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The industry’s first 600V GaN transistor in a TO-247 package

April 23, 2015 4:17 pm | Transphorm, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Transphorm Inc. is offering engineering samples of its TPH3205WS transistor, the first 600V GaN (Gallium Nitride) transistor in a TO-247 package. Offering 63 mOhm R(on) and 34A ratings, the device utilizes the company’s Quiet Tab source-tab connection design, which reduces EMI at high dv/dt to enable low switching loss and high-speed ...

How this student went from watching the fish tank to diving with whale sharks

April 23, 2015 2:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Growing up, my family had a huge fish tank in our office that I would sit in front of for hours...

Autonomous driving: A problem solved?

April 23, 2015 2:07 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PDD, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Musk once warned us that artificial intelligence is more dangerous than nuclear weapons – but he...

Preventative human maintenance will tell you right & wrong

April 23, 2015 1:45 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Blogs | Comments

I have yet to jump on the wearable bandwagon. I am without Fitbit and smart shoe, and I find the...

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Dual-channel TDR locates faults on all metallic cables

April 23, 2015 12:57 pm | by Megger | Product Releases | Comments

Megger now offers the TDR2010, a dual channel, high resolution time domain reflectometer (TDR) for locating faults on all metallic cables, including twisted pair wires and coax cables. This new TDR features a large (800 x 400 pixels), extra high-resolution (to 0.1 m), backlit, WVGA color LCD display with user definable tones.

Shielded power inductors provide inductance values up to 33 µH

April 23, 2015 12:39 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s XAL15xx Family of rugged, magnetically-shielded power inductors are offered in two versions – one providing saturation current ratings up to 111 Amps and the other offering inductance values as high as 33 µH – delivering the highest levels of performance in the smallest possible space....

SBCs provide heightened data security

April 23, 2015 12:38 pm | by Aitech | Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems Inc. has enhanced the C111 and C112, two of its Freescale T4-based single-slot 6U SBCs to include the new, low power, multi-core, multi-processor T4080 QorIQ with AltiVec technology. The T4080 processor significantly enhances computing performance and optimizes energy efficiency for ...

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Google officially launches Project Fi

April 23, 2015 11:47 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The rumors are true! (Well, some of them.) Google has officially launched Project Fi, a program designed to explore the opportunity to provide fast, easy-to-use wireless connectivity and communication to everyone. In Google's official blog, they state, "Similar to our Nexus hardware program ...

Development boards feature an ARM Cortex-M3 core running up to 180MHz

April 23, 2015 9:22 am | by Newark | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Three new NXP development boards in the LPC Xpresso family are part of an established and popular toolchain featuring the power of LPC microcontrollers based on ARMs Cortex-M cores. The boards are able to work with most existing LPC Xpresso accessories and Arduino compatible shields to enhance functional capabilities....

DIN rail mountable power supply is only one inch wide

April 23, 2015 8:56 am | by Automation Systems Interconnect (Asi) | Automation Systems Interconnect (Asi) | Product Releases | Comments

Automation Systems Interconnect Inc. (ASI) introduces a 24 Vdc DIN rail mountable power supply that is only one inch wide. The new ASIUSP-24PFN-15D has an input range is from 90 to 264 Vac and 120 to 370 Vdc and an output of 1.6 Amp at 15 Vdc. It is ideal for sensor applications. The wide input range makes this power supply a ...

Thermistor features industry-best current, energy, and power ratings

April 23, 2015 8:42 am | by Ametherm | Ametherm | Product Releases | Comments

Ametherm released a new UL-approved circuit protection thermistor that is the industry's first to offer a 277 V rating optimized for applications including LED lighting and ballasts, power factor correction (PFC) circuits, and inrush current control in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) with ratings under 500 W....

1200MHz MiniRF passive splitter offers 28dB of isolation

April 23, 2015 8:41 am | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for a 5 to 1200MHz passive, 2-way splitter from MiniRF. The MRFSP5725 provides a low cost, highly reliable solution for broadband CATV designs. Characterized for use in 75 ohm circuits, the MRFSP5725 offers 28dB of isolation with typical insertion loss of only 0.5dB. Lead free and ...

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Self-driving vehicles could cost an extra $10,000

April 23, 2015 8:01 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Will self-driving vehicles lead to increased automotive safety? Probably. Will they have run up against entrenched cultural attitudes and a fear of change? Maybe. But will they cost more? Almost certainly. Got an extra 10 grand lying around?

4 ways Mars One can attract women to its mission

April 22, 2015 1:27 pm | by Vincent Hyman, Mars One Volunteer | Blogs | Comments

As a world-wide, nongovernmental venture, Mars One seeks to involve people from around the world in the settlement of Mars. But since women are usually underrepresented in space activities, Mars One may need to make extra efforts to involve women and gain ...

Engineering Update #107: The first 3D-printed, battery powered rocket

April 22, 2015 12:53 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

A month ago, we discussed the world’s first 3D-printed jet engine from Australia’s Monash University. Not to be outdone, a Lockheed Martin-funded startup has created a rocket that is not only 3D-printed but which uses batteries instead of traditional fuel....

Chemical Injection System optimizes the injection process

April 22, 2015 11:41 am | by SignalFire Wireless Telemetry | Product Releases | Comments

Chemical injection is critical to the oil field production process and the second highest operational expense. During this process, chemicals are pumped at high pressure into a well to mitigate a variety of issues (paraffin or scale reduction, H2S mitigation, corrosion inhibitors). If executed properly, chemical injection can enhance oil production and ...

Voice-data modem supports Band 28 for Asia-Pacific and Latin America

April 22, 2015 10:12 am | by u-blox | Product Releases | Comments

u-blox announces TOBY-L280, the first LTE Category 4 rugged module in an LGA package that supports FDD-LTE in frequency band 28. Band 28 is now in commercial use in Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand, with further rollouts planned throughout the Asia Pacific region, Brazil and Argentina. Capable of ...

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FPGA family offers complete immunity to radiation-induced configuration upsets

April 22, 2015 9:18 am | by Microsemi Corporation | Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The Microsemi RTG4 high-speed signal processing radiation-tolerant FPGA family offers complete immunity to radiation-induced configuration upsets in the harshest radiation environments, requiring no configuration scrubbing, unlike SRAM FPGA technology. RTG4 supports space applications requiring up to ...

Blue Man Group lends a hand to MedTech design

April 22, 2015 8:57 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Not long ago, Robert Downey Jr. (or Tony Stark, aka Ironman) helped deliver a bionic arm to a young boy, Alex Pring. It was a great “feel-good” story and the boy seemed pretty pleased with his new prosthetic. Then, earlier this month, Blue Man Group contributed their time in the “reveal” of a prosthetic arm....

How the Blue Angels are changing the future of aviation

April 20, 2015 12:47 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The Blue Angels are generally regarded as some of the most talented and esteemed pilots in the world.

Pump system features a maximum of 10 channels

April 20, 2015 10:20 am | by 2E Syscom | Product Releases | Comments

DNE microtechnology and 2E mechatronic have developed a new pump system for conveying a wide variety of fluids. It combines all the benefits of different pumps, such as diaphragm, piston injection and peristaltic pumps. The aim was to develop a reliable pump with an exchangeable fluid impelling part which, due to its modular construction, is capable of conveying a variety of fluids in parallel....

NTC thermistor dies support gold wire bonding and conductive adhesive gluing

April 20, 2015 10:20 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced two new leadless NTC thermistor dies — contacted on the top and bottom — that provide designers with the same mounting options as IGBT semiconductors. Featuring gold metallization, the Vishay BC components NTCC300E4 supports gold wire bonding and ...

Indicators ideal for material handling applications

April 20, 2015 10:19 am | by Apem Components, Inc. | Apem Components, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

APEM, Inc. announces its new Q series indicators, ideal for material handling applications, and the perfect choice for any panel mount configuration, including industrial control panels, automation and medical equipment, vehicles, and marine instrument panels. Offered in red, green, yellow, blue and white, the Q series ...

VCO achieves a control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V

April 20, 2015 10:18 am | by Crystek Crystal | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-3000-3000 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 3000 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -110 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is +7.0 dBm typ. Engineered and manufactured in the USA, the model CVCO55CC-3000-3000 ...

Cable gland allows for the pressure compensation within an enclosure

April 20, 2015 9:58 am | by Stego, Inc. | Stego, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new Ventilation Cable Gland DAK 284 combines two different product features in one piece. On one hand it is an ordinary cable gland used to lead cables and wires into cabinets and enclosures. On the other hand this device allows for the pressure compensation within an enclosure, as known by the STEGO products DA 084 and DA 284.

Automotive RF switch includes a frequency range between 100 MHz and 6 GHz

April 20, 2015 9:38 am | by Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

The PE423422 is a single-pole double throw (SPDT) RF switch that accommodates a frequency range between 100 MHz and 6 GHz with a high linearity of 73.5 dBm IIP3. Designed for automotive applications, it delivers high isolation, low insertion loss and excellent ESD ratings. It has a high isolation of 44 dB @ 1 GHz, 29 dB @ 3 GHz ...

Connectors offer a broad range of reliability and assembly benefits

April 20, 2015 8:52 am | by TE Connectivity | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity introduces new wire-to-board headers as part of its Power Triple Lock connector product line; thereby expanding the family of connectors targeting appliances into a growing number of HVAC, automation and control, and automotive designs. The connectors’ combined attributes of higher-current ...

Turning packing peanuts into energy efficient batteries

April 20, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Researchers at Purdue University have discovered a way to transform those scrunchy little pieces of styrofoam into an energy efficient battery. Turns out that the very qualities that make them a stout companion for your fragile parcels – their lightweight, porous nature ...

5 traits of exceptional engineering managers

April 17, 2015 2:00 pm | by Amanda Orson, Director of Communications, EngineerJobs.com | Blogs | Comments

Case studies on exceptional leaders are abundant – but specific and narrow in scope. Rather than distill what makes a great manager through the lens of a specific individual, we asked engineers of all stripes to share what the best managers do to give them ...

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