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Engineering Update #64: Japan's stealth fighter

June 26, 2014 11:19 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Once Japan realized the United States wasn't going to sell any of its F-22 raptor steal air superiority fighters, the Japanese government began funding their own project. The idea was to create an aircraft whose purpose would be two fold. The plane would serve as a showcase for Japan's latest military technologies....

Chip supports all Android 4.4 KitKat Sensors

June 25, 2014 4:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PNI Sensor (Santa Rosa, CA) announced SENtral-K, the first ultra-low power ‘sensor hub’ to support all Android 4.4 KitKat sensors. SENtral-K embeds the complete range of KitKat sensors on its low-power SENtral coprocessor, allowing smartphone original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to support always-on context-aware applications....

LED light fixture features emergency battery backup

June 25, 2014 3:30 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The GVP-EMG-48-2L-LED from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is similar to the company's explosion proof LED fixtures that provide an LED alternative to fluorescent fixtures. These LED fixtures produce more light output with longer lamp life and are vapor proof and impact and vibration resistant....

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RF modules designed for economical configurable RF test measurements

June 25, 2014 3:04 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) announces the availability of the Telemakus TEP2000-4 and TEP4000-5 Digital Phase Shifters — the smallest USB microwave phase shifters available. These laboratory quality phase shifters have a minimum phase range of 360 degrees....

Low power MCU integrates hardware encryption engine

June 25, 2014 12:49 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced the expansion of its eXtreme Low Power (XLP) PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) with the PIC24F “GB2” family.  This new family features an integrated hardware crypto engine, a Random Number Generator (RNG) and…

Bluetooth Smart beacon offers long range, flexibility, security

June 25, 2014 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EM Microelectronic (Marin, Switzerland) introduced the COiN Bluetooth beacon. It can be deployed anywhere iBeacon technology is used, but which also supports wireless sensor networking and many other applications over Bluetooth Smart…

Module adds sensing intelligence to finished products

June 25, 2014 12:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

LeddarTech (Quebec City, Canada) announced the release of its Leddar One Sensing Module, an LED-based sensing solution that brings valuable sensing intelligence to a range of finished products. This single-element sensing module is suitable for…

Seven-channel, NMOS low-side driver targets high-voltage systems

June 25, 2014 11:15 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced what it asserts is the industry’s first seven-channel, NMOS low-side driver. The TPL7407L is positioned to replace half of the transistor arrays required to drive high current loads, providing a new option for high voltage systems.

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Fanless quad-core embedded PC features extended temperature operation

June 25, 2014 10:50 am | Winsystems | Product Releases | Comments

WinSystems (Arlington, TX) is introducing a fanless quad-core Intel AtomE3845 based industrial computer. The SYS-405Q includes USB, dual Ethernet, mini-PCIe and serial ports housed in a rigid aluminum alloy enclosure.

Module integrates a BLE 4.1 stack for use with or without a host MCU

June 25, 2014 10:26 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced its first Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy module.  The RN4020 builds on the Company’s Bluetooth Classic experience and carries both worldwide regulatory certifications and is Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) certified. 

15 Watt AC-DC power supply targets medical applications

June 25, 2014 10:05 am | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) announced the EML15 series of 15 Watt single-output AC-DC power supplies suitable for use in medical equipment. Complying with 3rd edition EN60601-1, ES60601-1, CSA-C22.2 No. 60601-1, IEC60601-1 medical safety standards, this extremely compact power supply is believed to be the smallest device....

The industry’s first fully integrated plus-27dBm transceiver

June 25, 2014 9:46 am | Semtech Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corporation (Camarillo, CA) introduced the SX1238 to its long-range transceiver platform. The SX1238 is the first device available to fully integrate transceiver and front-end module into a single package creating an ideal solution for smart metering applications....

12 of the highest paid engineers on the planet

June 25, 2014 8:53 am | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

The surest path to wealth and fortune may be an electrical engineering degree. Every year, Fortune ranks the top five hundred American corporations by adjusted gross revenue. Here are this year’s Fortune 50 CEOs who made their start where ...

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HotSpot: IMS2014 Top Ten

June 25, 2014 8:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

At this year’s IMS2014 event in Tampa Bay, FL, Wireless Design and Development saw a lot of cool and innovative new products, and we’re excited to provide you with our Top Ten list from the show. First up is Signal Hound. Signal Hound was this year’s ECN Impact Award winner in the test and measurement category....

Linear position sensors operate in radiation environments of nuclear power plants

June 24, 2014 5:04 pm | Macro Sensors | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors (Pennsauken, NJ) offers three series of Nuclear LVDT Position Sensors — the HSTAR, HLR and HSAR Series — specifically designed for position measurement in high temperature and mild radiation environments within nuclear power plants....

Phase-control stud-style thyristors offer current-handling capability to 25 Amps

June 24, 2014 4:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Announced today by America Semiconductor, LLC (Linden, NJ) is the 25RIA Series of medium-power, phase-control thyristors. The single-phase Silicon Controlled Rectifiers (SCR) are supplied in a standard TO-48 package with a current handling capability to 25 Amps....

USB 3.0 in surveillance and machine vision cameras

June 24, 2014 3:53 pm | by Abhishek Gupta & Saranjit Gupta, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. | Articles | Comments

USB 3.0 is becoming one of the most promising interfaces for camera-based commercial applications as well as industrial and medical imaging. All of the leading camera manufacturers in the vision and imaging market, including Basler, Ximea, IDS Imaging, and Lumenera, have introduced USB 3.0-based cameras....

Bulkhead adapter contains low PIM properties

June 24, 2014 3:05 pm | Rf Industries | Product Releases | Comments

RF Industries (San Diego, CA) expands their line of 7/16 DIN connectors and adapters with a female to female bulkhead adapter, part number P2RFD-1654-4. The adapter is manufactured with a machined brass body, with tri-metal (white-bronze) plating for a durable finish with low PIM properties....

TVS diode array offers superior clamping protection

June 24, 2014 2:53 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SM24CANA Series 200W TVS Diode Array (SPA Diodes) for protecting the automotive Controller Area Network (CAN) Bus from damage due to electrostatic discharge (ESD), electrical fast transient (EFT), and other overvoltage transients....

Too much of a useless thing

June 24, 2014 1:32 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I realize that my growing interest, and ongoing coverage, of the Internet of Things (IoT) is only exacerbating the massive attention on one of the greatest technological known unknowns, but the confusion and excitement surrounding the impending market shift provides a regular topic of conversation while on the road....

Three-stage telescoping light mast includes four class 1, division 1 150 watt LED light fixtures

June 24, 2014 11:42 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 25 foot telescoping light mast with 360° rotating capabilities that is equipped with four explosion proof 150 watt LED light fixtures. The LM-25-3S-EPL-4X150RT-RB is a fold over light mast that produces 48,000 lumens of light....

Next-generation vault intended for collaboration and ECAD design data management

June 24, 2014 11:27 am | Altium | Product Releases | Comments

Altium Limited (Sydney, Australia)has announced the release of the next-generation of Altium’s enterprise data management and collaboration platform - Altium Vault 2.0. By centralizing, managing and formalizing the component libraries, design data and team collaboration using the Altium Vault ...

Tool kit cuts cable jacket, insulation, and strips wire

June 24, 2014 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

An upgraded tool kit with three essential hand tools that store in a handy trifold canvas pouch for all types of wire and cable preparation and repairs is being introduced by Xuron Corp. (Saco, ME). The Xuron TK2300 Wire Harness Tool Kit features the three tools used most for assembly and field service wiring applications....

Phase frequency detector available for automotive applications

June 24, 2014 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc. announced the continued availability of the ML145170 circuit originally designed and built by Motorola/Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.  Lansdale has single-source rights to both globally market and continue to manufacture Motorola’s line of PLL (Phase Lock Loop) Circuits.

The F-35 was born of a "dumb piece of Air Force PR spin"

June 24, 2014 10:31 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The F-35 doesn’t have a lot of fans these days, and one of her biggest critics is actually the co-designer of the F-16, Pierre Sprey. Calling the Joint Strike Fighter the product of “an exceptionally dumb piece of Air Force PR spin”, Sprey issues a scathing indictment of the F-35 in a viral Internet video that is gaining a ton of traction in the aerospace community....

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