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  • LED Adoption Accelerates in Automotive Lighting

    Automakers are moving away from incandescent bulbs at increased speeds, eliminating a longstanding connector market. Opportunities for interconnect suppliers to shift gears and merge into more advanced automotive LED lighting applications abound. Much of the automotive industry’s attention is focused on the requirements of safety systems and autonomous driving, but there’s a similar revolution happening Read More >>

  • Powder Coated for Protection

    Coating connectors with a dry powder that hardens when cured can bestow benefits in terms of connector strength and protection. For that reason, some connector suppliers are eyeing the move to powder. By Jean Thilmany Connector suppliers often cover their products — or at least part of their product — with an opaque coating that Read More >>

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LED Adoption Accelerates in Automotive Lighting

Automakers are moving away from incandescent bulbs at increased speeds, eliminating a longstanding connector market. Opportunities for interconnect suppliers to shift gears and merge into more advanced automotive LED lighting applications abound. Much of the automotive industry’s attention is focused on the requirements of safety systems and autonomous driving, but there’s a similar revolution happening Read More >>

Powder Coated for Protection

Coating connectors with a dry powder that hardens when cured can bestow benefits in terms of connector strength and protection. For that reason, some connector suppliers are eyeing the move to powder. By Jean Thilmany Connector suppliers often cover their products — or at least part of their product — with an opaque coating that Read More >>

Tiny Interconnect Products Bring Sound to Life

A new generation of micro-sized electronics is helping hearing-impaired people connect with the world. By Bob Stanton, Director of Technology, Omnetics Connector Corporation The cochlear implant, one of the most dramatic and effective treatments for hearing impairments and loss, has been around since 1957. In its earliest version, the device consisted of a simple six-channel Read More >>

Is the Copper Backplane Running Out of Gas?

Higher speeds have pushed designers to find creative ways to manage conflicting issues of speed, density, signal integrity, and reach. But as we look past 112Gb/s, the picture is getting fuzzier. Traditional backplane architecture has served the electronics industry exceptionally well for nearly 70 years. The advantages of modularity, manufacturability, repairability, as well as the Read More >>

Swarming UAVs Demand the Smallest Mil/Aero Connectors

Most of the connectors used in the small, hand-launched military UAVs typical of swarming drones are very small, lightweight, low-profile, D-shaped, or flat-nano connectors. By Ann R. Thryft In a swarm of robots or a natural swarm of ants or bees, all units communicate with each other and act collectively. Swarm robotics looks to develop Read More >>

It’s Time to Get Ready for New ADS-B Standards

US-based aircraft have a new equipment mandate to improve surveillance and communications. The deadline is fast approaching, but operators have numerous options to get compliant. By Alice Tanghe Nearly a decade ago, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) set in place a timeline to transition from radar to next-generation, surveillance-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) to manage the Read More >>

Connector Manufacturers Sense Growth

As sensors increasingly work in tandem with connectors in IoT applications, some companies are expanding their expertise to encompass both of these elements.  Much like human eyes and ears, electronic sensors detect, measure, and report data on physical properties that enable electronic systems to react. Sensors of all types are proliferating as they become the Read More >>

Buildings Are Smarter Than Ever

The Internet of Things is expanding into every aspect of infrastructure, putting greater demands on the sensors and connectors that keep these systems on constant guard. Electricity was just the beginning. Today’s built environment has integrated technology into every aspect of the form and function of buildings of every type.  Our homes, schools, office buildings, Read More >>

Automotive Complexity Sparks Shift in Design Tools

The growing complexity of automotive electronics and wiring is prompting automakers to augment geometric models with functional tools. By Terry Costlow Automakers are relying more on electronic technologies to differentiate products and add safety systems that pave the way to autonomous driving. The resulting increase in complexity is prompting OEMs to adopt design tools that Read More >>

The Rapid Evolution of the Connected Car

In the past 20 years, connectivity has become a defining feature for vehicle performance, function, and experience. By Amphenol RF The automotive industry has seen monumental changes in recent years as the Internet of Things (IoT) has infiltrated nearly every function of cars, from in-vehicle entertainment systems to performance monitoring and drive features. The most Read More >>

New Gaming Hardware Revealed at E3 2018

Accessible gaming and a new console? Yes, please. This year’s E3 show revealed modest but solid innovations for gamers — and new opportunities for connectors. This year, for the second year, the general public could attend the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, the video gaming industry’s premier trade show. Those of us who couldn’t make Read More >>

Photons and Electrons, Living Together

Silicon photonics products are now on the market. Why are they necessary and what does this mean for interconnect manufacturers? By Neil Shurtz In 1965, Fairchild Semiconductor’s Gordon Moore published his famous paper outlining a future where innovation would allow the number of transistors on an integrated circuit to double every couple of years. Remarkably, Read More >>