Electronic Products & Technology


October 24, 2016 by Dr. Paul Smith, vice-president & centre manager, Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC), Mississauga ON

Security innovations ensure product authenticity, consumer safety

The engineers and scientists at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) spend much of their time helping companies come up with innovative security solutions to battle counterfeits and protect their brands against pirates — an enormous challenge with an

October 17, 2016 by Sat Sandhu, thermography services manager, Fluke Corp.

Use of infrared thermography in electronics

Figure 1: Anatomy of an infrared camera.

Electronic circuits and components come in a variety of shapes and forms. All electronics operate with current flowing, which in turn leads to power dissipation. This power dissipation manifests itself primarily in the form of heat. Hence a key factor

October 10, 2016 by Rob Phillips, sales and marketing director, Accutronics Ltd.

Managing component obsolescence in medical devices

Photo Courtesy of SiliconExpert Technologies Inc.

The consumer electronics industry has embraced obsolescence as a way of increasing profits. Smartphones, laptops, and media players are designed to fail, central to this is the rechargeable battery. Many manufacturers now seal the battery into the device, so rather

October 3, 2016 by Stephen Law

Understanding the move from a traditional to a digital supply chain with the Supply Chain of Things

Steve Vecchiarelli, vice-president
supply chain solutions, Digi-Key Electronics.

Fifty years ago, Moore’s Law told us the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits will double every two years for the foreseeable future. While that estimate has mostly held true, it is predicted that Moore’s Law will

September 26, 2016 by EAO AG

What are human machine interfaces and how do they work?

Human Machine Interface by definition encompasses all the elements a person will touch, see, hear, or use to interact with a machine. When it comes to human interface technology, advancements are rapidly evolving.

September 20, 2016 by Advanced Interconnections Corp.

Application of solder ball technology on QFP pads improves processing reliability

IC complexity and higher I/O counts have pushed older technology like Quad Flat Pack packages (QFP) to the limit of finer pin placement. Solder bridging between closely spaced gull wing leads of fine pitch QFP packages presents a significant yield

September 12, 2016 by Interpower Corp.

Universal sockets are unsafe: Here’s why

A universal socket is not the answer to try to create one source that will accept the huge variety of plugs that are available throughout the world. Serious safety issues come into play in trying to do so. To summarize

September 5, 2016 by Aury Hathout M.Env, certified environmental auditor, Enviropass

Environmental compliance: The new TSCA


As is well known the American presidential election will take place in November of this year. This question on everyone’s lips is which candidate is going to lead the country for the next 4 years? One thing is certain, the

August 29, 2016 by Varun Merchant, mainstream technical marketing manager, Tektronix Inc.

Understanding power supply measurement throughout the design process

Figure 1: For testing an on-board power supply with multiple outputs, you’ll need a dc power supply with multiple isolated channels.

The pressure on designers to create efficient, inexpensive, sleeker and smaller power supply designs is more intense than ever before. Power supplies are the lifeline behind all electronics and electronic devices. However, higher efficiencies, higher power densities, time to market,

August 22, 2016 by Deryl Kimbro, senior business development manager and Mehul Udani, general manager, connectivity solutions Group, Murata Americas

Shaping tomorrow’s wearables with today’s sensors and wireless technologies

More than 50 years ago, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore predicted that the overall processing power of computers would double every two years into the foreseeable future. Moore’s Law, as it was aptly coined, denoted that the number of transistors per

August 15, 2016 by Stephen Law

Wavefront and Vandrico accelerate industrial IoT through collaboration with wearable OEMs

Wavefront on Wireless Tablet_v1

Designing wearable devices that can withstand industrial IoT (IIoT) applications is an ongoing challenge for IoT solutions providers. Few wearable technologies and sensors are suitable for industrial working environments where hazardous conditions, such as extreme temperatures and pressure, make current

August 8, 2016 by Atul Patel, product marketing, high volume logic system connectivity, Texas Instruments

Putting the control in programmable logic controllers

Figure 1: PLC system level- communication of control data between the different sub-modules that makes up a PLC is often through a control bus such as I2C, SMBUS, or SPI.

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are the workhorse computing systems that help to coordinate and harmonize functions performed by the multitude of sensors, actuators, conveyors and many other electromechanical devices that are found in a modern factory setting. As the name