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Normally open multi-throw coax switch covers DC to 12 GHz

June 19, 2014 2:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne Coax Switches (Cumbernauld, UK) introduced its new Series CCR-38 Coax Switch. The CCR-38 is a broadband multi-throw, electromechanical coaxial switch designed to switch a microwave signal from a common input to any of 10 outputs.

Engineering Newswire: Urinal videogame is controlled by user's 'stream'

June 19, 2014 1:33 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A new videogame has hit the market, and while it doesn’t require a controller, it’s not quite hands free. Yup, this video game is controlled entirely by your urine. After experimenting with many ideas including lasers, ultrasound, induction sensors, and even cameras which were ruled out on privacy grounds ...

LED series offers up to 23,650 lumens

June 19, 2014 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting announced that Hubbell Industrial Lighting’s modernly styled LUNABAY LED High Bay is now available in high output versions. While still providing excellent efficacy of up to 95 lumens per watt, the LUNABAY can now deliver up to 23,650 lumens....

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Engineering Update #63: Boeing's newest space ship

June 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On June 9th, Boeing unveiled its CST-100 commercial space taxi. The company’s main goal is to restart the U.S. ability to get to the ISS and beyond without spending 60 million for a seat on a Russian soyez. The company is referring to this capsule as a “space taxi” due to its simplicity and cost effectiveness....

Obama pets a giant, laughing robotic giraffe

June 19, 2014 9:40 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

While the Obama administration has been dealing with a lot of heavy topics lately, the White House also had time to push policy on innovation and creation. Part of the campaign was the White House Maker Faire, designed to celebrate “all things built-by-hand and designed-by-ingenuity.” It featured 30 projects from more than 100 students, engineers, creators and researchers from 25 different states.

Five fast fastener tips for manufacturers of electronic products

June 19, 2014 9:39 am | by By Ed Sullivan for Holbrook Electronics, www.holbrookinc.com | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturers of electronic products can often overcome production challenges presented by fastening problems by using the design expertise of fastener engineers and suppliers who can not only meet stringent specifications, but can incorporate design features which save on assembly time and costs while improving the quality and durability of finished assemblies.

Semi-shielded power inductor series targets DC/DC converter power management applications

June 19, 2014 9:09 am | Bourns, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bourns, Inc. (Riverside, CA) announced a new series of semi-shielded power inductors.  The semi-shielded SRN model series combines the features of non-shielded and shielded inductors, making them suitable for use in DC/DC converters.

AEC-Q101-Qualified proximity and ambient light sensor is fully integrated

June 18, 2014 8:17 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

A new AEC-Q101-qualified, fully integrated proximity and ambient light optical sensor with an operating temperature range to +105°C was announced by the Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.

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Energy storage systems perform under extreme environmental conditions

June 18, 2014 7:46 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) announced the New SCS family of air or liquid cooled energy storage solutions for mission critical or remote location requirements that need to perform under extreme environmental conditions in…

Small, shielded power inductor handles up to 3.75 A

June 18, 2014 7:17 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s (Cary, IL) XPL2010 Series of ultra-small, magnetically shielded power inductors combine desirable current handling, low DC resistance and inductance values up to 220 µH in a 1.9-mm X 2.0-mm package.

The industry’s first 5 kohm digital potentiometers with specified 36V operating voltage

June 18, 2014 3:34 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) expanded its 36V digital potentiometer (digipot) portfolio with two new volatile, I2C devices—the MCP45HV31 and MCP45HV51 (MCP45HV31-51). These are the industry’s first digipots to offer a 5 kohm resistance with a specified operating voltage of 36V....

This drone is made from chocolate

June 18, 2014 3:31 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Yes, someone actually built a chocolate quadcopter. And no, the DoD hasn’t investigated potential military applications (that I know of). A flying treat like this probably wouldn’t survive harsh environments (greater than 20°C) or soldiers’ stomachs, but it could redefine the “candygram”....

High-density interconnect system intended for large-scale storage

June 18, 2014 2:19 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) announces the launch of its new comprehensive iPass+ High-Density Interconnect System, comprised of host-side board connectors, internal and external copper cable assemblies and Active Optical Cables (AOCs) capable of transporting SAS 3.0, 12 Gbps signals....

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8-channel, 12-bit oscilloscope features up to 1 GHz of bandwidth

June 18, 2014 11:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne LeCroy announced the HDO8000 oscilloscope product line with 8 analog input channels, 12-bits of vertical resolution utilizing Teledyne LeCroy’s HD4096 technology, and up to 1 GHz of bandwidth. The HDO8000 oscilloscopes have maximum performance....

Magneto-resistive position sensors in DFN package help simplify PCB assembly

June 18, 2014 11:14 am | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties (Hampton, VA) has expanded its magneto-resistive (MR) product offering with a line of accurate, low power position sensors housed in a compact DFN package. The KMXP Series can be easily soldered to a PCB via automated standard assembly methods.

ATCA system presents power and cooling for up to 600 W per blade

June 17, 2014 6:23 pm | Artesyn Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Artesyn Embedded Technologies (Tempe, AZ) announced the Centellis 8000 Series AdvancedTCA (ATCA) system. With power and cooling for up to 600 W per blade, Artesyn’s the system can accommodate a full payload of today’s highest performance ATCA blades and offers a future-proof platform....

Security device protects PLC controllers

June 17, 2014 6:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MB Connect Line (Ilsfeld, Germany) presents the mbSECBOX as a new security solution for PLC controllers. This device detects malware similar to STUXNET and other possible threats on the S7 Controllers. After a threat is found, the mbSECBOX will…

Programmable motor controller ideal for simple applications that do not require an encoder

June 17, 2014 5:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Designed specifically for the open loop control of stepper motors sized Nema 17 to Nema 34, Nanotec Electronic GmbH & Co. KG (Feldkirchen, Germany) has developed a controller that is fast and easy to parameterize and program via USB. The C5 controller is ideal for simple applications....

TFT LCD line-up ideal for Personal Audio Visual applications

June 17, 2014 4:50 pm | Sharp Microelectronicsn | Product Releases | Comments

Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas (Camas, WA) announced two additions to its small TFT LCD module line-up. The two CGS (Continuous Grain-Silicon) LCDs include a 1.6-inch Class (1.56-inch diagonal) Transflective Color LCD for wearable technology and a 2.95-inch (diagonal) SVGA+ LCD....

Quad Core x86 smart camera is said to be industry’s first

June 17, 2014 2:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the release of its x86 smart camera, NEON-1040, featuring the quad core Intel Atom processor E3845 1.9 GHz, 2048 x 2048 pixels at 60 fps 1” monochrome CMOS global shutter image sensor and PWM lighting control support.

Optimizing CAN node bit timing to accommodate digital isolator propagation delays

June 17, 2014 12:25 pm | by Dr. Conal Watterson, Sr. Applications Engineer, Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

Controller Area Network (CAN), standardized under ISO 11898, is widely used in industrial and automotive applications. CAN protocols such as DeviceNet or CANOpen rely on the built-in error checking and differential signaling. Galvanic isolation can further enhance robustness....

Small, 1-A and 4-A buck-boost regulators extend battery life in tight spaces

June 17, 2014 12:00 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) (Dallas, TX) introduced what it asserts are the industry’s smallest and highest performance 1-A and 4-A buck-boost regulators. Designed to extend battery life in Li-Ion battery-powered designs ranging from…

Configurable, flexible data converter can replace 20 discrete chips

June 17, 2014 10:48 am | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products’ San Jose, CA) MAX11300 allows engineers to mix and match 20 ADCs, 20 DACs or 20 High voltage digital I/O pins in any order. This configurable 20-channel, -10-V to +10-V high-voltage mixed-signal data converter is suited for…

LED COBs deliver up to 118 Lm/W, tight beam control

June 17, 2014 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bridgelux (Livermore, CA) introduced V10 and V15 LED array products, further expanding its V Series line of LED Chip on Board light sources. The V10 and V15 products are suited for commercial and residential lighting markets requiring high quality and tight beam control. The company asserts

16-bit voltage output digital-to-analog converter configurable up to ±10V

June 17, 2014 9:46 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2668-16, a 16-channel, 16-bit voltage output digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with SoftSpan outputs, each of which can be independently configured for one of five selectable unipolar and bipolar output ranges up to ±10V....

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