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Hot swap controller protects batteries from voltage & current faults

August 25, 2014 4:06 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC4231, an ultralow quiescent current (IQ) Hot Swap controller, enabling safe board or battery insertion and extraction from 2.7V to 36V systems. The LTC4231 controls an external N-channel MOSFET to gently power up board capacitors....

Weld-free, rugged cabinet features longer structural integrity

August 25, 2014 3:49 pm | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Optima Stantron, an Elma company, has developed a weld-free, rugged cabinet for electronics that offers increased structural integrity to withstand a variety of demanding, extreme environments. The new, modular MB-Series is a set of flexible, customer tailored cabinets....

2.4 GHz RF high-power amplifier offers low EVM and current

August 25, 2014 3:33 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) announced its latest 2.4 GHz 256-QAM RF high-power amplifier — the SST12CP21 — which offers ultra low EVM and current consumption for 256-QAM and IEEE 802.11n systems. The SST12CP21 delivers high linear output power of up to 23 dBm....

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HotSpot: Smartphone-loss anxiety disorder

August 25, 2014 1:45 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

A Canadian team has outlined the possible coping mechanisms that might be needed following loss or theft and the security problems that users might face. The researchers point out that the same anxieties apply equally to lost or stolen laptops, tablet computers and other digital devices....

Hinges include integrated monitoring switch

August 25, 2014 10:27 am | J.W. Winco, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

J.W. Winco (New Berlin, WI) announced it now offers EN 239.4 Plastic Hinges with Integrated Switch, in metric sizes. These RoHS-compliant hinges were designed for monitoring guard doors and covers of machines and production equipment....

Technology: Our savior or our downfall?

August 25, 2014 10:15 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Probably one of those topics that people have been debating since someone brought back the first burning stick and started a fire.  “Progress, who needs it?”  Well, in a lot of ways, we all need it.  At our present world population figure of 7 billion and counting, we could hardly live without it....

Carrier adapter suits 1.27-mm pitch SOIC28

August 25, 2014 10:05 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics' SOIC carrier adapters are positioned as making it easy to probe, and quickly switch ICs on a board with SMT lands only. The CA-SO28E-Z-J-01 has ...

High-speed connector system supports data rates of up to 25 Gbps

August 25, 2014 9:49 am | Erni Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

ERNI electronics (Adelberg) has developed a high density high-speed connector system -- ERmet ZDHD family -- which supports data rates of up to 25 Gbps. Based on these connectors, the company asserts 100 Gbps systems

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Differential pressure transducers feature up to ±0.05% FSO accuracy

August 25, 2014 9:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

GP:50 Corporation LTD (Grand Island, NY) announced the introduction of its Model 216/316 Series, a family of compact, long-range, high-line differential pressure transducers. The GP:50 Model 216/316 Series is available in pressure ranges from 2.5” WCD thru 200 PSID (14 BAR)....

TVS array provides overvoltage protection in high-speed applications

August 25, 2014 8:57 am | ProTek Devices | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices (Tempe, AZ) has introduced a new transient voltage suppressor array (TVS array) for overvoltage circuit protection in a variety of high-speed applications such as Gigabit Ethernet, LAN / WAN equipment, notebooks and desktop computers, and more....

Traffic lights are insanely easy to hack into

August 25, 2014 8:40 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever sat at a traffic light that takes forever to change, and wish you could just change it yourself? Certain disreputable parties might have the ability to do that. Researchers say, “anyone with a radio hooked up to a laptop can ...

Look what’s coming to dinner

August 22, 2014 4:33 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I went to lunch with a friend; it was a chance to catch up and treat our daughters. Before we sat down, the girls noticed the kiosk at our table and instantly started playing games. They assured us that nothing popped up on the screen concerning charges, so we allowed them to continue playing....

LED light fixture includes 100’ cord reel for Group B hazardous locations

August 22, 2014 3:58 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a Group B-approved temporary manhole mount LED light fixture, the MMLP-1MLED-B-24OD-36P-20O-100HR, that provides operators with an alternative to traditional string or tank lights....

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I/O modules offer 4 or 8 serial ports

August 22, 2014 1:36 pm | Diamond Systems Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Diamond Systems (Mountain View, CA) introduced Emerald-MM-8EL-XT (EMM-8EL-XT), a family of high performance PCIe/104 OneBankTM serial I/O modules offering 4 or 8 serial ports with software-controlled configuration and optional opto-isolation....

Photos of the Day: Your new home on Mars

August 22, 2014 12:12 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Mars One is looking to send humans to Mars in 2025. Next year, the first batch of applicants (yes, willing applicants) will be selected to begin their training, which will continue up until the 2024 launch date. Nearly a decade of training is hardly the commitment....

ABS case feet for electronic enclosures come in a variety of colors, versions

August 22, 2014 11:05 am | Okw Enclosures | Product Releases | Comments

METCASE has extended its range of universal ABS case feet for electronic enclosures. The foot design is totally universal, so electronics engineers can specify them not just for METCASE housings but also to retrofit to other manufacturers’ cases, or their own bespoke housings.

PROFIBUS network interface cards target PCI, PCI Express, and CompactPCI 3U formats

August 22, 2014 10:07 am | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Walldorf, Germany) introduced its next generation Brad applicomIO PROFIBUS Network Interface Cards (NICs), which are form-fit-function replacements for the existing family. The Brad applicomIO offering provides the

ECN Time Warp: April 1994

August 22, 2014 9:43 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Prior to the Web, news delivery was not so instantaneous. New product news was delivered each month to our engineering audience through ECN’s print edition. Some old covers of ECN Magazine have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years....

Rechargeable LED flashlight offers up to 25 hours of run time

August 22, 2014 9:28 am | Pelican Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Pelican Products Inc. (Torrance, CA) has introduced the Pelican ProGear 2380R rechargeable LED flashlight. The lightweight rechargeable LED flashlight weighs in at 6.6 ounces with batteries and provides extreme versatility. Using Fraen patented dual reflector optics ...

DC/DC converters feature typical efficiency of 86%

August 22, 2014 9:15 am | Beta Dyne | Product Releases | Comments

The FWA15S and FWA15D series from Beta Dyne (Bridgewater, MA) of regulated 15W single & dual DC/DC converters feature industry standard pinout in a standard 2" x 1" metal package with a minimum isolation voltage of 2000Vdc, maximum efficiency of 86%....

Engineering Newswire: Giant darts probe Mars for signs of life

August 22, 2014 8:46 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

There is a new Indiegogo campaign, and it’s mission: To find life on Mars. Explore Mars, Inc. believes that in order to find life on mars, we must look deep beneath the surface instead of just scratching it like we have been with rover bots and cameras....

USB pen scope displays signals from 5mV to 50V

August 21, 2014 4:27 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company Inc. (Fairport, NY) announces the new Owon RDS1021 Wave Rambler — a new, USB pen scope that packs the features of a high-performance bench top oscilloscope in a small, lightweight and ergonomic probe that fits perfectly in the hand....

University of Cincinnati adds 50 new faculty members to engineering department

August 21, 2014 2:14 pm | by University of Cincinnati | Blogs | Comments

 University of Cincinnati Provost Beverly Davenport has made it her mission to propel the university along its path of growth and expansion, stated earlier by UC President Santa Ono. As UC approaches its bicentennial, Davenport has geared up with plans to enter the next phase of UC with a clear vision through the Third Century initiative.

DC/DC controller draws only 50µA in standby

August 21, 2014 1:49 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC3807, a low quiescent current synchronous step-down DC/DC controller that draws only 50µA in standby mode with the output voltage in regulation. The 4V to 38V input supply range is designed to protect against high voltage transients....

The "Five Ws" of the Internet of Things

August 21, 2014 1:23 pm | by Mark Walters, Chairman, Z-Wave Alliance | Blogs | Comments

Technology acronyms have a way of propagating like digital mosquitoes, and many of them live just about as long. An exception is the IoT, or Internet of Things, which has the loudest buzz these days. What exactly is the IoT and what is it good for?

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