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LED driver IC rated at a current of 1A

March 3, 2014 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supertex (Sunnyvale, CA) introduced the HV9805, an LED driver IC, where the LED light source is arranged as a high-voltage LED string in order to accommodate certain lamp form factors, while allowing for cost savings through less complicated cooling and optical arrangements.

8-bit microcontroller family designed for safety critical applications

March 3, 2014 9:41 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology (Chandler, AZ) announced from Embedded World an expansion of its 8-bit PIC microcontroller (MCU) portfolio, with the peripheral-rich, low pin count PIC16(L)F161X family. These new MCUs expand the offering of Microchip’s Core Independent Peripherals (CIP)....

Airport lights are watching you

March 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Because I needed another reason to be skeptical of flying.... The newly installed LED lights in Terminal B of Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey don’t just provide clean, bright light for people waiting to catch their flights. They’re part of another installment in the “things that watch us without our knowledge” saga....

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7 things I’ll need for my house in 2025

March 3, 2014 7:47 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I can’t wait to live in GE’s home of the future. (Last week, I talked about the car I must have, so it seems fitting that my next topic be about my dream house. As with the car, this is assuming an unlimited budget and available technology.) Last week, I headed to Allentown, PA to the Da Vinci Science Center in order to see an exhibit called Home 2025.

Hybrid polymer-aluminum electrolytic capacitors feature capacitance values from 10 to 330 µF

February 28, 2014 4:35 pm | Cornell Dubilier Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Cornell Dubilier Electronics (Liberty, SC) announces the release of type HZA Hybrid Polymer-Aluminum electrolytic capacitors. Combining the advantages of each technology, type HZA has the ultra-low ESR characteristics of conductive aluminum polymer capacitors packaged in a V-chip....

Multilayer ceramic transmitter produces a high output of 80 Db

February 28, 2014 3:44 pm | Transducers Direct | Product Releases | Comments

Transducers USA (Elk Grove Village, IL) has introduced their new piezo ceramic MLCT (Multilayer Ceramic Transmitter) series. Its unique simple acoustic multi-layer ceramic construction produces a high output of 80 Db with only 16V low driving voltage.

Low PIM coaxial switches available with either SMA- or N-type connectors

February 28, 2014 3:27 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW (San Jose, CA) announces application and sales support for a new line of Low PIM (Passive Intermodulation) coaxial switches from Radiall. The rapid growth of 4G/LTE networks has led to the need for better-performing Low PIM devices. As a result, Radiall developed a broad series of switches....

Medical grade, 65-W power adapters are approved to latest safety standards

February 28, 2014 2:41 pm | Tumbler Technologies + Trumpower | Product Releases | Comments

TRUMPower (Santa Clara, CA) launched the TMP65 Series of low cost medical grade AC/DC desktop power adapters, which has both Class I and Class II models availability. The TMP65 Class II units, furnished with an IEC 320/C8 AC inlet without a ground pin, are

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Switch-mode transformers include universal input range of 90 to 265 Vac

February 28, 2014 1:24 pm | Premier Magnetics | Product Releases | Comments

Premier Magnetics (Lake Forest, CA) announces its POL-LYT Series of switch-mode transformers designed to complement Power Integrations’ LYTSwitch family of integrated off-line LED driver/controller ICs. Features include a universal input range of 90 to 265 Vac.

Surface-mount chip fuses feature high inrush

February 28, 2014 1:12 pm | Nic Components | Product Releases | Comments

NIC Components (Melville, NY) is pleased to announce the addition of NFVC_H series of surface-mount chip fuses to its expanded offering of circuit protection products. The newly released NFVC_H series feature high inrush withstanding performance in 6125 (2410) case size.

Power conversion systems provide high efficiencies to 97%

February 28, 2014 1:01 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer (Hopkinton, MA) unveils the new PowerStack Power System, which is a 400KW to +10MW highly reliable, fully-customizable “built-to-project” Power Conversion building block. This is a ruggedized design for harsh environments and utilizing the newest state-of-the-art insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT).

Engineering Newswire 79: AirMule UAV is a flying donkey

February 28, 2014 12:08 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're saving lives in a flying donkey. From Israel-based Urban Aeronautics, AirMule isn’t the prettiest airborne vehicle you’ll ever lay eyes on, but it is unique in its ability to lift payloads up to 500 kilograms.

Electric drive vehicles don’t reduce emissions

February 28, 2014 9:26 am | by Chris Fox, PD&D Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A study was recently released by North Carolina State University that provides evidence supporting the fact that electric drive vehicles (EDVs) have little impact on reducing emissions. As an engineering audience that knows efficiency when they see it, most PD&D readers will throw their hands in the air having known this for some time.

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Class-D amplifiers keeps evolving

February 27, 2014 3:54 pm | by Jun Honda, Director Audio Systems Engineering, International Rectifier | International Rectifier | Articles | Comments

Class D is redefining the trade-offs in audio power amplifier design, simultaneously delivering smaller size and higher power density with better sound than Class AB audio systems. Class D also has the advantage of offering low distortion and more stable dynamic response....

Engineering Update 47: The world's fastest sports car

February 27, 2014 11:45 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this episode of the Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics: The world's fastest sports car: Hennessey Venom GT might have just become the fastest 2-seats sports car in the world. In a run that took place on February 14 at the Kennedy space center, the Venom hit speeds of 270.49 mpg.

3D-MID technology advances component and system miniaturization

February 27, 2014 10:26 am | Harting, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

HARTING (Elgin, IL) has brought a one-stop concept for designing and manufacturing 3D-MID components to North America. 3D-MID (3D Molded Interconnect Device) components are injection-molded plastic parts with integrated electrical circuits. These circuits can

ARM-based SoC family adds memory options for advanced smart energy, home automation

February 27, 2014 9:38 am | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs (Austin, TX) expanded its ARM-based Ember ZigBee system-on-chip (SoC) portfolio delivering desirable wireless performance, energy efficiency and reliability for the Internet of Things (IoT). The EM358x family includes six SoC products that combine

Hotel smartphone "keys" are a horrible idea

February 27, 2014 8:53 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

One forward-thinking hotel chain wants to replace those easy-to-lose, plastic room keys with a smartphone app. It’s a horrible idea. OK, let’s back up. That chain is Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which is one of the savvier hotel options out there. Starwood is smart about making the most of new and popular technology.

Software development kit increases application and device performance

February 27, 2014 8:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Digia (Nuremberg) has released a major update to Qt Enterprise Embedded, the fully-integrated solution that enables users to get started immediately with software development for an embedded device with a tailored user experience. The Qt Enterprise Embedded update introduces several new value-add features....

Enclosure gaskets exhibit excellent shielding effectiveness over a broad frequency range

February 26, 2014 4:45 pm | Leader Tech Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Leader Tech (Tampa, FL) beryllium-copper fingerstock gaskets are an ideal choice for making reliable electrical contact between parallel seams (mating surfaces) that are created by enclosure access doors and panels. Features include hundreds of easy-to-install styles and sizes to accommodate thousands of enclosure applications.

90W AC/DC desktop power supply boasts industry’s slimmest package

February 26, 2014 4:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Power Partners (Hudson, MA) announces the PEAD90SLF Series of single output AC/DC desktop switching power supplies, which provide up to 90W of power. The standard input voltage range of 90-264VAC (47 to 63Hz) converts to output voltages of 12VDC, 18VDC, 19VDC and 24VDC....

32 HD motor designed for rough operating conditions

February 26, 2014 3:21 pm | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new maxon (Fall River, MA) EC-4pole 32 HD motor has been designed for extremely rough operating conditions, particularly applications in deep drilling. Deep drilling technology (called “downhole drilling” in the field of oil and gas exploration) makes it possible to recover oil and gas from depths of more than 2500 m.

Photos of the Day: The Armatix iP1 smart gun

February 26, 2014 2:37 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Armatix GmbH .22 iP1 smart gun system works in conjunction with a wristwatch. Both the gun and watch contain RFID chips which communicate with each other and unlock the pistol. Without the watch, the gun won’t operate. In 2002, New Jersey passed a controversial gun-control that required all guns to contain personalization technology....

Tiny camera sees for the blind

February 26, 2014 2:19 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, PD&D Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have the hardware and software capabilities to develop devices that are approaching the same level as human vision. The devices can recognize objects, scenarios, and context. According to Erez Na'aman, OrCam Technologies vice president of engineering and business development, OrCam took this technology in hand....

Using hypothesis testing for semiconductors

February 26, 2014 11:38 am | by Jitesh Shah, Integrated Device Technology | Articles | Comments

A semiconductor device is a composite structure built with materials that behave differently during manufacturing and in the application environment. At the same time, these materials are required to meet strict dimensional and form factor specifications for flawless integration in the system environment.  Any changes to the dimensions can negatively impact product quality...

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