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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....

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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....

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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.

DIN rail DC-DC converter line range up to 600 W

August 12, 2014 9:32 am | CUI Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

CUI, Inc. (Tualatin, OR) announced the expansion of their DIN rail dc-dc product line with the addition of over 90 new high wattage models ranging from 50~600 W. The VHK and VFK DIN families are high efficiency isolated dc-dc converters packaged in a rugged aluminum case....

Coaxial to waveguide adapters available from WR229 (3.30-4.90) to WR22 (33-50 GHz)

August 12, 2014 9:20 am | Rlc Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

RLC Electronics (Mt. Kisco, NY) offers coaxial to waveguide adapters in a variety of configurations for your specific application. They offer both broadband adapters (whose excellent electrical specs are maintained over the entire adapter bandwidth) and also narrow band adapters....

Hotspot: DARPA's brain-inspired chip

August 12, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

DARPA-funded researchers have developed a complex computer chip whose architecture is inspired by the neuronal structure of the brain and requires only a fraction of the electrical power of conventional chips. The chip is loaded with more than 5 billion transistors....

Remote-controlled spotlight mounted atop a 6’ light pole

August 11, 2014 4:31 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The FPM-72-GLS fixed pole-mounted, remote-control work light from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is designed to provide convenient and secure lighting for operators working from within the utility vehicle or when away from the vehicle. This pole mounted light has a 65 watt remote control light head....

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High-resolution lithography light source ideal for printed circuit boards

August 11, 2014 2:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Power Technology (Little Rock, AR) announced that it has developed a revolutionary new laser-based lithography light source ideal for printed circuit boards. The iLLUMINAfeatures a fiber coupled laser output with an output power up to 37W and wavelengths at 405nm....

Switch rated for 120V AC and 350 VDC power

August 11, 2014 2:09 pm | Hsi Sensing | Product Releases | Comments

HSI Sensing (Chickasha, OK) has released the HSA-12115 reed switch, its most powerful bi-stable latcher to date. Engineered specifically for the demands of float sensing, liquid level sensing, and liquid measurement applications in the oil and gas industry ...

Direct conversion I/Q modulator has better than 50dB sideband & carrier suppression

August 11, 2014 1:56 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

A new low power I/Q modulator from Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) enables battery-powered transmitters operating in the 30MHz to 1.3GHz frequency bands, breaking new ground in power consumption, sideband suppression, carrier leakage and dynamic range performance....

Satisfying our power hunger

August 11, 2014 10:27 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Design engineers continue to push the low-power envelope, particularly in mobile devices. Low power was a common theme at Sensors Expo 2014, held for the final time at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL from June 24th to the 26th....

Crystal-clear cables offer complete design transparency

August 11, 2014 9:51 am | Cicoil Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Cicoil (Valencia, CA) provides Crystal-Clear Jacketed Cables which allow for quick, easy and safe inspection of cables in just about any application. Unlike industry standard cables infused with color additives and possible contaminants, the Cicoil Flexx-Sil rubber design offers complete transparency....

Self-assembling robot walks in minutes

August 11, 2014 9:49 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There have been major advances in robotics in the past couple years as far as personification and an expansion of applications. Some robots are even being designed to carry gear in active warzones (and look creepy as hell doing it.) This tiny robot from Harvard microrobotics engineers Sam Felton and Robot Wood brings something else entirely to the table....

Test probe cable assemblies designed for the inspection of high-frequency circuits

August 11, 2014 9:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

GradConn (Boca Raton, FL) has launched a new range of low-cost co-axial test probe cable assemblies for the inspection of high frequency circuits. Suitable for testing Hirose MS-156 and Murata MM8030 sub miniature coaxial switch connectors ...

VCO includes control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V

August 11, 2014 9:21 am | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO55FL-0200-0239 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 200 MHz to 239 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 excellent linearity....

Why Russia’s anti-blogger law should terrify you

August 11, 2014 7:26 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

In case you missed it, Russia isn’t exactly copasetic with the whole “democracy” thing. Case in point: Vladimir Putin recently turned bloggers into vassals of the state. The law destroys online anonymity and makes bloggers responsible for third-party users on their sites....

Flash memory IC includes a minimum of 50,000 program/erase cycles

August 8, 2014 1:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GigaDevice Semiconductor (Santa Clara, CA) announces mass production availability of the world’s first SPI NAND Flash Memory IC in an 8-pin package. For the first time, designers of electronic systems can enjoy the low cost per bit and large capacity of NAND Flash IC memory....

Engineering Newswire: Robo-shipbuilder suit gives workers superhuman strength

August 8, 2014 1:25 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering is participating in a pilot program, outfitting employees with robot exoskeletons to help them do their jobs, with superhuman strength. The Robo-Shipbuilder prototype suit is made of carbon....

Software makes significant FPGA design productivity gains

August 8, 2014 1:15 pm | Microsemi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Microsemi Corporation (Aliso Viejo, CA), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the release of its updated Libero System-on-Chip (SoC) version 11.4 comprehensive design software....

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