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Let’s shelve legislation for smart phone tracking in stores – for now

March 10, 2014 5:00 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

There’s nothing new about being tracked online. Most Internet users have come to realize that’s the price they pay for free content and services online. But many people do not realize retailers like department stores and big box stores can track a customer’s movements via their cell phones.

High-speed CMOS DDR2 SDRAMs are offered with 512-Mb and 1-Gb densities

March 10, 2014 3:45 pm | Alliance Memory, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Memory (San Carlos, CA) introduced a new line of high-speed CMOS double data rate 2 synchronous DRAMs (DDR2 SDRAM) with densities of 512 Mb (AS4C32M16D2) and 1 Gb (AS4C64M16D2, AS4C128M8D2) in

Vertical configuration connectors target high vibration automotive on-board instrumentation

March 10, 2014 3:28 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) has released a vertical configuration version of its DuraClik 2.00 mm pitch wire-to-board connectors. The new vertical connector is designed for on-board automotive instrumentation, including steering wheels, gear sticks,

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Anti-diffusion gold coating lessens or eliminates the need for probe cleaning

March 10, 2014 3:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Aries Electronics (Bristol, PA) announced the introduction of its unique Protect-A Probe, anti-diffusion, gold coating for its complete line of burn-in and test socket spring probes. The Protect-A Probe coating is designed to lessen or eliminate the need for probe cleaning....

Calibrated current switches present simple installation for limit alarm applications

March 10, 2014 3:17 pm | Nk Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

NK Technologies (San Jose, CA) introduced its ASC Series Switches. Theses current operated switches are precision calibrated at the factory per customer specifications and guaranteed within 1 percent accuracy. Compatible with most automation systems, ASC switches provide

Stamped spring pin achieves 14.3 gram actuation force per ball

March 10, 2014 3:01 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, Mn) recently introduced a new BGA socket addressing high performance requirements for testing BGA devices - CBT-BGA-7501. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 14.3 gram actuation force per ball and cycle life of 125,000 insertions.

Synchronous buck regulator offers switching frequencies to 1.5 MHz and 95 percent efficiency

March 10, 2014 2:57 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) expanded its microBUCK family of integrated synchronous buck regulators with a new 4 A device offering high programmable switching frequencies of up to 1.5 MHz and a wide input voltage range of 4.5 V to 15 V. The high switching frequencies

Active optic solutions intended for 100, 200, and 400 Gbps products

March 10, 2014 2:53 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

As industry demand surges for long reach, low power solutions supporting next generation 28 Gbps products and data center applications, Molex Incorporated ( Lisle, IL) recently announced plans to unveil a line of QuatroScaleactive optic solutions designed for 100, 200 and 400 Gbps products.

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Influential women in engineering

March 10, 2014 11:07 am | by Jenny Beswick, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Throughout history there has been female shining stars leading the way in engineering; from Hypatia who invented the Hydrometer in ancient Greece, to Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, who developed the first compiler for a computer programming language in the 1950s....

What will be the “must-have” in automotive infotainment in the next five years?

March 10, 2014 10:47 am | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

Automotive infotainment systems of the future will benefit from a low-cost, low-power, flexible system-on-chip (SoC) architecture in order to enable a vehicle platform that adapts to evolving content delivery providers and cloud-based services.

Ethernet module designed for cost-effective control of CNC machines

March 10, 2014 10:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Brainboxes (Liverpool, England) announces the launch of the ED-204, a new flexible, highly-integrated digital networking module for industrial machine control. This device combines a dual-port Ethernet switch, an Ethernet to RS-232 serial interface, and an Ethernet to 4-channel digital I/O....

Currently sensible

March 10, 2014 9:47 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Sensing physical phenomena and preserving the fidelity of the resulting, often-tiny, sensor signals is a craft of its own within the broader discipline of analog circuit design. One of the most common and, counter intuitively perhaps, more challenging sensing tasks is that of measuring electric current.

Engineering Newswire: Body mounted joystick gives astronauts touch feedback

March 10, 2014 9:27 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're getting touchy feely with a body-mounted joystick, 3D-printing heart attack predictors, and installing a fifth eye. This episode features touchy feely body joysticks: To help astronauts experience touch-based feedback in weightlessness...

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"Invisible bar codes": The next generation of product identification?

March 7, 2014 2:23 pm | by Kent Mansfield, TruTag Technologies, Inc., www.trutags.com | Articles | Comments

Electronic manufacturers have long battled counterfeit goods where billions of dollars are lost each year to fake and substandard products. One solution on the horizon to help manufacturers combat this growing problem — whether in the supply chain or during the products’ natural lifetime....

16-foot telescoping light mast includes 360° rotating capabilities

March 7, 2014 12:19 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial lighting specialists Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) have announced the release of a 16-foot telescoping light mast with 360° rotating capabilities that is equipped with two Class 1 Division 1 150 watt LED light fixtures. The LM-16-EPL-2X150RT is a fold-over light mast....

How to please everybody - ECN's new Editor-in-Chief

March 7, 2014 10:54 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

You can’t ... thank you for reading. Before I begin shooting down the theory of every shiny, happy person in tireless pursuit of a society built upon shiny, happy people, let me formally introduce myself. I’m David Mantey, ECN’s new editor-in-chief, and, to exhaust the word in the second sentence, I couldn’t be happier to be here.

Blink your eyes or wag your tongue to operate this PC

March 7, 2014 8:39 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

It's small, subtle, and appears to be a lot less distracting than other wearable tech seen today. It can be controlled by the blink of an eye or a twitch of the nose. The “Earclip-type Wearable PC,” hopefully a tentative name, is being developed and tested by Japanese engineers....

Self-monitoring AC-DC converter with auxiliary DC input delivers portability, high reliability for outdoor industrial systems

March 6, 2014 4:22 pm | Bear Power Supplies | Product Releases | Comments

BEAR Power Supplies (Phelps, NY) introduced a self-monitoring AC/DC converter for outdoor industrial applications. An auxiliary 24 VDC input provides back-up power to the universal AC input, and facilitates operation in remote areas

Snap-action switch includes electrical life of 100,000 cycles typically

March 6, 2014 3:47 pm | Cit Relay & Switch | Product Releases | Comments

The CIT Relay & Switch (Minneapolis, MN) SM3 Series snap-action switch offers choice a of single pole single throw or a single pole double throw circuit. This UL/CUL recognized switch is available in 0.110" quick connect, solder lug, PC terminal and right angle PC termination.

Standard-recovery, stud-mount rectifiers supplied in current ratings from 150A to 400A

March 6, 2014 3:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

America Semiconductor (Union, NJ) introduced the new series of standard-recovery, stud-mount rectifiers in DO8 and DO9 packages. Used to convert raw alternating current (AC) mains' electricity into direct current (DC) power, the robust devices are hermetically sealed....

Valve controller features 24 watt temperature controllers for J-type thermocouples

March 6, 2014 3:27 pm | Nordson Efd Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD (East Providence, RI) introduces the new ValveMate 9000, state-of-the-art precision valve controller. The intricate microprocessor circuitry ensures the dispensing of precise, accurate, and repeatable amounts of the adhesives, lubricants, and other assembly fluids....

Single output switching power supplies from 25 W to 100 W have high operating temperature to 70°C

March 6, 2014 2:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Stadium Power’s (Norfolk, UK) JSF Series of single output enclosed switched mode power supplies offer a compact and low cost unit with a high operating temperature up to 70°C for industrial, instrumentation, telecoms and IT systems. The JSF Series is

Aluminum polymer capacitors rated at temperatures up to 125°C

March 6, 2014 2:42 pm | Illinois Capacitor | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor (Lincolnwood, IL) AVG Series aluminum polymer capacitors offer the very-low ESR benefits of polymer with greater maximum operating temperature and voltage rating.  Compared to most other polymer capacitors, the AVG Series is rated at higher temperatures (up to 125°C)....

650-W AC-DC supply complies with MIL-STD-810F and ANSI/ISA standard for demanding applications

March 6, 2014 2:17 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power’s (Sunnyvale, CA) HHP650 Series of fan-cooled rugged AC/DC power supplies is designed for heavy-use industrial applications. These single output 650-W units can accommodate the extended voltage input range from 85 V to 305 VAC, and can

Amplifiers offer high sensitivity input, wide programmable thresholds

March 6, 2014 2:11 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel (San Jose, CA) launched the SY88073L and SY88083L, two new limiting post amplifiers. The devices are ideal for FTTH XGPON.2 ONU/ONT (Optical Network Unit / Optical Network Terminal) applications supporting the build out of next-generation PON networks.

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