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IC socket selection criteria

May 18, 2015 8:36 am | by Ila Pal, COO, Ironwood Electronics Inc. | Articles | Comments

Many products are designed with high-performance integrated circuits (IC). Without IC sockets, the design, testing, and/or production phases of a new product development process will be chaotic. In response to these demanding needs, sockets featuring a wide variety of ...

Crimp-style connectors have a low profile of 3.0 mm

May 18, 2015 7:58 am | by Jst Corporation | Jst Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new LBT A Type Series crimp style connectors recently introduced by JST Corporation, Waukegan, Illinois, provide a space saving connection for wire-to-board connections that incorporate both power and signal circuits and sequencing for lithium battery and other power connection applications. These SMT connectors have a low profile of 3.0 mm....

High-speed 5 GS/s LXI digitizers available with up to eight fully synchronous channels

May 18, 2015 7:57 am | by Spectrum Instrumentation Corp. | Spectrum Instrumentation Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

For applications where fast electronic signals in the GHz range must be remotely acquired and analyzed, Spectrum has extended its popular digitizerNETBOX series of LXI based instruments by releasing eight new models. Available with two, four or eight fully synchronous channels the new units feature sampling rates up to 5 GS/s....

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The dying world of innovation

May 18, 2015 7:42 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Innovation is a word that gets thrown around at a lot of companies, but nobody understand more about innovation than Mike Rainone, founder and chief innovation officer at PCDworks, Inc. And, according to him, all those companies tossing out ideas about how to innovate? They’re doing it wrong.

Adapter solution includes USB Billboard Device Class

May 18, 2015 7:27 am | by Cypress | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced a complete silicon and software solution for USB Type-C to DisplayPort adapters (dongles). The EZ-PD CCG1-based Type-C to DisplayPort Cable solution enables connectivity between a USB Type-C receptacle and a DisplayPort (DP) or Mini DisplayPort (mDP) ...

Non-contact sensors monitor breathing and detect human presences

May 18, 2015 6:54 am | by Novelda AS | Product Releases | Comments

Novelda announced two sensor modules for detecting human presence and monitoring respiration, both based on its proprietary XeThru technology. These can detect presence just from the chest movement while breathing, and measure both the rate and depth of breathing, allowing breathing patterns to be ...

Photos of the Day: Lightfair 2015

May 15, 2015 2:46 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Lightfair 2015, which took the event back to its home at the Javits Center in NYC, was all about the smart systems and integrated lighting solutions.

IDC and poke-home connectors overcome challenges in harsh applications

May 15, 2015 11:48 am | by Tom Anderson, Connector Product Manager, AVX | Articles | Comments

Connecting wires to a printed circuit board (PCB) in demanding applications presents a challenge for connector manufacturers and design engineers meet the cost, size, and performance goals of a product. Connector manufacturers must keep developmental pace with customer demands....

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3 engineering urban myths

May 15, 2015 10:26 am | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

Some standards last so long as to be de facto laws of design. Hull size for many cargo and military vessels is still influenced by decisions made on the Panama Canal project a century ago, for example, and the space community is essentially tied to technology path decisions....

VCO operates at 3500 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3 V-4.9 V

May 15, 2015 10:05 am | by Crystek Crystal | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CCQ-3500-3500 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 3500 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3 V-4.9 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -115 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +6 dBm. Engineered and manufactured in the USA ...

4-in-1 I/O device features up to 32 GB of data logging

May 15, 2015 9:57 am | by Moxa Technologies | Moxa Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Moxa is significantly lowering the overall cost of industrial data management with the introduction of its ultra-efficient ioLogik 2500 4-in-1 smart data acquisition solution that combines I/O functionality, an Ethernet switch, serial/Modbus connectivity, and up to 32 GB of data logging into a single remote device.

Broadcast rack design provides versatile, robust construction

May 15, 2015 9:32 am | by Elma Electronic Inc. | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Optima Stantron has released an innovative broadcast rack design that features a modular frame. The rugged, customizable design helps reduce installation costs, upgrade requirements and service time. Offering a professional appearance along with its flexibility, versatility and strength, the new 12-gauge steel frame endures ...

Engineering Newswire: Army M249 Squad Automatic Weapon sheds the pounds

May 15, 2015 9:30 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

U.S. Army engineers redesigned and lightened the M249 machine gun, taking it down from 17.5 to 9.2 pounds. The M249, formerly known as the Squad Automatic Weapon has even taken a different name – the Cased Telescoped Light Machine Gun, or CT LMG.

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CCD camera designed for high-speed machine vision applications

May 15, 2015 8:49 am | by Chromasens GmbH | Product Releases | Comments

Chromasens announces the allPIXA pro, the world's fastest, most powerful color line scan CCD camera for high-speed machine vision applications on the market today. The allPIXA pro, with line rates up to 92kHz in standard models and up to 156 kHz in special OEM configurations, allows for a maximum 300% increase in ...

Engineering Update #110: A VTOL plug-in hybrid-electric flying car

May 13, 2015 1:55 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

It’s fair to say that flying cars have excited the public’s imagination since at least the 1920s when Henry Ford produced a flimsy aircraft that garnered press but ultimately killed its pilot. And the excitement continued throughout the 20th century....

Robots will build Google's new headquarters

May 12, 2015 4:20 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | News | Comments

Google's new headquarters in beautiful Mountain View, California, may take longer than expected, but is in no part due to the robot-crane hybrids they'll be using to assist in building.

Let’s talk about space

May 12, 2015 9:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Most of the time, my job is just like any other job. I have day-to-day responsibilities like debating topics with commenters, writing blogs about things that annoy the commenters, and then writing up blogs about the terrible things commenters sometimes say.

The quantum dots revolution

May 11, 2015 3:05 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Articles | Comments

Quantum dots are the most important technological development that no one has heard of. At least not when compared to the buzz about 4K, curved displays, the Internet of Things, or other Consumer Electronic Show (CES) titans.

Ensuring security in the connected home

May 11, 2015 8:34 am | by Ogi Brkic, VP of Marketing and Business Development, Elliptic Technologies | Articles | Comments

If you recently visited one of the many consumer trade shows, it was hard to miss the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices targeting home automation.

Designing power management ICs for modern uses

May 8, 2015 3:43 pm | by Peter Wilson, Sr. Staff Product Marketing Manager, Renesas Electronics America | Articles | Comments

Power management ICs have evolved and are now standard in applications like standard 12 V rail supplies and embedded systems that require high efficiency and low power usage.

1W DC-DC converters offer a wider temperature range and increased isolation

May 8, 2015 3:30 pm | by XP Power | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power announced three SIP packaged 1 Watt DC-DC converters with both single and dual output models. Aimed at applications requiring a high performance DC-DC converter, the products feature industry standard pinouts and offer an increased efficiency, higher isolation, and a wider operating temperature range than previous products.

Glitch-less RF digital step attenuators feature an extended temperature range

May 8, 2015 3:25 pm | by Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

The UltraCMOS PE43711, PE43712 and PE43713 digital step attenuators from Peregrine Semiconductor feature an extended temperature range, a wider power supply, a faster switching speed, broader control logic support, increased ESD tolerance and, as the product name suggests, glitch-less attenuation state transitions.

Wireless charging transmit coil adheres to the A11 specification

May 8, 2015 3:20 pm | by AK Stamping Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

A.K. Stamping Company, Inc. is pleased to announce their new A2311 Transmit Coil designed to work within the A11 specification of the WPC (Qi) standard. A true bifilar Tesla coil design enables these stamped coils to be significantly thinner (0.3mm for coil alone, 2mm for coil mounted to optional ferrite shield) than ...

Single-channel load switch features 4.5V to 12V input

May 8, 2015 3:20 pm | by Diodes, Inc. | Diodes, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Diodes Incorporated introduces a single-channel load switch designed to operate from 4.5V up to 12V with a near-zero quiescent supply current that makes it suitable for use in battery-powered netbooks, tablets and e-Readers. The AP22850 can handle power up/down sequencing with load currents up to 8A and adjustable ...

Wraparound chip resistors offer power ratings to 2 W

May 8, 2015 3:18 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that it has extended its RCWE series of thick film surface-mount wraparound chip resistors with new devices in the 0612 and 1020 case sizes. Featuring long side terminations, the Vishay Dale RCWE0612 and RCWE1020 provide four times the power dissipation of standard devices in equivalent ...

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