Connectors play a critical role in electrical systems of just about any product we can imagine. For designers, advances in connector design, materials, and manufacturing ensure availability of an interconnect solution well matched to each individual application.
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Multilayer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCC) offer several advantages over electrolytic capacitors but until now offered limited capacitance. Thanks to advances in material technology, MLCCs that achieve capacitance well over 100μF are now available for decoupling applications that offer superior service life, high reliability and space savings compared to electrolytic caps.
With applications exploding for IoT devices, designing wireless connectivity from the ground up may lengthen time to market especially in devices that require compliance with global standards. Learn how working with reliable and robust Bluetooth 4.0 modules that combine the latest nRF51822 Bluetooth Smart system-on-chip (SoC) from Nordic Semiconductor.
To meet the need for higher performance systems with additional functionality running at higher current levels in an ever shrinking package, Taiyo Yuden has developed the MCOILTM series inductors which utilize a new metallic magnetic material to achieve low DCR, high saturation current, high Q, and very stable insulation resistance and Q-factor over time.
An accepted energy solution, conventional Electrical Double Layer Capacitors (EDLC) have many notable drawbacks relating to self-discharge characteristics, energy density, reliability, longevity and thermal design. Taiyo Yuden Lithium-Ion Capacitors overcome these issues and are an effective replacement for EDLCs.
Understanding and analyzing jitter is a critical component of signal integrity. Jitter can be analyzed on various test equipment: oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, phase noise analyzers and vector network analyzers.
Design engineers and manufacturers want and need ways to get higher current through the connector interface. Using high amperage power plugs and jacks is an effective way to do just that. These components take the old familiar power plug and power jack configuration and make it “new” again, offering manufacturers the potential to more than double the amount of current their devices can handle. In addition, high amperage power plugs and jacks offer the very real opportunity for improved manufacturing efficiencies and overall cost-savings.
Full-gamut color refers to the ability of an LCD device to display the entire range of colors available within 100% overlap of a color space defined by the content creation community. Examples include NTSC, Rec. 709, Adobe RGB, and DCI. While many consumer display announcements refer to “wide-gamut color"...
Today, semiconductors cannot be manufactured without using machine vision. In fact, machine vision is an enabling technology that has made it possible to achieve the density featured in today's integrated circuits and permits cost-effective manufacturing of such circuits. Suppliers of electronic materials, active components, IC packages, passive components and finished electronic equipment all use machine vision to drive high quality production at lower costs. The technology that serves as the basis of both 2-D and 3-D machine vision is becoming more powerful and even more useful in electronic assembly applications. Vision systems now offer even higher resolution, greater speed and better color properties. Lighting is more capable thanks to LED development which is making multi-directional and sequential lighting more cost effective on production lines.
A 3D printer is a machine that creates objects from plastic or other materials using an additive manufacturing process. Additive manufacturing produces objects in a succession of layers from the bottom, up. This is the opposite of traditional subtractive manufacturing processes
The terms “3D printing” and “additive manufacturing” refer to processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data. The technology is already well-used in many sectors including transportation, health care, military and education.
Reading more than one barcode at a time is a challenging application for many manufacturing and material handling engineers. In these applications there is a need to read multiple codes of the same symbology as well as multiple codes of mixed symbologies within one field of view (FOV). Even more difficult is reading one or more codes on multiple sides of a package to verify that the codes match or to output both sides’ read results as one piece of data. Laser scanners have difficulty reading codes that are poorly printed, damaged or defective, are at extreme perspectives and that are omnidirectional. They cannot manage when variations occur in part and package positioning. And they cannot read 2-D codes at all, which means that they have no way to compete in two of the four types of multiple code reading applications we commonly see. Image-based code reading technology can handle much more variation in barcode printing than traditional laser scanners and can also read codes presented at any angle or omnidirectionally. Additionally, the life of an image-based scanner, with no moving parts, is longer and more reliable than a mechanical based laser scanner. With this information, image-based barcode reading solutions make a great replacement for laser scanners even when reading single barcodes and are especially exceptional with multiple barcodes of the same or different symbology types
This paper examines the technology, product features, performance specifications and several example applications of the Symmetricom CSAC SA.45s — the world’s first Chip Scale Atomic Clock.
The design, development and delivery of affordable magnetic components is a complex process. The design development process begins once performance requirements are specified. Upon design approval, the procurement of materials for a prototype build is initiated. During this stage, specifications are not final and options remain open for cost-effective production. Specifications must be reviewed and design trade-offs evaluated to ensure that the technical requirements are economically attainable with consideration given to performance and tolerance in relation to affordable cost.
If contemporary technology has a grand theme, it is that eventually digital will replace analog, and solid state will replace mechanical. Whether it be music or video, publishing or photography, telecommunications or engine control, the story is similar. Mechanical, analog machines have been around for decades, sometimes centuries. They are mature technologies—the kinks have been worked out, the costs have been squeezed as much as possible, the strengths and weaknesses are well understood. The newer solid state, digital challengers at first offer more promise than performance, but with continued innovation and development they come to dominate the market. So it will be with linear barcode readers. The market is currently dominated by mature, opto-mechanical laser scanners. The weaknesses of laser scanners, however, as also well known. When a new image analysis system is combined with advances in image formation including high-intensity LEDs, liquid lenses and megapixel sensors, the result is a mature barcode reader that delivers the promise of solid-state, digital technology while not yielding performance to opto-mechanical laser scanners.
Image-based ID readers stand poised to replace laser scanners in several industries. Thanks to advances in microprocessors, imaging sensors and decoding algorithms, ID readers have become not only more affordable, but also more powerful. Download this white paper to learn how today’s most advanced ID readers have overcome the technical and economic hurdles to offer a more attractive alternative to laser scanners as well as how to choose the right image-based ID reader for your application.