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electronic products and technology - JUNE-JULY 2016
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Volume 38 Number 4
June-July 2016
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OCE Discovery unearths, rewards tech innovations
Marking its 11th year of showcasing some of the most exciting ground-level tech innovations coming out of Ontario, the
OCE Discovery event returned to the Metro Convention Centre
in Toronto this spring, wowing visitors with examples of what’s
next in sectors as diverse as cleantech, advanced manufacturing,
advanced health, digital technology and aerospace.
The event reached new heights in quality programming with
two world-class keynotes, stimulating panel discussions, high
stakes pitch competitions and an interesting showcase of exciting
new technologies on display. The two-day gathering also featured
a number of design-related competitions including the David
McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge, carrying the theme of
‘Conservation as a tool for meeting the world’s energy challenges’. Founders of Toronto-based Argentum Electronics, a solar energy
startup based at the Innovation Centre for Urban Energy (iCUE)
at Ryerson University captured top mention for its development
of smart power electronics and charge controllers for the solar
industry. The firm’s solar charge controller aims to extract the
most energy out of solar panels. So far, the team has developed a
working prototype, which they plan to eventually commercialize.
Argentum Electronics’ founders and electrical engineering
students at Ryerson Bolis Ibrahim and Oleh Zhyhinas received
$25,000 and a suite of business services to assist in advancing
their winning business concept. This adds to their earlier financial support derived from winning Ryerson’s own Norman Esch
Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards.
Toronto-based iMerciv Inc. won the Tech Pitch Competition
with The BuzzClip, a wearable obstacle detection for the blind
or partially sighted. The small, discreet and versatile wearable
uses ultrasound to detect obstacles that may lie directly in one’s
path. It then notifies the user of these obstacles through intuitive vibrations, allowing the user to safely navigate around any
objects that they may encounter.
The device features a sensor with dual range detection at both
one and two metres. A spring loaded arm lets the user know when
obstacles are in their proximity through intuitive vibrations.
iMerciv co-founders Bin Liu and Arjun Mali captured $20,000
in prize money, going up against 35 Ontario-based companies
that exhibited their accessibility-focused innovation on the
exhibit floor. The showcase helped bring a broader awareness
of the companies that exist in this niche market, exposed companies to potential private investors and engaged the entire
innovation ecosystem.
It is these types of innovative minds and initiatives that
Canada, not just Ontario - needs to continue propagating in order
for our electronic design community to remain vibrant, alive and
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representatives and distributors
electronic products and technology • june-july 2016
Lazaridis Institute, Communitech to help tech firms
The Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises in Waterloo
ON announced a partnership with Communitech to help small and medium-sized
technology firms in Canada scale more rapidly into globally competitive enterprises.
Steve Currie, vice-president of strategy at Communitech says Canada has one of the
most successful entrepreneurial ecosystems in the world, as demonstrated by a strong
pipeline of thousands of technology start-ups. But Canada‘s tech industry cannot
thrive on start-ups alone. Of the more than 36,000 technology companies in Canada,
fewer than 5% are high-growth companies at the scale that provides the majority
of net job growth. These companies – scale-ups - are the key to unlocking greater
economic prosperity for Canada, Currie adds.
A scale-up requires a different mindset
To build a globally competitive tech company, a scale-up requires a different mindset and development focus than that which suits the early stages of growth. Recent
Lazaridis Institute research indicates that the primary barrier for scale-ups is access
to experienced executives who understand the complexities and speed of today‘s
dynamic technology markets. There is a shortage in Canada of tech executives with
deep experience in selling, marketing, organizational design and the capture of international markets. The mandate of the Lazaridis Institute, which is located within the
Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, is to enlarge
the talent pool by better preparing current and future generations of Canadian executives for the management of rapid and continued growth in the tech sector.
The partnership between Communitech and the Lazaridis Institute will focus on
how to best support growth-oriented small and medium-sized Canadian tech companies in the cultivation of the management talent they need to compete successfully
in global markets. As a first step, Communitech will assist the Lazaridis Institute in
developing an assessment tool to measure key indicators of management capacity and
operational readiness in scale-up and potential scale-up companies.
Harting hosts its annual open house at EDS
Unveils new tools, products and initiatives honors outstanding distributor partners
Harting held its annual open house
and delivered its distributor awards
at the Electronics Distribution Show
(EDS) in Las Vegas this spring. This
annual tradition gives its distribution
partners the opportunity to see the
company’s latest initiatives and products, according to Jon DeSouza, president & CEO of Harting Canada Inc.
Harting captured the highly regarded Hermes
This year’s theme ‘Driving the
Award during the Hannover Messe show in Germany
Industry,’ focused on the expansion of
this spring for its IIC MICA product. MICA (Modular
Harting’s educational tools, expansion
Industry Computing Architecture) is a
into Mexico and new products includmodular platform of open hardware and software
ing the Han ES and the Hermes Award
that can be swiftly and economically adapted to
winning IIC MICA device. The event
many industrial application areas.
began with a presentation by DeSouza
and Philip Harting, president/partner and chairman of the Harting Technology Group.
Last year, Harting made a promise to expand its educational tools for the market with
the creation of the Harting Roadshow Truck, Harting Knowledge Center Content Hub App,
and expansion of HARTING-U.com. This year, the firm fulfilled that promise and brought
those tools into the hall for visitors to experience first-hand. Booth visitors were treated
to a tour of the Roadshow Truck by Harting’s technical experts and invited to schedule the
truck to come to their customers.
Harting also demonstrated its VideoCall an Expert service to partners, which allows
customers to video chat with a technical expert offering real-time support and eliminating the wait for email responses or the difficulty of explaining a problem over the phone.
Tech initiative develops patented OLED backplanes
Delivering new solutions
Christie’s Advanced Technology Group is working in collaboration with DifTek Lasers Inc.
along with researchers at the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College, in investigating
how to merge the high brightness of LEDs with the cost effectiveness and fill-factor of LCDs
into an OLED display.
Working with Christie’s Advanced Technology Group, DifTek Lasers patented the technology and manufacturing process, and the group is working with Conestoga College’s
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing to
begin scaling up the size of the backplanes that are manufactured. Although
this technology is still in the experimentation phase, the goal of this patented
technology is to apply it to the manufacture of large displays.
“The fundamental problem with the
current production methods for OLED
panels is the low-quality semiconductor
materials that manufacturers use to make
the transistors on the active-matrix backplane,” says John Vieth, senior director,
Advanced Technology Group, Christie.
“We’ve invented, and are now refining,
a process for manufacturing backplanes
incorporating the same crystalline Silicon
semiconductor material used in computers that will support the high current
and fast switching required for OLED
In a paper presented at the Society
for Information Display’s Display Week
2016, Vieth and co-authors summarize this
new backplane technology, saying, “By
embedding single crystal silicon spheres
in ceramic substrates and planarizing the
surface, large area substrates with high
mobility silicon can be realized. By utilizing well-established, high-performance
and low-cost processes for the manufacture, scalability, placement and planarization of single crystal silicon particles, it is
now possible to manufacture large-area,
high-performance and planar electronic
backplanes. We have achieved device performance 300 times that of devices found
in today’s liquid crystal displays.”
Says Vieth, “Right now, we’re working
on a display that’s just a 16 x 16 pixel
square, but we’re excited by the possibility of manufacturing OLED backplanes in
large panels for commercial applications.
We think the low cost and high-brightness of our OLED panels will be attractive
to the display market.”
Together, DifTek Lasers Inc. and Christie
are seeking relationships with other parties with operations in display panel
manufacturing to join in the commercialization of this exciting advance in display
technology that will set new cost/performance benchmarks.
Harting launched the Han ES Press connect, which provides conductor termination
technology based on the cage clamp termination, allowing simple, quick and vibrationproof assembly of conductors with or without ferrule. The Han ES Press plug-in jumpers
also enable multiple contacts to be bridged directly at the connector. Dr. Jan Regtmeier,
director of product management demonstrated Harting’s Hermes Award winning IIC MICA
product, captured during the Hannover Messe show in Germany this spring. MICA (Modular
Industry Computing Architecture) is a modular platform of open hardware and software
that can be swiftly and economically adapted to many industrial application areas.
Harting shared its latest expansion plans, which includes opening a sales office in
Mexico City, as well as a manufacturing facility in Silao in July. The Harting Mexico facility
is an important step forward in Harting’s strategy, aimed at bringing them closer to their
North American customers.
Distributor awards
Fittingly at the EDS Show, Harting handed out its annual distributor awards in four
different categories:
• Allied Electronics took home two awards for Distributor of the Year and New Product
Sales Growth. In 2015 Allied Electronics grew sales and new product revenue more than
any other distributor and displayed an overall outstanding partnership with Harting.
• Mouser Electronics was awarded New Customer Growth for gaining more new Harting
customers than any other distributor that year.
• Arrow Electronics was presented the award Digital Marketing Partner of the Year.
Queen’s University to unveil world’s first
wireless flexible smartphone
Researchers at Queen’s University’s Human
Media Lab have developed the world’s first
full-colour, high-resolution and wireless flexible smartphone to combine multitouch with
bend input. The phone, which they have
named ReFlex, allows users to experience
physical tactile feedback when interacting
with their apps through bend gestures.
“This represents a completely new way
of physical interaction with flexible smartphones” says Roel Vertegaal (School of Computing), director of the Human Media Lab at
Queen’s University.
“When this smartphone is bent down on the right, pages flip through the fingers
from right to left, just like they would in a book. More extreme bends speed up the
page flips. Users can feel the sensation of the page moving through their fingertips
via a detailed vibration of the phone. This allows eyes-free navigation, making it easier
for users to keep track of where they are in a document.”
ReFlex is based on a high definition 720p LG Display Flexible OLED touch screen
powered by an Android 4.4 “KitKat” board mounted to the side of the display. Bend
sensors behind the display sense the force with which a user bends the screen, which is
made available to apps for use as input. ReFlex also features a voice coil that allows the
phone to simulate forces and friction through highly detailed vibrations of the display.
Combined with the passive force feedback felt when bending the display, this allows
for a highly realistic simulation of physical forces when interacting with virtual objects.
“This allows for the most accurate physical simulation of interacting with virtual
data possible on a smartphone today,” says Dr. Vertegaal. “When a user plays the
“Angry Birds” game with ReFlex, they bend the screen to stretch the sling shot. As the
rubber band expands, users experience vibrations that simulate those of a real stretching rubber band. When released, the band snaps, sending a jolt through the phone and
sending the bird flying across the screen.”
Dr. Vertegaal thinks bendable, flexible smartphones will be in the hands of consumers within five years. Queen’s researchers will unveil the ReFlex prototype at the
tenth anniversary Conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI)
conference in Eindhoven, The Netherlands on February 17, 2017.
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Supply Chain Management
Production considerations for start-ups
Understanding the pitfalls and demands
of bringing new hardware to market
By Marjory Craw-Ivanco, V.P. operations, Urtech Manufacturing
The idea
There is nothing more exciting than
having that ‘Eureka’ moment, when you
have an outstanding idea that you are
convinced it will become the next revolutionary trend breaking, phenomenal
device. You talk to friends and colleagues
who are blown away by your ability to
innovate. However, before you run out and
remortgage your (or your parents) house,
please consider the following key pieces
of advice and potential guidance from
someone who has navigated the world of
hardware design, new product launch and
product sustainability and evolution.
Know your funding sources: There is a
big difference between getting a loan
from friends and Family, a Crowdfunding
source and the bank. Understand the
scope of the financing available, the
expected returns and the time frame till
profitability is required. Funding mechanisms can very quickly influence your
flexibility and schedule.
Think about building your sales channels: It’s all very well to have product,
but getting out there at the right time
and in the right locations will be critical
to your success.
Know your time to market: Factor
in everything not just the
design time.
Proof of concept
Once you have considered
all of these factors then you
might be ready to move forward
to your proof of concept. The
proof of concept (first prototype) could be constructed on
a bench in a lab or the garage,
but once you have determined
that the concept works and
you have made whatever iterations you deem necessary, you
may then transition to a functional prototype.
The level headed review
The functional prototype
Know your why: Not only is it important
to understand the functionality of your
product and the value it will bring to your
customers but there is an innate requirement that, to embark on the rigorous
journey of bringing a product to market,
one needs to really understand why this
product will be differentiated in the market, why is your product so special?
Design for manufacturing
Almost by definition, one must consider a start-up as an organization dedicated
to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. Before you
venture into the arena please consider
the following:
Pick your co-founders: It can become
really tense during product design and
launch. Make sure you know who you will
be working with and their tolerance for risk.
Identify your minimal viable product:
Hopefully your idea will be the first in a
long series of innovations, but, don’t lose
your shirt until you have identified that
there is a market for your product.
Price your product (know your margin):
Create your brand. Brand definition and
recognition can be really key differentiators. I, like most technical engineering
types, never paid much attention to what
the packaging looked like, as I was always
more interested in functionality. Don’t be
fooled by function, in order to get people
to try or test your device you must first
get them to buy it, so branding is key.
The functional or working prototype
generally has the form, fit and function of
your final product. This may be developed
with rudimentary electronics and 3D printed plastics and casings, but it should be
good enough to help support your funding
campaigns. Once you are happy with the
functional prototype it is time to think
about how you will build in volume. A key
consideration is ‘design for manufacturing’.
When you employ DFM tools then
details such as: component selection,
processing parameters, functional test
systems and ease of assembly can be
modified to ensure the highest possible
yield and the lowest possible cost.
At this stage, you may also wish to
consider some form of reliability testing,
either drop tests, temperature and humidity cycling or shipping tests to ensure that
once released to the market the product
can be shipped and distributed safely.
Supply chain
Make sure you select good parts. Part
selection is critical for a number of reasons
ranging from functionality to continuity of
supply and delivery. This may be of particular importance if you identify a custom
part, be sure whoever is involved in the
delivery of the custom part has scalability.
It may also be wise to engage your factory
partner on alternate component selections
and alternate vendor lists to mitigate risks
(and costs) associated with supply.
Often times in order
to sell, or give away, a
few units you may not
need any type of product
certification. However,
before you start building
your product in volume
you will need to seek
approval at a certified lab, to demonstrate that your product conforms to FCC,
or CSA or UL. Depending on the product
functionality. This is likely also a good
time to research product assurances.
The next step is to choose your factory
partner. This is a very critical step in your
launch process. Although a great deal of
manufacturing has transitioned to Asia or
Mexico over the past decade - driven by
what is considered to be lower cost manufacturing facilities - a new company should
carefully consider the actual landed cost of
pursuing this option. Typically, in order to
be fully successful with a product launch
oversees, companies have to install several engineers in the facility for extended
periods of time to ensure build and design
protocols are adhered to. Of course, it is
possible to work with one of the very large
contract manufacturers, however, being
a small fish in a big pond can have its
drawbacks for relatively small start-up
Before heading overseas,
it may make sense to checkout some local facilities to
begin the production process. It will be easier to
communicate and control
the process, monitor quality
and make any necessary last
minute changes. Indeed, we
at Urtech Manufacturing,
have several North American
customers who have decided to ‘re-shore’ its off-shore
activities at our factory in
Burlington, Ontario due
to quality, price, proximity, delivery and the convenience of working right here at home.
Software/firmware & product testing
Firmware changes frequently, particularly in new product design. Consider
how and where you want to program any
devices, either pre-build or post build.
Also product testing is critical to ensure
product quality prior to shipping. Often
times during product development new
companies do not have the resource
bandwidth to develop product test. This
is where a good factory partner can assist
you in ensuring the test coverage is suitable and adequate for your circumstances.
Packing, shipping and fulfilment
Of course, there are several ways this
can be done. Bulk shipments from the
factory to your facility may be the process
that you would like to use if you would
like to own the final touch on the product
before it reaches the end customer. For
individual consumer commercial distribution it may be necessary to have specially designed point of sale boxes that are
packed with various accessories and the
necessary cosmetic guidelines that reflect
the brand of your product. These boxes
would then be introduced to a master carton for shipping. Prior to shipping, all of
the packaging material should be tested to
ensure that the packages maintain integrity during the shipping process.
Reverse logistics
One very important consideration that
should not be forgotten, is that sometimes devices fail in the field. When they
do, they need to be replaced and repaired
or recycled. Understanding and assessing
the field fail rate is a very important factor in establishing the overall technical
and financial success of your product.
Overall guidance
Like many of you, we were a ‘Start-up’
only five short years ago. At Urtech, we
completely understand the challenges
associated with launching a new company
while launching new products. Not only
have we helped independent start-ups,
within our facility, we have allocated
space for small start-up companies to
develop products and conducted proofof-concept activities. By following these
steps and by seeking more product specific guidance then your launch could be
quite straightforward. If you need any
help, please feel free to reach out.
For more information on contract
manufacturing considerations for
Urtech Manufacturing, go to
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Why buy The case against counterfeit products
authentic? The importance of recognizing and reporting counterfeit components
By Tom Grace, manager, brand protection, Eaton’s Electrical Sector – Americas
The counterfeiting of popular brands
continues to increase each year, costing industries $1.77 trillion annually.
Specifically, electrical product counterfeiting makes up an estimated five to
seven percent of world trade. These counterfeit devices, including circuit breakers,
extension cords and surge protectors, are
unsafe lookalikes that have the potential
to harm both people and property.
According to Ontario Electrical Safety
Authority’s electrical safety report, the
percentage of product safety investigations into devices with suspected counterfeit labels reached 16% in 2012. By
2013, the percentage rose to 38%. This is
a disturbing trend that needs immediate
attention across industries.
Understand the dangers
It will take the collective efforts
of industry professionals, organizations,
manufacturers, governments and customers alike to remove these dangerous
devices from the marketplace. However,
these groups must first understand the
dangers of non-genuine products, as well
as how to both recognize and avoid them.
A counterfeit is a product, service or
package for a product that uses, without authorization, the trademark, service
mark or copyright of another intended
to deceive prospective customers into
believing that the product or service is
genuine. Many of these components are
intended to serve as protective devices,
and often made without regard for electrical safety or even meeting minimal performance specifications. The use of such
counterfeit electrical devices can result
in malfunctions causing overheating or
short circuits that may lead to fires,
shocks or explosions that can ultimately
cost workers their lives and produce considerable property damage.
Tips and best practices
So, what can industry professionals do
to prevent these products from entering
their work environments? Here are a few
tips and best practices for avoiding, identifying and reporting suspect counterfeit
electrical products.
Purchase authentic products: The best
way to avoid counterfeit electrical products in the first place is to buy authentic
from an authorized distributor or reseller.
There is a higher risk of counterfeits if
one cannot trace the path of commerce
to the original manufacturer.
Know what to look for: Before you can
report a counterfeit good, you need to
know how to identify one. Counterfeiters
are becoming more sophisticated, creating
products that are difficult to recognize and
using deception, the Internet, and prices
below market level to attract buyers. Be
sure to question any ‘bargains’ with prices
that seem too good to be true, because
they likely are. Saving a few dollars at
first is not worth exposure to the long
term safety risks that accompany faulty
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Also, take note of any poor quality
labels with legacy branding, missing date
codes and extraneous markings or labels
not applied by the original manufacturers.
Any product that appears to have been
tampered with, is missing information or is
noticeably poorly made should raise a red
flag. Take advantage of any authentication
tools offered by manufacturers to confirm
the authenticity of suspect products.
Report counterfeit products: If you
come across a suspect product, report
it to the brand owner immediately. The
owner can then authenticate the device
and remove it from the marketplace.
If you cannot get in touch with a
brand owner, contact the Canadian Crime
Stoppers Association at 1-800-222-8477
or by WebTip.
If everyone along the supply chain
played an active role in stopping counterfeit electrical products from being bought
and sold, it would lead to more effective
detection and reporting of counterfeits,
ultimately keeping dangerous products
from entering your work environment.
For more information about counterfeit
electrical products, visit
Digi-Key’s web tools entice new and
existing designer markets
Having the ability to successfully reach out to the young, emerging design community,
while maintaining the levels of service and product selection to its existing and older,
established clientele remains a significant strength for Digi-Key Electronics, one of the
world’s largest web-based distributors of electronic components.
EP&T Magazine had the opportunity to catch up with senior personnel at Digi-Key during the Electronics Distribution Show (EDS) held in Las Vegas this spring. Dave Doherty,
president and chief operating officer boldly predicted a 6% increase in revenues for his
company during a presentation to industry members at the firm’s annual EDS breakfast.
He did, however stress that the figure is somewhat skewed by global currency exchange
rates, which includes Canada’s sinking dollar.
“In same currency sales, business looks great,” Doherty says. “We like to peel it back
and look at the underlying activity of reaching customers and we are shipping more
(10%) line items year over year.”
Doherty took the reins in his new role last summer, after long-time president and COO,
Mark Larson joined founder Ron Stordahl in a board-level role as vice chairman, where
he serves as a company advisor.
While the firm has experienced a slight reduction in its average order size during the
first quarter of 2016, Doherty says he expects things to change for the better, as driven
by the company’s recent digital marketing initiatives. Ten months ago Digi-Key appointed
Jim Ricciardelli as vice-president of digital business. The industry veteran combines his
knowledge as a recent disty executive with Arrow Electronics and early web search engine
pioneer Lycos Inc.
Expanding its overall digital footprint, Digi-Key has recently introduced new web-based
tools, such as the maker.io site, targeted toward the maker professional. Doherty points
out that Digi-Key was started by a maker professional in founder Dr. Ronald Stordahl and
has a long history of being a destination for these entrepreneurial engineers.
“The Maker.io site helps them take their ideas from concept to product,” Doherty says.
“Our mission is to enable the creativity of our customer. We do that by offering such tools.”
Digi-Key also recently introduced Scheme-it, an online schematic and diagramming
tool that allows anyone to design and share electronic circuit diagrams. The tool includes
a comprehensive electronic symbol library and an integrated Digi-Key component catalog
that allows for a wide range of circuit designs. Additionally, a built-in bill of materials
manager is provided to keep track of parts used in a design. Once a schematic drawing is
complete, users can export it to an image file or share it via email with others. Scheme-it
works natively in all major web browsers without requiring the use of any plugins.
“For a segment of our customer base, this rudimentary simulation tool (scheme-it) acts
as a virtual ‘electronic’ napkin, or starter tool, where early design ideas and concepts are
often born,” Doherty says. “I have a son in university studying electrical engineering and
his professor suggested to the class that they go to Digi-Key and download scheme-it
while pursuing a specific design project.”
Digi-Key also offers its customers PartSim, a free and easy to use circuit simulator that
runs in your web browser, as well as PCBWeb, a free CAD application for designing and
manufacturing electronics hardware.
“It’s exciting for us because our customers are engaging with us even before laying
parts on the board,” states Doherty. “The importance of user-familiarity with website is
paramount. Our customers know how to navigate it and they know where to find things
quickly and efficiently.”
Prior to joining the Digi-Key team, Ricciardelli says he was under the impression that
the disty’s customer base was represented by an older, established and loyal following.
While that part is true, he was amazed at how many students and members of the maker
community love Digi-Key.
“They use us to help them in the design process, because we are more than just a website. We are an engineering tool, that they can use to actually select parts,” Ricciardelli
says. “If these customers are not ready to start at the component level – then they are
going to start at the board or kit level. We have that solution for them.”
Ricciardelli understands that the availability of very low cost modular hardware tools
combined with simple-to-use free software development environments has led to an
explosion in the number of makers and developers. As a result, Maker.io is platform
(Arduino, BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi, Photon, etc.), post, and project based. Beyond the
roadmap, maker professionals as community members can submit projects either publicly
or privately. This collaborative and project-based approach will help designers better
understand the phases along the map.
Referring to the maker market as a real ‘movement’, Ricciardelli says one of its ‘rock
stars’ Limor Fried, founder of the electronics and tutorial company, Adafruit, is a fan and
user of Digi-Key and its online catalog.
“We know who these people are and they know who we are. We must continue to evolve our
tools and inventory to make sure they keep coming to stay in love with us,” Ricciardelli adds.
At the end of the day, both Doherty and Ricciardelli are confident that Digi-Key will
continue its evolution towards maintaining existing ties and ingratiate emerging design
“When the market starts to swing and we get the wind at our back and increase average order sizes – all these efforts get brought to bear,” Doherty says.
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Outsourcing pcb design can
help you... and here’s why
By Mark Tinkler, business development & sales at Vision Circuits - Toronto Division
At Vision Circuits, most of the companies that we work with have in-house
printed circuit board (pcb) design capabilities, and, occasionally, we encounter a
potential customer who will ask us: “Why
do I need to outsource my printed circuit
board design? I have in-house resources
that do that!”
Even if you have in-house designers,
a close look into outsourcing pcb design
is definitely warranted if you want to
improve time-to-market, product quality
and reliability, flexibility, customer satisfaction, or the bottom line.
To be clear, pcb design represents the
conversion of electronic schematic diagrams into sets of data that are then used
to create fully developed, manufactured,
assembled, tested, and qualified printed
circuit boards. This pcb design process is
also known as pcb layout.
Two key elements must be considered
in any improvement – pcb design capacity and pcb design capability.
Pcb design capacity
Resources: Are you getting the most out
of your in-house electronic design talent? Some companies use an electronics
design engineer (one who engineers the
electronic design and creates the schematic) to also create the pcb design.
By subcontracting the pcb design to
a qualified pcb design firm, you can free
the electronic design engineer to focus
purely on electronic design. By making this change, you will significantly
increase the capacity of new product
development at your company.
Growth: Is your organization in a growth
phase? Do you plan on entering one soon?
During a growth phase, companies will
hire more pcb design talent to meet the
demand. Unfortunately, pcb design talent
is then dismissed after the growth phase
hit a plateau. This is disruptive to an
organization and to design professionals.
By using a pcb design firm, you will
increase your company’s
flexibility during periods
of growth and reduce
involuntary employee
turnover. By developing
a solid partnership with
a qualified pcb design
firm, you will always
have ready and reliable
pcb design resources
when you need them.
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Transitions: Change is constant. Some
companies move from one design software tool to another; at times driven by
pcb design staff/engineering leadership
changes. Companies also merge. In these
cases, previous pcb designs need to be
transitioned to a new common pcb design
software tool. Different iterations of pcb
design software tools and library data/
structures can also exist within a company; in many cases the format and control
is questionable. A qualified pcb design
firm can help you to close these gaps and
will enable your pcb design system to create better products, faster.
Pcb design capability
Design Software: Some companies fail
to realize that pcb design has a huge
impact on overall performance, reliability and cost of finished product. Some
pcb designers use low cost pcb design
software tools or older versions of pcb
design tools (both have limited capabilities) which will create costly constraints
further in the design and manufacturing
Best practice is to engage with a
qualified pcb design firm that fully uses
the latest pcb design software tools and
that has formed strong relationships with
their design software providers. This will
benefit all involved, most importantly
your customers.
Collaboration: Improve your in-house
capabilities through collaboration. A
qualified pcb design firm will help companies improve their pcb design capabilities
by working collaboratively with your inhouse designers. This is a great resource
to have in order to explore and implement
best practices or to bounce ideas around.
The end result is better pcb design.
firm can help. Work with a pcb design
firm that has the depth of experience in
many industry segments and technologies
for best results.
Library Improvement: Companies can
always improve their pcb design libraries.
Libraries are the foundational building
blocks of any great pcb design. Libraries
often are not kept in order or have rogue
elements included in them. This often
results in challenges in final pcb design
quality and translates into manufacturability and reliability issues (and costs)
downstream. Look to a solid pcb design
firm for best practices and assistance in
improving your libraries.
DFM/DFA/DFx: Improve your pcb designs
for manufacturability, assembly, test, and
overall design excellence. Some companies
place this responsibility with downstream
entities such as bare pcb manufacturers and assembly shops. Critical design
rules and validation/verification elements
must be incorporated early in the process
and include information integral to the
design, manufacturing, and testing processes. Look for a pcb design firm that
has great relationships (and active communication) with component manufacturers, bare pcb manufacturers, assembly
companies, and testing firms. You will
experience improved time-to-market and
less overall cost.
There are caveats in the use of an
outsourced pcb design firm. They must
have a great reputation, be trusted, and
be strongly aligned with your company,
for your product development process to
be a success.
For more information on printed circuit
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from Vision Circuits, go to
Technology Expansion: Is your
company specialized in one segment of the industry? Are you
looking for the best pcb design
practices for a specific industry?
Are you expanding into a new technology area? A qualified pcb design
PEI-Genesis acquires Filconn
Assemblers of precision connectors and cable assemblies PEI-Genesis, Philadelphia PA,
has acquired Arizona-based FilConn Inc., manufacturer of precision high reliability filter,
transient suppression and custom configured connectors for the MilAero, medical, transit
and oil/gas industries.
The purchase allows the company to better serve customers’ needs for low volume,
quick turn, custom connectors, according to Steven Fisher, CEO of PEI-Genesis.
“We consider ourselves a design focused company that solves customers’ technical
problems. This acquisition enhances that capability, further encouraging our customers
to partner with us from the initial stages of design through delivery,” says Fisher.
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solutions, has added the iBwave Wi-Fi Suite to its extensive product portfolio. The
product provides bundled cloud-connected products to streamline the in-building Wi-Fi
network planning and design process.
“iBwave’s next-generation product suite will enable our carrier and contractor
customers to more efficiently and collaboratively manage their Wi-Fi network design
and in-building installation projects,” says Glenn Poulos, vice-president and general
manager, Gap Wireless. “Gap Wireless now distributes both the iBwave Wi-Fi solution
for the PC and iBwave Wi-Fi Mobile.”
iBwave Wi-Fi is a complete Wi-Fi network design production solution that integrates
seamlessly with the iBwave Wi-Fi Mobile app, enabling Wi-Fi design teams and their customers to easily collaborate regardless of location. The solution provides 3D modeling,
prediction calibration, a components database of all network equipment, and an iBwave
viewer for customers to easily view design files and run their own reports.
iBwave Wi-Fi Mobile is a cloud-connected mobile app that enables users to survey
and design Wi-Fi networks from their tablet. Networks can be designed on-site by
dragging and dropping APs and network equipment. Images can be captured using
the tablet’s camera and annotation added to clarify installation instructions. With the
project uploaded to the cloud, collaboration and access is easy from iBwave Wi-Fi.
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Medical Components
Exploring differences in commercialization,
design and potential between
medical & consumer wearables
By Travis Stevens, PEng., MSc., vice-president engineering, Orpyx Medical Technologies Inc., Calgary AB
Our earliest ancestors first created wearable technology the
instant they covered themselves as a means of protection
from their environment. From that humble beginning, wearable technology has continued to evolve, powered by the
discovery of new materials, components (both mechanical and
electronic) and the creation of new manufacturing techniques.
Even the term wearable has undergone an evolution itself.
Over the past decade wearable has become a noun used to
Orpyx LogR - Real-time
describe devices and textiles enhanced with sensors and elecmeasurement of plantar
tronics that measure and interact with their users and their
pressure for research.
environment. As it currently stands, wearables have almost
No tether, computer, or
lab is required.
exclusively been targeted at the consumer market, with the
bulk of these devices being classified in the subcategory of
fitness and activity trackers.
However, there are new and novel medically-focused wearable devices emerging from
the shadow of the consumer space. These new medically focused wearables, such as the
Orpyx SurroSense Rx, are able to leverage both the awareness and acceptance enjoyed
by consumer oriented devices and incorporate the technology and manufacturing used in
the consumer products to make highly integrated, special purpose devices.
The following article explores some of the differences in the medical and consumer
wearables as it relates to design, commercialization and potential.
Largest difference in commercialization is regulatory requirements
The single largest difference in the commercialization of consumer and a medical wearable is the regulatory requirements that must be met. Every country in the world has its
own regulatory framework and approvals process, and though there is some commonality
between them, success in any given market requires understanding and conforming to
the regulatory framework in place for that country. The largest organizational impact of
regulatory compliance will be the need to have a quality management system in place.
The industry-accepted quality system for medical devices is ISO 13485, and implementation of a 13485 quality system will affect every part of the business involved in the
realization and commercialization of the device.
The ISO 13485 quality system, and for that matter, health regulatory bodies, are very
focused on minimizing the risk to patients. The primary mechanisms for risk mitigation
are risk assessments. From a design perspective, a risk assessment should be done at
the outset of the design process, and continued throughout the product lifecycle to
ensure that risks can be mitigated as early, and as cost effectively as possible. Also
important to the quality system is the need to show requirements traceability; in other
words, can a line be drawn from the creation to realization of a requirement in the prod-
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uct. Requirements traceability is
nothing new to product development, however, what is important
in the medical wearable context
is the need to have evidence that
shows the above requirements’
Key differentiator is
to have evidence that
validates any claims made
Another key differentiator
between the medical and consumer wearable market is the need
to have evidence that validates
any claims made as it relates to
the device. In the consumer world,
Identify trends and track patient progress.
there have been a number of comThe SurroSense Rx system is a tool to help
manage and track complications.
panies defending themselves in
class action lawsuits because their
products did not live up to the claims being made, however, these lawsuits were only initiated once the products had already been on the market and enjoyed widespread adoption.
There was no requirement for there to be evidence supporting the product claims prior to
the sale of the product.
On the other hand, medical wearables are required to have evidence that supports the
medical claims being made by these devices, and the only way to gather this evidence is
through trial. The complexity and scope of the clinical trial will be related to the nature of
the claims being made, and in the end it will be up to the regulatory body to determine if
there is sufficient evidence to validate the claims. The time and effort required to gather
this evidence is something that a consumer-oriented company could easily underestimate
if it attempts to pivot its technology to a medical application – it should anticipate major
burdens in both regulatory approval and go-to-market efforts.
Components & algorithms must provide accuracy to fulfill claims
Related to the need to provide evidence for the efficacy of the device, is the need to
create a device that is accurate. As an example, the accuracy of consumer activity trackers has been studied by a number of different institutions, with the reported accuracy
varying depending on the activity being studied.
Also, a quick review of the top consumer wearable websites reveals that
no concrete claims are made as to the
accuracy of the device, and to be fair,
no one is being put at risk if an activODU connector solutions fulfill the most
ity tracker under- or over-reports the
demanding requirements for medical
number of steps that an individual has
applications such as: heart-lung machines,
taken. In contrast, a medical wearable
mobile ECG measurements, operating table
must be designed to be accurate because
systems or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
the consequences of an inaccurate meaODU offers also complete cable assembly
surement could result in harm to the
user. Even though medical wearables are
integrated solutions.
able to leverage many of the same constituent parts as the consumer products,
High mating cycles
additional care must be taken to ensure
the components and algorithms have the
accuracy required to fulfill the claimed
High reliability
purpose of the device.
One of the interesting promises of medShielded
ically-oriented wearables that combine the
usability and connectivity of a consumer
Reliable touch protection
wearable with the accuracy of a medical device is the ability to continuously
monitor patients and gather data that was
previously unavailable to healthcare practitioners. However, conducting analysis on
health-related data is not without its own
set of challenges. First and foremost, privacy is the major concern when it comes
to medical data, and many countries have
strict laws as it relates to the handling of
patient health information. Violation of
these laws can result in serious fines, so
before any of this information is collected,
it is critical to understand the privacy
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laws of the country in which the devices
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transmission and storage of patient health
Advances in wearable
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a number of new applications,
including the development
of medically-oriented
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Shrinking portable medical devices
impacted by modern electronic connectors
By Ed Garstkiewicz, industry segment manager, Harting Inc. of North America
The need to minimize healthcare costs
is creating greater demand for medical
electronics equipment that, among other
things, improves and expands patient
diagnostics inside and outside healthcare
facilities. For example, portable medical
instruments such as glucose meters, blood
pressure monitors, and oxygen meters can
be designed with communication capabilities to provide continuous information to
caregivers almost anywhere.
Small hand-held devices can also
improve various diagnostic procedures in
dentistry and medical offices. While such
devices hold the promise of improved
care at lower cost, they require advanced
connector technologies that allow greater
miniaturization to improve the product’s
portability and functionality while assuring it can be used safely.
ing separate suppression devices to protect the data communications interface
circuit from electromagnetic interference,
noise and electrostatic discharge – the
transfer of static high voltage from a
human body – also added bulk and cost
to the final product.
Now, D-sub connectors (the most common digital I/O interface) are available
with built-in filtering that minimizes
these dangers. They can be purchased
with inductive ferrite filtering in the
pcb material holding the connector pins
(Figure 1). This cost-effective, low-level
filtering has minimal insertion loss while
reducing EMI emissions that might otherwise be close to the specified limit.
Another approach in D-sub filtering
is a patented four-layer pcb material
with surface mount chip capacitors. The
filtering performance of the capacitors
and screening effect of the pcb protects
against any introduction or radiation of
noise through the I/O port. Ringing and
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Built-in filtering
Figure 1: D-sub connectors
are available with built-in filtering.
Electromagnetic interference
and noise
When we consider information transfer,
small portable medical devices typically
transmit data to healthcare providers
wirelessly or by cabled LAN networks.
Electronic connectors are essential elements in these connections and must
work flawlessly without contributing
noise or distortion to the signals. Often,
despite careful system design, electromagnetic interference and noise can find
its way into data lines. In the past, add-
Filtered D-sub connectors are available
from Harting and others in a wide range
of configurations that include standard
and custom pin-outs, various housing and
hood styles, cable and bulkhead mountings, surface mount types, straight and
right angle pins for pcb re-flow soldering,
etc. Built-in filtering eliminates or reduces
the need for separate suppression devices,
resulting in smaller less costly data communication circuit board designs.
In addition, this style of built in filtering fits within standard D-sub shells,
allowing designers the flexibility to add
filtering late in the design stage if an
EMI or ESD glitch is discovered. That may
avoid the need to modify a circuit board
to suppress these problems. Avoiding such
late-stage modifications is an important
consideration. Taking a new medical device
of any kind through all the steps for
regulatory approval is a time consuming
process. Therefore, R&D engineers must
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product development cycle
and time to market to a
Minimize space
Another approach to
minimize space utilization and weight is to
employ mezzanine stackable connectors on pcbs
Figure 2: SMT miniature connectors provide high contact
density and are available in multiple stacking heights.
for routing power and
signals. These miniature
connectors using surface
designers. Some scalable mezzanine conmount technology (SMT) (Figure 2) offer
nectors are particularly rugged.
high contact density and are available in
For example, Harting’s har-flex family
multiple stacking heights for ‘board-toincludes extra robust SMT flanges that can
board’ and ‘board-to-cable’ applications.
absorb considerable mechanical stress on
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the solder contacts, allowing repeated
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vide a high degree of freedom to system
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boards within any configuration (Figure 3) and a wide
range of pin count (6 to 100
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These types of solutions
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reflow solder and pick and
place compatible.
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Figure 3: Harting’s har-flex family
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range of -75°F to +400°F. It is also a
competent electrical insulator with a volume resistivity of >1015 ohm-cm.
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Ultra-miniature connector can include 12 power,
signal contacts
Terminal block connectors come
with 2 to 12 contacts
MiniMax 06 ultra-miniature connector can include
up to 12 power and signal contacts in a footprint
of only 10mm. This corresponds to a density factor of 0.83 and a new configuration with 2 signal
and 2 high-power 1.3mm contacts for applications
needing 10 Amps or more power. Device is easy
to use and ensures premium performance even in
harsh environments. Available as a pre-cabled solution, device is suited for handheld or body-worn applications when space is limited, in
such fields as defense & security, instrumentation, testing equipment, civil or military
unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), among many others.
XW4 2.54mm pitch terminal block connectors are
available with 2-12 contacts. Both vertical and horizontal models are available. Device provides push-in
terminals to easily complete connections, while pushin connection method allows repeated repairs. Devices
provide hold down structure for strength on printed circuit boards. Product’s active lock mechanism improves
vibration and show resistance. Available in reel packaging, devices are UL approved and
RoHS compliant.
GaN power amplifier operating in 2 to 6GHz band
PE15A5025 50 Watt gallium nitride (GaN) coaxial power amplifier
operates in the popular 2 to 6GHz frequency band. The compact
and rugged device delivers high levels of output power and efficiency and has the advantage of high output load impedance that
makes port matching easier over wider bandwidths using lower loss
components. Device provides 50dB of small signal gain with a saturated output power level of +47dBm typical and 30% power added
efficiency (PAE). While generating 50 watts of saturated output
power under worst case conditions, the
output harmonic response is -15 dBc and
spurious levels are kept at -70 dBc. The
amplifier requires a +28 Vdc power supply
and is unconditionally stable.
Dc-dc converter meets medical design standard
G/H series 1-2W medical dc-dc converter meets medical design
standard EN60601-1 and ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1 3rd Edition
(1xMOPP/2xMOOP). Both creepage and air clearance of the transformer are 5mm, and 5.5mm for pcb. Device’s isolation voltage is
as high as 4200Vac (6000Vdc), which is 40% higher than standard voltage (3000Vac) of
2xMOOP. Moreover, patient leakage current is less than 2µA, which greatly ensures the
patient’s safety. Devices operate high efficiency up to 84% to save energy effectively.
All-in-one, dustproof
toggle switch is
Dual Seal Waterproof M Series Toggle
Switch for both single pole and double
pole applications is a complete, allin-one waterproof,
dustproof device.
Suitable for applications that require
IP67 rated waterproof protection,
high torque bushing construction
to prevent rotation and separation from the frame
during installation.
anti-rotation design on all non-cylindrical
levers. Stainless steel device’s interlocked
actuator block prevents switch failure due
to biased lever movement.
Medical grade MLCCs
deliver reliability,
design flexibility
MQ Series medical grade MLCCs are
manufactured tested and qualified using
stringent medical design, in-process and
lot acceptance requirements. Available in
several different dielectrics, case sizes,
voltage and capacitance ratings and termination options, devices boost versatility and reliability performance required
by medical applications. Products are
available in eight EIA case sizes spanning 0402 to 2225 and four dielectric
materials: NP0 (C0G), X7R, X7S, and X5R.
Voltage ratings for the series range from
4V to 100V, capacitance values span 1pF
to 100µF and capacitance tolerances
extend from ±0.1pF to ±30%.
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Global use of facial recognition biometrics is growing
CPU board enhances
onboard functionality
CB30C safety critical CPU board is based
on VITA 59 RCE (Rugged COM Express). The
QorIQ-based board integrates a functional
safety architecture with a rugged, low
power, small form factor (SFF) making it
suitable for embedded control systems in
medical environments. Product improves
reliability and delivers safety-critical operation, which is both fail-silent and failsafe. Device’s dedicated safe supervisor
(SUPV) meets EN 50129 SIL 2 oversees the
hardware and monitors all environmental
conditions, such as voltage, temperature,
shock and vibration, of the CPU subsystem.
The global facial recognition biometrics in consumer electronics market is
expected to grow at a CAGR of more
than 102% during the forecast period,
according to an analysts forecast
from global technology research firm
To calculate the size of the market
for 2016-2020, the report considers
the revenue generated from the sales
of consumer electronics integrated
with facial recognition technology.
The revenue generated from aftersales services is not considered.
Technavio ICT analysts highlight
the following four factors that are
contributing to the growth of the
global facial recognition biometrics in
consumer electronics market:
• High adoption of mobile devices for
financial transactions
• Instances of identity and data theft
• Implementation of BYOD policy in
• High demand of facial recognition
in healthcare sector.
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The acceptance of consumer electronics is increasing among individual
consumers as their use for carrying out
financial transactions has also increased.
A number of financial institutions are
encouraging mobile banking and online
financial transactions. So instances of
identity and data thefts are on the rise.
Before 1999, only non-biometrics technologies were being used for authentication purposes.
Amrita Choudhury, a lead analyst at
Technavio, specializing in research on
automatic identification system, says,
tity and data theft cases. With the growing popularity of social network websites,
instances of identity theft cases have
increased. With the increasing complexity
of such attacks, awareness among endusers is increasing, which is forcing OEMs
of consumer electronics to implement
facial recognition solutions in laptops,
smartphones and tablets.
Implementation of BYOD policy
in enterprises
Biometric Facial recognition analyzes the
characteristics of an individual's face images
captured through a digital video camera. It
records the overall facial structure, including
distances between eyes, nose, mouth, and jaw
edges. These measurements are stored in a
database and used as a comparison when a
user stands before the camera.
“Facial recognition and authentication
technologies have emerged to address
the need for end-users to remember
passwords or carry hardware tokens for
authenticating themselves to execute any
Instances of identity and
data theft
Growing usage of the Internet, websites and applications by end-users has
led to an increase in the number of iden-
Multi-finger contacts suitable
for high vibration applications
Ultra-thin removable
terminal carrier
BYOD policies enable employees to use
their personal devices for work purposes,
enabling them to work without any location or time constraints. This increases
their productivity and reduces travel time.
SMEs worldwide are increasingly adopting
BYOD policies to reduce their operational
costs. An increase in the mobile workforce has enabled companies to have
their employees across a given region,
which in turn has boosted their productivity and sales.
Technavio expects the mobile workforce to increase further during the
forecast period because of the high penetration of mobile devices. The increased
use of mobile devices will enable employees to access confidential data from
remote locations.
“Since employees use mobile devices
for accessing personal and confidential
professional data, the need for integration
of facial recognition systems in mobile
devices has increased,” says Amrita.
High demand of facial recognition
in healthcare sector
Due to growing instances of data
thefts in the healthcare sector, the need
for facial recognition has increased for
the purposes of authenticating and verifying individuals. Furthermore, with the
growing usage of consumer electronics for
the remote monitoring of patients, it has
become necessary for OEMs to integrate
facial recognition systems in these consumer electronics to ensure authorized
access to confidential data such as electronic health record. Organizations in the
healthcare sector need to comply with the
government regulations such as Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act (HIPAA) to avoid being penalized.
Facial recognition systems are making
it possible for healthcare professionals
to provide secure medical information to
their patients via personal devices.
Optional solder preforms
eliminate wave soldering
terminals for durability
Non-isolated dc-dc
converters operate from
wide input voltage
i6A4W step-down non-isolated dc-dc converters are capable of operating from a
wide input voltage of 9V to 53V and deliver
an output voltage that can be adjustable
from 3.3V to 15V. Products allow operation
from 48V inputs and can be used as dropin replacements for expensive isolated
1/6th converters driving 12V POL devices
in medical, communications, industrial
and test and measurement equipment. In
the 1/16th brick form factor, measuring
33 x 22.9 x 12.7mm, units can also be
used in conjunction with single output
12V, 24V, 36V and 48V output ac-dc power
supplies to generate additional regulated
high current outputs, with or without battery back-up.
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Bulkhead mounted housing comes
with self-closing cover
Smart graphics displays are customizable
OM-SGD Series of panel meters with bright color
TFT smart graphics displays are available in three
screen sizes. Units provide a wide operating power
supply voltage range of 4 to 30Vdc and two alarm
outputs. Waterproof NEMA 6 (IP67) versions are
also available. Using firm’s Simple Wizard based
configuration software, select from more than
40 standard display configurations to program.
Customize colors, text labels, input scaling and
units before uploading the selected display configuration to the meter via USB interface to the PC.
Han B Snap Cap bulkhead mounted housing is equipped with
a hinged cover that automatically closes when the connector
is removed. The hinged cover effectively protects the interior
from external influences via a spring. This special spring on the
bearing pedestal presses the hinged cover against the housing
with sufficient pressure to prevent water spray and dust from
entering the interior. Housing is locked with Han-Easy Lock levers, which are easily
closed, provide a good sealing effect and have a low operational force. Device meets the
requirements of IP44 and in the plugged condition, such as in combination with a suitable Han B hood, it complies with the IP65 protection class.
300W PMBus compliant eighth
brick conforms to ABC standard
300W convection cooled dc-dc
converters boost reliability
DBE series of 300 Watt fully regulated digitally
controlled dc-dc converters packaged in an industry
standard eighth-brick format provide a footprint that
conforms to the Advanced Bus Converter (ABC) Digital
standard as specified by the AMP Group industry collaboration. Product accommodates the internationally accepted telecommunications
network voltage (TNV) standard input range from 36 to 75Vin and provides a PMBus compliant digital system interface. A 32-bit
ARM processor contains firm’s proprietary
firmware designed specifically to control
and manage the converter’s operation.
BHT-319R-F4 series of dc-dc converters have an operational life of 30 years at high temperatures in railway and
industrial environments. The convection cooled units deliver 300W continuous output power over a -40°C to +85°C
temperature range without derating. By eliminating optocouplers and electrolytic capacitors,
the MTBF of the units is significantly higher than in conventional converter designs.
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SMT coin cell contacts
suit battery enclosures
SMT enclosure coin cell contacts provide improved design versatility for cost
effective, dependable connections in
self-contained battery compartments.
Devices require minimal board space,
while allowing easy installation and
removal of a coin cell battery within a
battery enclosure. Product’s ultra low
profile and compact design make it suitable for small hand held controls, key
fobs, personal medical devices, digital
timers, and many other industrial and
consumer applications. Manufactured
from gold plated stainless steel, devices
provide low contact resistance ensuring
easy reflow soldering for reliable solder
joints. Product’s spring tension adjusts
to all cell height variations for dependable connectivity of coin cells with
diameters from 12mm and larger with
heights from 1.2mm to 7.7mm.
3-Phase power
connector terminates
with screwdriver
EPIC Power M12 630V cable circular
3-phase power connector for up to 12A
and 630V requires only a screw driver to
terminate. Small device comes with high
performance gold plated contacts and
saves space in
narrow designs.
Product’s compact form factor
is suitable for
small motors.
Device is s-coded to prevent connection error. IP67
rated device is dust and watertight.
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Semiconductors & ICs
Intel puts the brakes on Moore’s Law
Intel will slow the pace at which it rolls out new chip-making technology and
is still searching for a successor to silicon transistors.
By Tom Simonite, MIT Technology Review San Francisco bureau chief
Chip maker Intel has signaled a slowing
of Moore’s Law, a technological phenomenon that has played a role in just about
every major advance in engineering and
technology for decades.
Since the 1970s, Intel has released
chips that fit twice as many transistors
into the same space roughly every two
years, aiming to follow an exponential
curve named after Gordon Moore, one of
the company’s cofounders. That continual shrinking has helped make computers
more powerful, compact, and energyefficient. It has helped bring us smartphones, powerful Internet services, and
breakthroughs in fields such as artificial
intelligence and genetics. And Moore’s
Law has become shorthand for the idea
that anything involving computing gets
more capable over time.
But Intel disclosed in a regulatory filing last month that it is slowing the pace
with which it launches new chip-making
technology. The gap between successive
generations of chips with new, smaller
transistors will widen. With the transistors in Intel’s latest chips already as
small as 14 nanometers, it is becoming
more difficult to shrink them further in a
way that’s cost-effective for production.
Intel’s strategy shift is not a complete
surprise. It already pushed back the
debut of its first chips with 10-nanometer transistors from the end of this year
to sometime in 2017. But it is notable
that the company has now admitted
that wasn’t a one-off, and that it can’t
keep up the pace it used to. That means
Moore’s Law will slow down, too.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that
our devices are about to stop improving,
or that ideas such as driverless cars will
stall from lack of processing power. Intel
says it will deliver extra performance
upgrades between generations of transistor technology by making improvements
to the way chips are designed. And the
company’s chips are essentially irrelevant
to mobile devices, a market dominated
by competitors that are generally a few
years behind in terms of shrinking transistors and adopting new manufacturing
technologies. It is also arguable that
for many important new use cases for
computing, such as wearable devices or
medical implants, chips are already powerful enough and power consumption is
more important.
But raw computing power still matters.
Putting more of it behind machine-learning algorithms has been crucial to recent
breakthroughs in artificial intelligence,
for example. Intel is likely to have to
deliver more bad news about the future
of chips and Moore’s Law before too long.
The company’s chief of manufacturing said in February that Intel needs to
switch away from silicon transistors in
about four years. “The new technology
will be fundamentally different,” he said,
before admitting that Intel doesn’t yet
have a successor lined up. There are two
leading candidates–technologies known
as spintronics and tunneling transistors–but they may not offer big increases
in computing power. Both are far from
being ready for use in making processors
in large volumes.
Weakness in end-market demand will cause revenue decay to extend
into 2016 and beyond, says IHS
Global semiconductor revenues fell by two
percent in 2015, according to a report from
IHS Inc. Sequential quarterly growth was
weak throughout every quarter of 2015,
especially in the first quarter when the market declined 8.9 percent over the previous
quarter - the deepest sequential quarterly
decline since the semiconductor market
collapsed in the fourth quarter of 2008
and first quarter of 2009. Global revenue
in 2015 totaled $347.3 billion, down from
$354.3 billion in 2014, the report says. The
market drop follows solid growth of 8.3
percent in 2014 and 6.4 percent in 2013.
“Weak results last year signal the
beginning of what is expected to be a
three-year period of declining to stagnant growth for semiconductor revenues,”
said Dale Ford, vice president and chief
analyst at IHS Technology. “Anemic endmarket demand in the major segments of
wireless communications, data processing
and consumer electronics will hobble
semiconductor growth during this time.”
Overall semiconductor revenue growth
will limp along at roughly 2.1 percent
growth compound annual growth rate
(CAGR) between 2015 and 2020, according to the latest information from the IHS
Semiconductors Service. Current technology, economic, market and product trends
suggest that sometime between 2020 and
2022 new products will come to market
that will enable a significant level of
growth in semiconductor revenues.
Reshaping the leader board
“Of course the big story for the semiconductor industry was the record level
of merger-and-acquisition activity last
year,” Ford said. “Top players pursued
bold, strategic maneuvers to enhance
their market position and improve overall
revenue growth and profitability.”
Intel retained its number one ranking
in 2015, after completing its acquisition
of Altera, which allowed the company
to offset declining processor revenues
and achieve 2.9 percent overall growth
in 2015. Qualcomm slipped to number
four in the rankings as its revenues fell
by 14.5 percent, because the company’s
2015 acquisition of CSR was not enough to
counter declining revenues in the wireless
markets. The final major deal among the
top 10 in 2015 was NXP’s acquisition of
Freescale, which boosted it from number
15 in the 2014 rankings to number seven
in 2015.
Among the top 20, Infineon’s acquisition of International Rectifier enabled
it to jump to number 12 in 2015.
Announced deals that are expected to
close in the first half of 2016 will continue to reshape the leader board. Avago
Technologies continues its aggressive
acquisition activity with its purchase of
Broadcom. Broadcom is already ranked
at number nine in 2015. The combined
revenues of the two companies would
place them at number five overall. ON
Semiconductor’s acquisition of Fairchild
Semiconductor should boost it up two
notches in the rankings.
Among the top 25 semiconductor suppliers, 14 companies achieved growth in
2015. This stands in sharp contrast to
the overall semiconductor market where
less than 42 percent of 285 companies
tracked by IHS were able to achieve positive revenue results in 2015.
Energy efficient MOSFETs expand to 800 volts
Gallium nitride to widen footprint
in global power semi industry
By Michael Markides, director, power and utilities, IHS Technology
At the recent American Power Electronics
Conference (APEC) in Long Beach CA, the
IHS Power team dove into key industry
topics like the ever-increasing electrification of automobiles, expected growth
from smart energy applications and the
total market slowdown that began in the
second half of 2015.
The most notable topic, however, was
the presence of many gallium-nitride
(GaN) specialist suppliers and their optimism this new technology will at last be
rapidly adopted in the market.
Wideband gap materials, namely silicon
carbide (SiC) and GaN, have been commonly used in the semiconductor industry
for many years, but market adoption has
not reached the levels the industry has
been hoping for. While these new materials offer the promise of better performance
than silicon (Si), numerous issues have
held back their adoption. First, price is
always at the core of the argument – but
to date only in a few niche applications,
and only with a few products, does the
increase in performance justify the higher
price. For example SiC has made inroads
into the market for Schottky diodes,
because the increased cost is justified by
better performance of forward voltage,
higher operating temperature, decreased
leakage current, and lower reverse recovery charge (Qrr). The second main reason for poor adoption of wideband gap
materials is the difficulties in supplying
Global semi market slumps in 2015
the material, manufacturing, packing and
engineering, which has been a major reason GaN has not yet made major inroads
in the market.
At APEC 2016, GaN suppliers were
optimistic - noting major improvements
in design and engineering to increase
the reliability and performance of GaN
transistors, which now gives them a much
more realistic path to adoption. GaN
also has greater cost-reduction potential,
because GaN power devices can be grown
on silicon substrates that are larger and
less expensive than SiC.
GaN suppliers are now aggressively
targeting the market in two ways: first by
replacing silicon super-junction devices
in existing markets and applications; and
second, using the higher performance
to target LIDAR, medical imaging and
other emerging applications and even for
low-voltage management in data centers,
where power density and efficiency concerns are paramount and GaN’s increased
performance is more welcome.
GaN will provide the higher performance
needed for LIDAR and other new applications. LIDAR will potentially revolutionize
the autonomous car market in the near
future – enabling self-driving cars that are
self-aware. In addition, GaN is now included in data-center power supplies in data
centers that are constantly under pressure
to compute more bytes in less space with
better power management.
CDM22012-800LRFP UltraMOS MOSFET is energy efficient, high
voltage and minimizes total conduction losses while maximizing
power density. Device is a 12A, 800V MOSFET in the TO-220FP (Full
Pack) package. The low rDS(ON) of 0.37O and low total gate charge
of 7.6nC are key energy efficiency characteristics of this device,
which surpass the operational performance of similarly rated standard MOSFETs. Devices are available in industry standard packages
as well as in custom packages.
Energy harvesting PMU boosts efficiency
in IoT designs
ADP509x energy harvesting Power Management Unit (PMU) enables
faster, more efficient energy harvesting in IoT applications where energy is scarce. Device
converts harvested power down to 16µW to 100mW range with only sub-µW operation
losses. Device speeds cold-startup time, with a multiple-power-path design, enabling
smoother operation. Energy harvesting is a key critical component in achieving fully
autonomous IoT solutions.
FPGAs enhance IO variants for smart connectivity
ECP5 family of low power, small form factor connectivity and acceleration FPGAs are
pin compatible and enable OEMs to seamlessly update their designs to meet evolving
interface requirements in the industrial, communications and consumer
markets. Devices support 5G SERDES
and up to 85K LUTs in a small
10x10 mm package. Devices support multiple 5G protocols including PCI Express Gen 2.0, CPRI and
JESD204B. Product family enables
seamless connectivity to ASICs and
ASSPs in a wide array of applications. Numerous resources including software, device samples, soft IP and hardware
boards are available upon request.
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Production Equipment
Materials deposition inkjet printer supports
PE processes
Benchtop pcb milling machine suitable for
X-Serie turnkey materials deposition inkjet
printer is a tool for process development in
printed electronics and smart 3D printing.
Product provides patented rotative headholder ‘plug and play’ full curing area, insitu characterization devices and exclusive
software suite. Unit is suitable as an ‘all
inclusive’ tool to enable advanced inkjet process development. Product handles
substrates up to 305mm x 305mm with a
thickness up to 10mm. Unit provides high
accuracy five axis with motorized adjustable printing resolution, substrate alignment and nozzles self-calibration.
ProtoMat S63 benchtop machine creates
printed circuit boards (pcb) by milling away
unwanted copper from substrates, leaving
only the desired circuit traces behind. Unit
is capable of producing multiple design
iterations in a single day and its long list of
applications includes everything from analog
to microwave boards, as well as test fixtures,
RF shields and 2.5D depth milling.
Dual-curing adhesives achieve full strength at 60°C
DUALBOND dual-curing adhesives reach full strength at only 60 °C after prefixation by
light. Product range is completed by adhesives curing in a single step at low temperatures, three times faster than previous products. The epoxy resin-based adhesives are
mainly used in electronics and can be prefixed
after only half a second of exposure to light.
Products boost adhesion to LCP and allow adjustment of the adhesive properties ranging from
flexible to hard (elongation at tear up to 70%).
Low curing temperature reduces the thermal stress
between the materials, thus limiting the stress on
the component. Product allows processing of temperature-sensitive substrates without
difficulty: higher temperatures would only damage the sensitive components.
AOI System inspects
double-sided pcbs
BF-10BT Offline AOI System for double-sided printed
circuit board (pcb) inspection, is robust and highly
repeatable hardware built for 24/7 continuous
operation. System inspects both sides of the pcb
in one process with 10µm resolution. Unit inspects
01005 (0402) components and detects solder balls
down to 150µm with high speed and superior data
handling capabilities. Product is suitable for final
inspection, through-hole inspection after wave or
selective soldering, or manual inspection.
Adhesive boosts optical clarity in electronics
Stencil cleaner is
compatible with most
X-Ray inspection system
features advanced s/w
X-SPECTION 6000 Cabinet X-Ray
Inspection System includes advanced s/w
tools required for a wide variety of applications. Unit delivers high flexibility with
enhanced tilt and a rotating work table.
Technologically advanced system comes
with standard features that include fully
integrated, 130kV high power closed
X-ray tube, 60° camera tilt for oblique
angle viewing, 22" x 18" inspection
stage with 350° rotation, color mapping
camera with zoom window provides easy
location and identification of faults and
Z axis movement of the x-ray tube and
E5611 stencil cleaner is made with costeffective cleaning chemistry designed to
be diluted for removing flux, solder paste
and uncured adhesives from stencils and
misprints. Product is compatible with
most standard stencil cleaning equipment. Product boosts performance and
adds real value with improved prints and
modern, green technology that is better
for the environment.
ASHLAND Aroset PS 6449 solutionbased acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive
(PSA) delivers improved optical clarity
to electronics applications. Product is
acid free and reduces the likelihood of
future corrosion. Product provides a
good balance of adhesion and cohesion
and improved temperature resistance.
Product can be used in bonding multiple
layers together in electronics applications, where optical clarity, durability,
weatherability performance are required.
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3D AOI system inspects pcbs
K Series3D 3D AOI inspection system
for printed circuit boards delivers accurate component inspection by combining its 2D AOI and 3D SPI experience
with new proprietary technologies. Unit
delivers accurate all-around defect coverage including lifted components, lifted leads, tombstones,
etc., for components up to 25mm in height. Coupling high quality telecentric 2D images with dual camera blue-laser-based 3D
profiles guarantees superior inspection quality for both pre-reflow
and post-reflow.
The electronics industry
has a number of suppliers,
a few experts but none with
the completely integrated
approach Electronic Coating
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ASC now UL approved on polyimide materials
American Standard Circuits (ASC) West Chicago IL, CEO Anaya Vardya recently announced that his company
is now UL approved on all polyimide materials.
“American Standard Circuits is pleased to have received UL approval of Isola Polyimide P96 cores / P26
prepreg. It is a top priority for us to provide our customers with as many technologies as possible for their
demanding printed circuit board requirements,” Vardya says. “It’s just another example of our quest to be a
total solutions provider.”
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Multi-cure conformal coating steps-up protection,
improves pcb performance & security
‘True’ black color conformal coating introduced
For many years manufacturers of electronics (OEMs) have
been looking for a coating that allows them to hide information on their circuitry and provide environmental protection.
With the release of its newest conformal coating option,
Electronic Coating Technologies (ECT), Brampton ON, figures
it has found the solution.
In the past this task has been done primarily using epoxies as potting compounds or glob top materials. This requires
several steps before the application of the epoxy. Silicone
Plasma treating.
molds, dam and fill gasket application or placement of the
circuitry in plastic potting cases.
Multi-Cure 29816, a ‘true’ black UV curable material - comprised of a single-component,
100% solids, light and heat curable conformal coating- is designed to enhance security
on printed circuit boards (pcbs). In addition to its ability to improve circuit reliability in
harsh conditions, its opaque black color is intended to cover markings, labeling, as well
as sensitive information on the circuit board.
Another use is as a conformal coating on LED circuit boards used in the manufacture
of LED displays and lighting fixtures. The matt black finish improves the optics of the
LEDs by creating a surface that does not reflect unwanted light.
Lighting display companies that wanted a black background to their displays have
needed to use two component epoxies or polyurethanes to get the desired display effect.
29000 Series Conformal Coatings
Dream big in small sizes
HARTING har-flex® and har-flexicon®
Miniature connectivity solutions for industrial electronic applications.
High flexibility in system design
Wire-to-board, cable-to-board
Robust connection to the PCBs by additional SMT hold-down devices
Suitable for automatic assembly process and reflow soldering processes
This process has been time consuming and
inefficient from both a waste and time standpoint. The use of one component fast curing
materials dramatically streamlines the production process.
Formulated with a secondary heat cure,
29816 can typically be applied and cured at
up to 5 mils thick - in one pass. It’s easily
dispensed and for thicker coating requirements the material can be applied in multiple
passes. It becomes immediately tack free after
curing, helping to avoid handling defects such
as fingerprints that may be left on the boards
if they are handled too soon, or other damage
caused by stacking and arranging the printing
boards during processing.
Black 29816 Coated Circuit Board
Moreover, this multi-cure material can be
applied to a variety of substrates including
glass reinforced epoxy laminates, and various substrates found on components on PCBA’s
with a good bond. In essence, the 29816 coating has been developed to cover sensitive
information. As with all chemistries testing needs to be done to determine adhesion
to specific substrates for maximum security. Electronic Coating
Technologies provides automated atmospheric plasma treating
capabilities to enhance adhesion to circuit assemblies when it is
The 29816 is applied like other conformal coatings by PVA
Selective Conformal Machine. The use of the automated application allows the black conformal coating material to apply around
LEDs without the need for masking LEDS or ‘keep out’ areas on a
PCBA. The use of UV curable black conformal coating and automated application equipment greatly reduces material
and associated applications costs compared to traditional potting processes.
Typical processing consists of application of the coating to the PCBA with a
PVA robot and then transferred to either
an inline PVA curing tunnel or a Dymax
stand alone curing tunnel. This process
lends itself to a safe environmentally
friendly application of materials. While
typical two component potting compounds lead to the creation of waste,
both environmental and in manufacturing time, solvent free single component
PVA Delta 6
coatings and encapsulants allow for lean
conformal coating
manufacturing techniques and reduced
hazardous wastes.
29816 is yet another addition to the TEC conformal coatings
product line, which includes UV/heat-curable as well as UV/
moisture-curable materials in a range of viscosities, all providing
circuit board protection and shadow-curing capabilities. Its ability to cure in seconds enables faster processing, greater output
and lower processing costs. When cured with Dymax light-curing
spot lamps, focused-beam lamps, or flood lamps, it delivers ideal speed and performance.
Dymax lamps provide suitable balance of UV and visible light for the fastest, deepest cures.
Light-curable conformal coatings help ensure pcb reliability in environments where
moisture, condensation, dust, dirt, salts, chemicals, abrasion, thermal shock, mechanical
shock, and other factors can all affect circuit performance. Each of ECT’s conformal coatings is one part (no mixing
required) for easy dispensing
and is electrically insulated
so it can be applied over the
entire pcb surface or in select
areas to provide protection
from service environments.
These conformal coatings
are solvent-free and contain
very low VOCs, eliminating
the need for solvent handling. Many are formulated
with secondary cure mechanisms (heat or moisture)
29816 conformal coating around LEDs.
allowing for curing in shadowed areas. Fluorescing grades
are also available, making it easier to see coating placement and coverage. IPC approved,
MIL-I-46058C and UL listed grades are also available.
Electronic Coating Technologies is headquartered in Brampton, Ontario with other
facilities in Cohoes New York and Everett Washington. The company is registered in the
Canadian Controlled Goods Program and ITAR roistered in the USA. Electronic Coating
Technologies is an ISO 9001:2008 registered company.
For more information on Multi-Cure 29816, a black UV Curable material
from Electronic Coating Technologies, go to http://ept.hotims.com/61398-71
full online product listings at ept.hotims.com
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Miniature PCB connector with positive
latches on the side
Welcome to the Future of Entry Level
Cut & Strip
The new PTSM 0,5/…PL PCB
connector with positive latches
on the side enables stable
latching with the counterpart.
In combination with the new
inverted PCB connectors,
particularly compact solutions
can be created for wire-to-wire
Schleuniger’s new EcoStrip 9380
offers the most complete feature
set at an economical price point.
This flexible machine can be
configured with rollers or belt
feeding unit capable of short
mode processing and is compatible with a wide range of pre
and post processing accessories. Training and set-up times are
minimized with Schleuniger’s standardized S.ON software.
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Gap Wireless provides
advanced UAV solutions
to public and private
sector clients across
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aircrafts, to sensors, to
training and regulatory
support, you can find a complete line of UAV solutions with
comprehensive support – making Gap Wireless an ideal
choice for everything you need.
Contact email: [email protected]
Tel: 855.365.2188 • [email protected]
NEMA 6 Enclosure has Highest EMI and
Environmental Protection
The EDS-205 is one of a series of entrylevel industrial 5-port managed Ethernet
switches that are rated to operate at
temperatures ranging from -10 to 60°C.
They are rugged enough for any harsh
industrial environment and can be easily
installed on a DIN-rail as well as in
distribution boxes. These plug-and-play
switches are in stock in Canada and
are available for immediate
delivery at a new lower price!
Tel: 855.826.3781 • [email protected]
High Performance Epoxy
Equipto Electronics watertight N6
Heavy Duty NEMA Type 6 enclosure
protects equipment in applications
anywhere that sensitive circuits
must be protected from hostile
environments or water. Handles the
most strenuous shock and vibration.
• High-level EMI/RFI shielding
• Custom sized
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temperature range:
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Thermally conductive:
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Machined banding backshell for
360° shield termination
EM360 banding backshell for D-sub connector applications provides 360-degree shield termination capability using a Band-It-style clamp. Device provides
top opening, side opening and low-profile options.
Product’s split-body design is lightweight and made of
a low magnetic aluminum alloy (EN AW 5083). Device
features electroless nickel plating, while various cable
entry diameters are available. Device is targeted to spaceflight and commercial aerospace
applications where overall shielding is a necessity.
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Moxa EDS-205
UAV Solutions from Gap Wireless
MPS’s new HWI4427 and
HWI4434 series of Helical
Edge Wound (HEW) High
Current Inductors offers the
highest current density package size in the industry. These
inductors offer a wide range of inductance values from
1.4µH to 83µH and rated current up to 122 amps or higher
in a very compact package. Various mounting options are
also available, including mounting clip and base for extra,
added support and resistance against vibration and shock.
Ampco utilizes the latest in print
and material technology to provide
a diverse line of durable decals.
Our durable decals can build brand
impressions, advise customers of
product safety features and clearly
identify certification information. On
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various tests to ensure the product
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Dc-dc converter line meets certifications
connectPower PRO dc-dc converter product line complements firm’s PROeco and PROmax power supplies. Units
carry Class I Div 2 and ATEX certification as well as Class
III protection. The electrically isolated product line
avoids critical earth loops; from an unregulated or distorted input voltage, it generates a stable, low-distortion
output voltage. Products provide a versatile solution for
all 24Vdc power supply applications. Units are resistant
to shock and vibration and can be mounted side-by-side
without clearance requirements, offering up to a 30%
reduction in cabinet space requirements.
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Nanocrystalline common mode
chokes mount on pcb
CAUI-4 100G Ethernet compliance test software
generates comprehensive pass/fail reports
DKIH series current compensated chokes with high current types
for pcb mounting are now available with a nanocrystalline ring
core, providing 8x higher inductance performance than ferrite core
versions in the same compact dimension. Product is suitable for
single and three phase applications with rated currents from 10 to
50 amperes. Due to its open design, devices are lightweight and
compact, suppressing EMI noise caused by power applications on the pcb. Approved according IEC 60938, UL 1283 and CSA 22.2 no. 8, devices are suitable for single phase ac or dc
applications from 10 up to 50 amperes. The voltage rating is 300Vac (IEC, UL) and 250Vac
(CSA) with an inductance range of 1.6 to 6.9mH.
N8841A CAUI-4 compliance software
application (for real-time Infiniium
Z-Series oscilloscopes with 63 GHz
bandwidth) and the N1082A-4TP CAUI4 compliance software application
(for 86100D DCA-X sampling oscilloscopes) help network design engineers accelerate turn-on and debug
of 100G Ethernet networking systems.
Automatic execution of physical layer
tests ensures accurate results while
reducing test times from hours to
minutes. Software provides automated
test scripts that allow quick and reliable testing of chip-to-chip and chip-to-module channels at specified test points. Engineers can automate both software applications to run
over extended periods of time as well as add their incremental user-defined tests if desired.
TX1 carrier serves start-up embedded market
Orbitty NVIDIA Jetson TX1 small form factor carrier serves
the embedded marketplace in a wide range of applications.
Device’s lower price point will attract users in the educational
space, start-ups and maker pros. Measuring 87mm x 50mm,
product’s design includes 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0 OTG, 1x
HDMI, 1x GbE, 1x microSD, 2x 3.3V UART, I2C, and 4x GPIO.
NVIDIA Jetson TX1 supercomputer on a module features the
NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, 256 NVIDIA CUDA cores, 64-bit CPUs and power efficiency.
Digital thermal multimeter reaches tight spaces
Fluke 279FC Wireless TRMS digital thermal multimeter is full-featured
with an integrated thermal imaging camera. Product is compatible with
iFlex (a flexible current clamp) to expand measurement capabilities and
get into tight, hard to
reach spaces. Unit transmits results wirelessly
to a smartphone and
instantly monitors measurements live on smartphone screen. Create and
email reports from the
field. Device operates
with an ac mV Range of
600.0mV with a resolution of 0.1mV and
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Power supplies serve
embedded open frame
SOLA-HD SVL Series power supplies are
suitable for high volume, controlled environment applications where essential features
are the only requirement. Product’s small
footprint serves as an alternative to embedded open frame switchers, when space
inside an enclosure is at a premium. DIN rail
mounting capability provides quicker and
easier installation while allowing for design
flexibility. Units range from 15 to 480 Watts
in 5, 12, 24 and 48 Volt combinations.
Advanced Interconnections . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Allied Electronics, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Ampco Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Data Cable Co Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Digi-Key Electronics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Electro Sonic Group Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Electronic Coating Technologies . . . . . . . 19
EMA Design Automation . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
EMX Enterprises Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Equipto Electronics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
E-T-A Circuit Breakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
GAP Wireless . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Hammond Mfg. Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Harting Inc of North America . . . . . . . . . . 20
Interpower Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
J-Squared Technologies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Keysight Technologies . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11, 24
LEMO Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Master Bond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Mega Electronics Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Mornsun Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
MPS Industries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
NEWARK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Newell Rubbermaid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
ODU USA Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Phoenix Contact . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Protocase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Schleuniger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Schurter Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
TDK- Lambda Americas Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Transducers USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Universe Kogaku . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
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They. Just. Work.
Discover the versatility of Keysight Data Acquisition Units.
The Keysight 34970A and the 34972A data acquisition (DAQ) units were designed with one goal in mind: simplicity.
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Keysight Data Acquisition Units — 34970A and 34972A
Built-in signal conditioning enables 11 measurement functions:
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Measure up to 60 differential channels, up to 300 DC/AC volts
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