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Ethernet cables provide high data rate in lightweight package for aerospace applications

July 10, 2014 3:17 pm | W.L. Gore & Associates | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Landenberg, PA) introduces GORE Ethernet Cables to meet the military and civil aerospace markets' emerging need for higher data rate cables in a lightweight, flexible, and routable package. Featuring the unique cable jacket material found in GORE 1394b FireWire Cables ...

Kasey's Korner: This 3D-printed material will replace Balsa wood

July 10, 2014 2:57 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

When it comes to materials, high density usually equals high strength, while light low density materials are generally pretty fragile. However researchers at Harvard were able to 3D print a composite material using epoxy resin that they claim is even better than Balsa wood, generally revered for its lightweight, but strong properties.

FMCs designed for network interface

July 10, 2014 1:11 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) now offers FMCs with high-speed interfaces up to 40GB speeds. This includes cages for dual QSPF+, SPF+, and RJ-45 as well as some quad cage versions. The latest in the network interface series of FMCs is the FMC108....

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Engineering Update Episode 66: The Navy's robo-tuna

July 10, 2014 10:39 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Navy is experimenting with a 4-foot long unmanned undersea vehicle designed to blend in with marine life and perform military functions. This so-called "biometric" autonomous vehicle not only looks like a fish, but swims like one as well. The "robo-tuna" doesn't rely on traditional means of propulsion like propellers or jets, but it actually swims by flipping its tail....

AC & DC axial fans available for harsh environments and IP56 rated

July 9, 2014 3:31 pm | Qualtek Electronics Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Qualtek (Mentor, Ohio) introduces its series of high-performance, low-cost HPLC series, AC and DC axial fans tested to withstand harsh environmental conditions, including dust and water. The axial fan series, with sizes ranging from 172mm to 280mm, have met or exceeds the international standard IEC 60529....

RFID light detector is battery-free

July 9, 2014 2:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SHADOW from Farsens S.L., (San Sebastián, Spain), is a battery free RFID ambient light detector tag. These tags are compatible with commercial EPC C1G2 readers. It features a LPRS N5AC501085 Light Dependent Resistor (LDR) to detect exposure to light or darkness.

How to drive innovation & collaboration in engineering

July 9, 2014 12:57 pm | by Louise Rainone, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

What happens when you bring 1,500 software and hardware entrepreneurs and thought leaders to San Francisco to talk about the future of the Internet of Things? Complete and utter excitement about the future of our connected world, and where we are going to be in just a matter of days and months....

Miniature diffuse mode photoelectric sensors suit complex applications

July 9, 2014 12:34 pm | Pepperl+Fuchs Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) has added three high performance diffuse mode sensors to its family of user-friendly and field-proven ML100 Series photoelectric sensors. These new versions are designed to provide advanced performance for increasingly complex and space-constrained applications.

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SMD fuseholder has stabilizing posts

July 9, 2014 12:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER (Santa Rosa, CA) equips its FPG7 shock-safe SMD fuseholder with two stabilizing posts. The added posts extend from the existing front standoffs, providing increased stability during board assembly, and when replacing the panel accessible fuse.

25-Watt 1”x 1” DC/DC converter offers a 2:1 input range

July 9, 2014 11:40 am | Contech, A Division Of Calex | Product Releases | Comments

ConTech (Concord, CA) announced the “QMS” Series of DC/DC converters. The QMS Series offers up to 25 Watts of fully regulated output power. The series offers a 2:1 input range with nominal input voltages of 12 V, 24 V, and 48 VDC.

The Grim Reaper drone prank

July 9, 2014 11:30 am | Videos | Comments

Tom Mabe is a notorious internet prankster specializing in hidden camera pranks and telemarketer prank calls. In this video, he manages to scare the bejesus out of unwitting bystanders with what appears to be the Grim Reaper, the living embodiment of Death. How did he do it? Watch to find out....

Two-way 90-degree power splitter suits CATV, broadband and FTTx applications

July 9, 2014 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (Lowell, MA) announced a new two-way 90-degree power splitter suited for CATV, Broadband and FTTx applications. The MAPD-011018 is both 260ºC reflow compatible and surface mountable.

Lighting control sensors available with Passive Infrared, Ultrasonic (US), and Dual Technology

July 9, 2014 10:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting (Greenville, SC) announced today that Hubbell Building Automation (HBA) has enhanced its popular wall switch vacancy and occupancy sensor family with the introduction of the LightHAWK2. From conference rooms, offices, and hallways to storage areas, restrooms, and hotel guest rooms ...

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IR receivers promise simplified designs for data transmission

July 9, 2014 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology (Malvern, PA) has released two new miniaturized infrared (IR) receivers designed specifically for low-speed data transmission. The TSDP34138/56 and TSDP34338/56 are optimized for low-complexity, low-cost signaling.

IEEE 802.3bt: Not all detection schemes are equal

July 9, 2014 10:21 am | by David Abramson, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Can you safely apply power to equipment connected to a PoE-enabled switch when performing detection on all four pairs in parallel? In order to answer that question, let’s look at some of the consequences of detecting PDs on all four pairs (also referred to as both alternatives) in parallel.

Sensor IC includes integrated capacitor

July 9, 2014 10:08 am | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduces a new Hall-effect based integrated circuit (IC) that provides a user-friendly solution for true zero-speed digital ring magnet and gear tooth sensing in two-wire applications. Allegro’s A1688 wheel speed sensor IC is targeted at the automotive market....

Kasey's Korner: This material can withstand forces 160,000 times its own weight

July 9, 2014 8:56 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

MIT engineers have created a new material that can withstand forces 160,000 times its own weight. The material uses micro lattices with nanoscale features for a material that offers great strength with ultra low density. The researchers utilized a high-precision 3d printing process called projection micro stereolithography to create a material that is 400 times stronger than an object of similar density.

Attenuators suitable for broadcast, HDTV, and satcom applications

July 8, 2014 3:30 pm | by ECN Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. (Irvine, CA) has announced their expanded line of 75 Ohm F attenuators. This new line of F-type attenuators is suitable for broadcast, HDTV, and satcom applications in the L and S microwave bands up to 3 GHz....

The War on Error

July 8, 2014 2:17 pm | by Craig Jones, VP Global Supports Services, PRISYM ID | Blogs | Comments

Product recall is a key issue for the global medical devices industry. With expensively manufactured devices, as well as hard-earned brand reputations, routinely destroyed in the wake of a recall notice, the costs are high; productivity, profitability and speed to market are blown apart, while patient care also takes a hit....

Reflective optical encoders target low power miniaturized motion control systems

July 8, 2014 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies (San Jose, CA) announced a new series of 3-channel reflective optical encoder devices, the AEDR-87xx. The devices are suitable for use in low power miniaturized motion control systems such as stepper motors, electrical actuators, piezoelectric drives and …

3-position panel mount connector handles 22 A at 600 V

July 8, 2014 12:49 pm | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Product (Sterling, MA) announced the addition of the Panel Mount Connector to the 3 Position Mini PL family of SPEC Pak sealed connectors. This compact, panel mountable connector is capable of 22 A at 600 V AC/DC (UL). The Panel Mount Connector is secured to a panel via a jam nut....

5-A, 15-V 2-phase synchronous boost regulator offers 95 percent efficiency

July 8, 2014 12:40 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the LTC3124, a dual-phase, 3-MHz, current-mode, synchronous boost DC/DC converter with output disconnect and inrush current limiting. According to the company, dual-phase operation significantly reduces …

Kasey's Korner: This material could change solar cell history

July 8, 2014 8:49 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While solar cells offer a great opportunity for alternative energy, they also contain cadmium chloride, which is a toxic substance. Unfortunately, it’s also a necessary substance that greatly improves solar efficiency in the panel materials allowing for a conversion efficiency of over 15 percent.

Customization as standard

July 7, 2014 1:13 pm | by Hitaltech | Blogs | Comments

As design engineers are pushed by marketing to design an aesthetically pleasing product which can be differentiated from the competition, they are increasingly facing a situation where a standard, off the shelf enclosure no longer meets their requirements....

RF subsystem operates over the E-band frequency spectrum from 71- 86 GHz

July 7, 2014 12:30 pm | Ducommun Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DLT (Carson, CA) has announced the release of E-band Radio link RF subsystem. This subsystem operates over the E-band frequency spectrum from 71- 86 GHz. One of its applications can be found in the E-band multi-gigabit wireless communication system, which offers local area networks....

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