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Linear hall-effect sensor IC designed with low noise and high resolution

October 3, 2014 9:21 am | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces a new factory-programmable linear Hall-effect current sensor IC. Allegro’s A1366 has been designed to achieve high accuracy and resolution. The goal is achieved through new proprietary ...

Shrinking wireless cells challenge power supplies

October 3, 2014 9:03 am | by Michael Naglich, Senior Field Applications Engineer, GE’s Critical Power business | Articles | Comments

With demand for wireless 4G services skyrocketing, service providers are looking to fill in the gaps in their coverage areas so they can hold onto their subscribers. Strangely enough, that means finding a power-efficient, conduction-cooled power supply....

It’s a wireless world

October 3, 2014 8:50 am | by Ramon M. Cerda, VP of Engineering, Crystek Corporation | Articles | Comments

An explosion of wireless communications has taken place in the past 25 years. Most of us now carry a “smart” cell phone that contains more than one physical layer for wireless communications. There is one RF transceiver, such as the GSM standard ...

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Schematic and board-level CAD libraries help engineers expedite their designs

October 2, 2014 3:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ZMD AG (Dresden, Germany) has collaborated with Altium, Ltd. to develop new schematic and board-level CAD libraries for ZMDI’s products. The libraries help engineers expedite their designs and are available directly from the Altium CAD software....

UK’s Watchkeeper UAV becomes operational

October 2, 2014 3:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

We’ve previously discussed the Thales Watchkeeper WK450, a rotary-engine Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) UAV for use by the British Army. Four years ago marked the Watchkeeper’s UK maiden flight, and it recently became operational....

FPC/FFC connector features improved operability and robustness

October 2, 2014 2:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Kyocera Connector Products Corporation (San Diego, CA) announced the availability of its 6809 Series 0.5mm-pitch FPC/FFC connector which features improved operability as well as robustness by focusing on the assembly line workers’ method of operation....

Chipscale MOSFET cuts power consumption for ultraportable applications

October 2, 2014 2:08 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

A new power MOSFET that will help decrease power consumption and extend battery usage in smartphones, tablets, wearable devices, and high-end notebook computers was released today by Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA)....

USB-serial controller includes built-in charge-pump RS232 transceiver

October 2, 2014 1:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has introduced the Prolific PL2303RA, an all-in-one IC that provides a convenient, low-chip-count solution for connecting an RS232 full-duplex asynchronous serial device to any USB-capable host....

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Low-profile DC-DC power modules designed for space-constrained applications

October 2, 2014 1:44 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC33163/MIC33164 (1A) and MIC33263/MIC33264(2A) a family of low-profile step down power modules capable of 100 percent duty cycle and operating with an input voltage range from 2.7V to 5.5V....

Dangerous drilling: The hot world of oil and gas

October 2, 2014 10:48 am | by T. Zednicek, M. Biler, J. Petrzilek, AVX Czech Republic | Articles | Comments

New oil and gas exploration and drilling equipment designs, especially those intended for use in deep and difficult geological conditions, continuously demand electronic components capable of reliable, longer lifetime operation in extremely harsh ...

The greatest advancement in software simulation in the next decade

October 2, 2014 10:20 am | Articles | Comments

The future of software simulation is driven by the increasing wish of engineers to simulate a specific device in its real world, working environment where different physical phenomena occur. The increasing simulation complexity, driven by the multiphysics nature....

A fully wireless motion-capture system

October 2, 2014 9:27 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Traditionally, motion capture systems cost between $30,000 and half a million, explains Mike Sutherland, vice president of technology at YEI Technology. That was until his team at YEI developed a fully wireless system for $4,000 – which turned a lot of heads....

Engineering Update #78: Clothing that thwarts government surveillance

October 2, 2014 8:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

If you’re really worried about the government or other agencies hacking your cellphone, feel free to go ahead and take off that tin foil hat because now you can buy clothing that ensures nobody has access to your phone or your credit cards....

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GaN-on-Silicon LED Lamp achieves IES recognition

October 1, 2014 4:15 pm | Lattice | Product Releases | Comments

Lattice Power (Palo Alto, CA) announced that its new PAR38 LED lamp has been recognized by the Illuminating Engineering Society Progress Committee as providing an important advancement in lighting. The company’s new proprietary GaN-on-Silicon LED ...

Power supply series includes constant voltage and constant current modes

October 1, 2014 4:03 pm | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision (Yorba Linda, CA) announced its latest multi-range DC power supply, the model 9111, expanding its 9110 multi-range supply offering. With constant voltage (CV) and constant current (CC) modes, the 9111 automatically recalculates voltage....

Oscilloscope series provides bandwidth range up to 750 MHz

October 1, 2014 3:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne LeCroy (Chestnut Ridge, NY) introduces the WaveSurfer 3074, extending the bandwidth range of the popular WaveSurfer 3000 series of oscilloscopes to 750 MHz. WaveSurfer 3000 oscilloscopes feature the MAUI advanced user interface....

Get off your computer

October 1, 2014 1:45 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

If you’re anything like me, then the majority of your day is spent in front of a computer screen. As soon as I stumble out of bed, I instinctively boot up my computer. Emails require responses, the weather must be checked, and the news needs to be read....

The importance of unifying software and hardware in development

October 1, 2014 12:37 pm | by Jason Gouw, CEO, Qfusion Labs, LLC | Articles | Comments

The unity of software and hardware is so vital in today's technological developments but developers constantly struggle to form a symbiotic connection between the two. Development platforms strive to bridge this gap but it is a difficult challenge....

Fluorescent lamp fixture designed for low- to medium-bay construction sites

October 1, 2014 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Engineered Products Company (Minneapolis, MN) announced the availability of its new TIGRESS Temporary Light Fixture, the low-cost, energy-efficient lighting solution for low- to medium-bay construction sites and a recommended alternative....

S-Band high-power pallet and hybrid amplifiers optimized for commercial air traffic control

October 1, 2014 9:25 am | M/A-Com Technology Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (Lowell, MA) announced a new portfolio of surface mount S-Band GaN power products optimized for commercial air traffic control, weather radar, and military radar applications. The new products are available....

HotSpot: Don’t microwave your iPhone

October 1, 2014 8:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

A group of Internet pranksters known as 4-chan released an ad that suggested Apple's new operating system, iOS 8, was so advanced that you could "wave charge your device by placing it within a household microwave for a minute and a half"....

LED light modeling and simulation shortens time-to-market, enhances light delivery

September 30, 2014 4:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) offers advanced design services that include LED light modeling and human vision simulation that predicts light behavior and provides a complete analysis of all photometric and colorimetric characteristics of any product design....

Off-the-shelf vehicle-duty motors feature rated power from 2.6kW to 30kW+

September 30, 2014 3:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Parker’s Electromechanical Automation Division (Rohnert Park, CA) announces the second phase of its HEV motors: the GVM142. The GVM142 generator and auxiliary motor series is a highly advanced electric machine intended to be used....

Lighting ballast transformers ideal for reliable aerospace & commercial systems

September 30, 2014 2:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The highly efficient Lighting Ballast Transformer Series from Innovative Power, Inc. (Perris, CA) offer superior performance, excellent reliability, and rugged construction for aerospace, industrial, and commercial lighting systems. Features include....

GaN HEMT die specified for operation up to 6GHz

September 30, 2014 2:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cree, Inc. (Durham, NC) has developed a family of 50V discrete GaN high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) die for operation up to 6GHz. The new 40W CGHV60040D and 170W CGHV60170D represent the only 50V bare GaN HEMT die available....

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