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Securing the Internet of Things

December 12, 2014 8:40 am | by Lance Dover, Director of Product Architecture for Micron’s Embedded Business Unit, and Amit Gattani, Senior Director, Segment Marketing for Micron’s Embedded Business Unit | Articles | Comments

By now most people involved in the electronics industry have heard of the onslaught of Internet-connected devices that will become part of our lives over the next several years. It is not hard to conceive of a day in the not too distant future where ...

The cell phone is the key

December 12, 2014 7:56 am | by Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access, Southco | Articles | Comments

The widespread proliferation of smart phones and wireless communication technologies continues to inspire innovation in the many ways these connected devices can be used, from monitoring home energy usage to remotely unlocking your automobile or ...

Connecting machinery to the IoT

December 11, 2014 4:30 pm | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Everything is about Internet of Things (IoT) nowadays. What does that really mean? Fundamentally, it means that a device, a thing, can connect to the Internet. This opens up many opportunities for a product. For industrial application, as an example, it means that machinery can...

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Fast-acting fuse includes both 420V AC and DC ratings

December 11, 2014 3:55 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the 487 Series Fuse, the first fast-acting fuse from its 5x20mm fuse family with both 420V AC and 420V DC ratings. In contrast with existing fuse solutions that cannot meet high-voltage and short-circuit test ...

Engineering Newswire: The 10 worst toys for kids

December 11, 2014 12:27 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, the World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., released its 42nd annual 10 Worst Toys report … So we bought them … It was near impossible to secure a Catapencil or Bottle Rocket Party, so if you have a bead on ...

Bring on the STEM students

December 11, 2014 10:48 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

One of the best parts about being the Editor of ECN, besides the fancy title and adoring(ish) fans, is that it offers a platform to speak about issues that are near and dear to my heart and important to the industry. For the past year, the ECN team ...

Rethinking power delivery to the processor

December 11, 2014 10:39 am | by Robert Gendron, Vice President, Semiconductor Power Solutions, Vicor | Vicor Corp. | Articles | Comments

The computing load shouldered by modern data centers is growing exponentially, driving server performance requirements ever higher. To keep pace, server designers continue to increase the number of processors per board, with rack density and rack ...

Engineering Update #89: The newest solar power plant

December 11, 2014 10:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The tulip concentrating solar power plant is officially opening its first commercial site in Ethiopia. This will be the third tulip site to be created. There is one in Israel and one in Spain, but the previous operations have been focused on research and ...

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Photos of the Day: Navy's laser weapon destroys moving targets at sea

December 11, 2014 10:31 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | News | Comments

The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. The system is operated by ...

PoE-powered enclosure protects access point performance in freezers

December 11, 2014 9:30 am | Ventev Wireless Infrastructure | Product Releases | Comments

Ventev Wireless Infrastructure (Hunt Valley, MD) introduced a unique access point enclosure that can ensure crucial Wi-Fi/WLAN connectivity in freezer rooms that are common in the food, hospitality, biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Wi-Fi ...

Evaluation kit enables OEMs to develop Bluetooth Smart devices

December 11, 2014 9:17 am | Quicklogic Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

QuickLogic Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA) announced the availability of the TAG-N Wearable Sensor Hub evaluation kit. The kit incorporates the QuickLogic ArcticLink 3 S2 ultra-low power programmable sensor hub, QuickLogic-developed algorithms, and ...

EMC filters minimize earth leakage currents

December 11, 2014 9:05 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) presents the EPCOS LeaXield active filter module, a completely new solution for the minimization of earth leakage currents in power drive systems with frequency converters. Leakage current can cause RCDs (residual current devices) to ...

Transformers provide common mode noise reduction

December 11, 2014 8:57 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) introduces its new HDBaseT transformers that provide common mode noise reduction for improved EMI performance and isolation for power over HDBaseT (PoH) applications. Pulse Electronics' HD8004FNL ...

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Designing your perfect inverting rail

December 11, 2014 8:38 am | by Anston Joel Lobo, System and Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

We often come across designs needing an operational amplifier (op amp) and confoundedly ask, where can I source that pesky negative supply? The quest for a cost-effective, simple and flexible solution often descends down a path of topologies and ...

39 W LED driver offers simple programming

December 10, 2014 4:52 pm | Thomas Research Products | Product Releases | Comments

Thomas Research Products (Elgin, IL) introduces a new programmable LED Driver. The new LED39WPR series constant-current driver offers OEMs a flexible, easy way to reduce complex parts inventory. The key advantage of this product is simple ...

The world’s smallest automotive 4G LTE communication module

December 10, 2014 3:54 pm | Marvell Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Marvell (Santa Clara, CA) announced  that Alps Electric Co., Ltd. has launched the world’s smallest automotive 4G LTE high-speed data communication module, the UMDZ series, with dimensions of 28.90 × 29.80 × 4.22 mm. Powered by Marvell’s ARMADA ...

Watch the Navy blow up boats with their new laser

December 10, 2014 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It's official. The U.S. Navy has deployed its newest laser weapon prototype to the Persian Gulf and (as an added bonus) has released footage of the laser being used to blow things up. Your government tax dollars at work, folks. But on a more serious note, the LaWS Laser Weapons ...

PoL DC-DC converter delivers 50 A/165 Watts

December 10, 2014 2:25 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Mansfield, MA) has announced the OKDx-T/50 series of 50 Amp digitally controlled point-of-load (PoL) DC-DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. These converters, adding to Murata’s Okami range of non-isolated converters, are ...

TFT display modules offer HD quality imaging

December 10, 2014 2:15 pm | Tianma Microelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Tianma NLT America (Santa Clara, CA) and Tianma Microelectronics USA have announced the introduction of new 4.66” and 5.7” 720 x 1280 (720 HD) TFT display modules. The TM046JDHP01 and TM057JDHP04 modules offer HD quality imaging and ...

Switch mode power supply measurement and analysis with a bench oscilloscope

December 10, 2014 1:56 pm | by Varun Merchant, Tektronix | Articles | Comments

The power supply is integral to virtually every type of line-powered and battery-operated electronic product, and the switch-mode power supply (SMPS) has become the dominant architecture in many applications. A single switch-mode power supply’s performance ...

New solutions and challenges for digital control of power converters

December 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Stephen Pimpis, Vice President, Strategic Product Marketing; Bill Smith, Director of Marketing, Board Mounted Power; and Paul Knauber, Murata University Coordinator: Murata Power Solutions | Articles | Comments

Advancements in semiconductor technologies and system-level performance requirements, particularly in the telecom and datacom markets, have had a tremendous impact on the board level power infrastructure. Moore’s Law has been driving device ...

Could prettier, quieter wind turbines make it in the city?

December 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Despite many complaints about noise, size, and appearance, wind turbines are one of the most innovative and productive sources of clean energy to date. However, because of these grievances most wind turbines have been exiled to the countryside or ...

Low power? No power!

December 10, 2014 11:25 am | by Matthias Kassner, Product Marketing Director, EnOcean | Articles | Comments

This article describes the benefits associated with using energy harvesting wireless sensor nodes within the context of an Internet of Things. It discusses key architectural requirements and design trade-offs of such devices and gives examples of current ...

Controller, converter, or module — which is right for my design?

December 10, 2014 10:57 am | by Chris Ammann, Global Technical Marketing Engineer, Power Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

Power supplies come in many shapes and sizes. As technologies have advanced, more and more integration has become commonplace when designing a power system. In a lot of instances, integration makes for a simpler design process. However ...

What is the most creative way LEDs have been implemented?

December 10, 2014 10:11 am | Articles | Comments

The next generation of lighting is addressing the increasing demand for solutions that produce higher light output, higher optical density and better heat dissipation with fewer LED placements — ultimately resulting in system cost reductions that can ...

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