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High Power GaN Switches for Wideband Applications

February 27, 2014 3:08 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for a pair of high power GaN SPDT switches from TriQuint. The TGS2352-2-SM covers frequencies from 500MHz to 12GHz and handles input power up to 20W while the TGS2353-2-SM extends frequency coverage to 18GHz and handles up to 10 watts of input power...

PEM Self-Clinching Fasteners Enable Lighter Designs

February 27, 2014 2:48 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Self-clinching fasteners from PEM for use in stainless steel assemblies install reliably and permanently into thin stainless steel sheets and enable lighter designs by minimizing hardware parts count. This growing family of special hardened stainless fasteners includes a wide range of types and styles...

New 3850 MHz VCO from Crystek

February 27, 2014 2:33 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The CVCO55CC-3850-3850 VCO from Crystek operates at 3850 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V. Engineered and manufactured in the USA, the model CVCO55CC-3850-3850 is packaged in the industry-standard 0.5-in. x 0.5-in. SMD package...

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High Performance Enclosure Gaskets

February 27, 2014 10:20 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Leader Tech beryllium-copper fingerstock gaskets are an ideal choice for making reliable electrical contact between parallel seams (mating surfaces) that are created by enclosure access doors and panels. These high-performance, hardened Alloy 25 gasket...                  

Software Maps Ambiguous Names in Texts to the Right Person

February 26, 2014 2:15 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

If a name is ambiguous and given without context, even humans struggle. When reading the last name "Merkel", people do not know if it refers to the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel or the famous soccer coach Max Merkel. It is a drawback for web search, too...

Engineering Newswire 78: Airbus Bionic Plane Fuselage Mimics Bone

February 21, 2014 9:17 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're putting holograms in electronic devices, seeing if animals actually do it better, and creating a bionic fuselage that mimics bone structure ...                     

Murata’s 2x4 120W Power Supply

February 20, 2014 3:59 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Murata announced that its MVAB120 series of single output 120 Watt AC-DC power supplies now complies with the third edition of the EN/UL/IEC60601 and ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1 third edition MOOP (means of operator protection) medical safety standard...

Sub-GHz Wireless Design Choices for Smart Metering

February 19, 2014 3:43 pm | by Vivek Mohan, Senior Product Manager, Wireless Products, Silicon Labs | Articles | Comments

The worldwide focus on energy conservation in the last decade has led to tremendous growth in smart meter deployments, which help manage energy distribution and consumption more efficiently than traditional utility meters...                       

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Solair Offers 'Intelligent' Software Platform

February 18, 2014 5:44 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Solair is offering Solair Platform, an innovative software platform for those who wish to develop business applications in the cloud as well as those seeking to position themselves in the "Internet of Things." Solair Platform is a cloud platform, entirely developed in Italy...

New Vishay Intertechnology SMD NTC Thermistors

February 18, 2014 5:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology introduced a new series of SMD NTC thermistors with enhanced stability for temperature sensing and compensation circuits. Optimized for heat counters, body thermometers, and other medical applications, the thermistors released today offer one R25 value per case...

Agilent Adds Capabilities to USB Thermocouple Power Sensors

February 18, 2014 5:08 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced the addition of two new models to its U8480 Series USB thermocouple power sensors. The U8480 Series now comes with improved specifications, including an expanded frequency range to 67 GHz and a measurement speed of 900 readings/second...

Rice's Carbon Nanotube Fibers Outperform Copper

February 14, 2014 12:46 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

On a pound-per-pound basis, carbon nanotube-based fibers invented at Rice University have greater capacity to carry electrical current than copper cables of the same mass, according to new research. While individual nanotubes are capable of transmitting nearly 1,000 times more current than copper...

Photo of the Day: Industry 4.0

February 14, 2014 12:36 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

Though it looks like something straight out of a science-fiction film, it will soon become a reality in the production halls of the future: products along the production lines will know where they are, which steps they have already completed, and what they still need to become a finished product...

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No Chance for Industrial Pirates and Co.

February 14, 2014 12:27 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

Though it looks like something straight out of a science-fiction film, it will soon become a reality in the production halls of the future: products along the production lines will know where they are, which steps they have already completed, and what they still need to become a finished product...

Molex SpeedStack Mezzanine Connectors Achieve 40 Gbps Data Rates

February 13, 2014 3:28 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The SpeedStack mezzanine connector system from Molex provides a low profile solution for PCB space savings and a narrow body width for optimized airflow in high-speed and very dense applications...

Macro Sensors LVDTs Replace Proximity Sensors

February 13, 2014 3:11 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The LVDT Linear Position Sensors from Macro Sensors are replacing proximity sensors in the automated control systems of hot air, heat staking machinery used by many high technology and manufacturing industries in the manufacture of thermoplastic assemblies...

Osram Opto Expands Capacity for InGaAlP LEDs

February 13, 2014 2:51 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors is keeping pace with the constant growth of the market and switching its fabrication of red, orange and yellow light emitting diodes to 6-inch wafers. The latest switch involves chips for LEDs intended for an extremely wide range of applications...

Ultra-Low Profile Surface Mount 2032 Coin Cell Holders

February 6, 2014 5:15 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

When circuit board height is a critical design parameter, Keystone offers a solution with an ultra-low profile holder for the #2032 Lithium Coin Cells...

RFMW Supports 3 New BAW Filters for Wireless Infrastructure

February 6, 2014 3:52 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW announced design and sales support for three new TriQuint Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) filters serving the wireless infrastructure market: the TQQ7303, targeted at Band 3 Uplink applications at 1747.5MHz; the TQQ7307, targeted at Band 7 Uplink applications at 2535MHz; and the 885069, targeted at Band 40 applications...

Developing With Embedded Linux

February 6, 2014 1:13 pm | by DigiKey, IEEE | Events

This course will help developers in an OpenEmbedded environment by using the Yocto Project and its underlying technologies as the example. You will learn the infrastructure, processes, and tools required. We will cover the role-based workflows and the tools required for each role to...

Webinar on Connected Car Services to Drivers

February 5, 2014 3:13 pm | by Telematics Update | Events

Speakers from General Motors and Harman will explore how to use contextual data to create a connected car experience that makes driving safer, more efficient and ultimately more enjoyable...                                   

Rugged PCI/104-Express SBC with Intel N2800 CPU

February 4, 2014 4:42 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Diamond Systems now offers Atlas, a rugged PCI/104-Express single board computer (SBC) based on Intel’s dual core Cedar Trail N2800 CPU. Offering a speed of 1.86 GHz and dual core hyperthreading technology that enables applications to run in parallel, the new SBC provides exceptionally efficient processing....

Vishay Intertechnology Releases RCP, Thick Film Chip Resistors

February 4, 2014 4:33 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology introduced a new series of thick film chip resistors for high-power, surface-mount RF applications. Optimized for high-power aerospace, military, industrial, and telecom systems, RCP series resistors feature a stable thick film resistive element on an aluminum nitride (AlN) substrate and an epoxy encapsulation...

Osram Introduces Super Small and Highly Versatile Infrared LED

February 4, 2014 3:59 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The new Oslon Compact infrared light-emitting diode (IRED) from Osram Opto Semiconductors closes the gap between high-power and low-power IREDs. It offers high output in a very small package, barely larger than the chip itself, and it can be used for applications such as surveillance, digital image processing...

HotSpot Episode 48: High-Tech Bra Tracks True Love

February 3, 2014 9:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, an electronic, beer-tasting tongue; a high-tech bra that only opens for true love; smart shorts that tracks how you're working your muscles; and bionic contact lens that produce tactile sensations to help guide the blind...                       

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