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  • Feeling is Believing: e-Textiles Bring Music to Life for the Deaf

    Avnet teams up with tech incubator Not Impossible Labs to create an innovative e-textile product that enhances the music-listening experience for people with hearing loss. Music is one of life’s great joys. It unites people across time and culture. It is enjoyed by those who create it as well as those who listen to it Read More >>

  • connector world embraces antennas and sensors

    The Connector World Embraces Antennas and Sensors  

    Acting in tandem with high-speed interconnects, antennas and sensors can collect and convey a world of data. They act as the eyes and ears of today’s connected world.   Everything is connected. But for once, we’re not talking about connectors. We’re taking a closer look at the passive technologies that enable the autonomous and interconnected functions of the Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, the rollout of Read More >>

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connector world embraces antennas and sensors

The Connector World Embraces Antennas and Sensors  

Acting in tandem with high-speed interconnects, antennas and sensors can collect and convey a world of data. They act as the eyes and ears of today’s connected world.   Everything is connected. But for once, we’re not talking about connectors. We’re taking a closer look at the passive technologies that enable the autonomous and interconnected functions of the Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0, the rollout of Read More >>

artificial intelligence influences connector development

The AI Impact: Artificial Intelligence Influences Connector Development

AI technologies are being used to help analyze rapidly growing data sets, which is generating substantially more data and further increasing demand for ever more powerful connectors. Artificial intelligence has become a prominent element in many advanced system designs, including leading sensing and analysis tools used by data centers and military agencies. Though AI is a high-level software technology, it’s having a major impact on the development of electronics, including connector designs that can accommodate Read More >>

two new usb connectors

Coming Soon: Two New USB Connectors

The newly announced USB4 will handle the high speeds and data operations required by connected and automated systems. But first, USB 3.2 is about to make its appearance in the marketplace. USB 3.2 connectors will begin to appear in a variety of devices over the next few months. Announced in late 2017, the latest USB Read More >>

drones, FLIR cameras, GPS, and prosthetics were all inspired by military technologies

Five Military Technologies That are Driving Civilian Product Development

Technologies that got their start in military applications, such as the now ubiquitous GPS technologies in our phones and cars, often migrate to civilian markets. Many consumer, medical, and automotive electronics were originally military technologies. Most consumers are unaware that many of the electronic products they use or readily recognize were originally military technologies. These Read More >>

The Frustration of Archaic Traffic Control Systems

Emerging traffic management equipment represents a bright new market for advanced sensors and many types of related connectors. I like to consider myself reasonably adjusted to the challenges of living in the 21st century, except one: We continue to labor under the dictates of traffic control systems technology that dates from the early part of Read More >>

OFC Spotlights Optical Connectivity

The Optical Fiber Communications Conference & Exhibition explored emerging optical connectivity technologies, including optical transmitters, multi-fiber cables, and connectors. The Optical Fiber Communications Conference & Exhibition recently held in San Diego is the prime showcase of current and next-generation optical network communication technology. With over 700 exhibitors and 15,000 registered attendees, this conference filled both Read More >>

New Electronics Fuel Formula E Racing

As the racing series continues, we take a closer look inside the new Gen2 Formula E race car to learn about the new electronics packages that make this machine faster, safer, and more powerful than previous versions. The electronics industry takes a special interest in Formula E racing, as the championship series for electric vehicles Read More >>

Smaller, Faster, Smarter: Miniature Industrial Connectors

Connectors are competing for space in today’s automated industrial processes. A next-generation miniature industrial connector format balances space constraints with data performance. Meet the iX Industrial. At the 2018 Hannover Fair, HARTING identified miniaturization as one of six trends defining the evolution of integrated industrial processes. The others are digitization, integration, e-mobility, modularization, and customization. Read More >>

High-Speed Products Dazzle at DesignCon 2019

The DesignCon conference never fails to live up to its reputation of being the premier platform for state-of-the-art chip and board technology, and DesignCon 2019 was no different. Once again, DesignCon demonstrated why it has become the most respected conference and exhibition for engineers engaged in high-performance chip, PCB, and system design. DesignCon 2019 featured Read More >>

Connectors in a Futuristic World

TE Connectivity teams up with Hollywood to explore future technologies in the new film, “Alita: Battle Angel.” When Hollywood and Silicon Valley join forces to bring future technology to the big screen, the engineering community pays attention. A great story is key, but add some fantastic machines to the mix and you don’t just have Read More >>

Connector Industry E-Commerce Evolves

Consumers expect instant gratification from the shopping experience. Engineers shopping for electronic components expect the same level of service, pushing connector companies and distributors to step up their game. Improved connector industry e-commerce options are one solution for more satisfied customers. Amazon has proven beyond a doubt that convenience and speedy delivery have become major Read More >>