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LNAs offer desirable noise figure for 4G wireless Infrastructure applications

June 6, 2014 10:27 am | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (Woburn, MA) unveiled a suite of new, ultra-low noise amplifiers (LNAs) for cellular infrastructure, wireless connectivity and broadcast communication applications. The new LNAs are asserted to provide

Industrial enclosures feature a comfortable ergonomic handgrip

June 6, 2014 9:53 am | Okw Enclosures | Product Releases | Comments

The latest IP65 HAND-TERMINAL enclosures from OKW (Bridgeville, PA) are designed for handheld machine controllers, test instruments and data entry devices used in heavy duty industrial applications.

32-kHz MEMS TCXO features tiny footprint, low power consumption

June 4, 2014 5:41 pm | SiTime Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

SiTime Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA) introduced what it asserts is the smallest, lowest power 32-kHz TCXO (temperature compensated oscillator). With its tiny footprint and very low power consumption, the SiT1552 MEMS TCXO enables…

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This technology can hack your car from 1500 miles away

June 4, 2014 5:15 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Automotive security is odd in that it’s basically nonexistent. We drive around every day in giant, metal contraptions completely controlled by a central computer (more or less) and that computer is essentially open to whoever is bored (or mad) enough to hack it.

Programmable LED power supplies for outdoor applications include autonomous dimming

June 4, 2014 11:57 am | Osram Sylvania | Product Releases | Comments

OSRAM SYLVANIA (Danvers, MA) is introducing OSRAM OPTOTRONIC programmable constant current outdoor dimmable LED Power Supplies. They are said to offer the widest current range in the industry with either…

HD audio CODEC integrates Class-D amplifier

June 3, 2014 12:02 pm | Conexant Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Conexant Systems Inc. (Irvine, CA) announced the CX20952, a new HD Audio CODEC that enables high quality audio on computers and tablets with low power consumption, two cap-free headphone amplifiers, and a fully-integrated Class-D amplifier.

MLCC in quad 2525 case size targets high-frequency RF applications

June 2, 2014 10:19 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology (Malvern, PA) is adding to its QUAD HIFREQ series of high-power surface-mount multilayer ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs) with a new device in the quad 2525 case size. The QUAD HIFREQ 2525 case device features…

Three-phase isolator MOSFET driver IC is designed to replace mechanical relays

June 2, 2014 10:06 am | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduced a new N-channel power MOSFET driver capable of isolating a three phase load by controlling  the in-phase isolation MOSFETS. Allegro’s A6861 motor driver IC is intended for...

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Heat-shrink cable shielding suits medical applications

June 2, 2014 9:51 am | Methode Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Methode Electronics, Inc. (Chicago, IL) announced the release of its new medical grade shrinkMate shielding heat-shrink tubing. Using clear medical grade polyester, the lightweight tubing shrinks over the object when heat is applied and forms a

Wireless coupled flange drive rotary torque transducer suits extreme high-vibration environments

June 2, 2014 9:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

SensorData Technologies (Shelby Township, MI) has introduced its Model BT4000 Series Wireless Coupled Flange Drive Rotary Torque Sensor. The BT4000 Series is said to be the only transducer of its kind that offers high-reliability true Bluetooth wireless rotary torque sensing in…

New fiber technology enables thin, colorful, aesthetic lighting

June 2, 2014 9:34 am | Corning | Product Releases | Comments

Corning Incorporated (Coring, NY) announced the introduction of its Fibrance Light-Diffusing Fiber, a glass optical fiber optimized for thin, colorful, aesthetic lighting. Fibrance Light-Diffusing Fiber enables decorative lighting to be designed or embedded into

Precision Guidance: Company developing autonomous Black Hawk helicopter

June 2, 2014 9:23 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

One of the biggest announcements from the recent Unmanned Systems expo in Orlando, Florida was the news that Sikorsky Aircraft is developing an autonomous version of the Black Hawk helicopter. The optionally piloted UH-60A Black Hawk leverages the company’s Matrix technology — a major research program for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft....

LED driver family adds 12 products

June 2, 2014 9:19 am | Endicott Research Group | Product Releases | Comments

ERG Lighting (Brecksville, OH) made 12 new additions to its American-made ArchiLume Series of LED drivers which offers either constant voltage or constant current outputs up to 100 W with very low ripple.

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Snipers aren’t enough to win the war

June 2, 2014 9:09 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

A sniper is a powerful weapon. One sniper team on a battlefield can eliminate one opponent challenge after another with great effect. However, a sniper team can’t do it all. To win the war one must engage every asset at every level. The same is true for process improvement specialists and your business’ war on poor performance....

Uninterruptible power supply usage in harsh environments

May 30, 2014 11:49 am | by Michael A. Stout, VP of Engineering, Falcon Electric, Inc., www.FalconUPS.com | Articles | Comments

Today’s microprocessor-based electronics can be found in just about everything in the home. Inside the dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, television, telephone and a myriad of other devices including home computers. Shortly after the introduction of home computers, the demand for low cost uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) significantly increased....

Tunable RF filters operate between 100 MHz and 3 GHz

May 30, 2014 10:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairview Microwave’s (Allen, TX) tunable RF filters are commonly used in lab environments for testing many frequency bands including PCS, UHF, PMR, Tetra, LTE, and WiFi. The tunable band pass filters and band reject filters, also known as band-stop filters or band-rejection filters, are desirable in band…

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: JARO Thermal wins for Cooling and Thermal Management

May 30, 2014 10:15 am | Jaro Thermal | Product Releases | Comments

The Three-Phase (wired) “Motor-to-DC”, sensorless, brushless, low-vibrating, high-efficiency, UL/ CUL & CE certified fans from JARO Thermal (Boca Raton, FL) uses significantly less power than most standard, single-phase wired fans. Available with an optional water-protected IP 55 rating ...

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Newark element14 wins for Distributer Innovation

May 30, 2014 10:04 am | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Open source hardware allows people the opportunity to control the technology and share their knowledge through a free exchange. Newark element14’s (Chicago, IL) open source offering includes volumes of information on some of the most popular single board computers (SBCs)....

Waveguide duplexer with ceramic filter technology rivals air-cavity devices

May 30, 2014 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

CTS Corporation (Elkhart, IN) through its subsidiary, CTS Electronic Components, Inc., announces its new ClearPlex Waveguide Duplexer, delivering performance comparable to air-cavity with 2x to 4x smaller size, according to the company, for cellular infrastructure, 6-10 GHz microwave, NLOS backhaul and military communications.

CubeSats keep space research motoring

May 30, 2014 9:33 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Space research isn’t just for the big space agencies anymore. In fact, anyone wishing to make observations from space should not only think small but also inside-the-box. Or more accurately, inside the cube. That’s because in recent years academia has been creating and deploying very small satellites called CubeSats....

Engineering Newswire: Super-maglev train to reach 1,800 mph

May 30, 2014 9:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Magnetic levitation, or Maglev, trains use magnets to levitate above their tracks, which eliminates any friction, allowing for faster, quieter travel. Current maglev trains can reach speeds of up to 250 mph, but Researchers in China have successfully completed testing of the first manned megathermal superconducting maglev loop, which would go much faster....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: MARS International wins for Contract Manufacture Innovation

May 29, 2014 1:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MARS International (Piscataway, NJ) is a full service global contract manufacturer with a proven track record of 50 years.  MARS International specializes in manufacturing, assembling, and delivering a wide variety of products for various industries quickly and cost-efficiently....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: API Technologies wins for Contract Manufacturer Innovation

May 29, 2014 1:45 pm | Api Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Contract manufacturing at API Technologies combines state-of-the-art technology with advanced engineering to deliver quality and service. In 2013, the company added ISO 13485:2003 medical certification, an internationally recognized standard that prescribes consistent processes....

Engineering Update Episode 60 Bloopers

May 29, 2014 1:29 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Technical Editor Jason Lomberg and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

Engineering Update 60: The most secure drone in the world

May 29, 2014 1:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

DARPA has been developing a program called High Assurance Cyber Military Systems, which uses software to thwart all manner of cyber-attacks on drones. The project originated at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Washington, and according to the program manager for DARPA, the software is allegedly mathematically invulnerable to large classes of attack....

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