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3 trends in passives for 2015

February 9, 2015 1:08 pm | by Larisa Miles, Newark element14 | Articles | Comments

Like any evolving technology, in recent years the electronic components industry has seen a shift toward passive components that are smaller, more reliable and more powerful. Distributors and manufacturers alike are investing heavily in the development of these features, and we ...

Micro-threaded inserts exhibit superior resistance to loosening

February 9, 2015 11:28 am | by Spiralock Corporation | Spiralock Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Electronics engineers now have access to enhanced electronics performance – including fastener resistance to vibrational loosening, drop shock, and high heat – thanks to the self-locking Spiralock internal thread form design in micro threaded inserts. STANLEY Engineered Fastening ...

Quad SPST analog switches include a 0.35 mm pitch

February 9, 2015 11:21 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced three new 200 Ω precision monolithic quad single-pole single-throw (SPST) analog switches in the ultra-compact WCSP 4 bump by 4 bump array package. The smallest such devices in the industry, the Vishay Siliconix DG2501, DG2502, and DG2503 ...

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Comparing touch switch technologies

February 9, 2015 10:44 am | by Steve Sheard, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

The specifying of touch switches as an alternative to conventional electro-mechanical devices, such as pushbuttons, toggles or membrane switches, is now becoming increasingly commonplace in a broad spectrum of modern system designs within domestic, office, medical, and industrial ...

Captive panel screws suit space-constrained applications

February 9, 2015 10:38 am | by Penn Engineering | Penn Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

Patented PEM Type PFHV self-clinching captive panel screws from Penn Engineering introduce lower-cost alternatives to conventional spring-loaded versions. These no-spring steel fasteners integrate a captive screw to keep loose parts to a minimum and ...

The drone delivery system is officially here (sort of)

February 9, 2015 10:26 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The drone delivery service that everyone has been dreaming of (or dreading) is finally here. Well, sort of. Though Amazon was the American front runner in the drone delivary world, it's Alibaba via their online marketplace Taobao that has taken the steps to becoming the world's first drone delivery service.

Navy's electromagnetic railgun launches projectiles up to Mach 7

February 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) unveiled its electromagnetic railgun for the first time at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO last week. And with the ability to launch a hyper-velocity projectile (HVP) up to Mach 7 in less than a second, it’s a doozy....

Gage heads replace failing units on automotive production line

February 9, 2015 8:51 am | by Macro Sensors | Macro Sensors | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors LVDT gage heads are being used on an automated production line as part of a quality control system that ensures the precise dimensions of hydraulic valve adjusters manufactured for use in different car engines. Every automobile uses a number of different engine ...

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Engineering Newswire: The Navy’s firefighting robot

February 6, 2015 10:39 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today, New York startup Robotbase concluded its successful Kickstarter campaign, more than tripling its original goal to bring the Personal Robot into your home. The robot isn't just another pretty fake face as it combines facial, object, and emotion recognition....

A bright future for outdoor displays

February 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Rick Ho, North America Regional Marketing Manager, Dow Corning | Articles | Comments

Outdoor LED displays represent a global market that is on track to more than double by 2020, from $5 billion in 2015 to $12 billion, according to Transparency Market Research. The prevailing technology is based on through-hole technology (THT) LED modules, but demand ...

AC/DC power supply serves medical and ITE applications

February 6, 2015 10:12 am | by Tumbler Technologies + Trumpower | Tumbler Technologies + Trumpower | Product Releases | Comments

TRUMPower launches a new addition to its AC/DC switching power supply line-up with the TWM280 series, which serves medical and ITE applications. The compact (3” x 5” x 1.18”) open frame unit is capable of delivering 280W of continuous output power at ...

Battery controllers provide uninterruptible 24VDC and 48VDC bus voltage

February 6, 2015 10:11 am | by Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Power Sources Unlimited, Inc. announces the addition of the new 360 Watt TSP BCMU360 Series of DIN-Rail universal battery controller modules for uninterruptible 24VDC and 48VDC bus voltage to our TRACO Power portfolio. This modular line of DIN-Rail battery ...

Class D audio demo board uses eGaN FETs

February 6, 2015 10:09 am | by Efficient Power Conversion | Efficient Power Conversion | Product Releases | Comments

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) introduces the EPC9106, a reference design for a 150 W, 8 ohm Class-D audio amplifier. This demonstration board uses a Bridge-Tied-Load (BTL) design, composed of four ground-referenced half-bridge output stages....

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RF switch delivers high port-to-port isolation

February 6, 2015 9:48 am | by Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine’s PE42524 is a single-pole double-throw (SPDT) RF switch die that supports a wide frequency range from 10 MHz to 40 GHz. It delivers exceptionally high port-to-port isolation, low insertion loss and excellent linearity. The switch exhibits ...

Software development platform simplifies porting of code

February 6, 2015 8:57 am | by Stmicroelectronics | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Designers targeting any of STMicroelectronics’ STM32 microcontrollers can now leverage the speed and convenience of the STMCube™ software development platform, which has now completed rolling out to all STM32 MCU family series currently in production....

This is what it's like to intern at NASA

February 6, 2015 8:32 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Lauren Prox, a senior at Denbigh High School - Aviation AcademyShe hasn't quite decided what the rest of her life will look like, but she's narrowed it down to Aerospace, Optical, or Electrical Engineering. We think she has some good options.

Engineering Update #96: China's drone delivery service

February 4, 2015 4:26 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While we struggle with domestic drone regulations, China’s e-commerce giant, Alibaba, is moving forward with a similar service as Amazon’s vaunted drone delivery system. Ya know, the difference being that Alibaba isn’t mired in seemingly endless red tape and regulatory hurdles....

Cloud-bursting tech guarantees a sunny wedding day

February 4, 2015 10:17 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

The luxury travel site Oliver’s Travels is now offering a “cloud-bursting” service that guarantees clear skies for your wedding day. But the sun comes with a price tag, with a cost of more than $150,000. According to the company’s blog, “the service employs the talents of ...

Germany is greenlighting driverless vehicles (and it's great)

February 4, 2015 9:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The Autobahn, arguably one of the the most famous roads in the world, is about to welcome a new technology to its 8,216 miles and it's very exciting. For the first time, this highway will be home to not just crazy drivers going whatever speed they want, but it will also welcome ...

Driverless cars are not high-speed trains

February 4, 2015 9:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When talking about driverless vehicles, handwringing and fits that would be better received in a "the sky is falling" version of Chicken Little have become pretty commonplace. Despite the fact that cars not driven by human beings would be much safer than those operated by machines...

Environmental improvements to passenger aircraft drives component innovation

February 4, 2015 8:41 am | by Julian Thomas, Engineering Director, TT Electronics Power & Hybrid | Articles | Comments

Civil aircraft that are quieter and more economical will deliver benefits for operators, travellers, communities on the ground, and the environment. Technology advancements hold the key to progress, according to initiatives such as Europe’s Clean Sky joint undertaking. Improvements being ...

Doubling DSP efficiency with high-performance SRAM

February 3, 2015 1:32 pm | by Suhail Zain, Director of New Product Development and Strategic Marketing for Aerospace & Defense, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. | Articles | Comments

With their well-defined architecture and deterministic processing, DSPs accelerate the performance of a wide range of military and defense applications, including radar, software defined radio (SDRs), aircraft imaging, and target detection systems. By removing ...

Smart clothing could take over the wearables market

February 3, 2015 1:08 pm | by Martine Escoffier, Mass Market and On Line Channel – Volume MEMS division, STMicroelectronics | Blogs | Comments

In the realm of wearables, smart watches and fitness wristbands seem to rule the day. But a new legion of wearables is strutting to the stage. Here comes Smart Clothing. We’re not talking about exotic couture like the robotic spider dress created by Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht recently ...

Embedded computer intended for demanding mobile environments

February 3, 2015 11:58 am | by Elma Electronic Inc. | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic Inc. now offers a modular, high performance embedded computer packaged for applications in demanding mobile environments. The modular COM Express-based computer includes a Cisco-certified routing engine complete with the full suite of ...

Power supply designed for medical devices and industrial test equipment

February 3, 2015 11:56 am | by SL Power Electronics Corporation | SL Power Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The MINT1500 AC/DC power supply from SL Power Electronics Corporation solves a multitude of power challenges for next-generation medical devices and industrial test equipment. The high performance MINT1500 meets design engineers’ requirement for a highly efficient ...

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