Read on to learn more about the news briefs for September 23, 2014.
Molex announced it is joining with Mouser Electronics to sponsor China Racing in an exciting new Formula E fully electric racing series. The FIA Formula E Championship will commence on September 13 in Beijing, China, where 10 teams will go head to head around the grounds of China’s iconic Olympic Stadium. Over the course of the championship, the teams will compete in 10 of the world’s leading cities, including Buenos Aires, Argentina; Long Beach, Calif., US; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Berlin, Germany, before ending in London on June 27, 2015.
FCI Electronics and Samtec announced the signing of a second-source agreement under which Samtec is licensed to manufacture, market, and sell FCI’s next-generation ExaMAX high-speed connector product portfolio.
TE Connectivity announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Delixing/Sibas Connectors. Delixing/Sibas is a Chinese manufacturer of heavy-duty connectors used in machinery equipment, factory automation, power management, and railway applications. Delixing/Sibas, which generated revenues in 2013 of $10 million, was established in 1998. Its heavy-duty connectors expand TE’s range of solutions for harsh environment applications. TE’s revenue in China is $2.2 billion and the company has 1,900 engineers, 15+ manufacturing sites, four R&D centers, and 18 sales offices, now joined by the Delixing/Sibas team of approximately 200 employees.
Mouser signed a global distribution agreement with Broadcom Corporation, a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom introduced a new development kit into its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) family to enable developers to rapidly prototype ideas and concepts for devices and applications for the Internet of Things. The Broadcom WICED Sense development kit is an all-in-one IoT prototyping kit that includes Broadcom’s newest Bluetooth Smart chip, five micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and has a software stack that is Bluetooth 4.1-compatible. As Broadcom’s first eCommerce distributor, Mouser will offer same-day shipping on a variety of Broadcom mass market products, including the WICED platform.
SolTec Electronics of Rockledge, Fla., US, announced a strategic integration with Secure Components (Norristown, Penn., US), an independent distributor of electronic and mechanical components for the aerospace and defense industry. The agreement offers SolTec clients the option of procuring electronic components under the SAE AS6081 Counterfeit Avoidance standard as well as providing increased sourcing capabilities. Clients can be assured products have undergone the most robust counterfeit avoidance techniques in the industry, should they require that level of mitigation.
Coaxial Components Corp. has expanded its international presence by hiring Anywave Technology, which specializes in the aerospace market in South Korea, to promote and sell the Coaxicom product line of precision microwave components.
WAGO announced the promotion of Eric Langhorst to the position of zone manager for the Western region. Langhorst previously served as WAGO’s regional sales manager for Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. In addition to his 10-year tenure at WAGO, Langhorst brings several years of experience in management and sales at Graybar, Indio, and DST Controls. Langhorst will continue to build exceptional customer relationships and grow WAGO’s client base in the region in his new role.
Harwin named TTI as the winner of its annual North American Sales Excellence Award for 2013-2014. The award is given in recognition of TTI’s excellent and sustained sales across Harwin’s product portfolio, including the hi-rel Datamate; award-winning, hi-rel, high-performance 1.25mm-pitch Gecko; and standard connector ranges. TTI also grew sales of Harwin’s space and cost-saving EZ-BoardWare PCB hardware system by 54% on the previous year.
Molex showcased its new Brad HarshIO IP67 Compact Ethernet Modules at the 2014 Industrial Automation North America (IANA) Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit earlier this month. Brad HarshIO IP67 Ethernet Modules are a reliable, machine-mountable solution for connecting industrial controllers to I/O devices in harsh-duty environments. Molex also exhibited its recently released Brad SST Communication Modules SST-PB3S-CLX-RLL, SST-PB3S-CLX-RLL-CC, and SST-PB3S-CLXT-RLL for Rockwell ControlLogix. Pairing open Rockwell connectivity and high-speed deterministic communication, the Brad SST Communication Modules for Rockwell ControlLogix streamline and optimize the performance of automation equipment on a PROFIBUS DP-V0 network in standard, harsh, and corrosive industrial environments.
TTI’s Kevin Sink, vice president total quality, will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming SAE 2014 Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference (ASTC) during the Obsolescence and Counterfeit Parts Management Technical Session scheduled for Wednesday, September 24. Sink is recognized as a top industry expert on counterfeit avoidance and speaks frequently in the US and abroad, addressing relevant counterfeit issues and ongoing critical legislation surrounding the topic. During the counterfeit session, Sink will present, “In Search of a Workable Counterfeit Risk Mitigation Strategy: Lessons Learned in Review of the Current State of the Electronics Industry Regarding Counterfeit Mitigation Requirements for Suppliers.”
ODU will once again show its established connector solutions for medical, industrial, test and measurement, military, energy, and automotive applications at electronica this year. It will also exhibit a new product family in the area of miniaturization. With diameters from 9.9mm to 18.5mm and contact densities of up to 40 contacts, the miniature connectors provide functionality and premium quality in a compact space.
Pasternack created and published a new set of RF calculators and conversion tools to assist engineers with answering complex RF-related product and design questions that arise on a daily basis. A total of 27 RF calculators were developed to provide the users and buyers of RF components a valuable and easy-to-use resource during the planning or design phases of their projects. The new RF calculators and converters include budget, coax impedance, RF power conversion (such as dBm to watts), attenuation, frequency, wavelength, VSWR/return loss, torque, noise, Free Space Path Loss (FSPL), unit conversion, microstrip, and many others. Each calculator page includes a diagram or illustrated depiction of what the calculator is used for as well as the mathematical formula for the chosen calculator. In each of the product-oriented calculators, where applicable, the user plugs in the variables for the desired calculation and based on the result, the calculator will produce a “Find Related Products” button that directs the user to Pasternack products that meet his specific criteria.
AVX Corporation has released its new interactive Industrial Connector Selector Guide, which provides a comprehensive overview of its 46 innovative industrial connector solutions. Featuring embedded links that direct users to both application-specific product catalogs and individual series datasheets, the guide is organized by application (wire-to-board, board-to-board, wire-to-wire, and specialty), providing at-a-glance accessibility to the company’s niche offerings.
No solar system or galaxy is too far away for The Specialist in TTI’s popular ongoing comic book series, The Adventures of The Specialist. In the latest issue, now available, The Specialist answers a desperate call from personnel on board an ailing space station experiencing multiple system failures.
Contech Research and connNtext associates announced the fall Connector Fundamentals and Power Seminars to be held November 10 and 11 (the Fundamentals) and November 12 (the Power). The seminars presented by Tom Peel, president of Contech Research, and Dr. Bob Mroczkowski of connNext Associates, cover a wide range connector- and contact-related topics such as design, materials, testing, and more. The seminars are held at the Colonel Blackinton Inn in Attleboro, Mass. For more information, contact Tom Peel or Dr. Bob.
The Electronics Industry Confidence Index is down this month. For more details by region, click here.
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