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Magnetic rotary encoders now include communications interfaces

April 9, 2015 3:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL-FRABA has introduced two new communications interfaces for its high-precision IXARC magnetic rotary encoders. These versatile, compact and cost-effective devices are now available with PROFINET and EtherCAT interfaces. The networking technologies supported by the new communications interfaces ...

LED work light on quadpod features retractable cord reel

April 9, 2015 3:35 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 60 watt base stand LED work area light mounted atop an extendable quadpod equipped with a retractable cord reel. The WAL-QP8-WP60PM-GRC50 from Larson Electronics is an aluminum quadpod mounted work area LED light that provides ...

The cost of increased access

April 9, 2015 1:25 pm | by Brian Long, field application engineer, TE Connectivity Ltd. | Articles | Comments

In today’s society, across the entire globe, consumers and businesses alike are demanding increased access to the connected world. This demand is all but independent of where people are or what they are doing. This insatiable demand requires newer and smaller devices with ...

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This is why arming domestic drones is a very bad idea

April 9, 2015 12:56 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

UAVs represent a potential goldmine, with commercial and scientific functions and a treasure trove of DIY applications on the docket. But for every hobbyist tinkering in their lab, there’s a police force planning surveillance activities and untold privacy concerns....

Pressure transmitters and switches designed for hazardous environments

April 9, 2015 12:30 pm | by Gems Sensors & Controls | Gems Sensors & Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Gems Sensors & Controls (Gems) has announced the global market launch of its Model 3800/3820 Series. The new Gems Model 3800/3820 Series is a family of reliable, accurate, compact OEM pressure transmitters and switches for hazardous area and other hostile environments. The new Model 3800 Series pressure transmitter ...

Rectifiers feature a power capacity of 6 kW

April 9, 2015 12:23 pm | by Ge Energy | Ge Energy | Product Releases | Comments

GE's new GP100 line of power rectifiers provide data- and power-intensive three-phase applications with the industry’s first compact, 1U , 6-kilowatt (kW) 54-volt AC-to-DC power rectifiers. The new GP100 line includes GE’s GP100R for data center and telecommunications rack or cabinet mounting and its GP100M for embedded data ...

Oscilloscope preserves signal-to-noise ratio for higher fidelity

April 9, 2015 12:09 pm | by Tektronix | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Key innovations delivered in the DPO70000SX ATI Performance Oscilloscope that set it apart from traditional ultra-high bandwidth oscilloscopes include world’s first 70 GHz real-time oscilloscope with Tektronix’ patented Asynchronous Time Interleaving (ATI) technology that preserves signal-to-noise ratio for higher fidelity....

Bluetooth smart SoC aimed at high volume consumer markets

April 9, 2015 11:39 am | by Dialog Semiconductor (Dialog North America) | Dialog Semiconductor (Dialog North America) | Product Releases | Comments

Dialog Semiconductor announces three additions to its successful SmartBond family of ultra-low power, Bluetooth Smart System-on-Chip (SoC) integrated circuits. The devices, aimed at high volume, high growth consumer markets, are the smallest and lowest power wireless connectivity solutions for the Internet-of-Things (IoT)....

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Engineering Update #105: Driverless vehicle makes a cross-country trek

April 9, 2015 10:47 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

There has been a lot of enthusiasm and quite a bit of criticism when it comes to self-driving cars. They’ve proven themselves capable on shorter trips,  but Delphi has undertaken a whole other challenge. An across-the-country road trip....

USB enclosures designed for a wide range of OEM applications

April 9, 2015 9:05 am | Teko Enclosures Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Following popular demand from design engineers, TEKO has launched its new TEK-USB standard USB enclosure. TEK-USB is perfect for a wide range of OEM applications including USB dongles, pen drives and wireless transmitters. The enclosures have an attractive snap-together design with an integrated soft touch protection ring in the middle....

Wet tantalum capacitor offers improved vibration capability

April 9, 2015 8:12 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new tantalum-cased wet tantalum capacitor with a glass-to-tantalum hermetic seal that is approved to Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) drawing 15005. For avionics and aerospace systems, the device is the industry's first wet tantalum capacitor approved to ...

The demands of mobile devices

April 8, 2015 2:39 pm | by Rick Wietfeldt, Chairman of the MIPI Alliance Technical Steering Group and Senior Director, Technology at Qualcomm | Articles | Comments

Our smartphones have become indispensable and the value we attach to these devices will continue to grow along with steadily advancing device capabilities. New designs coming to market showcase increasingly sophisticated components: ever-faster 4G/LTE ...

Japan’s first indigenous stealth fighter could take flight this summer

April 8, 2015 1:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. has been overly protective of the F-22 Raptor — and rightfully so. The air-superiority weapon is our ace in the hole against 5th-gen fighters like China’s Chengdu J-20 & Shenyang J-31 and Russia’s PAK-FA, and to that end, we’ve banned the F-22 from export....

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Taking aim with precision-guided firearms

April 8, 2015 8:54 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Hunting requires a lot of patience and skill, and nothing can be more frustrating than a missed shot on a target a few hundred yards away. Austin-based TrackingPoint has developed a fully integrated, precision-guided firearm system that ...

Components of risk: Counterfeit electronic parts

April 8, 2015 8:06 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

The electronics industry benefits from innovative leaps and incremental developments from an impressive number of engineering disciplines. No matter if a technological problem centers on process, device, or circuit design; thermal or mechanical engineering ...

Shielded power inductors provide exceptionally low DCR

April 7, 2015 1:51 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft's new MLC75xx Series of shielded, high-current power inductors offer Isat ratings up to 59.2 Amps and DC resistance down to 1.2 mOhms for greater efficiency. Their soft saturation characteristics make them ideal for VRM/VRD designs and other applications with occasional overcurrent requirements....

Should we train vets for renewable energy jobs?

April 7, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Barack Obama has made renewable energy a keystone of his presidency, and part of his efforts include training an estimated 75,000 workers for the renewable energy industry by 2020. Last week, Obama announced a "Solar Ready Vets" program....

And the winner of the Raspberry Pi 2 is...

April 7, 2015 10:42 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The characteristic that I love the most about the Raspberry Pi 2 was actually the one that made this competition so difficult to judge. The fact that people of ages and experience can use the board for so many different applications and  purposes is inspiring, but also a little daunting for judging.

Narrow band transceiver offers a low-power, reliable data link

April 7, 2015 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Mini – MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) NiM1B-154.570-5-12.5-MURS is a frequency programmable narrow band transceiver that offers a low-power, reliable data link in a Lemos/Radiometrix transceiver standard pin out and footprint. It is suitable for licensed and unlicensed VHF allocations, FCC part 90 ...

Hermetically sealed SMD tantalum capacitors for harsh environment applications

April 7, 2015 9:50 am | by Jan Petrzilek, Ph.D., AVX Czech Republic | Articles | Comments

Components designed for use in harsh environment applications must exhibit three primary features: mechanical robustness capable of surviving shocks and vibrations, hermetic sealing capable of protecting against chemical exposure and long-term reliability....

Smart cities: How M2M will affect major urban areas

April 6, 2015 3:29 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Articles | Comments

By 2050, the United Nations projects 67 percent of the global population will live in cities. The rapid urban growth will require cities to become more sustainable, safer, and even interactive. In many places, the only way to handle this population influx ...

Programmable DC power supplies feature voltage of 600W

April 6, 2015 3:18 pm | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the introduction of 600W high voltage models to TDK-Lambda’s Z+ series of programmable DC power supplies.  This extensive series is now available with output voltages of 0-10, 0-20, 0-36, 0-60, 0-160, 0-320 or 0-650VDC and with output powers of 200, 400, 600 and 800W.  These higher voltages ...

Human Vision Components include ten different sensing functions

April 6, 2015 1:28 pm | Videos | Comments

The Human Vision Components (HVC) incorporates 10 algorithms of the OKAO Vision Image Sensing Technology, including Face Recognition, Expression Estimation and Hand Detection, to recognize the conditions of people. Information on people's conditions ...

Watch this chainsaw-powered machine gun destroy its target

April 6, 2015 11:38 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Joerg Sprave is the mad genius of do-it-yourself slingshots. The German businessman spends his free time designing absurd, slightly impractical weapons like the machete slingshot and the granddaddy of all absurdities, a chainsaw launcher. His latest ...

Ultra-low-profile antenna offers performance in a small package

April 6, 2015 10:59 am | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the AT2450A2008AT ultra low profile chip antenna from Frontier Electronics. The AT2450A2008AT serves 2.4GHz applications with bandwidths as wide as 150MHz. Capable of handling 3 watts of continuous power and up to 5 watts for short durations, the Frontier AT2450A2008AT ...

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