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Big guys finally see the “white”

July 31, 2014 4:35 pm | by Mike Krames, CTO, Soraa | Blogs | Comments

More than one year after Soraa demonstrated it, the importance of whiteness rendering is now being noticed by the larger lighting manufacturers. Perhaps the most notable imitation, from Philips mixes in some violet-emitting with blue-emitting LEDs....

Class D amplifier delivers clearer audio output in the LG G3 Smartphone 1W speaker

July 31, 2014 3:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cirrus Logic (Austin, TX) announced that it is shipping its CS35L32 Class D amplifier into LG’s...

Two-channel DDS function generator features maximum frequency of 50MHz

July 31, 2014 3:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has a launched two-channel version of their TG5011 function/...

Multi-throw switches include extended temperature range to 105-degrees celsius

July 31, 2014 3:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (San Diego, CA) introduces the UltraCMOS PE42442 and the PE42452...

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Thin-film couplers designed for WiFi bands

July 31, 2014 2:51 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has announced that its high-directivity 0302 thin film couplers for WiFi bands — including the new, tight tolerance 0302 component — are now available through distribution. The WiFi band couplers are based on multilayer integrated thin film (ITF) technology....

Introducing the “Forget Me Not” challenge

July 31, 2014 2:20 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) is bringing newfound connectivity to our daily lives. Some think of it as a catalyst for the next industrial revolution. With IoT we can receive news from around the world on a variety of platforms, start our cars with the push of a button and place a coffee order from our smartphone during the morning commute – all before arriving at work. So, the question of the moment is: What’s next?

SMT thin film chip resistors deliver power ratings up to 6 W

July 31, 2014 1:40 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of high-power, surface-mount precision thin film chip resistors. Built on aluminum nitride substrates, PCAN Series devices offer power ratings of 2 W and 6 W in compact 1206 and 2512 case sizes, respectively. The aluminum nitride substrates ...

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Power limiter provide protection for up to 50W pulsed RF input

July 31, 2014 1:40 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for Peregrine Semiconductor’s new, adjustable power limiter providing protection for up to 50W pulsed RF input. For CW applications, the PE45140 handles up to 10W of power. The adjustable power limiting threshold, from +22 to +32dBm, enables flexibility....

Power supply units include 80PLUS Bronze certified efficiency

July 31, 2014 1:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Fractal Design announces the new Modular generation of the award winning Integra PSU. Fractal Design Integra M Series power supply units feature excellent electrical performance, including 80PLUS Bronze certified efficiency. The modular flat cable system allows for a clean installation....

Single-output DC/DC converters offer a wide 4:1 input range

July 31, 2014 12:52 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (ConcordCA) announces the availability of the 150W HCM Series of single output DC/DC Converters. The HCM offers a wide 4:1 input range, 9 to 36VDC, and 18 to 75VDC. Output voltages available are 3.3, 5, 12, 15 and 24VDC. All models are isolated input to output....

Engineering Update Episode 69 Bloopers

July 31, 2014 12:38 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Digital Editor Jason Lomberg, Managing Editor Kasey Panetta, and Editor-in-Chief David Mantey for being such great sports!

Wireless connectivity semiconductors maintain strong double-digit growth in health and fitness

July 31, 2014 10:54 am | by IHS, Inc. | News | Comments

Semiconductors providing wireless connectivity in health and fitness devices are set for solid double-digit growth in 2014 and beyond, especially as a clutch of wireless technologies make their way into a growing number of wearable devices, according to a new report from IHS Technology. Shipments this year for wireless semiconductors in health and fitness will reach ...

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New apps smooth out your nighttime smartphone addiction

July 31, 2014 10:02 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | News | Comments

My smartphone and I have built up a pretty special bond. I’m an Apple junkie, myself, but I understand why people love their “crackberries” – my iPhone almost feels like a part of me. That being said, a smartphone can also make it impossible to fall asleep sometimes....

Engineering Update Episode 69: A new record for electric vehicles

July 31, 2014 9:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A group of students at the University of New South Wales in Australia recently set a new world speed record for an electric vehicle at the Australian Automotive research Center in Victoria. The Sunswift car averaged 62 mph over 311 miles, beating out the 26 year old previous record of 45 mph over 311 miles....

Clamp-on current sensor fits existing solid conductors

July 31, 2014 9:00 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) introduces its new 50Hz/60Hz, di/dt AC current sensor that can be clamped onto an existing solid conductor without having to disconnect the conductor. The PA3828NL clamp-on sensor has a linear current range of 0.1 amps to 200 amps....

Display glass chamfer: Complex design challenge or all-laser solution?

July 31, 2014 8:22 am | by Dr. Michael M. Mielke, Chief Scientist, Raydiance | Blogs | Comments

Remember the Apple iPhone 5 video of Jony Ive describing his “diamond cut chamfered edges?” If you’re not a mechanical engineer, this may have been the first time you heard the term “chamfer.” It turns out that chamfers are critical design aspects of nearly all portable consumer devices, including smartphones and tablets....

2.5W output DC/DC micromodule converter includes 2kVAC galvanic isolation

July 30, 2014 5:02 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTM8046, a 2.5W output DC/DC µModule (micromodule) converter with 2kVAC galvanic isolation (production tested to 3kVDC) in a 9mm x 15mm x 4.92mm ball grid array (BGA) package. A minimum creepage distance of 4.3mm on the package exterior supports operation....

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Transformer equipped with two explosion-proof receptacles

July 30, 2014 4:50 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has added to its extensive range of industrial-grade lighting equipment with the release of a portable explosion-proof transformer, the EPL-TX-3KVA-2XLV-AC, equipped with two explosion-proof receptacles. This distribution system allows operators to step down 120/240 VAC 50/60Hz....

Phase-adjustable connector deliver phase adjustment of over 180 degrees

July 30, 2014 4:35 pm | Coaxial Components Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Coaxial Components Corp. (Stuart, FL), also known worldwide as Coaxicom, has just announced its next generation of the phase-adjustable connector for RG402, the 3993-2. With this generation of high-performance 3993-2, Coaxicom has enhanced the solderability of this phase adjuster....

50 W power supplies operate from a universal input of 47-63Hz

July 30, 2014 3:33 pm | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (San Diego, CA) announces the introduction of 50 W models to the five year warranty TDK-Lambda RWS-B series of AC-DC power supplies, designed to provide solid performance at an economical price. The product line up now has five power levels and compact case sizes....

The F-35 will cost a fortune

July 30, 2014 2:02 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Captain Obvious? Is that you? I’m sure this comes as no surprise, but the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is expensive. Very expensive. So expensive that, according to one estimate, the money spent on the program could buy every homeless person in the U.S. a $600,000 mansion....

Motor driver ICs save space and simplify design for low-power applications

July 30, 2014 10:23 am | Toshiba America Electronic Components | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components (San Jose, CA) announced two additions to its expansive family of motor controller and driver ICs. The new TC78H610FNG and TB67Z800FTG motor driver ICs save space, thereby simplifying design, for a wide range of motor applications....

DC-DC converter series designed for compact industrial applications

July 30, 2014 10:15 am | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer, Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) announces the TEC-100 and TEC-200 Series of isolated dc-dc converters that provide 100W and 200W of continuous power and feature high efficiency (up to 93%) and –60°С to +125°С operating temperature range....

TVS diodes include customizable upscreening and sorting process flows

July 29, 2014 3:52 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has expanded its offering of High-Reliability Transient Voltage Suppression (TVS) Diodes available with customized upscreening and sorting process flows. These components, which protect sensitive electronic equipment from voltage transients induced by lightning surge and other transient voltage events ...

DDR4 DIMM sockets support UDIMMs, RDIMMs, and LRDIMM memory applications

July 29, 2014 3:13 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduced its DDR4 DIMM sockets in both aerodynamic and standard versions, giving design engineers more options and improved performance while remaining cost-competitive.  The aerodynamic socket features a through-hole termination style....

The Pulse: Reading minds with Google Glass and walking with Toyota

July 29, 2014 2:39 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on the Pulse, we're using an open source app to read minds with Google Glass, using Toyota robots to help disabled people walk again, performing an endoscopy with a smartphone, and zinging around on a lightweight mobility chair....

DC/DC power solution fuels bus-powered applications

July 29, 2014 1:13 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) expanded its industry-leading Thunderbolt portfolio with the TPS65980 DC/DC switching regulator, the first fully integrated power solution for bus-powered Thunderbolt applications. The TPS65980 is the centerpiece of  TI’s certified Thunderbolt single port peripheral reference design....

Development kit accelerates Internet of Things product development

July 29, 2014 11:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

CSR plc (San Jose, CA) announces the launch of its CSRmesh Development Kit, which will allow developers to get hands on with the recently launched CSRmesh Bluetooth Smart protocol. The kit, available from selected CSR distributors in July 2014, includes development boards....

Duplexer provide typical insertion loss of 1.8dB

July 29, 2014 9:24 am | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a band 25 duplexer from TriQuint. The TQM963001 is a high-performance Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) duplexer designed to meet the strict CDMA requirements in the PCS extension band BC14 and provide excellent insertion loss (typically 1.8dB)....

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