Technology Trends

Construction Vehicles Go Electric

As the construction industry embraces electrification, OEMs are discovering it’s not as simple as repurposing the technology used in passenger vehicles. Connector suppliers are addressing the unique challenges this shift entails. The off-road transportation sector, which includes construction, mining, and agriculture vehicles, is embracing electrification due to the benefits it affords. However, certain challenges haveRead More

What are EWIS connectors? 

What are EWIS connectors? Meet the Connector: EWIS Connectors EWIS connectors and cables are components used in the Electrical Wiring Interconnection System (EWIS) of an aircraft. The EWIS represents a unified approach to aircraft wiring design that encompasses all the wiring, connectors, terminals, and related devices necessary for transmitting electrical power and signals, and carries informationRead More

Fighting e-Waste with New Greener Materials for Interconnects

New processes and products are leading the way as the connector industry looks for solutions to the problem of electronics waste. Electronic waste (e-waste) is the world’s fastest growing solid waste stream and its harms include the introduction of as many as 1,000 different chemical substances into the environment, including microplastics, neurotoxins, and airborne particulateRead More

The Key to Enriched Medical & Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is fueling a transformative revolution in operations, competitiveness, and innovation in medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturing. The medical industry is rapidly embracing IIoT, driven by the diagnostic and treatment advantages advanced robotics, vision sensors, and industrial data communications devices offer patients and physicians. As newer technologies mature and implementationRead More

AI Demands a Fresh Look at System Architecture

Engineers are rethinking system architecture to accommodate increasing data rates and performance demands. Emerging technologies like co-packaged optics and OSFP-XD pluggables promise higher bandwidth and improved efficiency. Unless you have spent the last two years living in a remote cave in the Himalayas, the emergence of artificial intelligence has likely caught your attention. There isRead More

Soldier Wearables Provide Safety and Connectivity

Protecting soldiers, law enforcement, and first responders is easier with new connected communications, navigation, armoring, and tactical wearables. Component interoperability makes it possible to link different equipment makers, eras, and units. Soldier wearables have emerged as crucial tools for enhancing operational effectiveness, situational awareness, and personal safety. Soldier wearables are the link between troops, units,Read More

Enhanced USBs Bring Data and Power to Harsh Environments

Enhanced USBs consist of a standard interface in a military shell and come in all the same versions as regular USBs. USB (universal serial bus) connectors are widely used to connect electronic devices and peripherals. The popularity of USBs stems from their compatibility with a range of platforms and operating systems, their ability to transmitRead More

University Students Race to Advance Solar Car Technology

For several decades, teams of students from universities around the world have been competing to build the best solar car, gaining valuable skills and building relationships along the way. Electric vehicles (EVs) continue to gain popularity, yet issues around charging speed, range, and accessibility are still deterrents to wider acceptance. What if an EV couldRead More

Automotive Electrification Brings Opportunity for Smart Cities

Automotive electrification, connected transportation infrastructure, and high-speed communication systems are converging to create a safer, more efficient, and more connected automotive ecosystem in cities around the world. Automotive electrification has transformed every vehicle, not just EVs. Safety systems, driver assist technologies, and connected entertainment, navigation, and communication tools have transformed the driving experience. In theRead More

DC Power and Microgrids Enable Sustainable Manufacturing

In a global realization that humanity must build a more sustainable future, manufacturing is setting the stage with new technologies and processes that show other industries what is possible. Humanity is an inflection point in terms of our impact on the health of the planet, and sustainable manufacturing is a new imperative. Nearly one-third ofRead More

Testing is Vital for Electronics Performance and Reliability

From chips to connectors, from qualification to production, testing is a necessary step to ensuring that electronic components function as expected. We all love our technology until it doesn’t work properly or at all. When a tool or convenience that we’ve come to rely on fails, it’s frustrating. Sometimes, however, equipment failure is a matterRead More

Meet the Engineer: When Art and Engineering Collide

For Chief Enterprises’ Bounnak Thammavong, creative design is at the intersection of art and product design.   So often the worlds of science and art are relegated to separate corners despite evidence that the skills, knowledge, and aptitude for one can inform the other to beneficial effect. (Think: Leonardo da Vinci, Samuel Morse, and Beatrix Potter,Read More

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