New Made Here Now website to inspire next generation of engineers: Harwin backs bid to engage more with

young people Made Here Now, the UK-wide initiative to encourage more young people into manufacturing as a career, is celebrating a major milestone with the launch of a new website at, containing inspirational videos, success stories and photography.

Backed by 37 sponsors, including leading hi-rel connector and SMT board hardware manufacturer Harwin Plc, the website is aimed at young people wanting to find out what careers are available in the sector as well as Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teachers seeking ways to inspire their own students.

Among the new stories that feature on the website

is an exclusive about how Britain is moving up the world manufacturing league table. The article shows that the UK was the world's eighth-biggest nation by manufacturing output in 2015 – the most recent year for which internationally comparable data are available – with just over 2 per cent of total output. This is according to calculations by Made Here Now based on the latest figures from the United Nations' statistical database.

The new site was previewed at the launch of the UK Manufacturing Review 2016-17, an event attended by many of the initiative’s Phase Two sponsors, all of whom predict a bright future ahead for UK manufacturing in the year ahead despite uncertainty following the Brexit vote.

Harwin Tel: 02392 314 532

Quickly design complex displays with Lumex ezDisplay

UART OLED and LED modules, now at Mouser Mouser Electronics, Inc., the industry's leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking ezDisplay UART OLED and LED modules from Lumex. Controlled using a simple UART interface and any microcontroller or embedded system running standard AT or hex commands, these low-power organic LED (OLED) and LED modules help shorten the development process and simplify PCB layouts by providing a lightweight, modular solution that supports the implementation of complex information displays for many end-user applications.

Each Lumex ezDisplay UART OLED and LED module, available from Mouser Electronics, is equipped with the necessary onboard driver IC and integrated UART interface that enables developers to control the device through a wide variety of microcontroller and embedded programming tools. Since no drivers or libraries are required, and every module display can use the same command list, developers can easily change from one OLED or LED module to another based on their application requirements with minimal effort. With the ability to run mixed character and graphic modes, along with built-in fonts and patterns, Lumex’s ezDisplay UART OLED and LED modules are capable of displaying complex information and animations.

To learn more about the ezDisplay OLED and LED modules, associated products, and resources, visit

European Passive Components Institute (EPCI)

The European Passive Components Institute (EPCI) is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the first Passive Component Networking Days Symposium (PCNS) jointly organised together with Technical University of Brno on Sep 12-15th in Brno, Czech Republic.

Passive components represent more than 80% of the parts used on a PCB. Therefore, they are one of key elements of electronic design. PCNS is a European technical conference that is totally dedicated to Passive Components. It is an exceptional opportunity to learn more about the latest advances in this field and meet recognized international experts from industry, academia and other agencies/organisations.

The aim of the PCNS event is to promote discussion of recent developments and trends and to encourage the exchange of technical expertise and information covering a broad range of passive electronic components. The PCNS proceedings will be ISBN-listed to validate the published papers. The papers presented will be also recommended to relevant magazines for publication in order to encourage the active participation of universities.

Hardware engineers, field application engineers, component engineers, procurement specialists and all other participants interested in passive components will also have a chance to attend one of the pre-event four hour capacitor, resistor or inductor seminars - from basics down to the depth of the technology.

PCNS is open for wide range of passive components including capacitors, resistors, inductors, RF passive devices, cables and connectors in wide range of applications. Topics include all important areas such as high reliability, new technologies, simulation & modelling etc. A Call for Papers flyer is available at the PCNS website . Abstract submission is open online at the conference website Deadline is 2nd April 2017.

Contact: Tomas Zednicek, Email: Tel: +420 602 23 00 34

New LinkSwitch-XT2 Offline Flyback Switcher IC Family from

Power Integrations delivers high accuracy and efficiency Rugged new ICs enable excellent no-load performance and are ideal for low-power applications including appliances, IoT, metering and industrial bias power.

Power Integrations (Nasdaq: POWI), the leader in high- voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, today introduced its LinkSwitch™-XT2 family of offline, low-power converter ICs offering high accuracy, high efficiency and excellent no-load performance. LinkSwitch-XT2 ICs target isolated and non-isolated flyback applications in which accurate regulation of output voltage and current are important. The new ICs can deliver up to 6.1 watts in wide-input range designs, and up to 9.2 watts for 230 VAC open- frame applications.

Designed for flyback topologies, the LinkSwitch-XT2 family delivers designs that exhibit current and voltage regulation of better than -/+ 3% and typical efficiency above 80%. LinkSwitch-XT2 ICs consume less than 10 mW in no-load conditions. High (132 kHz) operating frequency enables the use of small power transformers, while the programmable current limit (ILIM) function enables further transformer optimisation.

LinkSwitch-XT2 converters combine a 725 V power MOSFET with control circuitry on a single silicon die. Integrated safety and reliability features include input overvoltage protection, hysteretic thermal shutdown for over-temperature protection, and auto-restart for output short-circuit, overvoltage and open-loop protection.

More information, including reference design DER-578, which details a 5 V 500 mA power supply, is available from the Power Integrations website at OMC unveils a rainbow of next-generation LED

backlight colours with Active Reflector Technology™ Extended, vivid colours, including magentas and blue-greens; simplifies circuit design; more economical than RGB colour mixing

OMC, the pioneer in optoelectronics, announces it has developed a new technology that enables a whole rainbow of new LED backlight colours to be produced, including magentas and blue-greens. Previously the only way to achieve non-standard LED colours was to use RGB colour mixing, which involves three times as many chips, complex wiring and requires drive circuitry to control the relative channel levels. OMC’s new series of profiled backlights with Active Reflector Technology™ produces a striking range of vivid, next-generation LED backlight colours, and gives designers far greater creative choice and flexibility.

OMC’s proprietary Active Reflector Technology™ utilises photon wavelength upconversion to produce a wide range of rich colours and pastel shades. OMC’s new ART series backlights are available in crimson red, rose pink, a strong red-orange, bright orange, amber yellow, pastel yellow, high brightness yellow/green, vivid green, deep green, electric green-blue, a classic rich LED blue and a strong, bright shade of magenta. ART series backlights use only one wavelength of emitter per backlight, so there is no requirement to mix multiple LED wavelengths, reducing design complexity and lowering costs.

OMC Tel: 01209-215424

Honeywell IHM Series Aerospace Proximity Sensors reduce downtime and costs in very harsh-environment

applications - now available from TTI, Inc. Patented technology gives superior performance to traditional ECKO topology; Non-contact, hermetically- sealed configurable design ensures operational ruggedness in landing gear, thrust reversers and more

Honeywell’s new patented IHM (Integrated Health Monitoring) Series Aerospace Proximity Sensors for harsh duty aircraft applications are now available in Europe through TTI, Inc., a world leading specialist distributor of electronic components. The IHM Series are non-contact devices designed to sense the presence or absence of a target, providing on/off output, plus they can also be configured with an optional health

monitoring output to the host system. Highly accurate and reliable, Honeywell IHM Series Aerospace Proximity Sensors lower maintenance costs and reduce downtime.

Honeywell has over 30 years’ experience designing proximity sensors for military and commercial aircraft, and designed the IHM Series with its patented FAVCO (Fixed Amplitude Variable Current Oscillator) technology circuit. The sensor is considered an improvement on traditional ECKO (Eddy Current Killed Oscillator) topology, which was the previous standard for aerospace applications. Honeywell IHM Series Aerospace Proximity Sensors detect and display a greater percentage of internal failure modes than competitive products.


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