Electronica 2014: IoT Is a Key Innovation Driver

Electronic component manufacturers and distributors are getting ready to converge at Electronica 2014, November 11-14, in Munich, Germany. One of the biggest topics of discussion at the show will be the Internet of Things (IoT) and its huge growth potential for the electronics industry ranging from networked medical devices to smart homes and connected vehicles.…

OmniVision Releases New HDR Sensors

Santa Clara, Calif. — OmniVision Technologies Inc. has released the newest additions to its portfolio of OmniHDR automotive high dynamic range (HDR) sensor family – the 1.3-megapixel OV10642 and the WVGA OV10625. Both the OV10642 and the OV10625 deliver high sensitivity and HDR performance in their respective market segments, said OmniVision. The sensors also use…

Broadcom Claims First Navigation/Sensor Hub Chip

Irvine, Calif. – Broadcom Corporation has claimed the industry’s first low-power Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and sensor hub combo chip to deliver new always-on location applications for a variety of mobile devices. By integrating the GNSS chip and sensor hub into a single chip, the new BCM4773 device minimizes battery drain and adds a…

TI Touts First Wireless Haptic Dev Kit

Dallas, Tex. – Texas Instruments (TI) has claimed the industry’s first wireless haptic development kit, providing system designers with a fast way to prototype eccentric rotating mass (ERM) motor and linear resonant actuator (LRA) haptic effects. The Haptic Bluetooth Kit (DRV2605EVM-BT), featuring Bluetooth low energy (BLE) and a free iOS app to control on-board LEDs…

ROHM Wearable Key Device Integrates Several Functions

Santa Clara, Calif. – ROHM Semiconductor has developed a wearable key device that integrates multiple sensors, a Bluetooth LE IC, and a low-power sensor hub microcontroller into a compact, lightweight form factor. The device provides high functionality – counts the number of steps taken, estimates the number of calories consumed, and calculates distance to performing lock/unlock…

Honeywell Unveils Nanopower AMR Sensor ICs

Minneapolis, Minn. – Honeywell has claimed the industry’s first Nanopower anisotropic magnetoresistive (AMR) sensor ICs that provide the highest level of magnetic sensitivity (as low as 7 Gauss typical) while requiring only 360 nanoamps (nA). Offering low power requirements together with smaller packaging and higher durability and reliability than reed switches at the same sensitivity…

Macro Sensors LVDTs Replace Proximity Sensors

Pennsauken, N.J. — Macro Sensors LVDT linear position sensors may be used to replace proximity sensors in the automated control systems of hot air, heat staking machinery used by many high technology and manufacturing industries in the manufacture of thermoplastic assemblies. “In this automated assembly process, super heated hot air melts plastic studs, softening them…

CES 2014: It’s More Than Gadgets

Everyone knows the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is all about showcasing the latest and greatest electronic gadgets. Sure 4K ultra HD (UHD) TVs are pretty amazing, and so are the curved TVs, as well as some of the wearable devices and tablets crammed with all kinds of functionality. But these devices wouldn’t exist without…