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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...

Software package includes repour speed increases from 2x to greater than 20x

February 26, 2014 11:33 am | Altium | Product Releases | Comments

Altium Limited (Sydney, Australia) announces the release of Altium Designer 14.2, the latest update of the DesignVision Award-winning Altium Designer 14. For this release, the emphasis of development was around the use of copper areas on the board.

Connector features 500 contact points/inch

February 26, 2014 11:21 am | Fujipoly America | Product Releases | Comments

Fujipoly’s (Carteret, NJ) 2005 Zebra Connector is constructed from alternating layers of conductive carbon and non-conductive silicone that are as thin as 0.0004” (0.010mm). This unique construction allows for 500 conductive layers per inch making it ideal for densely packed boards.

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Five messengers beyond WhatsApp

February 26, 2014 8:34 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Facebook’s recent acquisition of WhatsApp has the technology world abuzz about messaging apps. This begs some questions: What are some other messaging apps? What makes them special? And, with standard texting and calling already built into most cell phones, what exactly can fancy messaging apps do for you? 

Teddy bears or touchscreens? Playthings of the digital age

February 26, 2014 7:26 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Kids these days play more with tablets and touchscreens than traditional toys, according to a recent survey. The same survey shows this trend is poised to continue— could tech replace toys altogether? The Michael Cohen Group (MCG), child education specialists...

Lazy kids play with lazy toys

February 26, 2014 6:37 am | by Chris Fox, PD&D Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Hasbro recently announced that it was revamping the Transformer product line. As the popular shape-shifters approach their 30-year anniversary, and will star in yet another movie, the company has enlisted a design and engineering team for an overhaul.

Blasting gun light produces 860 lumens

February 25, 2014 3:41 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 10 watt high output LED blasting gun light that produces 860 lumens of intense illumination. This unit is IP66 watertight and able to withstand the rigors of aggressive and heavy duty use applications. The BLG-LEDP1X10W blasting gun light from Larson Electronics is designed for extreme durability....

Miniature infrared touch probe designed for micro-machining applications

February 25, 2014 3:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hexagon Metrology (North Kingstown, RI) announced the availability of the m&h IRP40.50 infrared touch probe for the North American market. The IRP40.50 is ideal for inspection in tight spaces and was designed to address the needs of miniature machining centers.

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Bi-directional battery switch in WCSP package saves 91 % PCB space over discrete MOSFETs

February 25, 2014 3:18 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology (Malvern, PA) introduced a new 6.5 mΩ bidirectional battery switch with slew rate control for low-voltage battery isolation in portable electronics, healthcare devices, and instrumentation. Designed to save 91 % PCB space compared to using discrete MOSFETs in these space-constrained applications...

Reference design features better than ±0.1% accuracy

February 25, 2014 3:08 pm | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Factories can transmit industrial temperatures with the Novato (MAXREFDES16#) reference design, a 4–20mA loop-powered temperature transmitter with the HART communication protocol from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA). This smart transmitter enables low-power temperature measurement from -200°C to +850°C with accuracy better than ±0.1% or ±1.0°C.

Hints to help ensure multi-vendor interoperability in PXI-based systems

February 25, 2014 2:39 pm | by Alan Lesko, Agilent Technologies | Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

To meet a specific need, system creators often assemble test solutions that incorporate a variety of hardware and software elements. One key benefit of accepted industry standards is the ability to pick and choose among elements offered by multiple vendors. Achieving success with—and confidence in—the integration of a multi-vendor solution depends on compatibility at the mechanical, electrical and software levels.

Microcontroller exhibits 2.93DMIPs/MHz processing power

February 25, 2014 12:49 pm | Ftdi Chip | Product Releases | Comments

FTDI Chip (Tigard, OR) releases the FT900, a 32-bit microcontroller unit (MCU) which is one of two initial devices in the company’s new application oriented controller (AOC) product lines. The FT900 has been developed for high-speed, computational intensive tasks.

Embedded graphics module features CoreAVI software drivers

February 25, 2014 12:37 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has begun shipping its highest performance embedded graphics module, the new VPX3-716 3U OpenVPX multi-head graphics display card, the first based on the next generation AMD Embedded Radeon E8860 “Adelaar” GPU.

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Answering the reshoring question

February 25, 2014 11:08 am | by Pramod Gupta, Aakash Gupta, Hector Gutierrez, and Patrick Van den Bossche, A.T. Kearney | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. has become a more attractive destination for manufacturing over the last few years. That’s a fact. And several U.S. companies are indeed bringing back their manufacturing operations. Several others are asking the question: “Should we reshore our activities as well?”

Only a matter of time till computers know you better than you know yourself

February 25, 2014 11:01 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

We have “smart” phones, watches, homes, cars, and even toothbrushes, and they’re getting smarter by the second. What will artificial intelligence revolutionize next? Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, bets it’ll be the search engine.

Mandated 'smart' tech could put cars in charge of their drivers

February 25, 2014 6:53 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

A new federal mandate could ensure that you’re not the only driver in control of the wheel. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication is a big deal. Basically, it enables cars to “talk” to each other and exchange data such as speed and location. That way, if someone were to pull a dangerous maneuver, the cars would “know” and could respond to avoid a collision....

Overmolded backshells on connector interfaces offer improved reliability

February 24, 2014 4:17 pm | Api Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies Corp. (Orlando, FL) now offers overmolded backshells on connector interfaces from its Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions (EIS) product line, the leader in EMI/RFI components and interconnects. Ideal for use in military, aerospace, high-end industrial, oil and gas, as well as medical applications...

Simulation tool enables designers to correct signal integrity issues

February 24, 2014 3:19 pm | Cadsoft Computer Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The recently signed cooperation between Felicitas Customized Engineering GmbH and CadSoft Computer GmbH (London) gives EAGLE users access to the new simulation tool, developed by Felicitas Customized Engineering. Within this cooperation, Felicitas uses EAGLE as a front end for their simulation tool for signal integrity, PCBSim....

High-temperature inductor features a rating of -55°C to +300°C

February 24, 2014 12:51 pm | Coilcraft Critical Products & Services | Product Releases | Comments

The new AT549RBT cored-spring inductor from Coilcraft CPS (Cary, IL) features a temperature rating of -55°C to +300°C, making it ideal for extreme-temperature applications such as down-hole drilling and on-engine automotive. Features include...

Ambient light sensors feature sensitivity over a range of 57,542 lux to 0.001 lux

February 24, 2014 12:50 pm | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Using the Santa Cruz ambient light sensor (ALS) from Maxim Integrated Products (San Jose, CA), factories can quickly configure and monitor multiple red, green, blue (RGB) and infrared (IR) ambient light sensors with the high accuracy required in industrial applications.

GaN on GaN LED achieves world-record setting wall-plug-efficiency

February 24, 2014 12:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Soraa (Fremont, CA) announced today the world’s most efficient LED, which it will integrate into the market’s first full-visible-spectrum, large-form-factor lamps. Soraa’s third generation (Gen3) GaN on GaN LED achieves world-record setting wall-plug-efficiency, outperforming the nearest competitor by 20% at normal operating conditions.

Why the self-driving car will be the greatest technology of all time (seriously)

February 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I am in desperate need of a self-driving car. We’re talking desperate. I would pay a considerable amount of money — in this circumstance not only does the self-driving car exist, it is widely available and I have hit the lottery — for a self-driving car.

Rinspeed XchangE autonomous concept car

February 24, 2014 9:48 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

Autonomous driving is set to become reality in the near future. While the major automakers are putting the finishing touches on the technology, the Swiss idea factory Rinspeed puts man at the center of the autonomous car. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show Rinspeed presents the "XchangE" study to the public in a world premiere.

Are electric vehicles worth it?

February 24, 2014 9:16 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Last year alone, the U.S. sold almost 100,000 plug-in electric vehicles. That’s nearly double the purchase rate of 2012. But as more consumers and experts grow to love EVs, at least as many vehemently hate them. Are electric vehicles a worthwhile investment or just another craze?

Engineering Update 46: The United Arab Emirates' drone delivery service

February 24, 2014 8:52 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Consumers who fell in love with Amazon's 30-minute drone delivery service but can't wait for the mountain of red tape and regulations standing in the way of "Amazon Prime Air" now have an alternative — move to the United Arab Emirates!

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