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Why Beacon is the next big thing in wireless

December 29, 2014 5:35 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

During the year of 2014, the word beacon was redefined. If you know the word iBeacon technology, you probably know what I’m talking about. I could spend many pages describing the various opportunities with beacons although allow me to try to summarize the most ...

Leading the bionic age

December 23, 2014 3:13 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Blogs | Comments

The bionic age is no longer the workings of a far-fetched sci-fi movie; it’s here, now. We have experienced the first bionic eye and limbs. These technologies merge human capabilities with machines. They transform how we live, and who we are. They are ...

How to connect the "other 3 billion" people

December 23, 2014 1:10 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

For those of us who are constantly connected to the grid, living without the Internet may be a difficult concept to grasp, but the reality is that more than three billion people lack the proper access to the Internet. In attempts to connect the “other three billion" ...

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Bluetooth transmitters can be configured in 9 different languages

December 22, 2014 3:49 pm | Omega Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

The UWBT Series of Bluetooth transmitters from Omega Engineering (Stamford, CT) combine the accuracy of an industrial sensor/transmitter with the convenience of smartphones and tablets. It measures different sensor inputs such as thermocouple, RTD, relative humidity ...

600 Watt universal power supply features metal enclosure

December 22, 2014 3:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. (Wrentham, MA) announces the addition to their TRACO Power portfolio of the new 600 Watt TXH 600 Series of 12 to 54VDC output power supplies with universal input of 90–264VAC active power factor correction or ...

DC/DC converters designed for electric vehicle applications

December 22, 2014 3:06 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power, a division of Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA) announces the EVD-450 Series of DC/DC converters designed specifically for electric vehicle applications. The input range options for the EVD-450 are 30 – 65VDC, 60 – 90VDC, and ...

Engineering Update #91: Controlling a robotic arm with your thoughts

December 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

You might remember a few years ago when scientists discovered that, by inserting an implant in the brain of a quadriplegic woman, she was able to control a robot arm with just her thoughts. By implanting 96 contact points on the part of the brain that ...

EMI-protected ethernet switch includes 6-port arrangement

December 22, 2014 2:33 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced the newest addition to its groundbreaking family of ultra-small form factor (USFF) network switches, the Parvus DuraNET 20-12 6-port 10/100 Ethernet switch ...

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Octave-band coaxial circulator covers 100-200MHz

December 22, 2014 2:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Model F2823-0150-67 from Wenteq Microwave (Monrovia, CA) is an octave band SMA (or type N) connectorized circulator covering 100MHz to 200MHz frequency range. It features 1.0dB insertion loss, 15dB minimum reverse isolation, and 1.50:1 ...

LED quadpod-mounted flood light requires minimal setup time

December 22, 2014 2:09 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has added to its extensive range of industrial-grade lighting equipment with the release of a 150 watt quadpod mounted work light. Built to provide a high power lighting solution that requires minimal setup time ...

STEM integration in K-12 education

December 22, 2014 11:52 am | Videos | Comments

What is STEM? It's the acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But while kindergarten through 12th grade education usually focuses on science or mathematics in isolation, all four of these disciplines are closely intertwined in ...

Pressure transmitters feature hazardous location ratings

December 22, 2014 9:12 am | American Sensor Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

American Sensor Technologies (Mt. Olive, NJ) has received SIL2 certification for its 4-20mA pressure transmitters with hazardous location ratings including explosion-proof, intrinsically safe, and non-incendive areas. The SIL (Safety Integrity Level) certification was ...

Innovators beware: Dangerous intersection ahead

December 22, 2014 8:42 am | by Neal Thornberry, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Innovation is not for the faint of heart, as Galileo learned when he said that the Earth revolved around the sun. He was scorned, threatened with death and eventually put under lifetime house arrest. Innovators are not always welcome guests even ...

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How you can replace wires with Bluetooth Smart

December 22, 2014 5:30 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Wires, piles of dusty dirty wires. There is no love for wires. The solution is obviously to get rid of them. Or more easily, replace them by using wireless connectivity solutions instead. There are many wireless protocols to reliably compensate for the loss of the expensive copper...

LED lamps act as perfect alternative to halogen 50W to 120W lamps

December 18, 2014 4:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Soraa (Fremont, CA) announced that it has extended its line of PAR and AR111 lamps to offer a full range of halogen replacement lamps from 50W to 120W halogen equivalent. The newly launched 12.5W line features a lower wattage addition to its ...

Board-to-board connector features a compact space-saving design

December 18, 2014 4:35 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) announces the use of its DF40 Series board-to-board connector in the newly-released Intel Edison miniature computing platform. The postage-stamp sized Edison chip set uses the Hirose DF40 70-pin header (part # DF40C-70DP-0.4V(51) on ...

TVS diode provides greater protection from load dump

December 18, 2014 1:41 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SLD Series TVS Diode for automotive and high-reliability applications. This AEC-Q101-qualified TVS Diode is designed specifically to protect sensitive electronic equipment from voltage transients induced by ...

Finally, a wearable that works

December 18, 2014 1:16 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Being a crossfit junkie, I regularly plan my meals a week at a time, check labels for complicated, hard-to-pronounce ingredients, and track my workouts in a journal. I’ve tried several fitness monitoring apps available on my phone, but have been left ...

Engineering Newswire: The Navy's newest hovercraft

December 18, 2014 12:42 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Production has started on the navy’s newest hovercraft. Designed to haul vehicles, equipment, and supplies at land and at sea, the ship to shore connectors are slated for completion in 2017. The new crafts will be able to carry 60 tons of cargo, 14 more than ...

Operational amplifiers deliver zero drift operation

December 18, 2014 11:22 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced a family of affordable, precision CMOS operational amplifiers (op amps) that deliver zero drift operation and industry leading quiescent current for front-end amplifier circuits and power management designs. Targeted at ...

Test socket achieves 31 gram actuation force per ball

December 18, 2014 11:10 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) recently introduced a new Stamped spring pin socket addressing high performance requirements for testing BGA243 - CBT-BGA-7020. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 31 gram actuation force per ball and ...

NIR drills into the energy industry

December 18, 2014 8:39 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Blogs | Comments

Hydrocarbon exploration by definition is the search by geologists or geophysicists for hydrocarbon deposits beneath the Earth’s surface, such as oil (petroleum) and natural gas. In such exploration, the oil and gas industry drills holes into the Earth’s surface to ...

BLDC controller features reliable sensorless startup

December 17, 2014 2:02 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces a new three-phase, sensorless, brushless DC (BLDC) motor controller for use with external complementary P-channel and N-channel power MOSFETs. Reliable sensorless startup and run commutation can ...

Panel meter includes field-selectable inputs

December 17, 2014 1:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Digital Corporation (Holliston, MA) announced the latest ProVu family member, the PD6001 Feet & Inches 1/8 DIN Panel Meter. A NEMA 4X panel mounted indicator, the PD6001 is based on a reliable, economical design that features an ...

Resistor saves space with 7 W rating and resistance to 1 mΩ

December 17, 2014 11:43 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced a new surface-mount Power Metal Strip resistor designed to save space in automotive, industrial, computer, and consumer applications. The Vishay Dale WSHM2818 combines a high 7 W power rating with ...

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