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EEVblog #1190 – Mailbag Review Bonanza

A look at three major products in this lengthy Mailbag.SPOILERS:LabJack T7-Pro Multifunction DAQ with WiFi, Ethernet, and USB
15:56 Balena Fin Raspberry Pi Compute module industrial computer
29:29 Dodgy truck LED tailight assembly38:00 Joulescope: Precision DC Energy Analyzer Kickstarter
With lengthy discussion on current measurement autoranging.
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Infineon’s CIPOS™ Micro IPM adds IGBT based IM231 series for highest power density

Munich, Germany – 29 March 2019 – Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) is introducing its CIPOS Micro IM231 series, a family of 600 V rated intelligent power modules (IPM). It is qualified for harsh humid environments, passing 1000 hours of high voltage, high temperature and high humidity reverse bias (HV H3TRB) stress testing. For this reason, the energy-efficient IPM suits power appliance motor drives particularly in circulator hydronic pumps, drain pumps for washing machines, dishwashers, and kitchen hoods. Additional applications include air-conditioning fans, refrigerator compressors, and motorized blinds.The CIPOS Micro IM231 series features the latest motor drive TRENCHSTOP6 IGBT and optimized switching characteristics for higher efficiency and low EMI. With 2 kV, this IPM offers the highest UL1557-certified isolation voltage in its class. The series comprises 4 A (IM231-M6S1B, IM231-M6T2B) and 6 A (IM231-L6S1B, IM231-L6T2B) offerings. For best fit, CIPOS Micro IM…

Smart Tech Is A Game Changer Behind The Scenes

Modern digital technology is personified by the likes of smart hubs, phones and quality-of-life devices. Up to 20% of Indians now enjoy a smart home, according to Forbes India, showing just how ready the country is for new innovations in technology to better day-to-day living. While flashy speakers and devices are a first-hand way to display how far technology has come, advanced technology is doing a lot more in the background to make lives easier, starting with the one thing all humans need – breathable air.Managing the heatIndia is a country that experiences scorching temperatures, and so its little wonder that the country is expected to have one billion AC units by 2050, according to the Straits Times. There are just 30 million currently. It’s important to meet this demand while also finding efficiency, and so many AC units now have a SEER rating which provides a measure of their efficiency.To assist further with this, smart tech is already managing temperature; devices like Nest h…

TE Connectivity named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality for third year in a row

Human Rights Campaign Foundation awards TE perfect score of 100 in Corporate Equality IndexSCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland – March 28, 2019 – TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL), a world leader in connectivity and sensors, has once again earned the highest rating on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.The CEI evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. For the third consecutive year, TE has earned a 100 percent ranking on the CEI and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.“This recognition from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is one we take great pride in at TE, as engagement and inclusion are key parts of tea…

Loop-Based Anti-Theft Alarm

Presented here is a triac-based anti-theft alarm circuit using a simple wire loop as sensor. It can be used to protect any device against theft, or as a door opening alarm. Make sure that when the device moves, or the door opens, the sensing loop breaks, too. The author’s prototype is shown in Fig. 1. […]The post Loop-Based Anti-Theft Alarm appeared first on Electronics For You.

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Friday Product Post: On the Edge of Our Seats

It's an exciting Friday New Product Post – the SparkFun Edge Development Board is officially shipping! We also have a brand new LED Driver board, pre-orders on the new Taz Pro 3D Printer, two brand new and top-of-the-line digital flex sensors, and a few little parts for your next project. Your Edge is on the way! added to your cart! SparkFun Edge Development Board - Apollo3 BlueOut of stockDEV-15170The SparkFun Edge Development Board powered by TensorFlow is perfect begin using voice recognition without relying on the ser… $14.95 FavoritedFavorite11Wish List In collaboration with Google and Ambiq, SparkFun's Edge Development Board is based around the newest edge technology, and is perfect for getting your feet wet with voice and gesture recognition, without relying on the distant services of other companies. The magic sauce is in the utilization of Ambiq Micro's latest Apollo3 Blue microcontroller, whose ultra-efficient ARM Cortex-M4F 48MHz (with 96MHz burst mode) processor can …

The Sights and Sounds of Maker Faire Tokyo

There's something about Japan and electronics that go hand and hand, and there may be no better showcase of that than Maker Faire Tokyo.Read more on MAKEThe post The Sights and Sounds of Maker Faire Tokyo appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

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Stewart Connector Expands the USB 3.0 Type-A Connector Offering to Include USB 3.0 Type-A Vertical Connectors

Glen Rock, PA, [March 28, 2019] Stewart Connector, a Bel group company, (NASDAQ: BELFA and BELFB) and world class manufacturer of high-speed connectors used in Data Communications announces the addition to the USB 3.0 Type-A connector product offering with the release of a USB 3.0 Type-A vertical connector.Stewart USB connectors are designed to support data speeds up to 5 Gbps for USB 3.0. The USB Type-A connector design has plug/play capabilities where hot insertion/ejection may occur without issue, under a load. Stewart USB connectors are plated with 30 micro-inches of gold on each contact. USB 3.0 connectors are rated to withstand a peak current of 1.8A per contact. Stewart’s Vertical USB connector is rated for IR Reflow and Wave Soldering process.Stewart’s USB 3.0 connectors are designed to meet the industries increasing demand for economic solutions where space and faster data rates are a premium. These small form factor, very robust and highly reliable USB connectors are used in…

Alps Alpine Develops Force Sensor with High Impact Resistance

Small Size, High Resolution and High Linearity Ideal for Use in Style PensTOKYO, March 28, 2019 – Alps Alpine Co., Ltd., (Tokyo: 6770; CEO: Toshihiro Kuriyama), a manufacturer of high-quality electronic products, has added the HSFPAR004A Force Sensor to its lineup. The sensor enhances impact resistance while maintaining the industry’s smallest size*1 and offers high linearity and high resolution, which makes it ideal for use in stylus pens and other input devices.The HSFPAR004A maintains the features of already existing products for high linearity (<2%FS), high resolution (detects micro force with less than 0.01 N), and small size of 2.00 mm × 1.60 mm × 0.66 mm (W×D×H), while at the same time realizing an improvement in impact resistance of up to 55 N. The sensor offers an operating life of 1,000,000 cycles and is resistant to external magnetic and electric fields.The improved impact resistance of the sensor is achieved with the extension of the actuator diameter of the sensing zon…

Digi-Key Launches a BOM MTBF Prediction Service Empowered by BQR Reliability Digital Solutions

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minnesota, USA – Digi-Key Electronics, a global electronic components distributor, and BQR Reliability Engineering Ltd, a worldwide leader of Reliability and Maintenance Engineering solutions, present a collaboration to deliver a simple yet powerful Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) calculator to support Digi-Key’s global customers.Digi-Key has undertaken this venture to enable efficient and cost-effective use of BQR’s software solution in a SaaS mode to evaluate products’ Bill of Materials (BOM) MTBF.“The new BOM MTBF application will enable Digi-Key customers to easily compare different BOMs MTBF, making sure the design meets the reliability goal early in the design process, before manufacturing,” said Yizhak Bot, Founder and CTO of BQR Reliability Engineering. “With Pareto reports showing the most unreliable components, it will ensure the selection of components that balance reliability and cost. It will also provide measures for warranty analysis, design reviews,…

Automotive-Compliant 60V Fast Dimming Linear LED Controller from Diodes Incorporated Targets Automotive LED Lighting Applications

Plano, Texas – March 28, 2019 – Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD), a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic, analog and mixed-signal semiconductor markets, today announced the availability of the AL5816Q, an automotive-compliant linear LED controller for Automotive LED lighting. With an operating voltage range of 4.5V to 60V, the AL5816Q supplies an output drive current of 15mA to control LED lights through an external BJT, delivering a constant current of a few mA up to 1.5A, or higher LED current if a MOSFET is used. This ability to optimize the external transistor makes the AL5816Q well-suited for many automotive LED lighting applications, such as rear light clusters, interior illumination, instrument panels, and license plate lighting.The combination of a high-input voltage and high-output drive current, coupled with a versatile high-voltage PWM dimming feature, means automotive manufacturer…

Qorvo® Introduces Industry’s Smallest and Most Power-Efficient Family of Wi-Fi Front-End Modules

HIGH-THROUGHPUT 5 GHZ AND 2.4 GHZ FEMS SUPPORT NEWEST GENERATION OF WI-FI DEVICESGREENSBORO, NC – January 4, 2017 – Qorvo® (Nasdaq:QRVO), a leading provider of innovative RF solutions that connect the world, has introduced a new family of 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi Front-End Modules (FEMs) that pave the way for smaller, more energy-efficient wireless routers, gateways and other networked devices in the home. The seven new FEMs support high-bandwidth throughput with minimal power consumption in a small form factor and maximum reliable range.With more than 1.2 Gbps throughput per stream, the 5 GHz FEMs offer the highest data rates possible for delivering a new generation of home Wi-Fi applications that expand capabilities to the consumer. This includes Quantenna’s True 8×8 QSR10G Wi-Fi platform – the world’s first 802.11ac 10G Wave 3 Wi-Fi product line.James Chen, senior director of Marketing for Quantenna Communications, said, “We have worked with Qorvo to integrate their innovative FEM s…

Vishay Intertechnology Releases Space-Saving Blue and True Green Ultrabright LEDs in Compact Packages With Dome Lenses

Featuring Latest InGaN / Sapphire Technology and Narrow Emission Angle of ± 9°, Devices Deliver High Luminous Intensity to 16 000 mcd TypicalMALVERN, Pa. — March 28, 2019 — The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) has introduced a new series of blue and true green ultrabright LEDs in compact untinted surface-mount packages with dome lenses. Utilizing the latest advanced InGaN / sapphire chip technology and offering a narrow emission angle of ± 9° without the need for an external lens, the space-saving Vishay Semiconductors VLD.1232.. series delivers extremely high brightness with luminous intensity to 16,000 mcd typical.With their high brightness and small 2.3 mm by 2.3 mm by 2.8 mm plastic cases, the LEDs released today are the perfect choice for reliable performance in a wide range of applications, including traffic signals and signs, interior and exterior lighting, and indicators and backlighting for audio and video equipment, LCD switches, and illumina…

ST showcases comprehensive solutions for Connectivity, Artificial Intelligence, NFC for Smart Home and Smart Retail, and Sensors for Smart IndustryST is also participating in a panel session to discuss the key considerations for integrating AI with existing business processes on 28 March28 March 2019 : STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, will be demonstrating its latest solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) at IoT Asia, Singapore Expo, March 27-28, 2019. At the event, ST will highlight its rich portfolio of solutions for Making Cities and Factories Smarter.Making Cities Smarter: The NFC Experience Wall byST is showing an integration of solutions for Smart Retail and Smart Home including an NFC tag with tamper detection for product identification and anti-cloning, an NFC sensor node to monitor environmental and motion variations, a lighting application enabled by a new NFC/RFID tag for con…

ON Semiconductor To Acquire Quantenna Communications

Acquisition creates platform for addressing connectivity applications for Industrial and Automotive marketsKey Transaction Highlights:Enables entry into automotive and industrial low-power connectivity market with combined strengths of the two companiesCombination of ON Semiconductor’s expertise in power management & Bluetooth technologies with Quantenna’s Wi-Fi & software capabilitiesImmediately accretive to non-GAAP earnings per share and free cash flowPHOENIX, Ariz. and San Jose, Calif. – March 27, 2019 – ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ON) (“ON Semiconductor”) and Quantenna Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: QTNA) (“Quantenna”) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for ON Semiconductor to acquire Quantenna for $24.50 per share in an all cash transaction. The acquisition consideration represents equity value of approximately $1.07 billion and enterprise value of approximately $936 million, after accounting for Quantenna’s net cash of approximat…

Spirent selected by Jaguar Land Rover for Ethernet-in-the-Car Conformance Testing

Bangalore – March 29, 2019: Spirent Communications, a leading provider of automotive connectivity & autonomy test solutions, today announced, that Spirent solutions have been selected by Jaguar Land Roverto verify next-generation automotive Ethernet in-vehicle networking.Modern vehicles have up to 100 engine control units (ECUs), and as more vehicles support advanced features such as multiple cameras and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), automotive designers must adopt higher bandwidth in-vehicle networks. Automotive Ethernet is derived from the same robust Ethernet technology used in communication networks today, adding automotive-specific protocols and new physical layer connectivity designed for the automotive environment.To help develop and verify its automotive Ethernet systems and determine the best Ethernet designs for its vehicles, Jaguar Land Rover has selected the Spirent C50 and Spirent TTworkbench solutions to test the performance of their Ethernet networks, a…

Nordson MARCH FlexTRAK-SHS High-capacity Plasma Treatment System Provides Enhanced Automation and Production Flexibility

High-throughput plasma processing and cleaning for semiconductor and electronics packagingConcord, California, USA – 28 March 2019 – Nordson MARCH, a Nordson company (NASDAQ: NDSN), a global leader in plasma processing technology, announces the introduction of its FlexTRAK®-SHS automated plasma treatment system. The plasma system includes the 9.6-liter (585 in³) large-volume F3-S process chamber that can be configured for larger strips or can treat more strips per cycle, yielding higher throughput and increased productivity for semiconductor and electronics packaging.
The FlexTRAK-SHS system’s advanced automation enables high-throughput processing of lead frames, high-density substrates, and other strip-type electronic components. The system handles simultaneous strip buffering and plasma processing for higher chamber utilization. Advanced process controls, interchangeable electrode configurations, and plasma modes give ultimate application flexibility.
The plasma chamber of the FlexT…

Enginursday: 3D Volumetric Display with Transparent OLED

Not surprisingly, this all started when (perhaps jokingly) a clever colleague questioned, "Why don't you stack 'em up like a sub sandwich?" A merely mundane Monday morning quickly became a maniacal midnight mash-up for yours truly, mad scientist. A little planning and proving the power of this particular display was providential in the proceeding process. Initially it was imperative to test the inconceivably incredible display's transparency. With only one unit working wonderfully well, nine more non-functioning displays were stacked on top, one by one. When at last the image at the bottom faded from view, the battle was won but the total number was ten. Another astonishing achievement that empowered this futuristic artifact was the super speed of the SPI bus. Said bus, in coordination with ten tiny chip select lines, was capable of continually captivating the consciousness of the (possibly concerned) crowd in a blistering burst of brilliance. Nevertheless, such an …

This Table Mixes Steel and Wood For A Modern Twist

Join Tyler Bell as he goes through the process of building this sleek looking modern industrial table. At a glance, it appears pretty simple, but as you dig in you start to see that this thing is super tough. The legs and frame are steel and the accent of the […]Read more on MAKEThe post This Table Mixes Steel and Wood For A Modern Twist appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers.

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SENSORS: How To Check Food Adulteration

Nowadays, adulteration is being done in sophisticated ways that demand cutting-edge research for the detection of adulterants. Due to changing social values where companies are focussing on reaping rich profits, adulteration is prevalent in almost all commodities such as food items, fuel, cloths and construction materials. Adulteration has reached alarming levels and is, hence, making […]The post SENSORS: How To Check Food Adulteration appeared first on Electronics For You.

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New Survey from Ixia, a Keysight Business, Reveals Monitoring Gaps Between Traditional and Hybrid IT Environments

Research reveals less than 20 percent of IT professionals have complete and timely access to critical data in public cloudsBangalore, March 28, 2019 – Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS), a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world, today released the results of a survey sponsored by Ixia, a Keysight Business, on ‘The State of Cloud Monitoring’. The report highlights the security and monitoring challenges faced by enterprise IT staff responsible for managing public and private cloud deployments.The survey was conducted by Dimensional Research and polled 338 IT professionals at organizations from a range of sizes and industries globally. The results revealed that companies have low visibility into their public cloud environments, and the tools and data supplied by cloud providers are insufficient. Lack of visibility can result in a variety of problems including the inability to track o…

Mouser Now Stocking Newest STMicroelectronics BLE Sensor Development Kit

March 27, 2019 – Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorized global distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the STEVAL-BCN002V1B BlueNRG sensor node development kit from STMicroelectronics (ST). The fully equipped evaluation kit includes the BlueNRG-Tile multi-sensor board and STEVAL-BCN002V1D programming board for the development of Internet of Things (IoT) applications.The ST STEVAL-BCN002V1B BlueNRG-Tile Kit, available from Mouser Electronics, is built around the BlueNRG-Tile, a coin-sized sensor node based on theBlueNRG-2 system-on-chip (SoC) with an Arm® Cortex®-M0 core. Supporting Bluetooth® Low Energy 5.0 for remote monitoring and sensing applications, the ultra-low-power SoC is ideal for smart agriculture, supply chain management, smart home, and industrial applications.The versatile BlueNRG-Tile sensor board includes a comprehensive ultra-low-power sensor portfolio, including magnetometer, gyroscope, accelerometer, pressure, temperat…