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Elon Musk looks to save the world, for a price

June 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

The buzz that has been floating around Tesla over the last year is not flattering, including but not limited to sales model jealousy, fire recalls, and lemon-law lawsuits. Lately, famed CEO and real-life Tony Stark, Elon Musk, has been teasing that he wants to do something controversial....

Are small cells the answer to the Internet of Things spectrum crunch?

June 11, 2014 9:11 am | by Greg Fischer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Carrier Access, Broadcom Corporation | Articles | Comments

Recently, the technology industry has been abuzz with talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), a term used to describe an ecosystem of consumer electronics and appliances that have the ability to connect to the network and communicate with one another....

GaAs VPIN limiter protects sensitive components against high power incident signals

June 10, 2014 1:39 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a wideband GaAs VPIN limiter capable of protecting sensitive components against high power incident signals. The TriQuint TGL2205-SM operates from 2 to 6 GHz with low insertion loss of less than 0.6 dB....

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Fanless embedded PC features Intel Gen 7 HD graphic technology

June 10, 2014 1:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) announced its new Matrix MXC-2300 fanless expandable embedded computer equipped with the latest Intel Atom quad-core processor E3845. Built-in dual-port isolated CAN bus with SJA1000 controller delivers bus arbitration and error detection....

The state & future of the global electronics market

June 10, 2014 1:09 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

At EDS 2014, Dale Ford, vice president of IHS Technology, offered some eye-opening predictions, particularly for the consumer electronics market, in his presentation, “The Big Picture, Ideas, and Opportunities.” “We’re going through dramatic change, and that change is accelerating from being an intelligent device to being a networked device – and it’s generating a lot of data,” says Ford....

With decreasing prices and increasing efficiency, are LEDs finally poised to gain universal acceptance?

June 10, 2014 12:58 pm | Articles | Comments

Prices have been falling dramatically for LEDs. As recently as two years ago, a 60W consumer LED bulb cost between $40 and $50, but today buyers can find them for as little as $13. The dramatic decrease in prices is due to several factors — some related to technological advances in LED design....

Inductors target high-density power circuitry

June 10, 2014 11:49 am | Sumida America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Magnetically shielded Sumida (Schaumburg, IL) CDRH3D23 Series Power Inductors are suitable for high-density power circuitry.  With ferrite drum construction and a unique geometry, these devices yield higher inductance values than…

Synchronous buck regulators support an input voltage range of 4.5V to 18V

June 10, 2014 9:25 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL85003 and ISL85003A 3 Amp synchronous buck regulators with integrated high-side and low-side MOSFETs. The new ISL85003/3A buck regulators support an input voltage range of 4.5V to 18V while delivering very efficient and continuous 3A current....

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Haptic device simulates the feel of breasts

June 10, 2014 8:57 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Check those smirks. This doesn’t concern a certain less-than-reputable industry (banking $100 billion+ annually) or Japan’s general proclivity for weirdness. Actually, the ability to simulate the tactile sensation of soft breast tissue could have important medical applications....

Engineering Newswire 93: Jet-powered flying car reaches 550 mph

June 9, 2014 10:05 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In other automotive news this week, Greg Brown and Dave Fawcett have announced plans for a jet-powered flying car, the GF7, and in a recent interview with Gizmag, the team explained that the vehicle will be able to reach heights of up to 38,000 feet, with a top speed of 550 mph....

Touch-safe cover suits 10.3-mm x 38-mm fuse

June 9, 2014 9:57 am | Schurter Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SCHURTER (Santa Rosa, CA) introduced the ESO 10.3x38 touch-safe fuse cover designed to safely and securely insert and extract 10.3-mm x 38-mm fuses. After inserting the ESO 10.3x38 with captive fuse into the fuse clips, the complete installation provides…

LED light tower features lifespan of 50,000 hours

June 9, 2014 9:41 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The WAL-4XWP60E-MCE released by Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is a 240 watt portable LED light tower that produces 21,600 lumens of bright light with a lifespan of 50,000 hours. This portable work light draws two amps and operates on 120-277 volts AC....

Industrial air pressure regulator series designed for instrumentation and general purpose use

June 9, 2014 9:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Marsh Bellofram Corporation (Newell, WV) announced the global market launch of its Type T60 air pressure regulators. Marsh Bellofram Type T60 industrial air pressure regulators are preset, fixed units for instrumentation and general purpose use. Their regulated pressure vs. flow metric, forward-to-reverse flow offset ...

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Control IC is optimized for single stage flyback and buck-boost topologies

June 7, 2014 3:38 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced its integrated IRS29831 LEDrivIR control IC optimized for single stage flyback and buck-boost topologies used in LED drivers including LED bulb replacement, LED tube lighting and down lights.

600-V DC load module tests LED drivers

June 7, 2014 3:04 pm | Chroma Systems Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Chroma Systems Solutions, Inc. (Foothill Ranch, CA) announced the release of its 63115A LED Simulating DC Electronic Load. This new 10-A/600-V/300-W module is an addition to the company’s line of LED simulating 63110A/13A electronic loads....

Flexible cable assemblies handle up to 65 GHz

June 7, 2014 2:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

D-COAX, Inc. (Newberg, OR) has introduced high performance flexible coaxial cable assemblies through 65 GHz in standard or custom configurations. The standard assemblies are asserted to provide exceptional return loss and low insertion loss. The offering features....

Maximize shelf life with a one-time, push-button switch

June 6, 2014 11:57 am | by Michael Hartshorne, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Many modern portable devices must be shipped with a battery installed so that a customer can power it up initially without any battery installation or charging. Any excessive current “leakage” from the components connected to the battery may result in a dead device in the hands of a customer.

Step attenuator suits high-end audio applications

June 6, 2014 11:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic Inc. (Fremont, CA) introduced the A47 audio attenuator, a switch designed specifically to provide high-end volume control, desirable sonic performance and precise switch feel. These low-profile attenuators provide 47 positions with selectable end-stops from one to six channels....

Touch-safe connector houses up to five contact positions

June 6, 2014 11:13 am | Anderson Power Products | Product Releases | Comments

Anderson Power Products (Sterling, MA) announced the addition of a five-position offering to the Mini SPEC Pak connector family.  This environmentally sealed and touch safe connector houses up to five contact positions in a

High temperature mid-mount modular jacks expand design options

June 6, 2014 10:56 am | Kycon | Product Releases | Comments

Kycon announced it offers a High Temperature Mid-Mount Modular Jack. The GMJXHT-MM-S-88 is shielded and available with eight positions, eight pins and optional tape and reel packaging. This mid-mount jack provides flexibility to board mount designs in applications requiring

LNAs offer desirable noise figure for 4G wireless Infrastructure applications

June 6, 2014 10:27 am | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (Woburn, MA) unveiled a suite of new, ultra-low noise amplifiers (LNAs) for cellular infrastructure, wireless connectivity and broadcast communication applications. The new LNAs are asserted to provide

Industrial enclosures feature a comfortable ergonomic handgrip

June 6, 2014 9:53 am | Okw Enclosures | Product Releases | Comments

The latest IP65 HAND-TERMINAL enclosures from OKW (Bridgeville, PA) are designed for handheld machine controllers, test instruments and data entry devices used in heavy duty industrial applications.

32-kHz MEMS TCXO features tiny footprint, low power consumption

June 4, 2014 5:41 pm | SiTime Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

SiTime Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA) introduced what it asserts is the smallest, lowest power 32-kHz TCXO (temperature compensated oscillator). With its tiny footprint and very low power consumption, the SiT1552 MEMS TCXO enables…

This technology can hack your car from 1500 miles away

June 4, 2014 5:15 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Automotive security is odd in that it’s basically nonexistent. We drive around every day in giant, metal contraptions completely controlled by a central computer (more or less) and that computer is essentially open to whoever is bored (or mad) enough to hack it.

Programmable LED power supplies for outdoor applications include autonomous dimming

June 4, 2014 11:57 am | Osram Sylvania | Product Releases | Comments

OSRAM SYLVANIA (Danvers, MA) is introducing OSRAM OPTOTRONIC programmable constant current outdoor dimmable LED Power Supplies. They are said to offer the widest current range in the industry with either…

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