Technology Spotlight

New Electronics' Technology Spotlight section focuses specifically on the latest technological developments within the electronics sector. Whether innovative new design or theoretical concepts, our Technology Spotlight articles will keep you informed of advances within the electronics industry.

SP99 – the perfect Spring Clamp Terminal Block for DIN Rail devices:

The latest addition from METZ CONNECT to its range of pluggable terminal block solutions designed for Industrial and Building Automation DIN Rail mount devices - SP99. This Spring clamp connector features 2 individual cable entry points per pole accommodating up 2 x 2.5sqmm conductors. Push-in technology for rapid wire installations and maintenance free connections.

New M12 X-coded connectors from Binder for industrial ethernet

Binder has enhanced its already extensive range of M12 connectors with a new series of 8-pole, X-coded connectors. With data transmission of up to 10Gbit/s they will prove highly valuable in security, CCTV, passenger information systems and other applications using industrial Ethernet protocols such as PROFINET.

GCT launches dedicated custom cable assembly division

GCT recently announced the creation of a dedicated cable assembly division. Targeted at providing volume OEMs with guaranteed quality, value and superior service the range includes overmold, IDC, wire harnesses and cable looms. GCT’s expert cable team stand ready to offer in depth technical support to guide you from concept thru to production.

New flexible PCB-POOL® prototyping service:

Beta LAYOUT has introduced a new PCB-POOL® manufacturing service for flexible PCBs. It is now possible to receive instant quotations and order prototype PCB quantities directly online. Benefits include lower costs (as expensive tooling charges are eliminated) and reduced lead-times. The flexible PCBs are manufactured exclusively in Germany using polyimide material.

How accurate are your Power Measurements?

Energy efficiency is the most common discussion point in all forms of sustainable energy, and whenever this topic is discussed the importance of power measurement goes to the top of the priority list. Manufacturers today offer a wide range of power measuring instruments backed up with apparently impressive specifications, but how do potential users decide which parameters are relevant to their specific application? This article looks at some of the factors that can affect the accuracy of power measurements and shows how users can address the challenges presented by the need for accurate energy-efficiency testing.

National Instruments Sensor Measurements Fundamentals Webcast Series

Do you need to acquire reliable, accurate measurements as part of your monitoring, test or control system? Join NI for this on demand webcast series, where you will learn about common sensor and signal measurements. We will discuss the sum and substance of particular measurement applications, from theory to practice.

Rugged Android Tablet for True Industrial Mobility

The IMT-1 Android 4.2 tablet, integrating the TI OMAP5432 1.5GHz dual-core ARM A15 processor for high performance computing power. Built-in WLAN or optional WWAN connectivity enables the IMT-1 to easily access information in a wide variety of workplace scenarios. An IP54 rating and 1.2 meter (with optional protective housing) drop resistance support significantly ruggedized construction to withstand the most demanding environments.

Buying quantity without compromising on quality - By Phil Gee, Director, Corporate OEM/CEM at Farnell element14

High service distribution is changing. Customers and suppliers are demanding a manufacturing partner that can offer both a full design solution and the high level of service they have come to expect. Anticipating and responding to this trend with a comprehensive suite of solutions is critical particularly when targeting the contract electronic manufacturing (CEM) sector.

Latest AOI Investment

Advanced CEM Gemini Tec invests further in automated inspection capability (AOI), by introducing its third inspection system, from market leading manufacture Mirtec. Additional inspection technology is required to meet new contract wins and maintain its class leading PCB assembly service from its Hampshire based production facility.

har-flex® the versatile, space-saving connector range.

har-flex® is a flexible, rugged PCB connector series, based on 1.27mm grid with SMT termination. Available with 6 to 100 contacts and with a robust design, har-flex® provides connectivity solutions for many different board-to-board and cable-to-board applications. har-flex® provides significant real estate saving on the PCB due to the 1.27mm pitch and is packaged for automated processing.

Designing Small Controllers? Don’t Get Burned!

Industry 4.0 means today's customers want small, feature-rich, distributable PLCs with extra I/O channels. But they also want robust PLCs, with heat dissipation firmly under control. With discrete components, satisfying both needs can be a challenge. But with integration, it's possible.

New Ultra-Compact 100W Baseplate Cooled Power Supply

The industry standard full-brick sized power module from Stadium Power measures just 17mm high and will deliver a full output without fan cooling. Typical applications include military COTS power solutions, rugged industrial and instrumentation systems. FEATURES • 100w output power • Ultra low 17mm profile • Universal Input Range 90~264Vac • Active PFC Meets EN61000-3-2 • Low Standby power consumption <0.5W • High Efficiency Up to 91% • High Power Density Up to 14.8W per cubic inch • Operating temp range -20 to +85°C • CE, UL, cUL and TUV approvals • Meets EN55022 ClassB

RedRock™ MEMS-Based Reed Switch

Introducing RedRock™ Ideally suited to the needs of Medical, Industrial, Automotive, and other applications where small size, zero power operation, and hot switching capabilities are required, the RedRock™ MEMS-Based Reed Switch is a single-pole, single throw (SPST) device with normally open ruthenium contacts. The sensor may be actuated by an electromagnet, a permanent magnet, or a combination of both.

AdaCore Launches QGen

QGen is a customizable and qualifiable code generator and model verifier for Simulink (R) and Stateflow (R) models, producing code in MISRA-C and SPARK/Ada. It is particularly well suited for developing and verifying real-time control systems requiring safety certification, against standards such as DO-178C (avionics), EN 50128 (rail), and ISO 26262 (automotive). Its model verifier detects run-time errors such as integer overflow and division by zero, and it can also find logic errors such as dead execution paths and can verify functional properties through Simulink Assertion blocks. The tool is highly configurable thanks to its open intermediate representation.

PYTHON 120W Military Wedgelock Cooled VPX DC-DC Converter with Hold-up

Stadium Power, the leading UK based provider of power supply solutions, has introduced a new military standard wedgelock cooled VPX DC-DC converter with hold up functionality. The Python120 series features Input Voltage from 18 to 38Vdc, electronically limited inrush current, Input to output isolation 300 Vac RMS, Output to case isolation 500 Vac RMS and a standard operating temperature of -46 to +90°C.

Four important reasons to look at Altium Designer

Altium Designer's approach and feature set has been specifically developed to create electronics design as easily as possible. There are numerous ways you can deliver your projects accurately, on time and on budget which we’ve distilled into four key highlights...

Finding the right PCB design software - By Andy Ball, Altium

Below is a handy process for finding the right PCB design tool: 1. Identify your own personal needs that you require from a design tool. 2. Find a few samples of tools that match your needs. 3. Analyze the tools you selected based on feature offerings to determine the best fit.

Zynq Development Simplified by Dyplo Software System

Dyplo is a software system for Zynq which distributes tasks to the ARM Cortex-A9 processor system (PS) and the programmable-logic (PL) fabric, linking scalable data streams via standard AXI interfaces between individual FPGA and processor-executed software processes. Isolate software functions for hardware implementation, prototype them in software and then transform them into hardware to accelerate performance while maintaining interface behaviour. Along with a range of compatible Zynq-based kits, Dyplo is available now from Direct Insight.

GUIX and GUIX Studio, Express Logic’s Development Tools Optimized for Small Footprint

GUIX™ is a high-performance real-time implementation of a (GUI) designed for embedded ThreadX-based applications. GUIX™ easily scales from small micro-controller-based applications to those that use powerful RISC and DSP processors, unlike other commercial implementations originally intended for workstation environments but then squeezed into embedded designs. GUIX Studio™ is a Microsoft Windows-based rapid UI development environment specifically designed for the GUIX runtime library from Express Logic.

RX MCU Platform – One Core, Countless Solutions

The RX 32-bit microcontrollers offer unrivalled scalability from 32 MHz to 240 MHz; from 8KB to 4MB zero wait flash memory; peripheral function, development environment and pin compatibility is maintained throughout, making it easier to develop. Latest platform evolution includes the high-performance 240MHz RX71M with enhanced connectivity and security functions. Learn more!

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