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ECN Time Warp: March 1997

September 2, 2014 | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Some old ECN Magazine covers 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 March 1997. Around the time this issue went to the printer, we learned that ...

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Cleveland welcomes growing field of server farms

September 2, 2014 9:09 am | by MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information....

Fly in the cockpit of the Blue Angels

September 2, 2014 8:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Blue Angels are basically the cream of the crop of stunt pilots from the US Navy and Marine Corps. They are an exhibition team that participate in airshows all over the place and showcase the intense skills required to fly a jet. There are a total of 16 officers on the team at any time with three tactical jet pilots...

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Mysteries of space dust revealed

September 2, 2014 8:17 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

The first analysis of space dust collected by a special collector onboard NASA’s Stardust mission and sent back to Earth for study in 2006 suggests the tiny specks open a door to studying the origins of the solar system and possibly the origin of life itself. This is the first time synchrotron....

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Thin film chip resistors address precision resistor requirements of automotive applications

August 28, 2014 4:40 pm | Nic Components | Product Releases | Comments

The NTRA series of automotive-grade thin-film chip resistors from NIC Components addresses precision resistor requirements of automotive applications. The NTRA series products are AEC Q-200 qualified and supported from TS-16494 certified ...

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Dual low-side driver IC designed for SMPS applications

August 28, 2014 4:15 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced the automotive-qualified AUIRB24427S high-current dual low-side driver IC for Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) applications used in Hybrid Electrical Vehicles (HEV), Electric Vehicles (EV) ...

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System-on-a-chip supports vehicle-to-vehicle technology

August 28, 2014 4:02 pm | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) announced the availability of its R-Car V2H, the company’s newest system-on-a-chip (SoC) implementing state-of-the-art image recognition technology to support high-resolution surround viewing in advanced driver assistance systems....

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New Samsung smartwatch won't need companion phone

August 28, 2014 3:16 pm | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

With the holiday shopping season coming, Samsung and LG unveiled small improvements to their computerized wristwatches to try to sway shoppers. Samsung's latest version can do more without a smartphone to go with it. LG's has a round screen. Apple is also believed to be working on its own...

VCO operates at 1680 MHz

August 28, 2014 3:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek’s (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO55CC-1680-1680 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 1680 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5 V to 4.5 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -117 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset and has desirable linearity....

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Ethernet I/O module features 4 analog outputs, 5 digital inputs, and 5 digital outputs

August 28, 2014 2:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ICP DAS USA, Inc. (Lomita, CA) introduces ET-7024, a multifunctional Ethernet I/O module with 4 analog outputs, 5 digital inputs, and 5 digital outputs. Each analog output can be configurable to put out current or voltage. It supports a variety of selectable analog output types....

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Neuroscientists watch imagination happening in the brain

August 28, 2014 2:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one," sang John Lennon in his 1971 song Imagine. And thanks to the dreams of a BYU student, we now know more about where and how imagination happens in our brains. Stefania Ashby and her faculty mentor devised experiments....

Filter technology -- uses inert gas to bore holes in high-quality steel

August 28, 2014 2:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two early-stage venture capital investors are joining the i3 Membrane GmbH startup in August 2014. High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) of Bonn and Innovationsstarter Fonds of Hamburg are investing in development and marketing of a novel filter technology....

Quantum physics enables revolutionary imaging method

August 28, 2014 2:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI), the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ), and the University of Vienna have developed a fundamentally new quantum imaging technique with strikingly counterintuitive features....

Samsung smartwatch won't need companion phone

August 28, 2014 2:16 pm | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung has unveiled a computerized wristwatch that can do more without a smartphone to go with it, while LG has one with a round design. Thursday's announcements come as technology companies prepare for the holiday shopping season. Apple is also believed to be working on its own smartwatch, and...

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New analytical technology reveals 'nanomechanical' surface traits

August 28, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new research platform uses a laser to measure the "nanomechanical" properties of tiny structures undergoing stress and heating, an approach likely to yield insights to improve designs for microelectronics and batteries. This new technique, called nanomechanical Raman spectroscopy ...

A new, tunable device for spintronics

August 28, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Spin-charge converters are important devices in spintronics, an electronic which is not only based on the charge of electrons but also on their spin and the spin-related magnetism. Spin-charge converters enable the transformation of electric into magnetic signals and vice versa....

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