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    New Plating Technologies Evolve as the Industry Gets the Lead Out

    RoHS rules inspire innovative, electroplated press-fit solutions that eliminate tin and lead from the terminal plating and board mounting processes. By Frank Schabert, Senior Manager Research and Erika Crandall, TE Connectivity New Plating Technologies Necessity inspires innovation. When the Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) rules on lead were adopted by the European Union in 2003, Read More >>

  • DesignCon 2018 in Review

    The industry continues to take impressive steps forward, as evidenced by new products in the connector and cable world. DesignCon 2018 opened under sunny Bay Area skies, which seemed a perfect match for the mood among attendees. This conference featured over 100 technical sessions organized in 14 conference tracks, along with a two-day exhibition with Read More >>

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Spring pin plating

New Plating Technologies Evolve as the Industry Gets the Lead Out

RoHS rules inspire innovative, electroplated press-fit solutions that eliminate tin and lead from the terminal plating and board mounting processes. By Frank Schabert, Senior Manager Research and Erika Crandall, TE Connectivity New Plating Technologies Necessity inspires innovation. When the Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) rules on lead were adopted by the European Union in 2003, Read More >>

DesignCon 2018 in Review

The industry continues to take impressive steps forward, as evidenced by new products in the connector and cable world. DesignCon 2018 opened under sunny Bay Area skies, which seemed a perfect match for the mood among attendees. This conference featured over 100 technical sessions organized in 14 conference tracks, along with a two-day exhibition with Read More >>

RCx MSA Offers New Alternative for Data Centers to Connect Servers

The cabling system promises to streamline rack interconnect systems. Companies that design components for Ethernet systems will want to take a look at the RCx Multi-Source Agreement (MSA), a new intra-rack connection technology aimed at Ethernet applications. RCx MSA, an industry working group with members from Amphenol, Broadcom, Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and JAE Electronics, Read More >>

Molex qSFP DD cable

Next-Gen Datacenter Connectivity and Thermal Management

As speeds and requirements rise, the QSFP-DD MSA comes forth as a solution that addresses the technical challenges of achieving a double-density interface. By Joe Dambach, new product development manager, Molex Next-Gen Datacenter Connectivity Chips, switches, connectors, cables, and optical module technologies are at the core of datacenter networks, which must be able to support Read More >>

Insider Perspectives

Could Artificial Intelligence Spell Trouble for the Connector Industry? AI has the potential to change everything about how connectors are made — and who makes them. By Ray Alderman It’s time that we take a broad and pragmatic view of the future, what it holds for the electronics industry, and specifically what difficulties could be Read More >>

The Implications of Adopting eSIM Technology

As the Internet of Things expands to link phones, appliances, security systems, and vehicles, manufacturers are looking to one SIM card that can talk to them all. By David Luu, Marketing Manager, GCT Connectors Embedded subscriber identity modules (eSIMs) or embedded universal integrated circuit cards (eUICCs) are integrated SIM chips that cannot be removed from Read More >>

Direct Connection Adaptivity

SKEDD direct connection technology makes device design more flexible Pia Horstmann, Product Marketing for PCB Connection Technology, Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, Blomberg, Germany James Dunbar, Product Marketing Manger for PCB Connection Technology, Phoenix Contact USA, Middletown, Pa., USA Intelligent automation structures, such as HVAC systems in building technology or compact controllers in industrial Read More >>

The Fully Wired Wheelchair

The classic wheelchair is one of the most basic — and for many, most essential — machines ever invented. By adding wheels to a seat, inventors gave injured people mobility, which translates into freedom and quality of life. Things can always be improved, however. For centuries, improvements came in the form of design and materials Read More >>

Electric car symbol

EV Innovation Goes Full Charge Ahead

Electric vehicles are increasingly familiar sights around town, but the charging infrastructure needs to catch up as countries around the world make plans to transition away from fuel-burning vehicles. By Caroline Hayes When pre-orders for Tesla’s Model S opened in March 2016, the public’s appetite for luxury electric vehicles was confirmed, as thousands of customers Read More >>

Driverless mass transit

Hey, Driver?

It’s not just cars. Driverless mass transit may be coming to a city near you. Driverless Mass Transit Driverless cars are no longer a future-tech fantasy. So get ready for what inevitably comes next: driverless everything else. Cities around the world will soon see driverless trains, buses, planes, shuttles, ferries, taxis, and other forms of Read More >>

e-bike

The e-Bike Revolution is Coming

High-tech motor, charging, and sensor systems are making the new generation of e-bikes a viable part of the transportation picture. By Amy Goetzman, Connector Supplier At first, I didn’t see the point of an e-bike. Why would you want a motor to do the work for you? Getting exercise is half the point of bicycling, Read More >>

Embedded Computing Systems Evolve to CompactPCI Serial For High Performance

CompactPCI has served many industries well, but it’s time to consider CompactPCI Serial for today’s high-speed applications. By Justin Moll, Vice President of Marketing, PICMG For nearly 20 years, CompactPCI has been a highly successful architecture. Used with the PCIbus, it’s been utilized in telecom and datacom applications because of its high reliability, hot-swap, monitoring, Read More >>