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High-voltage MOSFETs provide ultra-low gate charge of 57 nC

September 23, 2014 4:28 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced the first MOSFETs in a new 500 V family that features the same benefits of low conduction and switching losses as the company's 600 V and 650 V E Series devices. The low on-resistance ...

King Kong lives

September 23, 2014 2:54 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

King Kong made his film debut in 1933. The “giant terror gorilla,” as he was referred to in his...

Power and energy monitor intended for DC supply rails in the 0V to 100V range

September 23, 2014 1:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2946, a high or low side charge,...

Compact fuse allows faster charging of today’s smartphones and tablets

September 23, 2014 12:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the compact 777 Series Fuse to provide protection...

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Next-generation WiFi modules support the latest 802.11b/g/n wireless standards for the IoT

September 23, 2014 11:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Connect One (Kfar Saba, Israel) has launched its next-generation (G2) WiFi modules to support the latest 802.11b/g/n wireless standards for the Internet of Things (IoT) market. The G2 modules offer desirable system performance for IoT connectivity with ...

Normally open coaxial switch provides 10 outputs

September 23, 2014 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne Coax Switches (Cumbernauld, UK) introduced its new Series CCT-38 Coax Switch. The CCT-38 is a broadband multi-throw, electromechanical coaxial switch designed to switch a microwave signal from …

Custom 19-inch fan tray designed for demanding military applications

September 23, 2014 10:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Verotec (Derry, NH) has supplied a major US-based defense contractor with custom design intelligent fan trays for a major defence project. The 19-inch rack-mounted 1U trays have six fans, strategically located within the tray to maximise....

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Power-efficient drivers provide quiescent current as low as 495µA

September 23, 2014 9:45 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. (Norwood, MA) introduced a family of low-power rail-to-rail amplifiers for high-speed data acquisition systems that require exceptional accuracy, precision and power efficiency. For system designers who are looking to achieve ...

AC-DC power supply series includes low-profile versions

September 23, 2014 9:28 am | CUI Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

CUI Inc. (Tualatin, OR) has extended its PBK series of ultra-compact SIP ac-dc power supplies to now include right-angle versions.The low-profile PBK-B family is available in 1 W, 3 W and 5 W configurations. The power modules measure as small ...

This is what an iPhone 6 Plus in liquid nitrogen looks like

September 23, 2014 9:09 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The short answer is that it doesn’t actually look as bad as you might think. For all of the advantages of an iPhone, one drawback is they generally have to be handled fairly daintily. Apparently, that’s not how RatedRR thinks it should be. He’s made....

Voltage charger designed for on-board electric vehicle applications

September 22, 2014 3:22 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power, a division of Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA), announces the availability of the EVC-116-720. The EVC-116-720 is a 2 stage constant current/constant voltage charger specifically designed for on-board electric vehicle applications....

Hotspot: Rolling-spider mini drone

September 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This ultra-compact drone controlled by smartphone flies indoors, and can perform acrobatic tricks, which are available on a free app. This mini drone has an autopilot based on a 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer and features a pressure sensor....

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100G transimpedance amplifier promises high performance in optical networking systems

September 22, 2014 12:10 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) today introduced its first transimpedance amplifier (TIA) for the 100G optical networking market. As a key component of the system, the ONET2804T is positioned to provide high levels of sensitivity with ...

Logic analyzers include sample depths up to a billion

September 22, 2014 11:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Newcomb Company Inc. (Huntsville, AL) introduces its latest GoLogicXL 36 and 72 channel logic analyzers with GHz sampling rates, sample depths up to a billion samples, and advanced triggering capabilities. At only 100mm x 145mm x 42mm and 608g ...

36-V monolithic 1-A push-pull DC/DC transformer driver includes programmable duty cycle control

September 22, 2014 11:35 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology’s (Milpitas, CA) LT3999 monolithic push-pull isolated DC/DC transformer driver includes two 1-A current limited power switches. It is desirable for automotive, industrial, medical and military applications. The programmable duty cycle and turns ratio …

3-phase Quicktest provides quick and safe temporary connection to equipment

September 22, 2014 10:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

CLIFF Electronics (England) announces the availability of its new Quicktest QT3, a compact, robust 3-Phase power connector designed for temporary, safe and efficient connection of unterminated cables to 440VAC, 3-Phase power supplies....

TVS components offer high-voltage spike circuit protection

September 22, 2014 10:19 am | ProTek Devices | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices (Tempe, AZ) made available a new family of high-powered surface mount transient voltage suppressors (TVS) for high-voltage spike circuit protection applications that include relay drives, motors (start/stop), module lightning....

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Li-ion battery charger safeguards backup battery in automotive eCall systems

September 22, 2014 10:09 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL78692, a 4.1V single-cell battery charger designed to extend the life of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in automotive emergency call (eCall) systems. The ISL78692 battery charger dissipates....

ECN Time Warp: November 2004

September 22, 2014 10:03 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Keysight Technologies, Texas Instruments, Digi International, Kontron | Blogs | Comments

Some old covers of ECN Magazine have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years.This week’s cover goes back to November 2004. During that month, Senator John Kerry would concede ...

4 design fails of the week

September 22, 2014 9:31 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

After four reports of suspension fittings breaking during use, IKEA is recalling its GUNGGUNG child’s swing. In one of these incidents, a child fell and fractured a leg. The recall involves 2,000 units in the U.S., and 300 in Canada....

Research tool allows for cross referencing of an RF component database

September 19, 2014 2:24 pm | Coaxial Components Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Coaxial Components Corp. (Stuart, FL) has developed a preeminent research tool for cross referencing the company’s extensive database of RF components. The database encompasses product lines from Americon, AEP, AMP, Amphenol, CDI ...

Fanless, conduction-cooled front-end rectifier features a very low profile

September 19, 2014 12:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GE’s Critical Power business (Dallas, TX) introduced its CCR0512FP 12-volt, conduction-cooled, front-end rectifier, measuring half the height of traditional, industry-standard rectifiers, according to the company. The new “tablet-sized” rectifier delivers ...

Engineering Update Episode 76 : A cheap 3D-printed drone

September 19, 2014 11:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Virginia have created a military-grade 3D-printed UAV with off-the-shelf parts, an Android brain, and the ability to tote a 1.5-pound payload. We’ve seen flying 3D-printed creations before, but this one can be ...

6 GHz to 16 GHz driver amplifier delivers 21 dB of gain

September 19, 2014 11:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) announced the addition of the CMD158C4, a new 6 to 16 GHz driver amplifier, to their growing standard product line. The CMD158C4 delivers 21 dB of gain across its bandwidth, while providing ...

5 steps to developing an introvert's superpower

September 19, 2014 11:05 am | by Dave Gennrich, Mechanical Engineer & Project Manager, Design Concepts | Blogs | Comments

Do you know someone who can absorb a vast amount of complex information about a problem and combine it into a cohesive, elegant solution? An introvert is uniquely suited to develop this superpower; solving problems with multiple interrelated constraints....

DC/DC converter family accepts 85-400VDC input range

September 19, 2014 10:51 am | Beta Dyne | Product Releases | Comments

The VHV15 DC/DC Converter Family from BetaDyne (Bridgewater, MA) is designed with a wide input range and nominal single and dual outputs. Additional features include input-to-output isolation, short circuit protection, thermal protection ...

Type N thermocouple wire features desirable repeatability and resistance to oxidation

September 19, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

Watlow announced it offers “N” Type thermocouple wire, which is said to provide superior repeatability and resistance to oxidation than “K” Type wire at high temperatures (1500°F and above) or in applications where sulfur is present. Watlow's Type N thermocouple wire ...

5 things to look for when evaluating an engineering design firm

September 18, 2014 1:15 pm | by Doug Ringer, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

I’m a product management and development professional and I’ve worked with organizations such as General Electric, Ericsson, Honeywell, Meritor (formerly a division of Rockwell International), and others in the private sector. Most of my work ...

Multifunctional relay can implement up to three safety functions in one device

September 18, 2014 10:34 am | Phoenix Contact | Product Releases | Comments

The PSR-MXF multifunctional safety relay is the newest addition to the Phoenix Contact (Middletown, PA) PSR safety relay line. This relay can help small and medium machine builders reduce cost and save space. The PSR-MXF accepts up to three....

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