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HotSpot: Top 10 best wireless & RF devices at Electronica 2014

November 13, 2014 8:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on HotSpot, we're in Munich, Germany attending electronica 2014 and checking out the latest and greatest components, systems, and applications that companies have to offer. Our Top 10 show features everything from the newest ...

Automotive-grade film capacitors designed for safety applications

November 12, 2014 3:21 pm | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET (Simpsonville, SC) introduced automotive-grade film capacitors at the Electronica 2014 trade fair in Munich, Germany. The F862 Metallized Polypropylene Film Class X2 Series is specifically designed for safety applications subject to ...

Power divider provides in-phase power splitting

November 12, 2014 3:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

From Knowles Capacitors (Cazenovia, NY) comes a Wilkinson power divider, the PDW05758, from their Dielectric Laboratories (DLI) facility. It is designed to provide in-phase power splitting or combining over a broad bandwidth in low-power ...

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Iran clones American UAV, completes test flight (maybe)

November 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back in 2011, Iranian forces captured a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel UAV near Kashmar before parading the drone for the world to see on Iranian TV. While the U.S. initially denied foul play, stating that it had “lost control” of a drone (not an RQ-170 ...

The first ARM Cortex-A processor-based mbed microprocessor board

November 12, 2014 10:27 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) is simplifying embedded design for engineers and developers in the Maker space and working on emerging applications via the recently-launched ARM mbed IoT Device platform. Leveraging ...

6-slot chassis features high-performance density in 2U height

November 12, 2014 10:12 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) now offers a 2U chassis platform that complies to the MicroTCA.4 specification for High Energy Physics and other applications requiring rear IO. The rear IO capability is an attractive option in many Mil/Aero, Physics ...

Engineers dance in music video to raise STEM awareness

November 12, 2014 7:00 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Videos | Comments

A new YouTube video is gaining popularity as the push for STEM continues to gain traction. Commission by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), in association with Bechtel, the music video “Engineering Happiness” is set to Pharrell's “Happy”....

Automotive lighting solution capable of driving LEDs up to 60 volts

November 11, 2014 3:39 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced two new devices for use in vehicle lighting systems. The NCV78763 advanced smart power ballast and dual channel LED driver provides a highly efficient single-chip automotive lighting solution that ...

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Software-defined sensor draws just 2.5µA of current

November 11, 2014 3:29 pm | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis (Tessenderlo, Belgium) introduces a new, fully programmable, extremely compact sensor IC capable of accurately measuring changes in magnetic flux density along its X, Y, and Z axes. Based on the company’s proprietary Triaxis technology ...

Microcontroller family provides closed-loop digital control

November 11, 2014 1:49 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced from Electronica in Germany an expansion of its 8-bit PIC microcontroller (MCU) portfolio, with the peripheral-rich, low-pin count PIC16(L)F161X family. These new MCUs introduce and expand ...

High-power transceiver permits signals to penetrate obstacles

November 11, 2014 1:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ritron, Inc. (Carmel, IN) introduces the new HP Series transceiver which features the same high-performance RF specifications and reliability as the existing DTX+ Series with the added benefit of a high-power transmitter. This permits signals ...

Wireless sensor development kits enable rapid deployment of industrial systems

November 11, 2014 8:58 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. (Norwood, MA) introduced a suite of comprehensive development kits enabling manufacturers of industrial equipment to easily add remote sensing and monitoring capabilities to their Internet of Things and Big Data products....

Staying safe in the air with advanced avionics technologies

November 11, 2014 8:53 am | by Chad Marak, Director of Technical Marketing, Littelfuse, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Statistics from the past 50 years reveal that commercial air travel has become one of the safest, most reliable forms of transportation. As the safety of commercial flight continues to increase, the demand for advanced commercial avionics technologies ...

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QFN socket operates at up to 10 GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss

November 10, 2014 4:52 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has recently introduced a new high-performance QFN socket for 0.5mm pitch QFN40. The CG-QFN-7009 socket is designed for 6X6 mm package size and operates at bandwidth up to 10 GHz with less than 1dB....

Wearable device punishes you for slouching

November 10, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of the first skills they teach you in the military — if you haven’t mastered it already — is correct posture. If you slouch, a loud, angry man with a Smoky Bear hat will give you a gentle reminder to stand up straight. But even the United States Military stops short....

VCO features a typical phase noise of -123 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset

November 10, 2014 2:10 pm | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO55FL-0183-0219 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 183 MHz to 219 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -123 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has ...

Pushbutton switches feature independent LED illumination

November 10, 2014 2:01 pm | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components (Newton, MA) has announced that it will add painted and laser-etched custom graphics or symbols to the backlit caps on the illuminated versions of its AP Series industrial pushbutton switches. Available illuminated by either blue ...

Kasey's Korner: A new treatment for bone fractures

November 10, 2014 12:07 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials have come up with a solution that uses anchors made from biodegradable materials via a powder injection molding process. The advantages to using this process means that the researchers can adjust the density and porosity of the anchors, which is imperative to their structural integrity.

Accidental discoveries that changed the world

November 10, 2014 10:10 am | Videos | Comments

Throughout the history of science, many major discoveries came accidentally. Sometimes they came from recognizing potential in an unexpected product or waste. Other times, discovery came out of pure desperation from a seemingly dead-end experiment....

The biggest challenge for electric vehicles

November 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Manfred Brandl, ams AG Product manager, Battery management ICs | Articles | Comments

The battery: As long as energy storage capacity (drive range) is limited and costs are high, EV’s will remain a niche market for urban use by a small group of people, also because of the slowly-adapting charging infrastructure. Another challenge ...

Ethernet module maximizes process efficiency, boosts reliability

November 10, 2014 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

On the PLUG-IN Electronic stand at Electronica, Brainboxes (Liverpool, England) launched the ED-504 3-in-1 industrial Ethernet networking solution, which combines four digital input or output (I/O) channels, a software-selectable RS232/422/485 ...

Circuit protection diode targets industrial equipment CAN bus lines

November 10, 2014 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices (Tempe, AZ) debuts a new electrostatic discharge (ESD) circuit protection diode for industrial applications such as assembly line automation, access control systems, machinery, and more. The new overvoltage protection component ...

Next stop, planet electronica!

November 10, 2014 8:38 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

I’ve never traveled outside of the United States, and I’m excited that my first time will be for Electronica 2014 in Munich. The mere thought of the show’s overall size is very intimidating, but I must say, I am really interested to see all of the technological innovations....

The insatiable demand for analog spectrum technology

November 10, 2014 8:21 am | by Luc Langlois, Director, Global Technical Marketing, Digital Signal Processing, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

The need for higher performance in all technology segments from consumer to military, is relentlessly pushing the bandwidth limits of the analog signals that carry information through the physical universe. This has prompted dramatic improvements....

Wayward comet buzzes Mars

November 7, 2014 4:21 pm | News | Comments

Two NASA and one European spacecraft, including NASA's MAVEN mission led by the University of Colorado Boulder, have gathered new information about the basic properties of a wayward comet that buzzed by Mars Oct. 19, directly detecting its effects on the Martian atmosphere.

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