I spent some time on the show floor at DesignCon today, and learned about some serious supply chain and manufacturing glitches when it comes to designing. It’s not something our engineers have mentioned, but it’s an interesting and potentially costly set of problems nonetheless.
GradConn’s new 0.8mm (.031") and 1.00mm (.039") pitch wire to board range offers tiny PCB footprints and low profile mated heights. PCB headers are shrouded and polarised to avoid mis-mating and available in vertical or horizontal orientation. Features include a mating height of 3.95mm (in 0.8mm pitch).
Expected late summer 2014, CHERRY (Pleasant Prairie, WI) will be going to market with their line of Energy Harvesting Wireless Switch products. The first product that will be available on the market is the energy harvesting generator, expected late first quarter of 2014.
Laird has announced a new series of miniature thermoelectric modules (TEMs) built using Laird Tlam thermally conductive circuit boards instead of traditional ceramic-based circuit boards. The Tlam OptoTEC series is designed for applications where temperature stabilization of sensitive optical components...
AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has expanded the capacitance range for its High Voltage Multilayer Ceramic (MLC) Chip Capacitor Series. The series is available in both X7R and NP0 (C0G) options. Features include voltages from 600V to 5000V and capacitance values spanning 1.5pF to 0.82µF in case sizes ranging from 0805 to 3640.
It used to be weird to meet someone who didn’t have an iPod. Now it’s weird to meet someone who does. Is this a sign? Apple’s iconic music player has been on the scene for thirteen years now, and it has seen at least as many makeovers. iPods were extremely popular when first released. Sales climbed steadily for much of their life, but various sources report the iPod’s imminent demise, now more than ever.
Ever since the financial industry pushed the economy over the cliff and into the Great Recession, there has been a debate about investing in rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But just what is infrastructure and how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?
International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced the IRS2983 control IC for single-stage Flyback and Buck-Boost topologies used in LED drivers and power supplies. The IRS2983 employs primary side regulation that reduces component count and simplifies design by eliminating the opto-isolator and other components necessary for isolated feedback for fixed loads.
This kind of public relations is very different than the typical public relations strategies and campaigns used to promote restaurants, politicians, movies, appliances, or even high-tech consumer products like video games, phones, and apps. How do you promote the kinds of embedded electronic and industrial products and software that are never on sale at Frys or Home Depot?
The electronics industry does not stop in place. While changing times have affected industry awards and the nation is slowly shaking off its economic malaise, make no mistake that remarkable and innovative products and technology have been and continue to be unveiled all the time.
ANADIGICS (Warren, N.J.) introduced the AWB7222 power amplifier (PA), optimized for WCDMA, HSPA, and LTE small-cell applications. The new AWB7222 operates in the 1805 MHz to 1880 MHz frequency band, delivering an industry-leading combination of output power, linearity, power-added efficiency and thermal characteristics.
Fairview Microwave (Allen, TX) has released a new line of compact hot-switchable variable attenuators. RF attenuators are used to reduce the amplitude of an electronic signature in many common electronic scenarios including lab testing equipment, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and power and signal monitoring systems.
In this week's episode of the Engineering Update: A 3-story, 755 passenger concept plane: The SkyWhale might not sound like the greatest name in the world for an airplane, but it's a pretty apt description for this flying beast. A minesweeping robot: Unfortunately, the task of clearing the mines is often prohibitively expensive or complicated....
Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has recently introduced a new high performance elastomer socket for 0.5mm pitch QFN package. The SG-MLF-7079 socket is designed for an 8mmx8mmx0.8mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 10 GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss.
The BelGAS division of Marsh Bellofram Corporation (Newell, West Virginia) introduced the global market introduction of its Type 5000 explosion-proof two-wire pressure transmitter, expressly designed for industrial field service. Designed for maximum durability, the compact, rugged, and reliable Marsh Bellofram BelGAS Type 5000 P/I transducer is a two-wire device....
ProPhotonix Limited (Salem, New Hampshire) announces the addition of four new visible laser diodes from Oclaro that they will distribute, including the HL63193MG, HL63153AT, HL63163DG, and the HL40041MG. The new HL63193MG offers high optical output power (700mW) at a wavelength of 638nm....
Isola Group S.a.r.l. (Chandler, AZ) announced that it has begun alpha testing of Tachyon, its new ultra-low loss product that is engineered to reduce insertion loss on high-speed digital designs. It is specifically being targeted for high-layer count backplanes for the growing 100 gigabit per second (Gbps) market that has channel data rates in excess of 25 Gbps.
High-performance switching regulators require powerful inductors with stable inductance and soft saturation to cope with high currents. Würth Elektronik eiSos (Watertown, SD) has developed the WE-CFWI range of coupled flatwire inductors. The windings can be connected in series and in parallel.
Sunpower (Berkshire, England) has announced its new MSP-600 series of AC/DC medical enclosed type power supplies. These 600 W products comprise an extension to Sunpower’s well-established MSP-100, MSP-200, MSP-300 and MSP-450 series.
Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) announces new high reliability H grade and military MP grade versions of the LTC3612, a high efficiency, 4MHz synchronous buck regulator that incorporates a constant frequency, current mode architecture. The device can deliver up to 3A of continuous output current....
Durakool (Elkhart, Indiana) is proud to debut the new electronic tilt sensors to their line of sensing devices. The E-tilt sensor is multi-axis and can measure angle differentiation in two planes simultaneously. On top of its multi directional feature this sensor is programmed to your customer's exact specifications.
All motors normally need two separate cables: one for the motor speed encoder and the other for the motor power supply. With the Hybrid Motor Cable Project called HMC 6 from Heidenhain (Schaumburg, IL), the company has integrated the encoder lines into the power cable so now only one cable is needed between a synchronous motor and electrical cabinet.
Mitsubishi Electric announces its new 9950A UPS that provides mission-critical operations with an efficient UPS design for 400 volt power distribution infrastructures. Widely adopted in Europe and Asia, the 230/400 volt power distribution approach has gained traction in high-density data centers in North America due to significant increases in energy efficiencies....
We all ask: Is the whole business of artificial intelligence indubitably creepy or sensationally cool? Google recently endorsed the “sensationally cool” side when they purchased a London startup called DeepMind, a company that strives to produce the best in artificial intelligence.
According to NJ.com, the 118-foot tall tower in Edison, New Jersey, where Thomas Edison revolutionized the incandescent light bulb, which is topped by a 14-foot glass replica light bulb, will no longer be lit by an array of incandescent bulbs. Instead, when renovations are completed, the replica bulb will be lit by LEDs.