Friday, October 31, 2014

element14 names winning IoT solutions in home automation design competition

CHICAGO, USA: The element14 Community has selected the winning projects in the conclusion of its latest design competition, the “Forget Me Not” challenge, in which 15 finalists around the world created home automation solutions inspired by the Internet of Things movement.

An “IoT Pet Care System” and “Master Switch” won the grand prize, while a safety monitoring device was named Community Choice Winner.

“element14 congratulates Frederick Vandenbosch of Belgium for winning the Grand Prize and Mark Beckett of New Zealand for winning the Community Choice award,” said Dianne Kibbey, Global head of Community, element14. “These two individuals, along with the 13 other talented participants who took part in Forget Me Not are a testament not only to the growing popularity and reach of element14’s numerous design competitions, but to the extremely talented and innovative members that we have on the community.”

Vandenbosch’s “IoT Pet Care System” uses the Raspberry Pi and openHAB/Eclipse SmartHome technology to collect data on the feeding habits of users’ pets. Pressure sensors dispense food and water rations according to those patterns – all of which can be tracked via mobile device. The Pet Care System also employs an EnOcean wireless sensor to monitor the temperature of a room and open or close windows if a pet is left home alone.

For the “Master Switch” system, Vandenbosch combined the EnOcean, Raspberry Pi and OpenHAB platform to establish a single, mountable wall switch that quickly disables all appliances or electronics not requiring a constant power source – such as the washing machine, television, computer or lights – for maximum convenience when leaving the home.

Beckett’s “eLDERmon” project, the Community Choice winner, uses EnOcean wireless sensors and the Raspberry Pi to track movement, temperature, humidity and light levels to better and more safely monitor individuals who may live home alone or require special care.

Competitor Jay Morreale of the US was named runner up for incorporating the Eclipse SmartHome and openHAB design systems into the electrical, lighting, plumbing and entertainment-based renovations to his family’s 100-year-old Victorian home. A door lock monitor, soil moisture monitor and pet feeder are just a few of the systems that can be controlled remotely using Morreale’s new system.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

IHS BOM Manager boasts world's largest database of electronic components

EL SEGUNDO, USA: The electronics industry is becoming increasingly complex, defined by rapid technological innovation, more sophisticated counterfeiting, intensifying global competition and the proliferation of environmental legislation.

That’s why it’s critical for users to have access to parts management tools that deliver the most comprehensive, detailed and up-to-date account of the broad spectrum of electronics components that are available.

IHS Technology is pleased to announce its IHS BOM Manager tool now offers the world’s largest component database, containing more than 442 million parts. IHS BOM Manager is the centerpiece of the IHS suite of parts management tools, which includes CAPS Universe and XML Web Services. The parts database behind all of the IHS parts management tools includes industry-leading data, including:

* Rich technical content
* Alternate and replacement parts
* Distributor pricing and availability
* Environmental content and documents
* Manufacturer alert documents
* Export control content
* Historical content and documents
* Predictive life cycle data
* Customer support performance.

“Electronics purchasing today is laden with risks—from obsolescence, to counterfeits, to regulations—any of which can derail a product or even an entire business line,” said Bob Braasch, senior director at IHS Technology.

“To navigate this perilous terrain, users need a complete picture of the components business. Because of this, IHS has upgraded its BOM Manager product to include the world’s largest and most comprehensive component database, providing the best possible insurance against supply chain risk.”

Sum of the parts
The IHS parts database encompasses six major commodity types: electromechanical devices, fasteners, interconnects, passives, semiconductors and miscellaneous parts. The database also includes 45 part types and 406 device categories.

RoHS by any other name
IHS BOM Manager incorporates the industry’s richest resources on environmental compliance. The parts database includes information on whether or not a part conforms to the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. The database further includes data on China RoHS and the 2011 RoHS Recast Directive.

Also included are content and documents for parts complying with the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

To further help monitor for environmental compliance, the parts database includes millions of parts with attributed full material disclosure (FMD) data and documents.

To support required Securities and Exchange Commission reporting on conflict materials, the parts database includes millions of parts with data on raw materials sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Countering the counterfeits
IHS BOM Manager also features an integrated counterfeit solution that delivers alerts on counterfeit or substandard components that are circulating in the market. The system also provides information on authorized sources of supply.

The best defense against counterfeit parts is to buy from an authorized distributor. That’s why the parts database includes data on multiple authorized sources, allowing users to easily comply with Section 818 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, and the creation of a trusted suppliers list.

Objective research
Unlike some competitors, IHS is an independent, objective source of parts management data and tools, unaffiliated with any electronics distributor.

“When selecting a component to buy, users want to be able to choose the part that best fits their own needs—and not merely the needs of the seller,” Braasch said. “That’s why it’s critical to employ an unbiased parts management system that has the singular goal of providing the best possible result for the users, rather than promoting whatever part that a distributor needs to move.”

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Galtronics antennae enable improved mobile connectivity at SCG

TORONTO, CANADA: Galtronics Corp. Ltd, a Baylin Technologies company, announced that it played an instrumental role in improving mobile coverage for cricket fans attending matches at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney, Australia.

The historic, 48,000-person venue was constructed over 160 years ago and holds a celebrated place in Australia’s cricket history. Nearly every famous Australian cricketer has competed there, and some of its buildings are among the nation’s historical and architectural treasures.

The SCG’s existing distributed antenna system (DAS), which was originally installed by Hutchison around 2001, had reached the end of its operating life and could not adequately accommodate the required performance for fast, high- capacity data traffic on modern 3G and 4G networks.

Galtronics antennae were selected to meet the technical requirements of a new, multi-operator, carrier-grade DAS.  The proposed DAS needed to meet the individual requirements of Telstra, Vodafone and Optus and provide excellent overall performance for mobile coverage and capacity. This new system, which was installed in October 2013, makes the SCG the first stadium in Australia with a full MIMO Long Term Evolution (LTE) capable DAS.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tektronix announces first wireless lab management solution for education

BEAVERTON, USA: Tektronix Inc. announced the industry's first wireless lab instrument management solution for quickly setting up and efficiently managing basic electronics engineering laboratories at colleges and universities.

The new TekSmartLab TSL3000A solution supports up to 120 instruments (30 test benches) on a single platform.

At many learning institutions, implementing productive and fully integrated instrument networks in classrooms can be a daunting task. For instance, using LAN cables to set up a network is costly, time consuming and limits flexibility. Moreover, many instruments lack LAN ports.

By converting instruments' USB ports into a wireless interface using a Wi-Fi-USB converter, TekSmartLab eliminates cabling hassles while giving professors the software tools they need to efficiently manage large, busy classrooms.

Running on a lab server, TekSmartLab sets up quickly without any LAN cables or special instrument configuration. From a central dashboard, professors can load instrument configurations associated with different course requirements and then distribute them to up to 120 instruments with a single mouse click.

Professors can easily check the instrument status and measurement contents to help with a specific test bench remotely and to save a student's measurement results into a report.

TekSmartLab also improves overall lab management. In conventional teaching labs, asset managers must manually check and record information such as instrument model numbers, serial numbers, and location. Detailed information such as the length of usage can only be estimated by experience or by keeping usage logs. In contrast, TekSmartLab automatically records and displays asset information and tracks usage time.

Exar intros industry's smallest high current power modules

FREMONT, USA: Exar Corp. has introduced the 10 amp XR79110 and 15 amp XR79115 single output, synchronous step-down power modules using Exar's patented emulated current mode constant on-time (COT) control.

Both devices provide easy to use, fully integrated power converters including MOSFETs, inductors, and internal input and output capacitors in a compact 10x10x4mm and 12x12x4mm footprints respectively. The XR79110 and XR79115 offer versatility to convert from common input voltages such as 5V, 12V and 19V.

The XR79110 and XR79115 use Exar's emulated current mode COT control scheme that has the fast transient response of conventional COT control loops while providing excellent line and load regulation performance.

Exar's COT control loop enables operation with ceramic output capacitors, eliminating loop compensation components, a key to high module integration. The output voltage can be set from 0.6V to 18V and with exceptional full range 0.1 percent line regulation and 1 percent output accuracy over full temperature range.

These modules offer a host of supervisory and protection features for proper sequencing, safe operation under abnormal operating conditions and light load operation.

SPLat lowers OEM costs with HMI430—an integrated PLC 4.3-inch touchscreen

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: SPLat Controls announced the HMI430 board-level programmable logic controller (PLC) with an integrated 4.3-inch colour touchscreen, available at nearly half the cost of previous products with similar functionality.

With onboard, ruggedized digital I/O, analog I/O, and the SPLat MultiTrack built-in multitasking operating system, the HMI430 delivers professional-quality control that is affordable and easy to program, minimizing development time.

With multiple serial ports, HMI430 offers OEMs an ideal way to flexibly integrate a touchscreen into their solution for small- and medium-sized industrial control applications.

The touchscreen—a 4.3-inch 470x272 pixel screen with resistive touch and 64K colours—comes with a repertoire of standard buttons, fonts, and other screen elements. With support for alpha blending, image files, and Z-ordering, HMI430 offers sophisticated visual effects at a price point that OEMs can afford.

Geared to address a wide range of control applications, the HMI430 offers an ideal control interface for equipment in fields as diverse as HVAC, dairy, packaging, pump control, commercial food processing, mining, health and fitness, and patient care. Early adopters have implemented HMI430 for a microbrewery-bottling machine and leisure spa hydrotherapy tub control.

Anritsu intros all-in-one 100G four-port multi-protocol transport test platform

RICHARDSON, USA: Anritsu Co. has introduced the MT1100A Network Master Flex, a cost-effective, easy-to-use, full-function multi-protocol transport tester.

Combining light weight and portability with high performance – including support up to 400G (4 x 100G) – the MT1100A Network Master Flex is equally adept in the field during installation and maintenance of optical networks, as well as in the R&D lab and on the manufacturing floor to test transport equipment.

The versatile all-in-one modular platform of the MT1100A Network Master Flex supports bit rates from 1.5M to 100G, and allows for easy configuration to meet current test requirements with a cost-effective upgrade path as measurement needs change.

It supports testing of emerging OTN networks, including ODU0, ODU2e, ODU4 and ODUflex, as well as legacy Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SDH/SONET, and PDH/DSn systems. A wide variety of interfaces are also supported without the need to reconfigure modules for added flexibility, and time and cost efficiencies.

Three dual-port modules are compatible with the MT1100A platform. The MU110010A is a multi-rate module for up to 2 x 10G ports, the MU110011A supports 10M to 100G, and the 40/100G MU110012A module supports CFP2/CXP for 2 x 100G ports.

Up to two modules can be configured in a single MT1100A mainframe, allowing the tester to accommodate as many as four fully independent ports at all rates, including 100G. This makes the MT1100A the first instrument in its category to support testing of 400G client signals currently under development.

A 12.1-inch touchscreen display – the largest in its class – coupled with an easy and intuitive GUI simplify operation and allow all results to be clearly seen in any environment. The GUI also supports a variety of languages such as English, Chinese, and Japanese.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tektronix delivers first LPDDR4 PHY layer test solution

USA: Tektronix Inc. announced the industry’s first complete PHY layer and conformance test solution for JEDEC LPDDR4, the next generation of mobile memory technology.

Slated for adoption starting in 2015, LPDDR4 builds on the current generation of LPDDR3 technology and will deliver improved data rates up to 4.26 Gb/sec and use an ultra-low voltage core to reduce power consumption by approximately 35 percent to enhance performance in mobile devices like smartphones, wearables & tablets.

LPDDR4 introduces new test and measurement challenges due to lower input/output voltage of just 1.1V, higher data rates and compact mechanical designs that limit access to test points. There are also multiple changes in Vref, read burst and write burst which further increase the complexity to perform the tests mandated by the JESD209-4 specification.

Tektronix provides the industry’s most complete set of tools design engineers need for qualifying their LPDDR4 designs. Through automated set-up and test execution, the Tektronix solution can reduce testing cycles from a week or more to a single hour.

"There’s no question that LPDDR4 makes validation far more complex and challenging for the entire mobile memory ecosystem, from silicon vendors to system integrators," said Brian Reich, GM, Performance Oscilloscopes, Tektronix.

“We offer the test and measurement tools needed to efficiently bring this exciting technology to market, from high-performance oscilloscopes and probes to advanced analysis software spanning the entire memory validation continuum."

Friday, October 24, 2014

Lock and load with Molex Brad ultra-lock circular connectors now at Mouser

TAIPEI, TAIWAN: Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the Brad Ultra-Lock Circular Connector from Molex.

Taking threaded connection systems to the next level, these revolutionary connectors not only deliver increased productivity and cost savings over other competitive solutions, but they also offer greater performance and reliably not typically seen with traditional threaded connectors.

Incorporating a unique radial O-ring seal and mechanical locking design, the Brad Ultra-Lock Circular Connectors feature a patented push-to-lock technology that provides a fast, simple and secure operator-independent connection that delivers unsurpassed performance.

The Molex Brad Ultra-Lock Circular Connectors, available from Mouser Electronics, are designed to eliminate connector-related intermittent signals in the harshest of environments, resulting in reduced downtime and increased productivity. The push-to-lock mechanical locking technology found in these connectors offer a simple, secure, operator-independent connection for fast mating and reduced installation time.

Combined with a unique radial O-ring seal design similar to O-rings in hydraulic connectors, the Brad Ultra-Lock provides a more robust protection against water ingress in high-pressure wash-down environments, providing superior IP67/IP69K-rated protection and performance.

The Brad Ultra-Lock Circular Connectors are ideal for Class 2 power and network circuit applications, offering a maximum current per contact of 4 amps at 250V AC/DC. The receptacles accept either the Ultra-Lock or standard M12 threaded cordsets, making these connectors highly flexible for in systems using both formats, further expanding the possibilities of connection options.

Each connector contact is also designed with gold over palladium/nickel plating, to provide a longer-lasting, high-performance electrical contact.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

TCP expands Elite series LED portfolio with 75 and 100-watt replacement bulbs

AURORA, USA: Technical Consumer Products Inc. (TCP), a leader in energy-efficient lighting innovations, expanded its Elite Series LED line with new 75 and 100-watt replacement LED bulbs.

The Elite High Output A-Lamps boast 25,000 hours of life and feature uniform, omni-directional light output. The new bulbs look like and emit light similar to a traditional incandescent, but will last up to 25 times longer and consume up to 85 percent less energy.

"By adding the 75 and 100-watt LED replacement A-Lamps to our already strong Elite Series line, we now offer our customers more choices in our ENERGY STAR rated LED lamps," said Paul Phillips, senior LED product manager. "With these new bulbs, our customers can enjoy all the benefits of LED lighting at an affordable price point with a familiar look and feel."

TCP's Elite High Output LED A-Lamps feature excellent color consistency, high color rendering and are available in 2700, 3000, 4100 and 5000 Kelvins. Producing a similar light to traditional incandescent bulbs, TCP's replacement LEDs are ideal for various applications including general lighting, floor and table lamps, decorative and ceiling fixtures, and sconces.

The A-Lamps are ANSI construction compliant, fit all A21 installations and have smooth, uniform dimming to meet any application. TCP's new LEDs are UL approved for damp location, meaning they can be used outdoors when protected from the elements.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Silicon Labs C8051F97x capacitive sense MCUs in stock at Mouser

TAIWAN: Mouser Electronics Inc. is now stocking the C8051F97x low-power capacitive sense microcontrollers from Silicon Labs.

Boasting a sleep current as low as 55nA, the new C8051F97x microcontroller (MCU) family is based on a high-speed pipelined 8051 core that is enhanced with the addition of a single-cycle 16x16 Multiply Accumulate (MAC) unit.

The C8051F97x family targets touch user interfaces with its capacitive sense interface, allowing the detection of virtual buttons, sliders, and wheels as well as proximity sensing.

The Silicon Labs 8051F97x Low-Power Capacitive Sense Microcontrollers, available from Mouser Electronics, are fully integrated mixed‑signal microcontrollers. The devices include up to 32KBytes of Flash that is programmable in 512Byte sectors, and up to 8.25KBytes RAM.

A 10‑bit analog to digital converter (ADC) can capture signals up to 300ksps. The chips can operate with a 1.8V to 3.6V supply voltage and have seven power modes: In Active Mode, the device draws only 200µA/MHz. In the lowest power mode, Sleep Mode, the microcontroller draws as little as 55nA and can wake up on an oscillator failure, SmarRTClock timer event, or on an I2C address match.

The capacitive sense unit uses a capacitive‑to‑digital circuit to determine the capacitance present on a port pin. An internal analog multiplexor allows the unit to take measurements from different port pins. The unit can be configured to take capacitance measurements from one port pin or a group of ports pins.

A selectable gain circuit allows the developer to adjust the maximum allowable capacitance. A 22‑bit accumulator is built into the capacitance sense unit, which can be configured to average multiple conversations from a single input pin.

For security applications, each microcontroller contains a 128‑bit unique key to specifically identify each device. The C8051F97x MCUs boast an on-chip debugging interface that provides non‑intrusive, full-speed, in‑circuit debugging of the microcontroller while operational. The debugging interface uses no on‑chip resources and does not interfere with running code.

The C8051F970 Development Kit, also available from Mouser Electronics, provides a complete evaluation and development platform for C8051F97x microcontrollers. The board supports capacitive sensing applications and contains all the hardware and software needed to begin developing projects using the C8051F970 microcontroller.

AR and MVG sign MoA to provide turnkey solutions

PARIS, FRANCE: AR brings its brand name, experience, and extensive line of EMC and RF/microwave products to marry with MVG installation expertise and diverse product range, starting with MVG-EMC shielded anechoic chambers, shielded rooms and absorbers products, to deliver quality, high performance turnkey products for EMC and other markets.

Philippe Garreau, CEO of MVG, states:"AR and MVG have built a strong relationship and understanding of their customers. By combining our product lines and this knowledge, we will be able to offer a one-stop shop of quality, tailored, EMC solutions."

Don (Shep) Shepherd, chairman AR, adds: "AR has an enviable reputation in the EMC Test System business. The knowledge and experience of our systems engineers combined with our extensive range of EMC instrumentation means the addition of MVG-EMC Anechoic test chambers will allow us to supply state of the art solutions and offer unrivalled support to our customers."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

TRINAMIC motor drivers at work

HAMBURG, GERMANY: —TRINAMIC Motion Control, a leading global developer of motor and motion control technologies, revealed its patent-pending technology for stepper motors. Dubbed stealthChop, the new technology significantly reduces the noise of conventional stepper motor operation.

Motors operating at low speed exhibit a phenomenon known as magnetostriction, which causes an audible low frequency ‘hum.’ This low-frequency noise is well known as the 60Hz hum that emanates from transmission lines and transformers. Trinamic’s stealthChop minimizes magnetostriction by implementing a PWM algorithm that relies predominantly on voltage modulation for motor control at lower speeds. This technology minimizes PWM current fluctuation, which is the primary cause of low-speed hum.

“Stepper motors used in automation must respect the needs of their human overlords. The continuous noise of individual stepper motors in a laboratory environment may be rather distracting, and the din from hundreds of stepper motors in an industrial implementation can be deafening,” explained TRINAMIC R & D chief, Dr. Stephan Kubisch.

“Our customers asked Trinamic to perfect a commutation scheme for lower step frequencies that reduces noise. We made it self tuning, easy to use and added an automated switch to transition to higher frequencies.“

Noise limitations are especially desirable in applications that normally occur in close proximity to human operators, in applications where multiple stepper motors are in use, in video surveillance applications where installations near walls and ceilings amplify noise, and in consumer applications, like home automation and air conditioning, where users expect minimal noise.

FCI intros BarKlip cable I/O

SINGAPORE: FCI, a leading supplier of connectors and interconnect systems, announced the release of the BarKlip I/O Power Connector.

The BarKlip I/O connector, rated for up to 200Amps/contact per UL & CSA criteria, offers improved electrical performance and long-term reliability compared with alternative designs.

The connector is designed to connect with a system rack bar to achieve a direct pluggable connection to an uninsulated busbar. The connection generates low energy loss with a maximum resistance of only 0.2mOhms per contact.

The BarKlip I/O Connector features 14 fully independent cantilevered beams, which provide a true compliant spring to adjust for variations in busbar alignment and surface finish. In addition, the BarKlip I/O connector is a floating panel mount design.  An installed height of <34mm 1u="" and="" architectures.="" commonly="" computing="" datacenters="" enables="" equipment="" found="" hyperscale="" in="" nbsp="" new="" p="" rack-mounted="" their="" use="">
The available wire range is 14AWG to 2AWG, allowing users to define the wire gauge and length flexibly in terms of actual requirement. The BarKlip I/O Connector is designed to operate between -40°C and 125°C.

“The BarKlip I/O Connector provides a convenient, low voltage loss and highly reliable method to connect to many of FCI’s busbar power distribution solutions” says Michael Blanchfield, Portfolio director for Power Solutions at FCI.

“FCI’s proprietary plating technology adds an additional benefit to customers by providing maximum conductivity and longer-term reliability without concerns for corrosion. We are confident the BarKlip products will meet many of our customers’ demands for high reliability in direct connect busbar applications.”

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ideal Power intros 125kW power converter family

AUSTIN, USA: Ideal Power Inc. announced its 125kW converter family, including a three-port hybrid converter and two-port battery converter.

Utilizing the same award-winning technology as its 30kW hybrid converter, the 125kW converter products are expected to lower costs and improve efficiency for integrating photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage solutions up to megawatt scale, as well as provide off grid and grid resilient (grid-tied battery backup) capabilities.

Ideal Power also announced that it has received an initial order for its 125kW hybrid converter from CODA Energy, a California based manufacturer and installer of commercial and industrial energy storage products. Ideal Power will display its new 125kW hybrid converter at the Solar Power International Conference, booth #2658, in Las Vegas on October 20 - 23, 2014.

"The mutual benefits of deploying battery storage with PV are well known 'off-grid,'" stated Peter Nortman, COO, CODA Energy.

"The argument to deploy storage with PV 'on-grid' is perhaps even more compelling to a resilient and sustainable energy future. We expect Ideal Power's 3-port hybrid architecture to help us meet our customer's needs in this important market space due to its comprehensive feature set and compact, efficient design."

According to information, insight and analytics firm IHS, commercial grid-tied battery inverters co-sited with PV is forecasted to grow from 36 MW of global installations in 2014 to 643 MW by 2018 and the off grid micro-grid battery inverters co-sited with PV market is forecasted to grow from 34 MW of global installations in 2014 to 400 MW by 2018.

Friday, October 17, 2014

SparqEE boards available exclusively from RS Components bring cellular connectivity to Raspberry Pi and Arduino

BEIJING, CHINA: RS Components is now taking orders for the new SparqEE development boards, which have been designed to enable easy cellular connectivity and Internet access for projects based on theRaspberry Pi and Arduino boards.

A total of seven new SparqEE boards are available to order exclusively from RS, including the CELLv1.0 -- a tiny cellular development board that implements a 2G+3G chipset to provide wireless worldwide.

This means, the CELLv1.0 module will use 3G primarily and only revert to 2G when 3G is not available. In addition, the CELLv1.0 measures only 36 x 42 x 7mm, making it the smallest cellular module currently available on the market.

Each SparqEE CELLv1.0 cellular board will be shipped from RS with a global 3G SIM card that delivers worldwide coverage. Users will then be able to login to a website and use their credit card to buy data or set up a direct debit for on-going data usage.

The increase in range permitted by cellular communications enables a number of potential applications for developers and is ideal for 'small data' projects that need to operate over very long distances, even potentially to another country or continent. Suitable projects are likely to be sensor-based low-bandwidth-data projects that will send low amounts of data over the Internet.

To enable easy compatibility, as part of the new range, the ShieldRv1.0 and ShieldAv1.0 are shields or adapters that connect the CELLv1.0 respectively to Raspberry PI and Arduino boards without any additional wiring. In addition, breakouts are provided for the four remaining SparqEE boards should users prefer to connect any of these boards directly to the shield.

The four additional boards are the: GPSv1.0 receiver board, which implements an Antenova M10478 GPS module based on the SiRFstarIV 9333 GPS chipset; the POWERv1.0 board, which converts an unregulated power supply to the +5V and +3.3V supply rails required by most embedded development systems; the RELAYv1.0 board, which provides a wide input range relay for driving high-current and high-voltage peripherals; and finally the ACCELv1.0 board, which provides a wide-input-range Analog Devices ADXL345 three-axis accelerometer.

Coverage specifications of the CELLv1.0 module include WCDMA/HSDPA 2100/1900/900MHz, delivering 384Kbps or DL3.6Mbps HSDPA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz. Wired connectivity options include a serial UART interface (3.3V or 5V) and USB 2.0 interface.

Electrical specifications include an input voltage of +3.7V to +5V, powered via USB cable or via the header pins; current draw of less than 5mA in standby, typically less than 75mA active (without services), and less than 500mA (average working) and 2.3A maximum. Windows, Linux and Android software drivers are available via ZTE.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

See the light with Vishay’s VCNL4010 proximity and ambient light sensor

TAIWAN: Mouser Electronics Inc. is now stocking the VCNL4010 proximity and ambient light sensor from Vishay Semiconductors. Broadening its already popular VCLN optoelectronics portfolio, the VCNL4010 offers 16-bit resolution in a fully integrated proximity and ambient light optical sensor.

The device features a power-saving interrupt function, infrared emitter, a signal processing IC and a standard I2C communication interface. The 16-bit resolution of this sensor makes it accurate enough for proximity detection while providing excellent cross talk immunity. The VCNL4010's programmable LED drive current senses distances of up to 200mm.

The Vishay Semiconductors VCNL4010 proximity and ambient light sensor, available from Mouser Electronics, combines an infrared emitter, photo-pin-diode, ambient light detector, signal processing features, and 16‑bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) all in one compact package. The power-saving interrupt function enables the sensor to stay idle until a predefined proximity or ambient light event occurs, thereby triggering and waking up the chip.

The sensor offers 100Hz and 120Hz flicker noise rejection, and the built-in ambient light photo‑pin‑diode offers sensitivity close to that of the human eye, with a 16-bit dynamic range for ambient light detection from 0.25lux to 16klux. The sensor offers a Moisture Sensitivity Level (MSL) of 3, and operates over a temperature range of -25°C to + 85°C. Other features of the VCNL4010 include a low stand‑by current consumption of 1.5μA and a supply voltage range of 2.5V to 3.6V.

The VCNL4101 is ideal for a variety of mobile, lighting, industrial and sensor applications. From smartphones, touch phones, PDAs, GPS units and digital cameras, to computing and industrial devices and displays, the VCNL4010 is an ideal solution for any designer looking for a fully-integrated proximity and ambient light optical sensor.

The Vishay Semiconductor VCNL4010 is available in a compact, 3.95mm x 3.95mm x 0.75mm leadless (LLP), surface-mount package. The device is compliant to RoHS directive 2002/95/EC and WEEE 2002/96/EC, is free of halogens, and is compatible with lead (Pb)-free soldering.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Micro-electronic-acoustics component market

DALLAS, USA: The micro electronic-acoustics industry began to deteriorate in the second half of 2013, reflecting a broad decline in gross margin and average selling price of products except earphone and headphone.

The industry leader-AAC has accidentally suffered downdrafts entering 2014 for several reasons: it is impossible for the mobile phone market, including the smartphone market to reproduce high growth, and China's smartphone market shows signs of decline.

According to data released by China Academy of Telecommunication Research of MIIT, the domestic mobile phone market accumulated shipments of 293 million units in January-August 2014, down 24 percent as opposed to 396 million units a year earlier, including 254 million smartphones (down 11.3 percent year-on-year).

Besides, the tablet PC market apparently stopped growing e.g. a slowdown in iPad shipments, in contrast to the slightly improved laptop computer market.

On the other hand, the micro electronic-acoustics industry amid intensified competition has created space for generous profits in the transfer process from manual to automatic, and players have now completed the layout of automatic production lines, leading to non-existence of potential for cost reduction.

Nowadays, mobile phone competition focuses on thickness, CPU, screen and camera, less concerned about sound performance, whose improvements depend on earphone rather than the phone itself, thus vendors prefer to adopt cheap electro-acoustic components.

In the field of micro electromechanical system (MEMS) microphone, large MEMS foundries or IDMs provide cheap MEMS dies which causes a drastic drop in MEMS microphone prices. The fierce price war has brought a rare loss for Knowles, not to mention other companies.

Mobile phone audio frequency is developing towards integration, speaker/receiver is firstly integrated into speaker modules, then box, and now equipped with function of LDS antenna. Then there is microphone  mounted on FPC which enables flexibility for addition of multiple FPCs to mobile phones, simplifies circuit board design, improves stability and reduces thickness. All audio frequency components in a mobile phone may be integrated into a module in the future to bring the price down.

Ossia awarded fifth patent for wireless charging technology

REDMOND, USA: Ossia Inc., the company behind the Cota remote wire-free charging technology, has been awarded its fifth patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office: U.S. Patent No. 8,854,176.

Ossia’s latest patent pertains to the capabilities of the company’s Cota wireless charging system to self-charge batteries through the use of 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz focused microwave energy. Batteries of any shape, including standard and custom-sized batteries, can be charged wirelessly using Cota.

The Cota technology is designed to target and charge many devices simultaneously, regardless of whether a device is stationary or moving. With an effective charging radius of 30 feet, a single Cota charging station can charge the battery-operated devices in every room of an average home or office suite. Ossia is the only operating company that has been awarded patents related to RF remote wireless power.

“In today’s increasingly mobile society, having devices that are always on and always ready is a critical need in our daily lives,” said Hatem Zeine, founder and CEO of Ossia.

“Our latest patent covers technology that allows people to use Cota to power rechargeable batteries, wirelessly powering-up their most critical devices, such as smart phones, headsets and the like, all at the same time, without any user intervention. Many other industries such as industrial, medical and utilities can benefit from our patented self-charging battery system as well. This patent, combined with our four previously awarded patents, makes up a truly disruptive technology that is set to change everything people think they know about wireless power.”

Ossia’s U.S. Patent No. 8,854,176 details how a rechargeable battery technology, which is comprised of circuitry that is designed to receive power transmission signals from a wireless transmitter/charging unit. The charging unit contains a controller and phased array antenna that transmit power to a specific location where the rechargeable battery is located.

RS Components launches Internet of Things (IoT) themed area via DesignSpark

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: RS Components has launched an Internet of Things (IoT) themed area via its online DesignSpark community, providing software design tools and resources ideal for rapid prototyping and product development.

Hosted under Design Centres, the IoT page includes the latest blogs and a series of articles written by partners, DesignSpark community members and leading Industry experts, acting as a knowledge base to aid engineers designing IoT-enabled applications.

The new Design Centre includes an introduction to the IoT by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino of Designswarm, ranked second by Onanalytica in the 2014 top 100 list of the IoT thought leaders. Further featured articles in the Design Centre focus on a detailed break-down of the IoT and a look at how it all started, where it's heading and why we need it, exploring how "Things" connect from hardware to applications, network infrastructure, and security of data.

"By 2020, it has been predicted that there could be as many as 26 billion devices connected to the Internet, each with its own unique ID," saidPete Wood, DesignSpark community manager at RS Components.

"Together these connected devices create the Internet of Things (IoT), allowing us to control and monitor remote devices via the Internet. As a community that has been at the forefront of providing updated information on the latest industry trends, the IoT Design Centre at DesignSpark aims to set the wheels in motion for discussions around best practice and recommendations for products suitable for use in IoT applications."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Newark element14 continues to lead industry in catalog innovation

CHICAGO, USA: Newark element14, a high-service distributor of technology products and engineering solutions, has launched its new 2015 catalog, available in both print and online versions.

Featuring more than 13,000 new products and 149,000 in total from more than 500 top electronics brands, the industry-leading catalog connects customers to services and solutions so they can do business more conveniently than ever. The easy-to-use online version offers customization and sharing capabilities as well as real-time price and product availability.

“We’re constantly focused on providing customers with product and service information in whichever format they prefer,” said Tamara Jurgenson, SVP marketing, Newark element14. “We continue to innovate with respect to capabilities and formats to meet changing customer behavior, and our 2015 catalog is a perfect example of that approach.”

Customizable online catalogs were first introduced by Newark element14 in 2012 and have proven to be a popular, environmentally-friendly alternative to print catalogs. The 2015 online catalog offers further improvements, including:

* Capability to create customized versions with specific categories, products or suppliers.
* Faster search results including product image, pricing and stock info, catalog page numbers and data sheets.
* View, bookmark, print or shop and order products directly.
* Convert search results to PDF or Excel spreadsheet with one click.
* E-mail pages to colleagues with one click.
* Find direct links to selector guides from leading brands to find the right products fast.
* Connect directly to PCB Fabrication & Assembly Services, Technical support Life Chat and Online Product Training.

Huber+Suhner showcases in-building antenna solutions

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL: HUBER+SUHNER showcases its strength in the South American market this week at Futurecom with a comprehensive display of its wide-ranging solutions in RF connectors, DAS Distributed Antenna Systems for in-building networks, fiber management in data centers and cabling systems for the upgrade of mobile communications (LTE).

The company is also displaying its local presence with information and a video about the company's new fiber optic cable production facility near São Paulo.

A Swiss-based company with global operations, including a strong South American presence, HUBER+SUHNER develops and manufactures components and system solutions for the electrical and optical transportation of both data and energy.

The company serves customers in the communication, transportation and industrial markets with cables, connectors, cable systems, antennas and other passive components. Its portfolio builds on its expertise in radio frequency, fiber optics and low frequency technologies.

Opened just over one year ago in Caçapava, near São Paulo, HUBER+SUHNER's new manufacturing plant produces the latest and most innovative fiber optic cables and cable systems. With the latest manufacturing equipment and a high degree of innovation HUBER+SUHNER is able to optimize its products regularly and supply customers with up-to-date, efficient and reliable solutions for their connectivity requirements.

Capdase turns new page in electronics accessories industry

HONG KONG: Capdase, a pioneer and trendsetter in the electronics accessory industry, is unveiling its latest products for BlackBerry Passport, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which are bound to redefine the gadget experience and enhance users' lives.

A far cry from the low-quality, mass-produced bargains seen in the market, Capdase sets itself apart with its stringent quality control and a seamless production line that ultimately translates into customer satisfaction.

Capdase’s exquisite Upper Classic and Sider Classic series has a modern and sleek look and is designed to precisely fit the BlackBerry Passport.

Capdase’s ultra-slim Mystery case comes in a transparent back cover adorned with an enchanting embossed pattern to showcase the elegance of every woman. New Product Line-Up for BlackBerry Passport, iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

As an official partner of the BFB (Built for BlackBerry) Program, Capdase has especially launched The Sider Classic and Upper Classic Series that are made to seamlessly connect users to their BlackBerry Passport without compromising functionality over style.

Aras embeds IHS CAPS universe electronic component data directly into Aras PLM platform

EL SEGUNDO, USA: IHS Technology is pleased to announce that its CAPS Universe Electronic Component Data has been integrated into the Aras Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform to create Aras Component Engineering.

Aras Component Engineering, designed for the engineering of new products and systems, seamlessly and securely embeds more than 100 million commercial electronic components into the Aras PLM environment, providing engineering and sourcing professionals with a single point of access to design, procure and sustain products with electronic components.

Aras Component Engineering was developed in partnership with IHS, the world’s leading source of business-critical information, insight and analytics. The IHS CAPS Universe database is the premier electronic component database containing part attribute data and documentation on hundreds of millions of parts from more than 2,000 global manufacturers.

Together, IHS and Aras streamline and simplify component selection, approval, sourcing and compliance processes while increasing efficiency and productivity, as well as reducing regulatory and supply chain risk.

“By putting the world’s best component information exactly where designers and purchasing specialists need it, Aras is enabling global manufacturers to make better, faster decisions and to proactively manage changes in cost, availability and compliance early in the product lifecycle,” said Bob Braasch, senior director, parts management, at IHS.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Galtronics adding new production lines to support growing distributed antenna system demand

TORONTO, CANADA: Galtronics Corp. Ltd, a Baylin Technologies company, has expanded and upgraded its infrastructure antenna production capacity in its own factory in Wuxi, China.

Galtronics’ wholly-owned and managed factory in China was established nine years ago and has been built solely for advanced technology antenna production. The three new production lines are built to meet the highest standards and the latest innovative technologies developed by Galtronics for Distributed Antenna System (DAS).

The new Wuxi production lines are dedicated to in-building and outdoor antennas and are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and large capacity to meet the company’s quarter-over-quarter, fast-growing demand. Galtronics continues to develop and add products for its innovative DAS antennas portfolio covering in-building, outdoor, stadium and other large venue applications.

"The company’s high-quality, high-performance antennas have been successfully deployed in many locations around the world after receiving approvals from leading carriers in North America for use on their mobile network infrastructures,” said Ben Bar, executive VP, Sales and Marketing for Galtronics.

Galtronics’ expanded production lines include complete testing capabilities for Passive Intermodulation (PIM) interference and the Voltage Standing Wave Radio (VSWR). In addition, all Galtronics DAS antennas have a unique serial number for quality assurance purposes and full traceability during the production process and thereafter.

ETEL offers an ironless line of linear motors

SCHAUMBURG, USA: ETEL presented its line of ironless high-speed linear motors, the ILF and the ILM series. Built for use in the semiconductor and electronics industry, this line of ironless linear motors adds to the wide range of motors and solutions that ETEL provides to those industries and beyond.

Of particular importance to the semiconductor and electronics industries, the ILF and ILM series utilize an iron-free coil design which guarantees zero-attraction force between the carriage and the magnetic way ensuring a perfectly smooth motion along its length of travel with absolutely no force ripple.

The ILF is a smaller-sized motor perfectly suited for very high dynamic and low-moving mass applications, while the ILM is a more powerful version of the ILF and has an option to be air-cooled to increase its continuous force output. ETEL's ironless motors are optimal for every process in the semiconductor industry from lithography inspection, dicing, bonding, and PCB manufacturing, along with any of the testing processes.

Outside of that, they are also ideal for scanning applications and other areas where high-speed stability is required. Their very low mass also makes these motors very well suited for high-dynamic applications.

Each of ETEL's ironless motors come in a variety of lengths and heights which offer different degrees of forces and also share the same profile so that one is interchangeable with the other. They are also able to reach speeds of up to 20 m/s and reach a peak force of up to 2,500 N.

Friday, October 10, 2014

LED efficacy now exceeds highest linear fluorescent efficacy

WORCESTER, USA: Access Fixtures reports that LEDs, such as those used in LED high bay luminaires, now achieve 140 lumens per watt, exceeding the highest linear fluorescent efficacy.

The industry standard to date for high bay applications has been T5HO or T8, which emit 100 and 110 lumens per watt, respectively. The difference in LED luminaire efficacy vs. T5 and T8 efficacy is expected to expand as LED technology advances.

"T5 and T8 have been the industry standard for lighting offices, warehouses and retail spaces, but that industry standard is now challenged by LED technology," said Access Fixtures CEO, Steven Rothschild.

"While the price of LED is still higher in many instances, it should be compared to linear fluorescent in all applications as the efficacy is higher, the life is longer, most are dimmable, and they don't contain mercury."

Beyond efficacy, LED offers significant additional benefits. LED lasts longer. Many Access Fixtures LED luminaires are rated at LM70 at 100,000 hours as opposed to linear fluorescent, which is typically rated for 30,000 hours of life. LEDs are not affected by frequent on and off cycles and are usually dimmable, making them more compatible with controls such as occupancy sensors and photocells for daylight harvesting.

Also, LEDs do not contain mercury and do not require special recycling at every relamping. To learn more about the benefits of LED v. linear fluorescent for your application, be sure to speak with an Access Fixtures lighting specialist.

IFI solid state pulse amplifier performs 600 V/m radar pulse radiated immunity testing

RONKONKOMA, USA: Instruments for Industry (IFI), a unit of AMETEK Compliance Test Solutions, now offers a dual-mode, solid-state amplifier that combines continuous (CW) and pulse (P) operating modes. The new S31-500-900P amplifier has been optimized for performing 600 V/m radar pulse radiated immunity testing in the 0.8 GHz to 3.1 GHz band.

This IFI amplifier has a 500 W continuous rating along with the ability to deliver more than 900 W in the pulse mode. IFI is a leading developer of instrumentation and systems for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) emission and immunity testing.

Ideal for labs and many automotive OEMs, the unit offers a peak power rating that allows it to generate a 600 V/m test with either high gain narrow band antennas or a single wide band antenna. When used with narrow band antennas, the S31-500-900P has sufficient power to allow over-testing for increased confidence or to provide greater coverage of the EUT to reduce testing time.

These dual-mode amplifiers use proven GaN technology that allows the units to combine high power P and CW operation in broadband frequency ranges for automotive, high intensity RF and general testing markets.

Mouser stocks Analog Devices AD9625 12‑bit ADC evaluation board with 2.5Gsps

TAIWAN: Mouser Electronics Inc. is now stocking the AD9625 12‑bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) Evaluation Board from Analog Devices Inc (ADI).

The ADI AD9625 12‑bit ADC captures data at 2.5 billion samples per second (2.5Gsps), boasts an analog input bandwidth of 3.2GHz, and can sample analog signals up through the 2nd Nyquist zone.

The Analog Devices AD9625 Evaluation Board, available from Mouser, is required to begin designing with the AD9625 12‑bit ADC, which targets extremely demanding high speed signal sampling applications, including directly sampling RF signals. The AD9625 is a pipelined ADC.

The pipelined architecture permits the first stage to operate on a new input sample and the remaining stages to operate on the preceding samples. Sampling occurs on the rising edge of the clock, and built-in synchronization capability allows synchronized timing between multiple devices. The AD9625 has digital processing blocks to continuously track and correct any internal errors that occur at any pipeline stage, ensuring continuous performance over various operating conditions.

An on-chip buffer and amplifier simplifies board design by reducing external components. An SPI interface allows configuration of many of the ADC options including power down modes, selecting the internal or external voltage references, gain, offset calibration values, and enabling the internal temperature sensor.

The AD9625 provides JESD204B-based high-speed serialized outputs that are configurable in one, two, four, six-lane, or eight-lane arrangements. This ADI device is specified over the industrial temperature range of −40°C to +85°C.

TE Connectivity completes acquisition of Measurement Specialties

SCHAFFHAUSEN, SWITZERLAND: TE Connectivity Ltd announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Measurement Specialties Inc.

Measurement Specialties, a leading global designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems, offers a broad portfolio of sensor technologies including pressure, vibration, force, temperature, humidity, ultrasonics, position and fluid, for a wide range of applications and industries.

"The acquisition of Measurement Specialties establishes TE as a leader in the very attractive high-growth sensor market," said Tom Lynch, TE Connectivity chairman and CEO.

"TE's leadership in the connectivity market combined with Measurement Specialties' broad sensor portfolio provides our customers with the broadest range of connectivity and sensor solutions in the industry. The acquisition of Measurement Specialties expands TE's sensor business significantly, and builds on our strength in harsh environment applications. We look forward to offering our customers the most innovative solutions for their connectivity and sensor needs, and welcoming the talented team from Measurement Specialties to TE."  

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pasternack debuts new line of high power linear RF amplifiers

IRVINE, USA: Pasternack Enterprises Inc. announced the release of eight new high power linear amplifiers that provide accurate signal amplification across a multitude of commercial and defense applications such as communications, radar and sensors, test instrumentation, telecom infrastructure, fixed microwave backhaul, commercial two-way radio, and many others.

These GaAs PHEMT MMIC-based amplifiers operate from 0.8 GHz to 9.5 GHz and can be used as high power output amplifiers or driver amplifiers depending upon the system architecture.

Pasternack’s new high power RF amplifiers provide a choice of gain levels, frequency ranges, power outputs, and exhibit gain performance ranging from 19 dB to 32.5 dB. These amps also offer competitive gain flatness from ±0.5 dB to ±2 dB and excellent third order intercept levels (IP3) from 38.5 dBm to 47 dBm.

The company’s linear RF amplifiers are offered in various frequency ranges with optimized performance over the pertinent range and are specially designed to ensure the robustness of the modules and ease of use through features such as mounting holes in the body of the aluminum enclosure which assures a more effective heat dissipation path.

The superior performance of Pasternack’s high power amplifiers is achieved through using GaAs PHEMP MMIC circuitry along with advanced hybrid integration techniques. The amplifiers are fully matched internally for input and output at 50 ohms which eliminates the customers’ need for any sensitive external RF tuning components. All of the new amplifiers are rated for operation over a -55°C to +85°C temperature range.

Mouser speeds design with launch of MultiSIM BLUE, powered by NI

TAIWAN: Mouser Electronics announced the global release of MultiSIM BLUE, the NI Multisim Component Evaluator Mouser Edition.

The global distributor of electronic components is introducing the new, all-in-one circuit simulation tool, complete with integrated PCB layout and Bill of Materials (BOM). It allows you to scheme, simulate, PCB design, BOM export and purchase with one powerful integrated tool.

Available via free download on, MultiSIM BLUE enables engineers to design and simulate circuits before laying them out in physical prototypes.

MultiSIM BLUE adds features and functionality to provide engineers with an industry-standard SPICE simulation environment of electronic circuits using Mouser’s distributed components, including the newest in analog and mixed signal ICs, passive components, discrete semiconductors, power management ICs, connectors, and electromechanical components.

Engineers can now visualize and evaluate linear performance, making this critical step of circuit design easier, faster and far more productive.

Simulation is driven by the same advanced parser technology as NI Multisim software with support from BSIM and other advanced parameters. With MultiSIM BLUE, engineers can easily create schematics, simulate circuits and build printed circuit board layouts, thanks to a fully integrated tool chain. Part selection is made easy with BOM export to cart purchase capabilities.

Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi Pi plate for Raspberry Pi shipping worldwide

IRVINE, USA: Lantronix Inc. announced the worldwide availability of its xPico Wi-Fi Pi Plate expansion board -- which enables the easy integration of the Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi device server with the popular Raspberry Pi single board computer.

"The Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi Pi Plate for Raspberry Pi is the only expansion board that supports direct connectivity between smartphones/tablets and the Pi, while simultaneously allowing communication with cloud services," said Vishal Kakkad, director of product marketing for Lantronix.

"Whether you're a developer, design engineer, students, professor, or hobbyist -- the new xPico Wi-Fi Pi Plate allows you to focus on your main applications, without having to worry about wireless stack integration and wireless connectivity management. With this offering, design engineers and customers are able to leverage Lantronix core enterprise-class products and technologies for their prototype or hobby designs that rely on the Raspberry Pi."

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mercury Systems to define new RF and microwave standard with OpenRFM

CHELMSFORD, USA: Mercury Systems Inc. has launched the OpenRFM standards initiative designed to streamline the integration of RF and digital subsystems in advanced sensor processing applications with the goal of creating more affordable, flexible and open standards-based solutions.

This initiative will directly address Department of Defense (DoD) procurement mandates including open systems architecture, interoperability, technology re-use and affordability.

"RF and microwave technologies have been part of the underlying fabrics of critical defense applications for generations, yet little progress has been made to date in standardizing these technologies in order to meet the DoD's directives around affordability and open system architectures," explained Dr. Ian Dunn, VP of Mercury's Embedded Products group.

"In 2009, Mercury, with strong participation from other industry players and the defense contracting community, drove the creation of the OpenVPX industry standard, helping to standardize embedded computing within defense electronics. We are now seeing a similar need for standardization in RF and microwave systems for EW and SIGINT. As a result, we are launching OpenRFM, an initiative created specifically to address the RF and microwave integration challenges our customers have told us they face."

A standards-based, modular open architecture, OpenRFM provides state-of-the-art design, test, and control practices for interfacing RF and digital subsystems in an embedded architecture, such as OpenVPX.

It enables seamless integration of RF and microwave elements within electronic warfare (EW) and signals intelligence (SIGINT) sensor processing chains by standardizing electromechanical and thermal interfaces, software and control plane protocols. Its modular approach coupled with system management capabilities helps drive design flexibility, solution scalability and technology re-use across applications and platforms.

As a result, OpenRFM enables prime contractors and the DoD to develop and deploy new or existing EW and SIGINT applications more effectively and affordably.

Advanced packaging technologies changing LED manufacturing supply chain

LYON, FRANCE: Last month, Yole Développement (Yole) announced the update of its technology and market analysis, LED Packaging Technology & Market Trends. Under this new report, the research market and strategy consulting company highlights the impact of advanced packaging technologies in the LED industry.

“The combination of cost reduction and advanced packaging technologies such as Flip Chip and Chip Scale Package, is changing the LED industry landscape, especially its supply chain,” announced Yole.

For example, introduction of Chip Scale Package solution clearly reduces the number of manufacturing steps: today, some LED chip manufacturers, with Chip Scale Package technology already supply their products to the LED module makers directly.

Yole’s report represents a comprehensive survey on recent trends regarding LED Packaging including Flip Chip LED, Chip Scale Package, LED Filament Lamp. It describes associated technological breakthroughs and manufacturing process, provides also a list of key players involved.

Microchip unveils three-phase BLDC motor gate drivers

USA: Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, has added two new three-phase brushless DC (BLDC) motor gate drivers with integrated power module, LIN transceiver and sleep mode – the MCP8025 and MCP8026 (MCP8025/6).

These devices can power a broad range of Microchip's dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs) and PIC® Microcontrollers (MCUs), complementing their control algorithms by driving MOSFETs, sensing current, preventing short circuits, outputting zero crosses, controlling dead time and blanking time, and monitoring for fault conditions such as over/under-voltage, over-temperature and other thermal warnings.

This combination enables Microchip to provide a complete motor control and drive solution for a broad range of automotive and industrial applications. Additionally, the new drivers' 150 degrees Celsius ambient temperature, low sleep current of 5 µA (typ.) and LIN transceiver make them particularly well suited for automotive designs, such as those that operate under the hood (e.g., pumps and HVAC blowers) or need to reduce key-off power consumption.

The on-chip LIN transceiver is compliant with the LIN Bus 2.1 and SAE J2602 standards, as well as the previous-generation LIN 1.X standards.

According to IMS Research, motor-based applications are moving from brushed to brushless, with the CAGR for BLDC motors projected to be twice that of the overall motor market. The MCP8025/6 are highly integrated brushless motor drivers that reduce the resources needed from the MCU or DSC used for control, thus lowering both component counts and overall BOM costs while providing maximum design flexibility.

For example, these drivers integrate a LIN transceiver, voltage regulator, op amp and over-current comparator, along with configurable housekeeping functions. Battery-powered or energy-efficient motor applications in the industrial and automotive sectors can benefit from the combination of their 5 µA (typ.) Sleep mode, as well as the drivers' low-power standby mode, which enables them to act as either Master or Slave.

Additionally, the MCP8025/6's adjustable buck regulator is among the industry's most efficient for stepping down from 12V supplies to power 3V and 5V MCUs.

LED Nobel Prize invention leads to $17.7 billion market and 250,000+ jobs

LONDON, ENGLAND: The 2014 Nobel Prize for physics awarded to three physicists for their invention of blue light-emitting diodes (LED) led to a significant breakthrough and paved the way for the creation of white light—a cleaner, more energy-efficient and longer-lasting source of illumination that also has generated a multibillion-dollar market and the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs, according to IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).

Following the invention of blue LEDs by Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, white light could finally be achieved—either through a combination with previously invented red and green LEDs; or as more commonly seen today, by adding a yellow phosphor layer over the blue LED. Without blue diodes, white light could not be produced.

Since the trailblazing invention of blue LEDs in the early 1990s the LED component market has flourished, reaching an estimated $17.7 billion in 2013, as shown in the attached figure, and supporting more than 250,000 jobs in the industry. The overall market would be even bigger if it included all the LED downstream markets, such as lighting, displays, signage, consumer electronics and even Christmas lights.

William Rhodes, research manager for LEDs and lighting at IHS, said that the invention of Akasaki, Amano and Nakamura was a game-changer.

“Before the invention of blue LEDs, the market was mainly focused on indicator lights in toys, industrial and automotive applications,” Rhodes observed. “Since then the market has evolved with more than 90 percent of all displays sold this year backlit by LEDs, and LEDs will account for 32 percent of all bulb sales and revenue in 2014.”

The LED lighting market is poised for strong growth in the next five to 10 years with energy-hungry technologies being systematically banned across the world. In particular, consumers and business owners alike are increasingly looking for energy-efficient lighting for their homes and offices to replace energy hogs such as incandescent bulbs, which can use as much as six times the amount of electricity compared to LEDs.

All of this would not be possible without the ground-breaking work of this year’s Nobel Prize physics winners Akasaki, Amano and Nakamura, Rhodes said.

TI simplifies low-power MCU development with non-volatile FRAM, flexible on-chip LCD controller and abundant I/O

DALLAS, USA: Texas Instruments (TI) announced the lowest-power MCUs with an on-chip LCD controller within a new family of ultra-low-power MSP430 microcontrollers (MCUs) and a new low-cost LaunchPad rapid prototyping kit that provide all the advantages of non-volatile FRAM in a small memory footprint.

The new MSP430FR4x/FR2x MCUs include 60 capacitive-touch-enabled general-purpose input/output (GPIO) pins so developers can create flexible ultra-low-power products for home automation systems, household appliances, remote controls, energy harvesting applications and many more.

The MSP430FR4x series rounds out TI's portfolio of ultra-low-power MCUs with integrated LCD support on-chip. The new MCU featured on the MSP-EXP430FR4133 LaunchPad kit includes a segmented LCD driver with software-configurable LCD pins to enable quick and easy hardware layout and an integrated charge pump that allows the LCD contrast level to be maintained even when the MCU is in low-power modes.

The LCD controller can drive up to 256 segments to support large displays used in panel meters and portable health and fitness equipment. TI's continued focus on ultra-low-power consumption enabled the development of the MSP430FR4x devices, which are the lowest-power MCUs with LCD in the industry. The MSP430FR4133 LaunchPad is immediately available so developers can jump start LCD-based designs quickly.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Heraeus Celcion products earn UL recognition

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, USA: Heraeus Precious Metals, a world leader in industrial precious specialty metals and technology, announced that its Celcion material system – including a dielectric, conductor, and solder mask – has been certified and received recognition status by Underwriter Laboratories (UL®, a global, independent, and non-profit product safety testing and certification organization.

“UL’s recognition gives customers the assurance that our Celcion material system meets the stringent safety and performance requirements of thermal circuit technology,” said Mark Challingsworth, Technology director, within Heraeus Precious Metals’ Electronics Materials Division - Business Unit Circuits & Components.

“Passing the certification test and meeting UL’s industry standard for flammability testing is the ultimate seal of approval. Knowing that the system has passed UL’s stringent testing; our customers can feel confident using the Celcion system in their LED thermal substrate applications.”

As a result of the successful completion of testing by UL, Heraeus Celcion has proven reliable, safe and as a highly effective alternative to traditional metal core printed circuit board (MCPCB) manufacturing. Heraeus Celcion® passed some of the most rigorous tests in the industry to gain UL’s recognitions, including:

* Recognition of Materials for use in fabricating UL recognized printed wiring boards.
* Recognition for Solder Resist for physical, electrical, flammability, thermal, and other properties of the materials.

Intersil announces high efficiency buck-boost and boost+bypass switching regulators

MILPITAS, USA: Intersil Corp. announced five new additions to the ISL911xx family of market leading buck-boost and boost switching regulators, optimized to support system power supplies and peripherals such as Wi-Fi or 3G/4G RF power amplifiers.

Intersil's proprietary four-switch buck-boost architecture extends battery life by enabling industry leading efficiency of up to 96 percent and providing smooth transitions from buck to boost to prevent glitches and noise in smartphones, tablets and other single-cell lithium ion (Li-ion) or Li-polymer battery systems.

The ISL9110x buck-boost regulator family is capable of working with the ultra-small inductors and capacitors to fit within less than 14mm2 board footprint, making them the ideal 2A switching converter solution for space-constrained mobile devices.

The advanced wafer-level CSP package requires only a single inductor and very few external components, which minimizes overall space requirements. The ISL911xx regulators' 2.5MHz switching frequency further reduces the power supply solution size.

The new ISL91106 and ISL91107 buck-boost regulators offer a wide input range (1.8V – 5.5V) and integrated 3.6A switches that deliver up to 2x faster transient response than the closest competitor. This enables mobile devices to handle large current bursts from spikes in power consumption without significant output disturbance.

The 2A output buck-boost converters permit reliable system operation under all load conditions, and enable higher efficiency power supplies that occupy less PCB space. Unlike competing buck-boost regulators, when input is close to output the product automatically transitions between bypass and buck-boost operating modes without output disturbance. This maximizes the power efficiency of the system.

The ISL91106 also includes a selectable forced bypass function for sleep mode or an ultra-low-power mode that permits the system to stay alive with nearly zero quiescent current.

Fluke Calibration 6003A three phase electrical power source combines three independent phases in one device

EVERETT, USA: Fluke Calibration introduced the 6003A Three Phase Electrical Power Source, a cost-effective instrument that provides the superior accuracy and performance of three independent phases in one compact device.

The 6003A is accurate enough for calibration laboratories, with specifications of plus-or-minus 0.038 percent for power and plus-or-minus 0.01 degree for phase. Its compact form factor also makes it easy to transport and maintain in manufacturing companies, electric utility meter shops, and other organizations that manufacture, maintain, and calibrate power meters, energy meters, power quality analyzers, and similar tools.

The 6003A delivers the accuracy and features found in more expensive three-phase systems. It provides three independent phases of precise voltage and current. It also sources power quality phenomena, including harmonics, interharmonics, and dip/swell variations. It includes measurement capabilities for dc voltage, dc resistance, and frequency for measuring outputs from power and energy transducers.

Because it's a single instrument, the 6003A is easier to transport to test workloads in situ, takes up less bench space, and is more cost effective to maintain than multi-piece units. Its graphical user interface enables users to set up complex harmonic signals quickly and easily. It also makes the instrument remarkably easy to learn and use, so new users become productive quickly.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Start connecting with Microchip Bluetooth starter kit from Mouser

TAIWAN: Mouser Electronics Inc., is now stocking the DM320018 PIC32 Bluetooth Starter Kit from Microchip Technology.

The DM320018 is a low cost Bluetooth development platform based on the 32-bit Microchip PIC32MX270F256D microcontroller. This easy to use starter kit features a Bluetooth HCI module, single-chip 3‑axis accelerometer and temperature sensor, high output multi-color LED, and two USB connectors.

The new Microchip M320018 PIC32 Bluetooth Starter Kit, available from Mouser Electronics, provides everything needed for building a low power Bluetooth project. The kit includes a dual-mode Bluetooth HCI module that supports Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0 BLE.

Common Bluetooth profiles are supported including HS/HF, A2DP, AVRCP, OPP, DUN, and SPP. The starter kit supports Bluetooth Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) and can transmit at up to 3 Mbits/sec. A USB Type-A connector interfaces to a host computer for programming and debug support. A USB mini-B connector can also be used for debugging the development board. The kit includes all schematics and a complete Bill of Materials (BOM).

Five on-board push buttons can be user-programmed to provide application functions. A Microchip PIC24 microcontroller provides dedicated support for USB interfacing and on-board debugging. A single-chip 3‑axis accelerometer with temperature sensor can be read by the PIC32 microcontroller and the data sent to a Bluetooth connected smartphone.

The starter kit includes demonstration code and examples for enabling SPP full-duplex data transmission that allows the starter kit to interface with many Bluetooth-enabled devices such as smart phones and tablet PCs. The starter kit provides interfaces for full debug and programming capabilities and can be powered by either USB port.

Optionally, the starter kit board may be coupled with an expansion daughter board by a header interface connector. The kit comes pre-programmed with Bluetooth SPP full‑duplex data transmission demo firmware.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Newark element14 becomes first enablement services partner for ARM mbed platform

CHICAGO, USA: Newark element14 has been announced as the first third-party services partner for mbed, the development platform that allows developers to quickly create products based on ARM microcontrollers.

The partnership will bring the ARM development platform and tools to a much wider range of boards and products, with Newark element14 working alongside customers to train engineers and designers.

The mbed platform provides free software libraries, hardware designs and online tools for professional rapid prototyping of products based on ARM microcontrollers. It includes a standards-based C/C++ SDK, a microcontroller HDK and supported development boards, and online compiler and online developer collaboration tools.

As a services partner, mbed will train engineers within Newark element14’s wholly-owned subsidiary EMbest, to use the hardware and enable mbed’s delivery regardless of platform and existing software. With its popular element14 online community and expertise at every stage of the design cycle, Newark element14 is an ideal partner for mbed.

“Newark element14 is the first services provider to the ARM mbed developer community and proof of the new range of opportunity this rapidly-expanding ecosystem offers,” said Simon Ford, director of platforms, IoT business, ARM. “element14’s large online community provides engineers and companies with expertise at every stage of the design cycle. This shared knowledge will help expand the mbed community and accelerate successful deployment of Internet of Things devices.”

Through its embedded design expertise at Embest and AVID Technologies, Newark element14 will also be offering customers the option to include mbed as part of new and existing products. This will open up the full range of development boards to mbed, allowing engineers to quickly and easily get closer to the chip functionality and to utilize ARM design tools.

“This is the latest in a series of key partnerships with some of the biggest names in the electronics industry, all of which give our customers access to the best product and services including software development tools,” said David Shen, CTO at Premier Farnell. “mbed is a rapidly growing platform and one that is particularly relevant for applications in the IoT space. We’ve been working on some really exciting projects in this area that will be announced in due course.”

Victron Energy launches battery balancer

ALMERE HAVEN, THE NETHERLANDS: Victron Energy, a leading Dutch power solutions provider, has launched its new battery balancer.

Not all batteries are created equal, and when multiple batteries are combined to create one large battery bank, the small differences between the batteries can cause problems that substantially shorten the life time.

The battery balancer prevents this by actively correcting the imbalance. Besides correcting, it is also equipped with an alarm function to give a warning in case of a large deviation. Its stunning simplicity and effectiveness is the result of Victron Energy's extensive experience and knowledge, gained whilst working with both conventional and lithium batteries.

Batteries can be used in both series strings and series/parallel banks, be they 24 V, 48 V or sometimes higher voltages. When using a series string or series/parallel bank to create differing voltages and Ah ratings from individual 12 Volt batteries, you can end up with a variance in terminal voltages on each battery. This will cause the batteries to become unbalanced.

This situation is often made even worse by the seemingly ever increasing demands on batteries, to run power hungry equipment. The consequence of all this is that an expensive string or bank can fail prematurely, which is costly in both time and money. Correcting and preventing battery imbalance with the Victron battery balancer is the answer to extending the lifetime of batteries.

DVIGear launches DisplayPort cables supporting 4K / 60Hz

MARIETTA, USA: DVIGear, a leading manufacturer of digital connectivity products, has announced the introduction and immediate availability of High Resolution™ DisplayPort Copper Cables.

These cables are designed to transport DisplayPort signals with bit rates up to 21.6 Gbps. over cable lengths of up to 15 meters (~ 50 ft.). These cables support uncompressed DisplayPort resolutions up to 4096x2160 / 60 Hz.

Long distance transport of high resolution DisplayPort signals over copper cables must overcome several challenges, such as insertion loss, differential skew and jitter. Insertion loss is caused by cable capacitance, which acts as a low-pass filter, blocking higher frequency signal components from passing. Skew occurs when the differential DisplayPort signals get delayed and become out of phase as they pass over a long cable.

Both factors contribute to increased digital jitter, which degrades the performance of the cable. This jitter becomes more severe with higher resolutions, higher bit rates and longer cable distances. Conventional cables that support lower resolutions at short distances are often unable to support the data rates required by higher resolutions at longer distances. The resulting video can be disrupted by visual artifacts or may not be visible at all.

To overcome these challenges, DVIGear's HR™ Series DisplayPort Cables are constructed using heavy gauge 24AWG copper wires that provide superior ruggedness and durability.

The heavier wire gauge has increased cross-sectional cable area, as well as decreased capacitance and lower differential skew, which allows high speed signals to pass with minimal jitter. These features enable cable lengths of up to 15 meters (~ 50 ft.) with full compliance with DisplayPort 1.2 signal parameters.

Take control with PiFace and SHIM accessories for Raspberry Pi

CHICAGO, USA: Newark element14 and the team that designed the PiFace have launched a new series of exclusive Raspberry Pi accessories and the PiFace Digital 2 – an update to the popular PiFace Digital Control & Display.

Compatible with the recently launched Raspberry Pi model B+, the PiFace Digital 2 helps to sense and control real world applications. It is a simple and easy way to connect switches, lights, motors and more to the Raspberry Pi, allowing PiFace to interface with the world around it. The PiFace Digital 2 includes components like relays, switches, and digital and analog I/O that will allow it to be controlled by the Raspberry Pi board.

Going portable with PiFace Control and Display 2 means there is no need for a monitor, keyboard or mouse. It includes a character display and controls the Raspberry Pi with onboard buttons or with an IR remote control. The PiFace Control and Display 2 is ideal for Xbox Media Center (XBMC) servers, Internet radios or in other Raspberry Pi applications, and an improved LCDproc open source software keeps track of the system’s performance.

The SHIM RTC (Real Time Clock) is the new accessory from PiFace which adds additional functionality without sacrificing Raspberry Pi GPIO. It is achieved with a uniquely designed thin layer PCB and pin-through holes, enabling it to sit on top of the Raspberry Pi, and has enough space for additional add-on accessories. The SHIM accessories also allow users to add on an RTC clock and extend Raspberry Pi GPIOs.

SHIM RTC means the Pi can keep track of the current time with accuracy without using up the GPIO header, an easy plug-and-play integration and development tool for designs and applications requiring timestamps. A back-up battery can also be used to ensure on-going timekeeping in power-down situations.

The SHIM Adapter is a Raspberry Pi GPIO extender, making it easy to connect additional add-on accessories, work with breadboards, attach wires or easily access pin testing all at the same time. With one set of holes placed over the Raspberry Pi headers the other set of holes on the SHIM Adapter can accommodate header pins and wires to support the users’ application without covering up the header pins for additional add on boards.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Imaging industry now entering maturing phase

LYON, FRANCE: “The last months have been very active in term of mergers and acquisitions in the CMOS image sensor (CIS) business,” comments Yole Développement (Yole).

The market research and strategy consulting company, Yole will present its vision of the Imaging industry at the Imaging Conference, “Imaging without Limits”, an ancillary event of SEMICON Europa 2014.

“More M&A are coming, as several second tier companies are now threaten by the first mover’s acquisitions, especially in the automotive and medical applications,” says Pierre Cambou, Activity leader, Imaging at Yole Développement.

ParkerVision launches operational amplifier product line

JACKSONVILLE, USA: ParkerVision Inc. has introduced the PVOA20x series of operational amplifiers.

The launch product in this series is the PVOA201, a 165 MHz ultra-low power, low noise, fully-differential operational amplifier. The PVOA201 maintains low noise figures and high sensitivity in baseband gain and filtering applications, mating modulators and demodulators with analog/digital converters.

The PVOA201 is also an ideal candidate for wireless sensors, low power data-acquisition systems, and other devices, particularly those deployed in the Internet of Things market, where ultra-low noise, low power dissipation and a wide bandwidth are important. The device allows easy translation from single-ended signals to differential signals on the input or on the output.

Takeoff designing with TI MSP-EXP430FR5969 LaunchPad evaluation kit now at Mouser

TAIWAN: Mouser Electronics Inc. is now stocking the MSP-EXP430FR5969 LaunchPad Evaluation Kit from Texas Instruments (TI).

This new TI LaunchPad is an easy-to-use rapid-prototyping kit for TI’s MSP430FR5969 microcontroller featuring 64KBytes of FRAM (Ferroelectric Random Access Memory). FRAM is a nonvolatile memory known for its low power, high endurance, and fast write access. The onboard MSP430FR5969 16-bit microcontroller supports speeds up to 16MHz and has integrated peripherals for communication, ADC, timers, and AES encryption.

TI MSP-EXP430FR5969 LaunchPad Evaluation Kit, available from Mouser, provides a simple user interface through on-board buttons and LEDs, and includes a 0.1mF super capacitor (SuperCap) that allows standalone applications to operate without an external power supply.

The user interface enables two modes: the first mode is a live temperature mode, where data is measured using the on-chip temperature sensor of the MCU and streamed back to the user interface through the backchannel UART.

The second mode demonstrates the data logging capabilities of the MCUs’ 64KB of embedded, non-volatile FRAM, by disconnecting it from the computer and using the on-board super capacitor for power. The included 16-bit MSP430FR5969 MCU supports CPU speeds up to 16MHz, and has integrated peripherals for communication, ADC, timers, AES encryption and more.

Additional features of the MSP-EXP430FR5969 LaunchPad Kit include an onboard eZ‑FET emulation with EnergyTrace++ Technology that enables developers to analyze power consumption down to 5nA resolution in real time for each peripheral.

To allow for rapid prototyping, the kit also features a 20-pin LaunchPad standard that leverages the BoosterPack ecosystem. TI’s BoosterPack enables technologies such as wireless connectivity, graphical displays, and environmental sensing.

AVX expands partnership with Modelithics

GREENVILLE, USA: AVX Corp. has expanded its partnership with Modelithics, the leading RF/Microwave simulation model provider, with the addition of 45 new Modelithics substrate scalable equivalent circuit models.

Designed to speed up design decisions and circuit level optimizations when used in combination with the industry's leading electronic design automation tools, including Keysight Advanced Design System (ADS), Keysight Genesys, and NI AWR Microwave Office, highly accurate, substrate scalable models are now available for AVX thin film couplers, multilayer organic (MLO) diplexers, and a variety of RF/Microwave capacitors and inductors.

Component models now available in the Modelithics System Level Component Library (SLC) include AVX's family of thin film RF/microwave directional couplers and its MLO diplexers for WLAN/BT, CDMA, WCDMA, WLAN, and WLAN/BT wireless standards.

RLC component families now available as Microwave Global Models in the Modelithics CLR Library include Accu-P thin film chip capacitors for RF signal and power applications, Accu-L SMD high Q RF inductors, UQ Series high Q/ultra low ESR microwave MLCCs, SQ Series ultra low ESR microwave MLCCs, GX Series ultra broadband capacitors, MLO capacitors, and tight tolerance, high current, and high Q MLO inductors.

Newark element14 announces global agreement with RECOM Power

CHICAGO, USA: Newark element14 has added RECOM Power, an innovative leader in the manufacture and distribution of power converters and switching regulators, as one of its global power supply partners. The partnership comes as a welcome extension to an already successful partnership in Asia via element14.

“Over the past decade, RECOM has invested heavily in product development, quality and in expanding its global footprint,” said Jimmy Seifert, SVP, product, supplier, asset and pricing at Newark element14. “After working with them in Asia Pacific, we’re very excited to expand our RECOM offering to customers in Europe and the Americas.”

“We are excited about the opportunity to extend our Asian franchise with Premier Farnell to EMEA and to the Americas via Newark element14,” said Karsten Bier, CEO at RECOM. “Premier Farnell’s global footprint now matches ours, and this gives us the utmost confidence that our mutual end customers all over the world will benefit from having Premier Farnell servicing their power requirements.”

Newark element14 will stock hundreds of RECOM Power products including a large selection of DC/DC and AC/DC converters, switching regulators and LED drivers. These products can be purchased with guaranteed same-day shipping at

TI's 450-V linear controller simplifies offline LED lighting design

DALLAS, USA: Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced a 450-V linear controller that simplifies current regulation of high-voltage LED strings.

The TPS92410 controller integrates a multiplier and tunable phase dimmer detection, as well as analog dimming inputs and drive circuit protection functions to ease design of downlights, fixtures and lamps powered from an offline AC or conventional DC power source.

The TPS92410 operates over a wide 9.5-V to 450-V input voltage range and functions as a standalone high-voltage LED string current regulator or pairs with TI's TPS92411 floating switch to provide power in mains AC linear direct drive applications.

Together, the TPS92410 and TPS92411 feature driver and LED circuit protection while providing an inductor-free, low LED current ripple lighting solution. The TPS92410 includes an analog dimming input pin with LED shutoff to provide easy light intensity control in intelligent, MCU-based light fixtures using the ultra-low-power MSP430F5172 microcontroller or SimpleLink™ ZigBee CC2530 wireless MCU.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fluke delivers world's first cloud-connected cable certification tool

ANAHEIM, USA: At the BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition, Fluke Networks unveiled LinkWare™ Live, the first cloud-based service that enables contractors, cable installers and project managers using the Versiv™ family of certification testers to upload, manage, and analyze certification test results from cabling projects—anytime, anywhere.

LinkWare Live works with DSX-5000™, OptiFiber Pro, and CertiFiber Pro certification testers to optimize project management and safeguard contractor profitability by providing real-time access to testing results, extending support to technicians in the field, and eliminating costly truck rolls simply for tester transport back to the office. LinkWare Live is a free service available to all Versiv customers.

According to recent Fluke Networks surveys of more than 1,000 cable installers (who had collectively installed approximately 1 million links in the previous month), poor test results management creates a significant drag on productivity and profitability:

* Eighty-three percent reported having one or more test results management issues in the month prior to the survey.
* The average time contractors spent dealing with test result issues in a single month was 15.2 hours—nearly two full workdays, not including the hours required to get the test results back to the office for analyzing and reporting.
* Half of the respondents said it would be beneficial to access project status information from any location.

FCI intros BarKlip cable I/O

SINGAPORE: FCI announced the release of the BarKlip I/O power connector.

The BarKlip I/O connector, rated for up to 200Amps/contact per UL & CSA criteria, offers improved electrical performance and long-term reliability compared with alternative designs.

Designed to meet the Open Compute (OCP) Power Distribution Architecture Standard, the connector is designed to connect with a system rack bar to achieve a direct pluggable connection to an uninsulated busbar. The connection generates low energy loss with a maximum resistance of only 0.2mOhms per contact.

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The available wire range is 14AWG to 2AWG, allowing users to define the wire gauge and length flexibly in terms of actual requirement.  The BarKlip I/O Connector is designed to operate between -40°C and 125°C.

Get next bright idea with Intel Edison available from Mouser

TAIWAN: Mouser Electronics Inc., is now shipping the Intel® Edison, a small yet powerful Intel computer about the size of a postage stamp.

The Edison is designed to lower the barriers to entry for the next generation of consumer products by providing a full-featured, low-power computer in a form-factor small enough to fit almost anywhere.

The new Intel Edison, available from Mouser Electronics, is powered by a 22-nm Intel Atom SoC that includes a dual-core, dual-threaded CPU running at 500Mhz and a 32-bit Quark MCU running at 100Mhz. With the Edison, Intel has taken innovation to the next level by including an unheard of feature set in a small form factor.

Measuring only 35.5 x 25 x 3.7mm, the Intel Edison includes 1GByte of RAM, 4Gbytes of Flash and supports dual-band 801.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth 4.0 and 2.1 EDR. A micro‑USB OTG port is available, and 40 general purpose I/O pins (GPIOs) are exposed via the high density Hirose DF40 connector. The Intel Edison can be powered by a 3.3V to 4.5V power supply and draws only 13mW in standby mode.

Intel Edison will initially support C/C++ with an Arduino® development board, and will later support Node.js, Python, the Viper RTOS and Visual Programming support in the near future.