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Automotive convenience and safety systems rely on optical sensors

July 15, 2014 4:33 pm | by Jim Toal is Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Vishay Optoelectronics | Articles | Comments

Twenty years ago, I worked for a flexible circuit manufacturer supplying to automotive instrument panel manufacturers.  At that time, these manufacturers were wary of LED lighting. The tried and true twist-in bulb represented 99.9% of interior and exterior automotive lighting....

NTC chip thermistors come in compact sizes with high temperature ratings to +150°C

July 15, 2014 4:10 pm | Ametherm | Product Releases | Comments

Ametherm (Carson City, NV) introduced four new series of NTC chip thermistors for high-accuracy temperature measurement. The STC0134-X, STC0138-X, STC0143, and STC0144-X Series devices are available in a variety of compact sizes, while providing…

Multilayer ceramic chip inductors suit telecom, networking, medical, and industrial applications

July 15, 2014 3:21 pm | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) has extended its inductor product offerings with a new line of high frequency multilayer ceramic chip inductors. These RF ceramic inductors have low DC resistance, high Q values at higher frequencies, high self-resonant frequency, and high reliability.

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Bluetooth 4.1 module helps engineers add low-energy connectivity

July 15, 2014 3:11 pm | by Kurt Gasparro, Video Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This year at the Sensors Expo in Rosemont, IL, editor-in-chief, David Mantey sat down with Microchip’s Dave Richkas to discuss their latest products and technologies. One of the products announced from the show includes Microchip’s first Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy module....

Displays from the big screen: Motion sensor systems from Hollywood

July 15, 2014 2:48 pm | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs | Articles | Comments

Imagine being surrounded by the imagery of your dreams on a panoramic display. Now imagine being able to manipulate these images by pointing directly at them, like a conductor leading an orchestra of pixels. It sounds like something straight out of a science fiction film — which is exactly what it is....

Converging trends for cloud and HPC – Taking the next step

July 15, 2014 1:54 pm | by Sanjay Bhal, focused end equipment manager, cloud and HPC, TI | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

We are living in an exciting time of change. The era of cloud computing has come upon us over the last few years bringing profound changes in the way we conduct our day to day lives. We are seeing a lot of changes in the way traditional high performance computing (HPC) applications are developed and deployed....

World's smallest wirewound chip inductors offer Q values up to 64 at 1.7 GHz

July 15, 2014 12:12 pm | Coilcraft Critical Products & Services | Product Releases | Comments

The 0201DS ceramic chip inductors from Coilcraft (Cary, IL) combine high Q values and exceptionally high SRF in the smallest package sizes available. Features include 0201 size — the World's smallest  wirewound chip inductor — and 52 inductance values from 0.5 to 14 nH....

Engineering Update #67: A ridiculously energy efficient house

July 15, 2014 12:08 pm | Videos | Comments

The Net Zero Energy Residential Test Facility is a two-story, 2,700 square foot house located on the campus of The National Institute of Standards and Technology in Washington D.C. Though the house looks like any other house, it was actually designed as a laboratory to study clean energy....

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Wireless power transfer demonstration kit delivers 35 W and Operates at 6.78 MHz

July 15, 2014 12:00 pm | Efficient Power Conversion | Product Releases | Comments

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (El Segundo, CA) announced the immediate availability of a complete demonstration wireless power transfer kit. The system is capable of delivering up to 35 W into a DC load while operating at 6.78 MHz (the lowest ISM band).

From cloud automation to cloud orchestration: Migrating and managing applications painlessly

July 15, 2014 11:09 am | by Nati Shalom, CTO and Founder, GigaSpaces Technologies | Articles | Comments

With use of the cloud comes the ability to use as many resources as needed, essentially endless resources on demand, using a “pay-as-you-go” model.  In a world where everything is dynamic and IT environments are constantly changing, this is becoming an ever-growing necessity....

Encapsulated PCB mount AC/DC linear supply offers tight regulation

July 15, 2014 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA) announced the Model 3.15.5-115, a low noise linear power supply which provides outputs of +/-15 VDC at 100 mA and 5 VDC at 500 mA. The 3.15.5-115 is powered by 115 VAC.

Why PLM is moving to the cloud

July 15, 2014 11:02 am | by Steve Chalgren, Vice President of Product Management and Strategy, Arena Solutions | Arena Solutions | Articles | Comments

This is a golden age of innovative electronics. Lowered barriers to entry for innovators in the form of lowered costs, funding, and more ubiquitous manufacturing options are making it much easier for anyone with a good idea to become an entrepreneur. So what does all this have to do with cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM)?

How has rapid prototyping affected your job or industry?

July 15, 2014 10:51 am | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

The need for rapid prototyping has always existed, however with the development of new tools and technologies, many of the traditional hurdles of prototyping have been eliminated. For instance, LCD display design, GUI development, MEMS sensing, motor control, RTOS or OS usage, and cap touch sensing are just a few of the obstacles....

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Image sensor targets traffic, surveillance, medical imaging and industrial inspection

July 15, 2014 10:01 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) is enhancing its charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensor portfolio with new technology for industrial applications. The new KAI-08051 Image Sensor provides improved light sensitivity, reduced read noise, and improved color accuracy compared to the previous generation...

RocketSkates travel 12 mph, weigh 7 lbs.

July 15, 2014 8:42 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

As a startup, ACTON encourages a community of innovators and thinkers to become a part of their projects, which is why the company has turned to Kickstarter to launch their latest product, the RocketSkates – and they’ve already raised more than $200,000....

Electrically conductive, sodium silicate, aqueous based coating system suits shielding applications

July 14, 2014 5:54 pm | Master Bond Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Appropriate for electromagnetic interference and radio frequency interference shielding applications, Master Bond’s (Hackensack, NJ) MB600G is an aqueous based, sodium silicate system with graphite filler. MB600G was tested with aluminum as the reference material…

Deployable renewable energy systems power critical equipment on the battlefield

July 14, 2014 4:31 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is the largest consumer of energy in the United States. Much of that energy is consumed in harsh environments to power tanks, armored vehicles, fighter jets, generators, small hospitals, command outposts and operations centers out in the field. All of these applications are critical....

Two-in-one LED driver features adjustable current and voltage

July 14, 2014 4:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GlacialPower (Taipei, Taiwan) announced a new dual-mode LED driver powering LED lighting from 7 W to 20 W. Featuring either constant current or constant voltage operation, the LED driver mode and power output can be easily adjusted to fit a variety of lighting and signage applications.

Why contraception by remote control is a troubling idea

July 14, 2014 4:08 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Forget about remembering to take a contraceptive pill. In just a few years, keeping track of your remote control may be as essential to family planning as it is to watching TV. MicroCHIPS, a small, Massachusetts company with backing from Bill Gates plans to bring an implantable contraceptive chip that can be turned on or off via remote control to market as early as...

Low-power microcontroller with increased IoT security

July 14, 2014 3:39 pm | by Kurt Gasparro, Video Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This year at the Sensors Expo in Rosemont, IL, Editor-in-Chief, David Mantey sat down with Microchip’s Alexis Alcott to discuss the expansion of their eXtreme Low Power PIC microcontrollers with the PIC24F “GB2” family. This new family features an integrated hardware crypto engine....

Test solution designed for characterizing USB 3.1 receivers

July 14, 2014 3:29 pm | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) announced an accurate test solution for characterizing USB 3.1 receivers. Using the Agilent USB 3.1 receiver test set, design and test engineers in the semiconductor and computer industry can now accurately characterize and verify USB 3.1 receiver ports in ASICs and chipsets....

300-watt explosion-proof LED light fixture provides 24,000 lumens

July 14, 2014 3:19 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The EPL-HB-2X150LED-RT Explosion Proof High Bay light fixture from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries. LED technology and compact design makes this lamp a replacement upgrade option....

Current sensing contact switch offers easy adjustment

July 14, 2014 3:01 pm | Nk Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

NK Technologies’ (San Jose, CA) new ASD Series Current Sensing Switches provide a limit alarm contact an easy adjustment method. These current sensing switches feature a single turn potentiometer, allowing the trip

The first guided .50-caliber bullets

July 14, 2014 2:46 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Snipers have to take numerous factors into account, including the terrain, weather, wind-resistance, and over long distances, even the curvature of the Earth — at 1,000 yards, the Coreolis Effect will alter a bullet’s trajectory by about .5 moa (Minute of angle). But until now, we haven’t been able to intentionally alter the course of a bullet....

Why American manufacturing is vital to future prosperity

July 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West, Brookings Institution | Blogs | Comments

On Wednesday, July 9 Governance Studies hosted the 3rd annual John White, Jr. Forum on Public Policy. The topic was Regional Manufacturing Hubs in the US, and we heard from a number of different experts. As noted in a recent White House report, the manufacturing industry is growing, but there is still much work to be done....

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