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    Autonomous Tractors Take the Farmer Out of the Fields

    New partially and fully autonomous tractors and agricultural equipment leverage the evolution of connected automotive technologies to bring e-mobility to the farm. As engineers race to fulfill OEMs’ desire to be amongst the first to have driverless cars hit the highway, the advanced electronics contributing to these innovations are making their way into other modes Read More >>

  • 2020 Mobility eBook

    2020 Mobility Connectivity eBook

    In our new 2020 Mobility Connectivity eBook, more than 25 leading interconnect authorities well experienced in automotive, transportation, mil/aero, and industrial mobility share market trend and application insights, design and specification tips, best practices, and product solutions for solving today’s mobility challenges and driving the industry ever forward — faster and more efficiently, safely, precisely, Read More >>

New Technologies

Fischer Connectors' Revolutionary FiberOptic Hybrid Connector

Fischer Connectors’ Revolutionary FiberOptic Hybrid Connector

Fischer’s revolutionary FiberOptic hybrid connector offers two fiber channels and two electrical contacts in one small package. Fischer Connectors extends its Fischer FiberOptic Series with a revolutionary hybrid connector. After the successful launch of the Fischer FiberOptic Series with two (FO2) and four (FO4) fibers at the end of 2012, Fischer Connectors now offers a Read More >>

Connector Industry Forges Ahead in Optical Technology

At recent trade shows, interconnect suppliers spotlighted fiber optic innovations, as the connector industry forges ahead in optical technology. Just this month, Molex, TE, and US Conec all introduced new optical products that provide faster data rates, more versatility, and unlimited potential. Molex Technologies Support MXC Fiber Optic Interface Molex announced that its VersaBeam supports the new MXC Read More >>

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Connector Technology Highlights from DesignCon

Bob Hult reports on the connector technology highlights from DesignCon, especially the race to 100+Gb/s. The DesignCon 2014 conference and expo once again demonstrated the event’s value as the premier showcase for high-speed chip, connector, and PCB board technology. Featuring a full schedule of well-attended technical sessions over four days, a sense of excitement and Read More >>

Condition-Based Maintenance Secures the Flow of Goods

High availability and the reliability of rolling stock comprise the basic requirements for modern rail freight. HARTING is researching solutions for condition-based maintenance strategies. The long history of sustained, strong growth in global trade correlates to a continued increase in the flow of goods in the future. Despite political advocacy and a broad range of Read More >>

What’s Next in Factory Automation?

What’s Next in Factory Automation?

August 2013 – The Internet of Things (IoT) will allow every thing with a unique identifier to communicate over the Internet or a similar network. Microprocessors will be embedded in everyday objects and the factory floor will be no exception. How far along are these developments? And what will they mean for the connectors of the future?

Implantable Medical Devices: Smart Devices, Healthy Patients

Implantable Medical Devices: Smart Devices, Healthy Patients

August 2013 – Implantable devices serve a variety of functions, from vascular stents that preserve blood flow, to electrostimulation devices that regulate heart rhythms, to orthopedic devices that reinforce the spine or restore hips and knees. These tiny devices are the future for many medical procedures and connector designs are responding to the highly sophisticated requirements of such precise technology.

2012 Annual Product Review

Adjusting to the challenging global economy of 2012, many connector manufacturers focused more on filling out existing product offerings to better match immediate system packaging needs and emerging trends rather than introducing groundbreaking new products. Offering connector product lines that feature good, better, and best options provides the ability to deliver the needed performance at Read More >>

Modernizing Military Vehicles: Vetronics

October 2012 – As defense spending moves away from research and development, vetronics offers a minimalist approach by reducing and consolidating vehicle electronic systems. Bishop’s Jenny Bieksha examines the market opportunities in this sector.