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Linear actuator series reduces design time, simplifies installation

October 20, 2014 9:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parker’s (Irwin, PA) Electromechanical Automation Division announces the release of the High Moment Rodless (HMR) electromechanical linear actuator series. The HMR represents one of the most versatile actuator lines on the market today....

In-dash receivers include enhanced smartphone integration

October 20, 2014 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

JVC Mobile (Long Beach, CA) announced it is shipping four in-dash receivers from its anticipated...

Engineering Newswire: Industrial keyboard goes through the ringer

October 20, 2014 9:07 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Man and Machine introduced a new keyboard at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in...

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Power connectors eliminate need for mating headers

October 17, 2014 2:16 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

 Molex Incorporated announced its economically priced 3.96mm pitch EdgeMate TM Wire-to-Edgecard Power Connectors eliminate the need for mating headers, resulting in cost and time savings. This system supports power applications of up to 7.0A with UL 94V-2 flammability rating requirements.

IGBTs optimized for fast switching applications

October 16, 2014 4:46 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of its portfolio of insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) with the introduction of a family of rugged, reliable 650V devices optimized for fast switching applications including solar inverters....

Fabric connector designed for wearable military applications

October 16, 2014 3:54 pm | Itt Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Corporation (Santa Ana, CA) and its Cannon brand introduced ruggedized, state-of-the-art fabric connectors designed to seamlessly integrate into the fabric of wearable military applications, reducing the weight burden, improving comfort and mobility....

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TVS diode array provides five channels of ESD protection

October 16, 2014 3:39 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SP1012 Series TVS Diode Array (SPA Diodes), a miniature, five-channel 6.5pF, 15kV bidirectional TVS array for general-purpose electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection. The SP1012 Series packs five ESD diodes....

New cargo plane design takes off, lands vertically

October 16, 2014 12:01 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Historically, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles have been relegated to helicopters and expensive military aircraft. Yet the design, as applied to commercial aircraft, has not been successful without significant sacrifices in flight capabilities....

Broadband differential amplifier delivers 51dBm OIP3 linearity

October 16, 2014 11:24 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The LTC6430-20, a 20MHz to 2GHz differential input and output 20dB gain amplifier from Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA), offers outstanding linearity of +51dBm OIP3 (Output Third Order Intercept) and 2.9dB noise figure at 240MHz. It has a best-in-class....

Hi-power LED offers brightness more than 16.000 lm/cm²

October 16, 2014 11:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

With its new SYXEM Micro-08 series flip-chip Hi-Power LED, CONTOC (Landsberg) offers a very small, extremely powerful and efficient LED. Not only does the Hi-Power SYXEM Micro-08 LED have excellent parameters, it is also more cost-efficient....

LED striplights offered in lumen packages from 2,700 to 21,800

October 16, 2014 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting (Greenville, SC) announced that Columbia Lighting has added two new LED striplights to its extensive portfolio of energy efficient lighting solutions—the LCR and LCL, and has upgraded the versatile LCS. Columbia Lighting’s LCR ...

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The skills gap & why we need a modern Rosie the Riveter

October 16, 2014 9:33 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24% in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing field is full of opportunities on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Manufacturers in the United States ...

Engineering Update #81: Mysterious robot plane returns to earth

October 16, 2014 9:06 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The US government gets to do a lot of things that might get your average citizen in trouble, including having a super-secret, super cool, autonomous spy plane with absolutely zero intention of ever talking about what in the world its doing....

IGBT power modules offer complete integrated solutions

October 15, 2014 12:41 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) introduced four new IGBT power modules designed specifically for string solar inverters and medium-power-range uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Combining Ultrafast Trench IGBTs, high-efficiency HEXFRED ...

Navy’s new missile features autonomous targeting

October 15, 2014 11:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) doesn’t have the sexiest name, but it more than makes up for it with its range, maneuverability, and automated targeting capabilities — the NSM can autonomously target specific sections of a ship based on its silhouette....

Micro SIM connector features a slim 1.50 mm profile

October 15, 2014 8:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

GradConn (Boca Raton, FL) has launched a brand new Push-Push Micro SIM connector, which delivers functionality, combined with cost effective pricing. Suitable for 3ff Micro SIM cards, the CH03-GB has a 1.50 mm profile and measures just .620” x .676”....

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This is what the dumbest umbrella design looks like

October 15, 2014 8:08 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Umbrellas are one of those things you probably wouldn’t think would ever pop up on a technology/engineering website, but this one is so dumb, it must be written about. Umbrellas are a fairly simply, cost-effective ($10 at any NYC bodega) method....

Processor delivers up to 4200 DMIPS at speeds up to 2.2 GHz

October 14, 2014 3:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Synopsys’ DesignWare ARC HS38 processor, the latest addition to the ARC HS family of high-speed 32-bit processors based on the ARCv2 architecture, is optimized for power efficiency (DMIPS/mW) and area efficiency (DMIPS/mm2) and supports embedded Linux....

Connector delivers easier, faster field termination

October 14, 2014 12:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) announces the launch of its new CeeLok FAS-X connector that combines rugged reliability with signal integrity to support current high-speed protocols and new, faster protocols on the horizon. The new connector features....

BGA socket features elastomer capable of 75 GHz

October 14, 2014 12:42 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has recently introduced a new BGA socket design using high-performance elastomer capable of 75 GHz, very low inductance, and wide temperature applications. The GT-BGA-6008 socket is designed for 27x27 mm package size....

Why I'm bullish on OLED lighting in automotive

October 14, 2014 11:43 am | by James Montgomery, Senior Market Research Editor, NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

The fledgling industry for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) industry is now entering a phase of concerted efforts to achieve commercialization on a wider scale. OLED lighting is inching toward mass production, particularly for industrial and large-scale....

Engineering Update 80: China’s hypersonic glide vehicle could evade US missile defense

October 14, 2014 11:01 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Pentagon recently announced that China has successfully tested a hypersonic glide vehicle which can evade US missile defense systems and deliver nuclear warheads before we have time to react. The missile delivery system, codenamed the WU-14 ...

Custom-designed filter assures MIL-STD-461 F standards compliance

October 14, 2014 9:22 am | Excelsys Technologies Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

Excelsys Technologies (Hampstead, NH) announces that the company’s recently released Xsolo and XF power supplies can now be paired with a custom-designed power line filter to meet stringent conducted emission standards. Excelsys and Astrodyne-LCR ...

Explosion-proof tank light draws only 400 watts of power

October 14, 2014 9:10 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a new 400 watt explosion proof metal halide tank light. The EPL-18C-1X4 cart mounted portable light produces 75,000 lumens of light while drawing only 400 watts of power. The EPL-18C-1X4 ...

The Microsoft CEO just offered women the worst career advice possible

October 14, 2014 8:27 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never cared for Microsoft. I think their products are pretty terrible and non-intuitive. (Yes, I recognize that I’m writing this in Microsoft Word, but I do so under protest.) I appreciate, from a business standpoint, the success....

The world's second printed car

October 13, 2014 2:53 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

The Strati is not the world’s first 3D-printed car. The first one, to the best of my knowledge, was the Urbee, and you saw it in PD&D back in February 2011 (A Work in Progress). Since then, we’ve seen 3D printing capture the global imagination....

Touchscreen controller delivers industry’s best gloved-finger tracking

October 13, 2014 10:24 am | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, CA) announced that its TrueTouch Gen5 touchscreen controller family for large-screen superphones, smartphones, tablets, and e-readers now delivers multiple new advanced features, including the world’s best....

LED downlight certified to both Energy Star and California Title 24

October 13, 2014 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting (Greenville, SC) launched the industry’s first all-in-one LED commercial downlight fixture — Prescolite’s LBSLEDA. Built to fit a standard 4x4 J-Box, the new fixture is the perfect alternative to recessed products in settings where ...

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