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2-kVAC isolated 1.5-W low noise micromodule converters are UL60950 Recognized

May 28, 2014 11:49 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduced the LTM8057 and LTM8058, 1.5-W output µModule (micromodule) DC/DC converters with 2-kVAC galvanic isolation (production tested to 3 kVDC) in a 9-mm x 11.25-mm x 4-mm BGA (ball grid array) package. The devices operate from an input voltage...

Multi-standard wireless charging SoC targets smartphones

May 28, 2014 10:42 am | Broadcom Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Broadcom Corporation (Irvine, CA) introduced a new multi-standard smartphone power management unit (PMU) that drives Rezence technology into the mainstream while providing compatibility with existing deployed standards.

Power modules are positioned as cost-effective solution for low power motor drive applications

May 28, 2014 9:55 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced the µIPM-DIP family of highly integrated, compact Integrated Power Modules (IPM) for low power motor drive applications including fans, pumps, air purifiers and refrigerator compressor drives.

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SMT PCB terminal block includes wire release

May 28, 2014 9:38 am | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation's (Germantown, WI) 2059 SMT PCB terminal blocks are appropriate for extremely small LED modules, offering a fast alternative to soldering leads. With a height of 2.7 mm, the 2059 positioned to

Cars of the future aren’t just cars

May 28, 2014 9:36 am | by Ilya Gelfenbeyn, CEO, Speaktoit | Blogs | Comments

The future has always been a playground for imagining possible innovations for the motor vehicles that are ubiquitous to our lives. Recently, much of that focus has been directed at self-driving cars. As always, improvements to cars aim to make them safer, smoother, and more hassle-free....

What technology creates the biggest challenge for cooling and thermal management?

May 28, 2014 9:13 am | Articles | Comments

As far as products are concerned, all design engineers are under pressure to create solutions that are smaller, more powerful, and can operate faster. In a way these three elements are the perfect storm relative to all of the thermal management issues engineers need to work through....

TBEA SunOasis Set to Overtake First Solar as World’s Largest Solar EPC Company in 2014

May 27, 2014 3:49 pm | News | Comments

U.S.-based First Solar delivered on expectations in 2013 to become the leading Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company in the global photovoltaic (PV) industry, even though it is likely to be surpassed in 2014 by Chinese EPC TBEA SunOasis, according to a new report from IHS Technology.

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Signal Hound wins for Test and Measurement

May 27, 2014 3:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The BB60A Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer / RF Recorder from Signal Hound (La Center, WA) is powered and controlled solely over USB 3.0 link and a PC with an Intel Core i7 processor. The BB60A circumvents the traditional need for a processor, display, keyboard, and power supply by using a PC....

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2014 IMPACT Award Winner: LED Engin wins for Solid-State Lighting

May 27, 2014 3:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The first intelligent, compact, single-emitter light engine from LED Engin delivers directional light with halogen-style dimming, hugging the black body curve from 3000K down to1800K. Luminous flux is 1100 lumens, equivalent to a 60W halogen lamp....

Fast MCUs target developers’ functional safety industrial, medical, automotive and transportation designs

May 27, 2014 10:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) introduced its latest 32-bit dual-core lockstep Hercules RM57Lx and TMS570LCx microcontrollers (MCUs) for developers’ functional safety applications. Unique to the Hercules MCU platform, these two new floating-point devices offer…

The IoT and PoE: A Perfect Match

May 27, 2014 10:25 am | by David Abramson, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

For those of you who regularly read my blog posts to keep up with the goings on of IEEE802.bt task force, I am going to change things up a bit and talk about one potential application for Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)—Connecting the Internet of Things (IoT).  Normally, a description of the IoT involve...

Stylish and functional enclosure houses the Raspberry Pi Model B

May 27, 2014 9:01 am | Hammond | Product Releases | Comments

Hammond Manufacturing (Cheektowaga, NY) has developed a new molded enclosure specifically designed to house the Raspberry Pi Model B credit card sized computer. The enclosure features a stylish rounded design with apertures for all the I/O interfaces and supported accessories.

Engineering Newswire: Iron Man suit designed for U.S. Special Forces

May 27, 2014 8:39 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Special Ops Iron Man Suit: The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit project is being coordinated through the Special Operations Command headquarters, but the team is turning to professional engineers, students, and even, what they described as local "garage tinkerers"....

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Small chassis contains four complete systems

May 27, 2014 8:11 am | General Micro Systems | Product Releases | Comments

General Micro Systems, Inc. (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) has introduced a conduction-cooled, fully ruggedized, Secure Virtual Machine (SVM) server with six hardware independent I/O modules. Designed to replace multiple workstations using virtual machine technology…

VCO operates from 3274 MHz to 3280 MHz

May 27, 2014 7:53 am | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO55CC-3274-3280 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 3274 MHz to 3280 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3 V to 4.7 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -115 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and has…

How is rapid prototyping affecting engineering?

May 27, 2014 6:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have a VERY exciting Brainstorm about Rapid Prototyping for our July issue. Nothing has the potential to change the landscape of design engineering (and every other industry) like rapid prototyping. Now that the technology is rapidly gaining traction, we want to know how it’s really affecting your job or life.

Compact vibration table designed for testing small components

May 23, 2014 1:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cincinnati Sub-Zero’s (Cincinnati, OH) new TCB-1.3 benchtop vibration table is ideal for reliability testing of compact products and electronics. The dual-purpose system is available in a 16” x 16” (40cm x 40cm) table size and may be used as a stand-alone vibration table for vibration testing....

Two-wire Hall effect switches are reprogrammable

May 23, 2014 12:34 pm | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis Technologies NV (Tessenderlo, Belgium) announced the introduction of its MLX92242 Hall effect switch/latch IC. These highly integrated devices contain a voltage regulator (supporting a wide operating voltage range), as well as Hall sensing element and a current sink-configured output driver.

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Microchip Technology Inc. wins for Tools, Kits, and Reference Designs

May 23, 2014 12:05 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip's (Chandler, AZ) MPLAB Harmony incorporates a 32-bit microcontroller firmware development framework which includes the licensing, resale and support of both Microchip and third-party middleware, drivers, libraries and real-time operating systems....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Freescale Semiconductor wins for Sensors

May 23, 2014 11:55 am | Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

The FXLC95000CL motion-sensing platform from Freescale Semiconductor (Austin, TX) integrates a MEMS accelerometer and a powerful 32-bit ColdFire V1 CPU associated with 16K RAM and 128K flash memory, a master SPI and I2C bus, and external differential analog inputs....

DoD plans for the zombie apocalypse (seriously)

May 23, 2014 11:44 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

You probably suspected that the Department of Defense has a plan for every possible contingency, so a land war with China? Totally covered. A nuclear war with a renewed Soviet Union? Covered. But a zombie apocalypse? Not the first (or 10th) contingency that springs to mind....

Brushed DC motor family offers desirable configuration options

May 23, 2014 11:40 am | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Maxon’s (Fall River, MA) DCX Series brushed DC motors feature high power density and low vibration. In addition to the technical highlights, the program's appeal lies in the configuration options. Motors, gearheads and encoders may be selected and ordered online. The maxon X drives family is…

High current, smart motor controller targets automated guided vehicles

May 23, 2014 10:33 am | Roboteq, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Roboteq (Scottsdale, AZ) introduced an intelligent controller capable of directly driving two DC motors up to 120 A each. The XDC2230 is targeted at designers of mobile robots, automatic guided vehicles (AGVs), warehouse automation systems or any other high power motor control application.

Low-noise inline strain gage amplifier includes an auto-zero function

May 23, 2014 10:12 am | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties (Hampton, VA) has released the Model 142, a low-noise inline strain gage amplifier with an auto-zero function that is positioned to provide extreme measurement accuracy. The patent-pending auto-zero feature is initiated right before measurement…

Current sense resistors are offered in 44-A, Zero Ohm and 1-W, 2010 versions

May 23, 2014 9:42 am | Koa Speer | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics (Bradford, PA) introduced two current sensing resistors, the zero Ohm SLZ  and the 1W/2012 SLW07. The high current SLZ1 jumper chip offers a rated current of 44 A in a 2512 size. The SLW07 has an enhanced high power rating of…

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