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Dispensing valve improves productivity and reduces cost

August 26, 2013 9:54 am | Nordson Efd Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD introduces the PICO xMOD Valve, a new and exciting fully exchangeable and modular concept in non-contact and contact needle dispensing of assembly fluids. Nordson EFD's PICO xMOD valve system technology uses high-tech, robust, durable piezoelectric actuation technology for continuous operation at speeds of up to 500 cycles/second.

LED bulb driver controller includes power factor correction

August 26, 2013 9:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

O2Micro International Limited extended the company's general lighting product portfolio with the introduction of the patent pending OZ2083 3-Way LED Bulb Driver Controller with power factor correction. 3-way desk, table and floor lamps are ubiquitous in the United States, providing consumers with the convenience of high, medium and low brightness in a single bulb.

IC integrates a 600V half-bridge control circuit

August 22, 2013 1:53 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced a reliable, highly efficient and cost effective control IC for magnetic ballasts used in fluorescent lamps. The IRS2538DS emulates the behavior of a magnetic ballast control system, leveraging IR’s patented ballast and high-voltage technologies to offer an easy-to-use, one-chip magnetic replacement ballast solution.

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Google's startup brings sightseeing app to Glass

August 22, 2013 9:27 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google Glass, a spectacle-like computing device drawing lots of attention, can serve as an automated tour guide with the help of a new application from a little-known startup hatched within the Internet's most powerful company. The app, called "Field Trip," is being released Wednesday by Google-owned Niantic Labs...

Fuses capable of withstanding up to 20 lightning-induced high-current surges

August 21, 2013 4:22 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse has introduced two series of compact, high surge withstand fuses, both capable of withstanding up to 20 lightning-induced high current surges without performance degradation. The 328 and 688 Series Fuses offer protection superior to that of circuit breakers, providing short-circuit and overload protection....

‘Groovy’ hologram creates strange state of light at visible and invisible wavelengths

August 21, 2013 10:32 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Applied physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have demonstrated that they can change the intensity, phase, and polarization of light rays using a hologram-like design decorated with nanoscale structures.

Mechanical-mount rotary position sensor includes integral PCB

August 20, 2013 3:02 pm | Piher North America | Product Releases | Comments

Piher Sensors & Controls has introduced the MTS-360 Mechanical Mount Rotary Position Sensor with integral PCB for fast and easy mounting. Designed with the sensor directly mounted onto a PCB, the sensor/PCB combo package allows engineers to easily install a fully featured rotary sensor....

LED driver suits backlighting applications

August 20, 2013 10:15 am | Advanced Power Electronics Corp. USA | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics has launched a new step-up converter capable of efficiently driving up to eight white LEDs in series for backlighting applications. The APE1612-3 uses current mode, 1.2MHz fixed frequency architecture to regulate the LED current, which is set using an external current sense resistor.

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NTC thermistors tout precise temperature measurement

August 14, 2013 6:30 pm | Tdk Corporation Of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces two new series of narrowly toleranced EPCOS NTC thermistors in EIA 0402 and 0603 SMD case sizes. These components have a rated resistance of 10 kΩ in tolerance classes ± 1 percent, ±3 percent and ±5 percent. The narrow tolerances were achieved with a

Handheld enclosures are biodegradable

August 14, 2013 12:26 pm | Okw Enclosures | Product Releases | Comments

OKW's SOFT-CASE Series of handheld enclosures is now available from stock molded in BIOGRADE bioplastic material. For most applications this bioplastic material can be used instead of the fossil plastics, such as ABS, which were used until now.

Advancing resistive memory to improve portable electronics

August 14, 2013 11:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team has developed a novel way to build what many see as the next generation memory storage devices for portable electronic devices including smart phones, tablets, laptops and digital cameras. The device is based on the principles of resistive memory, which can be used to create memory cells that are smaller...

Digital streak camera captures full-color photographs of high-speed objects

August 14, 2013 11:12 am | by SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new design for a digital streak camera that captures full-color images of projectiles traveling up to 3350 m/s, which is 10 times the speed of sound. This system was designed to replace the outdated film-based streak cameras that are still in use at high-speed test tracks.

Compact multi-chip LED designed for interior lighting

August 14, 2013 11:12 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors announced the Duris S 8, a new multi-chip, high-power member of the Duris S LED series. The close grouping of the LED die allows for good color consistency in combination with a high luminous flux. The new Duris S 8 is targeted for use in directional and omnidirectional retrofit lamps....

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Researchers slow light to a crawl in liquid crystal matrix

August 14, 2013 11:02 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Light traveling in a vacuum is the Universe’s ultimate speed demon, racing along at approximately 300,000 kilometers per second. Now scientists have found an effective new way to put a speed bump in light’s path. Researchers embedded dye molecules in a liquid crystal matrix to throttle the group velocity of light back to less than one billionth of its top speed.

University of Tennessee professors study dilemmas in sustaining red light camera programs

August 14, 2013 10:55 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It's a common driving predicament: As you approach the intersection, the light is yellow. Do you hit the brakes or face a red light camera fine? Some municipalities engineer their traffic signals to force drivers into this situation in an effort to generate revenue from the cameras.

LEDs feature unique ceramic packaging for long calculated L70 lifetimes

August 13, 2013 4:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics announced it is stocking the new XLamp XH-B & XH-G LEDs from Cree, featuring unique ceramic packaging for long calculated L70 lifetimes. Cree XLamp XH-B & XH-G LEDs are a new type of mid-power LED that delivers the unique combination of high performance and reliability.

Pedestal-mounted hazardous location light produces a total of 29,580 lumens

August 13, 2013 4:14 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ has released a LED hazardous location pedestal light designed to provide high power illumination in an easily deployed package. The HAL-PM-2X150-LED-100 dual LED portable lamp provides protection in atmospheres where flammable gases and vapors may occasionally be present while offering the durability and longevity of LED solid state technology.

Will 3D-printing change the world of engineering?

August 12, 2013 2:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. This month we're focusing on Time-to-Market strategies. We're looking at it a little bit differently and discussing the issues from the viewpoint of 3D printing and rapid prototyping.

LED driver delivers high performance and lower cost in commercial lighting

August 12, 2013 12:51 pm | Dialog Semiconductor (Dialog North America) | Product Releases | Comments

Dialog Semiconductor announced a new solid state lighting (SSL) LED driver that integrates boost and flyback converters into a single IC to reduce the bill of material (BOM) costs and simplify the design, compared to conventional two-stage driver approaches, while delivering exceptional performance.

18-foot LED light tower features rotating base

August 12, 2013 9:37 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Longtime leading producer and distributor of industrial grade lighting equipment Larson Electronics LLC has introduced a new LED light tower that provides adjustable height and a rotating base combined with the power of LED lamp fixtures. Producing approximately 48,000 lumens of light output...

Review: Google Glass could be peek at tech future

August 9, 2013 10:43 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google believes it has the perfect accessory for the next phase of technology, the mind-boggling and appearance-shifting category already being described as "wearable computing." The widely anticipated evolution hatched Google Glass, a spectacle-like device that contains digital wizardry.

Surface mount LED displays in compact, low-profile packages

August 8, 2013 4:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. released two new series of 10 mm standard surface-mount 7-segment LED displays in compact, low-profile packages. Utilizing AllnGaP on GaAs chip technology for high luminous intensity to 2750 µcd typical, the VDMx10x0 and VDMx10A1 series displays are offered in super red, soft orange, yellow, and green for a wide range of applications.

Capacitive touch-sensing controller drives up to 10 LEDs

August 8, 2013 2:19 pm | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced a new CapSense Express capacitive touch-sensing controller optimized to replace mechanical buttons in front panels for industrial and consumer applications, portable medical devices, gaming devices and home automation systems.

LED light bar consumes less than 1 amp of power

August 8, 2013 2:00 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a powerful and compact LED light bar designed for rugged use. The LEDP3W-3-M Low Profile High Intensity LED Light Bar produces an intense 684 lumens of light output while consuming less than 1 amp of power and includes a 200 lbs grip magnetic base for easy yet secure mounting capabilities.

Waterproof LED drivers provide expanded functionality in a variety of outdoor applications

August 6, 2013 4:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Phihong USA has expanded its PDA072 and PDA080 constant voltage LED driver series with 0-10V dimming models. The new PDA072 Series addition, designated the PDA072W-24VG-R, is rated for outputs of 72W at 24VDC and the new PDA080 Series addition, designated the PDA080W-48VG-R, is rated for outputs of 80W at 48VDC.

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