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Power management IC integrates display power and backlight LED driver functions

August 18, 2014 10:03 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL98611 display power and LED driver for smartphones. The ISL98611 is the first power management IC that integrates the display power and backlight LED driver functions in a single chip....

Energy: Magic or science?

August 18, 2014 9:08 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Energy: It is all around us; we use it every day. But let’s stick with electrical energy. We have many ways of generating this needed labor-saving device. You may question that, but think about it: Everything that we use every day is some type of labor-saving device, and it runs on some form of energy....

Why home automation is changing the pet world

August 18, 2014 8:10 am | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The increasing popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) is driven by a desire for connectivity, creeping into our daily routines at an exponential rate. The more we see of it and use it, the more we want from it. The adage of “if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk” couldn’t be more applicable to the usage of the Internet in our lives. This is where the impending IoT home revolution comes into play.

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600V ultra-fast trench IGBTs optimized for welding applications

August 15, 2014 1:39 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of the IR66xx series of high-performance 600V ultra-fast Trench-gate Field Stop insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs). The new rugged, reliable family of devices features extremely low conduction....

Explosion-proof LED light fixture intended for applications requiring Group B approvals

August 15, 2014 1:27 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Explosion proof lighting specialists Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) have announced the release of a Group B approved temporary manhole mount LED light fixture, the MMLP-1MLED-B-24OD-12P, that provides operators with a powerful and highly convenient alternative....

All-in-one power solution combines the requirements for several applications

August 15, 2014 1:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Altech Corp. (Flemington, NJ) offers an all-in-one power solution to ease customers’ minds and to keep power running without interruption. CBI All In One UPS Power Solution is a unique product that combines the requirements for several applications into just one device....

Plenum-rated cable features smaller diameter of 0.265 inches

August 15, 2014 9:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Superior Essex (Atlanta, GA) announces it has decreased the diameter of its 10Gain XP CAT 6A plenum-rated cable to 0.265 inches, making it the smallest Category 6A UTP cable available. The smaller diameter provides an improved cable pathway fill ratio....

Transmitters and converters provide fast response time and low temperature drift

August 15, 2014 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

With selected devices featuring HART 7 technology, the entire 3000 series of compact best-in-class temperature transmitters and converters from PR Electronics (San Diego, CA) provides high accuracy, fast response time, and low temperature drift....

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Engineering Newswire: Marine’s driverless jeep built on a growler

August 15, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate, Autonomous Internally Transportable Vehicle or GUSS AITV for short, is built on an M1161 Growler, a smaller vehicle than its predecessor, who was named just GUSS. Using a Commercial Off-The-Shelf sensor suite ...

Flip-chip underfill solution features a high Tg of >240°C

August 14, 2014 4:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

AI Technology (Princeton Junction, NJ) material scientists have developed a series of new generation underfills that withstand RoHS compliant higher temperature processing and applications. The main advanced features and functions are listed below....

4 best practices for protecting trademarks when entering the Chinese market

August 14, 2014 3:33 pm | by Wendy Wu (MWE China), Jennifer Mikulina & Han Jason Yu | Articles | Comments

Working with a team of experienced trademark counsel in the U.S. and China is a critical to launching a successful expansion of a brand into China. This article provides a set of checklists to guide companies, including the preliminary steps....

Engineering Update #71: A $52 million dollar car

August 14, 2014 1:20 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of the Engineering Update: A $52 million dollar car — The Ferrari GTO 250 weighs in at 1980 pounds and has a 300 horsepower v8 engine. It gets its sleek shape from placing aluminum over a wood frame and hammering it, by hand, into shape.....

Navy to deploy vehicle-based laser weapon

August 14, 2014 11:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. Navy recently awarded an $11 million contract to Raytheon to develop a vehicle-based, short-range laser weapon capable of defeating low-flying threats like enemy drones. Raytheon’s directed-energy weapon will comply with the Office of Naval Research (ONR)....

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6 reasons to consider overseas engineering jobs

August 14, 2014 8:23 am | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

How far would you travel for your dream job? To another city? Another state? Why limit yourself, when your skills are in demand, worldwide? Engineering principles don’t change at the border, so why not explore all your options and look for work....

45V input 100mA LDO offers active output discharge

August 13, 2014 2:12 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LT3061, a high-voltage, low-noise, low dropout voltage linear regulator with active output discharge. The device delivers up to 100mA of continuous output current with a 250mV dropout voltage at full load....

Wire-to-board connector system offers wides range of mechanical and electrical options

August 13, 2014 1:14 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) solves common design challenges faced by electronic engineers with its CLIK-Mateä1.50mm Wire-to-Board Connector System, which offers a variety of circuit sizes, mounting styles and wire gauges to meet next-generation power and signal needs....

Low-power sensor hub designed for smartphones, tablets, wearables, and the Internet of Things

August 13, 2014 12:06 pm | Hillcrest Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Hillcrest Labs announced it has designed a new sensor hub product to change how consumers use their smartphones and other portable electronics. Sensor hubs are a separate class of chips designed to offload sensor management from the main processor....

Cloud-based IoT development tools remove the historical obstacles to device communication

August 13, 2014 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

RacoWireless (Las Vegas, NV), a global machine-to-machine (M2M) service provider, announced that it will launch Omega DevCloud, facilitating communication with IoT applications in a standardized, easy-to-use environment. The new product will remove the historical obstacles....

Current-sensor ICs designed for use in low-power applications

August 12, 2014 4:06 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces two new current-sensor IC devices that are true ±5 A sensor ICs or uni-directional 10 A sensor ICs for use in low-power applications that require higher output swings at lower current....

Amplifier module draws only 300mA from a +8 to +14.5 volt supply

August 12, 2014 3:23 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for P1dB’s P1-AMP00010-1-SMA, a DC to 10 GHz, 1 Watt, amplifier module. The P1-AMP00010-1-SMA is commonly used as a general purpose, broadband amplifier in test and measurement applications....

In technology we trust

August 12, 2014 3:19 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Within twenty years, hands-free driving will be a reality. The prediction (at least for freeway driving), from Jim Toal, senior manager of product marketing, Vishay Optoelectronics has me in a state of skeptical excitement. While I’m ready for the day when I can hit “Home” ...

Surface-mount connector simplifies field installation

August 12, 2014 1:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Berwyn, PA) announces its new low-profile, surface-mount technology (SMT) releasable poke-in wire connectors. Addressing the trend for increased simplicity of wire termination and ease of proper assembly, TE’s new solderless connectors simplify multiple wire terminations....

TVS diode array offers 15 percent lower clamping voltage than alternative technologies

August 12, 2014 12:55 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the low-capacitance SP2574NUTG TVS Diode Array (SPA Diode), designed to protect high-speed, differential data lines from damage due to ESD (electrostatic discharge), CDE (cable discharge events), EFT (electrical fast transients) ...

Digital-to-analog converter includes 10ppm/°C reference

August 12, 2014 12:44 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2645, a quad-channel 12-bit/10-bit/8-bit PWM-to-voltage output digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with 10ppm/°C reference. These parts convert PWM input signals to 12-bit accurate, stable, buffered voltage outputs in less than 8µs....

Career advice from the ECN engineers

August 12, 2014 10:23 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A few months ago, we asked our engineers (that’s you guys) a few questions about how you felt about retirement, engineering, and the future of the industry. (Check out the infographic or the Whiteboard in our August issue.) While we learned a lot from our experienced engineers (turns out most are happy with their careers), we also asked for some advice for engineers in the future.

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