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    CIMON Says: Design Lessons from a Robot Assistant in Space

    Designing a service bot to function in microgravity is a unique challenge. Engineers at Airbus developed an autonomous robot assistant for the International Space Station using commercially available interconnects. By Traci Browne and Paul Golata for Mouser Electronics robot Of the more than 225 visitors to the International Space Station (ISS) in the past 20 Read More >>

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    The Evolution of Cellular Communication Technology: 3G to 5G

    In the past two decades, we’ve not only cut the cord between our phones and the wall, but we have gained the ability to stream video, play games, and access the web from what has essentially become a powerful handheld computer. 5G will push those capabilities to the next level.  This is the third in Read More >>

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COVID-19 Pandemic Drives Demand for Disposable Wire and Cable Products

Disposable, single-patient-use electrocardiograph cables and leadwires help keep patients safe by eliminating cross-contamination, which is always a critical concern in medicine but now more than ever. Since reusable electrocardiograph (ECG) leadwires come into direct contact with a patient, they can be a source of harmful cross-contamination. Disposable ECG leadwires are a simple way to help Read More >>

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Self-Aligning Magnetic Connectors Provide Optimal Power and Data Solutions for Medical Applications

Magnetic connectors designed to self-align, self-locate, handle a high number of mating cycles, and safely unmate can provide optimal solutions for power and data transmission. Technological advancements in healthcare have led to an increased demand for electronic devices for inpatient and outpatient medical care. These devices are used for a wide range of applications, including Read More >>

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Unite in Powerful Connected Technologies

Advanced computing resources and connected technologies are converging in a range of automated applications, including robots, drones, and algorithm-driven applications. What could possibly go wrong? It’s hard to read a newspaper or magazine and not find at least one article about artificial intelligence (AI) or robotics. Machine learning, deep learning, neural networks, analytics, and big Read More >>

The Robots Are Coming

Robotics may be one of the greatest technological innovations of all time, and their rise is just beginning. Specialty, lightweight, precision connectivity products are key to their agility and utility. As companies look for ways to reduce their labor costs and increase their ability to perform tasks in a human-touch-free manner, the job functions robots Read More >>

Ethernet

40 Years of the IEEE 802 Ethernet Standard

A unified standard for Ethernet networks developed four decades ago still serves as the foundation of today’s incredible connectivity.  In 1973, engineer Bob Metcalfe proposed a simple but revolutionary method to connect computers in local area networks (LANs) using coaxial cable and a modular connector. Ethernet was born. But that was just the beginning. At first, systems designers were on their own and a wide variety of configurations proliferated across the Read More >>

ventilators to fight COVID-19

COVID-19 Spreads, Demand for Ventilators Skyrockets

Automotive and engineering companies have reworked their production lines to produce ventilators and other critical medical supplies needed to fight the virus. The medical technology companies that originally designed these devices have led the way by sharing their designs. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the COVID-19 coronavirus is an infectious disease that has Read More >>

OFC 2020 Resists the Coronavirus

The 2020 Optical Fiber Communications Conference & Exhibition celebrated 50 years of optical connectivity with a combination of exhibits on the show floor and remote presentations. The 2020 Optical Fiber Communications Conference & Exhibition (OFC 2020), scheduled for March 8–12, had grand plans to celebrate 50 years of optical communication. Groundbreaking technologies, including low-loss optical Read More >>

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Protecting Ethernet Connections in Industrial Environments

As Industrial Ethernet brings network connections into harsh environments, it’s essential to protect connectivity products from rugged conditions.  The proliferation of digital information, the Internet of Things, and Ethernet into every facet of our lives means that network connections are in more places than ever before, including the factory floor. Industrial Ethernet is replacing many Read More >>

Top 12 Trends for Universal Serial Bus Connectors

This second article in the new Technology Trends Series by Bob Hult examines the trends and technologies that have shaped USB connectors over the past 20 years. The last 20 years have been called the decades of disruption for good reason. Over this period, new technologies and products have been introduced, peaked, and become obsolete Read More >>

AV Broadcast

Broadcast Connectors and Cables Bring Viewers Closer to the Action

Audiovisual equipment is integrating with increasingly sophisticated signal equipment to support 8K video and even machine learning. Things have changed dramatically since the days when long delays and grainy images were common during the broadcast of live events. Today, when broadcasters transmit images from international events like the Olympics, viewers expect minimal latency, or delay Read More >>

Five Things to Consider When Specifying Metal Contact Materials

Contact materials can make a critical difference in the integrity, reliability, and durability of connectors. But not every application requires the highest-quality option. By Steve Smashey, President, and Mike Conte, General Manager, SOS Engineering, Inc. contact materials Small details in the quality and construction of interconnects can make a big difference in a system’s performance Read More >>

Covid-19

COVID-19: A Black Swan Event for the Connector Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting supply chains, cooling demand, and affecting businesses in virtually all market segments. How will this impact the connector industry? History may have some clues. A black swan event is defined as an extremely rare, unpredictable, and unexpected occurrence that has significant negative impact on an economy. The COVID-19 pandemic is Read More >>