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Battery Safety: Do We Need New Regulations? stars

Even months later there's been no official report from Samsung on what caused the issues they were having with the Galaxy Note 7 batteries catching fire and exploding. However, a company by the name of Instrumental, which is a manufacturing tech company, has suggested that the reason for the very dangerous flaw was that there was no space allowed for swelling in the design of the battery. This suggestion has led some to consider whether or not safer standards and regulations on cell phones and battery designs need to be put into place.

Suspicious of the reported reason for the flaw, which was that there was an issue with one of the parts of the battery, Instrumental entirely deconstructed a Galaxy Note 7. In doing so, they were able to conclude that the phone’s rather aggressive design led to the battery explosions. As noted in a blog entry, Anna Shedletsky had this to say, “What we found was surprising: The design can compress the battery even during normal operation,” Shedletsky is Instrumental’s CEO, and founder.

Molex CyClone Panel-to-Panel Connector System Rated for 10,000 Mating Cycles

Hermaphroditic Connector Designed for Extreme Durability in High-Mating Cycle Applications

Molex introduces the hermaphroditic CyClone Panel-to-Panel Connector System designed for secure high-mating cycle connections. The CyClone connector modules offer 10,000 mating cycles for extreme durability in telecommunications, networking, consumer and industrial electronics.

Microsemi Announces Two New Versions of its High Power TVS Devices to Address Demanding Lightning Protection Requirements in Aircraft

Company's Unique PLAD Technology Enables Effective Surface-Mount TVS Packaging

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the availability of two new versions of its transient voltage suppressor (TVS) devices in its patented plastic large area device (PLAD) package. The 18-kilowatt (kW) MPLAD18KP and 36-kW MPLAD36KP TVS families meet today's demanding lightning protection requirements in aircraft, including the multi-strike lightning standard (RTCA DO-160E), which have grown in importance as a result of the introduction and growing use of composite body airframes.

New Low-Power PIC24 “GA7” Microcontroller Family Now Available

Microchip’s New Low-Power Family Enables Cost-Effective, Space-Constrained Designs

The new PIC24 “GA7” family of microcontrollers (MCU) is now available from Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP), a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions. As the lowest-cost 256 KB Flash memory 16-bit MCUs available today, these PIC24 devices enable extremely cost-effective designs for Internet of Things (IoT) sensor nodes, portable medical devices and industrial control applications. For more information about Microchip’s PIC24 “GA7” family visit: http://www.microchip.com/pic24ga705