Today’s electronic compasses are built to withstand harsh environments – mechanical shocks, extreme temperatures and battlefield conditions. Yet the most challenging environment for electronic compasses is transitory magnetic field distortion encountered in everyday situations.
The SFH 7770 from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors combines the functions of a digital ambient light sensor with those of a digital proximity sensor. It determines the ambient brightness, detects the presence of an object nearby and can even tell whether the object is moving closer or moving further away.
The Series 137B quartz, free-field, ICP blast pressure pencil probes from PCB Piezotronics (PCB) have been improved for durability and alignment by lowering the parts count by 40% and internal connections by 50%. The pencil probes continue to feature an extremely fast micro-second response time...
Introducing a game-changing component is a bit like golfer hitting a hole in one. Both events happen relatively infrequently, yet everyone knows there’s another one coming...
Cree announces the addition of 80, 85 and 90 color rendering index (CRI) options to its XLamp XP-G and XP-E warm white LEDs. Many lighting applications, such as retail, medical and architectural, require high color accuracy to properly render object colors.
Cell phones afford us the convenience of being connected whenever we want, wherever we want. Despite affording us constant connectivity, there remain places where cell phone usage is inappropriate.
A general test and measurement product family, QUANTI, that can comprise of a combination of functions, e.g. such as electrical safety and digital multimeter (DMM) or LCR (inductance, capacitance and resistance) meter, is introduced by the Finnish technology company Finero Oy.
Back in January of 2008 all of the online technical trade press was touting that Wireless HDMI based upon 57 to 64GHz (i.e 60GHz) spectrum had finally arrived in the form of WirelessHD.
RF Micro Devices announced a new family of integrated configurable components for multiple markets. The highly integrated components, comprised of the RFFC207x and RFFC507x product families, perform multiple common RF functions in a reduced footprint...
Digital power helps reduce risk in new designs by allowing for rapid changes as new information is encountered concerning the load behavior, noise environment, fault conditions, or simply last minute changes. A few years ago, power supply engineers had to re-spin the board, change the bill of materials, add filtering, or change controllers.
Advances in lithium-ion battery technology have created new opportunities for the development of portable devices. As these new devices demand more performance and longer battery life, newer and more innovative methods of battery management must be developed and adopted.
Low dropout (LDO) linear regulators provide essential performance characteristics for many precision analog and mixed-signal applications including low noise, fast transient response, high power supply rejection ratio and small size.
Considering the tumult in the last several years, from disruptive technologies to political discord to financial meltdown and market re-adjustments, it’s kind of hard to say that 2010 was notable. Yet there are many things that mark this year that will make it a memorable one.
Based on Intel’s latest Atom E6XX processor, the ACR301 responds to the growing requirement for embedded computing solutions that consume minimal power and dissipate minimal heat.
A humorous but real-world FPGA power supply design methodology comparison using WEBENCH FPGA Power Architect versus a traditional approach.
At the recent Association of the U.S. Army conference in D.C., Lockheed Martin showcased its Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC), the defense giant’s answer to Raytheon’s XOS-2 exoskeleton (the “Real Iron Man Suit”). That’s right: it’s HULC vs. Iron Man.
The RJ45 connector is commonplace on computer systems in offices and homes, but there is often a need to network industrial equipment as well, resulting in a growing need for an Ethernet connector that can withstand harsh environments.
Anderson Power Products offers its PowerMod HP (high power) series connector family, featuring touch-safe female housings, cable strain relief and integral positive latches. These safety features, combined with the ease of connector assembly, establish a new standard...
Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions introduces the extended stroke captive 19000 series linear actuator. The extended stroke 19000 series is the latest addition to the popular high output can-stack line offered by Haydon Kerk. The 1.22” (31mm) stroke length allows a greater range of linear motion...
Powercast Corporation announced availability of its TX91501 Powercaster Transmitter which uses the 915-MHz ISM band to transmit common radio waves for power and data in commercial, industrial and defense applications. As the power
A new line of customized surface mount connectors from Advanced Interconnections reduces board space by utilizing the perimeter of circular and other odd-shaped PC boards. To support prototypes and small volume runs, Advanced can provide an affordable design and rough sample for electrical and mechanical testing...
International Rectifier today introduced a new RAD-Hard solid state relay (SSR) for power bus switching, heater control circuits and battery charging used in high reliability (hi-rel) space-qualified applications. The RDHA701CD10A2N radiation-hardened DC single pole, single throw-type SSR is designed to improve reliability by replacing traditional electro-mechanical relays...
The latest episode of the ECN discussion webcast “Tinker’s Toolbox” is a look back at the previous year. In it, our panel guests discuss the news, tech, politics, trends, and products from 2010 and about the things, events, and issues we felt were important. Right-click to download the podcast
On Thursday, October 28th, Advantage Business Media, ECN's parent company, held its annual pumpkin carving contest. The following is a photoblog of the event. Enjoy!
The IGVC challenges participating robots to traverse a grassy path defined by simple spray-painted lines and filled with obstacles such as traffic barrels and buckets.