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3D inspection of sintering paste for high temperature PCBs

3D inspection of sintering paste for high temperature PCBs

Goepel electronic has developed a system for inspection of printed sintering paste in the manufacturing process of electronic assemblies. Sintering paste is used as an alternative to conventional solder paste when high power density and good electrical and thermal conductivity is required at high operation temperatures. Systems that operate at…

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Digi-Key to launch downloadable PCB design tool

Digi-Key to launch downloadable PCB design tool

Digi-Key is believed to be planning the introduction of a downloadable PCB design tool. This will bring a significant new player into the market for free downloadable design tools. “We expect to offer a specialist design tool very soon,” said Mark Larson, president of Digi-Key. Larson said the…

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3d PCB printer does pick-n-place too

3d PCB printer does pick-n-place too

New York-based start-up BotFactory is developing a rapid prototyping machine that prints PCBs and then picks-and-places components. Called Squink and the subject of a KickStarter funding drive, “it sits on your desk, and prints and assembles your circuits in a matter of minutes on flexible or…

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Medical connectors could be immune to viruses, says Smiths

Medical connectors could be immune to viruses, says Smiths

High reliability connectors which are disposable could soon be used in medical electronics applications. This is the prediction of Gabriel Guglielmi, vice-president of business development, Smiths Connectors, and he says the company is developing the technologies to make this happen. A connector technology the company is working on is…

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Mini 4W power supply for extreme temperatures

Mini 4W power supply for extreme temperatures

Small format 4W power supplies designed for wide operating temperature range of -40°C to +80°C from Recom can be used to supply outdoor sensors or control units in residential as well as industrial applications. The RAC04-C/230 series has a wide input voltage range of 80-264VAC…

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ST adds to JANSR bipolar transistor range

ST adds to JANSR bipolar transistor range

STMicroelectronics has added to its range of Defense Logistics Agency-qualified JANSR bipolar transistors with additional up-screening. Designed for aerospace systems, including satellites, as well as nuclear physics and medical applications, the radiation hardened transistors were announced at the recent Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC) in Paris…

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Good Q2 for ARM

Good Q2 for ARM

ARM had Q2 revenues of $309m, up 17% year-on-year for a profit of $160m.

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Current-voltage monitor has 16-bit precision

Current-voltage monitor has 16-bit precision

Intersil has introduced a family of digital power monitors capable of supporting a wide common mode input voltage range of 0 to 60V. The ISL2802x range of devices have a 16-bit native resolution sigma-delta ADC (gain error = +/- 0.05% Typ.) for measurement precision and are available as bi…

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Arduino-compatible Spark board available at CPC

Arduino-compatible Spark board available at CPC

The Spark Core Wi-Fi enabled, Arduino-compatible development platform is now being stocked by consumer distributor CPC. The Spart Core board, which attracted more than $500,000 in pledges on Kickstarter last year, is open source but also code-compatible with Arduino. CPC already distributes the entire Arduino range…

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Comment: IoT could be killed by too many standards

Comment: IoT could be killed by too many standards

Will the internet of things (IoT) be killed by standards? If you are in the electronics business then you must know about the IoT. That is the mantra. But the reality is that the IoT is valueless if it is not connected, and this relies on standard interfaces. The problem…

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CadSoft launches v7 of Eagle PCB

CadSoft launches v7 of Eagle PCB

CadSoft has rolled its Eagle PCB layout tool to version 7, improving the auto-router and allowing large designs to be split across a team. The auto-router can simultaneously generate multiple routing variants on multi-core processors (one per core) and requires fewer manual interventions. Large schematic designs to…

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LTE mezzanine card supports 20Gbit/s per port

LTE mezzanine card supports 20Gbit/s per port

LTE wireless front-end system design is the target for an interface and processing card from CommAgility based around a Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA. The Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) can be used for LTE wireless front-ends requiring multiple 10G CPRI links at up to rate option 8, said the…

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