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M12 connector simplifies sensor and actuator applications

binder USA has announced a new two-piece M12 circular connector that offers versatility with several special features, including a square flange housing for easy assembly and a multi-position, lockable A-coding that supports variable cable installation. The new connectors simplify making secure sensor and actuator connections in applications such as factory automation and robotics.
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Thin film resistor for consumer and industrial electronics

Stackpole Electronics' CSRT2512-UP was developed to provide accurate, high-power current sensing for consumer and industrial electronic devices that exceed the capabilities of most 2512 case sizes available in the industry. The AEC-Q200-compliant CSRT2512-UP has unique thin film material properties and processing to provide higher continuous power ratings and higher pulse power ratings than other thin film chip resistors. Benefits include: high performance, high continuous and pulse power handling, and the known high reliability of thin film technology.
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Under-$100 Lidar named CES 2022 Innovation Awards Honoree

Cepton Technologies has been named a CES 2022 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Vehicle Intelligence & Transportation category for its Nova product, a miniature, wide-field-of-view lidar sensor for near-range applications. Nova is designed to help minimize perception blind spots to enhance advanced driver assistant systems and autonomous driving capabilities in modern vehicles. It enables high-res 3D imaging to accurately detect small children, on-road objects, protrusions, and road edges. The giant CES 2022 consumer electronics and technology trade runs Jan. 5-8, 2022, in Las Vegas.
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See all of the CES 2022 Innovation Awards Honorees.

Resolve EMI and EMC challenges with Ansys

EMA3D Cable solves complex EMI and EMC challenges related to high-intensity radiated fields, lightning strikes, radiated emissions and conducted susceptibility, and other issues. It is being used to build complete models of cars and planes, including every cable. Ansys HFSS is the world's foremost antenna design and modeling tool. Its comprehensive set of solvers allows engineers to address diverse electromagnetic problems ranging in detail and scale from passive integrated circuit components to extremely large-scale EM analyses, such as automotive radar scenes for advanced driver-assistance systems.
Read this informative Ansys blog.

Upgraded mechanical pressure switch portfolio

NOSHOK's new mechanical pressure switch program has been engineered to address a wider range of applications and provide a significantly expanded selection of process and electrical connection options. Each of the four new NOSHOK switch series offers vacuum, low-pressure, and high-pressure options; is CE compliant to suppress RFI, EMI, and ESD; and is RoHS compliant. In addition, NOSHOK has improved its production efficiency and expanded its inventory to better accommodate orders and provide faster delivery.
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Highest-rated current inductors for automotive Power over Coax systems

TDK's ADL3225VM inductors are for use in automotive Power over Coax (PoC) systems. Measuring 3.2 x 2.5 x 2.5 mm, they provide a compact solution for designers looking to reduce vehicle weight as manufacturers add more sensors and cameras to accommodate expanding automotive and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) applications. The proprietary structural design and wire winding manufacturing process ensure high impedance over a broad bandpass of 1 MHz up to 1 GHz. The inductors are compliant with AEC-Q200 and achieve the highest-rated current in the industry for the 3225 size.
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Advanced circulators overcome mmWave design challenges

As communica-tions providers race to deliver on the potential of 5G, research and design projects are already looking toward 6G and beyond. However, a major hurdle awaits the impending move up the millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum: a lack of acceptable mmWave components that can offer a wide bandwidth. Micro Harmonics has an answer.
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Antimicrobial switches disinfect themselves

Are switches that disinfect themselves too good to be true? It is possible. Antimicrobial coatings inhibit the growth of microorganisms and even kill them. When applied to switches, this technology is perfectly suited for medical technology, sanitation areas, and the food service industry. All completely sealed switches from SCHURTER (piezoelectric, capacitive, or ToF) are perfectly suited for this coating upgrade, which kills microorganisms effectively by oxidation using photodynamic self-purification technology.
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Expanded enclosure A/C inventory

Seifert Systems has completed their warehouse expansion, significantly increasing the types and quantity of enclosure air conditioners available. Air conditioners with popular cooling capacities within 1,000 to 21,000 BTU/hr are in stock and ready to ship. Among these are the Progressive, filterless SlimLine, and Compact Series of enclosure air conditioners as well as thermoelectric coolers. Seifert enclosure air conditioners come with a two-year warranty. SlimLine units are only 4.5 in. deep, and many Progressive units share the same size footprint for easier planning when needed for more than one application.
See what Seifert Systems has to offer.

Reversible-flow fans: Directional flow and speed control in one unit

Orion Fans has launched a series of micro-controller-based, up to IP68-rated, reversible-flow fans. By utilizing PWM signals to control fan speed, the fans provide engineers an innovative solution to some of their most challenging cooling requirements: speed and airflow direction controlled by one fan without supplementing excess wires or circuitry. Reversible-flow fans are a specialty design that enables unique applications. You may be surprised at their versatility.
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Cool Tools: Leica RTC360 3D laser scanner -- LIDAR for big jobs

The new Leica RTC360 laser scanner available from Exact Metrology makes 3D reality capture faster than ever before. With a measuring rate of up to 2 million points per sec, colored 3D point clouds can be completed in under 2 min. Automated, targetless field registration and seamless, automated data transfer from site to office reduce time spent in the field. The CAD models are generally used for factory/shop floor layout plans, power plant equipment changeouts, proof dimensioning, and much more. In addition to the 3D model, full spherical HDR imagining is appended directly to the point cloud, giving a photo-realistic effect to the data and allowing for virtual walkthroughs of the areas, shareable markups, geo-referencing, and meta-tagging. So many uses.
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Eaton developing suite of 48-V technologies to help vehicle manufacturers meet new global emission regulations

Most vehicles have traditionally operated with a 12-V system, but with tightening fuel economy regulations and new, advanced power-consuming components being added, increasing power needs are driving the move toward 48-V systems.
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igus unveils new sensor for smart plastics predictive maintenance

igus has developed a sensor for its smart plastics software that calculates the remaining service life of energy chains, cables, linear guides, and plain bearings during operation. The i.cee:local sensor optimizes the life of the system, detects faults, allows them to be fixed at an early stage, and allows for maintenance to be planned in advance. This sensor can be integrated via the internet or without IoT connectivity via the local network, depending on customer requirements. Smart plastics sensors monitor abrasion, measure the pull/push force, and provide information about an imminent overload.
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Toshiba positively evaluates no-solder connector tech for IOT

Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corp. has developed two connector technologies that allow easy, solder-free assembly of small IoT nodes, which are regarded as essential for realization of the "Trillion-Node Engine," an open-source IoT platform that could connect billions of devices in the future.
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Ouster-Danfoss partner to bring lidar to off-highway vehicles

Ouster sensors will be the first lidar hardware to be offered through the Danfoss PLUS+1 Partner Program, which is engineered to expedite the development process and bring higher quality machines to market faster. This integration is intended for remote machine management, operator assistance, row following, obstacle avoidance, and task automation. The PLUS+1 Partner Program is a select group of companies with complementary products -- including microcontrollers, joysticks, hydraulic pumps, and radar sensors -- that integrate into PLUS+1 systems the same way all Danfoss hardware components do.
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TV time: Why the new Ultra HD standard matters for quantum dot suppliers -- and consumers



By Dr. Guillaume Chansin, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

Content is king. And when it comes to new display technologies, this mantra certainly makes a lot of sense. After all, what would be the point of getting the latest TV on the market if you just had some old DVDs to watch? Good content is what justifies a hardware upgrade.

Unfortunately, content usually arrives late. When full HD TVs first became available, there was still a scarcity of content to be watched in 1920 x 1080 resolution. Today, history is repeating with 4K, high dynamic range (HDR), and quantum dots: the technology is available, but there is a lack of suitable content. Moreover, every manufacturer has been implementing these technologies differently, and it has resulted in a lot of confusion. So the new UHD standard announced during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January was well overdue.

The UHD Alliance is a consortium of technology companies and heavyweights from the film industry such as Universal Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox, and Walt Disney Studios. In a press release, they described the major features of the new standard. In order to be certified Ultra HD Premium, a device will need to satisfy minimum specifications in terms of resolution, bit depth, dynamic range, and color gamut.

Encoding in BT .2020
In a way, the certification can be seen as just another attempt to reassure consumers their new device is "future-proof." For manufacturers, the specifications are loose enough to accommodate everyone. For instance, the standard requires 1,000 nits at peak brightness, unless the device is capable of very low black level (in which case 540 nits peak brightness is considered sufficient). It is obvious this decision was made to allow OLED TVs to be certified Ultra HD Premium, since high brightness is still an issue for OLED.

Where the new standard makes significant changes is in content production and distribution. In particular, all content labeled Ultra HD Premium will be encoded with BT .2020 color representation. This is a major step up from the old BT .709 color space that is currently in use for most consumer content.

In the last two years, display manufacturers have commercialized what they call "wide color gamut" LCD panels. These displays use new phosphors or quantum dots to produce a wider range of colors. However, content encoded in BT .709 cannot fully exploit the capabilities offered by these displays. If poorly calibrated, it can even result in images looking garish or over-saturated.

BT .2020 is a much bigger color space than anything used before. Therefore, content encoded in BT .2020 will reveal how good the displays truly are in terms of color reproduction.

This modified iMac display can cover 96 percent of BT .2020 thanks to quantum dots [Photo: G. Chansin]



Quantum dot adoption
For quantum dot suppliers, more content in BT .2020 will be a great opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of wide-color-gamut displays. However, devices certified Ultra HD Premium will only have to cover the DCI P3 color gamut, which is much smaller than BT .2020. So the new standard sets the bar very low when it comes to display performance.

This enables Samsung to go ahead with their new range of quantum dot TVs. Samsung has decided to use cadmium-free quantum dots, which are labeled as safer than cadmium-based materials. However, color reproduction with cadmium-free quantum dots is currently lower than 80 percent of BT .2020. This is likely to improve in the future as manufacturers learn how to get narrower emission peaks. In the meantime, quantum dots based on cadmium remain the best for displaying BT .2020 content. For example, QD Vision has demonstrated a coverage of 96 percent BT .2020 using cadmium selenide quantum dots.

The new standard, therefore, helps quantum dot adoption in two ways. It lets cadmium-free technology get the certification while at the same time encourages consumers to seek the best display to watch content in BT .2020. Although quantum dots are only used in a few TV models at the moment, they will be increasingly important for display manufacturers as the content becomes available. By 2018, the market for quantum dot display components will reach $1.8bn according to forecasts by IDTechEx Research.

Market forecast for quantum dot devices and components [Source: IDTechEx Research report "Quantum Dots 2016-2026: Applications, Markets, Manufacturers"]



Will the new standard be popular? It's too early to say. But it represents the best attempt so far at defining how consumers should experience Ultra HD. It is also worth noting that both Netflix and Amazon have contributed to the specifications. With content now being distributed directly over the Internet by these providers, the transition to a new standard might happen faster than you think.

Learn more on quantum dots at www.IDTechEx.com/qd.

Published February 2016

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