Monday, September 22, 2014

element14 announces winners of Inductive Sensing design challenge

CHICAGO, USA: element14 has selected the winning designs in its Inductive Sensing Design Challenge, featuring the world’s first inductance-to-digital converter from Texas Instruments.

Belgian designer Sammy Peiren was named the Grand Prize Winner for his USB microphone concept, and Dutch designer Elbert Kreukniet was named Community Choice Winner for his wireless metal detector. The two designs stood out for introducing new possibilities for inductive sensing, a contactless, magnet-free sensing technology.

“We are always amazed at the level of talent and creativity within our 250,000-member community of engineers,” said Dianne Kibbey, global head of community at element14. “With this particular challenge, Sammy and Elbert stood out for executing projects that not only shed new light on what can be accomplished with inductive sensing, but embodied our commitment to the Internet of Things and innovation as well.”

Peiren’s USB microphone uses the LDC1000 to detect sound waves of higher densities with greater sensitivity and dynamic range. Kreukniet’s wireless metal detector pairs an in-app smartphone display with the LDC1000 module for depth adjustment and targeted positioning, leveraging Bluetooth or Wi-Fi communication for more precise metal detection.

AEM releases 1206 size wire-in-air surface mount fuses

SAN DIEGO, USA: AEM Components introduced the AF1206, a new AirMatrix fuse series with the compact EIA 1206 size. The Wire-in-Air structure of the AirMatrix design allows for high voltage ratings and high inrush current withstanding capability in a compact package size.

AEM's new AF1206 fuse is a market leader with current ratings up to 15A, making this series an ideal solution for a broad range of applications; ultrabook, PCs, battery packs, LCD panels, DC/DC converters, DC fans, auto electronics, telecommunication and network devices.

AF1206 Wire-in-Air features:
* Extremely thin fuse body (1.3mm max) ideal for space constraint applications.
* Fast acting clearing characteristics at 250% overload current level.
* High I2t ideal for applications with inrush transients.
* High surge-withstanding capabilities in comparison to other EIA 1206 chip fuses.
* High voltage and interrupting ratings.
* Operating temperature range: -55 degrees C to +125 degrees C (with de-rating).
* Halogen-free, lead free, RoHS compliant and UL recognized.

HUBER+SUHNER provides low profile MIMO roof-top antenna for easy upgrade to 4G/LTE

GERMANY: HUBER+SUHNER further extended its proven portfolio of SENCITY Rail roof-top antennas with low profile MIMO products. The new SENCITY Rail MIMO antenna perfectly fits for the European market.

Using this antenna with just 40 mm height particularly double-decker trains or trains normally travelling in tunnels with tight gauges can be upgraded to the 4G/LTE standard.

This omni-directional antenna consists of two broadband radiating elements for 2G/3G/4G mobile communication in a single compact housing. It supports the frequency range from 790 MHz to 2700 MHz and therefore works with all European mobile communication networks.

The product is particularly interesting for system integrators and rail vehicle manufacturers who are seeking to establish high-data-rate applications, such as on-board internet, CCTV or repeater systems in the train. Thanks to the new SENCITY Rail MIMO antenna, they can achieve a far higher data rate compared to standard antennas.

Customers who have already installed SENCITY Rail low profile antennas benefit from a clever solution: since they use the same mounting scheme, existing antennas can be replaced by this new antenna with minimal effort. This allows system integrators to upgrade the train to MIMO technology quickly and easily.

4DSP delivers high-performance A/D-D/A in stackable format with FMC144

AUSTIN, USA: 4DSP announces the release of a new analog-to-digital (A/D) / digital-to-analog (D/A) FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) card for multi-channel data acquisition and high-speed signal processing and recording.

The FMC144 is an FMC daughter card that provides four 16-bit A/D channels with speeds up to 370 MSPS and four 16-bit D/A channels up to 2.5 GSPS. It offers front panel analog I/O access and can be used in a conduction-cooled environment.

This module delivers high-bandwidth connectivity for calculation-heavy FPGA-based applications including beamforming and direction finding. The FMC144 is very well-suited for multi-antenna arrays used in the telecommunications industry where high performance is required.

The factory default configuration of the FMC144 is as a standard FMC module with a high-pin count (HPC) connector on the bottom of the card, but the card can also be configured as a stackable module with HPC connectors on both the top and bottom sides.

Stacking multiple FMCs enables higher channel density and creates opportunities to expand functionality while maintaining a small hardware footprint in applications where space is limited such as in aircraft instrumentation and wireless telecom equipment.

EMCORE intros dual micro-ITLA tunable laser for coherent optical networking apps

ALBUQUERQUE, USA: EMCORE Corp. announced the introduction of the dual micro-Integrable tunable laser assembly (ITLA) for the coherent market, which has begun customer sampling for qualification.

EMCORE expects the Dual micro-ITLA to be commercially available in the first calendar quarter of 2015.

The Dual micro-ITLA integrates EMCORE's proprietary cooled External Cavity Laser (ECL) technology in a new smaller package that offers all the benefits of the micro-ITLA in a form-factor that requires 25 percent less space than two single micro-ITLA's combined, while delivering the same level of performance.

EMCORE's ECL ITLA technology has been the most widely-used tunable laser source for high-speed 100 and 400 gigabit per second (Gbps) coherent transmission systems, thanks to its narrow linewidth, low noise and excellent frequency accuracy. The smaller form-factor and reduced power consumption of the new Dual micro-ITLA enables customers to design even higher densities into their coherent systems.

Taiwan manufacturers revisit Istanbul to showcase innovative LED lighting solutions

TAIPEI, TAIWAN: The Green Trade Project Office under Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs is set to return to Istanbul for the third exhibition event of its 2014 Green Light campaign, leading a delegation of exhibitors to participate once again in the LED and LED Lighting Exhibition, scheduled to be held on September 25-28 at the Istanbul Expo Center (IFM).

A 'Taiwan Innovative LED Lighting Product Pavilion' is established for the fair in the Hall 10 (Booth B-630) to showcase a variety of LED lighting solutions offered by Taiwanese companies.

Li-Yen Ma, Division chief of the Integrated Marketing Division at the Green Trade Project Office, said: "Increasing efficiency has been one of the goals listed in Turkey's energy policies for the past decade. LED lighting products, with their energy-saving, versatile-for-design features, are ideal solutions to accommodate the policy trend and market demand.

"Taiwanese companies have years of expertise in LED manufacturing, and the industry is now capable of creating a wide selection of products ranging from LED components to completed light fixtures. We believe visitors will easily find the most suitable products for them among the various product lines."

Members of the delegation this year include the world-leading automotive lighting product maker TYC Brother Industrial; industry veteran Hergy Lighting Technology; LED chip and component manufacturer Genesis Photonics; LED driver maker Billion Electric; and Gaintronics Technology. All companies will present their latest technology innovations.

A variety of LED light fixtures of unique design are also on display at the 'Taiwan Innovative LED Lighting Product Pavilion.' Winner of the 2013 Taiwan Green Classics Award and iF Product Award, 'BE Light' from QisDesign features a special hinge design, which allows the table light to be folded down flat to a minimum height of 1.8 cm when not in use.

Different from the sharp outline of 'BE Light,' QisDesign's 'Flamenca' is created with an exquisite wave silhouette. Taiwan's leading LED maker Everlight Electronics showcases its award-winning LED Bulb and the dimmable Wing-Fun Desk Lamp. The waterproof 'Wish Lamp' from COCOKASA Lighting is ideal for indoor and outdoor use. 'LED Blocky Lights' of Ukin Technology features great flexibility of usage.

'The One' LED desk lamp offered by Just Power Integrated Technology can be detached, and works as a flashlight in an emergency. The portable 'LED Lamp - Angel' by Home Resource Industrial, a winner of the Red Dot Design Award, can be easily switched on by a simple touch.

Speck releases Candyshell cases for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

SAN MATEO, USA: Speck, the award-winning leader of mighty slim protective cases and covers for smartphones, tablets, and laptops, has announced the availability of iPhone 6 cases and iPhone 6 Plus cases.

The line up includes two brand new cases designed by Speck, MightyShell and MightyShell Clear, its most protective cases yet. MightyShell harnesses 2x military-grade protection into a surprisingly slim profile making it the best defense for the slimmer-than-ever iPhone 6.

Speck is also unveiling its iconic CandyShell, CandyShell Inked, CandyShell Grip, and CandyShell Card, all featuring military-grade, bulk-free protection for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

MightyShell and CandyShell both provide the bulk-free protection for which Speck is known and have been carefully designed to complement the new, slimmer profile of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The raised bezel hugs the iPhone's new ion-strengthened glass for extra screen protection. It also acts as a buffer between hard surfaces and the newly raised camera lens on both iPhones.