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4 design fails of the week

September 22, 2014 | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

After four reports of suspension fittings breaking during use, IKEA is recalling its GUNGGUNG child’s swing. In one of these incidents, a child fell and fractured a leg. The recall involves 2,000 units in the U.S., and 300 in Canada....

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100G transimpedance amplifier promises high performance in optical networking systems

September 22, 2014 12:10 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) today introduced its first transimpedance amplifier (TIA) for the 100G optical networking market. As a key component of the system, the ONET2804T is positioned to provide high levels of sensitivity with ...

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Logic analyzers include sample depths up to a billion

September 22, 2014 11:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Newcomb Company Inc. (Huntsville, AL) introduces its latest GoLogicXL 36 and 72 channel logic analyzers with GHz sampling rates, sample depths up to a billion samples, and advanced triggering capabilities. At only 100mm x 145mm x 42mm and 608g ...

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36-V monolithic 1-A push-pull DC/DC transformer driver includes programmable duty cycle control

September 22, 2014 11:35 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology’s (Milpitas, CA) LT3999 monolithic push-pull isolated DC/DC transformer driver includes two 1-A current limited power switches. It is desirable for automotive, industrial, medical and military applications. The programmable duty cycle and turns ratio …

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3-phase Quicktest provides quick and safe temporary connection to equipment

September 22, 2014 10:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

CLIFF Electronics (England) announces the availability of its new Quicktest QT3, a compact, robust 3-Phase power connector designed for temporary, safe and efficient connection of unterminated cables to 440VAC, 3-Phase power supplies....

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TVS components offer high-voltage spike circuit protection

September 22, 2014 10:19 am | ProTek Devices | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices (Tempe, AZ) made available a new family of high-powered surface mount transient voltage suppressors (TVS) for high-voltage spike circuit protection applications that include relay drives, motors (start/stop), module lightning....

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Li-ion battery charger safeguards backup battery in automotive eCall systems

September 22, 2014 10:09 am | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announced the ISL78692, a 4.1V single-cell battery charger designed to extend the life of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in automotive emergency call (eCall) systems. The ISL78692 battery charger dissipates....

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ECN Time Warp: November 2004

September 22, 2014 10:03 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Keysight Technologies, Texas Instruments, Digi International, Kontron | Blogs | Comments

Some old covers of ECN Magazine have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years.This week’s cover goes back to November 2004. During that month, Senator John Kerry would concede ...

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Finding hints of gravitational waves in the stars

September 22, 2014 9:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have shown how gravitational waves—invisible ripples in the fabric of space and time that propagate through the universe—might be "seen" by looking at the stars. The new model proposes that a star that oscillates at the same frequency....

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Sandia magnetized fusion technique produces significant results

September 22, 2014 7:31 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine have produced a significant output of fusion neutrons, using a method fully functioning for only little more than a year. The experimental work is described in a paper to be published....

NASA’s newest Mars mission spacecraft enters orbit around Red Planet

September 21, 2014 11:31 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is ...

Fracking’s environmental impacts scrutinised

September 21, 2014 3:30 am | by The University of Manchester | News | Comments

Greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of shale gas would be comparable to conventional natural gas, but the controversial energy source actually faired better than renewables on some environmental impacts, according to new research....

UChicago-Argonne National Lab team improves solar-cell efficiency

September 19, 2014 4:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New light has been shed on solar power generation using devices made with polymers, thanks to a collaboration between scientists in the University of Chicago's chemistry department, the Institute for Molecular Engineering, and Argonne....

University students awarded with multiple scholarships at the Yokogawa Users Conference and Exhibition – North America

September 19, 2014 4:17 pm | News | Comments

Yokogawa Corporation of America announces the contribution of a student scholarship to deserving graduate and undergraduate college students, awarded at the company's 2014 Users Conference and Exhibition. A total of five individual scholarships ...

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Penn research helps uncover mechanism behind solid-solid phase transitions

September 19, 2014 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two solids made of the same elements but with different geometric arrangements of the atoms, or crystal phases, can produce materials with different properties. Coal and diamond offer a spectacular example of this effect. While it is well known....

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NRL, aerospace industry hosts 10th annual CanSat Student Challenge

September 19, 2014 3:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Created in 2004 by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Texas CanSat Competition is an undergraduate and graduate level design-build-launch event simulating the end-to-end....

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