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DIN adapters offer a PIM rating of less than or equal to -160dBc

June 13, 2014 9:16 am | Rf Industries | Product Releases | Comments

In addition to 8 variations of 4.1/9.5 (Mini) DIN to N type and 7/16 DIN adapters, RF Industries (San Diego, CA) developed a 4.1/9.5 (Mini) DIN male to female right angle and straight adapters. The 4.1/9.5 (Mini) DIN is essentially a compact version of the 7-16 DIN with similar electrical performance....

DC/DC converters provide 2,000 VDC of input-output isolation

June 13, 2014 9:04 am | Beta Dyne | Product Releases | Comments

A new addition to the economical F-Series line of DC/DC converters from Beta Dyne (Bridgewater, MA), the DIP package style products are available in output power levels of  3W, 5W, 6W, and 10W. All provide 2,000 VDC of input-output isolation and come in industry-standard packages and pinouts....

Slot machines get personal

June 13, 2014 7:09 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Playing a slot machine is more than just pulling the arm or pressing a button. Today’s slot machine manufacturers are incorporating more immersive, interactive features such as vivid, 4K displays with high-end graphics and animation, games based on tie-ins with popular entertainment brands from movies to game shows ...

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The role of smart TVs in gaming

June 12, 2014 4:52 pm | by Chad Lucien, SVP, Sales & Marketing, Hillcrest Labs, www.hillcrestlabs.com | Articles | Comments

TVs have long been at the center of the video game industry. From first person point-and-shoots to family-friendly tennis matches and high-speed racing games, game consoles connected to TVs have dominated the gaming scene for decades. This has changed now that smartphones and tablets have become gaming platforms....

What board-level technologies will be game changers in the near future?

June 12, 2014 4:09 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have a VERY exciting Brainstorm about Market Disrupters for our July issue. Our own ECN IMPACT Awards have inspired us to look deeper into the world of market disrupters. For our August issue, we're asking you, the experts, to tell us what the next big thing is when it comes to board-level technologies.

Com exCu: Industrial wireless

June 12, 2014 3:46 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Like general-purpose computational resources in commercial enterprises, factory automation systems have evolved from highly centralized structures with fixed peripheral connections to flexible models with distributed intelligence and networked I/O nodes. In the factory environment, networking and distributed intelligence increased resource availability....

Pressurized connectors meet IP68 standard without using internal o-rings

June 12, 2014 2:18 pm | San-Tron, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

San-tron, Inc. (Ipswich, MA) announced the release of its new, pSeries pressurized connectors which provide low-loss, high-stability performance through 30 GHz at +/-65 psi. These pressurized connectors, which meet the IP68 standard, feature…

Battery-free RFID resistance tag measures resistance value with a 10Ohm to 10MOhm range

June 12, 2014 2:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The RMETER from Farsens S.L. (San Sebastián, Spain) is a battery-free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated resistance measurement data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the sensor tag....

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Coaxial multi switch provides VSWR up to 1.20:1

June 12, 2014 2:07 pm | Ducommun Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The MM Series Coaxial Multi Switch from Ducommun Inc. RF Products (Carson, CA) contains 4P3T electromechanical switches designed for cell sites with three antennas each receiving or transmitting over 120 degrees of one-third of the coverage area for cellular telephone carrier or wireless applications....

Processors target industrial imaging, audio and automotive applications

June 12, 2014 11:15 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) introduced the ADSP-BF70x Blackfin processor family that provides 800 MMACS of processing power at less than 100 mW. The eight-member family includes up to 1 MB of internal SRAM, eliminating…

Decisions, decisions, decisions

June 12, 2014 8:28 am | by Rondekka Moore Vice President, Demand Creation, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas | Articles | Comments

The distribution channel provides tools, services, and training to support our customers’ engineering communities. A question I am often asked is: just how does that help? With the exceptions of pure play engineering design services and reference designs, just how does our contingent of account managers ...

EV design raises the bar for electric system design tools

June 11, 2014 4:28 pm | by Chris Aden, Product Marketing Manager, Silicon Engineering Group, Synopsys | Articles | Comments

Designing electrical systems for electric vehicle platforms is much more complicated than designing electrical systems for internal combustion engine (ICE) platforms. To meet the new challenges, system engineers require design tools capable of scaling with EV system complexity....

Take charge: Future-proofing for EV charging with larger on-board charging

June 11, 2014 4:13 pm | by Manoj Karwa, Senior Director of EVSE Programs, Leviton Mfg. Co. | Articles | Comments

With more than 175,000 plug-in vehicles in America today, advancements to ensure charging solutions meet current and future requirements are paramount. An emerging trend with the next generation of electrical vehicles is the utilization of larger on-board chargers....

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Giving lighting customers what they need

June 11, 2014 3:53 pm | by Paul Golata, Mouser Electronics | Mouser Electronics | Articles | Comments

Over the past decade, LEDs have had explosive growth in general lighting applications. LEDs offer great advantages over traditional lighting sources that include reliability, long life, reduced power consumption, small size, high efficacy (light delivered per energy consumed), and a high degree of design flexibility....

Why are we being plagued by product recalls?

June 11, 2014 3:39 pm | by Keith Nichols, Research Analyst, Cambashi, www.cambashi.com | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing companies build their reputation on the quality and safety of their products. Serious design faults, manufacturing errors and even incorrect labeling often result in widely publicized product recalls, which carry the risk of unwelcome commercial and brand image fall-out....

When to build, when to buy: Points to consider for outsource design services

June 11, 2014 2:41 pm | by Mike Sims, Director of Marketing and Sales, Attero Tech, LLC | Articles | Comments

How often do you here a company’s sales team bemoan the fact that there are far more hot new product development opportunities than there are in-house engineering resources to support them.  If you’re like most companies designing electronic products these days, this is a constant refrain....

Powering remote wireless devices: Extreme environments demand extreme batteries

June 11, 2014 2:30 pm | by Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

Harsh environments complicate the choice of power management system, especially if a wireless device is to be deployed in a remote, inaccessible location. When reliable, long-term power is required, and battery replacement or recharging are not viable options, lithium chemistry is preferred due to its intrinsic negative potential....

Laird launches new manufacturing facility in Vietnam to expand presence throughout Asia

June 11, 2014 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Laird has opened a new manufacturing plant near Hanoi – its first in Vietnam -- to better serve manufacturers of smart phones, portable electronics and other devices. Laird’s state-of-the-art facility in Bac Ninh is one of more than 50 Laird facilities in Asia, Europe and the United States. The plant began fully operating Wednesday following a festive ceremony.

China significantly ahead of the rest of the world in meeting key mobility priorities, finds Accenture study

June 11, 2014 12:07 pm | News | Comments

China remains the world’s strongest market for the successful implementation of mobility technologies, with two thirds of Chinese businesses citing good progress in meeting their key mobility priorities, compared to just 44 percent globally, according to a study by Accenture. Consistent with this was the finding that nearly four out of five Chinese businesses...

High-density card edge connectors are offered in low profile, ultra-thin, and high temperature versions

June 11, 2014 11:43 am | Sullins Connector Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Sullins Connector Solutions, Inc. (San Marcos, CA) announced the expansion of their portfolio of high-density 0.050" (1.27 mm) contact center card edge connectors to include the FMBx Series. The new series features high-temperature and low profile ultra-thin devices accommodating…

Wire-to-board, crimp style connectors include a secure friction locking feature when mated

June 11, 2014 11:13 am | Jst Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new ADH Series wire-to-board, crimp style, disconnectable connectors recently introduced by JST Corporation (Waukegan, IL) offer subminiature size, design flexibility, and reliable contact construction for high-density applications. These 1.3 mm (.051”) pitch, side (right angle) entry, SMT connectors are polarized....

Flexible clean room cables designed for semiconductor industry applications

June 11, 2014 10:42 am | Cicoil Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Cicoil (Valencia, CA) now offers standard “Off-the-Shelf” Clean Room Cables and Assemblies for Semiconductor Industry Applications. Rated for Class 1 Clean Room use, the Flexx-Sil rubber jacketed cables meet the Air Cleanliness Requirements of ISO 146441 and exceed the outgassing requirements of ASTM E595....

Mini PC features triple 1080p HD video display & 4K ultra HD capabilities

June 11, 2014 10:06 am | Stealth Computer Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Stealth.com Inc. (Stealth Computer - San Jose, CA) a leader in rugged small form factor computing has released a new extreme performance PC model LPC-681. This powerful small computer measures 6.54"(W) x 6.18"(D) x 1.89"(H) inches, and the LPC-681 mini PC ...

AC-DC switching power supply achieves 10 kW

June 11, 2014 9:49 am | Pioneer Magnetics | Product Releases | Comments

Pioneer Magnetics (Santa Monica, CA) announces a 10 kW AC-DC switching power supply in a 5” X 5” X 17.5” package. One of the most important aspects of this technical breakthrough of the PM38220B series is for the end user to be able to double its power by adding just 2 additional inches....

Gyroscope offers ±4000 dps full scale range

June 11, 2014 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

InvenSense (San Jose, CA) announced the world's widest full scale range (FSR) 3-axis MEMS gyroscope for high impact wearable applications. The ITG-3701 also offers the smallest size, lowest profile and lowest power, ideal for wearable applications in sports and concussion analysis....

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