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Thread paves the way for IEEE 802.15.4 and IPv6

July 24, 2014 3:28 pm | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder of GreenPeak Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Recently, Google/Nest, together with Samsung, ARM, Yale Security and others, announced a new standard “Thread”. Sort of. Thread is not really a new standard, but more of an education and certification program that combines a set of existing standards into a “single” package....

Design to a standard

July 24, 2014 11:57 am | by Jonathan Seckler, PoE Subcommittee Marketing Chair, Ethernet Alliance; Product Marketing Director, Dell | Blogs | Comments

More and more often these days, developers have to design their solutions with communications in mind. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an expansion of the network concept — adding machine-to-machine communications to the network and broadening the possibilities for many consumer and enterprise applications....

SEMI Announces New South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit

July 24, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

SEMI announced the launch of the association's first-ever event in Latin America. The inaugural SEMI South America Semiconductor Strategy Summit will be held November 18-20, 2014, at the Hilton Buenos Aires in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina-based Unitec Blue and the Brazil Development Bank BNDES are supporting the event.

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Engineering Update 68: Marines begin testing robotic mule

July 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The United States Marines Corps recently began testing Boston Dynamics' legged squad support system (or the LS3) at the Kahuku training area in Hawaii. For those who don’t know, the LS3 is a robotic pack mule that could function autonomously and follow troops over rugged terrain, toting up to 400 pounds of equipment....

Motion controllers expand their program memory

July 24, 2014 10:40 am | Galil Motion Control | Product Releases | Comments

Galil Motion Control (Rocklin, CA) announced more program memory for the DMC-40x0 and DMC-41x3. This release doubles the program memory from 2000 x 80 characters to 4000 x 80 characters and increases the total array elements from …

EMerge Alliance expands DC power initiative to South Asia

July 24, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

The EMerge Alliance announced it will start teaming with local organizations and launched a new Industrializing membership category to bring the benefits of DC microgrids to industrializing countries in South Asia. A DC microgrid is a system of local power generation and distribution that can...

Efficiently Power that Op Amp

July 24, 2014 9:43 am | by Chris Glazer, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

In many applications, such as temperature sensing, two supply voltages are needed to power an op amp in the system—one positive and one negative. This dual supply is needed by the amplifier in order to properly measure signals very close to or even below ground. If the negative supply input of the op amp was just grounded and a single, positive supply voltage used, these signals would not be processed properly.

Resistive touch panel monitor features RS-232 or USB interface

July 23, 2014 3:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ICP DAS USA, Inc. (Lomita, CA) introduces TP-5120, a 12.1" Resistive Touch Panel Monitor, with RS-232 or USB interface. The TP-5120 is equipped with a 12.1" LCD screen that supports an 800 x 600 resolution, operating temperatures from -20 to +70°C (or -68 ~ +158 F) and storage temperature from -30 ~ +80°C (or -86 ~ 176F)....

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Synchronous boost controller reduces thermal stress with up to 98% efficiency

July 23, 2014 1:37 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LTC3769, a synchronous step-up DC/DC controller that replaces the boost diode with a high efficiency N-channel MOSFET, increasing efficiency and maximizing output current capability. This controller produces 24V at up to 5A output....

Gate-drive optocoupler includes integrated flyback controller for DC-DC converters

July 23, 2014 1:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies (San Jose, CA) unveiled the ACPL-302J, a new smart gate-drive optocoupler device that improves isolated power supply and simplifies gate drive design. The ACPL-302J features an integrated flyback controller for DC-DC converters and a full set of fail-safe IGBT diagnostics....

5100 W DC power supplies designed for high voltage and solar array applications

July 23, 2014 1:10 pm | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision (Yorba Linda, CA) introduced three new models of high power programmable DC power supplies, models PVS10005, PVS60085, and PVS60085MR. The new PVS Series delivers output power up to 5.1 kW with excellent regulation, low noise, and fast transient response times....

Pre-driver IC supports advanced safety capabilities for automotive applications

July 23, 2014 12:05 pm | Toshiba America Electronic Components | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the TB9052FNG motor pre-driver IC. The new device was developed for safety-critical automotive applications such as electric power steering (EPS) and other systems compliant with Automotive Safety Integrity Level D (ASIL D)....

Automotive HVAC actuators feature very low noise

July 23, 2014 11:27 am | Johnson Electric | Product Releases | Comments

Johnson Electric (Hong Kong) announced an actuator platform for automotive HVAC air flow control. The Saia-Burgess HVAC platform is said to offer the industry’s widest speed and torque range in DC and Stepper motor options.

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Thin film chip resistor arrays feature gold terminations

July 23, 2014 11:09 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) introduced a new series of precision thin film chip resistor arrays featuring gold terminations for conductive gluing. Offering two integrated resistors on one substrate, the ACAS 0606 ATAU resistor array combines…

Intelligent Sensing Platform accelerates development of smart, power-efficient IoT applications

July 23, 2014 10:50 am | B & B Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics (Ottawa, IL) introduced its Wzzard Intelligent Sensing Platform. Wzzard is a complete wireless sensor connectivity platform for the rapid deployment of scalable, intelligent, reliable Internet of Things (IoT) networking in remote and demanding environments....

Low-loss, flexible cables rival semi-rigid

July 23, 2014 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

High Speed Interconnects (Scottsdale, AZ) has announced a new range of flexible cable assemblies which outperform semi-rigid cable performance. Combining advanced coaxial cable and proprietary VP90 expanded PTFE (ePTFE) extrusion technologies, HSI is able to…

UV-stable handheld enclosures suit outdoor electronics

July 23, 2014 10:19 am | Okw Enclosures | Product Releases | Comments

OKW (Bridgeville, PA) has launched DATEC-COMPACT, a brand new range of UV-stable IP65 (NEMA 4) handheld enclosures for outdoor electronics. These modern and ergonomic cases are the first from OKW to feature integrated contacts as an option – providing…

RF field detector is battery free

July 23, 2014 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PHOTON from Farsens S.L. (San Sebastián, Spain) is a UHF RF field detector passive tag equipped with an LED. Whenever this tag is close to an RF field source, it will harvest the energy from the RF field and drive an LED. The stronger the RF field in a

This is what a fireball in space looks like

July 23, 2014 9:22 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

This mission on the International Space Station has been full of social media adventures, including the very first Space Vine! (Full disclosue: I coined the term Space Vine! and you probably won't see it anywhere else.)  Reid Wiseman is an American astronaut and naval aviator currently serving on Expedition 41 in the ISS....

Please don't 3D print me when I'm dead

July 23, 2014 8:49 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

When I die, please don’t grow pieces of me. Whether the practice is in the name of science, art, or engineering, after I’ve been harvested of all viable organs in my remaining vessel, do not reconstruct and 3D print any body part to be kept alive inside a case of "nourishing liquid"....

Pressure regulators intended for air, nitrogen, natural gas, and propane monitoring

July 22, 2014 4:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Marsh Bellofram Corporation (Newell, WV) announced the global market introduction of its Type T289 industrial gas back pressure regulator. Type T289 offers dual functionality as both a back pressure regulator and high-flow relief valve with an adjustable set point....

System on module helps engineers develop embedded systems faster

July 22, 2014 3:48 pm | National Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

NI (Austin, TX) announced the NI SOM. It combines the Xilinx Zynq All Programmable system on a chip (SoC) with supporting components such as memory on a small PCB and features a complete middleware solution and ready-to-go Linux-based real-time operating system (RTOS) already integrated....

Thick film chip resistor sample kits deliver 5% tolerance

July 22, 2014 3:21 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The RMCF Series thick film general purpose chip resistors from Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) are now available in 5% tolerance design kits. The 5% kits have been added to supplement the popular 1% design kits. Each kit contains two decades of all E24 standard values for 48 total values per kit....

45W GaN on SiC transistors offer 17dB of gain

July 22, 2014 1:18 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for two new 45W GaN on SiC transistors from TriQuint. The T1G4004532-FL (flanged) and T1G4004532-FS (earless) are wideband, DC to 3.5GHz devices offering 17dB of gain, nearly twice that of competing GaN devices....

Flyback transformer designed for 30 watt POE Plus applications

July 22, 2014 1:10 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

The POE300F Series flyback transformers from Coilcraft (Cary, IL) are designed to meet IEEE 802.3at-2009 standards for PoE Plus applications up to 30 Watts. Common PoE applications include VoIP telephones, IP cameras with pan tilt and zoom (PTZ), wireless access points, network routers, and remote Ethernet switches....

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