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Synchronous forward MOSFET driver eliminates signal transformer

April 2, 2014 1:41 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LT8311, a high-efficiency secondary-side MOSFET driver that operates without the need for primary control in an isolated synchronous forward converter. The LT8311’s unique preactive mode eliminates the need for a signal transformer....

802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) module is presented as world’s smallest, most integrated

April 2, 2014 1:38 pm | eConais, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Econais Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the EC19W01, positioned as the world’s smallest, smartest and most integrated 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) module. The EC19W01 offers low power drain and features

Thermal controller designed to operate with thermoelectric modules

April 2, 2014 1:33 pm | Oven Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Oven Industries’ (Mechanicsburg, PA) Model 5R7-350/347 is an economical thermal controller especially designed to operate with thermoelectric (Peltier effect) modules. Most of these modules may be operated in either a cooling mode or a heating mode depending on current direction....

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Ethernet switches include integrated PROFINET I/O stack

April 2, 2014 1:18 pm | Harting, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

HARTING’s (Elgin, IL) two newest, fully managed Ethernet switches — the Ha-VIS mCon 3000 Next Generation — have been optimized for fast deployment in the harshest industrial environments to support today’s increasingly sophisticated network structures....

Photos of the Day: Russia's new dolphin army

April 2, 2014 12:11 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Ukraine established a dolphin training program back in the ‘60s with the goal of using the marine mammals to detect mines and other items of military interest off the coast. The dolphins were based in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, but after Russia annexed Crimea, the cetacean mammals became the property of the USSR, er, Russia....

Why can’t automakers seem to learn?

April 2, 2014 9:07 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Years ago, the Toyota “unintended acceleration” story dominated the headlines for, at first, days, and then weeks. Through the end of 2009 and well into 2010, it was the biggest story in the manufacturing world by a long-shot, and to this day remains one of the biggest industrial blunders in recent history....

How Russia ended up with Ukraine’s dolphin army

April 2, 2014 7:22 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There have been many interesting political and social ramifications to the Soviet Union’s — I mean, Russia’s — attempted annexation of Crimea, but let’s talk about what everyone is really concerned with: Who will get custody of the Ukraine’s dolphin army? (For the record, this is not an April Fool’s joke.)

Industrial-grade embedded computers feature Intel Multi-Core Atom E3800 processors

April 2, 2014 2:10 am | Winsystems | Product Releases | Comments

WinSystems (Arlington, TX) introduced a line of multi-core Intel Atom E3800 embedded computers designed to operate from -40°C to +85°C. The SBC35-CC405 Series of embedded PCs include onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet, serial ports, and...

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EBX computer board family adds a dual-core Intel Core i3 and a Celeron-based products

April 2, 2014 1:55 am | Versalogic Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

VersaLogic Corp. (Tualatin, OR) announced the release of two new models in its “Copperhead” line. The new offerings include a dual-core Intel Core i3 product, and a Celeron-based product. The models are positioned to provide both lower cost...

8-bit MCU family includes intelligent analog and core independent peripherals

April 2, 2014 1:35 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology’s (Chandler, AZ) PIC16(L)F170X and PIC16(L)F171X family of 8-bit MCUs combine intelligent analog and core independent peripherals along with cost-effective pricing and the company’s eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology....

Insulation resistance tester rated at 15 kV

April 1, 2014 4:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Megger (Norristown, Pa) now offers a versatile insulation resistance tester (IRT) rated at 15 kV. The MIT1525 measures motors and generators above 34,500 V and equipment rated above 35 kV. Ideal for applications that use cables, transformers, motors/generators, circuit breakers, and bushings....

Three-wire, true zero-speed sensor IC incorporates dual Hall-effect elements

April 1, 2014 4:24 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduces a new optimized Hall-effect sensing IC that provides a user-friendly solution for digital ring-magnet sensing or when coupled with a magnet, ferromagnetic target sensing, in three-wire applications....

China could lead the way with the smart home

April 1, 2014 3:14 pm | by Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak | Blogs | Comments

I remember the first time I flew into China. It must have been the early ‘90s. I landed in Beijing, and it was as if I entered a different world, like landing on another planet. Since that time, I have met many Chinese people and became friends with lots of them....

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Wire-to-board connector system serves thin-screen LED televisions and monitors

April 1, 2014 2:53 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduces its IllumiMate 1.00 and 1.25 mm pitch wire-to-board connector system, offering today’s flat-panel LED television and PC monitor manufacturers more mating styles, voltage ratings, circuit sizes and locking types than any similar connector system....

Current-to-pressure transmitter features removable electronics and switch-selectable output

April 1, 2014 2:15 pm | Moore Industries | Product Releases | Comments

Moore Industries (North Hills, CA) has released a new version of its IPH2/IPX2 Current-to-Pressure (I/P) Transmitter. Along with updated certifications, the IPH2/IPX2 features 22 direct and reverse output ranges, with switch-selectable reverse output standard...

Step-down DC/DC converter includes 60V transient protection

April 1, 2014 2:04 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LT3667, a 400mA, 40V step-down switching regulator with dual LDO outputs packaged in a 3mm x 5mm QFN or MSOP-16E. The LT3667 offers a highly compact, triple output solution for automotive and industrial applications....

5 questions OEMs should ask a chip maker

April 1, 2014 10:15 am | by Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP Marketing and Business Development at Altair Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

One of the components of your future device is a cellular chip. There are many chip providers from which to choose, all eager to help bring your product to market. The decision to partner with a chipset vendor is not an easy one, and requires a significant amount of research, time and resources....

Power connectors deliver current density at 23.0 amps per circuit

April 1, 2014 10:01 am | Newark, Molex | Product Releases | Comments

Newark element14 (Chicago, IL) is now offering the Molex Mega-Fit Power Connector, delivering current density at 23.0 amps per circuit on a 5.7-millimeter pitch and row spacing. The compact form factor paired with high-current terminals provides one of the most power-dense connectors available....

Sensor hub device features a low-power 3-axis accelerometer

April 1, 2014 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kionix (Ithaca, NY) announced a new integrated sensor hub device, the KX23H, combining a high-performance, very low power 3-axis accelerometer with a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller in a single 3x3x0.9mm package. The KX23H also includes a library of advanced motion processing software....

Aluminum electrolytic capacitors offers features suited for LED lighting applications

April 1, 2014 9:38 am | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET Corporation (Greenville, SC) introduced its next-generation aluminum electrolytic capacitors, featuring a new high performance axial series. Features include capacitances as high as 6,300 uF and voltage options of 25, 40 and 63 VDC....

TSA deploys drones to watch you from space

April 1, 2014 8:47 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Citing the ongoing domestic terrorist threat (aka, the “most dire threat to national security since Grandma Betty at the airport”), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has deployed a fleet of drones with the ability to destroy dangerous contraband like baby formula and remotely monitor “shady individuals” like 10-year-olds and grandparents....

Explosion-proof work light outputs 12,500 lumens

March 31, 2014 2:03 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) announces the release of a 150 watt Class 2 Division 1 explosion proof LED light mounted on a non-sparking aluminum base. The EPLC2-PM-150LED-100 explosion proof LED light can illuminate up to 10,000 square feet of work space....

The best internship I’ve ever had

March 31, 2014 1:37 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

I’ve always dreamed of being a writer and editor, but before working here I was ready to shelve that dream. I came to ECN from several solid months of terrible luck on the job front. Before my interview, I remember painstakingly researching the magazine and feeling my knees shake....

Power shunt resistors provide precise sensing of high currents

March 31, 2014 1:06 pm | Koa Speer Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KOA Speer Electronics (Bradford, PA) has expanded their line of Power Shunt Resistors to include the PSI and PSE series, which address higher-current applications. The power ratings of the PSE (5 Watts) and PSI (3 Watts) allow these resistors to offer a smooth current flow....

Intelligent LED controller offers I2C control and low standby power

March 31, 2014 12:58 pm | Marvell Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Marvell (Santa Clara, CA) announced its new AC/DC LED driver Integrated Circuit (IC), the Marvell 88EM8189 featuring I2C compatible digital interface integration to connect with a networking microcontroller that runs a lighting control protocol, such as Zigbee, for smart wireless bulbs....

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