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Infrared LEDs offer optical efficiency for security applications

August 6, 2014 1:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new Oslon Black SFH 4715A infrared LED (IRED) from Osram Opto Semiconductors (Sunnyvale, CA) offers a typical electro-optical efficiency of 48% — a figure never before achieved with opto-electronic elements. It also achieves a substantial reduction in cooling requirements....

Applying COTS principles to motion control

August 6, 2014 12:21 pm | by Nate Holmes, Product Manager, Motion Control at National Instruments | Articles | Comments

When building a motion drive or controller, manufacturers traditionally implement advanced control techniques and package them in a black box with a few gain settings, a slider, or an autotuning feature, and the machine builder or end user may never know or care how the control is implemented....

Creating an automated art installation that runs like clockwork

August 6, 2014 12:01 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Imagine being a prospective student interested in attending East Carolina University arriving at the sprawling Greenville, North Carolina campus with your parents in tow and eager to take a look around. Suddenly, two doors on the library’s giant clock tower open up....

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

August 6, 2014 11:02 am | Articles | Comments

In the case of long-term infrastructure planning, it is essential to consider how network function virtualization (NFV), will impact and enable data centers in the next five to 10 years. NFV is an ideal alternative to traditional networking solutions, as it allows organizations to upgrade infrastructure....

Is our own government turning privacy into a myth?

August 6, 2014 10:57 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Even though I am in my early 20’s, I can still remember a time where there was a distinct separation between private and public information. Sadly, privacy seems to be a thing of the past in today’s technologically innovative culture. CNN reports that, “even if you power off your cell phone, the U.S. government can turn it back on....

Shielded connector features positive-lock to meet automotive specifications

August 6, 2014 9:10 am | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley) currently provides a high-speed multimedia connector capable of conveying transmissions up to 1 Gbps. Supporting the automotive industry's most commonly used standards, USB2.0, IEEE1394, LVDS, and GVIF signals, the GT17H/HN Series connectors have an advanced shielding structure....

High-voltage LEDs achieve an efficiency of around 120lm/W at 3000K CCT

August 6, 2014 8:54 am | Everlight Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Everlight Electronics (Carrollton, TX) announces the XI3030 High Voltage series, an addition to EVERLIGHT’s popular XI3030 mid- to high-power LED package. By introducing the High Voltage version, a new concept of the existing XI3030 series with higher voltages at a lower price ...

OLED displays feature 262K colors

August 6, 2014 8:34 am | Newhaven Display International | Product Releases | Comments

Newhaven Display International Inc.’s (Elgin, IL) full color OLEDs are available in sizes 1.27”, 1.5”, and 1.69”. Featuring 262K colors, these passive matrix displays have a sharper and crisper viewing quality when compared to LCDs because of their rich black levels and 2000:1 contrast ratio....

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What you need to know about particle physics

August 6, 2014 8:02 am | by Mike Collins | Blogs | Comments

Just before World War II, Earnest Lawrence, a physicist at Cal-Tech, found out that German physicists had split an atom of uranium using a neutron to form two smaller nuclei and release the nuclear strong force. Lawrence then built a more advanced version of an accelerator....

Will medical devices and all-laser manufacturing advancements enable the age of longevity?

August 6, 2014 7:57 am | by Stefan Zschiegner, Raydiance | Blogs | Comments

Perhaps the only advances in medical technology which excite more than today’s minimally invasive devices and procedures are the ones that will come to market over the next several decades. Medical futurists speak with credibility about the prospect of human beings born today living 150 years....

Microminiature board-to-board connectors feature ultra-low profile of 0.35 mm pitch

August 5, 2014 12:42 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) announces the launch of its new SlimStack SSB6 SMT microminiature board-to-board connectors. With an ultra-low profile (0.35 mm pitch) and compact size (0.60 mm height x 2.00 mm width, when mated), SlimStack SSB6 connectors are ideal for saving space....

6GHz handheld RF spectrum analyzers provide more than 3 hours of operation

August 5, 2014 12:34 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has introduced two new RF analyzers — the new AIM-TTi Series 5 Models — available in 3.6GHz and 6.0GHz versions. They maintain a true handheld format while offering bench-top instrument-quality features....

180 watt portable LED work area light provides a 16,200 lumen floodlight beam

August 5, 2014 9:42 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The WAL-STK-3X600E portable work area LED light from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) provides a 16,200 lumen floodlight beam covering a complete 360° work area and is a direct replacement for hot and fragile 500 watt halogen work lights. This LED work light is comprised of three LED light heads....

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High-temperature multi-function logic gates enable operation between 2.8V and 5.5V

August 5, 2014 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

X-REL Semiconductor (Grenoble, France) introduces its High-Temperature multi-function logic gates: XTR54000. Intended for high-reliability, extreme temperature and extended lifetime applications, such as Automotive, Aeronautics, Down-hole, the flexibility of the XTR54000 ...

Precision op amps operate on 140V supply

August 5, 2014 8:57 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announces the LTC6091 and LTC6090-5, additions to the LTC6090 family of precision operational amplifiers which operate on a supply voltage up to 140V (±70V). The dual LTC6091 features separate output disable pins....

What engineers think about retirement

August 5, 2014 8:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Retirement, that Golden Age of relaxation and hard-earned rest where you get to prop up your feet on the porch and yell at the neighborhood kids to get off your lawn. ECN wanted to know what our engineers had planned for their golden years, but as it turns out most of you are pretty happy to be working.

Significance of assertions for bus-interconnect verification

August 5, 2014 7:04 am | by Debjit Roy Choudhury, Anish Mon, Srinivasa Kothamasu, and Nagaraj Mahadevaiah, LSI | Articles | Comments

In any modern day multi-processor based system, bus interconnects are one of the most complex IP blocks. All these system bus-interconnects are the backbone of the whole system for end to end communication, carrying substantial transaction bandwidth across the chip....

20-foot telescoping light mast includes 360° rotating capabilities

August 4, 2014 3:57 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial lighting specialists Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) have announced the release of a 20 foot telescoping light mast with 360° rotating capabilities and electric winches for ease of operation. The LM-20-EW is a fold over light mast that provides a safe and effective way ...

When is Fly-Buck the right choice for your isolated power needs?

August 4, 2014 3:27 pm | by Vijay Choudhary, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

The Fly-Buck™ converter (or isolated buck converter) is becoming very popular as a low power isolated bias solution because of its simplicity, ease-of-use, low component count, and the availability of wide-Vin integrated regulators like ...

Engineering Newswire: The Army’s new glow-in-the-dark bullets

August 4, 2014 3:15 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Dubbed, One-Way Luminescence, or OWL, a new tracer round is being developed by engineers at the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center. The engineers are experimenting with a variety of potential solutions, but final design ...

PV connector meets the three highest certification standards on the market

August 4, 2014 2:33 pm | Amphenol | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol Industrial Products Group (Sidney, NY) now offers a PV connector that meets all three of the highest certification standards on the market, allowing this one connector to be used globally.  The new H4 UTX meets IEC50521 TUV 1500V- Class A (All Access)....

Configurable frequency synthesizers offer phase noise performance as low as -92 dBc/Hz at 100 kHz offset

August 4, 2014 1:31 pm | Api Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies Corp. (Orlando, FL) announced the launch of configurable frequency synthesizers (Models LCFS-X), the newest addition to the Company’s line of standard RF / microwave products. Offering superior phase noise performance as low as -92 dBc/Hz at 100 kHz offset ...

Digital step attenuator offers 29nS switching time

August 4, 2014 1:16 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for Peregrine Semiconductor’s 2-bit, fast-switching digital step attenuator (DSA). The PE43205 offers 29nS switching time when transitioning between 6, 12 or 18dB of attenuation. Simple, coarse attenuation is a great benefit....

Multi-layer ceramic capacitors rated to 200°C

August 4, 2014 10:23 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has extended its high temperature SMX Series stacked SMPS MLCCs with the addition of new 25V ratings in case sizes 3-5 and 500V ratings in every case size (1-6), making it the broadest offering of stacked SMPS MLCCs rated to 200°C....

Buck controller supports new levels of flexibility for high-current designs

August 4, 2014 10:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL78268 55V synchronous buck controller with 3A integrated high-side and low-side drivers. The most versatile high voltage buck solution available, the ISL78268 buck controller provides very high step-down efficiency....

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