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IEEE 802.3bt: Not all detection schemes are equal

July 9, 2014 10:21 am | by David Abramson, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Can you safely apply power to equipment connected to a PoE-enabled switch when performing detection on all four pairs in parallel? In order to answer that question, let’s look at some of the consequences of detecting PDs on all four pairs (also referred to as both alternatives) in parallel.

Sensor IC includes integrated capacitor

July 9, 2014 10:08 am | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduces a new Hall-effect based integrated circuit (IC) that provides a user-friendly solution for true zero-speed digital ring magnet and gear tooth sensing in two-wire applications. Allegro’s A1688 wheel speed sensor IC is targeted at the automotive market....

Kasey's Korner: This material can withstand forces 160,000 times its own weight

July 9, 2014 8:56 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

MIT engineers have created a new material that can withstand forces 160,000 times its own weight. The material uses micro lattices with nanoscale features for a material that offers great strength with ultra low density. The researchers utilized a high-precision 3d printing process called projection micro stereolithography to create a material that is 400 times stronger than an object of similar density.

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Attenuators suitable for broadcast, HDTV, and satcom applications

July 8, 2014 3:30 pm | by ECN Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. (Irvine, CA) has announced their expanded line of 75 Ohm F attenuators. This new line of F-type attenuators is suitable for broadcast, HDTV, and satcom applications in the L and S microwave bands up to 3 GHz....

The War on Error

July 8, 2014 2:17 pm | by Craig Jones, VP Global Supports Services, PRISYM ID | Blogs | Comments

Product recall is a key issue for the global medical devices industry. With expensively manufactured devices, as well as hard-earned brand reputations, routinely destroyed in the wake of a recall notice, the costs are high; productivity, profitability and speed to market are blown apart, while patient care also takes a hit....

Reflective optical encoders target low power miniaturized motion control systems

July 8, 2014 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies (San Jose, CA) announced a new series of 3-channel reflective optical encoder devices, the AEDR-87xx. The devices are suitable for use in low power miniaturized motion control systems such as stepper motors, electrical actuators, piezoelectric drives and …

3-position panel mount connector handles 22 A at 600 V

July 8, 2014 12:49 pm | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Product (Sterling, MA) announced the addition of the Panel Mount Connector to the 3 Position Mini PL family of SPEC Pak sealed connectors. This compact, panel mountable connector is capable of 22 A at 600 V AC/DC (UL). The Panel Mount Connector is secured to a panel via a jam nut....

5-A, 15-V 2-phase synchronous boost regulator offers 95 percent efficiency

July 8, 2014 12:40 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the LTC3124, a dual-phase, 3-MHz, current-mode, synchronous boost DC/DC converter with output disconnect and inrush current limiting. According to the company, dual-phase operation significantly reduces …

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Kasey's Korner: This material could change solar cell history

July 8, 2014 8:49 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While solar cells offer a great opportunity for alternative energy, they also contain cadmium chloride, which is a toxic substance. Unfortunately, it’s also a necessary substance that greatly improves solar efficiency in the panel materials allowing for a conversion efficiency of over 15 percent.

Customization as standard

July 7, 2014 1:13 pm | by Hitaltech | Blogs | Comments

As design engineers are pushed by marketing to design an aesthetically pleasing product which can be differentiated from the competition, they are increasingly facing a situation where a standard, off the shelf enclosure no longer meets their requirements....

RF subsystem operates over the E-band frequency spectrum from 71- 86 GHz

July 7, 2014 12:30 pm | Ducommun Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DLT (Carson, CA) has announced the release of E-band Radio link RF subsystem. This subsystem operates over the E-band frequency spectrum from 71- 86 GHz. One of its applications can be found in the E-band multi-gigabit wireless communication system, which offers local area networks....

Three-phase DIN rail power supplies designed for tight spaces

July 7, 2014 12:20 pm | Automation Systems Interconnect (Asi) | Product Releases | Comments

Automation Systems Interconnect (ASI) (Mechanicsburg, PA) has announced compact 80 mm wide three-phase DIN rail power supplies for tight spaces. The twelve models in the series meet the Machinery Directive EN60204-1 requirements and have a 92%+ maximum efficiency rating....

Nano drive delivers 4000 W in any industrial environment

July 7, 2014 12:18 pm | Elmo Motion Control Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Elmo Motion Control (Petach Tikva, Israel) released its Gold Twitter miniature, high-power servo drive. At 18 g  less than1 oz.) in weight, and less than 13 cm3, the drive delivers up to 4000 W of qualitative power, ultra high current such as…

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DC-DC converters feature remote on/off, remote sense, and output voltage adjustment

July 7, 2014 12:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GE’s Critical Power business (Dallas, TX) has launched its new SHHN000A3CL isolated DC-DC converters, providing board designers with a bipolar dual-output module in a compact footprint. The latest addition to GE’s Hammerhead series of power modules ...

The Grim Reaper flies ... with help from a drone

July 7, 2014 10:54 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

You may have seen the viral video making its rounds — the mythical entity otherwise known as the Grim Reaper, the personification of Death, flies around, scaring the s*** out of unwitting bystanders. Is the Apocalypse nigh at hand? Is the Angel of Death here to claim human souls? Well, not quite....

COTS card performs data acquisition, signal processing and storage in XMC form factor

July 7, 2014 10:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

4DSP’s (Austin, TX) FM788 FPGA-based COTS card is designed to perform in a variety of applications, including beamforming, direction finding, RADAR, and satellite communications. This XMC module is based on Xilinx’s Virtex-7 and features …

Kasey's Korner: Forget steel, try ice and sawdust

July 7, 2014 9:43 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Pykrete, a material made of ice and sawdust, was first introduced by British inventor Geoffrey Pyke during World War II as a solution to the steel shortage.

Engineering Newswire: Dragon chopper burns down the highway

July 7, 2014 9:22 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In response to a customer's ambitious request to design a bike in the shape of a Chinese dragon, Orange County Choppers (OCC) teamed up with 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys to make that dream a reality. 3D printing allows OCC to custom build parts with ultimate design freedom and durable, lightweight materials....

Switch guards ideal for harsh environments

July 7, 2014 9:13 am | Apem Components, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

APEM, Inc (Vista, CA) announces the launch of the new accessory line, the MSG Switch Guard Series. The robust, modern design allows for the MSG Series to meet the requirements of the most demanding environments, particularly defense, aeronautics, off-road vehicles and industrial automation....

Fully illuminated 30mm pushbutton meets the ISO 7000 standard

July 2, 2014 12:14 pm | Apem Components, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

APEM, Inc. (Vista, CA) announces the new FP30 series pushbutton. Available in either snap-in or threaded bush mounting, this large but lightweight pushbutton is only 1.5 to 2.5mm for the snap in version, and 1 to 9mm for the threaded bushing version....

Processor family presents higher performance with real-time processing

July 2, 2014 9:34 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) announced the new Sitara AM437x processor family that integrates support for industrial protocols for both automation and industrial drives and includes new features such as dual camera for data terminals with bar code scanning.

Engineering Update #65: A shark-detecting buoy

July 2, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at an Australian tech firm have recently come up with a potential solution called the Clever buoy, designed to emit sonar signals from a buoy anchored to the seabed by a box. The buoy uses a processor to analyze the returning sonar signals. The crazy part is that researchers have designed the technology....

The 'Elf' gets 1,800 MPG

July 1, 2014 4:04 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An unusual hybrid bike being developed in Durham, North Carolina could be the future of urban transportation, according to its creators. Rob Cotter of Organic Transit says his machine, called the "Elf", brings a new level of efficiency that equates to nearly 1,800 miles-per-gallon....

Multilayer varistor designed for ESD protection

July 1, 2014 3:52 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The ZVE Series from Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) is a low-capacitance, surface-mount multilayer varistor designed for ESD protection. High capacitance can distort or even block communications signals. Since the ZVE Series is a multilayer varistor, it is inherently bi-directional....

Oscilloscopes integrate a deep measurement toolset

July 1, 2014 3:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne LeCroy (Chestnut Ridge, NY) has introduces the WaveSurfer 3000 series of oscilloscopes featuring the MAUI advanced user interface. This user interface integrates a deep measurement toolset and multi-instrument capabilities into a user experience centered on a large 10.1” touch screen....

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