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The new Wild West

April 22, 2014 12:11 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a myth, legend, buzzword, Microsoft misfire (Intelligent Systems, anyone?), market disruptor, as well as an elusive term that many are trying to corral into some microcosm of sustainable profitability in an emerging market. Any new product that features something remotely relatable to wireless connectivity...

Hillcrest Labs selected by Lenovo to bring motion, gesture and cursor control to smart TVs

April 22, 2014 12:01 pm | News | Comments

Hillcrest Labs (Rockville, MD) announced that Lenovo’s new line of Smart TVs is using Hillcrest’...

BTU brings its Thermal Processing Duo to NEPCON China

April 22, 2014 11:46 am | News | Comments

BTU International, Inc. (Billerica, MA) announced that it will exhibit its DYNAMO and PYRAMAX in...

Is this solar-powered airplane the future of green travel?

April 22, 2014 9:47 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

The Solar Impulse team is at it again! This is the team that flew the first solar-powered plane...

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High gain amplifiers target commercial and military radar

April 21, 2014 7:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. (Irvine, CA)  introduced new portfolio of L and S band high gain amplifiers covering 1.2 GHz to 1.4 GHz and 3.1 GHz to 3.5 GHz specifically used for commercial and military radar applications as well as observation satellites and communications systems.

Push button box offers NEMA rating and plastic option for corrosion resistance

April 21, 2014 7:19 pm | Bud Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bud Industries (Willoughby, OH) has introduced its PBB Push Button Box, giving customers a low price alternative within its existing line of NEMA plastic enclosures for automation. Plastic push button boxes offer high corrosion resistance in

10-A, 200-V power amp includes over current protection, over temperature shutdown

April 21, 2014 7:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Apex Microtechnology’s (Tucson, AZ) open frame power operational amplifier MP118FD – which mirrors the high current and high voltage performance features of the company’s MP108FD -- integrates several layers of onboard circuit protection safe guards. In addition to

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Coin-type lithium rechargeable battery intended for high-temperature operations

April 21, 2014 4:11 pm | Seiko Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Seiko Instruments Inc. (Torrance, CA) announced a new coin-type lithium rechargeable battery, “MS920T”, which offers a higher operating temperature than conventional rechargeable batteries. Features include unique sealing technology which meets outdoors and inside vehicle applications....

Wrap-around chip resistors tested per EEE-INST-002 and MIL-PRF-55342

April 21, 2014 2:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced that its Vishay Foil Resistors brand (VFR) has introduced a new series of military-qualified, ultra-high-precision Z1-Foil wrap-around chip resistors.

Web-based tool helps circuit designers identify the optimal electronic fuses for their projects

April 21, 2014 2:06 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse (Chicago, IL) has introduced the Littelfuse iDesign Online Fuse Design and Selection Tool, a robust, web-based tool designed to help circuit designers identify the optimal electronic fuses for their projects. The Littelfuse iDesign tool, the first of its kind available from a circuit protection device supplier...

Disc magnet motor presents exceptional dynamic performance

April 21, 2014 12:26 pm | Portescap | Product Releases | Comments

Portescap (West Chester, PA) introduced its P760 Series disc magnet motor, which is asserted to outperform standard Brushless DC motors in various applications. The thin disc magnet motor has been optimized to deliver high torque and acceleration up to 5,000 rpm.

16-26 GHz double-balanced fundamental mixer offers high isolation

April 21, 2014 11:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) announced its CMD179 general purpose, double-balanced GaAs mixer that can be used for up- and down-converting applications between 16 GHz and 26 GHz. The mixer, which offers conversion loss of 7 dB, an LO to RF isolation of greater than

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Confessions of a gadget hoarder

April 21, 2014 11:12 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I must admit that when the gadget-hoarding topic crossed my desk, I was immediately intrigued. After all, it touches two ever-popular topics: life-simplifying gadgetry and mess-justifying hoarding. The revelation forced me to take a moment to reflect, since topics — particularly via email — no longer physically cross a desk....

Non-magnetic, non-inductive axial lead wirewound resistors suit audio, medical apps

April 21, 2014 11:11 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) introduced a series of non-magnetic, non-inductive axial lead wirewound resistors with high power ratings to 12 W and high-temperature operation to +350°C, which is appropriate for high-end audio and medical imaging equipment.

Are LEDs poised for success?

April 21, 2014 10:59 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have a VERY exciting Brainstorm about LEDs for our June Issue.  This technology has been a really hot topic over the past few years with arguments about efficiency, price, preference and even environmental factors of utilizing different types of bulbs taking center stage.

Hardware-based solutions counter medical device security concerns

April 21, 2014 9:18 am | by Nelson Quintana, Director of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America Inc. | Articles | Comments

The rapid growth of personal healthcare and medical products has focused renewed attention on the security of underlying device hardware and software. Ensuring authorized use and protecting critical data within these devices depends on deep security features that cannot be bypassed by traditional software methods....

Astronaut pee could help get us to Mars

April 21, 2014 8:16 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Urine, made up of more than 95% water, is one of the cleanest fluids in the human body. And on a protracted space mission lasting more than a year (one-way) — to Mars, for example — that fact becomes critically important....

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Engineering Newswire: HeliCat looks like copter, drives like boat

April 18, 2014 12:22 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The HeliCat 22 is great for stable & safe, fun, fast, economical and practical water travel. It features two independent motor/fuel/electrical systems for redundancy, and can travel up to 20 to 30 miles per hour in whitecap waves at 5 miles per gallon, which is impossible with other boats....

Always connected: How the Internet of Things utilizes digital ICs

April 18, 2014 12:14 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

A tremendous convergence of technology is taking place at homes across the globe. The number of wireless sensing Internet of Things (IoT) devices is expected to reach 5 billion by 2019, according to ON World. For one, the Internet has moved beyond letting consumers access oceans of information from their living room....

Auto elocution: Vehicle-to-vehicle communication mitigates driving hazards

April 18, 2014 11:55 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

It’s not often that in-vehicle technologies take a sudden step. The automotive industry is, historically, quite conservative. However, in February, the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) announced its vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication initiative....

AC/DC Hall effect measurement system includes 7-inch magnet

April 18, 2014 10:52 am | Lake Shore Cryotronics | Product Releases | Comments

The new Model 8407 Hall effect measurement system from Lake Shore Cryotronics (Westerville, OH) features a 7-inch magnet for measuring mobilities at the low end of the DC field measurement range, from 1 to 106 cm2/V s. Like Lake Shore’s existing Model 8404 with 4-inch magnet, it can be ordered with AC field measurement capabilities....

90-degree PCB connector system promises space savings

April 18, 2014 10:31 am | Erni Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

ERNI (Richmond, VA) has expanded its M12 wire-to-board connector product offering to include a center axis, PCB edge mounting connector that saves significant board space when compared to top mount right angle connectors, according to the company. The M12 90-Degree PCB Connector System mates according to

This is what shooting a drone with a machine gun looks like

April 18, 2014 9:59 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

On today’s edition of destroying things with machine guns, we find ourselves in Arizona during the semi-annual Big Sandy Shoot, which is the largest machine-gun shoot in the US. We also find ourselves learning a valuable lesson: It’s really hard to shoot down drones....

MicroTCA.4 chassis addresses power redundancy problem

April 18, 2014 9:58 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) announced an 8U high chassis compliant with the MicroTCA.4 specification that offers N+1 redundant power to 4400 W.  MicroTCA.4 systems use double modules with an RTM connector for rear I/O.

microSD memory cards are said to be world’s fastest

April 18, 2014 9:10 am | Toshiba America Electronic Components | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc., (Irvine, CA) has introduced what it says is the world’s fastest microSD memory cards. The new cards comply with the UHS-II2 interface standard, the ultra high speed serial bus interface defined in the SD Memory Card Standard Ver. 4.20.

Capacitors suit 3-phase AC power harmonic filtering

April 18, 2014 9:01 am | Cornell Dubilier Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Cornell Dubilier Electronics (New Bedford, MA) announced the availability of its new PFCH capacitor series for 3-phase AC power harmonic filtering. Intended for use on the AC output of large inverter system, Type PFCH are designed to

Excellence in electronics

April 18, 2014 8:32 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Last year, ECN opened up nominations for the 2014 ECN Impact Awards in an effort to recognize the top products and services spanning the design engineering landscape. At first, I was skeptical of this new endeavor coming out of a recent economic slump that seemed to halt....

LED luminaire is first to use Bluetooth technology

April 17, 2014 1:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting (Greenville, SC) has launched the first outdoor LED luminaire controlled by using Bluetooth technology—Kim Lighting’s LightVault 8. The solid brass fixture, which features leading-edge LED optics, uses high-speed Bluetooth technology to enable field aiming....

60V MOSFETs feature ultra-low Rds(on) for industrial applications

April 17, 2014 1:22 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of its StrongIRFET MOSFET portfolio to include 60V devices for a wide variety of industrial applications including power tools, Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) inverters, DC motor drives, Li-Ion battery pack protection...

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