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Gas discharge tube protects a broad range of communication equipment

October 9, 2014 3:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SL1010A Series Gas Discharge Tube (GDT), a small-footprint, three-terminal, surface mount component that protects a broad range of communication equipment from damage due to fast-rising transients....

High-power resistors include value range up to 20K ohms

October 9, 2014 2:53 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) announces the expansion of the TR Series of TO-220 and TO-247 style power resistors. The TR Series value range now starts at 50 milliohms and goes up to 20K ohms for most sizes (the TR30 value range extends up to 100K ohms)....

From wearables to implantables to ... what’s next?

October 9, 2014 2:35 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

Some time has passed since the Apple announcement of the company’s “iWatch” (at least as of the time I’m writing this) and all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with it. Unfortunately, from the mobile healthcare aspect, it was underwhelming to say the least....

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Engineering Update #79: A mini quadcopter for your pocket

October 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Do you know that sinking feeling when you reach for your smartphone, and it’s not there ... almost like a piece of you is missing? Well, a San Francisco-based company called Aericam wants to produce this same feeling — only with mini quadcopter drones....

DARPA’s tank of the future won’t need armor

October 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The tanks of the future will reinvent (and simultaneously minimize) the very concept of “armor”. DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program will swap armor for technology and brute strength for maneuverability. Forget the slow, lumbering behemoths....

The world’s first development platform with 2D multi-touch and 3D gestures

October 8, 2014 4:36 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced the expansion of its Human Interface Input Sensing Solutions portfolio with the introduction of the 3DTouchPad, a PC peripheral and world’s first Development Platform for 2D multi-touch....

Military connectors provide shell sizes smaller than the current size 9

October 8, 2014 4:12 pm | Tt Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

A lighter and smaller military connector has resulted from a collaboration between TT Electronics (Weybridge, UK) and Esterline Connection Technologies Souriau-Sunbank. The MABAC 38999 micro circular connectors will maintain the same design features....

Differential pressure transducers designed for Class I Division 1 / 2 hazardous locations

October 8, 2014 3:59 pm | American Sensor Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

American Sensor Technologies, Inc. (Mount Olive, NJ) has released explosion-proof and non-incendive versions of its differential pressure transducer model AST5400. This addition compliments AST's other products in the hazardous location market....

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Choosing the right processor for multimedia, display, and IoT applications

October 8, 2014 1:45 pm | by Amanda McGregor, Freescale Product Marketing Manager | Articles | Comments

Consumers use a wide range of devices on a daily basis. This familiarity has led to high user expectations surrounding devices and a high bar for engineers. Even traditional embedded designs are undergoing transformation with new connectivity....

Ensuring safe and secure UAV systems

October 8, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jay Thomas, Field Application Engineer, LDRA Technology | Articles | Comments

Sightseers on the Space Needle in Seattle were recently greeted by the sight of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone, which circled the monument before returning to the hotel balcony from which it was launched. Without question, drones have entered....

Power sensors contain world’s widest dynamic range

October 8, 2014 10:50 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA) announced the U2040 X-Series wide dynamic range power sensors, consisting of four USB models for wireless and radar applications, and a dedicated LAN model for satellite testing. With the world’s widest....

Through-hole ceramic capacitors designed for high temperature and automotive applications

October 8, 2014 10:43 am | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET Corporation (Greenville, SC) introduced its expanded line of Aximax High Temperature Axial Capacitors. These new offerings are based on the same successful KEMET material technologies utilized in the surface mount X8L and X8R dielectric platforms....

Corrosion-resistant stainless-steel surface-mount hinge intended for outdoor use

October 8, 2014 10:42 am | Southco, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Southco, Inc. (Concordville, PA) has refreshed its successful N6 Surface Mount Hinge series with an updated design that provides superior durability in corrosive environments. Available in 304 or 316 stainless steel materials with passivated or high gloss ...

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The challenges of smart innovation

October 8, 2014 10:30 am | by Artem Aginskiy, business development manager, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Industrial technology is necessary to drive smart innovations that improve the interaction between humans and technology through smart, dynamic processing to static mediums. Unfortunately, these smart innovations come with a number of challenges....

A world full of sensors: a good idea?

October 8, 2014 9:26 am | by Harmke De Groot, program director at Holst Centre/imec | Articles | Comments

Most of us can’t imagine a life without computer, smartphone or tablet. The next thing? Devices talking with each other and making our lives more comfortable. In this article, find out how sensors may change our life and what researchers are working ...

8-channel thermocouple amplifier includes 0 to 5 VDC output voltages

October 7, 2014 2:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Sensor Connection (Troy, MI) has expanded its line of measurement and control instrumentation with the addition of the model TCA-MS-K-8-A4. This 8 Channel Type K Thermocouple Amplifier Module converts the low output voltage signal....

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....

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....

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....

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