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    Littelfuse PLEDs Support Replacing Fluorescent Lighting Tubes with LED Strings or Tubes without Scrapping the Ballast Drivers

    Ultra-low holding current characteristic ensures compatibility of existing ballasts and LED lights

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    PLED Ultra-Low Holding Current Series

    Beijing, China, April 23, 2018 Littelfuse, Inc.,  today introduced a series of PLEDs with an ultra-low holding current (just 21mA) that makes the ballast drivers widely used in the output of fluorescent tubes compatible with modern replacement LED strings or tubes. This eliminates the need to scrap otherwise still-working ballasts when replacing fluorescent lighting tubes with LED strings or tubes.

    The PLED Ultra Low Holding Current Series also ensures that the ballast will be able to activate the LED string or tube; this is particularly important for ballasts that require the ability to detect high voltage outputs during ignition.

    Typical applications for Ultra-Low Holding Current Series PLEDs include replacing both indoor and outdoor fluorescent lighting tubes with LED lighting tubes or strings.

    “For our customers, the PLED Ultra-Low Holding Current Series offers them the opportunity to reduce their LED driver cost and avoid discarding still-functional ballasts,” said Meng Wang, product marketing manager for LED Protectors at Littelfuse. “With this series, they can make less expensive LED drivers that are still compatible with the ballast’s output.”

    Ultra-Low Holding Current Series PLEDs offer these key benefits:

    • The ultra-low holding current allows these PLEDs to be used in LED strings with different power ratings without causing flickering.
    • The small footprint, DO-214AA package provides layout flexibility and is ideal for use in dense board applications.
    • The low threshold voltage (2V max.) means less switching loss.

    Availability
    Ultra-Low Holding Current Series PLEDs are available in DO-214AA packages in tape and reel format in quantities of 2,500. Sample requests may be placed through authorized Littelfuse distributors worldwide. For a listing of Littelfuse distributors, please visit Littelfuse.com.

    For More Information
    Additional information is available on the Ultra-Low Holding Current Series PLEDs product page. For technical questions, please contact: Meng Wang, product marketing manager for LED Protectors at Littelfuse, MWang3@littelfuse.com.

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    Robots taking over the home

    2018 will see rise of smart tech throughout the home, according to PriceSpy

    Smart-HomePriceSpy, the fully impartial price and product comparison service, is witnessing a huge spike in searches for smart home technology. According to Zion Market Research, the global smart home market is likely to be worth a staggering $53.45 billion by 2022.

    Essential household items, that were never considered 'smart' before, are taking on a new lease of life. Fridges can order milk when running low, pizza can be ordered just by talking to a speaker and the humble doorbell can now show who’s at the front door – even if the home owner is in another country.

    PriceSpy’s popularity data reveals that smart speakers, home hubs, Wi-Fi plugs and video doorbells are currently the most searched for items in the ‘smart home’ category.

    Based on its price and product knowledge, here are PriceSpy’s top picks for each room of the home.

    Room Product Stand-out feature
    Kitchen Drop Kitchen Scales Bluetooth enabled. Compatible with iOS & Android
    Smarter iKettle WiFi 2.0 Remote boil the iKettle from anywhere using the Smarter app
    Tefal Actifry Smart XL AH9808 Bluetooth controlled cooking tailored to recipe selected on the app
    LG GSX961NSAZ InstaView fridge Control the temperature from the app
    Anova One Precision Cooker Set the time and temperature from the app
     
    Bedroom Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link Set the temperature from the app
    Belkin WeMo Insight Switch Turn devices on/off from smart device by Wi-Fi
    Google Home Mini Voice controlled
    Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30 Alarm clock designed to encourage gradual wake up with light
    Elgato LED Avea Dynamic Mood Light Control light ambience from smart device
       
    Utility room Flymo Robotic Lawnmower 1200R Wirelessly mows the lawn without manual intervention
    iRobot Roomba 616 Full suite of sensors and automatically charges up when finished
    Hoover DWTL 49AI W3 Wizard App allows washes to be activated remotely
    Candy GVS C10DCG (White) Control, monitor and manage the appliance via Candy Simply Fi app.
       
    Front porch Ring Doorbell Built-in camera viewed through mobile app
    Nest Cam Outdoor NC2100 Notifications sent to phone upon suspicious behaviour
    August Smartlock Key-less entry to the home
       
    Living room Philips Hue White and Colour Ambience Starter Kit Control lights remotely via the portal, from anywhere in the world
    Nest Protect Sends notifications if the alarm goes off and tells what room is affected
    LG OLED55B7V OLED screen and built in entertainment controlled from smart device
    Hama Digital Photo Frame Premium Displays digital images and videos with background music
       

    Information correct as of 19th April 2018. Price history graphs accessible on the PriceSpy website: www.pricespy.co.uk

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    Electrolube Announce Record Growth Worldwide

    Global electro-chemicals manufacturer, Electrolube, has today announced the biggest growth figures ever recorded in the company’s 78-year history. Gross turnover for 2017 rose by an outstanding 27% compared to the previous year and the company has reported a substantially increased level of profitability. Impressive financial results from previous years lead to the company formally receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s highest accolade for business success, and Electrolube has consistently gone from strength to strength, particularly in export sales, successfully expanding the business and effectively meeting the demands of its worldwide customers.

    Ron Jakeman - Group MD 03Culminating factors that have contributed to the significant growth of the business have been a strong team effort, achieved across the entire company, from the UK, Germany, France, China, India, Australia and the USA.  Electrolube’s new, state-of-the-art R&D facility in Suzhou, China, opened last year, which has positively endorsed the company’s reputation locally as a supplier of innovative products. The Electrolube brand is well respected in China and the company has enjoyed massive growth in both its domestic and export markets. The Suzhou facility works closely with the UK and Indian R&D departments, ensuring a highly productive exchange of ideas, which has rapidly advanced the company’s capacity to develop high performance, innovative materials at a pace that is hard to match.

    Electrolube India has run a successful technical sales operation in Bangalore and a warehouse facility in Bhiwandi for the last 4 years. However, Electrolube took a significant step forward in 2016 and set up a new manufacturing facility in Bangalore, in line with the Indian Government’s aims to encourage and promote local manufacturing infrastructures. With the advantages of shorter lead times and complete reliability of supply, Electrolube’s growth in India has been exponential with leading Indian OEMs now favouring Electrolube products, which are used extensively throughout industrial, LED and consumer electronics manufacturing.

    Ron Jakeman, Managing Director of Electrolube, said, “I’m very proud to announce our excellent year-end results. The impressive increase in turnover and operating profit are a result of our long term strategy for developing innovative next generation products, investment in our in-house testing and R&D facilities, and a real focus on longevity, customer service and distributor relationships. A two-year project has also contributed some key operating efficiencies within the business. To see such strong results for the business shows that our strategy is effective and is a real credit to our dedicated, passionate and ever-growing workforce.”

    “The strong market for Automotive, LED applications and consumer electronics undoubtedly played a part in this outstanding result but far from resting on our laurels, we are looking forward to further growth in the year ahead.  As a collaborative solutions provider, we will continue to work in partnership with global manufacturers, focus on problem resolution and provide expert guidance to help improve processes, productivity and ultimately the quality and reliability of customer products. With a clear vision for the future and strong demand for our products from customers worldwide, Electrolube has never been stronger.”

    For further information, please visit http://www.electrolube.com.

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    Axis unveils comprehensive range of IR-enabled cameras

    Infrared (IR) illumination provides a highly-effective enhancement for video surveillance in complete darkness. Axis Communications unveiled several new network cameras featuring its IR functionality, including pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) and fixed dome cameras, bullet, fisheye and panoramic cameras, and discreet sensors units. Together, these bring IR capability to almost any surveillance environment and answer an increased market demand.

    IR’s ability to allow cameras to literally ‘see in the dark’ is an obvious additional benefit to video surveillance for a number of reasons, from allowing 24/7 surveillance without the need for additional lighting, to enabling ultra-discreet surveillance in sensitive locations. By launching several new cameras which feature built-in IR illumination, Axis is delivering the benefits of IR in the most cost-efficient, easily installed way to almost any indoor or external surveillance need. In addition, Axis OptimizedIR technology, featured in some of the new models, is the company’s own smart, power-efficient and patented IR LED technology. It optimally uses the light to enable an even illumination over the complete camera view.

    Sudhindra Holla, Sales Director – India and SAARC at Axis Communications, commented: “We are seeing high demand for this technology from enterprises in India with the growing emphasis on safety and security. This product further showcases our commitment towards innovation, lowering power consumption with high quality LED technology. We look at aggressively creating more awareness of this product line with our ecosystem of partners across the country.”Specific new cameras being launched include:

    AXIS Q6125-LE

    With OptimizedIR reaching 200 m (656 ft) or more, combined with a directionally discreet and compact dome design, makes this camera perfect for city surveillance applications. The built-in IR LEDs are seamlessly adaptable to the camera zoom, while Axis Sharpdome technology provides full scene fidelity and sharp images both above and below the horizon. In addition to these features, AXIS Q6125-LE delivers HDTV 1080p with fantastic image quality, 30x optical zoom, speed dry function and includes AXIS Guard Suite analytics.

    AXIS M3057-PLVE & AXIS M3058-PLVE

    With great overall performance and capabilities such as Axis OptimizedIR, Lightfinder, Forensic WDR and Zipstream technologies, these new single-sensor panoramic cameras are perfect for providing 180°/360° coverage indoors as well as outdoors. AXIS M3057-PLVE features a6-megapixel sensor, while AXIS M3058-PLVE features a 12-megapixel sensor and stereographic lens. The design focus has been to provide flat, discreet and easy-to-install cameras, and they

    arrive from the factory ready-focused.

    AXIS Companion Eye mini L and AXIS Companion Bullet mini LE

    Designed for use with AXIS Companion Video Management System, Axis introduces two mini cameras that are up 70 % smaller in size than the existing cameras in the AXIS Companion product line. AXIS Companion Eye mini L is a fixed mini dome with a compact design for indoor use, and AXIS Companion Bullet mini LE is an outdoor-ready fixed, bullet-style camera. In addition to built-in IR for surveillance in dark conditions, both cameras are attractively priced and offer high-quality video in HDTV 1080p and 2 MP resolution, wide dynamic range technology to handle scenes with complex light conditions and require AXIS Companion Recorder for system completion.

    AXIS P1447-LE & AXIS P1448-LE

    As new additions to AXIS P14 Series of compact and cost-effective, outdoor-ready bullet cameras, AXIS P1447-LE and AXIS P1448-LE add several features to the series to support all-round, day and night surveillance with excellent image quality in any light condition. AXIS P1447-LE brings 5 MP resolution, while AXIS P1448-LE features 8.3 MP / 4K Ultra HD resolution. Both new cameras include support for audio, wider temperature specifications, IK10 and shock detection, in addition to OptimizedIR.

    AXIS FA3105-L

    Axis is launching its first sensor unit with built-in IR illumination in the modular camera category, AXIS FA3105-L. With its small size and eyeball design, the sensor unit is ideally suited for installation together with other sensor units and AXIS FA54 Main Unit, to meet the varying surveillance needs in retail. Supporting ForensicWDR in addition to built-in IR illumination, this 1080p sensor unit delivers outstanding image quality, 24/7.

    AXIS P3717-PLE

    AXIS P3717-PLE sets a new bar for multidirectional cameras in terms of image quality, performance and features. This compact 8-megapixel camera with its four varifocal lenses, enables high-quality 360° overview and details in multiple directions – making it ideal for surveillance of wide areas, outer corners of buildings, and intersections of hallways or roads. With 360° IR illumination, Forensic WDR, Lightfinder and Zipstream, this camera delivers excellent image quality in all light conditions. With just one IP address and one network cable needed, alongside remote zoom and focus, the four-camera-in-one unit provides a flexible and cost-effective solution.

    The new camera models will be available through Axis distribution channels in Q2 2018.

    For photos and other resources please visit:

    AXIS Q61 Series

    AXIS M30 Network Cameras Series

    AXIS Companion Bullet mini LE

    AXIS Companion Eye mini L

    AXIS P14 Network Camera Series

    AXIS FA Series

    For more information, please contact:

    Mahalakshmi Parthasarathy, Text100

    Tel: +91 8951389909

    E-mail: mahalakshmi.p@text100.co.in

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    Pickering Interfaces Expands Range of 2A PXI Fault Insertion Switching

    Designed to Simulate Fault Conditions in Automotive  and Avionics Test Applications

    40-202-001-pxi-2a-fault-insertion-switchPickering Interfaces, a leading provider of modular signal switching and simulation for electronic test and verification, has expanded their range of PXI Fault Insertion Switching.

    These new PXI Fault Insertion Switches (model 40-202), available with 22 or 11 fault insertion channels, were primarily designed to simulate fault conditions in automotive and avionics test applications involving the reliability testing of safety-critical controllers. They are specifically designed for differential signaling requirements, with capabilities to insert three different types of fault condition between the test fixture and the equipment under test; open-circuit, short-circuit between signal pairs and short-circuit to user applied fault conditions such as power or ground.

    These new models complement Pickering’s large range of PXI Fault Insertion Switches, which are typically used in Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation applications for Electronic Control Unit validation.

    Relays in-line with the signal paths allow open circuit conditions to be simulated on either side or both sides of a signal pair. Relays between each channel pair enable adjacent signals to be shorted, and relays between signal paths and the “Fault” connection allow the application of external fault conditions.

    The switching topology of the 40-202 fault insertion switches allows switching channels to be interconnected so that complex fault insertion channels can be constructed.

    These products are supported by Pickering’s eBIRST Switching System Test Tools, which provide a quick and easy way of finding relay failures within the modules. In addition, Pickering’s signal routing software, Switch Path Manager, may be used to simplify signal routing through complex switching systems.

    Pickering Interfaces stands behind all of their manufactured products with a standard three-year warranty and guaranteed long-term product support. Pricing and availability information is supplied on their website at www.pickeringtest.com.

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    Heilind Asia Wins Top 20 Electronic Supplier Award in China

    27th March 2018, witnessed by more than 300 representatives from leading enterprises in China, Heilind Asia won Top 20 Electronic Supplier Award at 2017 Huaqiang Electronics Award Ceremony in Shenzhen, China.
    Huaqiang Electronics is a China media group owning online platforms, magazines and varied electronic industry websites with more than 500,000 registered enterprise users.

    Collins Yang, Branch Manager of Heilind Asia Pacific accepts the award on behalf of Heilind Asia
    Collins Yang, Branch Manager of Heilind Asia Pacific accepts the award on behalf of Heilind Asia

    Conducted by “Experts Review” and “Public Vote”, the selection process of 2017 Huaqiang Electronics Top 20 Electronic Supplier Award had lasted for more than 4 months.
    “It is much honored to accept the Top 20 Electronic Supplier Award on behalf of Heilind Asia team. Heilind ranks as No.1 interconnect and electromechanical distributor in North America market and since the establishment of Heilind Asia Pacific in 2012, we had developed quite fast and now have 19 locations throughout Asia. This award is our milestone and it proves our brand is also widely recognized in China market.” said Collins Yang, Branch Manager of Heilind Asia Pacific.
    Heilind supports both original equipment and contract manufacturers in all market segments of the electronics industry, stocking products from the industry’s leading manufacturers in 25 component categories, with a particular focus on interconnect and electromechanical products.

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    ACEINNA Earns Recognition for Participation in John Deere Cost Reduction Opportunities Process

    ACEINNA IMU Sensors Help Guide John Deere Tractors for Agricultural Applications

    ACEINNA has earned recognition for 2017 in the John Deere Cost Reduction Opportunities Process (JD CROP).  JD CROP, a supplier suggestion process, is part of Deere & Company’s Achieving Excellence program.  The Andover, MA -based company received the honor for providing cost-reduction ideas of outstanding quality, and for demonstrating commitment to continuous improvement. ACEINNA company employees accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies held on April 18 in Moline, IA.

    IMU380ZA_small (1)ACEINNA is a supplier of IMU sensor guidance and navigation solutions to John Deere’s operation in Fargo, North Dakota.

    “Automated, self-driving tractors and machinery make farmers lives much easier, greatly improving their overall productivity and farming efficiency,” says Mike Horton, CTO of ACEINNA.  “According to industry research, over 50% of farms are already using auto steering technologies and that number is predicted to rise to 64 per cent this year. The precision farming market is exploding – and is predicted to reach over $8 billion in market value by 2022.”

    IMU380ZA_smallSuppliers who participate in the Achieving Excellence program are evaluated annually in several key performance categories, including quality, cost management, delivery, technical support and wavelength, which is a measure of responsiveness. John Deere Supply Management created the program in 1991 to provide a supplier evaluation and feedback process that promotes continuous improvement.

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    TE Connectivity’s LUMAWISE Endurance N Enhanced Base Now at Mouser for Compliant Street and Smart Grid Lighting

    LPR_TE-Connectivity-LUMAWISE-Endurance-N-Enhanced-BaseApril 19, 2018 – Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry's leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the LUMAWISE Endurance N Enhanced base from TE Connectivity (TE), a global leader in connectivity and sensors. The LUMAWISE Endurance N Enhanced base creates a platform for the rapid development and manufacturing of NEMA/ANSI-compliant street and outdoor lighting controls, smart grids, and commercial lighting solutions.

    TE’s LUMAWISE Endurance N Enhanced base, available from Mouser Electronics, takes the existing LUMAWISE base assembly to the next level of performance required for smart street light controls by integrating a switch-mode AC-DC power supply, 16 A switching relay, and metal-oxide varistor (MOV) surge protector onto the NEMA/ANSI C136.41-compliant base. The enhanced base provides commonly used DC voltages to a system’s control PCB, which stacks on top of the assembly using the integral standoffs and standard wire jumpers.

    The RoHS-compliant LUMAWISE Endurance N Enhanced base provides a standard mechanical and electrical platform that supports design reuse, modularity and end-of-line customization across designers’ outdoor lighting control products. The base is available with an energy metering header in 50 Hz, 60 Hz, and 50/60 Hz options, with or without a zero-cross circuit.

    To learn more, visit www.mouser.com/te-connectivity-lumawise-endurance-n.

    With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser strives to empower innovation among design engineers and buyers by delivering advanced technologies. Mouser stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is continually updated and offers advanced search methods to help customers quickly locate inventory. Mouser.com also houses data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.

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