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Tech Articles

Unlocking a new level of miniaturisation in connector contacts

Apr 26, 2016

Hafeez Najumudeen, Product Marketing Manager, Omron Electronic Components Europe   Stamping and pressing was a manufacturing process that evolved in the late 19th century initially to manufacture bicycle parts. The process has come a long way since that time, and is still used to manufacture the majority of connector contacts in the electronics industry today.
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Motor Control for Computer Architects

Apr 19, 2016

By Ron Wilson   How can it take multiple CPU cores, a bank of hardware accelerators, and a 10G Ethernet interface to control an electric motor? For designers who have run a motor with a $1 microcontroller (MCU), the question may sound absurd. Yet the answer is both an intriguing case study in control systems
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Connector selection crucial for high performance industrial applications

Apr 12, 2016

By Wendy Bourne, Harwin   The industrial connector space has in the past sometimes been defined more by what it isn’t – communications, computing, consumer, aero/space/defence, transportation etc – rather than what it is. However, this is changing, for a couple of reasons: firstly certain areas such as robotics and industrial automation with the advent
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superMHL: Bringing Connectivity Home

Apr 5, 2016

Introduction Since the introduction of MHL in 2010, 900 million devices with MHL technology have been shipped worldwide. Now MHL is set to bring its unique, proven combination of video, audio, power and control to the home theater with superMHL™. superMHL is the first connectivity standard to deliver 8K resolution video at 120 frames per
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Semi-Customizable SIPs provide the form factor and functionality for wearable medical devices

Mar 29, 2016

By Jakob Nielsen, Sr. Manager, Consumer Health Product Line, ON Semiconductor   The market for wearable medical devices is very broad and includes fitness heart rate monitors, hearing aids, and clinical devices used for drug distribution as part of a pain management regiment. As many governments look to improve effectiveness and efficiency in the healthcare
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Using Separation Kernel technology to architect and develop a safe and secure industrial IoT gateway.

Mar 22, 2016

“The gateway to mystery swings open at the touch of human weakness and we have entered the realms of darkness”[1].   By Will Keegan ,Technical Director, Software Security,Lynx Software Technologies   The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is a much used phrase, and one full of optimism and promise. This virtual connection of data from people,
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Electrolytic Capacitor Lifetime in Power Supplies

By Gary Bocock, Technical Director, XP Power     Electrolytic capacitors are an essential ingredient in AC/DC power supplies, providing high Capacitance x Voltage (CV) and low Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) in low-volume packages that simply cannot be achieved cost-effectively using alternative parts. The service life of these electrolytic capacitors is an increasingly key design
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Test equipment – rent or buy?

Mar 8, 2016

By George Acris Director of Marketing – Europe Microlease   With technology moving ever faster, keeping a fleet of test instruments up to date can be a real issue.  Digital processor speeds and data rates are continually increasing, new wireless frequencies are opening up, new standards like 5G are emerging, and analogue performance is always
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Near Field Communication

Mar 1, 2016

(NFC) refers to emerging short- range wireless communication technology that typically operates within 10cm between loosely coupled inductive cir- cuits and offers great and multiple promises in services such as consumer electronics, ticketing, voting, and many others.   NFC emerged around ten years ago and has become instantly a contributor to en vogue technologies  
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Modern, Specialized Op Amps

Feb 23, 2016

By: Anthony Dimalanta, Applications Engineer   A typical listing of op amps for any manufacturer consists of dozens, sometimes hundreds of parts. Requirements for electronic designers are continuously evolving and the existence of so many op amps shows how varied they can be. Prioritizing any given specification will almost always result in a tradeoff somewhere
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