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Introducing Thread: A new wireless networking protocol for the home

July 15, 2014 9:12 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Recognizing the need for a new and better way to connect products in the home, seven companies today announced that they’ve joined forces to form the Thread Group (www.threadgroup.org) and develop Thread, a new IP-based wireless networking protocol. The charter of the Thread Group is to guide the adoption of the Thread protocol....

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Zero-drift instrumentation amplifier provides low power, high accuracy

July 15, 2014 8:42 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced the expansion of its instrumentation amplifier portfolio with the new zero-drift MCP6N16. This self-correcting architecture is positioned to DC performance by enabling ultra-low offset, low-offset drift, and desirable common-mode and power-supply rejection, while…

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RocketSkates travel 12 mph, weigh 7 lbs.

July 15, 2014 8:42 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

As a startup, ACTON encourages a community of innovators and thinkers to become a part of their projects, which is why the company has turned to Kickstarter to launch their latest product, the RocketSkates – and they’ve already raised more than $200,000....

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On Welsh Corgis, computer vision, and the power of deep learning

July 15, 2014 8:15 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Project Adam from Microsoft Research uses a new, distributed-systems architecture and techniques to scale deep neural networks, in speed and accuracy, to perform computer-vision recognition and categorization tasks at world-record levels of performance....

Electrically conductive, sodium silicate, aqueous based coating system suits shielding applications

July 14, 2014 5:54 pm | Master Bond Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Appropriate for electromagnetic interference and radio frequency interference shielding applications, Master Bond’s (Hackensack, NJ) MB600G is an aqueous based, sodium silicate system with graphite filler. MB600G was tested with aluminum as the reference material…

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Rad hard family of ultra low noise, high precision voltage references offer new voltage options

July 14, 2014 5:15 pm | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA announced the expansion of its radiation hardened (rad hard) voltage references to include four new devices, the ISL71091SEH10, 20, 33 and 40. Providing voltages previously unavailable for the rad hard space market, according to the company, the new family enables…

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Why this remote-controlled birth control will be the next big thing

July 14, 2014 4:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the midst of the Hobby Lobby court case decision and other conversations about birth control, there has been an announcement about an advancement in contraceptive technology. This is a pretty unique technology that would allow the woman to turn the device on or off, depending on if she was looking to have a child or not....

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Deployable renewable energy systems power critical equipment on the battlefield

July 14, 2014 4:31 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is the largest consumer of energy in the United States. Much of that energy is consumed in harsh environments to power tanks, armored vehicles, fighter jets, generators, small hospitals, command outposts and operations centers out in the field. All of these applications are critical....

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Two-in-one LED driver features adjustable current and voltage

July 14, 2014 4:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GlacialPower (Taipei, Taiwan) announced a new dual-mode LED driver powering LED lighting from 7 W to 20 W. Featuring either constant current or constant voltage operation, the LED driver mode and power output can be easily adjusted to fit a variety of lighting and signage applications.

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Why contraception by remote control is a troubling idea

July 14, 2014 4:08 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Forget about remembering to take a contraceptive pill. In just a few years, keeping track of your remote control may be as essential to family planning as it is to watching TV. MicroCHIPS, a small, Massachusetts company with backing from Bill Gates plans to bring an implantable contraceptive chip that can be turned on or off via remote control to market as early as...

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HotSpot: Paint-on skin for concrete structures

July 14, 2014 3:48 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Eastern Finland have developed new "sensing skin" technology designed to serve as an early warning system for concrete structures, allowing authorities to respond quickly to damage in everything from nuclear facilities to bridges....

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Low-power microcontroller with increased IoT security

July 14, 2014 3:39 pm | by Kurt Gasparro, Video Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This year at the Sensors Expo in Rosemont, IL, Editor-in-Chief, David Mantey sat down with Microchip’s Alexis Alcott to discuss the expansion of their eXtreme Low Power PIC microcontrollers with the PIC24F “GB2” family. This new family features an integrated hardware crypto engine....

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Test solution designed for characterizing USB 3.1 receivers

July 14, 2014 3:29 pm | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) announced an accurate test solution for characterizing USB 3.1 receivers. Using the Agilent USB 3.1 receiver test set, design and test engineers in the semiconductor and computer industry can now accurately characterize and verify USB 3.1 receiver ports in ASICs and chipsets....

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300-watt explosion-proof LED light fixture provides 24,000 lumens

July 14, 2014 3:19 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The EPL-HB-2X150LED-RT Explosion Proof High Bay light fixture from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries. LED technology and compact design makes this lamp a replacement upgrade option....

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Current sensing contact switch offers easy adjustment

July 14, 2014 3:01 pm | Nk Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

NK Technologies’ (San Jose, CA) new ASD Series Current Sensing Switches provide a limit alarm contact an easy adjustment method. These current sensing switches feature a single turn potentiometer, allowing the trip

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