage (HV) SM Series capacitors. Designed to meet robust performance standards required in higher reliability industrial applications, the KPS family of devices uses

Windlift Kite-Based Power Generation Technology at NIWeek 2011

August 8, 2011 9:39 am | Videos | Comments

Windlift is a company with a novel power-generation system using a deployable release-and-recover kite to harvest wind energy in places where traditional power technologies are not available.

Software is making hardware easy...ware

August 8, 2011 8:57 am | by Adrian Fernandez, MSP Microcontrollers, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

It’s not uncommon to only think about the simple devices microcontroller enable. However, applications today are becoming more complex as consumers demand more from their products, driving several trends in the microcontroller industry.

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Concept Design Methods for Developing Winning Products

August 8, 2011 8:28 am | by Mike Campbell, PTC | Articles | Comments

For many manufacturers, it's new ideas that keep business vibrant and growing. Fresh approaches to design, materials, and manufacturing all lead to more competitive and profitable products.

4 mm Linear Servomotor Operates Under Water

August 8, 2011 8:13 am | Videos | Comments

Last week, Nippon Pulse America announced a 4 mm linear shaft motor suitable for piezo type applications. Here is a video of the device operating under water.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Nelson Quintana of Renesas on Low-Power Microcontrollers

August 8, 2011 7:57 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Nelson Quintana of Renesas about their new RL78 microcontrollers.

Test contactor ensures low-resistance connection

August 8, 2011 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Johnstech International Corporation is pleased to announce the rebranding of its configurable ROL 200K (Kelvin) Test Contactor to better articulate the product's growing use for accomplishing more traditional test objectives.

How Innovation Happens: The Tower System

August 8, 2011 7:49 am | Videos | Comments

In this video Systems Engineer, Eduardo Montanez, explains how he and his team created and designed The Tower System, a modular development platform which helps embedded developers bring their products to market faster.

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High Voltage Silicone Wire Targets Extreme Environments

August 8, 2011 7:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rated for voltages up to 42,000 VDC, Cicoil’s High Flex – High Voltage Silicone Wire is durable, flame retardant (UL 94V-0), free of halogens, and performs exceptionally well in extreme temperature conditions (-65°C to +260°C).

Making the Leap of Faith: Migration to Micro-Packaging

August 8, 2011 6:54 am | by Todd Visconti, Product Manager & Edwin Romero, Application & Marketing Engineer, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Schottky diodes can play several important roles inside battery powered handheld electronics equipment, such as cell phone handsets and portable gaming consoles. They are often incorporated into the DC-DC boost converters used to power the backlights for LCD displays and LED keypads.

Return to Zero - Self-Incrimination

August 8, 2011 5:39 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.

Crimp sleeve tool captures the braid of a coaxial cable to the connector body

August 8, 2011 4:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions announces an upgrade to the line of Trompeter installer tools, specifically the outer crimp sleeve tool which captures the braid of a coaxial cable to the connector body. Success of this crimp termination is essential...

Low-Energy Proximity Fob Prototype Provides Mobile Device Security

August 8, 2011 4:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor announced successful wireless communication tests between a prototype design for a small, low-cost Bluetooth low energy proximity fob and Broadcom’s BCM4330, the industry’s first combo chip solution certified to the Bluetooth 4.0 standard.

Wireless Transmission at Gigabit Speed

August 5, 2011 11:00 am | by Alix Paultre | Videos | Comments

In this video, shot at NI Week, Ian Wong demonstrates a wireless data transmisison system developed and controlled by LABView.

Hermetically Sealed, Critically Damped Piezoresistive Accelerometer Features 500 mV Output

August 5, 2011 9:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems introduced Endevco Model 2262A, a rugged, hermetically sealed, critically damped piezoresistive shock accelerometer with 500 mV full scale output, designed to support automotive, aerospace and general in-house laboratory structural, environmental, and impact testing requirements, including

Achieving Product Reliability with Automated Design Analysis Software

August 5, 2011 8:06 am | by Nathan Blattau, Chief Technologist, DfR Solutions | Articles | Comments

Swift time to market and product performance are essential to success in electronics manufacturing. The foundation of a reliably performing product is a robust design. Since the overall cost and quality of a product is most influenced by decisions made early in the design stage...

MIL-STD-1553 PMC Card Achieves High MTBF with DO-254 Certifiable ASIC Core

August 5, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Data Device Corporation (DDC) introduced a DO-254 certifiable MIL-STD-1553 PMC card utilizing DDC’s Enhanced Mini-ACE core in an ASIC design to achieve very high-reliability (MTBF). The BU-65596F/M incorporates

VCO operates from 800 MHz to 1600 MHz

August 5, 2011 6:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCOT8BE-0800-1600 TO-8 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 800 MHz to 1600 MHz and provides high-performance frequency control in harsh, demanding environments. These VCOs feature a typical phase noise of -92 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset...

Return to Zero - Switcheroo

August 5, 2011 4:24 am | Articles | Comments

Return to Zero is a funny comic strip for engineers, with lab humor, odd situations, and exploding circuits that of course makes a sport out of solving the trickiest of engineering problems.

Hot Topic: Prevent Thermal Runaway Damage in Power Electronic Systems

August 4, 2011 12:45 pm | by Matt Williams, TE Circuit Protection, www.te.com | Articles | Comments

There are a number of innovative technologies that have been designed to assist in protecting the application and end-user from catastrophic thermal events...

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