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5 essential building blocks for a thriving work culture

August 20, 2014 8:35 am | by Adam Witty, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

What makes a successful business thrive? That’s what eight out of 10 new entrepreneurs would like to know, because their businesses fail within the first 18 months, according to Bloomberg. Staff your team with A-players; they’re worth the wait....

Pre-driver IC targets automotive high-current DC motor applications

August 19, 2014 4:47 pm | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis (Nashua, NH) introduces the MLX83100 N-FET pre-driver IC. Offered in a compact 28-pin package, with four digital inputs, this pre-driver IC provides a very flexible, inexpensive and space-saving solution for high current N-FET DC motors. The MLX83100 has the capability to simultaneously drive ...

Thin-film chip resistors offer resistance values from 24.9 ohms to 100K ohms

August 19, 2014 4:20 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The RNCF Series thin film chip resistors from Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) offer a wide resistance range in tight tolerance and low TCR precision. Resistance values from 24.9 ohms to 100K ohms are available in the 2010 and 2512 sizes in 0.01% tolerances and +/- 5 ppm TCR....

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Accelerometers designed to measure both vibration and acceleration

August 19, 2014 4:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Designs, Inc., (Kirkland, WA) announced the global market introduction of the Model 1410. Model 1410 is a family of digital pulse density output MEMS variable capacitive (VC) accelerometers, designed to reliably measure both vibration and acceleration, with very low power consumption....

5 ways to steal your innovations

August 19, 2014 2:38 pm | by Mike Collins | Blogs | Comments

It is the dream of most small manufacturers to invent a new product and sell it to a larger company to handle all of the manufacturing and marketing. The dream includes getting a big upfront payment and then relaxing as the royalty or other payments come in....

1W VPIN limiter integrates DC blocks on both input and output ports

August 19, 2014 1:49 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for the TriQuint TGL2203, a 1W VPIN limiter for Ka-band Radar systems. The TGL2203 has integrated DC blocks on both input and output ports. Capable of handling 1W of incident CW power ...

TVS diode array series combines ESD protection with common-mode EMI filtering

August 19, 2014 1:43 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (CHICAGO, IL) has introduced the SP5001, SP5002, and SP5003 Series TVS Diode Arrays (SPA Diodes). These highly integrated Common-Mode Filters (CMF) provide both electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection and common-mode EMI filtering....

Mini-camera separates suicide bombers from citizens

August 19, 2014 10:45 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

If you're ever in China for business (or vacation), you had better hope that you don't have a particularly stressful day because new technology might flag you as a suicide bomber. Security fears and attacks in public places have Chinese authorities turning to less traditional means of detecting potential killers before they act....

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Relay includes contact rating of 10A@250VAC

August 19, 2014 9:44 am | Cit Relay & Switch | Product Releases | Comments

The CIT Relay & Switch (Minneapolis, MN) J107E1 series is the industry standard 10amp featuring 12 and 24 volt coil. The rugged J107E1 is low in cost and offers solutions in a variety of applications. Small in size and robust, this high performance relay is cUL listed....

1U rackmount I/O server delivers solid-state reliability

August 19, 2014 9:19 am | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems, Inc. (Liberty, SC) announces the Relio R4 industrial computer designed for applications requiring flexible I/O configurations in a compact 1U rackmount design. Based on COM Express architecture, the system offers high reliability, scalable processing ...

PWM modules provide easy integration into new and existing applications

August 19, 2014 9:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (Van Nuys, CA) offers a low-cost solution for solenoid control electronics. In Pick & Hold applications, a higher (Pick) force is required initially and then a switch is made to a lower continuous (Hold) force....

The connected hospital

August 19, 2014 8:36 am | by Laird | Videos | Comments

The connected hospital is a vision of a fully integrated hospital where wireless technology allows care givers and patients to roam throughout the hospital while providing accurate and timely monitoring. The Connected Hospital collects the data in a way that improves efficiency....

GaN power amp delivers 16 dB of flat gain

August 18, 2014 4:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) announces the addition of the CMD216, a new 14-18 GHz GaN power amplifier in die form, to their expanding product line. The CMD216 delivers 16 dB of flat gain across the entire 14 to 18 GHz bandwidth, an output 1 dB compression point of +37 dBm ...

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LED light fixture provides 17,215 lumens of illumination

August 18, 2014 12:19 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The GAU-48-160W-LED from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is a general-use high bay LED linear integrated light fixture that provides 17,215 lumens of illumination in a 160° wide flood beam spread. This low profile, highly efficient LED light fixture is a direct replacement....

Crystal comes in ultra-miniature size

August 18, 2014 11:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

CTS Corporation announced the smallest member of its quartz crystal products, Model 402. The product is housed in a 2.0-mm x 1.6-mm seam sealed ceramic four-pad surface mount package – providing …

3U CompactPCI processor blade presents high reliability for railway services

August 18, 2014 11:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology announced availability of its new 3U CompactPCI processor blade, the cPCI-3620, which runs on a low power, quad-core Intel Atom System-on-Chip (SoC) carrying up to 4GB DDR3L-1333 ECC soldered memory and providing…

Dual-output DC/DC controller operates with 0.25 milliohm sense resistance

August 18, 2014 10:38 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LTC3882, a dual-output multiphase synchronous step-down DC/DC controller with a serial digital interface. The LTC3882 uses leading-edge modulation voltage-mode control for excellent transient response....

Chip-current sense resistor features a 1 watt power rating

August 18, 2014 10:16 am | Koa Speer Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics (Bradford, PA) introduces the TLR2BW metal plate chip current sense resistor, featuring a 1 watt power rating in a 1206 chip size, and a low resistance of 1 mΩ ~ 20 mΩ. The metal alloy of the TLR2BW provides superior corrosion and heat resistance....

PowerLab Notes: How to Remote Sense your Power Supply

August 18, 2014 10:14 am | by Tiger Zhou, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Blogs | Comments

In high-end telecommunication applications, you often face the challenges of delivering power across large-scale printed circuit boards (PCBs). To give precious real estate to critical ASICs and processors, the power supplies are often allocated to the corner or edge of the board. To compensate for the resistive drop of power path, remote sensing is often used – especially for low-voltage, high-current applications.

The one thing engineers regret about their careers

August 18, 2014 10:09 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

If only they knew then what they know now, who knows what would have happened? It’s a lamentable thought, but, short of the invention of some sort of time machine, the best engineers can do is offer their advice to the younger generation. It might be nice to go back and make a few changes, but considering over half of you consider engineering “your home” and made it very clear you’d do it all over again...

Power management IC integrates display power and backlight LED driver functions

August 18, 2014 10:03 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL98611 display power and LED driver for smartphones. The ISL98611 is the first power management IC that integrates the display power and backlight LED driver functions in a single chip....

Energy: Magic or science?

August 18, 2014 9:08 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Energy: It is all around us; we use it every day. But let’s stick with electrical energy. We have many ways of generating this needed labor-saving device. You may question that, but think about it: Everything that we use every day is some type of labor-saving device, and it runs on some form of energy....

Why home automation is changing the pet world

August 18, 2014 8:10 am | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The increasing popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) is driven by a desire for connectivity, creeping into our daily routines at an exponential rate. The more we see of it and use it, the more we want from it. The adage of “if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk” couldn’t be more applicable to the usage of the Internet in our lives. This is where the impending IoT home revolution comes into play.

600V ultra-fast trench IGBTs optimized for welding applications

August 15, 2014 1:39 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of the IR66xx series of high-performance 600V ultra-fast Trench-gate Field Stop insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs). The new rugged, reliable family of devices features extremely low conduction....

Explosion-proof LED light fixture intended for applications requiring Group B approvals

August 15, 2014 1:27 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Explosion proof lighting specialists Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) have announced the release of a Group B approved temporary manhole mount LED light fixture, the MMLP-1MLED-B-24OD-12P, that provides operators with a powerful and highly convenient alternative....

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