“It’s like turning around an aircraft carrier.” This analogy is often used in the business world to indicate how hard it can take a large entity to change direction, usually amounting to months or even years. But for the United States Navy, which is charged with turning these massive vessels, turning around an aircraft carrier pales in comparison with keeping communications networks up to date.
Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said Wednesday that it could be difficult for reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant to pass the safety screening process if Tokyo Electric Power Co. says it will only use a planned key safety system after securing local approval.
Emerging military systems, driven by new mission requirements and enabled by quickly advancing technologies, demand sophisticated test equipment and methods to develop and characterize. For example, the incorporation of wider bandwidth signals in military systems, for better resolution in radar systems and higher data rates in communications...
TDK Corporation announced a series of chokes for automotive Ethernet that features, according to the company, the world’s best common-mode noise suppression. Measuring in with a footprint of 4.5-mm x 3.2-mm and an insertion height of just 2.8-mm, the miniaturized ACT45L Series is said to
Say what you will about Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa. For our money, the “most wonderful time of the year” is Thanksgiving, when the fall foliage sets the scene for family, football, turkey, more football, and dessert (in that order). And though “Black Friday” has crept into Thursday, there’s much to be thankful for this year. Here’s what the ECN staff had to say....
In a recent Engineering Update, we took a look at Japan’s largest solar power plant, which boasts the capability of powering 22,000 homes with its 313 acre facility. Now, we’re checking out New York’s newest solar project. This solar facility will be located at Freshkills Park on Staten Island and was, at one point, considered to be the largest landfill in the world.
Texas Instruments introduced five new next-generation power management integrated circuits that acquire and manage microwatts (µW) to milliwatts (mW) of power harvested from light, heat or mechanical energy sources. The bq25570, bq25505, TPS62740, TPS62737 and TPS62736 maintain
The United States is spewing 50 percent more methane - a potent heat-trapping gas - than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says. Much of it is coming from just three states: Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. That means methane may be a bigger global warming issue than thought, scientists say.
Ordinarily, a proposal to bury radioactive waste in a scenic area that relies on tourism would inspire "not in my backyard" protests from local residents - and relief in places that were spared. But conventional wisdom has been turned on its head in the Canadian province of Ontario....
A large number of legacy industrial PCs (IPCs) are still deployed in active control and monitoring roles. Most of these IPCs are running older, out-of-support operating systems such as Windows 2000 or XP. Microsoft Windows 2000 support expired July 2010, and Windows XP support ends April 2014.
Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces the release of three new switch-mode power supplies. The C, HWB and SWF series have been designed with a user-configurability feature to prevent customers from replacing the entire set of power supplies making it much easier to change specifications.
The LT3905 is a fixed frequency, current-mode step-up DC/DC converter designed to bias avalanche photodiodes (APD) in optical receivers. The LT3905 features high side APD current monitoring with over five decades of dynamic range and better than 2% relative accuracy over the 3µA to 3mA range.
Vadatech has announced its first application-ready platform (ARP). This pre-configured system platform is suited for mil/aero applications requiring front-end deterministic processing and high data rates. The ARP200 Application-Ready Platform for Mil-sensor processing uses
Polymer gel, heal thyself: University of Pittsburgh proposes new composites that regenerate when damagedNovember 26, 2013 11:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments
When a chair leg breaks or a cell phone shatters, either must be repaired or replaced. But what if these materials could be programmed to regenerate-themselves, replenishing the damaged or missing components, and thereby extend their lifetime and reduce the need for costly repairs?
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today announced a series of new awards and events for the 2014 International CES, including the Breakthrough of the Year Awards, Engadget Best of CES Awards and the UP Global LIVE Stage. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2014 CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies....