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Engineering Update #98: The FAA’s proposed rules for commercial drones

February 19, 2015 12:10 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Domestic drones represent a potential goldmine – quite possibly the greatest business opportunity since the automobile – and a plethora of different companies have proposed various commercial applications. But one of the biggest roadblocks to any sort of mass deployment ...

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Electromechanical relay switches achieve up to 10 million life cycles

February 19, 2015 12:06 pm | by Pasternack | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack introduces a new family of in-stock high-rel electromechanical relay switches with designs that range from 2 to 10 million life cycles, making them uniquely qualified for applications including defense and commercial aviation, semiconductor manufacturing, communications, radar ...

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The industry’s first integrated, programmable USB Type-C port controller solution

February 19, 2015 12:02 pm | by Cypress | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. sampled the industry’s first integrated, programmable USB Type-C port controller solution. The USB Type-C standard is gaining rapid support with top-tier PC makers by enabling slim industrial designs, easy-to-use connectors and cables, the ability to transmit multiple protocols ...

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Power system meets IEC 61535 standards

February 19, 2015 11:56 am | by TE Connectivity - Intelligent Buildings | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity announces its newly enhanced NECTOR M power system. In addition to meeting IEC 61535 standards, the power system solution is designed to meet the UL 1977 guidelines and just debuted a 5-position splitter that provides power, signal and control connection options for multiple ...

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QFN socket designed for Microchip's 10TDFN

February 19, 2015 11:10 am | by Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics recently introduced a new QFN socket addressing high performance requirements for testing QFN devices - CBT-QFN-7039. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 17 gram actuation force per ball and cycle life of 50,000 insertions. The self inductance of the contactor is 0.75 nH....

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Beyond silicon: New semiconductor moves spintronics toward reality

February 19, 2015 10:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new semiconductor compound is bringing fresh momentum to the field of spintronics, an emerging breed of computing device that may lead to smaller, faster, less power-hungry electronics. Created from a unique low-symmetry crystal structure ...

Supercomputer simulations explore how an air-reed instrument generates air flow and sound

February 19, 2015 10:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Hiroshi Yokoyama and his colleagues at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology in collaboration with researchers at YAMAHA Corporation have succeeded in directly predicting sound radiating from a recorder ...

Does dark matter cause mass extinctions and geologic upheavals?

February 19, 2015 10:03 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Research by New York University Biology Professor Michael Rampino concludes that Earth's infrequent but predictable path around and through our Galaxy's disc may have a direct and significant effect on geological and biological phenomena occurring ...

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Russia's new fuel allows cruise missiles to exceed Mach 5

February 19, 2015 9:51 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The Cold War may be over, but don’t tell Russia. They’ve just taken the lead in a brand new hypersonic arms race with a fuel that allows cruise missiles to fly 5x the speed of sound. The fuel would allow specially designed cruise missiles ...

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Researchers build atomically thin gas and chemical sensors

February 19, 2015 9:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The relatively recent discovery of graphene, a two-dimensional layered material with unusual and attractive electronic, optical and thermal properties, led scientists to search for other atomically thin materials with unique properties. Molybdenum disulfide ...

Man charged in biggest US hacking scheme pleads not guilty

February 19, 2015 8:55 am | by DAVID PORTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian citizen pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an 11-count indictment charging him and four others with running what authorities have called the largest criminal computer hacking scheme ever prosecuted in the United States. Vladimir Drinkman appeared in ...

Juggling too many remotes? Try this touch screen

February 19, 2015 8:52 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

How many remotes does it take to watch television, stream Netflix or record your favorite show on DVR? The Ray Super Remote wants to declutter your coffee table and become the central nervous system of all ...

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Did NSA plant spyware in computers shipped abroad?

February 19, 2015 8:47 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets around the world? A new report from Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said ...

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COMSOL 5.0 and Application Builder Workshop

February 18, 2015 1:26 pm | Events

Join Comsol for this unique opportunity to advance your skills in multiphysics simulation. This workshop begins with a walk-through of the fundamental modeling steps in COMSOL Multiphysics. Attendees will then have the chance to set up and solve a simulation through a hands-on exercise....

7 engineering advances that could change the world

February 18, 2015 11:38 am | by Ohio University | Blogs | Comments

Advances in computer and electrical engineering have been revolutionary over the past few decades, changing the way we live, work and play. From new advances in medicine to automotive technology and biotechnology, electrical and computer engineering has made great strides when it comes to improving the overall quality of life.

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