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Expansion boards enable computer control and monitoring applications

March 14, 2014 12:24 pm | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems, Inc. (Liberty, SC) announced the SeaRAQ family of I/O expansion boards designed for Relio R3 rackmount industrial computers. The boards interface to a variety of real-world I/O, and all boards are isolated to

Introducing advanced security in low-power applications with FRAM MCUs

March 14, 2014 11:29 am | by Priya Thanigai, product marketing engineer, MSP430 microcontrollers, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Security is becoming increasingly important in a wider range of applications. Numerous methods have been developed to force systems to expose confidential information or even application code, resulting in the development of countermeasures to ensure the security of Flash and EEPROM ICs.

Securing the Internet of Things

March 14, 2014 11:05 am | by Alan Lowne, CEO, Saelig Co. Inc., www.saelig.com | Articles | Comments

With around 2 billion people connected to the Internet and the advent of IoT, there may already be more connected ‘things’ than connected people. In 2013, by some estimates, there were over 10 billion connected devices, and this will climb as high as 50 billion by 2020....

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Adults, don’t blame teenagers for your bad phone habits

March 14, 2014 9:01 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Teenagers these days. They can’t go one minute without their cell phone. But apparently, neither can adults. A new study shows that one in three parents are using their cell phones almost nonstop during meal time at restaurants, and it’s probably safe to say this kind of behavior goes on at home, too.

Photos of the Day: The WatchKeeper WK450 UAV

March 14, 2014 8:41 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

UK Ministry of Defence recently announced a Release to Service for their own UAV, the WatchKeeper WK450, meaning that it’s been cleared for flight training. Based on the Elbit Hermes 450 UAV, the Watchkeeper WK450 is an Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) unmanned aerial vehicle.

DC-DC converters feature improved efficiency and short-circuit protection

March 13, 2014 4:30 pm | Mornsun America LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Mornsun has launched the IF/B_XT-1WR2, F/B_XT-2WR2, F_D-1WR2, R2 series of DC-DC converters. Compared with the old generation, they have improved on efficiency, no-load power consumption, and short-circuit protection. They also feature compact size....

Microwave capacitors achieve capacitance levels to 68 pF

March 13, 2014 4:02 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. (LaFox, IL) today announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities of the 400L Series of precision tolerance, thin film NPO RF, and microwave capacitors from American Technical Ceramics Corp. (ATC). The 400L Series is constructed with a low-loss silicon dioxide....

SMT PC Board Jumpers designed to link Circuit Board traces/tracks

March 13, 2014 3:41 pm | Keystone Electronics Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

A new series of SMT PC Board Jumpers designed to link Circuit Board traces/tracks are the latest connectivity devices available from Keystone Electronics Corp. (Astoria, NY). These space-saving SMT jumpers are uniquely suited as alternative options where thru-hole jumper use is not feasible.

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Self-clinching threaded studs offer application-specific benefits for metal attachment

March 13, 2014 3:01 pm | Penn Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

PennEngineering’s (Danboro, PA) PEM self-clinching threaded studs in an expanding range of designs introduce offer application-specific benefits for thin metal attachments.  All types of PEM studs are asserted to provide cost-effective and practical alternatives to

LED wall pack light offers high light output from a compact form factor

March 13, 2014 3:00 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) announces the release of a new magnetically mounted LED wall pack light with a glare-free shield. This 60 watt LED light offers high light output from a compact form factor and is designed to provide a more durable and long lived alternative to halogen and metal halide units.

LED driver includes a 15 – 450V linear regulator

March 13, 2014 2:38 pm | Supertex, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex (Sunnyvale, CA) released an additional package option for the HV9910C. The Universal High Brightness LED Driver is now available in a lead(Pb)-free/RoHS compliant 8-lead SOIC with heat slug package in addition to the 8L and 16L SOIC packages.

Digital pressure sensor combines rugged housing with high performance

March 13, 2014 2:36 pm | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties’ (Hampton, VA) 86BSD media-isolated digital output pressure sensor combines a low-profile, 16 mm diaphragm diameter with a rugged 316L stainless steel housing. The new sensor targets high performance, low pressure applications

Infographic: The growth of engineering

March 13, 2014 12:51 pm | by Chris Fox, PD&D Managing Editor | News | Comments

Over the last several years, there has been a tremendous focus on the creation of opportunities for those in the engineering and science fields, and according to a survey by TE Connectivity, it seems to be paying off. Enjoy the infographic!

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DC/DC controller capable of delivering up to 50A output current

March 13, 2014 11:27 am | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel (San Jose, CA) announced that it would be previewing the MIC2111 DC/DC multi-mode controller at the Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC 2014. The industry conference will be held March 16-20, at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Thin film filter suppresses common mode and radiation noise

March 13, 2014 10:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Viking Tech Corporation (Irvine, CA) announces the CMF Series  CMF for “High Speed” and “Ultra High Speed” Differential Signal Lines. For suppressing common mode and radiation noise in differential signal interfaces, the CMF uses a large bandwidth that will not affect the transmission of differential signals.

Integrated connector module designed for 10 gigabit server, router, and storage applications

March 13, 2014 10:36 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) introduces the JT3-1101HL ultra-low profile offset and halogen free 10GBASE-T (10 Gbit/s Ethernet over unshielded twisted-pair) RJ45 integrated connector module (ICM) for server, router, and storage applications.

Engineering Update Episode 49: The UK's newest UAV

March 13, 2014 9:34 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Welcome to the Engineering Update. In this week's episode: The UKs newest UAV: UK Ministry of Defence recently announced a Release to Service for their own UAV, the WatchKeeper WK450. Robots playing ping pong: UHTTR-1 robotic arm plays one mean game of table tennis.

Ridiculous uses for ridiculous gadgets

March 13, 2014 8:54 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

I recently showed you some outlandish gadgets people are buying. Now I'm back to show you what people are using their ridiculous gadgets for: 1. Robot-penned papers 2. Laser-printed tacos 3. Air hockey robot 4. USB pet rock 5. HAPIfork 6. Internet tasting electrode 7. iBreathalyzer 8. QuantumVET 9. Isophone 10. iPad surgery.

Contactors suit solar applications to 1500 VDC

March 12, 2014 3:19 pm | Gigavac | Product Releases | Comments

GIGAVAC (Santa Barbara, CA) announced two additions to its High Voltage Contactor line of advanced switching solutions.  The HX21 and HX200 join the HX22 as the smallest UL508 recognized contactors for high current switching at 1000 VDC, according to the company. The series can

Oscilloscope offers powerful analysis tools at bandwidths from 200 MHz to 1 GHz, powerful analysis tools

March 12, 2014 2:32 pm | Rohde & Schwarz | Product Releases | Comments

The new R&S RTE from Rohde & Schwarz (Munich) is available with bandwidths from 200 MHz to 1 GHz. An acquisition rate of more than one million waveforms per second helps users find signal faults quickly. The scope's accurate digital trigger system with virtually no trigger jitter is

This steering wheel accessory lets you surf the web (and kill pedestrians) while driving

March 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

We all like to text our friends, write memos, watch movies, and change diapers while behind the wheel, but how do we do so ergonomically? The AutoExec Wheelmate Work Tray allows you to be productive, keep your eyes off the road, and do so efficiently.

Multicore processors integrate OpenFlow-compatible software for SDN applications

March 12, 2014 10:54 am | Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor (Austin, TX) introduced new VortiQa SDN solutions, which include VortiQa open network (ON) director and switch software, optimized to run on current and future generation Freescale QorIQ multicore communications processors. The software comes with

SDN-based gateway router enables network connections on demand

March 12, 2014 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spark Integration Technologies, Inc. (Vancouver, BC) announced the release of version 4 of its Distrix Gateway Router. Based on open software-defined network (SDN) technology, Distrix 4 adds an array of features that extend the software's ability to dynamically create

Real-time processing drives head-up display advances in cars

March 12, 2014 10:27 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Today’s automobile driver receives an overwhelming amount of information pertaining to the safe operation of their car like no time before. Whether it’s a GPS system mapping out precise directions from point a to point b with countless detours along the way, rendering the old paper map to history...

This personal drone shocks intruders with 80,000 volts

March 12, 2014 8:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Who needs a gun when you have CUPID? And by Cupid, I don’t mean that fat cherub that comes out around February 14th to shoot people with arrows — though the shooting part isn’t that far off. This CUPID, which stands for Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone, is actually a personal security safety UAV.

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