Oct 06 09:36 AM PDT

The Black Swans of Circuit Protection

Reading Nicholas Taleb’s “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable” (Random House 2007), the definition of a Black Swan caught my attention.

“…an event with the following three attributes. First it is an outlier, as it lies outside the realm of regular expectations, because nothing in the past can convincingly point to its possibility. Second, it carries an extreme impact. Third, in spite of its outliers status, human nature makes us concoct explanations for its occurrence after the fact, making it explainable and predictable.”
Could this description be relevant to circuit protection designs? I suggest that it can, based on these observations. Keep reading…

Sep 29 04:09 PM PDT

TE Circuit Protection at CEATEC 2011

CEATEC is one of the largest IT and electronics trade shows in Japan where hundreds of leading innovative companies gather to showcase their latest product and technology offerings. This year TE Connectivity will be showcasing the TE Copter which is a human powered helicopter capable of hovering about 10 feet in the air The TE Copter was built using nearly 100 different TE Connectivity products including some of our own circuit protection devices. By empowering the human body to lift above the melee the TE Copter symbolizes the strength of the Japanese people persevering though the Tsunami disaster. CEATEC 2011 will be held from October 4th – 8th at Makuhari Messe in Tokyo, Japan. You can find us at booth No. 8G86 in hall 8. Keep reading…

Aug 23 11:44 AM PDT

When Lightning Strikes

When I took over the beat of a salesman for Africa little did I realized that part of my role would be governed by a force of nature – lightning. Africa, in general – and Southern Africa in particular—is one of the world’s hot spots for lightning storms, making protection against damage from lightning strikes of paramount concern for wireless telecoms.
Keep reading…

Aug 09 07:12 AM PDT

Is Anybody Building Telecom Equipment Anymore?

Anyone over the age of 15 should remember the horrible sound of a thousand angry crows screeching and scratching their talons on a chalkboard. I am not talking about real crows; I am talking about the sound of a dial-up modem establishing an internet connection. We were all happy to listen to that, because it meant a fountain of internet would soon be flowing into our computers. In those days, the telecom business was growing quickly because everyone wanted to get as much data as they could, and the only way to do it was through the phone lines. Keep reading…

Aug 02 07:20 AM PDT

Low-Voltage Direct Current (LVDC) Microgrids – Becoming a Reality

To understand the distribution and delivery of DC (direct current) in microgrid applications, a useful analogy is to first think of how DC works at the printed circuit board (PCB) level. Direct current, although pico in nature, is distributed on the PCB in various voltages for different functions to power the components within the application. Now, imagine DC power distribution on a “higher” plane and you have the concept of DC distribution at the microgrid; either at the building or at room level, where it powers applications inside the premises. Keep reading…

Jul 20 06:00 AM PDT

Wired For Speed – the New Face of the Electronics Salesman

I have been a salesperson for the electronics industry for more than 20 years. During that time I’ve observed that not only has the industry itself been turned on its head, but that the manner of selling components has also changed dramatically. Keep reading…

Jul 07 07:00 AM PDT

Is it Time to Kiss Your Desktop Goodbye?

Post-PC Devices are the new hot gadgets – and not always in a good way. The “Post-PC era,” a term coined by Steve Jobs when marketing the iPad device, is slowly allowing consumers to make an apples-to-apples comparison between two separate market segments, namely the one comprising PCs such as desktops, notebooks, and netbooks to the other comprising Post-PC devices, which include everything from high-end cell phones and smartphones to e-readers and tablets. Keep reading…

Jun 29 07:14 AM PDT

MOVs vs GDTs — Which one do I use?

There are many overvoltage protection devices available for today’s engineer to use, including zener diodes, TVS diodes, thyristors, and tiny ESD protectors. But the two technologies that I get asked about most often are GDTs (gas discharge tubes) and MOVs (metal oxide varistors). MOV and GDT technologies have been around for many years. Both of these technologies work by going from a normally high impedance to a low impedance when a high fault voltage is detected. The idea is that when they are at a high impedance state, they have no effect on circuit operation. But when there is a high voltage present, high enough to damage circuit components, they activate by becoming low resistance and shunting the energy to ground. The mechanical analogy would be a relief valve on a high-pressure pipe or tank that opens and vents gas or liquid if the pressure gets too high. Keep reading…

Apr 07 09:44 AM PDT

The New USB Charging Specification: Increased User Experience in the World of Power-Hungry Devices

Ever wish you could charge your cell phone right from your laptop’s USB port — even with the laptop turned off? Does your smart phone or iPadTM device charge so slowly the grass seems to grow while you wait? Tired of carrying multiple chargers to power up your many different devices all with different USB ports? If so, good news is on the way. Whether you’re a tech-savvy road-warrior or a casual consumer, portable devices supporting the new USB Charging Specification V1.2 will improve your mobile experience. Keep reading…

Mar 30 07:16 AM PDT

Tyco Electronics is now TE Connectivity

As you can see by the new logo at the top of the page, we are now TE Connectivity! The idea behind the name change is that TE connects and protects the flow of power and data in millions of products.

Many of you came to know and love our circuit protection products when they were first offered by Raychem, then Tyco International and then Tyco Electronics. You can continue to expect the same high-quality solutions when solving your most demanding design challenges. The only difference is that now we have a new face — TE Circuit Protection. Our blog, around the circuit, will also continue to highlight new trends in the electronics industry in general — and circuit protection in particular. Keep reading…