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Compact sensor improves fitness monitoring

October 7, 2014 2:30 pm | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors (Sunnyvale, CA) has developed a new optical sensor for automatic fitness tracking. The SFH 7050 is Osram’s first integrated optical sensor. It is designed for use in mobile devices, such as smart watches and fitness armbands....

What to expect when you’re expecting ... prototypes

October 7, 2014 1:12 pm | by Mike Sims, Director of Marketing and Sales, Attero Tech, LLC | Articles | Comments

In a previous article, some key points were identified to help companies identify a suitable design services partner. This article will offer suggestions about how to maximize the experience you have once you’ve selected a partner and move forward....

What does a safe, reliable supply chain look like?

October 7, 2014 12:48 pm | by Jeffrey Simon, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of America Semiconductor LLC | Articles | Comments

Throughout the industry, we hear distribution managers, procurement professionals, organization leaders, government/defense experts, senators, congressman, and others preach the importance of a reliable, secure supply chain. It has almost become trendy....

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Switching regulators deliver industry-leading efficiency

October 7, 2014 9:59 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced five new additions to the ISL911xx family of market leading buck-boost and boost switching regulators, optimized to support system power supplies and peripherals such as Wi-Fi or 3G/4G RF power amplifiers....

RF development platform targets advanced metering infrastructure and industrial applications

October 7, 2014 9:48 am | Semtech Corp., Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corp. (Camarillo, CA) announced it has joined with other members of the Wi-SUN Alliance to produce a radio frequency (RF) development platform targeting advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and industrial applications. The development platform ...

Deep-sea ROVs designed for Navy apps

October 7, 2014 9:17 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

The vectored ROV’s high degree of capability and payload attracted the attention of militaries all over the world. Both the vLBV300 and vLBV300-5 come equipped with sonar and tracking systems — making it ideal for military applications....

Development platform supports all 32-bit PIC MCUs

October 6, 2014 4:46 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced  the availability of MPLAB Harmony Version 1.0. MPLAB Harmony is a flexible, abstracted, fully integrated firmware development platform for all 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs). It takes key elements....

Does California drone ban violate the 1st Amendment?

October 6, 2014 3:09 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

California took the first step toward substantially regulating the drones when it passed a bill banning their use by paparazzi. And I think many of us would applaud the decision – the bill prevents UAVs from capturing images of people without their consent....

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Fiber optic ESTOP and U-Beam sensors designed for harsh/hazardous environments

October 6, 2014 12:47 pm | Micronor, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Micronor (Newbury Park, CA) introduces two new inherently safe, fiber optic signaling products for the industrial automation, robotic, and medical markets. The MR380 series Fiber Optic Emergency Stop offers ESTOP Functional Safety compliance with SIL1 rating....

Connectors include RoHS-compliant nickel PTFE plating

October 6, 2014 12:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) announces a new RoHS-compliant nickel PTFE plating for its DEUTSCH standard MIL-DIL-38999 Series III connectors. Along with TE’s recently announced black zinc nickel plating, this new coating further expands TE’s response....

Power amplifiers designed for 802.11a/n/ac WLAN applications

October 6, 2014 12:27 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a pair of 5GHz power amplifiers designed for 802.11a/n/ac WLAN applications. TriQuint’s TQP5523 and TQP5525 are fully integrated modules with internal matching on both input ...

Optical assemblies provide system reliability in extreme environments

October 6, 2014 12:13 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) announces it will highlight its Hermetic-Sealed Multi-Fiber Circular MT Optical Assemblies in Molex booth 317 at MILCOM 2014, the Military Communications Conference, to be held at the Baltimore Convention Center....

Taking power with you

October 6, 2014 10:39 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

If one allows for it (or is simply lucky), travel can be a great opportunity for serendipitous discovery — a bit of chance and unexpected joy in our otherwise highly scheduled and programmed world. For example, during a recent business trip, I stayed over ....

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Breakthrough antenna technology enabling high-order MIMO for LTE

October 6, 2014 10:17 am | by Bob Giometti, SkyCross | Articles | Comments

With consumers demanding faster, more reliable connections to support exciting, real-time capabilities like video streaming, the LTE industry is under increasing pressure to deliver higher-speed service offerings, enhanced data rates, and improved network range....

IoT soup: Four ingredients for a successful smart product

October 6, 2014 9:57 am | by Adam Justice, Grid Connect | Articles | Comments

One of the most intriguing reality television shows today is Chopped on the Food Network. Chopped features four chefs who are challenged to take a mystery basket of ingredients and turn them into a dish that demonstrates their creativity....

Micro-miniature push-on connectors rated to 40 GHz

October 6, 2014 9:28 am | Coaxial Components Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Coaxial Components Corp. (Stuart, FL) has expanded its line of SMP micro-miniature push-on connectors and adapters. Designated the 032 series, Coaxicom's SMPs are compatible with the Gilbert GPO and the Tyco OSMP. They are 50 Ω connectors rated....

Counterfeit electronic components in weapons systems cost lives

October 6, 2014 9:05 am | by Joe Bilotta, CEO and Co-Founder, Component Search International | Blogs | Comments

According to a survey by the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE), all segments of the commercial, industrial and defense supply chains have been impacted by counterfeit electronic components....

GPS front-end modules intended for smartphones

October 6, 2014 9:00 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) announces two EPCOS front-end modules for satellite navigation systems that enable the coexistence of cellular, WLAN, Bluetooth and satellite navigation services on the same antenna. The new EPCOS R159 and D5107 ...

Automated fluid dispensing systems combine precise dispensing with fast and easy programming

October 6, 2014 8:48 am | Nordson Efd Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD (East Providence, RI) introduces its new series of automated fluid dispensing systems for streamlined integration into any manufacturing operation. The PRO Series integrates vision and laser height sensing with closed-loop encoding to provide....

Rack-level systems deliver server computing platforms for use in rugged environments

October 3, 2014 1:34 pm | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic Inc. (Fremont, CA) now offers rack-level integration services that enable deployment of commercial equipment in rugged and mobile environments. Providing configuration control and lifecycle management as well as intricate custom I/O....

QFN socket designed for 10x10 mm package size

October 3, 2014 1:23 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has recently introduced a new QFN socket design using high-performance elastomer capable of 40 GHz, very low inductance, high endurance, and wide temperature applications. The SMP-QFN-8008 socket is designed....

Stainless steel three-lobe knobs suit hygienic requirements

October 3, 2014 12:15 pm | J.W. Winco, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

J.W. Winco, Inc. (New Berlin, WI) announced it now offers GN 5345 and GN 5345.4 Stainless Steel Three-Lobe Knobs, in inch and metric sizes. These RoHS-compliant lobe knobs have a smooth and sealed surface. They are particularly suitable for use....

The life of a fighter jet mechanic

October 3, 2014 11:34 am | by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs | Videos | Comments

Tools clang and the clock ticks as time narrows, several pairs of grease-stained boots can be seen darting back and forth beneath a lifeless fighter jet as Airmen work relentlessly to repair their bird for flight. Though the pressure appears prevalent ...

Engineering Newswire: Lockheed Martin wreaks havoc in extreme off-road testing

October 3, 2014 11:26 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

After ten days of testing, Lockheed Martin’s Havoc 8x8 Armored Modular Vehicle has successfully completed the Nevada Automotive Test Center’s Butte Mountain Trail course. A mile long course, and one of the most intense off-road test tracks in the world ...

Infographic: 6 engineering inventions that connect people

October 3, 2014 10:00 am | by Ohio University Russ College of Engineering and Technology | News | Comments

As modern technology continues to advance, many people have the chance to enjoy a wide variety of technologies that connect them with others. Advances and inventions made possible through electrical engineering have enabled people all over the world to connect....

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