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How you can replace wires with Bluetooth Smart

December 22, 2014 5:30 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Wires, piles of dusty dirty wires. There is no love for wires. The solution is obviously to get rid of them. Or more easily, replace them by using wireless connectivity solutions instead. There are many wireless protocols to reliably compensate for the loss of the expensive copper...

LED lamps act as perfect alternative to halogen 50W to 120W lamps

December 18, 2014 4:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Soraa (Fremont, CA) announced that it has extended its line of PAR and AR111 lamps to offer a...

Board-to-board connector features a compact space-saving design

December 18, 2014 4:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) announces the use of its DF40 Series board-to-board connector in the...

TVS diode provides greater protection from load dump

December 18, 2014 1:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SLD Series TVS Diode for automotive and high-...

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Finally, a wearable that works

December 18, 2014 1:16 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Being a crossfit junkie, I regularly plan my meals a week at a time, check labels for complicated, hard-to-pronounce ingredients, and track my workouts in a journal. I’ve tried several fitness monitoring apps available on my phone, but have been left ...

Engineering Newswire: The Navy's newest hovercraft

December 18, 2014 12:42 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Production has started on the navy’s newest hovercraft. Designed to haul vehicles, equipment, and supplies at land and at sea, the ship to shore connectors are slated for completion in 2017. The new crafts will be able to carry 60 tons of cargo, 14 more than ...

Operational amplifiers deliver zero drift operation

December 18, 2014 11:22 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced a family of affordable, precision CMOS operational amplifiers (op amps) that deliver zero drift operation and industry leading quiescent current for front-end amplifier circuits and power management designs. Targeted at ...

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Test socket achieves 31 gram actuation force per ball

December 18, 2014 11:10 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) recently introduced a new Stamped spring pin socket addressing high performance requirements for testing BGA243 - CBT-BGA-7020. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 31 gram actuation force per ball and ...

The Internet of people before the Internet of Things

December 18, 2014 8:49 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation takes place around determining how best to foster the continued development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the globe. A colleague recently ...

NIR drills into the energy industry

December 18, 2014 8:39 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Blogs | Comments

Hydrocarbon exploration by definition is the search by geologists or geophysicists for hydrocarbon deposits beneath the Earth’s surface, such as oil (petroleum) and natural gas. In such exploration, the oil and gas industry drills holes into the Earth’s surface to ...

BLDC controller features reliable sensorless startup

December 17, 2014 2:02 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces a new three-phase, sensorless, brushless DC (BLDC) motor controller for use with external complementary P-channel and N-channel power MOSFETs. Reliable sensorless startup and run commutation can ...

Panel meter includes field-selectable inputs

December 17, 2014 1:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Digital Corporation (Holliston, MA) announced the latest ProVu family member, the PD6001 Feet & Inches 1/8 DIN Panel Meter. A NEMA 4X panel mounted indicator, the PD6001 is based on a reliable, economical design that features an ...

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Resistor saves space with 7 W rating and resistance to 1 mΩ

December 17, 2014 11:43 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced a new surface-mount Power Metal Strip resistor designed to save space in automotive, industrial, computer, and consumer applications. The Vishay Dale WSHM2818 combines a high 7 W power rating with ...

Smart Grid Tags provide each utility asset with a unique ID number

December 16, 2014 3:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Smart Grid Tags from Premax (Medina, MN) create the physical link between a utility’s computer database and its asset in the field. Randomly numbered, Smart Grid Tags provide each utility asset with a unique ID number — a “license plate,” if you will ...

System Host Board features DDR3 1600 memory up to 16GB

December 16, 2014 2:08 pm | Adlink Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) announced the release of its latest workstation grade PICMG 1.3 System Host Board (SHB), the NuPRO-E72, supporting 4th generation Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3, 4th generation Intel Core i3, Intel Pentium and Intel Celeron ...

Medical-grade power supply boasts BF-rated outputs

December 16, 2014 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Power Partners’ (Hudson, MA) new PMAM200 Series is a unique medical power supply that provides 200W of power and features both BF rated outputs and Class I and II AC grounding schemes in a compact 3” x 5” footprint. The slim 1.48” height easily ...

Report: The F-35 and competitors are "equally capable"

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You may have heard that the F-35 is unpopular. To say the least. It’s also chronically over-budget, behind schedule, an astronomical long-term financial commitment, and some critics — including yours truly — question the wisdom of a “Swiss Army Knife” solution and ...

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HotSpot: Stuffing bras with actuators and sensing tech

December 16, 2014 9:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Wollongong in Australia have developed a bra with actuators and sensing technologies that automatically tightens in response to breast movement. According to Professor Julie Steele, Director of Breast Research Australia (BRA) ...

Building a connected home, one fiber at a time

December 16, 2014 9:15 am | by Nathan Tracy, Technologist and Manager of Standards for TE Connectivity, Datacomm | Articles | Comments

With the Internet of Things now upon us, it has the potential to dramatically change our lives at a dizzying pace. Gartner believes that the IoT market will grow from 0.9 billion units today to 26 billion units by 2020, an almost 30-fold increase resulting in ...

Pressure transducers designed for oil and gas equipment applications

December 15, 2014 5:57 pm | Gems Sensors & Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Gems Sensors & Controls (Plainville, CT) has announced the global market launch of the 31EP/EA and 32EP/EA Series. The Gems 31EP/EA and 32EP/EA Series is a family of heavy duty explosion proof pressure transducers. They are expressly designed to ...

GaN driver provides low harmonic content of <40dBc

December 15, 2014 5:51 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for the TGA2627-SM. This 32dBm Psat GaN driver comes packaged as a 5x5mm, air-cavity ceramic QFN providing an SMT advantage over lower performance, DIE-based competitors. The push-pull ...

MicroTCA chassis offers high performance density

December 15, 2014 5:44 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) now offers a rugged 6-slot MicroTCA chassis in a 1U height. The chassis is designed to meet MIL-STD-901D and 810G for shock and vibration and MIL-STD-461F for EMI. The VT950 offers the highest performance density of ...

Slim OLED displays come in 2x16, 2x20, and 4x20 character formats

December 15, 2014 2:12 pm | Newhaven Display International | Product Releases | Comments

Newhaven Display International, Inc. (Elgin, IL) announces new slim character OLED displays. Newhaven Display International, Inc. announces today the first line of slim character OLEDs. These new OLEDs bring to Newhaven Display’s vast product line ...

Magnetometer 2D calibration for accurate angle computation

December 15, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jacques Trichet and Benoit Marchand, Freescale Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

In the last couple of years, magnetic sensors have emerged in consumer electronics end products such as smart phones, computer tablets, gaming accessories, audio/video devices and personal electronics. This proliferation was enabled by advances in ...

Communication for first responders

December 15, 2014 12:46 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

One of the well-acknowledged lessons from the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks was that federal, state, and local authorities had failed to prepare properly to support first responders with logistics, inter-agency coordination, and ...

LDO in SOT-23 package offered in -55° to +125°C MP grade

December 15, 2014 12:14 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces a new military MP grade version of the LT3014B, a high voltage, micropower, low dropout regulator capable of delivering 20mA output current. The LT3014B operates with a continuous input voltage ...

Light mast equipped with a 400 Watt LED light

December 15, 2014 11:56 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial lighting specialist Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 15 foot telescoping light mast equipped with a 400 watt LED light head. The LM-15-5-4S-400W-LED is a four stage light mast that provides a safe and effective ...

Engineering Update #90: The Army's drone airport

December 15, 2014 10:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Army isn’t normally associated with drones — or Unmanned Aerial Systems, as they prefer them to be called. The popular Predator and Reaper models are operated by the Air Force from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. But the Army has a host of fully armed ...

Shunt meter features simultaneous current/voltage display

December 15, 2014 9:01 am | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has introduced the GW Instek PCS-1000 — a DC and AC Current Shunt Meter with built-in current shunts offering high-accuracy current measurement capabilities. The PCS-1000 not only measures current in ...

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