How to Select the Right Proximity Sensor for Your Application: New Future Electronics Video

Montreal, Canada – December 18, 2012 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, has launched another how-to video as part of its series about how to select the best electronic components for different applications. “How to Select the Right Proximity Sensor for Your Application” is now online, along with many other helpful tutorials available on the company’s YouTube channel.

A proximity sensor is an electronic sensor capable of detecting the presence of nearby objects without physical contact. It emits an electromagnetic field or a beam of electromagnetic radiation and then looks for changes in the return signal or field.

The object that is being sensed is the proximity sensor’s target. Depending on the proximity sensor targets, different sensors may be used. For example, an inductive proximity sensor requires a metallic target, whereas a capacitive photoelectric sensor may be suitable for a plastic target. A proximity sensor that is adjusted to a very short range can often be used as a touch switch.

Proximity sensors have a long functional life and high reliability due to the absence of mechanical parts and the lack of physical contact between the sensor and the target. Proximity sensors are able to work in high shock applications and can measure accelerations down to zero Hertz. They can also be used in any orientation and have no moving parts. Other advantages are that they are compact, have a large dynamic range, are cheap and easy to use, and offer long term stability.

Proximity sensors have a wide range of applications including parking assistance for car bumpers (which sense the distance to other nearby cars). They can also be used in conveyor systems, vibration measurements of rotating shafts in machinery, roller coasters, ground proximity warning systems for aviation safety, anti-aircraft warfare and touch screens on mobile devices that come in close proximity with the user’s face.
Clear step-by-step visuals and narration help explain the basics of proximity sensors, and show how to find the right proximity sensor on the company’s website. The narrator demonstrates easy, user-friendly site navigation, filtering by application, as well as characteristics like sensing axis, operating temperature range, sensing range, supply voltage, packaging type, supply current, manufacturer and more, and find the right part for all kinds of applications.

“How to Select the Right Angular Position Sensor for Your Application” can be seen at: http://youtu.be/LKHA4UrhyHc.

Many helpful videos have been recently added and more will be launched in coming weeks. For more information about proximity sensors, ultrasonic proximity sensors, infrared proximity sensor, car proximity sensors, proximity sensor alarms, wireless proximity sensors, inductive proximity sensors, capacitive proximity sensors, proximity sensor manufacturers, the how-to video series, as well as access to the world’s largest available-to-sell inventory, visit Future Electronics YouTube channel.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, ranking 3rd in component sales worldwide. Founded in 1968, the company has established itself as one of the most innovative organizations in the industry today, with 5,000 employees in 169 offices in 42 countries around the world. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with one worldwide IT infrastructure providing real-time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of its operations, sales and marketing worldwide. Offering the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities and technical solutions through all stages of the design-production cycle, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future’s mission is always to Delight the Customer.

For further information, please contact:

Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
FUTURE ELECTRONICS
www.FutureElectronics.com.
514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)
Fax: 514-630-2671
martin.gordon@FutureElectronics.com

How to Install Christmas Lights Using Off-Grid Solar Panels: New Future Electronics Video

Montreal, Canada – December 13, 2012 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, has produced a new video on how to save money by using solar panels and off-grid solar energy when installing Christmas lights.

The video features Richard Ankcorn, Strategic Business Manager for Future Energy Solutions (a division of Future Electronics), along with Lauchy “Off-Grid” Langford, demonstrating how simple it is to connect outdoor Christmas lights with a small solar-powered panel and save money on electricity.

As with the other videos in the series featuring Ankcorn and Langford, the duo injects humor and helpful hints as they explain helpful, easy, money-saving tactics for reducing energy usage around the house.

Using basic parts available from any big box store, along with several products from Future Electronics including a Morningstar charge controller, Ankcorn shows how to put together a solar panel box, thus both saving money as well as being able to power outdoor lights without needing to use an outlet or extension cords.

The video, “How to Install Christmas Lights Using Solar Panels & Off-Grid Solar Energy” can be seen at: http://youtu.be/B_fWK60iP1c

Many helpful videos have been recently introduced and more will be launched in coming weeks. For more information about solar panels, solar modules, chargers, charge controllers, solar controllers, solar chargers, batteries, solar panels, solar modules, solar power, solar lights, solar Christmas lights, solar powered lights, Morningstar, Future Energy Solutions, Future Electronics’ how-to video series, as well as access to the world’s largest available-to-sell inventory, visit Future Electronics YouTube channel.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, ranking 3rd in component sales worldwide. Founded in 1968, the company has established itself as one of the most innovative organizations in the industry today, with 5,000 employees in 169 offices in 42 countries around the world. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with one worldwide IT infrastructure providing real-time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of its operations, sales and marketing worldwide. Offering the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities and technical solutions through all stages of the design-production cycle, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future’s mission is always to Delight the Customer.

For further information, please contact:

Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
FUTURE ELECTRONICS
www.FutureElectronics.com.
514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)
Fax: 514-630-2671
martin.gordon@FutureElectronics.com

 

How to Select the Right Microcontroller for Your Application: New Future Electronics Video

Montreal, Canada – December 10, 2012 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, introduces a new how-to video in its series on selecting the best electronic components for various applications. “How to Select the Right Microcontroller for Your Application” is now available, in addition to many more helpful tutorials offered through the company’s YouTube channel.

A microcontroller is a self-contained system with peripherals, memory and a processor that can be used as an embedded system. Most programmable microcontrollers that are used today are embedded in other consumer products or machinery including phones, peripherals, automobiles and household appliances.

By reducing the size and cost compared to a design that uses a separate microprocessor, memory, and input/output devices, microcontrollers make it economical to digitally control even more devices and processes.

The advantages of microcontrollers are that all MCUs have on-chip resources to achieve a higher level of integration and reliability at a lower cost. Built-in resources increase reliability because they do not require any external circuitry to be working for the resource to function. They are pre-tested by the manufacturer and conserve board space by integrating the circuitry into the MCU.

Microcontrollers have a wide range of applications. They can be used in automatically controlled devices including power tools, toys, implantable medical devices, office machines, engine control systems, appliances, remote controls and other types of embedded systems.

Step-by-step visuals and narration explain the basics of microcontrollers, and then demonstrate the process of finding the right microcontroller product on the company’s website in real time, showing how quick and easy it is to navigate the site, filtering by using parameters such as number of bits, Flash size, RAM size, packaging type, supply voltage, speed, manufacturer and more, and find the best parts for any application.

“How to Select the Right Microcontroller for Your Application” can be seen at: http://youtu.be/2vRdKCYBH5g

Many helpful videos have been recently added and more will be launched in coming weeks. For more information about microcontrollers, microcontroller boards, microcontroller kits, USB microcontrollers, programmable microcontrollers, microcontroller manufacturers, the how-to video series, as well as access to the world’s largest available-to-sell inventory, visit Future Electronics YouTube channel.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, ranking 3rd in component sales worldwide. Founded in 1968, the company has established itself as one of the most innovative organizations in the industry today, with 5,000 employees in 169 offices in 42 countries around the world. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with one worldwide IT infrastructure providing real-time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of its operations, sales and marketing worldwide. Offering the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities and technical solutions through all stages of the design-production cycle, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future’s mission is always to Delight the Customer.

For further information, please contact:

Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
FUTURE ELECTRONICS
www.FutureElectronics.com.
514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)
Fax: 514-630-2671
martin.gordon@FutureElectronics.com

How to Save Money on Home Energy Bills by Avoiding Vampire Currents: New Future Electronics Video

Montreal, Canada – December 7, 2012 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, has produced a new video on how to save money on home energy bills by avoiding vampire currents. When electronic items such as televisions, gaming devices, and satellite receivers are plugged in, they are actually in “standby” mode and still drawing electricity even when they are turned off. This type of power usage, called “vampire current,” contributes to higher electricity bills.

The video features the Smart Plug Meter, developed by Future Energy Solutions (a division of Future Electronics), which embeds energy management and control so consumers can configure their home appliances to turn on and off, in order to save money on their home energy costs.

Home energy measurement, power consumption measurements, load measurements, wireless house automation and load control in smart homes and smart buildings are becoming increasingly important steps toward saving energy and reducing costs, and are all made easy by using the Smart Plug Meter.

Richard Ankcorn, Strategic Business Manager for Future Energy Solutions at Future Electronics, explains, “Vampire currents consume a lot of energy, and serious measurements must be taken to save on the unnecessary daily loss of energy in our homes. This video shows how the Smart Plug Meter can help people saving money on their home energy bills by eliminating vampire currents.”

The Video, “How to save money on home energy bills? Protect yourself from Vampire currents!” can be seen at: http://youtu.be/PzzS9PZ1uoQ.

Many helpful videos have been recently introduced and more will be launched in coming weeks. For more information about the Smart Plug Meter, vampire current, standby power, electricity consumption of appliances, computer standby power consumed, electricity consumption of appliance in standby mode, standby power usage, home energy measurement, smart home, Home Area Network, load measurement, load control, home automation, power measurement, wireless home automation, the Smart Grid, Future Energy Solutions, Future Electronics’ how-to video series, as well as access to the world’s largest available-to-sell inventory, visit Future Electronics YouTube channel.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, ranking 3rd in component sales worldwide. Founded in 1968, the company has established itself as one of the most innovative organizations in the industry today, with 5,000 employees in 169 offices in 42 countries around the world. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with one worldwide IT infrastructure providing real-time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of its operations, sales and marketing worldwide. Offering the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities and technical solutions through all stages of the design-production cycle, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future’s mission is always to Delight the Customer.

For further information, please contact:

Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
FUTURE ELECTRONICS
www.FutureElectronics.com.
514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)
Fax: 514-630-2671
martin.gordon@FutureElectronics.com

Intersil Selects Future Electronics as Global Distributor

Milpitas, CA – December 5, 2012 – Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: ISIL), a world leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance analog, mixed signal and power management semiconductors, today announced that it has selected a strategic global distribution partner to help expand and focus its existing distribution network. Intersil selected Future Electronics for its sales expertise and application engineering resources to drive demand creation efforts.

“We are excited to partner with a respected global distributor that will broaden our reach in promising markets,” said David Loftus, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. “With Future’s strong industrial focus and unique programs to stimulate business, we are confident the company’s team of dedicated sales professionals will be very complimentary to our existing channel.”

“Intersil’s extensive product offering addresses the electronic industry’s demands for high-performance, powerful and smarter semiconductors,” said Danny Miller, Corporate Vice-President for Future. “Our worldwide support for Intersil confirms our commitment to innovative design solutions for our customers and will help us further build our proven track record of demand creation.”

About Future Electronics

Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, ranking 3rd in component sales worldwide. Founded in 1968, the company has established itself as one of the most innovative organizations in the industry today, with 5,000 employees in 169 offices in 42 countries around the world. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with one worldwide IT infrastructure providing real-time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of its operations, sales and marketing worldwide. Offering the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities and technical solutions through all stages of the design-production cycle, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future’s mission is always to Delight the Customer. For more information, visit www.FutureElectronics.com.

About Intersil

Intersil Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance analog, mixed-signal and power management semiconductors. The company’s products address some of the fastest growing markets within the industrial and infrastructure, personal computing and high-end consumer markets. For more information about Intersil or to find out how to become a member of our winning team, visit our website and career page at www.intersil.com.

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Media Contacts

Intersil Corporation
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Future Electronics
Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)
Fax: 514-630-2671
martin.gordon@FutureElectronics.com

How to Select the Right Angular Position Sensor for Your Application: New Future Electronics Video

Montreal, Canada – December 4, 2012 – Future Electronics, a global leading distributor of electronic components, has added another how-to video to its series about selecting the best electronic components for various applications. “How to Select the Right Angular Position Sensor for Your Application” is now available along with many other helpful tutorials on the company’s YouTube channel.

An angular position sensor, also referred to as a rotary sensor, measures the relation by which any position with respect to any other position is established. It converts the angular position or motion of a device into an electrical signal.

An angular position sensor calculates the orientation of an object with respect to a specified reference position as expressed by the amount of rotation necessary to change from one orientation to the other about a specified axis. Beneficial attributes of angular position sensor include an extended temperature range, accuracy and reliability, mechanical robustness, contactless, and lower total cost.

“How to Select the Right Angular Position Sensor For Your Application” includes step-by-step visuals and narration that explain the basics of angular position sensors, and then demonstrate the process of finding the right angular sensor on the company’s website in real time, showing how quick and easy it is to navigate the site, filtering by application, characteristics like supply voltage, output type, sensing range, operating temperature range, package type, supply current, manufacturer and more, and find the best parts for any application.

Many helpful videos have been recently added and more will be launched in coming weeks. For more information about angular position sensors, digital angle sensors, angle sensors, rotary position sensor angle sensors, angular position sensor manufacturers, the how-to video series, as well as access to the world’s largest available-to-sell inventory, visit Future Electronics YouTube channel.

About Future Electronics
Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, ranking 3rd in component sales worldwide. Founded in 1968, the company has established itself as one of the most innovative organizations in the industry today, with 5,000 employees in 169 offices in 42 countries around the world. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with one worldwide IT infrastructure providing real-time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of its operations, sales and marketing worldwide. Offering the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities and technical solutions through all stages of the design-production cycle, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future’s mission is always to Delight the Customer.

For further information, please contact:

Martin H. Gordon
Director, Corporate Communications
FUTURE ELECTRONICS
www.FutureElectronics.com.
514-694-7710 (ext. 2236)
Fax: 514-630-2671
martin.gordon@FutureElectronics.com